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HISTORY OF THE ZL1 SPEED SHOP

Beginning around 1969 a young man by the name of Greg began working in his father's wood shop behind a home on a farm property in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It started with a 1955 Chevrolet and a big block conversion—from this point the rest is history! To the family's surprise, people began bringing cars and engines to this young man for rebuilding and/or restoration, and the legacy began. It was not long before business in the smoke shed work shop moved to a commercial building as a speed shop “Team 69 Racing” in cooperation with a slightly older gentleman by the name of Rick. This partnership between Greg and Rick took root in the 1970s with the help of an old Clayton dyno and basic engine rebuilding machining equipment, and before you know it they were building Sprint car engines, performing R & D in cylinder head development, etc. Operating in NE Indiana Greg and Rick were running around with John Lingenfelter founder of LPE, one of the fathers of GM racing who helped GM through the 1980s and early 1990s perfect the small block Chevrolet platform. It is said that Rick from time to time would visit Smokey Yunick's shop in FL to buy trade-in parts and exchange ideas. Decades went by and Rick decided the struggles of running a business were too difficult and became an engineer for GM and later Delphi.

Greg has for years provided very specialized restoration services to muscle car collectors and vintage enthusiasts all over the world. It is not a surprise since Greg stayed true to his vocation since the late 1960s that he has done some big things in the automotive world. Some of these achievements include providing hundreds of numbers matching correct engine assemblies to many NCRS judged cars and other owner's of some of the worlds most correct Chevelle, Camaro, Nova, and Impalas. As a tool and die and pattern maker, beginning 1990s to present Greg as a pioneer has worked to pour and cast special vintage parts that could have been all but lost in time, and helped well known people such as a former VP of General Motors and a former US president's personal pilot finish their top-flite Concours auto restorations. Greg is able to do big things for the modern high performance and vintage collector car industry. With a full engine machine shop with Superflow dyno, full auto restoration facility, parts warehouse, and more. Greg, now an avid collector of 1969 Z/28 and ZL1 Camaro engines, (even after a major heart attack in 2016) is still at it going strong with the same drive that drove him in that little old smoke shed in 1969. With that said, you will likely see and hear more of the ZL1 Speed Shop moving forward!

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