Hall of Fame engine builder Ed “The Old Master” Pink is embarking on a new chapter in his storied career, collaborating with long-time friend and associate Bob Brandt to launch “Ed Pink’s Garage” in Newbury Park, CA. The facility will be devoted to doing special projects that range from building and installing unique engines in street rods and muscle cars to performing R&D work.
Pink said, “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 Malloy 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 20-30 years and are excellent technicians. And 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.”
Brandt, of course, is best known for his 17-year tenure as Crew Chief for drag racing legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme. During this time Prudhomme won numerous NHRA championships and compiled an amazing won/lost record. Brandt was recognized as Car Craft Magazine’s All-Star Crew Chief for seven consecutive years. Later, he played a key role in the racing operations of Gary Ormsby, Bruce Sarver, Larry Minor, Joe Gibbs and Don Schumacher. The man knows how to spin a wrench! The Lakewood, Ohio native eventually grew tired of the racing grind and hung up said wrench. However, as you might suspect, Bob got bored with retirement and along came Pink with an offer he couldn’t refuse.
In describing their operation, Pink—who was tagged with the sobriquet “The Old Master” some 50 years ago—said, “We’ve got a nice shop that’s nestled in an industrial complex and surrounded by a number of car collectors. Some of the first projects we have going include recreating the flathead engine that was in the ’36 Ford I used to race at the dry lakes, build a 427 SOHC ‘cammer’ Ford with some unique twists, and restore an Indian motorcycle.”
Ed went on to say, “Our goal is to connect with those enthusiasts who want something special and value the knowledge and experience Bob and I bring to the party. We will also be doing consulting work and help customers develop highly effective engine combinations.” Pink’s credentials includes preparing engines that won major titles in such diversified venues as drag racing, off-road, the Indy 500, USAC Midgets and Silver Crown sprint cars, endurance sports car racing and more. To connect with Pink go to: www.EdPinksGarage.com or call 805-499-4091.