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Ed Iskenderian's Birthday

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by MTR-HD-Ordie, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. MTR-HD-Ordie
    Joined: Nov 13, 2012
    Posts: 42


    Yesterday, I had the good fortune to attend Iski's 92nd birthday party at his home in Onyx CA on hwy. 178. It was a small event including a car show, raffle, and Bar-B-Que. It appears they focused on locals and old friends as I only heard about it thru word of mouth and believe there was only 50 cars or so. The day was a ton of fun as they allowed us to wander thru his very active machine shop, there were lots of shaded picnic tables, Beer was being offered on tap, all kinds of cool lawn art to admire, and Ed was actively signing autographs, and telling old stories throughout the day. My group of friends had fun trying to identify Ed's old hot rod friends that came out of the woodwork for his event. Car awards were a random drawing except for Ed's best of show which was won by a very rare Kurtis, owned by Arlen Kurtis. A great time was had by all and everyone is looking forward to Ed's 93rd!

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  2. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    Ed should be declared a National Treasure - Happy Birthday Ed and thanks for posting MTR....
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  3. firingorder1
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,147


    He is a national treasure!! Happy Birthday Ed!!
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  4. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    Way to go Ed.. Happy Birthday...

  5. Normbc9
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,123


    I remember him from LADS, San Fernando and Colton. He was available to help anyone in Drag Racing. His research made this what it is today. He is smart, not afraid to experiment and also one who put his money where it counted. When he came out with Cam packages it did make a huge difference in engine performance. I wish hime the best but thank him form the many contributions he made to racing engine development.
  6. USA Tires Sign Joe
    Joined: Aug 13, 2006
    Posts: 1,072

    USA Tires Sign Joe
    from Western NJ

    Agreed, Ed is a true pioneer in the motor world.
  7. Awesome chance for you to hang with true pioneers. Who's the hottie getting a "posterior signature"?
    Happy Birthday Ed! And thanks for the photos!
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2013
  8. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    I noticed Dave McClelland there...someone said on Mecum auction last night that he has trouble with Alzhiemers?
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  9. elgringo71
    Joined: Oct 2, 2010
    Posts: 3,133


    He did so much for Hot Rodding and I especially want to thank him for his part in the Gasser Wars. Happy Birthday Ed
  10. Happy Birthday Ed! :) HRP
  11. spiderdeville
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from BOGOTA,NJ

    Happy Birthday Tool Room ED
  12. superprojoe
    Joined: Feb 4, 2010
    Posts: 352

    from Illinois

    My first performance camshaft for a 390 ford was a ISKY!!! HAPPY B-DAY to Ed!!!:D
  13. Dan Timberlake
    Joined: Apr 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,303

    Dan Timberlake

    Hi Superjoepro,

    Do you know where I could find a larger version of your avatar?


    Dan T
  14. Happy Birthday Ed! Looks like a good time. Wish I could have made it. I see Joe Roseburry in the in the back. :)
  15. Happy Birthday Ed... I'd be happy to buy you another burger again next time we meet!
  16. visor
    Joined: Aug 11, 2002
    Posts: 513

    from Missouri

    Happy Birthday ED
  17. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    Happy Birthday to a legend. Thanks for posting the pics.
  18. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,866


    Happy Birthday!
  19. Just wanted to wish Ed a HAPPY BIRTHDAY......Sure hope I am around that long to enjoy the great hobby of ours.
  20. MTR-HD-Ordie
    Joined: Nov 13, 2012
    Posts: 42


    Hey Crmimal,

    The hottie says your too kind..........And the next beer is on her :D
  21. TV
    Joined: Aug 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,451


    Happy Birthday ED, I truly hope you had a good one, You are blessed.--TV
  22. ronnieroadster
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 822


    Wow A true legand Happy Birthday Ed heres to many more
  23. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,672

    frank spittle

    Words can't express the respect I have for Isky. I have spent my entire adult life watching race cars of every kind with his products winning races. Here is one of my favorite. Bob Osieki's Mad Dog 1V that Art Malone broke the world closed course record with at Daytona in 1961. Iskenderian Engineering built the supercharged Dodge engine in it. Happy birthday.

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  24. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 8,772

    from Phoenix,AZ

    Happy Birthday Isky! I hope all you HAMBers will give him a big present and buy his products and keep Isky going strong,seems too many folks are buying into the Comp Cam Kool-Aid.
  25. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,643


    Happy birthday. I wish I knew as much as he has forgotten.
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  26. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,796

    from NJ

    Isky is THE MAN !!! Happy Birthday !

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  27. fortynut
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,038


    The 'Camfather' knew whereof he spoke, when doing gofast valve timing products. The roadster he built is a lasting testament to his Hot Rodness, and on a traditional site, you should study it like a chapter in the Good Book. I truly wish I could say it in Armenian, but at 93 years the old stogie smoker should be proud, and I were there, I'd wish him many more. A true legend without any varnish, raw as they come. Bless you Ed, you deserve what you got and I hope like hell someone is taking down your stories. Where was Too Tall? Ed, and his friends and his relationship to them, deserves a book!
  28. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ed !!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,098

    Jalopy Joker

    Thanks for sharing pics - Happy Birthday to a young at heart man - Ed - keeping sharing your stories

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  30. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,728


    I got my start in Commercial Art at the Art Studio in Culver City. We did Isky ads for all the big car magazines. Isky would show up at the studio in a beat up old Caddy convertible. The only open spot was the driver's seat. Everywhere else was occupied by something he found on the street. He was quite a character always chomping on that big cigar. Happy Birthday.

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