Vintage class winner: EMC attracts 600,000 views

Jon Kaase has won this year’s Amsoil Engine Masters Challenge Vintage class with a 473ci 1958 MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) engine. Exploring the classic turf in distinctive fashion, it was not the first time Kaase had arrived with an unorthodox relic endowed with bewildering technology.

Held annually in early October at the University of Northwestern Ohio, his entry produced 770hp with torque never less than 630lb-ft during the entire scored rpm range of 3,700-6,200rpm. The engine’s peak torque was recorded at 715lb-ft. Earning a check in the sum of $13,700, it was Kaase’s seventh victory at the prestigious affair, which coincided a few days before his sixty-fifth birthday.

This year’s Vintage rules specified factory cast iron cylinder heads and prohibited welding or the application of epoxy to the ports. Also, it was stipulated that the engine block must retain its original bore spacing and original block deck angle. A further constraint for Kaase was the fact that he had to return the MEL block to its owner, Royce Brechler, in a functioning condition. Read More.

 

Kaase and the Porsche 991 & GT-R

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Primarily known for its supremacy in Pro Stock racing engines since the mid-nineteen-seventies,Kaase Racing Engines is one of the best engine shops born in the past forty years. Now, fertile ground for development of Porsche engines as well high-performance Nissan GT-R power units, the firm extends its presence into new markets through the mutual guarantees offered by non-disclosure agreements with Topspeed Motorsports.

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