Holbrook Racing Engines
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31831 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
Phone: (734) 762-4315
Chris Holbrook was about four years old when he figured out what he wanted to do with his life. Chris's father Carl Holbrook's long career in racing was something that Chris was able to watch first hand. Like most sons, Chris wanted to be like his father. Those were some pretty big shoes to fill. Carl Holbrook gained his skills wrenching in the Army's motor pools from 54' to 58'. His first engine swap was a tank engine into a Jeep. Naturally the Army made him take it out. Soured on the military, Carl found a job at National Can Company which provided him the income to start racing dirt modified stock cars during the sixties. In 1967 Carl's job required him to move to New Jersey and travel to New York every day, Carl bought a 390 Mustang to make the ride into work more fun. He set up the Mustang so he could drag race it on the weekends and drive it during the week. Like most of us, Carl got hooked. He bought a Cobra Jet Mustang in 1968 and started tearing up the competition in Super Stock. His many national wins and records earned the nickname "Captain Cobra Jet". In 1973, Carl had to open his own shop to take care of all the racers that wanted his talents applied to their engines. Chris Holbrook was able to be at his fathers side learning engine building from a very early age. By 1983 the volume of information that Chris absorbed over the years working with his father combined with his ability to drive started getting Chris noticed at Detroit Dragway. The 428 FE powered 63 Galaxy that Chris raced in bracket one honed his ability to setup, tune and drive a car consistently. By 1995 Chris gained enough confidence to step up to IHRA Top Sportsman class. His debut was spectacular.
At the 1995 IHRA World Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park Chris Holbrook showed up his with new Stu Evan's Ford, Lincoln, Mercury sponsored 95 Mustang that only had one run on it and won the Top Sportsman Eliminator Class with consistent 7.0Ã¢Â?Â?s at over 200 mph with his dad Carl adjusting the flow of Nitrous on the brand new 638 cube Ã¢Â?Â? 95 Mustang. The icing on the cake was winning it all and being voted Best Engineered Sportsman that weekend also.
In 1996 Chris was transitioning to Pro Stock in the Stu Evans Ford Lincoln Mercury Ford Credit Ã¢Â?Â? 97 Thunderbird. The Thunderbird was a Tim McAmis creation featuring an 814 cubic inch Jon Kaase Mountain Motor. Chris was running 6.76 at 205 mph with that setup.
Their first full season in Pro Stock was 1997. Making the transition to a new class and car gave Chris many challenges that year. Chris finished 7th in the 1997 Pro Stock season.
Over the winter the team switched to a Probe for the 1998 Pro Stock season. They got everybodyÃ¢Â?Â?s attention on March 29th 1998. Chris set a IHRA Pro Stock World Record E.T. of 6.696 and then added the mph record of 207.11 on July 31st 1998. Chris proceeded to set and reset both records a total of 11 times that year finishing 3rd in Pro Stock for 1998.
After a season like 1998, the only goal left for 1999 was winning the Pro Stock Championship. Butch Peterson was handling the Crew Chief position for Chris in 1999. Butch had been looking for way to showcase his talents for a while, and this was going to be a great year to do it. With Chris focusing on driving, and the level of communication and respect Chris and Butch have for each other, they went to each event expecting to win. They werenÃ¢Â?Â?t far off in their expectations, Chris had the season of a lifetime in 1999. They dominated the IHRA Pro Stock Class, qualifying first at 7 races that year, winning 5 of the events and the 1999 IHRA Pro Stock Championship.
Brian (November 14, 2011 - 7:51 pm)
It's simple, they make power! Home of the fastest Cobra Jet Fords.
Anonymous (June 24, 2010)
You need reliable horsepower...go see Chris.
Anonymous (June 21, 2010)
They treat there customers great.
I recommend Holbrook Racing Engines for best Engine Specialist.