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I "think" Mar-Lin was there..... They sponsered a few Super/Gas cars too.
Del Amo and Santa Fe.... I can hear them running sometimes from my house! I was there when Donnie crashed his car into the tree. I helped get him out. That was the last time that I was out there.
Bruno, I might be wrong, but I think that Dale had a shop in the same complex as Hot Rod Performance was in. I think they called the complex Hot Rod City or something.... It is pretty close to Crenshaw on PCH.
It's so amazing to hear that people still run on del-amo :)
 

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Yes, Dale Armstorng did have a shop right next door to Tony Capanna's dyno in Torrance. I remember the place as being called Hot Rod City. Dale was running that blue topless Chevy II at the time, the one with the name of "The Canuck" on the side.
 

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Back when I was in HS we use to go to Bedford Ohio and hang around and buy some parts at Dragcraft Engineering which later became Gallavans. When Stone, Woods and Cook were in town they always kept their gasser there. Richard (Dick) Vanhuit was the main guy I remember. Midwest Auto Parts on Miles Ave. outside Cleveland was another neat place in the mid 60s. I also remember going to Summit when they were in a small strip mall off the interstate and you could see the store from the hwy but when you got off the road you couldn't find it. Lots easier to find them now. RM
RM...

Just found this site...

I remember those days all too well... At one time Dragcraft Engineering had a shop over in Parma at the Snow & Ridge Road intersection. Was in there a few times but, for the most part spent a lot of time over on Triskett at Hart Automotive. Right around the corner from Hart's was Chuck Finder's place.

Right up the street from Hart's was Myles & Gellner Engineering just behind the Midas shop. Just north on Detroit was Speed Equipment. I was going to Cleveland State in down town Cleveland and worked for Mr. Gasket Co. for about a year or two. From there I went over to TRW Replacement in Independence, OH. Worked there for twenty years before Federal-Mogul Corp. bought the aftermarket division. I remember our Main Plant that made the TRW forged pistion in downtown Cleveland would send us crates of hemi pistons that we would do the finish turning for Sox & Martin's Pro Stock Barracuda...

Great times for sure... Thanks for the memories...

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Cool thread! I hope more guys can post up some stuff. Come on y'all... keep it going!
 

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Sadly, most local speed shops are long gone. But back in the day, in NYC I was lucky enough to have a few in my neighborhood.
Larry Chin owner "Competition Speed" in Queens and the shop supported quite a few cars. His street racing '66 Impala had the shops spare 496 BBC (for its A/MP Camaro) hooked up to a clutch-turbo & ran quite well & was a real "sleeper"---painted with a brush & wrinkle-finish paint to simulate a vinyl top. He showed me quite a bit that I still remember & miss. "Charlie's Speed Barn" was owned by a guy that looked more hippie than racer but he must've known his stuff as he sponsored some of Scott Shafiroff's in his early years. The shop was on the access road to the L.I.E. and was kind of hard to get to & had no parking space to speak of. "B&R Performance" was the biggest local speed shop around my neighborhood (Flushing, Queens) and had some great cars running out of it. I can remember 5 or so lower level Modified Production cars running out of that shop. and it's location was good, too. It was real cross to the Cross Island Pkwy, Utopia Pkwy and was on (IIRC) Francis Lewis Blvd, all popular street racing spots at the time. Sadly they're all gone now..........
 

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we had a couple small parts stores in the San Fernando Valley (California) when I was growing up,
Glenn's on San Fernando Rd in Pacoima , owner Dick was a racer so he kept stuff on hand that he needed and other local racers used,Sadly now it is just a hole in the wall parts store ,
Master Auto Parts on Tuxford in Sun Valley had several employees that were into racing so they had stuff in stock for the racers , now just a small over priced parts store that sells more body shop stuff than parts .

we had a bunch of small time shops that went nameless but were well known in the area, some were working out of their garage while others just had a tiny commercial shop that had no signs, you had to be in the know to find them,

our very own "Groucho" was one of them

I just went through this entire thread again and it is sad to see that several of the original posters have since passed away , 3 that I can think of for sure
 

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There were a few shops around me back in the day, Big Eds in Va., Custom Speed in DC-kind of the
big thing back then were the alumn. adapter plates for Olds, Lincolns, etc, used for putting the bigger
cubed engines up to diff trans, along with Holley carbs, B & M stuff-if it wasn't in stock, you had a pretty
long wait for it.
I used to hang out at S & S speed shop in Va, Chuck sponsored a couple of the gassers back then, they
had the 5 rings on the doors-it was a cool time back then
 

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In St. Louis a couple of well known shops were Wise Speed Shop and First Performance, both were located on Hampton Ave.

