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Performance Industry Titan Vic Edelbrock Jr. Passes Away
June 12, 2017
Vic Edelbrock Jr., one of the guiding lights of the aftermarket, past president and board member of SEMA and head of the Edelbrock Company for nearly 60 years, has passed away.
Performance Industry Titan Vic Edelbrock Jr. Passes Away

Vic Edelbrock Jr., one of the guiding lights of the aftermarket, past president and board member of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and head of the Edelbrock Company for nearly 60 years, has passed away.

Edelbrock company officials confirmed his passing late Friday evening.

“It’s with deep sadness that we announce the untimely death of our visionary and leader Vic Edelbrock Jr.,” company officials said in a statement. “Vic passed away this evening from complications following a recent cold. His passing was peaceful and in the company of his closest friends and family. The Edelbrock Fun Team sends their deepest condolences to his family and will always hold him in our hearts.”

Vic Jr. was born into racing royalty as the son of Vic Edelbrock Sr., one of the founders of hot rodding and the aftermarket for speed equipment who started Edelbrock LLC in 1938. After his father’s passing in 1962, the then 26-year-old Vic Jr. took over the reigns of the family company.

Through his finely tuned business, marketing and sales abilities, he built his father’s company to over $100 million in annual sales throughout the 2000s.

With the environmental restrictions and pollution control components in the early 1970s killing performance, Vic Jr. started changing the way things were run—marketing his induction systems as improving clean air without losing performance and even building his own testing dyno to back his claims.

Vic Jr. later served as president of the Specialty Equipment Market Ass’n (SEMA) from 1971 to 1974 and was a member of the SEMA Board of Directors for decades thereafter.