Lifetime Achievement Award
Larry Jewett - November 08, 2011 07:20 AM
Ed Iskenderian, founder of Isky Racing Cams, will be honored with the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grand Opening Breakfast for the 2012 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show, to be held March 23, 2012 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
"I remember Isky Cams being synonymous with high performance and quality," said Buddy Pepp, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, co-presenter of the award. "Ed Iskenderian is the true 'Camfather.' "
Iskenderian began working on cars in high school, his pet project a Model T Ford roadster. After graduating, he worked as an apprentice tool and die maker, then enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving with the Air Transport Command flying supplier to the islands of the Pacific during World War II.
The hot rod hobby was gaining traction so it was harder to get parts from the few camshaft manufacturers on the West Coast. While waiting for delivery of a special-order camshaft, Iskenderian bought a used conventional cylindrical grinder that he converted to a universal cam grinding machine and entered the cam grinding business.
Throughout his career, Iskenderian used the latest technology to develop his camshafts. Isky Racing Cams lists him as the first person in the industry to employ computers in camshaft design. This helped him to develop performance and economy camshafts and components for racers and stock/street enthusiasts.
Iskenderian was one the founders of the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association, the organization that became SEMA. He served as the organization's first president in 1963 and 1964, and was inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame in 1985. He was also named one of Chevrolet's Legends of Performance that same year.
The 14th Annual Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show takes place March 22-24, 2012 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.