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66 THE SHOP FEBRUARY 2017 And interest in older Oldsmobiles seems to be growing. "We're constantly trying to expand our line. We're always looking for new things to add to our catalog." A BIG FACTOR Lynn Welfringer is the owner and technical advisor for Mondello Performance Prod- ucts ( of Paso Robles, California. Joe Mondello started drag racing in 1951 with a Ford-powered car and worked part-time building perfor- mance cylinder heads for Carroll Shelby. In 1968, Mondello began doing R&D work for Olds and was nicknamed Dr. Oldsmobile. Welfringer also got into racing in the 1950s. While working as service manager at Russ Dunmire Oldsmobile in Tacoma, Washington, he was offered a 1968 Hurst Olds Super Stocker to race in AHRA and NHRA events. The car won 67 of 73 races. Welfringer also set the NHRA D/SA record at Orange County in 1969. In 1997, he moved to Paso Robles to run Mondello Performance Products for his old friend Joe Mondello. He went back to racing with a 1997 Olds Cutlass Pro Stock car that Warren Johnson had wheeled to a National Championship. Welfringer put daughter Ginger behind the wheel. Power came from a 468-ci Olds V-8 running on methanol. Today, Lynn races an Olds-powered '27 Model T road- ster. Mondello passed away in April, 2011. Oldsmobile launched in 1897, so the pioneer automaker started by Ransom E. Olds was already 26 years old when this 1923 roadster was manufactured. ROCKET SHIFT HOT ROD & CUSTOMIZATION

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