Ed Pearsons

2021 New England
Hot Rod Hall Of Fame Inductee

Growing up in Woburn MA, Ed joined the Con-Rods of Winchester in 1961 and then became a member of the Orientals Hot Rod Club in 1962.


In 1963 Ed teamed up with Richie “Dewey” Dulong and John McGerigle and campaigned an injected DeSoto Hemi altered.


The following year Ed went on his own and campaigned a B/Dragster using the same DeSoto engine and a retired Sy Sybotham’s fueler chassis. The rail, like all of Ed’s vehicles, was meticulously appointed and was featured in the 1964 August issue of Popular Hot Rodding.


In 1967 “Fast Ed” purchased the altered he had partnered with Dewey & John on. The car had been damaged in a crash, but Ed used this chassis to create his famous fuel altered. The car was raced by eight different drivers from 1969-1971.

In 1972 Ed began building a ’29 Model A Roadster using the fuel-altered engine, modified for the street. Ed spent the next several years touring the Northeast indoor auto shows winning countless awards with the roadster. 


Ed took some time away from drag racing, playing with powerboats and then building a Super Modified that he campaigned at Star & Lee Speedways.

After a break from circle track racing, Ed decided to build a recreation of his famous fuel altered for the “Cackle” circuit. Ed attended many Nostalgia events over a five-year period with the car, including the NHRA Heritage Series event in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Always looking for the next challenge, Ed decided to build a new fuel-altered for exhibition and competition runs using the body, engine & front wheels of the Cackle car. Ed recently began testing this new car on the track.

All of Ed’s autos and race cars have been finely detailed to run and look like show cars.


Ed is also considered to be the Founding Father of the Northeast Hot Rod Hall of Fame. He convinced the Orientals Hot Rod Club that something needed to be done to honor those who have left an indelible mark in the history of New England Hot Rodding and Drag Racing. This led to the Orientals Hot Rod Club establishing The Northeast Hot Rod Hall of Fame, which is federally recognized and trademarked.


Ed has been and continues to be an influence in New England Hot Rodding. The Orientals Hot Rod Club is proud to induct Ed Pearsons into the New England Hot Rod Hall of Fame.

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