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COMP Cams Engine Builder Duel A Family Affair At St. Paul Street Machine Nationals

St. Paul, MN – Each year a strong crop of participants fills out the COMP Cams Engine Builder Duel field during the St. Paul Street Machine Nationals in Minnesota. In 2015 the enthusiastic builders on hand included three family teams.


15-year-old Corey Bell (L) and father, Doug, won on Saturday morning in St. Paul.

The Engine Builder Duel program is a major component of several prestigious automotive events around the country. The national record time has fallen more than once in St. Paul, making it one of the most anticipated stops on the calendar.

In the competition, a pair of two-person teams race to assemble and fire a Small Block Chevy engine in the shortest amount of time with no help from the audience. Engines must run for 30 seconds. The winners are each treated to a $250 COMP Cams certificate, while the runners-up each receive $125 certificates from the valve train leader. The teams are named for COMP Cams and its sister brand FAST.

The festivities in St. Paul kicked off on the afternoon of Friday, July 17, with COMP Cams employees Adam Wolfe and Brandon Flannery representing Team COMP in an exhibition against well-known automotive journalists Ed Taylor and Jeff Smith, who made up Team FAST. The COMP employees turned in a time of 26:00 to best the Team FAST time of 34:59.

On the following morning, Saturday, July 18, the father-son team of Doug and Corey Bell took the win for Team COMP by putting together their engine in 36:28 to defeat Jason Bertram and Nick Wernet, who finished in 42:03 for Team FAST. That afternoon saw the closest contest of the weekend, as the brother duo of Brad and Aaron Schnabl turned in a time of 31:55 to narrowly defeat the Team FAST time of 33:34 by Rich Sikorra and Bill Neumiller. The final Duel of the weekend, taking place on Sunday morning, July 19, featured yet another family tandem, as brothers Bob and Tom Whebbe built their engine in 27:33 for Team COMP to beat Chris Tucker and James Sowers, who completed the build in 34:44 for Team FAST.

The final COMP Cams Engine Builder Duel of 2015 is scheduled for the Fall Street Machine Nationals in Springfield, Missouri, on September 26-27. For more information, visit www.enginebuilderduel.com. To register, email enginebuilderduel@gmail.com.


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