Car Show Wrapup!

Vic and Christi Edelbrock Presenting the check for $10,000 to CLU

Vic and Christi Edelbrock Presenting the check for $10,000 to CLU

Last Saturday’s perfect SoCal weather and enthusiastic crowds made the 10th Annual Edelbrock Car Show another huge success!

It was our pleasure to present to the Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU) a check in the amount of $10,000 to support its many efforts, especially its robotics club for middle and high school students. More about CLU in our next post!

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, always a favorite attraction of our show, did not disappoint! While we are always impressed with the winning team, and with all the competitors, we simply must highlight the great performance of the Edelbrock-sponsored all girls team that traveled all the way from Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, Illinois to compete. Way to go, ladies!

Another great car show in the rear view mirror! Vic and I enjoyed meeting all that visited us at our booth. Special thanks to all of you that donated generously to support the many charitable and philanthropic efforts supported by the Edelbrock Family Foundation.

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– Christi Edelbrock

Sponsoring the ‘Vette Museum

Edelbrock Family Foundation Sponsoring Summer Camps at National Corvette Museum

National Corvette Museum - Kids CampFor the past five years the National Corvette Museum has hosted an automotive-themed “Vette Camp” to introduce kids to the world of cars and Corvette. This summer, the Museum has teamed up with the Edelbrock Family Foundation to bring not one, but five camps combining cars with other exciting themes.

“We have a lot of repeat campers each summer, so we decided to come up with some themed day-long camps to provide variety while still offering some of the favorite automotive activities,” said Museum Education Coordinator, Kellie Steen. “We think this summer’s camps will attract new campers to the Museum, and give kids the opportunity to pick and choose their favorite topics. It will also give us the opportunity to host a lot more kids than we have in the past.”

The themes of the camp include Minecraft (July 9 and 30), Sinkhole Science (July 20), Wild Weather (July 24) and Superhero Science (July 27). In addition to the themed activities, campers will have the opportunity to ride in a Corvette, tour the GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant and/or participate in a discussion and Q&A with a Corvette Plant engineer. Each camp is 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. C.T. with early drop off and late pickup available. Online registration is available at www.corvettemuseum.org

The Edelbrock Family Foundation was formed with the purpose of bringing together like-minded organizations that share a passion for providing education and training for America’s youth. “We hope to foster a new generation of automotive industry leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, enthusiasts and more,” said Vic Edelbrock, Jr. The Edelbrock Family Foundation also supports Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, Campus Cruisers, Automotive Education Alliance, Patriot Outreach and Rev’ved Up For Kids.

In addition to the summer camps, the funding supports the Museum’s drivers’ education programs. In 2009 the Museum purchased two educational driving simulators, offering hands-on learning for drivers of all ages.

Today, the Museum’s Drivers Safety Academy offers a number of courses, from Tire Rack Street Survival to Car Control and Situational Awareness Clinics, older driver courses through AARP, Powder Puff Mechanics and International Driving classes. Programs utilize facilities at the Museum and NCM Motorsports Park, combining classroom instruction and hands-on training. For a complete list of classes with descriptions and upcoming dates, visit www.corvettemuseum.org

Edelbrock Car Show 2015 – Saturday, May 2nd

Formerly known as “Revved Up for Kids,” the 10th Annual Edelbrock Car Show will take place at Vic’s Garage on Saturday May 2nd. Participants are invited to come out and enjoy a day of hot rods, great food, live entertainment and a great time with fellow automotive culture enthusiasts. All makes and models are welcome and interested participants can pre-register online. Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Spectator entry is free!

Stop by the Edelbrock Family Foundation tent and say hello to Vic, Nancy, and me.

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Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge

For the 7th time, the car show will host the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Regional competition. Local high school students will compete in a high-energy engine building competition. The top teams from each region will earn their spot to compete at the National Finals in Las Vegas at the “Showdown at SEMA” in early November, where top teams earned scholarships as high as $5,000 and every participating student received $1,000 dollar scholarship from both OTC (Ohio Technical College) & SAM (School of Automotive Machinist).

There are also guided tours available the day before, on Friday, May 1st, during the hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm, with each tour approximately 30 minutes in length. Tours of free of charge!

Note to registrants: although the Pre-Registration period has passed, you can still register your car on the day of the show for only $40. Of course, spectator entry to the show is always free!

More information is available over at the Edelbrock company website.

Event flyers can be downloaded by clicking on the images below.

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Patriot Outreach Promoted by Christi Edelbrock on Radio

Today is going to be a very special day as I will be live on the Chuck Wilder Show between 12-2pm PST speaking about a truly amazing organization: Patriot Outreach. David Negron, Jr. and Goliath Pictures have created a documentary to relay a message of hope to our Armed Forces, one that could not have come at a better time as our U.S. Soldiers are suffering increasingly from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at alarming rates. Our heroes need to know that there is help available to them as they return home, and that they are not alone in their next battle. PTSD affects many of our soldiers due in part to the horrific stresses and horrors of war.

Rather than welcomed with open arms, many soldiers, upon arriving home, are instead faced with some who would call them “war mongers” and “killers.” This is a battle that they not only affects the soldiers but their families as well. The suicide rates for our soldiers have skyrocketed.

Our service men and women need to know that there is a place where they can go to get the help they need to get the renewed inner strength and get back to the life they enjoyed before they left for battle.

I am proud to be the national spokeswoman for Patriot Outreach. I am truly grateful for each and every American Soldier, past, present and future. I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that I deeply appreciate every sacrifice to have made for us. I appreciate your families and the support and encouragement they give.

Here is a link to the Patriot Outreach documentary.

