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Torrance, CA

Obscura Society LA: Hot Rod Hideaway

Discover the key to transforming a car from drab to drag racer—born right here in LA

Find out what's inside the highest performance vehicles on the street... and beyond!

If you find yourself "racing for pinks" at some point, you might want to pay Edelbrock a visit. Starting in the 1930s, when Vic Edelbrock Sr. designed his own aluminum intake manifold called the "Slingshot" for a Ford flathead, Edelbrock has been putting the pedal to the medal, outfitting street legal cars with enough custom power to become racing roadsters.

Of course, it began to support Vic's own racing career (mostly on dry lake beds), but soon he became a full-time machinist, designing and manufacturing pistons, crankshafts, and more that helped racers set and break records. In fact, the first single engine streamliner to go over 200 mph was the Edelbrock-equipped Bachelor-Xydias So. Cal. Special. 

Now, Edelbrock is at the top of its performance parts business game: cylinder heads, carburetors, water pumps, crate engines, fuel systems, and so on. On our visit exclusively arranged for the Los Angeles Obscura Society, join Field Agent Sandi Hemmerlein on a tour of the Edelbrock shop, where today's machinists complete nearly the entire process—from the initial design of new parts, 3D printing of molds, and powder-coating (and other finishes) to quality control and dyno testing for force, power, and torque.

As a bonus, we'll ALSO be led on a docent tour of Edelbrock's own secret car museum, which does not have regular hours and is only accessible via a group like ours. In addition to Vic Sr.'s private car collection, on display are also his original toolbox and tools, memorabilia, and other selections from the company's archives.

Whether you're a midget racing history buff, grease monkey, custom car collector, or just a fan of the Fast and Furious side of life, this is a one-of-a-kind experience of LA!

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Notes for this adventure:

- Exact meeting location will be emailed to confirmed ticket holders a day or two before the event.

- This event takes place on a weekday morning—specifically a Friday—in Torrance, nearly 30 miles south of Downtown LA. Please allow extra travel time for the morning commute.

- The event will last approximately 2 hours.

- No children under 16 years of age and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. A signed liability form will be required for all attendees.

- Photography is allowed and encouraged except where noted because of some super-secret processes and new developments not yet announced to the public.

- We will be walking through an active manufacturing facility with machinery, moving parts, loud noises, and industrial smells. Please keep your hands to yourself!

- Earplugs encouraged. Protective eyewear / goggles will be provided (although you can wear your own prescription glasses instead). Wear closed-toed shoes and keep any bulky items (bags, etc.) in your car.

- Please be prepared for two hours of standing and walking. If you have any mobility issues, please let us know BEFORE you purchase a ticket.

- Plenty of free parking available

Advance Tickets Only. No Refunds or Exchanges.