Super Shops was also here for a while, one located on Lindbergh Blvd. the other on Manchester Rd.
 

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Some of us are still around..
 

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I grew up on Long Island with Motion Performance in the next town over. We had our pick of real speed shops, S&K Speed in Rockville Centre and Lindenhurst. Hi-Speed in Valley Stream. The ATV speed shop chain. B&R Performance and many others. Of course, we had a drag strip until the 90's to run all this stuff on.
Now i'm in CT and most of the speed shops cater to tuners and 4Wheelers.
 

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My first job (1976 and I was 14 years old) sweeping the floors and stocking the shelves at Automotive Speed Parts in Orlando. Moved up through the ranks and ultimately managed the store after I graduated from high school. Couple of years later moved to Miami to run the Horsepower Sales store in South Miami, beautiful store and awesome company, missed Orlando so moved back and went to work for Bo Laws Automotive. Loved working for Bo, he really took care of his folks and Fridays were always dyno pulls toward the end of the day. Those were some good times but I quickly realized it was going to be tough to make any money in the Performance Industry; so joined the Navy and the rest is history.
 

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Gasoline Alley West, bought a lot of REAL race parts from some of the businesses in that complex. Crager Super Tricks with experimental rubber compound Firestone slicks from the Parnelli Jones race tire shop. A Nitrous system from 10.000 RPM, before nitrous on a street car was common. San Bernardino Racing Equipment (The original Super Shops store #1), they had a warehouse on San Bernardino Ave and they would have a sale every couple of months, ( by then Harry had bought out Mallory ignition, Sig Erson Cams, A header company, and numerous others) and you could pick up any one of their house items for crazy savings. I can't tell you how many things were $39.99 or less. J&M Racing Equipment started in Riverside, eventually had a second store in San Bernardino, spent many dollars there also. A couple of racers, Roy Johnson and Bill Bartlett opened up Inland Racing Associates, and Joanne, I cant recall her last name, opened up The Racers Net, all on E Street ( a major cruise hot spot) in San Bernardino.
Damn, good times!
 

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here in az back in the day and current
LOPERS,mulitple locations and still in business but back in the 70s and 80s at the indian school rd location the parking lot was full of his black vehicles and i remeber walking in and there was wall to wall ls6 and ls7 bb chevy crate engines ready to go.and they actually at that time had service bays to do mods.

SUPERSHOPS,nuff said

SERVICE CENTER,at camelback and central ave.bought my gold moroso valve covers,air cleaner and rhodes lifters for my bb mopar there.

GOOSIC,originally over on indian school n 16th st but later moved up the street and then to glendale and closed.

WILKYS, in mesa on main still open i think the stuff in boxes on shelves was pkged back in the 80s.

RUNDLES,was on mill n university at one time.sold booze and porno in the front and in the back part of the store was the hi perf. stuff.

DONS HOTROD SHOP, in tucson.still goin i think and family owned as well.

now,AMP,AZ SPEED MARINE,PRO DYNO,ETC.but just not the same....

Also Ed Smith and Lanes House of Speed.
 

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In the New Jersey area we had Ben Pilla speed shops all over the place. There was also Pete Church performance. There was a place on Rt. 13 in Bristol,PA but I can not remember the name of it. Owners name was Jeff. He did some machine work for me years ago. May have been been called Precision performance but I'm not 100% on that.
We also Have Suttons speed shop in Pemberton,NJ. They're still open but I don't know what kind of business they're doing these days

Seen many come and go, quarter mile performance, Medford Speed Shop, Glenwood performance....and a few others.
 

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Boston area:

New England Speed
PV Speed
Racer's Equipment
S&T Speed
Gavin Cooper's Pit Stop
Belmont's Rod & Custom - (still in business)
Speed Shack

There are more but I can't remember them all. I worked at the Speed Shack in the 70s and 80s. A fellow counterman there went on to become president of B&M and a member of the SEMA Hall of Fame.
 

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In St. Louis the speed shop was Wise Speed Shop, Vic and Dave Wise were the owners. Vic could care less about race cars but loved guns. It was always cool to walk in and see a rack of assault rifles back before they were the cool thing. They were partners on a Funny Car with Paul Radici and later ran a Super Stock car and a comp eliminator car. There was also 1st Performance which was down the street from Wise but not near the history. Matt Johnson was in North County. Mid West Four Wheel Drive with Big Foot carried speed parts as well. Speed Sports was the place to go for braided hoses and fittings. There was another place up in north county but I can't remember what it was. I spent a lot of time and money at Wise and still have some of my old shirts I just wish they still fit.
 
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