Eddie The Wino Continued

According to Eddie, this upcoming Saturday’s Vintages release is going to be a great one and one wine in particular he is recommending is Finca Flichman Expresiones ‘Reserve’ Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. At $15.95 a bottle, Eddie figures it is a no brainer. There are delicious red and black fruit flavours plus woodsy, earthy notes on the palate. A peppery menthol seam runs through the firm backbone with some sweet and savory spice on the finish. Pour with roast on a spit or foiled in the barbecue. This is at a terrific price point and can be enjoyed summer or winter over the next three years—stock up.

Eddie The Wino

We finally convinced Eddie to share his vast knowledge of wines. He has agreed to choose a wine every month which he thinks you will enjoy. According to Eddie ‘the 2012 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Australia’s best wine values at $17.95 Winner of the Top 10 Best Red Wines Under $20 – aromas of blackberry, plum, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Beautifully balanced and delicious. Try it out. All of us at Import would love to know if Eddie thinks he knows as much as he claims he does about wine. Please check it out and we would love to hear your feedback, on our blog or our Facebook page.


Dale is back, and we convinced his good friend to stay, awesome!

Dale is back and we are all very excited. He will only be working in the mornings until he gets back into the swing of things. Not only are we thrilled that Dale is on his road to recovery, we are also very excited to announce that Jean Seguin is coming back to the Import family. Jean, who is a good friend of Dale’s, worked for us years ago and filled in for Dale whenever he could. Dale’s short term memory definetly did not get any better, so it would be a great time to get your vehicle fixed because he might forget to charge you for things.  Glad to have you back guys.

Wishing Dale a speedy recovery.

For those of you who don’t know by now, Dale is fighting a dose of throat cancer. He began radiation a couple of weeks ago and so far he is doing relatively fine. He worked his last day Friday and will continue fighting and resting until he returns in a few months. The staff at Import would like to wish a speedy recovery to Dale and that all of our prayers and wishes are with him and his family. In Dale’s short absence from us, he have managed to have a very good friend of Dale’s and a former employee of ours to give us a hand. He is a certified technician who use to work for us years ago. He will be standing in for Dale upon Dale’s return. He will be able to answer any technical questions and hopefully be able to meet all of your needs in Dale’s absence. Please be patient with us and hopefully we will fly through these months quickly and Dale will be back before you know it. And just maybe we can convince him to stay on and be a part of the Import family again. Who knows stranger things have happened.


Martin Viktora,
Owner – Operations

Marty is a proud father and Ottawa boy with over 20 years of automotive experience. At the ripe old age of 12, Marty started changing tires and performing other odd jobs for his father at Import Car Centre, and has been at it ever since. When he’s not in the garage, you’ll find Marty either at the rink or the cottage.


Eddie Figura,
Owner – Sales Manager

Eddie started as a customer in 1988 and, a year later, brought his 11 years of experience to Import Car Centre. He prides himself in finding what people want, in cars and in life. His passion extends to golf, hockey and good food & wine.


Dan Smetana,
Owner – President

Dan found Ottawa by way of Czech Republic, Dan comes started out in the audio industry before going on to help found Import Car Centre. Dan runs on adrenalin and a passion for the industry he loves. He also enjoys fine wine, running, water sports and dabbling in the stock market.


Fran Cosper,

Fran was also a customer of Import Car Centre in 1986, and was so impressed that he joined the team a year later. He's a tech support specialist with a background in home audio. Fran plays the sax and is fascinated by anything with 2+ wheels or moving parts.


Josh Goldberg,

Local boy Josh joined the Import team in 2000.  Our 'rookie' grew up in the west end of Ottawa and would hang out at Import dreaming of Honda Preludes and Toyota Celica All Trac Turbos.  Josh calls Barrhaven home with his wife and two daughters.  He enjoys fishing with his girls, good food and his beloved Chicago Blackhawks.