Lee Manufacturing was established in 1965 by Tom Lee as a job shop for the aero space industry.
In 1968 Tom was the innovator of the power steering gear for open wheel race cars – sprints, midgets and Silver Crown cars. His gears have steered many racers to championships.
1969 to 1970 we contracted with Disney to manufacture servos, cylinders and actuators for the Tiki Hut, Pirates of the Caribbean and the models of the Presidents.
Lee Power Steering will provide you with the best products available.
Tom’s first love has always been racing. In 1957 he had the hottest ’57 Chevy in Glendale California. He did his fair share of street racing and drag racing at the now closed San Fernando Drag Strip. His motorcycle racing career started in 1963 through 1968. He raced scrambles and haronhounds.
One of the greatest racing experiences was his time spent working for Mickey Thompson from 1962 and 1963. He went to the 1963 Indianapolis 500 with the Harvey Aluminum cars as mechanic and machinist. 1968 brought about his off-road racing experiences. Tom raced a single seater with Marvin Schmidt. Taking a break to get Lee Mfg up and running his next racing was in 1974 to 1975 where he managed, wrenched and co drove the Dodge Direct Connection Class 8 Truck. 1975 to 1978 his racing endeavors were changed to go cart racing. 1978 brought him the IKF Open Class Championship.
In 1979 Tom campaigned a VW powered Midget with Mike Ellwood as driver.
His need for speed was fueled by his engineering a big block Chevy Sprint Car that was built by Gary Stanton. Tom raced Ascot and with the World of Outlaws. 1992 brought changes to his winged Sprint car. He modified it so he could run with the Modified class at Santa Maria Race track in California. His record with both cars was impressive as he had 24 feature wins, 12 quick times qualifying, 6 clean sweeps and won 29 heat races. Many of Tom’s innovations on his cars were carried over to today’s race cars.
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