LEGENDS AND HEROES HONOREE - LAS VEGAS SUPERCROSS 2019
Like so many of the legends that are honored each week, Dave got his passion for motorcycling from his family. In the early days, it was his brother Ken that gave him the motorcycling bug. Along with their dad Ed and uncle David, the brothers would travel to the local tracks near their Florida home. Dave found racing success locally in the late 70s before moving on to other ways of staying involved in the sport. Over the years he wrote for the local racing paper County Wheels News, flagged at local tracks like RPMC and did everything except sell concessions at Pepsi Air Dania MX Park in Florida. It was there that the thought for Engine Ice would be born and the rest they say is history.
In the late 1990s, four-strokes were just coming into popularity, and they ran extremely hot and Dave knew something was wrong. Dave was able to work with a friend in the automotive business to come up with an alternative to the standard coolant used by the manufacturers. And so Engine Ice was born. Testing was done by many of Florida’s up and coming racers of the day. Riders like James Stewart, Matt Goerke, the Renner’s and Davi Millsaps all had a hand in the testing stages of the product.
By April of 2000, Engine Ice was on the national stage with Jason Thomas as the first professionally sponsored rider and many other racers using and benefiting from the performance of the coolant. Now nearly 20 years later, Dave is still at the races supporting riders and talking about Engine Ice. Their longest sponsorship is with Butler Brothers Racing, now known as the Rocky Mountain ATVMC team. Dave helped team owner Forrest Butler at the beginning of his career and continues to do so today. Over the years, many other teams and riders have officially and unofficially used Engine Ice to stay cool.