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BluePrint Engines Recognized for Economic Impact

BluePrint Engines Recognized for Economic Impact

BluePrint Engines was honored by the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Buffalo County for their economic impact on the Kearney, Nebraska community.

BluePrint Engines and the Central Community College Kearney Center were both recognized at the annual EDC of Buffalo County meeting with the 2017 Excellence in Economic Impact Award for their investment in the Kearney area.

BluePrint Engines was awarded for its more than $8 million investment into the newly constructed, 150,000-square-foot facility and equipment at 2915 Marshall Ave.

BluePrint Engines was also recognized for its school-to-work partnerships that allow students to work part-time at the facility during their senior year of high school.

Founder and owner, Norris Marshall, believes the award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all BluePrint Engines employees over the years.

“BluePrint has really hit its stride in the last ten years and we are proud to be one of the largest crate engine manufacturers in the world,” Marshall said.

President of BluePrint, Shawn Sterling, believes that taking part in annual events with the community is one of the most special aspects of the company.

“We really look forward to the annual Kearney Cruise Nights where engine enthusiasts from around the country and the community comes together to show off their rides and have a good time,” Sterling said.

Founded by Marshall in a rented garage in the early 1980s, BluePrint Engines now employs more than 140 people.

The award is selected by the EDC chairman and confirmed by the executive committee to acknowledge businesses, institutions or community initiatives for their contribution to economic development.


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BluePrint Engines Featured On Hot Rod Network: What Makes the 598 Great?

BluePrint Engines Featured On Hot Rod Network: What Makes the 598 Great?

BluePrint’s 598ci big-block Chevy was recently featured in a piece by David Freiburger on Hot Rod Network where he explores using our 598 in an unconventional way.

Freiburger hosts the show “Engine Masters” where he, Steve Brulé, and Steve Dulcich play around with engines, bust motor myths, and prove some truths.

He had an idea on a recent episode that his cohosts weren’t crazy about, but he wanted to experiment with our 598.

He writes:

“The 598 with a stock deck height uses regular parts, so I imagined a scenario where a guy has an average 396, 427, or 454 in his ride and he wants more everyday power. My question was this: what would happen if that guy just used his existing parts on top off a 598ci short-block?”

Freiburger says that the 598 is great because it’s a low-deck engine. The extra height from a popular Chevy 572 or 632 provides more weight, a tougher fit in the car, custom headers, and a dedicated intake manifold. He and his crew ran the 598 for horsepower and torque.

“Guys guessed I’d generate anything from 350 to 450 super-lame horsepower. Ultimate answer: 550 hp—weak for 598 cubes,” Freiburger wrote.

He did, however, find the torque he was looking for.

“The engine never made less than 620 lb-ft on the way to a low-rpm horsepower peak of 4,700 rpm,” he said.

This amount of torque opens up ample opportunities for those looking for a different kind of build. Overall, Freiburger believes that cubic inches still rule and that their build amplifies the way Cadillac, Buick, and Pontiac were making big torque in the 1960s.

What’s more important to you: horsepower or torque? We’d love to know! Reach out to us on our Facebook page or shoot us an email at




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The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Arizona Car Week

The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Arizona Car Week

The 2018 Barrett-Jackson auction was held in January in Scottsdale and featured everything from classic cars to pro-builders to celebrity spokespeople and more. The BluePrint team enjoyed speaking with customers and classic car enthusiasts alike while attending the show.  The auction was part of Arizona Car Week, which featured more than 800 cars at Russo & Steele’s auction, 131 cars at Gooding & Company’s auction, 111 vehicles at Bonhams’ one day auction, 114 cars at the RM Sotherby’s auction at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, more than 400 vehicles at the Silver Auctions auction, and 81 vehicles at the Worldwide Auctioneers’ auction,


One of the highlights of the 2018 Barrett-Jackson was seeing a “do-it-yourself” build come to fruition from pro-builder Ron Everitt in conjunction with Factory Five Racing. Throughout the 10-day event, Ron and his team built one of the company’s Mk4 Roadsters, a car designed to look like a legendary 427 Cobra.  At the end of the build, the car went on the auction block and sold for $60,000.


Factory Five’s booth also featured their “Half Mobile”, a unique vehicle that showcases the internal components of the Mk4 Roadster and features a BluePrint Engines 306 engineYou can check out all of the BluePrint Factory Five engine designs we have here.


Barrett-Jackson was just one of more than a half-dozen classic car auctions that were held recently as part of Arizona Car Week, which saw more than 2,600 cars that sold for $248 million combined!


Former President George W. Bush, Jay Leno, and Chad McQueen helped auction a 2017 Ford GT for $2.55 million, a 2018 Corvette Carbon Fiber 65 Edition for $1.4 million and the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1 for $925,000 at the 2018 Arizona Collector Car Auctions.

Here are the top 10 most expensive cars sold at the 2018 Arizona Collector Car Auctions:

  1. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale Coupe, $8,085,000
  2. 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, $5,170,000
  3. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider, $4,455,000
  4. 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, $4,070,000
  5. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Roadster, $2,947,500
  6. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, $2,640,000
  7. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider, $2,530,000
  8. 2017 Ford GT Coupe, $2,500,000
  9. 2014 Pagani Huayra Coupe, $2,090,000
  10. 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, $1,792,500

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