Judy had been such a vital part of the racing experience for Ed, that he wasn’t at all sure he wanted to return to the track at all and had little appetite for the demands of running the finest dragbike chassis manufacturing business in the world. He lives on a golf course, and as a retired firefighter who loves to golf, maybe it was time to do the easy thing.
“It has been 18 months since I lost my partner of almost 40 years, but I am doing about as well as could be expected. There was a time when honestly I wasn’t sure if I’d ever want to go to the track again nor build another chassis or machine another part.
“That was then, this is now. The good news is I am back to a good place in my mind and am really looking forward to my return. I’m about as motivated as I have ever been in regards to our Grothus Dragbikes business and we are as busy as we have ever been, despite the shape of our country today.
“We are in the middle of a massive billet aluminum parts manufacturing run am bringing a bunch of those parts to the Word Finals to share with our incredible customer base. I’m not sure how many bikes we are bringing or who will be riding them but I do know we are gonna have a hell of a parts display.”
So by all means, make sure you check out the Grothus Dragbikes display this weekend.
“I am currently working on a couple of 4.60 chassis and hope to have one of them to show off on our parts table. We can provide about anything needed for ones’ chassis needs from top to bottom and front to back.”
Which is practical, very welcome news for a racing community that has come to realize that—like the presence of a loved one—the supply chain of the parts they rely on can’t be taken for granted.
“We are also hoping to continue to ramp up the production of all of our parts so we can open back up our internet purchasing. Currently we have suspended the ability for anyone to order online, they just call or text or email us to place an order. I’m hoping within six months or so we can change that.”