Ron Kelley completed his first Model "A" restoration in
In 1996, Jim Hampton won the Great Race (5000 miles) with a RK
rebuilt engine. His RK engine was rebuilt and Dyno tested for
comparison with a stock engine in 1994! It's 100%
improvement in horsepower was documented in a magazine article the
following year. The engine was still performing like a champion two
Since 1998, RK Designs has supported the Ponca City, OK, High
School (Scouts) X-Cup entry in the Great Race each year. The
Ponca City X-Cup team has won several times, including 2005.
In 1997, 1999 and 2005 Ron Kelley completed The
Great Race with his own rebuilt Model "A" engines.
In 2005, Greg Cunningham and his navigator won the Great Race
driving a 1928 Model A Speedster with a RK rebuilt engine.
The ONLY Ford 4 cylinder to complete the 1997 Peking to Paris
Road Rally (12,000) was a '32 engine rebuilt and prepared for the
Prince of Malaysia by Ron Kelley.
Ron Kelley has rebuilt early Chevrolet 4 cylinders, modified
1925 Durant 4 cylinders into a straight 8 cylinder, and
successfully completed other antique specialty engine
Ron has long been a contributing member of numerous antique
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