The Offenhauser engine, familiarly known as the “Offy”, was developed by Fred Offenhauser and his employer Harry Arminius Miller. Originally, it was sold as a marine engine. In 1930, a four-cylinder 151 cu in (2.47 l) Miller engine installed in a race car set a new international land speed record of 144.895 mph (233.186 km/h). Miller developed this engine into […]
Update: We are currently reaching out to Tony Baron to get some of the information here confirmed and updated. Please check back. The story all starts with Tom Thickstun who started designing and producing aftermarket performance products before ww2. Likely due to the success and growing popularity of dry lake racing, which started in the […]
Robert Paxton McCulloch was a skilled Stanford University engineering graduate who inherited a considerable sum of money from his multi-millionaire grandfather at an early age. This gave him the financial freedom to indulge in two of his passions, boat racing and engineering, which eventually led to him becoming a national champion in classes C and […]
Stuart Hilborn invented the fuel injection system and it became the system of choice in racing, beginning with his hot-rod V8 and then the Meyer & Drake Offys. He is still active and, like the others of his generation, is using the computer to design and manufacture his products. One of them is an experimental […]
Emerson Payne from Portland Oregon, built one of the first A-V/8’s in the area, and cast some Dual Intake Manifolds for Flatheads. Last week his son in law, dropped by and furnished these pictures. Emerson built 2 styles of manifolds, his own and the “Columbia”. He was a friend of another Portland speed equipment manufacturer, […]
The Hexagon was produced by them for the 1935 Miller/Ford Indy car and with that being a front wheel drive effort the engine blocks were reversed. Why Hexagon, or Miller, or Ford for that matter thought the carbs needed to be mounted conventionally is anybody’s guess. Hexagon was a Detroit tool & die shop, possibly […]
Some History on the man behind Weiand: Written September, 2011 – Daniel Strohl Marketers nowadays have it too easy. Social networks, e-mail, mobile phones and other new technologies essentially bring hordes of potential customers to their doorsteps, targeted by their preferences and online behavior. No longer do marketers have to throw their nets over a […]
Ed Almquist not only produced the parts to make hot rods go faster, he built the cars, drove them and published the first popular “how to” hop-up book as well, written during his time as a marine engineering officer during WWII. He held seven U.S. patents and four foreign ones, and in recognition of his […]
ORD Mal Ord was, perhaps, best known for his expertise in preparing and maintaining the exotic European car collections of Don and Tommy Lee. Don Lee was a well known Southern California Cadillac dealer from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, as well as being heavily involved in the early Southern California broadcast industry. The Lees […]
Eddie Meyer Intakes Eddie Meyer went into business in 1919 repairing Model T Fords in Redlands, California and became a successful race car driver, racing a Rajo Model T with great success in 1923 and 1924. Bud Meyer, Eddie’s son, joined Eddie Meyer Engineering in 1928. Eddie generally ran the business and Bud was primarily […]
This week we had a great questions from one of our members....
This 1934 gem shows the pitfalls of modern driving and gives the viewer some examples of poor road etiquette, as well as illustrating the correct approach.