|American Racing-A Company With Roots. In 1954, Romeo
Palamides, an early drag racing innovator, designed and crafted leading edge, high strength-to-weight magnesium drag racing wheels for his dragster. It was the early years of hot rodding and street enthusiast interest in the lightweight, higher tech wheels was overwhelming. Romeo's vision, working from a small machine shop in San Francisco with his partner, engineer Jim Ellison, evolved into America's leading aftermarket wheel company. In 1956, they formed American Racing Equipment.
The Wheel That Started A Craze. In the early sixties the five-spoke American Racing "Torq Thrust" was introduced. Considered by many to be the most famous wheel of all time, the Torq Thrust started the custom wheel craze, making the conversion from strip to street. Known as "Americans", "5-spokes" and "Torq Thrusts", different design generations evolved as car crafting technology developed. Today authentic "old school" Torq Thrusts are highly collectible and sold around the world. Often imitated, never duplicated, the Torq Thrust is the signature wheel for performance and custom purists.
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