Who's The Flash?
Thanks for showing interest in the 8.2 Litre Cadillac engine family. Cad Company was originally known to everyone as "Cadillac Motorsports Development" (CMD) , which was founded by Larry Kruzick in 1984. The business was purchased by Flashcraft, Incorporated in January, 2001. All the same products and services have carried over, with many new products and services added. . . . .
Cad Company is the originator of performance parts for the Cadillac 8.2 Litre engine. These parts and products are often copied, but hey . . . You know what they say about the most sincere form of flattery. Without the requests and support of CMD, some of the major manufacturer products wouldn’t have made it to the drawing board. Larry Kruzick has left the industry due to health problems, selling the operation, engineering, and titles to me here at Flashcraft, Inc. in Albuquerque.
My name is Courtney Hines, president of Flashcraft, Incorporated, here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here’s a brief rundown on the collective experience the Cad Company performance engine parts has to draw from. I’ve been around these big Cad’s quite a while. I worked at a local Cadillac dealer years ago from 1972 until 1979. One day, a friend and fellow wrench, Marty Dike, and I (after many “what if?” discussions), decided to make a street sleeper out of a ‘70 Coupe DeVille. When I woke up and realized the strip was a lot safer, I started campaigning it in brackets and Super/Street. In ‘77 at the NHRA Bracket Finals, I put it solidly in the 11’s at 4500 lbs. at Bill Heilscher’s Green Valley Race City in Texas,
Now it runs 10’s at will, and has since ‘83 . . . Hence, the name Flash Cadillac. From 1980 ‘till present I own one of the largest repair facilities in Albuquerque, which gives me access to a whole lot of equipment and personnel (many ASE Master Techs, including myself), which is great for R&D. Now with the acquisition of CMD, we have two race cars, plus dyno access to further improve our program. Larry Kruzick’s experiences and technical data have been graciously passed on to us (along with the Cad Company performance parts line). His 16 years, and my 28 years cover a lot of Cadillac ground. And those of you with trucks will be happy to know the tow vehicles for our race cars are also Cad-powered.
It’s been my privilege to work on all kinds of classic and antique Cadillacs, including a private collection of almost 200 Cadillac cars! This has given me hands-on experience with old Cads, going way back into the ‘30’s and the mighty V-16 motors . . . Well . . . You get the picture. It’s not just Cad 500’s that Cad Company knows.
We will carry on as originators of 8.2 Litre performance parts . . . C.H.
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