Ed Iskenderian is a legend among racers worldwide. Born in 1921, Ed’s passion for cars began with his first car, a Model T. He learned the fundamentals of mechanics during high school by working on that car, and after graduation honed those skills working as an apprentice machinist. Iskenderian got the nickname "Isky" back in high school, when some of his teachers could not pronounce his name, and it stuck.
Very active in hot rodding and racing in Southern California, Isky built a T-bodied Ford roadster powered by a Flathead V-8 in 1939. He ordered his first camshaft from the great Ed Winfield, the master cam grinder who ultimately was unable to keep up with demand for his wares. Isky further modified his Ford V-8 with Maxi F-type OHV heads and Edelbrock Slingshot intake, and raced that car on the dry lakes with his close friend Stu Hilborn.
After his WW-II service in the Army Air Corps, Isky lost no time in readying his hot rod for more dry lakes racing, but his V-8 rebuild was delayed five months waiting for a special camshaft. He reasoned that if cams were so hard to get, why not simply grind his own? In 1946, Ed bought a used cylindrical grinder and fitted it with a cam-grinding attachment he designed and built himself. With this machine, he produced camshafts offering noticeable performance gains over the conventional Ford racing camshafts. With the ever expanding popularity of speed equipment emerging in the Southern California area, Ed’s passion soon spun into a business.
By the late 1950s, Isky had solidified his place in the industry. A pioneer of new technology, he was the first to employ computers to aid in precision camshaft design, enabling him to create the most advanced racing cam profiles of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. When economy cars became popular and gas mileage became important to people, Isky designed new economy- and street-performance hydraulic camshafts. Today, the company continues to grow introducing new products and services.
Ed “Isky” Iskenderian: