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Speed-Talk’s Founder: Don Terrill (1963-2018)

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Speed-Talk’s Founder: Don Terrill (1963-2018)

Post by CamKing » Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:13 pm

Don grew up on the bluff of Lake Michigan, and graduated from St Joe High School in 1981. Don had the entrepreneur bug early and always had a side business even when working a "real" job. Don owned Precision Speed that later became Terrill Engineering. He built high performance engines but was also a successful drag racer. Don was track champion at what is now 131 Motorsports Park in his first year driving in the points race. He was runner up the following year. In 1992 he was champion in his class at the US Nationals in Indianapolis with the car he and best friend Brian Berk built. Brian went on to win that same trophy with the same car the following year. Don built many successful engines locally, which led to a job with NASCAR's Team SABCO in Mooresville, NC. He built the qualifying engines and won 3 poles(and 2 outside front row starts), Two with Joe Nemechek at the helm and the other with Robby Gordon. This was his first and only season in NASCAR.

By June of 1998, Don and his wife Beverly had moved from Charlotte NC to Kalamazoo MI. His next venture led him to join the internet craze, launching his new business "Racing Secrets". He began writing and selling "how to" books on everything to do with racing. He found success with "How to get a job in NASCAR" as well as many others but his greatest achievement was a book on engine building that today is titled "The Horsepower Chain". Don partnered with several others, such as Milt Gedo, Tami Eggleston and local Phil Veldeer to create exclusive products for Racing Secrets. In 2003,Don started SpeedTalk.com, a highly successful Internet forum focused on most aspects of automotive racing, and quickly drew some of the top technical minds in racing. Now, with over 24,000 members, Speed-Talk’s knowledge base is second to none, and the “go-to” forum to find the answers to any racing related technical question the reader might have.

Sadly, Don passed away in December 2018, but his legacy lives on, and to honor that legacy, Speed-Talk will always be “Home of Racing's Best and Brightest”.
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