Superchargers and land speed records
… A long time ago, in galaxy not so far away
Joe Blow was started back in 2012 after a particularly slow interstate journey to ReVolks on a freshly built 1600 engine. Why on earth VW would want to put such a gutless engine in a heavy bus is anyone’s guess but needless to say, once you add in the extra weight of a family and a bunch of camping gear things only get worse. It was slow going at best.
Eventually we made it back to Adelaide, happy that we had found a show with a similar vibe to the UK shows of old, but something had to be done about the absence of power. The logical solution was to add some kind of bolt on power-adder that did not require a complete strip down and rebuild of the just-built engine. Being inspired by what others had achieved some experimentation was undertaken. After several prototypes were made, success was had in installing a supercharger and the paltry 50 horses was increased to 80.
It did not take long for others to take interest in the supercharger so I decided to package it up, improve the cosmetics and turn it into a DIY kit that anyone could add to their VW in a weekend with a few tools and half a clue. And that’s basically how Joe Blow came to be.
A global phenomenon.
Joe Blow products are now used all over the world and can be found installed in a variety of vehicles from the humble VW Beetle, to vintage Austins and Harley Davidsons. They are used both on the road and in competition, including in our own land speed record car, setting an Australian record at Lake Gardner in G/BGALT class at 109.469mph.
We are constantly dreaming up new ideas for products. some even manage to make it into production. At any one time there’s probably a dozen different development projects on the go, but alas, there is only one of me, and so most of these take an extraordinarily long time to come to fruition. Amongst the developments that have made it are things like blown grind cams, water-meth injection, distributor-less ignition systems and plug-and-play EFI systems.
2020 has put a massive dent in our development plans and a lot of projects have been left hanging in the balance. Hopefully as the world gets back on its feet, we will be able to continue on and pick up from where we left off. In the mean time we are focusing our efforts on making our production processes more streamlined and improving efficiency.
If 2020 has taught us one thing it’s to be prepared for the unexpected. In 2019, if you had asked us if we were ready for a Zombie apocalypse, we would have said ‘bring it on’. But covid seems to have taught us, were weren’t ready for shit.
Keep the greasy side down folks. Stay safe.