Heroes, I welcome you home with sincere gratitude and a deep appreciation for your sacrifices. May God bless you, our American Soldiers!

Christi Edelbrock

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The Edelbrock Legacy

Vic Edelbrock, Sr. and Vic Edelbrock, Jr.THE BEGINNING
Vic Edelbrock Sr. was born in a small farming community near Wichita, Kansas in 1913. His father supported the family comfortably as the owner of the local grocery store. When the Edelbrock grocery store burned down in 1927, Vic left school at age 14 to help support the family. He had a natural talent for mechanics. His first job was at an auto repair shop where he developed his skills as an auto mechanic. When the Great Depression hit Kansas, the young Vic Edelbrock looked to the prosperous west for a new home.

A NEW START IN CALIFORNIA
In 1931, Vic migrated to California to live with his brother. It was here that he met Katie, who became his wife in 1933. With his new brother-in-law, Vic opened his first repair shop on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The business flourished and in 1934 he moved into his own shop on the corner of Venice and Hoover in Los Angeles. Bobby Meeks, who retired in 1993, started with Vic at this time and became his loyal assistant. Between 1934 and the start of the war, several important events occurred. Vic Sr.’s reputation as an expert mechanic helped his business grow and he moved his shop three times during this period. Vic and Katie’s only child, Vic Jr., was born in 1936. In 1938, Vic Sr. bought his first project car… a 1932 Ford Roadster. This car was a turning point in Edelbrock history. It was Vic Sr.’s entry into the world of “hot rods” and it inspired the design and manufacture of the first Edelbrock intake manifold.

THE SLINGSHOT MANIFOLD AND EL MIRAGE DRY LAKE
When Vic bought the roadster, he joined with Tommy Thickstun to design the “Thickstun” manifold for the flathead. When Vic wasn’t happy with the performance, he designed his own aluminum intake manifold. It was called the “Slingshot”.

The Slingshot was a 180-degree manifold for a Ford flathead using two Stromberg 97 carburetors. This was the first product to feature the famous “EDELBROCK” name. Before the war, Vic produced about 100 of these flathead Ford manifolds. Vic raced and tested his new manifold on his 1932 Ford at Muroc Dry Lake, 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles (where Edwards Air Force base is today).

Vic became a consistent winner with his modified roadster at racing speeds of 112 mph. Vic would drive the Ford to the dry lakes, remove the fenders and the windshield, then race the car. At the end of the races, he would re-install the fenders and the windshield and drive it home.

THOROUGH TESTING DELIVERED RESULTS
The roadster became an important part of Vic’s product development. He would install his parts on the roadster to determine how well they would perform. One of Vic’s ideas was modified factory cast iron “Denver” cylinder heads which incorporated a special high-altitude design featuring higher compression. Vic would fill and mill the head for a further increase in the compression, gaining even more power.

Meanwhile, Vic received multiple requests for his twin carb manifold. This was the driving force behind the opening of his own performance parts business.

Three weeks before Pearl Harbor and the start of World War II, Vic was clocked at the speed of 121.42 mph in his ’32 at Rosamond Dry Lake.

During the war, Vic shelved his racing activities and used his machinist skills for the war effort. Vic’s war-time experiences increased his perception of what he could build with the right machining tools.

THE NEW BEGINNING
At the end of the war, he purchased his first building to open a machine shop and repair facility at 1200 North Highland in Hollywood, CA.

It was here that Vic designed his first aluminum racing heads for flathead Fords. Like the Slingshot, these heads were well received. The business was on the way to becoming more of a performance parts shop than a repair shop. So much so, that the idea was set forth to create a catalog offering parts for general sale.

The first catalog was printed in 1946 with the name “Edelbrock Power and Speed Equipment” across the front cover. This catalog included Edelbrock heads and intakes as well as pistons, steering wheels and crankshafts. At this time, Vic was committed to running his business and participating in his favorite sport… midget racing.

MIDGET RACING… A SUCCESS STORY
Before the war, Vic bought his first midget and knew it wouldn’t be his last. In 1946, he bought a midget built by D.W. McCully. But it was the third midget he purchased that would become part of racing history. The 7th Kurtis Kraft midget, which the company still owns, was purchased later that year. With Bobby Meeks as head wrench, they toured the Southern California tracks, racing up to six nights a week. Vic’s winning team included such greats as Perry Grimm, Walt Faulkner, Billy Vukovich and Rodger Ward.

Vic was now known for fast flathead Fords and race-winning midgets. History was made when Vic’s V8-60 equipped midget broke the winning streak of the Offy-equipped midgets. With Rodger Ward at the wheel and nitromethane in the fuel, #27 beat the Offys in the first and only V8-60 win at the famous Gilmore Stadium.

Vic was the first to use nitromethane as fuel, and needless to say, his competitors had no idea what that strange smell and color was coming from the exhaust.

VIC’S FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT SHOP
Business flourished and in 1949, Vic moved into his first purpose-built shop on Jefferson Blvd. It was 5,000 sq. ft. and equipped with a small machine shop, repair bays, engine dynamometer, a small stock room and office space. In this new facility, Vic expanded his business by designing more cylinder heads, more intake manifolds and even racing pistons for several different applications.

FROM FATHER TO SON
At the early age of 49, cancer took the life of Vic Edelbrock Sr. As he was a man held in high esteem, it was a sad day for the aftermarket industry and for those who loved him. The year was 1962 and the Edelbrock Equipment Company was handed over to Vic Jr. and a group of loyal employees, most of whom had been with Vic Sr. since the beginning. They knew what it took to continue the traditions Vic Sr. had begun.