2023 ARP Catalog

13 Carroll Smith Carroll Smith was a design and development engineer, a team manager, driver coach and all-around racing guru. And before that, he was known for his 30+ years of racing experience, driving in SCCA events, as well as on circuits in Europe including the Targa Florio and Le Mans. Among his peers at the Society of Automotive Engineers, he served as a judge for the Formula SAE competition. One of his proudest honors was the Society’s Excellence in Engineering Education award. Carroll Smith was a race engineer and special motorsports consultant with Automotive Racing Products for more than decade. The pages of our catalog bear the mark of his enormous contributions to our efforts. Here at ARP, as elsewhere, Carroll Smith’s mission was simple. He was determined to impart the encyclopedic knowledge of racing and the machinery of racing that he learned during those decades on the world’s racetracks, around those shops and among his engineering peers. He left us at ARP with a significant engineering inheritance. Much of what we now know from Carroll will ensure we remain the world leader in the field of racing fasteners. Carroll Smith passed away at his California home on May 16, 2003, from pancreatic cancer. Smokey Yunick For many years “Smokey” Yunick served as a valued tech consultant and spokesman for ARP. He was a popular host of our Tech Seminars at trade shows, and his knowledge of fasteners was truly astounding. Smokey passed away in 2001, but his wit and wisdom will live on. Smokey never did anything related to racing halfway – he was constantly exploring and learning his entire life. He was fully involved in racing from the mid 40’s through the late 70’s. After that, he worked in his shop everyday, creating new engine designs and solving problems. We chose Smokey to be a spokesman and technical consultant for ARP because of his decades as one of the world’s most innovative and prolific engine builders – and his ability to tell it straight. During his racing years, fastener technology followed the “cut and try method.” He tried going one size larger, he tried aerospace fasteners and he tried fasteners from various companies who claimed expertise. Through those learning experiences, he found that there were no solid solutions. From the day Smokey visited our facilities and talked to our engineers, he realized that he had found what he was looking for: a company that was focused on building the best racing fasteners, with the engineering expertise, raw materials, manufacturing processes and quality control. Smokey was a valued consultant and spokesman until his passing in 2001. Legendary Race Engineer Carroll Smith Hall of Fame Mechanic “Smokey” Yunick THE COMPANY