Who we are
A Reputation 35 Years in the Making
Steve is known by his friends in the car world as a master mechanic and vintage car expert. If he is not working on cars, he is at a racetrack, car show or swap meet. Born and raised in Santa Monica, he worked mostly on British cars in his youth. He went on to work for GT International Motors, BMW specialists in Santa Monica, then Reuman (now Century) BMW in North Hollywood where he was certified as a BMW technician. Steve and Chris Toppenberg started Check Point Automotive in 1994 and they have been servicing their clients’ BMWs ever since. Called upon for his extensive knowledge, Steve regularly judges classic car shows including the Palos Verdes, Dana Point, and Santa Barbara Concourses. He is a docent at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey. He is also a founding member of Shelby Club Los Angeles Chapter.
David is a native Angelino and remembers working with his dad on his Jaguar XK 150 when he was a toddler. He believes he was born a mechanic. In his youth, he fixed his and his friends’ bicycles. He went on to work as a head mechanic for Off Road Warehouse in San Diego specializing in VW off-road race cars. He also worked for GT International Motors in Santa Monica. Then he started his own company, Summit Automotive specializing in BMWs and Italian cars, and successfully operated it for 33 years. David came to join Check Point with his well-established clientele and expertise in modern and classic BMWs.