Meet the neXt Generation
of Drag Racers:
Words and photos by Tim Marshall
There isn't anyone more on the Sports Compact "hot-list" than engine
builder supreme and Honda All Motor class racer Erick Aguilar. Erick's
Torrance, California engine factory has pumped out hundreds of winners
in the past. Erick has built over 2,000 engines at his relatively
small but efficient shop.
At any Import/sport compact event across America and overseas Erick
is quite well known for his powerful Honda powerplants. All he builds
is Hondas. Erick says he sticks to Honda because "I build what I run
myself; it has proven to be a winning combination." He is the IDRC
National record holder in "all motor" at a fantastic 10.60 and presently
the IDRC point leader, too.
Racing Hondas is not the only form of racing that Erick has competed
in; many of his trophies came from motorcycle racing too. He was a
road racing motorcycle champ before switching to full time Import
drag racing three years ago.
Aguilar is only running the IDRC circuit, because he feels that it
is just impossible to attend every Sports Compact/Import event and
still maintain a successful business. Also, he adds, "Each sanctioning
body has different rules, so this year I will run just IDRC, maybe
a couple of other selected races too, like I did run the Battle of
the Imports opener."
Erick agrees with my assessment of the scene that there is NO WAY
four sanctioning bodies can survive. "There are just too many events,
many in the same location," he says. "Most of us (Import racers) have
families and businesses to run."