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Start Your Engines

Everybody is looking for something. Johnny Lee was looking for love in all the wrong places. The Marines are looking for a few good men.

Here at Engine Builder magazine, we’re really no different – we’re looking for love (in a manner of speaking) on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Have you checked out our social media presence yet??If not, I encourage you to do so.

And, like the Marines, we’re also looking for a few good men…performance engine builders, actually. The second-annual Performance Engine Builder of the Year Contest has started and the search for greatness is officially underway.

Engine Builder magazine and Driven Racing Oil are again 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.

You’re out there – somewhere – and I’d like to offer a hearty congratulations in advance.

The Second-Annual Performance Engine Builder of the Year Award will be presented in a special presentation during this year’s Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) December 9-11 in Indianapolis, and performance builders of all types are eligible. Engine builders can nominate their own businesses, or others can nominate performance engine building businesses.

The entry process is simple: just go to and answer a few simple questions to get started. Those making the nomination need to provide basic information about the engine builder being nominated and write a short (300-word maximum) essay explaining why that operation should be considered.

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

You can win an iPad, hotel accommodations in Indianapolis and admission to the 24th Annual AETC, a fancy Engine Builder of the Year plaque for your lobby or office wall and $1,000, as well as a bunch of other goodies. But that’s not all.

As Frank Honsowetz and the gang at Ed Pink Racing Engines can attest (winners of our inaugural contest in 2012), one of the best prizes is bragging rights. Winning this contest gives you the chance to call yourself the current Performance Engine Builder of the Year for the next 12 months and a past winner for the rest of your career. Pretty sweet.

The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes is said to have wandered the streets of Athens with a lantern in daylight looking for an honest man. When it comes to your analysis of why you’re the top of the performance heap, we’re leaving the light on for you.


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