Bernie Fedderly

Motor Mechanics ’67

Published on January 31, 2019

Compared to most people who find themselves spinning their wheels, veteran crew chief Bernie Fedderly made his name doing just that.

For more than four decades, the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer has set lofty standards in the art of motor maintenance – and a few records on the pro hot rod circuit.

After honing his skills on tracks around Alberta, the one-time milk truck mechanic worked his way to the big leagues, where he helped turn John Force Racing into one of the most successful teams in National Hot Rod Association history.

Now 70, Fedderly is considering retirement. Slowing down, however, may not be easy. These 8,000-horsepower cars – and the sights, sounds, even smells of the race track – still fascinate him. “I’m in awe of them,” he says, “even after all this time.”

— Scott Messenger