For Ed, the end of drag racing came in 1980. He began to see the trends starting to change in 1975-76. They were running the engines harder and sponsorship money was changing everything. “We were doing fewer and fewer engines, but we were selling a few more parts than normal. My main thing, then, was consulting. I spent more time answering people’s questions and getting them out of trouble. I didn’t know how I could charge for consulting. I needed to look someplace else.”
The Old Master
The ’90s took Ed back to his bygone days when he hung out at Vic Sr.’s garage watching and learning from Vic Sr.’s success with his Ford Flathead V8-60-powered Midget. This time it was Ed Pink’s Ford Midget engines that dominated, to include eight United States Auto Club (USAC) Midget Championships with 100 National Event wins and four consecutive Silver Crown Championships.
No question, Ed Pink made his mark in drag racing and was honored for his contributions to the sport in 1995 at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion at Bakersfield along with Ak Miller and Chris “The Greek” Karamesines.
Ed is not the retiring type. He still puts in an average of 20 hours a week as consultant to Ed Pink Racing Engines. Ed sold the company in 2008 to Tom Malloy.
“If they have a particular engine they haven’t run before on the dynamometer, they’ll bring me in to get it sorted out. I’m kind of a fireman, a troubleshooter. They’re taking advantage of all the experience I have. They’re plugging me into areas they need my expertise in. There will come a time when they won’t need me anymore.”
Ed, you weren’t called “The Old Master” at an early age because it sounded catchy, you were called that because you were. The passing years have given that name new meaning. As long as there is Pink Racing Engines there will be Ed Pink walking through that door.