About Us

 

By Ken Gross

Winning vintage racer, historian, consummate auto enthusiast and owner of Monterey Speed & Sport, Don Orosco has been a serious hot rodder for over 50 years. As a teenager, he attended the Oakland Roadster Show in the 1950’s, and competed there in later years. His superb restorations of three famous Hot Rod Magazine cover cars, the ex-Alex Xydias So-Cal Speed Shop ’34 Ford coupe, the Lloyd Bakan ’32 Ford three-window coupe, and the Dick Flint ’29 Ford roadster, won first place in the highly competitive Historic Hot Rod Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. His restoration of the ex-Tony LaMasa “Ricky Nelson” ’32 Ford roadster, was a third place winner.

Don may be best known in hot rod circles for his better-than-original reproduction Ardun overhead valve cylinder heads for Ford and Mercury flatheads. He was the first to take on the challenge of reproducing these scarce, almost-legendary components. His Arduns were virtually identical to the originals. Orosco was also the first to reproduce highly desirable Eddie Meyer “Hollywood” finned high compression heads and intake manifolds for numerous flathead applications.

As a result of his broad vintage racing experience, Don maintains close contact with top craftsmen around the world who are capable of manufacturing virtually anything. He periodically taps into this tremendous talent pool to develop rare and unusual flathead speed equipment, unique hot rod accessories, and historic race car parts, always in limited quantities – many of which are products that he routinely uses in his own cars.

“We are dedicated to preserving our automotive heritage through the products we manufacture, the restoration projects we undertake, and the race events we participate in. They evoke an era when craftsmanship and innovation were admired and respected, and speed and power were the goal. Our work at Monterey Speed and Sport embodies the best of a simpler time and continues a tradition of excellence… and still manages to get our heart pounding like the sight and sound of a period Lakes racer making a pass at Bonneville!”