A Trip To The Toy Shop

One of the things that I like doing sometime during the workweek is to wander through the Banks Race Shop. It is really an amazing place. I can’t think of any other place in the world where I could find high-flow intake manifolds for diesel engines being developed, turbochargers being mounted on a V-12 tank engine and a one-of-a-kind diesel road race truck being built from the ground up… oh and by the way, just a few feet away is the world’s fastest pickup truck powered by a Cummins ISB engine.

Don’t think of it like a NASCAR race shop where you would see a half dozen or more cars being prepped for specific tasks. A lot of people refer to it as a toy shop, but it is really much more than that. It is a research and development facility of the highest order. There is a lot of talent working in the room too. The other day I was looking as some custom aluminum manifolds with welds that looked like they were done by a robot. They were actually done by Michael Markowitz, one of our newest fabricators. As far as I know he is fully human. He clearly has more metal working capability in his little finger than I will ever have.

I guess one of the reasons that I love it so much is because I love racing. What better way to develop new ideas and expand automotive concepts? That is really what racing is all about. And on top of that, its fun.

Leave a Reply

Want a FREE Catalog?

This information will never be sold to third parties

Tell us where to send your

FREE Banks Power Product Catalog!


Fill out the information below to receive

your FREE Banks Power product catalog!