photo credit: Jim Culp
Last week was a hard week in the motorsports racing community. On June 9th Vic Edelbrock, Jr., hot rod and racing icon, passed away from complications resulting from a cold. Pacific Raceways has been honored to have Vic and his daughters race on our road course many times over the years at the Pacific Northwest Historic Vintage Races.
In 2009 Vic was the Guest Celebrity at the PNW Historics, greeting spectators, and signing autographs, while also racing his 1967 Corvette alongside his daughter Christi in her 1966 Shelby GT350 and all of the other racers in the crowd favorite large bore group. Vic’s friendly demeanor was a magnet for racers and spectators alike to stop by and visit his paddock. Always welcoming and outgoing, Vic was an inspiration to us all.
As the presenting sponsor of the PNW Historics for many years, the Pacific Northwest was given the opportunity to see the Edelbrock family’s and corporation’s philanthropic sides. Including their sponsorship over the years, Edelbrock helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Seattle Children’s Hospital through this vintage racing event. Vic may have been California based, but his ties to the PNW have run deep for decades.
After graduating from high school, Vic earned a football scholarship to USC, where he graduated with a business degree. In 1968 Vic earned his pilot’s license. In addition to racing cars, Vic also enjoyed racing boats. He served as the President and CEO of Edelbrock Corporation until 2010, after which he remained as the board chairman.
In 1962, after the passing of his father, Vic took over Edelbrock Corporation, an aftermarket performance parts company known for their “made in the USA” products. Over the years Vic took the company from being a $450,000 annual sales business with only 10 employees, to a multi-million dollar enterprise with over 700 employees. In his younger days, at age 12, Vic began working in his dad’s shop for $2 an hour, which at the time he thought was “…really living.” The auto and racing industries have always been a part of Vic’s life, and we all have the Edelbrock family, Corporation, and Vic to thank for their part in shaping the racing world as we know it today.
The Pacific Raceways team sends our gratitude and love to the Edelbrock Family. We are honored for having known Vic, and having had him race at our track over the years. Thank you, Vic, for all you did. We will think of you fondly and often.