By Jason Udy | February 8, 2011
Last Wednesday, students from Utah Valley University‘s Automotive Department went on a field trip to Southern California. The trip was the idea of Professor Todd Low for students in his High-Performance Engine class. The students got to visit CP Pistons/Carrillo Rods, Edelbrock and Pomona Raceway.
They drove down on Wednesday. Thursday morning they visited CP Pistons/Carrillo Rods, in Irvine. CP Pistons and Carrillo Rods are known for custom high-performance engine parts. The students got a power point overview of the two companies and then a tour of the manufacturing facility. The amount of time the companies spend doing R&D and the vast number of CNC machines is staggering.
Friday morning the students got a treat when they visited Edelbrock, in Torrance. After touring the corporate offices the students got to walk through the on-site manufacturing and R&D facility. Edelbrock has several R&D vehicles on-hand for testing their new products, such as their new line of in-house superchargers. There were also several historical race cars in the shop. The best part of the production/R&D facility was when one of the Edelbrock engineers ran the engine dyno with a 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 engine with their new supercharger on top!
But the best was yet to come. After visiting the corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility the students went down the street and around the block to Vic’s Garage. Vic’s Garage is where all of the cars that represent the history of Edelbrock reside.
This is a dream garage for any car guy! From Vic Edelbrock Sr.’s original 1932 Ford Flathead which pulled double duty as race-car/family car, to a number of 1940s and 50s era American classics, to 1960s Muscle Cars, up to late model Mustangs and Camaros and Corvettes. Even a classic 911 convertible complete with whale-tale! Most of the cars are currently registered for street-use in California and have battery chargers plugged into the floor so Vic Jr. can take any car at any time out for a spin.
But what topped the rest of the visit was Vic Edelbrock Jr.’s visit to the garage, to share with the students the history of the company from is first-hand perspective. After a 20 or 30 minute history lesson Vic left in his supercharged Corvette Z06 (with approximately 670 horsepower). With very little prompting he made an enthusiastic exit down the street and around the corner!
After lunch on Friday the field trip made its way to Pomona Raceway to visit the race museum. With a vast racing history Pomona is one of the most famous racetracks in the country.
Saturday was the long ride home to cold and wet Utah.
Check out the photo gallery for pictures of the trip. (For obvious reasons photography was not allowed in the manufacturing facilities).
(Jason Udy, Pics: Kris Udy)