Tony @GOATROPER02 Lombardi got some much deserved press from / : POWER BROKERS – BUILDING AMERICAN V8 POWER AT ROSS RACING ENGINES April 15, 2019 Written by Damon Lee Photos by Julia Lombardi You can debate all you want about it being “rocket science” or not, but there’s no denying the precision, skill, and ingenuity that goes into the highly regarded Olds Rocket V8s and other vintage performance power plants that come from the Niles, Ohio-based shop known as Ross Racing Engines. The assembly room stays clean and functional, allowing Tony and Ross to focus on precise work and proper detailing. Shop owner Tony Lombardi is carrying on an engine-building legacy started by his father, Ross Lombardi, in the 1960s and ’70s. Ross began racing Oldsmobiles around Ohio’s drag strips in the 1960s, winning more than he lost. He soon became known for his engine building skills and quickly built a following of both drag and oval-track racers, not to mention serious street performance enthusiasts. Tony programs and oversees the cylinder boring process using the shop’s Millport vertical mill. What started out as a home business moved into a shop and the official opening of Ross Racing Engines in 1975. The elder Lombardi moved the shop to its current location – just a couple miles from the original building – in 1978.