We don’t know what you were doing at 15, but David Page was tuning nitrous systems. Today he serves as the Division Sales Manager for FAST, providing technical support to dealers and wholesalers. He’s on the front line of new product development and is an instructor for FAST’s in-house training classes. He also assists in tuning systems and software for specialized applications like NHRA Super Stockers and sand/dirt drag trucks, and creates one-off XFI systems for projects like the twin turbocharged Ecoboost V6 that powered the 2013 Street Rodder Road Tour ’51 Ford. When customers stump their FAST dealers with questions, the dealers call David.
A Memphis native, David says the mechanical gene must have skipped a generation because his father wasn’t really into cars. However, his uncles raced Sprint Cars and that lit the fire as he watched them slide around Riverside, the local dirt track. He began racing go-karts and it was on from there. After a few seasons of learning the ropes he did quite well and became a formidable opponent at his local tracks.
With age came real cars, and drag racing soon followed. David’s experience with go-karts transitioned to bigger and faster engines and by the age of 15 he was learning and tuning nitrous systems. With an interest in the mechanical side of things, he tuned while his brother “Newt” did the driving. Together “The Page Brothers” gained a reputation for being the fast guys to beat.
David says he learned a lot on his own but is thankful to credit Enik Sanders Sr. for teaching him about making things go fast. Enik was a go-kart chassis and engine builder who empowered him with knowledge and a work ethic that continues to serve him to this day.
After high school, David enrolled at the University of Memphis to pursue a degree in Business Administration. During this time he was also working on other people’s cars and drag racing a ’70 Nova. “We called it the Axel Foley,” he says, “because it looked like the one in Beverly Hills Cop.” David and his brother eventually outgrew the family garage and opened their own shop in 2000. Clients of Page Bros. Performance included everything from street and drag cars to off road and dirt track, and they routinely handled fabrication, welding, setting up differentials, and wiring.
In 2005, an employment opportunity as a technician on the COMP Cams CAM HELP Line offered a set work schedule that would allow him to return to school and finish his degree. The CAM HELP Line also offered even more technical scenarios with many complex problems to solve. After completing his degree the combined schooling and hands-on experience were a perfect match for his current position.
Not one to be content sitting behind the phones giving advice, he remains very hands-on both in and out of work and has worked on various projects like Mike Finnegan’s “Blasphemi” ’55 Chevy for Roadkill, John Callies’ 750 HP ’40 Chevy coupe, and many other one-off systems for racing.
In his free time he likes to unwind by fabricating in his home shop and finds relaxation in tig welding. He’s currently building a ’91 Mustang as a Drag Radial car with a Big Block Chevy to wind everyone up, and recently completed fabricating the roll cage. Of course it’s slated for FAST EFI and ZEX Nitrous with a custom tune.
After a decade with the COMP Performance Group, David says, unquestionably, the best part of his job is the relationships with his customers. Many of them have become friends over the years and he says his success is directly related helping them achieve to theirs. People buy from people, and it’s always a plus to have “People Who Know” like David on the other end.