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Ed Howe | Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame
from Beaverton, Michigan is one of this country's most respected short track auto racing personalities.
started racing about 1960 and ran stocks and super modifieds throughout the state in the early 60's before switching to the semi late models where he
came into his
By the mid 1960's Howe was winning frequently throughout the state.
In the 1968 Howe
began painting his
cars green as a protest to the drivers who were superstitious.
picked up the nickname "Green Hornet" and for the most part has had cars painted green ever since.
has not been one to have the same number year after year, but rather changes regularly.
most famous cars were the green Camaros numbered GOING and GONE that he
built in 1973.
In 1974 he
was highly successful in campaigning an AMC javelin.
has recorded over 200 feature wins.
Some of Howe's major wins include the 1969 U.S. Late Model Championship at Tri County Speedway in Ohio and the final "Pittsburgher 250 at Heidelberg Raceway in Pennsylvania in 1973.
has also won the Michigan State Championship at Berlin Raceway many times.
is the only four-time winner of the Florida State Championship (1972, 1974, 1975 & 1976).
And in 1972 Howe
won both the Alabama State title and the prestigious Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Florida.
is a rare driver as he
adapts well to either pavement or dirt surfaces.
is a many time winner of the annual "Mudslinger" at Auto City Speedway as well as being one of the winniest drivers on the MSPA trail.
wins like the "NASCAR 300 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 1977 has brought him nationwide acclaim.
Yet Ed Howe
is actually best known for the competitive and durable stock cars he
builds and sells.
Ed formed Howe Racing Enterprises in the early 1970's and was a pioneer in building kit car style short track late model chassis.
is truly one of the nations most successful short track late model racers and is indeed a legend in Michigan auto racing.
ArcaRacing.com - ARCA Online Home Page
"A lot of racing businesses have popped up during the past 30 years," said Ed Howe, HRE Founder & CEO.
, the company's namesake and founder, gained notoriety during the 1970s and 1980s racing and winning in major late model races throughout the Midwest, including the ARCA
sanctioned tracks at Flat Rock, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.Howe's winning reputation behind the wheel drove demand for Howe Chassis. "Bringing a chassis manufacturer the stature of Howe to the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series is truly another huge step forward in the positive growth of the series," commented Joe Wells, ARCA Vice President of Competition.
Howe Racing Enterprises - ASCAR Chassis Suppliers
In 1971 stock car racing was about to change forever when my father, Charles "Ed" Howe, left his job as a machinist and founded Howe Racing Enterprises.
With the help of his first two employees Ed began taking orders for ready-made, purpose built stock cars and replacement parts.
Within weeks a deluge of orders overwhelmed the young entrepreneur and an entire new industry came to life.
Howe's products were developed from Ed's 10 years of experience as one of the top drivers in the Eastern United States and Canada.
A racing visionary, he developed his products by making them ready to race based on what he had built for himself.
"In 1998 Stock Car Racing Magazine
voted Ed Howe
as one of the 25 men to make the greatest difference in the sport of stock car racing in the USA.
In 1997 after years of dedication to his business and the sport of stock car racing, Ed Howe moved himself to an advisory role and I became President of Howe Racing Enterprises.
My father continues to take part in product development and I believe that through his
genuine love of racing, he
has created better parts by designing them as if each part was for his
This same directive is our motivation today.
"As a driver I have compiled over 60 feature event victories and have been active in all facets of the business from an early age.
In 1992 Howe Racing Enterprises
received an unprecedented endorsement when the American Speed Association
(ASA), specified that all new ASA
racing cars must utilise a Howe
built chassis mid section.
continues to be the exclusive producer of mid sections for ASA
as well as the SCCA class GT America.
"In 1999 we became involved with a new venture for stock car racing that will bring American stock cars to the United Kingdom, ASCAR
The cars that Howe
is producing for ASCAR
are based on the ASA chassis design.
Ed Howe & Tom Maier Article ...
Ed Howe & Tom Maier Article It was the early 70's when two Michigan stock car drivers formed one of the most potent two car teams ever seen on the late model circuit in the Midwest.Ed Howe and Tom Maier could strike fear in the hearts of their competition just by pulling those green machines in the pits, and running a few hot laps.
The GoIng and GOne tandem were nothing short of awesome, In 1973 they dominated the late model scene with 73 wins, 48 by Maier and 25 by Howe
By the mid 60's, Howe
, was winning with regularity and establishing himself as a force on the Michigan tracks.In the late 60's he
literally added some color to his
race cars by painting them green.He
wanted to dispel the theory that it was superstitious for a driver to paint his
Even though Tom and Ed
didn't always agree, they meshed smoothly on the race track like a perfect matched set of gears.
...After working a full time job as a machinist and trying to race stock cars, Howe decided to become a full time professional driver.
The monetary rewards seemed to be to his
advantage as a driver; especially when he
ran the majority of the big money races.His
winning percentage kept going up. Howe was the master technician of the short tracks.
