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AETC—An Outstanding Industry Event
By John Kilroy on November 15, 2013

One of my favorite industry events outside of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show is the Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) for race engine builders.

I first attended an AETC many years ago. I remember one of my first AETC gatherings, when it was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and I found myself sitting between Grumpy Jenkins and Ryan Falconer. That informed me pretty dramatically how valuable the AETC experience had become for people in the profession of building race engines.

Some of my favorite moments during AETC conferences took place during the breaks, or during lunch. I was able to meet with race engine builders who were new to me, and get their stories. I could be part of conversations that updated me in a very ‘real life’ way exactly where this segment of the racing business was in terms of successes, challenges and trends.

There’s really no other gathering of race engine builders like it. Nor is there such an outstanding curriculum for race engine builders in any other event. At PRI, it was a big day for us when the AETC team told us they would co-locate the event with the PRI Trade Show.

The AETC takes place December 9–11, in the Indiana Convention Center.

I highly recommend participating in the AETC this year...and every year. There are solutions to be found in the technical presentations and in the conversations with others in the same business.

Plus, as master of ceremonies, Harold Bettes always makes it fun.

Click here to register for this year’s AETC.

The speakers include the following:

•    Harold Bettes – Power Technology Consultants
•    Lee Carducci – Arrow Racing Engines
•    Cecil Stevens – Illusions Engine Development
•    Bill McKnight – MAHLE
•    Laura Shehan – Holley Performance Products
•    Jon Sams – Holley Performance Products
•    Keith Jones – Total Seal Piston Rings
•    Dan Jesel – Jesel Valvetrain Innovation
•    Vince Roman – Burns Stainless LLC
•    Ben Strader  – EFI University
•    Chris Paulsen – C&R Racing Inc.
•    Greg West – Fel-Pro Gaskets
•    Stephen Golya – Performance Motorsports
•    Dane Kalinowski – JE Pistons
•    Brian Kurn – Four Stroke Design
•    Ozzie Hutchins – Roush Yates Engines
•    Bruce Baldwin – Oliver Race Parts

I hope to see you there!

AETC 2012

For the people and the sharing of information, the AETC offers tremendous value for race engine builders each year.

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John Kilroy is the Publisher of Performance Racing Industry magazine.
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