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Courtesy American Hot Rod Foundation:

Frank Currie, hot rodder and pioneer of the modular rear end, dies at age 87.

Frank was born in Anaheim, California in 1929 and got into the racing and hot rod act early on when his older brother gave him his Model A Ford just before going into the service. From this, Currie would learn the art of hopping up 4-banger Ford engines using the popular speed equipment of the day ( OHV conversions, high lift cam shafts, and multi-carb set ups ) and running his creations out on the dry lakes and dirt tracks of southern California.

Frank served his country during the Korean War working as an aircraft mechanic at an Air Force base in Oklahoma. This exposure to highly tuned aircraft, the tools and machinery needed to maintain them, and the military standards that had to be met, took a naturally gifted mechanic and pushed him to a level that would make it possible for him to become one of the more successful aftermarket racing equipment manufacturers our country would know.

Currie Enterprises was founded in 1959 and was quickly built into an internationally recognized leader for all things having to do with the modular rear end. Although Frank retired in 1985 he did anything but slow down. In fact, he would earn legendary status among racers when in 1998 he drove his Boss 429 powered roadster called "Shotgun" to and from Bonneville ( the return trip being to Detroit ) running a time on the salt of 205 mph and earning the award for fastest time ever recorded by a car that drove itself to and from the fabled race course at that time.

Frank Currie would involve himself in many racing and distance driving challenges throughout the rest of his life including 20 times running the The Great Race.

We thank Frank Currie for his innovation and dedication to our sport and hobby and for leading such an exemplary life.

We'll leave you with this early photo of Frank Currie standing next to his trusty Ford roadster in 1949 that sports one of his self-cast windshields that he made using a Duke Hallock pattern and recycled brass from discarded Liberty airplane engine bearings.