NHRA.com article on Ralph Truppi.....

Date: 8/1/2008 10:26:57 PM


Super Stock/Stock engine builder Truppi dies: Ralph Truppi, who during his longtime partnership with Tommy Kling built engines for many top Super Stock and Stock entries in Division 1 since the 1960s, died July 27 after a long illness.

In addition to building customer engines, Truppi and Kling fielded their own cars, most of which Ray Allen drove. These included the Terrible Tangerine F/S ’57 Chevy with a fuel-injected Corvette small-block engine and the notorious SS/EA ’70 Chevelle convertible that Allen drove to the Super Stock title at the 1970 Supernationals. This car was sold recently at the Barrett-Jackson auction for more than $1 million. Other Truppi-Kling clients included Bernie Agaman, Scott Shafiroff, Carl Bennett, and Ron Sirianni.

Said Allen, “Ralph was one of the most innovative engine builders of his era and introduced such ideas as the raised piston ring and gas port pistons. He was always thinking of new ways to build better engines and make cars go faster.”

Said Kling, “Ralph was so much on top of his game that there was a period in which we guaranteed each of our customers a national record. If they couldn’t do it, we’d put Ray in the car, and he’d set the record.”

Truppi was also honored on several occasions as the Division 1 Engine Builder of the Year for Super Stock and Stock entries, and he was voted to the prestigious Car Craft Magazine All-star Drag Racing Team.

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