Aftermarket performance titan Vic Edelbrock Jr passed away Friday, June 9th. He was 80 years old.
In hot rodding and American performance there is no bigger name than Edelbrock. A fixture in our scene, Edelbrock lived the life he promoted through his family’s giant performance parts company. From regular roadster rides in his Brizio-built ’32 Ford, to historic vintage sports car racing, to flying in fast planes to product development, Vic excelled in everything he did in the realm of speed and power.
Vic Jr took over as President and CEO of Edelbrock when he was 26 after Vic Sr passed suddenly in 1962. He stewarded the famous company for over four decades in his role of Edelbrock President and CEO leading the famed red & white speed brand to the top revenue producer in American performance.
Edelbrock’s vast product line gave hot rodders, boaters and racers every conceivable performance part they could ever want. From carbs, intake manifolds, superchargers and state of the art turn-key crate engines, generations of street and strip enthusiasts went faster thanks to Edelbrock’s vision and products.
As you would imagine, his reach was immense. He served as SEMA President from 1971-1974 and was on SEMA’s board of directors for two decades. His is enshrined in numerous Halls of Fame and proved he had the right stuff after taking Edelbrock from just 10 employees in 1962 to hundreds of staff and team members in subsequent years. Edelbrock did hundreds of millions in revenue under his direction.
He was a longtime friend of Goodguys supporting every platform we had to offer. Edelbrock’s rig has been on our event midway since we began holding rod & custom events, and Edelbrock ads regularly appeared in every one of our publications. Not only that, most of the 75-plus giveaway cars we have offered our members had parts donated by Edelbrock on them.
Away from the speed scene, Edelbrock was a decorated USC alum (he starred on the USC football team in the late 50s) and regularly spent time at his fishing cabin in Canada. Legend had it Vic Jr ran on a treadmill every day of his adult life for an hour a day.
His passing follows a devastating period of loss in hot rodding the past two years. From our founder and chairman Gary Meadors, Art Chrisman, Blackie Gejeian, Pete Chapouris, Dick Magoo, Bill Hines, Tex Smith, Jerry Maguson, Frank Currie and others, our industry is rapidly losing its founders.
We send our deepest condolences to the Edelbrock family. Funeral services will be posted to this story when they become available.