Only about 15 years separated Vic Edelbrock Jr. and Pat Musi. But from the first time Musi met Edelbrock in 2003, he referred to Musi as “kid.”
Forget the fact that Musi had already passed 50 and Edelbrock was in his mid-60s. Musi was always “kid” and, in Musi’s eyes, from that point forward Edelbrock was his big brother. Musi might not have realized it then, but perhaps it was Edelbrock’s way of knowing their friendship and business partnership was going to be special.
“He said, ‘Kid, just remember you’re on our team and we’re going to have a lot of fun,’ and we really did,” Musi said. “I think we had a really good, strong relationship. I don’t know if I would call him a second father, but I would call him a big brother. We just got really close as the years went on.”
Their relationship was about much more than business and it’s the friendship Musi will miss most. Edelbrock died June 7, at the age 80, leaving an indelible mark not only in the drag racing world, but also in the entire automotive and motorsports industry.