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Old 10-06-2003, 11:43 AM
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ok here is the skinny on Racer Brown. Jim Dowell, (not Doyle)is the owner and pretty much the only employee. he is a guy in his late 40's or so, and is a huge mopar guy. he owns many mopars to include a factory lightweight Hemi car. His shop is this shack looking place on Philidelphia rd, In baltimore county maryland.
he has these giant lathes that he grinds cams on. He pretty much uses the same one and has one for a back up incase his primary goes south.

He's kinda crazy, real wierd guy, but real nice. I go down there at least a few times a week to BS with him. He doesnt really take credit cards. I think when he ships stuff he uses COD. he doesnt even have a computer. he keeps track of everything on paper. amazingly does a good job of it too. The guy knows everything there is to know and more about cam shafts and engines. His camshafts WILL make more power than any other cam shaft out there. WHY? because he sits there and watches the cam shaft while its being ground. His cams arent mass produced. When he says custom grind he means it because he grinds the cam when you order it. He doesnt have cams laying around waiting to be shipped. he doesnt advertise cus he doesnt have to. He has more than enough work. He doesnt have a web site cus he doesnt know how to use a computer. lol
When you call Racer Brown you will talk to Jim. Tell him what you are doing. what car, weight, where you want to be, all that good stuff, (he'll ask you). He has talked me out of spending money that i didnt need to many times. like.. you'll say for instance.. i want a big roller cam with all the bells and whilstles. and he'll say "why do you want that?" Ill tell him ,and he will say "you dont have to do that you can make more power with less money if you do this"..... even if it means he is going to make less money off of the sale.

bottom line....If you buy anything but a Racer Brown cam. you are crazy or stupid.
anyone have any questions about Racer Brown feel free to ask me. or email me..
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MSD 6AL(Mopar) ignition box,
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Old 10-06-2003, 11:50 AM
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oh.. he works wierd hours. if you call him, call after 3pm eastern time. and sometimes he goes out around 5 or 6 pm for dinner and stays late, sometimes till 10. so if no one answers try again later on. He works saturdays too. he
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AKA GRNFSH: 70'cuda 440
Edlebrock heads,
KB pistons .040 10.5:1 compression,
Racer Brown STH-42 520 cam,
750 mighty Demon (from FBO systems
MSD 6AL(Mopar) ignition box,
MSD Distributor
Mopar M1 intake,
Keisler 5-speed Tremec,
3:91 gears,
best ET 11.86 114mph.(on pump gas,through the exaust with power steering)
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Old 10-06-2003, 01:23 PM
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OK then, how about a history lesson on Racer Brown...

I know that Racer Brown has been making cams since the late 60s. If Jim is in his 40s, there is no way that he was grinding cams when he was in his diapers. So, did Jim buy the company from the original or what??
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Old 10-06-2003, 02:35 PM
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Jim has been described to me as a good ole boy, by Don. So I doubt he's only in his 40's.

Good shape for his age maybe?

Or maybe he is the second "Racer Brown"
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Old 10-06-2003, 02:48 PM
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jim bought the company years ago.. maybe he is in his 50's the company used to be in california. he isnt that old thought. im a bad judge of age.. he is definitly younger than my dad and he just turned 60. early 50's at the oldest
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Edlebrock heads,
KB pistons .040 10.5:1 compression,
Racer Brown STH-42 520 cam,
750 mighty Demon (from FBO systems
MSD 6AL(Mopar) ignition box,
MSD Distributor
Mopar M1 intake,
Keisler 5-speed Tremec,
3:91 gears,
best ET 11.86 114mph.(on pump gas,through the exaust with power steering)
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Old 10-06-2003, 05:32 PM
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maybe he is the dred pirate roberts of the cam grinding world?

(from a movie, stupid, but amusing)
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:18 PM
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That would make him the Dred Pirate Racer Brown...

Also, I do know that Don has never met Jim in person. He has only spoken to him on the phone.
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:39 PM
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haha

it's that whole Wilson (home improvement) thing revisited.

Don's physical existence has been verified though, hasn't it???
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:35 PM
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Only in pictures... Funny thing is, you never can get a good look at his face in those pictures... LOL
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Old 10-06-2003, 09:38 PM
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Only in pictures... Funny thing is, you never can get a good look at his face in those pictures... LOL
I met him (Don) in person. Stayed with him in Oregon and watched some racing too.

I can verify that there is a physical presence behind the online name.
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That's it. I'm going to make a visit for sure.
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Old 10-06-2003, 11:57 PM
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I just ordered a cam from Jim this afternoon. Pleasant talking with him, he didnt talk down to me like some other cam phone line help has. Just that was enough for me to feel comfortable dealing with him. He asked about my intended combo and recommended a cam for my 340 I'm building, as well as helping me select springs and lifters. I will let everyone know how this motor works out when I have it finished and broken in, however, I take my time with this kind of work, so it may be another month or so till I'm back on the road.

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