Vic Edelbrock's 1932 Ford Roadster
The car that launched the Edelbrock Corporation more than 60 years ago has been completely restored by famed car builder Roy Brizio and made its debut at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in the Edelbrock booth in 2003.
The legendary car, a 1932 Ford Roadster, is the very one Vic Edelbrock Sr. would race on the dry lake beds in Southern California, where he developed his reputation as a racer and a builder of performance components. The Roadster was the company's original test vehicle and perhaps one of the first-ever cars used to develop aftermarket performance products.
"This is my dad's original car," said Vic Edelbrock Jr., president and CEO of Torrance, Calif.-based Edelbrock Corporation. "During the week, it was the family car, but on the weekends, my dad used it to race and test the manifolds and heads he was developing. It's been completely restored to its original state, racing trim and all."
According to Vic, the Roadster (with prototype Edelbrock manifolds) burned up the dry lake beds in the early 1940s. Among its best runs was a 121.42 miles per hour blast on Nov. 16, 1941, at Rosamond Dry Lake, just three weeks before the attack at Pearl Harbor.
Founded in 1938 by Vic Edelbrock Sr., Torrance, Calif.-based Edelbrock Corp. (NASDAQ NM: EDEL) is celebrating its 65th anniversary of manufacturing and marketing the highest quality aftermarket performance automotive and motorcycle products.
Edelbrock's ever-expanding product line now features more than 7,500 performance products for domestics and imports, including nitrous systems, fuel rails, throttle bodies, exhaust headers, camshafts, fuel pumps, aluminum manifolds, turbos, exhaust systems, suspension and shocks, EFI systems, aluminum cylinder heads, water pumps, crate engines, brake and fuel lines and fluid transfer products. Edelbrock also manufactures parts for Harley- Davidson and other motorcycles, plus ATVs.
Edelbrock is recognized as a driving force in the $28 billion specialty equipment industry. In addition to four production facilities in Torrance, the company owns and operates a state-of-the art foundry in San Jacinto, Calif. Edelbrock's core product line of performance-enhancing engine, suspension and exhaust system parts, which make up The Total Power Package(r), are made in the USA. Edelbrock is also a manufacturer of racing products and a sponsor of several racing organizations, including NASCAR, the NHRA and the PRO-Edelbrock Race Series.