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One of K & B’s biggest contributions was in engine design. In the early 70s they brought to the market the first schnuerle-ported engine. It was a giant leap forward in power. It was greatly responsible for the fast growth in racing numbers during that time. K & B continued to develop engines (from the side port, then on to the rear exhaust engines), that were stock out-of-the-box and ready to race. Knowing K & B as I did then, I know they did not do this with profit as the prime objective. The racing venture broke even at best, and K & B maintained their support of all racers, especially the “little guy” racer. In the 70s and 80s they even provided fuel to the NATS events.
When I started racing in 1972, the fast time was right at 1:30. With K & B’s introduction of the first schnuerle-port engine, it dropped by almost seven seconds to a 1:23.8 by the last race of the season. That, in my opinion, was the impetus to put Formula 1 racing on its growth trajectory and solidified racing as the premier event in the hobby. If you would ask anyone who raced at that time what they thought was a major positive influence on racing, I am confident it would be K & B.
It is for these reasons (and I am sure there are many more), that I proudly nominate K & B to the NMPRA Hall of Fame.
Kent Nogy, AMA 3252, NMPRA 12c
Further information on K & B can be found in the biography of AMA Hall of Fame member John Brodbeck Sr. at the following link: