HARRELL ENGINES & RACING EQUIPMENT
Jim (White) Harrell & Nick Harrell take the reader on a thirty year journey from dry lake racing in the 1930s to drag racing during the 1960s. The four photos above illustrate their four decades of racing. Jim’s modified with a Chevy four-banger in the 1930s; his modified running a flathead Ford V-8 in the '40s; their 1929 roadster with Chrysler OHV engine in the '50s; and their “Winged Express” in the 1960s.
In addition to this web site, we have a book that describes the racing activities of the Harrell brothers. The following image is the book's front cover showing Jim (White) Harrell's straight eight Hudson powered modified on a record breaking run at Muroc dry lake in 1941.
The next image is the back cover of the book showing Jim (on the right) and Nick Harrell at the Harrell Engines shop with the Harrell Special around 1950.
The Book's Table of Contents
Table of Photographs
List of Tables
Preface for Second Edition
INTRODUCTION: Who Was Jim White/Harrell
ONE: Jim’s Speed Shop & Jim’s Auto Parts
Friends, Racing Associates, & L.A.’s Racing Culture
Friends and Close Associates: Vic Meleo
Jim and Other Friends at Muroc Dry Lake
Formation of The Albata Club (1937)
1939-1941: Move to Eight Cylinder Engines
Jim White/Harrell’s First 8-Cylinder Engines
TWO: Outstanding Individuals Make Great Teams
Friends and Close Associates: Tony Capanna
Jim Harrell and His Modifieds
Friends and Close Associates: Bob Noble
Friends and Close Associates: Bob Knapton
Jim White/Harrell’s Hudson 8 in 1941
Pre-War Summary of The Albata Club
The War Years: 1942-1945
THREE: "Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Engines"
Nick Harrell Joins Harrell Engines
Southern California Timing Association & the Albatas
Albata Struggles To Sustain Itself In The New Era
Other Forms of Racing and Business Interests
Harrell’s First Post-was Roadster & Racing Equipment
FOUR: The Harrell Brothers, Mainly Drag Racing
The Harrell Engines Shop & Its Community
Friends and Close Associates: Pat & Tony Berardini
Harrell Specials at The Drags
Who Was Don Bell? Many Remember
Mid-1953 to 1954—Harrell Engines Gets Back On Track
FIVE: The "Red Hot Roadster"
The "New" 1929 Roadster with Flathead, 1955
Chrysler OHV Engine In The Harrell 1929 Roadster
The "Red Hot Roadster"
SIX: The Altered Roadster to The "Winged Express"
The Harrell-Reynolds-Borsch Altered
Friends and Close Associates: Don Reynolds
A Fling with A Dragster: 1964
Friends and Close Associates: John Muse & Ed Crafton
Harrell-Borsch Stay with The Altered
Friends and Close Associates: Willie Borsch
SEVEN: Harrell Engines: The Legacy
Old School Hot Rodders & Harrell Racing Equipment
All In The Family
Appendix: Photo Gallery of Jim and Nick Harrell
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Review by Ken Gross
in the December 10, 2009 issue of:
Old Cars, Weekly News & Market Place
"Harrell Engines & Racing Equipment:
Jim (White) Harrell & Nick Harrell"
"Jim and Nick Harrell were active Los Angeles hot rodders for more than 30 years. Innovative intake manifolds and finned high-compression heads from Harrell Engines were used by a number of record-setters. Beginning in the ’30s, Jim Harrell raced everything from four-bangers to flatheads, and with his brother Nick, he advanced to Chrysler Hemi engines. Jim’s first speed shop opened on San Pedro Street in 1933. The Harrells were Albata Club founding members and they helped and competed with all the historic names: Tony Capanna; Vic Edelbrock, Sr.; Bob Rufi; Bob Noble; “Wild Willie” Borsch; and a slew of others pioneers. The rare, faded black-and-white photos in this book are a treat. Many were simply taken as snapshots at the dry lakes, but they depict historic cars and give readers a sense of a simpler time, when you drove or flat-towed your roadster up to the dry lakes, stripped it of any remaining non-essentials and ran the clocks. This book tells it the way it was."
Jim (White) Harrell & Nick Harrell
A Customer Review
Posted on amazon.com by B. "SoCal Woodworker
A Nostalgic Look back
"The Harrell Engines book is a nostalgic look back on the pioneers of the sport of racing. This book starts with the 'roots' of drag racing and how drag racing grew. The book explains the connection between the Harrell brothers and the young racers. The magic came with their engine building. The 'need for speed' was the mantra of every racer that 'hung out' at the Harrell shop where the exchange of ideas and experiments would take place. In so many words this shop-talk was the meeting of the 'hot rod' minds. The book gave me a blizzard of memories. The Harrell brothers were in a sense true alchemists when it came to racing engines. They like so many of the drag racing pioneers, took the dream of drag racing to a whole new level and made the sport of drag racing the spectacle it is today. I highly recommend this book!"
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The book is also available at:
3524 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
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For more information about Jim & Nick Harrell's racing activities, click on the "Harrell Engines' Race Cars," "Harrell Racing Equipment" and "Harrell-Borsch Roadster & Altered 1956-1966," tabs (pages) in this web site.