Autocrosser Wins PROFORM’s Pink Engine

May 29, 2014

Autocrosser Larry McCarthy of Mount Vernon, Ohio, was the winner of PROFORM‘s Pink Engine Giveaway.

McCarthy, 66, is a retired project engineer and longtime automotive enthusiast. He was an SCCA autocrosser in the late 1960s, served on a Top Gas dragster pit crew in 1968-’69, and again pit-crewed on a drag racing CMP Corvette in 1969-’70.

After retirement he returned to autocrossing in 2012 with a 2001 Mazda Miata.

His brother Pat, who lives in Florida, sent Larry an email with a link to the Pink Engine Giveaway website through a link to (Pat originally got the link from the chief mechanic/fabricator for his air conditioning business, Tim Hughes, a racer in the Florida Champs Kart League Series, Winged Sprint Antique Circuit.)

The engine is a ZZ383 Chevrolet Performance crate engine capable of 425 hp, and served as a fundraiser for breast cancer charities.

“Now both my brother and Tim Hughes are very jealous that I won the pink engine,” McCarthy said. “They both have ideas on how I should use the engine.”

Two of McCarthy’s three sons are anxious to get started on it as well, he added. The possibilities include a classic muscle car, or possibly a purpose-built autocrosser.

“I’m thinking of putting it in a 1967-’68 Camaro, or a 1966-’67 Chevy II Nova-or possibly putting it in the 1972 Cutlass that I still have. My wife and I purchased it new in 1972,” he said. “If I build an autocross car, it will be to compete in a new SCCA class for Classic American Muscle Cars called the CAM class.”