Speco Thomas has been in business for over 50 years. It began when Eddie Thomas, a well-known speedway driver and later pioneer drag racer, started grinding camshafts in his home garage.
In 1956, Eddie Thomas had bought a South Australian business — Bob William’s Speed Equipment Company, known as Speco.
In 1968, Brian Sampson bought Eddie Thomas Speed Shop, and changed the name to Speco Thomas in 1969. Brian was the founder of Motor Improvements, a specialist engine reconditioner and the source of Speco Blueprint camshafts. Motor Improvements operated in St Kilda until it relocated in November 2007 to new premises in Cheltenham.
When Brian took over the reins, this Australian motor racing icon had a vision of creating a company that would remain at the forefront of its field.
Since then, the Speco strategy has been to work together with its distributors and their customers to develop and import products to suit their needs.
Speco Thomas is now based in a modern factory in Moorabbin, a southern suburb of Melbourne. It distributes a complete range of VHT Aerosol Paints, a comprehensive range of Speco Meter Gauges and Accessories, full ranges of carby adaptors, air cleaners and filter elements, a large range of wheel nuts and lock nuts, as well as oil coolers, adaptors and oil filter relocation kits from Derale Cooling in the U.S.
Speco maintains a strong presence in the automotive market through its advertising in most specialist Australian automotive magazines, and is a long term member of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and SEMA (USA), and Brian Sampson continues to make the Speco and VHT names known through his racing activities.
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