Frank Dominianni/Hi-Speed Automotive - Legendary Driver

So much has been written about Frank over the span of his long career and you’ll still never find a complete synopsis of his wit, engineering prowess and mechanical spirit. Being friends of his led him to come in and give us an incredible interview, and unfortunately, we could never get him back for another. Respecting his wishes we never bugged him about it, and we’re happy to have this one to share with you.

dom aHere's how Frank Dominianni sounded on MotorMouth Radio back on Aug. 14, 2005.


Here is an excerpt from a blog article on Scotty Gosson Exposed! on Frank:

While I was busy with my little experiment, Motormouth Ray was unwittingly stumbling across one that he had initiated years earlier. It's still bearing sweet fruit today. Take it, Ray...

Hi-Speed Automotive as it sat until Frank's passing in 2011....lost in time.Hi-Speed Automotive as it sat until Frank's passing in 2011....lost in time.

 

Time stood still in this display cabinet at Hi-Speed.Time stood still in this display cabinet at Hi-Speed.

 

There was a very popular speed shop in Valley Stream Long Island (one town over from us) that I used to go to when I was in high school. The name of the shop was Hi-Speed Equipment, and the owner was a very wise and crafty man named Frank Dominianni. I just went there to buy small items, because I couldn't afford his knowledge of early Corvette fuel injection systems, nor a pull on his Clayton dyno.

Always magnanimous & wearing a smile for his friends, this is Frank Dominniani.Always magnanimous & wearing a smile for his friends, this is Frank Dominniani.
 

Fast forward to 2005, when I happened to see the front door of the dilapidated shop open. I wondered if it was being sold or emptied, as it hadn't been a working shop in many years. I walked over and immediately recognized the notably older Frank, sitting behind the desk. Cut to the chase: Frank had kept the shop and went there every day - rain or shine - just to keep a schedule. We became fast friends, and had many deep conversations about life, love, and the state of the world at large. We shared some deep mother issues.

We had Frank on the show once, in 2005 (see link on the Motor Mouth Radio home page), but I was never able to coerce him to come on again, due to his shyness. Frank passed away a few years ago, but his son Joe regularly sends me tidbits he finds while going through the contents of Frank's life (and he saved everything!). I could give you volumes of information on this iconic racer/fabricator/mechanic, but we'll get to that later. For now, I want to share with you a document that Frank received in 1963 and filed away. This is cool stuff...

A letter from Dodge Public Relations that was sent to Frank introducing the "new" Ramchargers engine program.A letter from Dodge Public Relations that was sent to Frank introducing the "new" Ramchargers engine program.

A letter from Dodge Public Relations that was sent to Frank introducing the "new" Ramchargers engine program.

A letter from Dodge Public Relations that was sent to Frank introducing the "new" Ramchargers engine program.

(Photos courtesy of Motormouth Ray) (Images courtesy of Frank  Dominianni)


Here is link to an article on Hi-Speed Power Equipment from Hemmings.


 

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