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#2241729 - 01/26/17 01:40 PM FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK
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FAST MACHINE, INC & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES
KEITH BLACK RACING ENGINES

Darren Beale (Fast Machine, Inc.) and Tim Banning (For Hemi’s Only - FHO) are pleased to announce
the acquisition of the Keith Black Racing Engines.
Incoming CEO Darren Beale, says: “We are excited to bring together the management, capital and
experience to start this new chapter for Keith Black Racing Engines. In investing alongside Ken we
have all been deeply involved in setting the course for the long-term future of Keith Black Racing
Engines. We’re focused on building a strong, customer-focused platform to ensure the brand not only
grows and thrives but supports the next generation of racers and high-horsepower enthusiasts, just
as it has for the last 50 years.”
“Keith Black Racing Engines will now be selling its products exclusively through a new Dealer network.
The newly formed Dealer network comprises of the most authoritative group that exists today. Ray
Barton, Todd Marsh, Tim Banning and Victor Bray (in Australia), when combined with Ken Black are
undisputedly the most experienced and relevant people in the Hemi community worldwide.”
“We’ve been totally floored by the outpouring of support we have had from everyone in the market,
so we’re already building massive momentum on production, and our future objectives for the
business. Standby for more announcements in the near future.”
Keith Black Racing Engines has been the undisputed leader in maximum performance, maximum
strength HEMI® and Wedge® engines that have dominated American drag and boat racing since 1959.
It remains the most recognized brand in the world synonymous with American drag racing and all-out
horsepower.


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#2241738 - 01/26/17 01:52 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
AndyF Offline
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Cool deal, glad to see the plan coming together. I'm sure once the blocks become more available then even more people will step up and buy in.

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#2241741 - 01/26/17 01:56 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
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Registered: 01/19/03
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Loc: Norwich CT USA
DEAL SUMMARY – Q & A:

• Who are the new owners of Keith Black Racing Engines?

Mrs Jane Black, (the wife of the late Keith Black), and his son Ken, have sold their business into a
new corporation in exchange for a 40% interest. Incoming owners are Darren Beale, Tim Banning,
and Victor Bray, together have a combined 60% ownership.

• Who will be driving the business?

Darren Beale has taken on the role of CEO. Darren brings a broad base of business, strategic and
investment experience earned from 20 years of active management and investment all over the
world. Darren will be spearheading the efforts in marketing, distribution and new product
development.
Ken Black has carried the legacy of his Dad honorably forward for 26 years. As a Director and
major shareholder Ken will ensure that every single engine block that goes out the door carries
the benchmark quality it always has, as well as taking on a key role in the Keith Black Racing
Engine Gen 3 Hemi engine development program.

• What does this mean for Keith Black Racing Engines, what is your Strategy?

From today, Keith Black Racing Engines will sell its products exclusively through a new Dealer
network.
The newly formed Dealer network comprises of the most authoritative group there is. Ray
Barton, Todd Marsh, Tim Banning and Victor Bray (in Australia), when combined with Ken Black
are undisputedly the most experienced and relevant people in the Hemi community worldwide.
For the medium term, we see the Gen 3 Hemi platform as an opportunity to create a path to the
future for Keith Black Racing Engines while staying true to our roots in Drag racing, the Mopar
community and all-out horsepower production. We see the Gen 3 Hemi platform as the being the
catalyst for growth in Mopar performance for the next 30 years. We feel we not only have a key
role to play in extending the performance potential of that platform, but a responsibility to. No
one else has been able to do this yet.
In addition, Keith Black Racing Engines is now well funded, so this will open up options for us in
the future for growth after we have our business settings calibrated for the current market. All
aspects of the business will remain in the USA.

• Is anything changing to the Product Lineup?

KBRE will be refocusing on engine block production, and is simplifying the lineup.
The lineup is now limited to Street Hemi and Street Wedge engine blocks, either in a standard
block configuration, or with a raised 60mm cam (including spread lifter bores for the Hemi).

The casting & manufacturing processes will remain the same, and we’ve done extensive due
diligence on the foundry and have long term commitments in place to ensure we will be getting
the same, premium quality castings into the long term future.
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#2241768 - 01/26/17 02:38 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
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It seems the one (only?) single long term negative I have heard over the decades, is lengthy delivery times, will that continue?

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#2241778 - 01/26/17 02:52 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
sasquatch Offline
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Until the existing orders are filled delivery will be constrained but the stated goal of the new owners is to have blocks in stock for nearly immediate shipping. The block castings are already moving in the system with substantial numbers coming in mere weeks.
Todd
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#2241793 - 01/26/17 03:33 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: sasquatch]
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Sounds like GREAT news to me.
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#2241867 - 01/26/17 05:49 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: pittsburghracer]
LA360 Offline
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It could be just a coincidence, but I am going out on a limb here that Darren Beale is a member on the forum (DarrenB), he was building a 68 Dodge Charger.
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#2241987 - 01/26/17 08:36 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
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January of 2018, I will take a hard look at how this has shook out, before I consider a purchase. My feeling is...the demand will still outstrip the supply, and prices will reflect that.
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#2242101 - 01/26/17 11:57 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: MoparBilly]
LA360 Offline
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I would hope not, given that they are basically halting production on everything aside from their blocks. Secondly I believe the reason behind the long delays was a lack of cash flow. No $$$ to buy castings until they got a number of deposits.
But as you said Billy, time will tell.
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#2242116 - 01/27/17 01:41 AM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
cryplydog Offline
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This is badly needed in the industry and couldn't come at a better time. It costs a lot of money to race prep an old block that's gotta hold and live with a ton of hp.

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#2242557 - 01/27/17 09:07 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: LA360]
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Originally Posted By LA360
It could be just a coincidence, but I am going out on a limb here that Darren Beale is a member on the forum (DarrenB), he was building a 68 Dodge Charger.



Good call.

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#2255525 - 02/18/17 12:58 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
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Loc: West Central Wi.
this is great news. They are a legend in this hobby. hope it continues!!
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#2258372 - 02/23/17 07:37 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
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What foundry is making the blocks?

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#2258456 - 02/23/17 10:02 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: ++MAX WEDGE++]
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Any idea of anticipated price?
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#2274426 - 03/22/17 06:05 PM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
The Shadow Offline


Registered: 09/25/03
Posts: 2083
Loc: Duloc
The same foundry as always is making the blocks and I believe the price is 6899 but dont quote me

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#2347210 - 08/02/17 09:57 AM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: moparts]
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How are these blocks compared to the bill Mitchell blocks?
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#2390759 - 10/21/17 10:11 AM Re: FAST MACHINE & FOR HEMIS ONLY ACQUIRES KEITH BLACK [Re: cryplydog]
b1dartsport Offline
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Posts: 910
Loc: western pennsylvania
I wonder if anyone could talk them into building a decent small block race block similar to the Ritter stuff without the problems. There are Tons of Race heads floating around and the new E-Victors. I think it would be a wide open market.

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