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EDELBROCK PERMANENTLY CLOSING THE TORRANCE LOCATION

According to the filing with the California Employment Development Department, Edelbrock notified the EDD earlier this month that it would be permanently closing its Torrance location, affecting the facility’s 270 employees with an unconfirmed number of layoffs. This includes workers in the company’s divisions like sales and advertising, as well as employees in the research and development, testing, and manufacturing areas. It did not list a reason for the closure.

In addition to the Torrance location, Edelbrock also has two foundries in San Jacinto, California. The unknown as of this article is how many employees will be relocated to the foundries. The company also has a distribution center in Mississippi, along with a carburetor division and a NEW Race Center in North Carolina.

Edelbrock has been headquartered in Torrance since 1938. We knew something was changing since mid 2020. Sources close to us leaked a shakeup with their marketing firm and then everything went hush all of a sudden. We hope the company survives and this is just an exodus from the corruption in California.

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PRO STOCK ICON BOB GlIDDEN DEAD AT 73

Pro Stock icon Bob Glidden, one of the most dominant forces in the history of NHRA Drag Racing, died Dec. 17. He was 73. In a star-studded career that spanned more than 25 years in the class, Glidden won 85 events and 10 season championships.

Pro Stock icon Bob Glidden, one of the most dominant forces in the history of NHRA Drag Racing, died Dec. 17. He was 73. In a star-studded career that spanned more than 25 years in the class, Glidden won 85 events and 10 season championships and was voted No. 4 on the list of Top 50 racers from NHRA’s first 50 years in 2000.

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With his wife, Etta, and, later in his career, sons Billy and Rusty by his side, the man known as “Mad Dog” for his tireless work ethic and dominated the class in the late 1970s and 1980s, winning back-to-back season championships in 1974-1975, three in a row (1978-80) and five straight (1985-89)

“Everyone in the NHRA community is saddened to learn the news of Bob’s passing,” said NHRA President Peter Clifford. “He was a true competitor who left a lasting legacy of excellence both on and off the track. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the Glidden family at this difficult time.” 

When asked to what he attributed his success, Glidden once said, “Common sense and the will to survive. I know that I have to hustle to win and that I have to go all out to afford to race.”

PHAROAHS CAR CLUB SINCE 1948

With overwhelming response from our pilot episode of the Pharoahs we have decided to do a mini series on the renowned car club.


Here is the first interview with the NEWLY FORMED Colorado chapter of the PHAROAHS CC OF COLORADO.

We will be bringing you the history of the club starting from 1948 to the famed scenes from the movie American Graffiti then to where the club is today. The club has chapters all over the united states and a few in other countries such as Finland and Canada and continues to grow.

Coronavirus claims Larry Rathgeb, 50 years after he oversaw the first closed-circuit 200-mph lap

No. 88 clone at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Photo by PSParrot.

Fifty years ago, to the day, Larry Rathgeb had brought a cadre of engineers, a hired shoe, and the hottest car on the planet to Talladega. His goal: get the driver, Buddy Baker, to push the car, the Dodge Charger Daytona engineering mule, past 200 mph to set a world record. Indeed, Rathgeb and his crew did what nobody else in the world had ever done that day. Rathgeb, however, won’t be able to celebrate today’s anniversary of the event; he died Sunday at the age of 90, reportedly after contracting the coronavirus.

Rathgeb, who started his career as an engineer with Chrysler, by the mid-Sixties rose to become the lead engineer for racing development in the country. In that role, he not only worked with the teams running Chrysler products in stock car racing (“Rathgeb even lived with the K&K racing team for a period of time, sleeping in a trailer out behind (Harry) Hyde’s shop in Charlotte,” according to Steve Lehto’s Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird: Design, Development, Production and Competition.), he also had a hand in developing the Dodge Charger Daytona with its tall wing and extended nosecone.

Any one of those Daytonas would have defined Rathgeb’s career at Chrysler, but one in particular ended up his crowning achievement. Ironically, as Allpar noted, it was an impound-lot refugee that had nearly been abandoned. As the story goes, a Hemi-powered Charger press car loaned out to a car magazine in Southern California ended up stolen, stripped, and left on a Watts street on cinder blocks. Rather than leave it out there, Chrysler decided to bring it back and hand it off to engineering to use as a mule.

