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The history of BLENDZALL

1959: Out of a small shop in Escalon, California, Ray Hook turned his passion to go fast into creating the world's finest racing oil. Hook, an avid racer himself, was part of the emerging California racing scene. At that time he noticed kart racers were having trouble with their engines. The main problem was that the engines would not finish a race on petroleum based oil.

 Hook went to work under the name of AddZip Additives and developed a formulation to use castor oil, because of its unique feature of going to the heat, thus allowing the engine to live longer. And with that "Blendzall" was born.The name "Blendzall" was to describe how his newly invented oil would blend perfectly/mix with all fuel types.

 

1961: To further prove his point that Blendzall provided an unprecedented advantage in both performance and reliability, Hook with the help of George Dickson Jr., and Chuck Parsons, built the world's fastest go-cart.

The 'Blendzall Special' as it was known was an amazing machine powered by a four-cylinder, 60-horsepower Mercury outboard engine. Reaching top speeds of 152 mph, which set the world speed record for a go-cart. The 'Blendzall Special' added to the Blendzall lore, and earned its place at the museum of speed in South Daytona Beach. (Note: the 'Blendzall Special' is now on display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum at Talladega Speedway USA.)

 

1963: With Hook, and Blendzall becoming an integral part of racing and filling the desire for speed, Hook, made another push by hiring VanTech to create a special motorcycle for one of Blendzall's sponsored riders. The bike won every 100cc race it entered!

Based on that early success with the Blendzall bike, VanTech went on to design, fabricate and build two production bikes. 

1968: To follow up on the early motorcycle success, Blendzall, with the help of Hodaka-mounted rider Harry Taylor, scored a record setting run at Daytona. Taylor swept a field of more than 47 riders with a 19-second margin of victory over the second place finisher.

1976: By this time racers had Blendzall fever, and the legend of Blendzall grew to an all-time high. In fact, at the 1976 Daytona 200 there is a story surrounding Team Yamaha and Blendzall. People pitted near the Team Yamaha garage say team manager Kel Carruthers was looking after Kenny Roberts’ factory Yamaha bikes. Kenny’'s dad Buster was there, too, and so was Blendzall's Ray Hook.

 Rumor has it that the Yamaha guys

dumped out the oil in the Yamalube

bottles displayed prominently in their

garage and filled them with Blendzall

when nobody was looking.

 

1980's: Karting has always been at the foundation of Blendzall and in the early 1980's, Hook started sponsoring Randy Fulks. ‘Mr. Daytona’ – as he is known today by his peers and competitors because as a driver he has visited the DIS victory lane more than any other in the sport of karting. 

 

Over the last four decades, Randy has

amassed nearly 400 national race wins, and

has been the defacto measuring stick when

karters make the annual pilgrimage to

Daytona between Christmas and New

Years piling up a total of 57 wins in the

last 45 years.

Folks and his #88 enduro kart also have the

distinguish of being "the logo" on Blendzall

boxes for the past two decades. 

 

 

1986:  Hook, now in his 80's, sells his beloved Blendzall to the Aervoe-Pacific Company on March 10.

Blendzall's time under Aervoe-Pacific, a manufacturer of motorcycle paints, was short-lived. In fact, in less than two years, Blendzall was back in the hands of grassroots racers, and cousins, Larry Eagle and Jim Parsons. A native of Ohio, Eagle moved the Blendzall factory and operations to a new home in Martins Ferry along the Ohio River. 

1991: Blendzall continued to make its mark in racing and won many more championships.

The success with Emmick Racing led Blendzall to gain international creditability when an Italian team manager got the recommendation from Emmick to use Blendzall. The Italians found instant success testing with Blendzall and went on to dominated the 1995 North American Karting Championships in the Formula A and the Formula Super A classes under the Italian drivers of Kali Rotax Karting and Jolly Karting. 

1996: The following year Blendzall moved onto the karting world scene, and in FIA Formula A, Blendzall won its first world title with the French driver Jean-Christophe Ravier.