A finesse driver who would almost lure the driver in front of him into a sense of false security, and then take advantage of a miscue to quickly pass him.A man who was respected by his
would never touch or make contact with a competitor intentionally.He
didn't have to in order to win.The "Green Hornet" could change the outcome of a race in a hurry.Ed
was quiet and reserved.A man who let his
actions on the race track speak for himself, as well as his
creative mind and innovations.When it came to designing chassis' and race cars, he
was in another league.An ultra smooth racer, Ed
was well liked by the media for his
would always tell the truth and never play word games during an interview, and always give credit to the winning driver.
In 1972 with his
stock rising in every race, Howe
, decided to test some Ohio tracks.He
was winning practically everywhere.He
chose Columbus Motor Speedway with one of the most successful cast of veteran drivers anywhere.
Needless to say Howe
figured the track out in short order.On opening day at CMS in '72, Howe
set fast time in his
green ‘69 Chevelle and clamped the lid on the winners circle.The Green Hornet had shown he
could race with that strong cast of drivers and win.The Michigan speedster came back the following week and repeated his
opening night performance and later in the year won the first ever Marc Times Invitational at Columbus.Howe
won 4 races, added a 4th place, two 7th place, and collected over ,6,000.00 in prize money.In '73 he
came back and scored his
second Invitational win and took home ,2,360.00.
That same year Howe dominated at Tri-County Speedway in West Chester, Ohio near Cincinnati.He
captured 4 of the top jewels on the Tri-County schedule.
was 12th in lifetime earnings after the '72 season with ,12,125.00.
Maier's first trip to CMS wasn't as auspicious as Howe's
but it was impressive.Arriving with a '70 Ford Mustang with a Boss 302 engine, the Midland, Michigan ace was under the track record after a few practice laps.Get the idea?It didn't take long for Tom or Ed
to read any track correctly.
Tom totaled over 300 wins during his career, and Ed
was over the 200 mark.
Both have been inducted into the Michigan Auto Racing Hall of Fame
in 1988 and Tom in 1993.
approached promoter Howard Bice after the race and said "We both won the race you should pay us both for first place."
Bice didn't agree and told Howe
they were going to split fist and second.
There were not many tracks that Howe
didn't like.One was Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio that seems like it has seven or eight turns.Ed
said after a 100 Lap Marc Times Invitational "This is one of the goofiest race tracks I've ever raced on."He
finished eighth that night.He
also disliked Winchester or any fast high banked ovals.He
was very straight forward when asked why he
didn't like the speedy Indiana half-mile course."I have a fear of fast high banked tracks.It's a simple as that."But mention a flat course and the adrenalin starts to flow.Ed
loved the flat paved ovals.You had to respect his
"I have the greatest amount of respect for Ed
But it was Ed
's wife Joan that was more upset than Ed.Howe
was always reminding his
young protégé to save his
brakes and keep his
tires underneath him.
and Tom were way ahead of their time," recalled John Nuckles, Columbus Motor Speedway official.
Don "Heavy" Hill, whose son, Donnie, just earned his second track championship at CMS, agrees that Ed
and Tom were in a class all their own, definitely the "real deal."
Dave Sceva, whose late father, Neal Sceva, was a living legend on the short tracks with over 600 wins, had this to say about Howe
"Just some quick thoughts on Ed Howe
, as I think it is what my dad would say about him - helluva racer and short track innovator.
After a few years Tom had secured a sponsorship from Carling Black Label, which Ed
did not feel was appropriate and did not want to use it.
...Howe hired Mike Eddy to drive the factory car.
Maier, now 65, and Howe
, who just turned 68, are both retired, but they still stay active.
...For 30 years, since Ed and Joan founded HRE, they have set the standard.
A few years ago Ed
turned the reins over to his
very capable son Charles who brings the same philosophy and logic to the business.Like his
dad, Charles, is a former driver who has the same business acumen and sharp insight as his
father.Today the company is stronger than ever with Chas at the helm.Bob Cumbow, veteran crew chief, for young ASA standout Jesse Smith, and also Dave Sceva had this to say about Ed and Chas.
"When you work around Chas or Ed
, their first response would be - if unloading didn't help, try loading it.
retirement builds go-karts for his
grand kids and is already up to his
fifth design.Always tweaking trying to make things better.Ed Howe
and Tom Maier two living legends who still set the pace in the business world along with their sons.
Al worked with Ed Howe of ...
Al worked with Ed Howe of Howe Enterprises. to design and produce one of stock cars most famous header, the "180 degrees".
Al and Ed Howe
designed and developed all the exhaust headers and components for American Speed Association
Ed Howe - Junior Johnson - Don (Big Daddy) Garlits - Shirley (Cha Cha) Muldowney - Paul Goldsmith - Mike Eddy - Junior Hanley - Bo Laws - Eddi Flora - Bob Perry - Don Biederman - Frank Seder - Bob Kingen plus many others.