Harrell Engines & Racing Equipment
Jim (White) Harrell &
Nick Harrell

Harrell Engines & Racing Equipment:
Jim (White) Harrell & Nick Harrell

By Roger H. Harrell (Author), Alec R. Harrell Carlson (Contributor), Richard C. Harrell (Contributor)

Jim and Nick Harrell were well known LA area racers and builders from the 1930's through the 1950's. This is their story as told by their 2 nephews, Roger and Richard and their great grandnephew Alec


Cover..Jim (White) Harrell's straight eight Hudson powered modified on a record breaking run at Muroc Dry Lake in 1941.


Back...Nick (left) and Jim Harrell at the Harrell Engines Shop in 1950

From the Editor
This book describes the thirty year journey through hot rodding taken by Jim (White) Harrell & Nick Harrell. Jim’s career in building race cars takes us through some of the most interesting times in land racing. It started in the early 1930s with Jim and his Speed Shop in Los Angeles building and racing 4-cylinder Chevy and Ford engines; he was among the first to move into 8-cylinder engines with his record-breaking Hudson straight eight at the dry lakes; it wasn’t long before he was also setting records in his V-8 Ford and Mercury engines; and finally, by 1960, he was moving into the OHV V-8 engines to set new records at the drag strips in Roadster and Altered Roadster classes. During WW II, Jim was joined by his brother, Nick, in Harrell Engines for 25 years of hot rodding. To this day, Nick is remembered fondly by those who knew him. This volume with the aid of some 50 photos and images spanning four decades briefly describes Jim and Nick Harrell’s hot rodding lives and their legacy.

Product Details

Paperback: 154 pages

Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (March 19, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1439225753

ISBN-13: 978-1439225752

Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches

From The Book


Jim White/Harrell with the racing goggles working on an unidentified car with unidentified people


Harrell Coupe, Pollaccia Tudor, Berardini Roadster


Capanna in Jim White/ Harrell’s modified,
Hudson 8


Harrell Engines’ “Red Hot Roadster” July 1960


Jim (left) and Nick in 1953

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