Memphis, Tennessee, has a rich history and many famous landmarks like Beale Street, Graceland, and the Peabody Hotel, to name a few. For some unknown reason, it's also recognized as the "Camshaft Capital of the World" (unofficially, of course). For decades, several past and present cam-grinding companies have roots that can be traced to Memphis. These days, the most notable camshaft manufacturer in the fair city of Memphis is COMP Cams.
It all began in 1976, with the same six founding partners that started the now legendary Racing Head Service (R.H.S.). Made up of racers and machinists, the group purchased and rebuilt one used cam-grinding machine to get things going. That same trend continued until 1980, when COMP first started to purchase brand-new machinery.
Based just a mile or so from the Memphis International Airport, the company has been in its existing facility since 1984, encompassing 140,000 square-feet of space and employing some 200 people, including an engineering staff of 20. One of COMP's proudest accomplishments is the creation of its CAM HELP phone line (800-999-0853), which has been up and running (free of charge) for about 14 years now. Staffed by valvetrain technical experts, this toll-free service is available to assist beginners and seasoned veterans alike with installation info, selection guidance, and general information.
To give you an idea of how hard this company works, 42 of 43 cars that qualified for this year's Daytona 500 were equipped with products from COMP Cams-not too shabby. One of the company's latest projects finds these wizards working with a well-known machinery manufacturer to assist in designing a brand-new, fully computerized cam-grinding machine. Let's go behind the scenes and show you what's inside COMP Cams.