2013 is a special year for one industry blue-chip brand, as Edelbrock celebrates 75 years of existence. Established in 1938 by a man from Kansas with a ninth grade education, Vic Edelbrock, Sr. ventured to Southern California with hopes of post depression era prosperity. The man had a natural talent for fixing anything mechanical. Edelbrock as you know it today didn’t happen overnight. In fact, Vic Sr. established his first business in 1933, which was a simple repair station in Beverly Hills, CA. It wasn’t until 1938 that Edelbrock produced their first performance product – the “Slingshot” intake manifold for flathead Fords. This original product was designed for Vic Sr.’s 1932 Ford roadster that served as the family car that was transformed on the weekends for timing event racing on the southern California dry lakes. It’s the product that started it all.
On May 4, 2013 Edelbrock held a 75th Anniversary celebration at its Torrance, CA home. My Power Automedia colleagues and I had the privilege of being on the guest list along side 300(+) of Edelbrock’s closest friends, colleagues, and partners. I was amazed at the mix of people in attendance – people who had been influenced not by Edelbrock the company, but rather by Edelbrock the institution. It was both a reunion and homecoming for many.
I had the pleasure of working for Edelbrock for little more than eight of the company’s seventy-five years. I thought I knew everything when offered the opportunity to go to work for the company. What I quickly learned was that I knew a lot about cars and parts; however, ‘I didn’t know jack’ about the true history and culture of our industry, it’s origins, or its innovators. Edelbrock provided me an informal yet valuable education about our industry. I owe Edelbrock a debt of gratitude for giving a twenty-eight year old kid from Ohio the opportunity to be a part of a great organization, and I will always carry a deep appreciation for the friendships, experience, and the life lessons gained in my time at Edelbrock.
So to that I say “cheers Edelbrock and congratulations on 75-years!”. On behalf of Power Automedia, we’d like to thank Steve, Eric, John, Vic and Nancy for allowing us to be a part of your 75th celebration. Here’s to the next 75-years!
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