If you remember about a year ago in the pages of Engine Builder, we highlighted a shop in Cleveland called Victory Engines. The title of that story was ‘To the Victor Go the Spoils.’ Foreshadowing being what it is, Victory Engines’ owner Ray Banyas has again claimed a victory by being named the 2016 Vintage Engine Builder of the Year.
Ray Banyas used to hand port cylinder heads back when he first started at a shop called Myles Engineering in Cleveland. Roughly 20-plus years ago he hand ported cylinder heads for an alcohol drag engine that belonged to a customer named Dale Wicks. Recently, Wayne Wicks, Dale’s brother, paid a visit to the shop, which
The Engine Builder team recently made a trip up to Cleveland to visit Ray Banyas and Phil Hartsel at Victory Engines to tour the shop and present the guys with the 2016 Vintage Engine Builder of the Year award.
This 1968 426 HEMI engine came into Victory Racing Engines in Cleveland in pretty rough shape. Rust, gunk, and 30 years of wear and tear is what Ray Banyas had to cut through in order to get this engine breathing again.
Ray Banyas was given two weeks to decide if he wanted to buy Myles Engineering and go from long-time employee to owner of the Cleveland-based engine shop. The alternative? The business would shut down after being open 70 years.