Rathgeb, in turn, used it to test-fit the bodywork changes that John Pointer and Bob Marcel suggested, modifications that would make the Daytona out of the Charger 500. According to contemporary estimates, the aero mods should have helped the car cheat the wind up to 220 mph, supposedly impossible given the tracks NASCAR raced on at the time. However, Rathgeb brought in some professional drivers to do some test runs at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, where Baker reportedly ran the mule up to 235 mph and Charlie Glotzbach took it to 240 mph.

Rathgeb (right) with Chrysler Engineering race mechanics Fred Schrandt (left) and Larry Knowlton (center).

Those sorts of results led Rathgeb to convince Ronney Householder, his manager at Chrysler, to permit the mule to qualify for the Talladega race in September 1969. With Glotzbach at the wheel, the mule, which Ray Nichels had entered as number 88, turned in a pair of 199-plus mph laps. The driver walkout at that race kept the No. 88 on the sidelines – a sister car won the race with a substitute driver at the wheel – and Rathgeb famously thought his career at Chrysler over, if only because he promised Householder the engineering mule wouldn’t exceed 185 mph.

According to one account of the episode,

Back in Highland Park, Rathgeb was on his “last walk.” This was not good. “I was grateful and privileged to work for Chrysler,” he said. It would be a disaster to lose his job. His boss, Dean Engle saw him on his way out of the race engineering office and said he would go along. When they arrived at (Chief Engineer Bob) Rodger’s office, Engle spoke up, as Rathgeb remembers. “He said, ‘I want to make a comment. The purpose of racing is to, number one, get the pole, and, number two, get the win.’ Bob Rodger looked at House and said, ‘Well?’ There was no response. Then Rodger said, ‘I think that in the future we should communicate better.’” The meeting was over. Rathgeb got his reprieve. Life could go on for a while longer—and it would get a lot better for both Rathgeb and Dodge.

Indeed, a few months later, Dodge PR Director Frank Wylie wanted to see if the Daytona could actually break 200 mph in a public demonstration of its capabilities. Rathgeb once again called in Baker, prepared the engineering mule, still wearing No. 88, and flew down to Talladega in March 1970. When asked, he and his crew said they were there for transmission testing.

It took 30 laps and multiple adjustments of the car, but Baker finally broke the 200 mph mark that afternoon, running 200.447 mph, becoming the first person in the world to lap a closed-circuit track at that speed. At the time, as Preston Lerner wrote for Motorsport magazine, “the lap record in Formula One stood at a relatively paltry 152 mph. At Indianapolis, it was a tick more than 171 mph.”

(Side note: The No. 88, long thought to be the one the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame in Talladega had on display, has since been located and gone under restoration.)

Nor was that record Rathgeb’s only major contribution to stock car racing. After Chrysler folded its NASCAR program in 1972, Rathgeb went to work on a short track race car that customers could buy from Chrysler either in pieces or as a whole – a kit race car, in essence, built up from E-body front components and A-body rear components.

While testing the car, Rathgeb needed a driver who knew dirt tracks, and Hyde recommended an up-and-coming driver who needed the money, Dale Earnhardt. As the story goes, Rathgeb was impressed by Earnhardt’s skills and, when Earnhardt confided in Rathgeb that he might give up on stock car racing because times were getting tough, Rathgeb convinced Earnhardt to keep racing.

Rathgeb remained with Chrysler at least into the late 1980s and attended Chrysler reunion events as late as last October. According to a report on Allpar from fellow Chrysler employee Bill Adams, Rathgeb contracted the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at a senior independent living community in West Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His family is reportedly waiting for the pandemic to subside to schedule a memorial service.

Big Daddy’s brother Brother Has Died: NHRA Southeastern Division Hall of Famer, National Event Winner

Ed Garlits

There was more than one racer in the Garlits family. Ed Garlits, the younger brother of “Big Daddy” Don Garlits has passed away after a long battle with illness. Ed Garlits was a fearsome competitor on the drag strip for many years and and built an impressive career resume for himself as well. Ed is in the NHRA Southeastern Division Hall of Fame, the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, he won top gas at the 1961 AHRA World Finals beating Lefty Mudersbach’s twin engine dragster with his single plant rail. He then went on to nearly beat a top fuel car for the Top Eliminator honors at the race. Shortly after that event Ed sold his car and decided to focus his life on his wife and that meant getting off the road.

