Speed Features

After struggling for some time to keep pace with Top Dragsters that seemed to be going faster than possible, Tom and Ryan Martino, the father and son duo of Youngstown-based Martino Motorsports, had to make a change. "We heard about Ny-Trex thru our sponsor friends at Fidanza who seemed to think this would be our magic bullet, after checking it out closely and comparing it to what the competition offered we were also convinced. We made the move to Ny-Trex and immediately became competitive again."



It started innocently enough.  A young guy walked into Design Engineering's first location on Detroit Road in Avon, OH ten years ago, introduced himself as Charlie Schultz and commented, "I mentioned to a friend that needed some heat protection parts and he said there was a performance parts company well-hidden behind a Dairy Mart and that I should check it out”. What do you guys sell?"

Turns out this young guy was racing go karts in a big way with his sights on moving up to more competitive sprint car and modified racing. DEI was glad to step up and help by offering support to Charlie and as Charlie’s racing career continues to grow, DEI is still onboard to help Charlie and May Motorsports team owners David and Lori May.



Team Klock WerksMITCHELL, S.D.— Team Klock Werks set out for their annual trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the Bub Motorcycle Speed Trials Event August 30-September 3, and came home with some new records, new personal bests, hundreds of pictures, and new stories to tell.  Racing at the salt flats has become an incredibly special event for this team - that headed to the salt for the first time in 2006 with their Biker Build Off winning “World’s Fastest Bagger”.  Since 2006, when Laura Klock piloted the WFB the team built to a land speed record in her first 2 passes, they've added to the team Laura’s two daughters, Erika and Karlee Cobb, Michelle Mielke (wife of Big Joe Mielke, Klock Werks’ shop manager), and this year, young Ross Tomas, the son of Mike "Kiwi" and Carolyn Tomas, owners of Kiwi Indian Motorcycles, and James Ramsey of James Ramsey Racing.

Over the years Team Klock Werks has had many firsts, and has made history. They were the first to win a build off with a bagger, the first to take a bagger to the salt, Laura and the girls became the first mother- daughter-daughter trio in the history of land speed racing to hold records at the same time, Karlee became the youngest ever to set a record on the salt at age 14 in 2008, and Ross became the youngest vintage rider to set a record on the salt at this years’ event, at the age of 15.  As far as they know, Brian and Laura’s wedding may have been the first wedding ceremony held at the Bub event on the salt.  The team designed the innovative, patented, Flare windshield out of a need for stability after racing in 2006 – and it is now their number one selling part.  Once again, the salt has become a special place for this team for many reasons.