Ed Pink is a prolific icon hailing from the golden age of hot rodding. He was in the epicenter of Southern California’s hot rodding scene during post World War 2. At that time, a 15 year old Ed Pink may not have realized the indelible mark he’d leave on hot rodding and eventually drag racing, but he certainly exhibited a natural spark that eventually ignited into a torrent of breakthrough contributions.
According to Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America, “Ed could have worked in his dad’s L.A. paint store or his uncle’s famous Hollywood hot dog stand. Instead, he took a job sweeping floors for legendary hot rodder Lou Baney. He learned the basics of building racing Ford flathead V8s and raced his ’36 coupe at El Mirage Dry Lake.”
From Ed’s humble days on the dry lakes to building some of the hardiest powerplants for, but not limited to, dragsters, funny cars, formula 5000, and Indy cars alike, his career represents one of adaptability and making waves versus surfing them.
Ed maintains his roots and honors those who paved the way for his own greatness. Along with Baney, Vic Edelbrock Sr. and his crew Bobby Meeks, Don Towle, and Fran Hernandez taught Ed invaluable lessons, “they taught me how to do things the right way. I started building engines for El Mirage and Bonneville. It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t know you can’t do it,” said Ed on Motorsports Hall Of Fame.
Today, you can find Ed and his longtime friend Bob Brandt embarking on the next chapter of their lives, operating Ed Pink’s Garage in Newbury, California. According to their homepage the garage is dedicated to, “doing special projects that range from building and installing unique engines in street rods and muscle cars to performing R&D work.”
Ed makes it a point to mention, “I want to make it clear that we’re not going into the racing engine business. I sold my business (Ed Pink Racing Engines) to Tom Mallow over five years ago, and it continues to stand on its own with Frank Honsowetz, who was my GM for many years, at the helm. Many of EPRE’s employees have been there for 20-30 years and are excellent technicians. Because of this, I will count on EPRE to be a valuable resource for precision machine work and testing on all applicable projects we have at Ed Pink’s Garage.”
We’re on the edge of our seats waiting to see what new projects arise from Ed Pink’s Garage this year. Stay tuned for alerts and spotlights as they become available. Ed is a veteran in the game and a lion tamer when it comes to harnessing and bringing out the power of a motor. Anything that has his name attached is sure to be a wallop of a powerplant.
To learn more about Ed and his partner Bob’s newest venture be sure to follow the link to their homepage. We wish Ed a happy birthday and would like to congratulate him on many years of invaluable contributions towards the entire body of automotive culture.