Jim Kuntz was
recently asked about his winning history for this
webpage. Jim's reply was he was too busy
worrying about making power for his customers to
recap the numerous titles and championships the shop
had helped win over the years. In
typical Kuntz fashion, he added he didn't want
anyone to think he was resting on his laurels. The
following history was pieced together by following
Jim around the shop as he worked. All
apologies to the hundreds of customers who have won
with Kuntz Power along the way, and weren't included
on the history page because Jim had slipped off to
the dyno room again trying to find you an edge.
Kuntz and Company History:
Jim Kuntz Racing started in 1963, taking an
interest in drag racing and wanting to go fast. By
1969, he was working at a Ford dealership in the middle of the
muscle car era, selling and racing cars that would make the
Barrett Jackson Auction envious. This early exposure to
the factory hot rods led to helping customers go faster in the
mid seventies, and by the time Jim left the Ford dealership in
1986 to open his shop full time, his motors owned seven NHRA
national records, he had won four consecutive NHRA divisional
championships, and he and partner S.E. Buchanan had won the U.S.
Nationals in Stock Eliminator.
Over twenty years later,
Kuntz and Company has evolved into a full service
machine shop, offering balancing, machining,
cylinder head work, dyno service, and custom built
engines. Customers can take pride that that each
motor is monitored by Jim and handled with the care
that produces championships. Many
think of Kuntz and Co. as blue oval engine builders,
or drag race engine builders, or dirt late model
engine builders. However, the fact is Kuntz and
Company customers have won with different engine
manufacturers in virtually every type of motor
sports on every racing surface. The titles and
wins look like an alphabet soup of organizations
across the racing spectrum (NHRA, NMRA, NMCA, IHRA,
SCCA, SUPR, MARS, TORA), which goes back to each and
every engine getting the attention it deserves. A
typical quick view through the shop finds a pure
stock drag race engine, a new billet headed late
model cylinder head in development, a mud truck
engine ready for the dyno, and a 1250 horsepower
mountain motor that will push 1500 horse after a
dose of nitrous!
Jim believes power is found
on the dyno, but races are won at the track. This explains his
dedication to the races, where you see him week after week,
tuning with customers after working full shifts at the shop.
He is often seen with NMRA Champion Charlie Booze, or MARS champ
Bill Frye, further testing to benefit all his customers. As
Bill Frye is racking up the wins and titles, it is not uncommon
to hear Bill price one of his engines to sell to a competitor.
Frye knows that Jim would be able to deliver another great piece
to replace the one sold, and that he wasn't getting anything
that anyone else couldn't call and order.
At Kuntz and Company, we believe in Precision, Perfection,
and Performance. We invite you to contact us, call us, or
find Jim Kuntz at a track near you.