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People Who Know: Tim Cole – COMP Performance Group Account Manager

tim_cole_editCall COMP Cams and you just might get to talk with Tim Cole, a Performance Account Manager who has been with us for 17 years. He grew up in Denver but moved to California where a single day at Orange County International Raceway changed his life forever.

“I was 24 years old and didn’t even change my spark plugs or oil” he says. “I was so inspired that I began to pursue engine building like one would a Master’s Degree, learning all that I could.”

He joined the NHRA Super Stock ranks in 1971 with a ’69 Nova SS. Shortly afterwards he moved back to Denver and built an E/Gas Vega. He then helped pioneer the new C-Econo dragster class, followed by a relationship with Buick Motorsports to help develop the drag racing V6. His first V6-powered dragster was runner-up at its first NHRA national event. All total Tim has amassed a mind-boggling 78 Wallys, including all of his class, division and six national event wins.

Tim used the winnings from two National Event victories to purchase this '70 AMX, which he is currently building in his spare time.

Tim used the winnings from two National Event victories to purchase this ’70 AMX, which he is currently building in his spare time.

In his spare time he races his V6-powered ’96 Corvette in the SS/AX class. He also actively builds engines on his days off, and is currently building a ’70 AMX, a car that he purchased with his winnings from two national events.

When not tinkering in the shop, he’s a pretty savvy No Limit Hold ‘em Poker player at the casinos in nearby Tunica, Mississippi.

He says the best part of the job is helping people reach their performance goals.

“We become a part of their world,” he says. “I get happy with them as they make progress.”

He also loves the challenges each individual project creates, and that many of his customers become his friends and fellow racers that he sees at the track.

“We’re all racers, and it’s just an amazing job to have,” he says.

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Inspired in California, Tim moved back to Denver and built this 1970 E/Gas Vega.

Inspired in California, Tim moved back to Denver and built this 1970 E/Gas Vega.

 

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Tim’s success with V6 engines attracted the attention of Buick Motorsports and an opportunity to help them develop the drag racing V6.

 

Tim currently races this ’96 Corvette in SS/AX.

Tim currently races this ’96 Corvette in SS/AX.