(Photos by Nutting/Fitzgerald) – This was a visit that was long overdue, Trick Flow’s Manager Mike Downs almost choked me out at SEMA when I told him that I had driven virtually right past Trick Flow’s headquarters multiple times during the summer to and from ECTA land speed races. Mike’s a super nice guy but he’s bigger than me and when he mentioned with a smile that I “better” stop by the next time I was in the area, that was not an order I was about to defy. Cut to a week or two ago when Nutting, Fitzgerald, and I were on our mission of doing cool stuff for a few days straight. We were on Route 80 heading into eastern Ohio and I picked up the phone, called Mike and he gave us the particulars on where the Trick Flow works was located. We found a far larger building than we were expecting and grabbed our gear to head inside and see exactly what the heck was happening at this nondescript facility in Tallmadge, Ohio. The three of us left with goofy smiles on our faces from the experience of seeing things made by skilled craftsmen right in front of us, seeing the most extensive collection of operating multi-axis mills we have ever seen in one place, seeing dyno cells, QC area, clean assembly rooms, and cylinder heads of all shapes and sizes, in all stages of development, and intake manifolds as well. We’re going to start this story with a pretty simple statement. When you are buying a Trick Flow product, you are getting something that is cast, machined, assembled, and shipped from right here in the United States of America. That’s boss and believe it or not, just the tip of the iceberg.
We’re going to tell you about Trick Flow and what they do at their facility through great photos from Dave Nutting and Craig Fitzgerald. Those two guys were running around like fat kids in a donut factory while I talked to Mike about the various operations, pieces, and people we were meeting.