Of the nearly 6000 powerplants prepared by Ed Pink since 1948, we figured
his most memorable to be some form of the nitro-burning Chrysler Hemi that
propelled him to international attention in the Sixties and Seventies. Instead,
it’s a tiny German gas-burner from the Eighties, as Pink explains here ...
“Every business has its
peaks and valleys. Mine started to go into a valley in the mid-Eighties, and we
had a pretty-good-sized nut to crack. So we got involved in sports-car racing,
around 1987. My old friend and drag-race customer, Jim Busby, had started
running a 962 Porsche in GTP, the ultimate IMSA prototype class. One day he
called me up and asked, ‘Why don’t you do Porsches?’
“I said, Jim, we’ve never done a Porsche before; I don’t even know what the
inside of one of those things looks like. He says, ‘An engine’s an engine.
You can do it! I’ve got strong connections with Porsche. How about if I get
you to Germany, to their R&D center?’ I said, Well, that would sure
help. So, he got me hooked up with them, and I spent two weeks in the engine
department. That was quite an experience.