The company was founded by Howard Johansen as Howards Power & Racing Equipment, as a manufacturer of racing cams in 1945. Howard and his wife retired in 1965 and turned the business over to his oldest son, Jerry, who ran the company until 1985. Jerry was considered one of the top engine turners of his day, and along with Don Madden, ran a series of “Howards Cams Rattler” and “Howards Cams Special” top fuel cars out of the shop as test beds for new products.
Howards Cams have always used on track experience to design the most powerful designs. This includes early Top Fuel favorites driven by Jack Chrisman and Larry Dixon Sr. Today we have even a greater group of experienced racers in Circle Track, Drag Racing, Road Race, Mudd Bogg and Marine. Sportsman to Pro. We use all this input, plus the most advanced computer design software to design the most competitive race winning products.
In 1998 Howards Cams was on the move again to an all new, completely retooled facility in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. With the new facility came new products and a new name. Howards Cams & Racing Components. We started manufacturing precision American made forged steel connecting rods and crankshafts, along with billet main caps, forged 2618 aluminum pistons and numerous new camshaft profiles and valve train components.
From pioneers in drag racing and oval track to cutting edge marine development, Howards Cams is at the forefront of the industry.