Vic Edelbrock roadster


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Vic Edelbrock roadster
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:11:32 AM »
When Vic Edelbrock, Sr. began repairing automobiles in Southern California in 1933 during the Great Depression, he was fascinated and influenced by the various types of racing taking place from dirt tracks to the dry lakes. By the end of the thirties, Vic Sr. had purchased a ’32 Ford Roadster from an injured, out-of-work stuntman. Vic Jr. recalls, “That was our only mode of transportation. It was a full-on race car for the dry lakes, but when my dad put the fenders back on, it was our trusty family car and daily driver. That was all we had.”

The ’32 Ford went on to make history with all-out record-setting speeds for a V-8 roadster (121.42 mph) at the dry lakes in December 1941. Using many of his own speed parts and the now infamous Edelbrock Slingshot flathead intake manifold, Vick Sr. proved to the racing community that his designs in speed equipment improved performance, in part due to the success of his time trials.

Vic Sr. was an extremely intelligent man and had gleaned many speed secrets that he kept private just to stay a nose ahead of the competition. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, World War II had just begun and it instantly changed the way of life for everyone, hot rodders included. During the war, Vic Sr. worked tirelessly welding the hulls of warships in the yards of Long Beach. Shortly after the war, all forms of racing in California picked back up with a feverous pitch. The knowledge and amount of technology available due to war-time industries brought about incredible advancements to the field of hot rodding.

Hot rods soon turned to street racing and were looked upon as a menace to public safety. Vic Sr. became a noted member of the Road Runner Car Club and raced alongside such legends as Wally Parks and Ak Miller. Racing under a club name helped to organize a bunch of loose cannons and give hot rodding and, later, drag racing respectability.

The Edelbrock roadster continually set speed records at the dry lakes before and after World War II. One of the main reasons was the success of Vic Edelbrock’s newly designed flathead manifold.