Brad formed a love for drag racing as a child, and his memories of racing begin when drag races were held at local airstrips, with temporary timing clocks set up the day of the event, and taken down when the race ended. Brad started drag racing at 22 years old. His first drag bike was a 1975 H-2 Kawasaki that he built himself. This progressed to a few Kawasaki Z-1/KZ bikes, and then to a C/Gas Kawasaki powered laydown dragbike which in 1978 he set the International Drag Bike Association (IDBA) C/Gas MPH national record. That record was retired 5 years later. Brad sold the laydown in 1979 to build a pro stock bike that he raced from 1980-1985. In 1985, due to the start of Mattei's Cycle Supply and the birth of his son, Seth, Brad stepped away from racing until 1990 to help customers and other racers. In 1990 Brad started building another IDBA Super Eliminator bike. Super Eliminator is comparable to NHRA's Competition Eliminator. With a business, a son, and the details of managing a "normal" life, the bike was finished in Fall 1993. It was built specifically to run in IDBA Modified classes.
At that point Brad was also helping a fellow racer, Steve Smithers, who had built a Pro Mod bike to race in the ProStar racing series. Steve, his wife Patti, and his father-in-law Bob live in Olathe, KS. Brad would meet them at the ProStar national events. The Pro Mod bike was always a contender, and finished in the top ten in national points from 2001 through 2005. Running six second ET's at 195+ MPH.
This quick bio cannot be complete without the mention of my grandfather, Richard Mattei, who taught my father; who taught me. Last, thank you to my wife Kay and my son Seth. Without their help I could not do what I do.
Special thanks to Bob Lutz, owner of "Try Me" Coffee - established 1928. Without his help I would not have won my two national championships, and Alan "Heavy" Jones and Jones Automotive, who showed me how race engines are machined the poor boy (Poboy) way.
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