This was a fortuitous thing for Don Garlits though as his brother would be a vital part of his success for many years. Ed’s racing career did not stop in 1961, instead after a brief hiatus, he was back at it but he raced locally and within a day or two drive from the Tampa area that the family called home. He was a terror on the tracks of the Southeast while his brother was going nationwide. When Don Garlits opened his “High Performance World” Ed took the helm and ran the business when Big Daddy was traveling. When Don needed a crew chief during his reign of terror in the 1970s  guess who he tapped on the shoulder? His brother Ed. They had great success together. Ed again tired of the road and went back to Florida for a quiet retirement from the sport.

When Don made another come back in the 1990s and needed an ace clutch guy, Ed was there once again to be part of the family legacy. Finally after this stint, Ed Garlits retired and concentrated on fishing poles more than drag racing. We could go on for a very long time about Ed’s career in drag racing. Tens of thousands of aspiring drag racers would give a limb to have what Ed Garlits achieved. Of course many of those accomplishments were dwarfed by what his brother did, but it was not a sticking point between the two men.

So many times when a sibling becomes a rival, stories get sad. It never happened with these two and when their forces were combined as they so often were, the two men were a fearsome duo.

he happy guy standing on his dragster’s slick is Ed Garlits, younger brother of Don. You may have heard of Don. He’s the “Don” of Don’s Speed Shop that’s lettered on the dragster’s nose. He’s also known by many as “Big Daddy.”

EDELBROCK ISSUES CLARIFICATION

EDELBROCK ISSUES CLARIFICATION 

REGARDING NITROUS OXIDE PRODUCT LINE

Edelbrock is Still in the Nitrous Business

TORRANCE, CA (Feb. 18, 2020) – A recent erroneous report stated that Nitrous Supply acquired Edelbrock, LLC’s nitrous oxide business. Edelbrock is still very much in the nitrous business and merely recently sold inventory to Nitrous Supply. The report was not authorized by Edelbrock and should be disregarded. Furthermore, Edelbrock, LLC is not affiliated with Nitrous Supply other than as a product vendor. Consideration for corrections and/or removal of published stories is very much appreciated.  

This was a clarification from Jared Holland and his PR firm that we received. We reached out to our contact with the public relations firm that we have done business with for several years and at the time of this printing they could not verify the accuracy of the information. That being said we contacted Edelbrock directly and try to speak with the head of that division but he was not in the office. As of today they have failed to return our calls for clarification’s. As news becomes available as to the validity of this we will publish an update. Edelbrock is a leader in the industry and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

We strive to bring you the the most accurate information available as it becomes available

About Edelbrock

Edelbrock, LLC is recognized as an American institution and one of the nation’s top designers, manufacturers and distributors of automotive aftermarket performance parts. Edelbrock produces its core products in the USA, using state-of-the-art equipment in world-class manufacturing facilities and in-house engineering departments. Through the Edelbrock and Russell brands, it currently provides products for numerous vehicle types, including early- and late-model performance cars, trucks, JDM, and off-road applications. For more information, please visit https://www.edelbrock.com/.

1949 Delahaye

We came across this and wanted to share some pics for our readers. As we move into the spring and summer events we are gearing up here at MotorSports News Publications to bring you one of the best years we have ever had. Enjoy the pics and stay tuned for our updates in the next week or so.

The Delahaye Saoutchik Roadster – is this the world’s most beautiful car?

The most dramatic of all supercars is this 2-seat roadster which was owned by English movie star Diana Dors. Built for the post-war Concours circuit, Saoutchik was responsible for its extreme body which borrowed styling cues from other earlier desig

For nearly forty years the original engine and car were separated much to the blissful ignorance of everyone who could still appreciate its distinct design. Eventually, correct 175 parts were sourced and the owner had Fran Roxas refurbish the massive Delahaye. It made a welcome debut restoration at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours where it graced the shoreline beside the best examples of the marque. Later, the original engine was sourced and it was offered at Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions with an estimate of $4,000,000-$6,000,000 USD.

While this car may not be your cup of tea We must say that this beauty defines an era of long gone artwork of automobile styling. As we progress into electric vehicle we might so some style coming back (maybe?).

We think this new EV would look good chopped and bagged. You decide.

UPDATE ON RYAN NEWMAN’S DAYTONA 500 CRASH

The lates statement from NASCAR is Ryan Newman is awake and in serious in stable condition it’s not life-threatening injuries. This is good news today. It brings back some bad memories for motor sports news publications. This story will be updated as more news becomes available

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