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Published on Feb 18, 2011
He put the 'Z' in the Corvette Z06, he was a legend in the automotive industry. See now his last public interview.
Because he and I are products of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas, although at different times, Harold Bettes and I had a common academic background and friendship. After a highly productive stint at a little (at the time) fledgling company named MSD ignitions while I was toiling at Edelbrock, he moved on to another evolving organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado, named the Superflow Corporation.
It was here that he birthed the concept of annually bringing together a hundred or more persons in global motorsports (engine builders, parts manufacturers and related stakeholders) into an activity that grew much larger over time, bearing the name Advanced Engine Technology Conferences (AETCs), now sponsored by COMP Cams and a part of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Orlando, Florida. Harold also formed a Hall of Fame segment in the AETC program. Each year, a single person was identified as having made major career contributions to motorsports and honored at the annual AETC banquet, culminating each year's conferences. No, this column isn't about Harold, but that's the stage on which the following unfolded.