Participants included Charles Florida, Chas Pinkerton, Justin Pinkerton, Matt Murphy, Ed Wassell, Craig Wassell, Derek Griffiths, Beaver Bob, Flashback Bill Stuck and his family, Matt Doyle, John Shultz, Rob Lefever, Larissa Faust, Moe Garrison, Bob Zubrickie, Kerry Moyer, Chris Ives, Lloyd Kapp, Ken Early, Dave Lehr, Jeff Zimmerman, Denny Aungst, Kevin Holland, and, of course, our newest member, Leonard Long of G-Force Transmissions.
After a short assembly outside G-Force transmissions
, we were crowded into Leonard Long's
office for a meet and greet.
told us some of his
history drag racing and making parts for his
showed us some articles and old photos, then gave us a history of how he
got started through a failed partnership, his
expansion to two facilities in two states, how he
got involved with Nascar including several cool stories of his
dealings with some of the teams, and finally to his
military and aerospace involvement.
Then we weaved our way through the building to several large rooms where he
described what each machine does.
During the tour, he
told us some more Nascar stories about what they wanted in a part, some of the quirks of certain teams, and how they even at times rejected ideas about saving some cost.
described how the parts were developed, made, serial numbered, and tested.
also explained how they built the transmissions for the Nascar teams and what the maintainance schedule was for them.
even showed us some prototypes from a new shifter that is ready to be put on the market, to a Porsche V8, yes that is a V8, engine that he
created 10 reproductions for a customer from one of the original handfull of them built by Porsche. (He even did this with NO plans or blueprints.) Heck, he
even has a Honda Accord drag Car waiting for a driver to promote a reverse spinning rear wheel drive transmission he
developed for the counterclockwise rotating Honda and Acura engines.
What a great meeting so far... Flashback Bill Stuck said it better than I could.
stated,"I thought the tour of Leonard's
shop was really as cool as I thought it might be.
It was great to see a 1/3 of the club come out on a work night for the special tour.
I think it was worth Leonard's effort and it showed through his
personal stories and candid comments he
What a great guy and special trip!"
We can't thank Leonard Long
spent a good two hours in the evening after work hours to show us around and answer any questions we had.
And yet another thanks to Beaver Bob and Flashback Bill Stuck for making the arrangments with Mr. Long
so we could have yet another cool meeting.
had his 8 sec, 02 Cobra Mustang there + Andy Jensen was making passes in the Turbo Vette.