We had the chance to head south and pay our respects to Vic Edelbrock Jr last weekend in and around the Los Angeles basin. Vic, one of the leading automotive aftermarket titans of the past five decades passed away at the age of 80 on June 9th. It was a week-long celebration actually as the Edelbrock family held several services culminating with Saturday evening’s service which was open to all and included a good portion of Edelbrock employees.
It was both a touching and spectacular service. But before everyone headed to Vic’s Garage and Museum in Torrance for the service, Deuce Day at the Petersen Museum was held, celebrating the 85th anniversary of the ’32 Ford. The Deuce Day event paid tribute to Pete Chapouris as well as Vic Jr. Following the Deuce Day celebration, select cars cruised down to the facility in Torrance making for a full day of hot rod fun in honor of two So-Cal heroes.
Held at Vic’s Garage – a spectacular “man cave” featuring all of the cars, toys and memorabilia in the Edelbrock collection, the celebration of life started off with a bang. Vic’s beloved alma mater USC, supplied a spectacular intro with the USC Marching Band parading through the museum to the cheers of the crowd. It gave us chills!
In a touching tribute, Dave McLelland served as emcee and we had the pleasure of hearing from Vic Jr’s three daughters as well as motorsports luminaries like Mike Joy – the voice of NASCAR on Fox. Joy had a racing relationship with Vic Jr as the two hooked up on track many times during their vintage road racing days. Joy told how Vic Jr was a “prolific blocker” during race events. He also put things into perspective on just how vast the Edelbrock roots are. “When you open the hood of your hot rod revealing a modified American V8, you will find the name Edelbrock. Who else can say that” Joy said.
The dedicated Edelbrock staff and family put together a celebration fitting of the king of American performance. With a talented, vast and dedicated staff, you can rest assured the Edelbrock products and services will continue to flourish.