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2013 Performance Engine Builder Contest Now Taking Applications

When the gun fires, the Christmas Tree flashes down or the green flag flies, you don’t start the race hoping for mediocrity – you expect to win.

Performance Engine Builder of the YearAs much as we try to remain humble, let’s admit that the real goal of our business is to be more successful than the next guy. Especially in racing, if you’re not winning, you’re losing – and more likely than not, the competitive fires burn brightly to not lose the next time.

We have nearly 30 engine builders who are itching at a shot at redemption and, more likely, hundreds more who feel they’re ready to knock off the champ.

Applications for the second annual Performance Engine Builder of the Year Award, presented by
Engine Builder and Driven Racing Oil, are now being accepted at

We’re looking for the best example of creativity and innovation, training and education, merchandising and promotion, professional standards and conduct, appearance, solid business management, community involvement, business growth, achievement and victories.

That’s a long list, and it’s an intentionally challenging track. We’re looking for the best of the best of the best.

Last year, we received entries from fantastic shops all over the country. Each was a worthy candidate, but Ed Pink Racing Engines was the cream that rose to the top. Who will it be this year? One of last year’s competitors? Someone new? You?

If you believe that’s you, you’ll find yourself in tough company…but the rewards will be rich.

We’ll announce the winner at a special presentation during the the 2013 Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) in Indianpolis, December 8-11. The winner will receive a hefty cash prize, an Apple iPad, three nights’ lodging at the Indianapolis Hyatt during AETC, admission for two to AETC, the Performance Engine Builder of the Year Award Plaque, a feature article about the business in a 2014 issue of Engine Builder, as well as numerous other prizes from Engine Builder and Driven Racing Oil.

The entry process is simple: those making the nomination need to provide basic information about the engine builder or shop being nominated and write a short essay explaining why that operation should be considered.

From there, all entrants will be reviewed and a group of semi-finalists will be selected. Each semi-finalists will be asked to provide additional information for judging. A panel of judges, including representatives from Driven and Engine Builder will select three finalists and, ultimately, the 2013 Performance Engine Builder of the Year Award winner.

For more information about the contest, visit For information about AETC, visit For information about our title sponsor,

The race is just getting started and I can already tell, it’s going to be a close one. Congratulations in advance to the winner, whoever you are. We’ll see you in December!

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Doug Kaufman
Doug Kaufman has been with Babcox Media since 1987 serving in a variety of editorial and publishing roles and titles. He is currently publisher of Engine Builder. He also has been editorial liaison between Babcox and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) for the past 12 years. Doug has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and remains a committed MAC enthusiast.