The 10th Annual Edelbrock Car Show was another huge success as over 400 cars were on display. The show was able to present the Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU) a check in the amount of $10,000 to support its many efforts, especially its robotics club for middle and high school students. A nice touch of the show is that Vic’s Garage is open to the public. His garage is usually kept under lock and key so it is nice to get a peek inside. This showroom featured Vic’s original ’32 Roadster plus a nice selection of American classics.
Held at Vic’s Garage in Torrance, the event has now become a staple of the Southern California hot rod scene. The show allows participants to bring out their classics to show the rest of us enthusiasts while enjoying good food and listening to classic oldies. What is not to like about that on a weekend?
Vic Edelbrock Sr. was born in Kansas. In 1931 Vic moved west to California to live with his brother. In 1933, he opened his first repair garage in Beverly Hills and, in 1938, he bought a 1932 Ford Roadster. That 32 Roadster ended up being a guinea pig for the Slingshot aluminum manifold for the Flathead. Both of these went through a lot of testing at Muroc Dry Lake (the current home of Edwards Air Force base) as Edelbrock’s performance business began to take shape. World War II set Vic’s plans back, but his experience as a machinist during the war paid off in spades as he returned to California and opened a machine shop – Edelbrock Power and Speed Equipment was born. Unfortunately Cancer took Vic’s life at 49 in 1962, but Vic Jr. and his crew grew the company into what you see today – a multi-million dollar enterprise that takes pride in “Made in the USA.”
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