Photo courtesy Brent Karpinski
This week, we’ve got something special to share with you: a reader sent a letter to Muscle Machines with a pic attached and…well, we’ll let the magazine’s editor, Terry McGean, take it from here:
“We scope around the interwebs in search of neat old photos to share here all the time, but sometimes cool stuff finds us. Recently, HMM reader Brent Karpinski shared a photo of a much larger image that now hangs in the stairway to his garage. The vintage black and white portrait depicts a crew of guys working on engines, and after your eyes dart around the frame, they’ll probably land on the familiar rocker cover seen to the left: Ford’s single-overhead camshaft variation of the FE-series 427 V-8, better known to gearheads as the “SOHC motor”.
Brent is a retired FoMoCo employee, and though he wasn’t involved with the building of those engines, he worked in the Walton Hills, Ohio Ford stamping plant where the 12-foot by 4-foot poster picture once hung in a cafeteria. After being on display for 15 or 20 years, the mounted poster was taken down during remodeling, and that’s when Brent swooped in and claimed it for a dollar. We’d call that a score.
By the way, just down the stairs from where the picture hangs are the ’71 Mustang Mach 1 429 Brent has owned and drag raced since 1973 and the 2002 Corvette Z06 he outfitted with a supercharger to make 571 hp to the wheels. So yeah, he can appreciate the scene’s portrayal of American industrial might being flexed to fight the factory horsepower wars.”