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BluePrint Engines Recognized with Economic Development Award

BluePrint Engines Recognized with Economic Development Award

BluePrint Engines is honored to be one of the winners of the 2018 Third District Excellence in Economic Development Awards, recognized by Congressman Adrian Smith.

BluePrint Engines was founded by Norris Marshall in the early 1980s and recently moved into a 150,000-square-foot production and testing facility in east Kearney.

BluePrint Engines employs more than 100 people in the Kearney area. Congressman Smith said Marshall, “has turned his passion for rebuilding high-performance car engines into one of the largest crate engine manufacturers in the world, serving customers ranging in size from individual car collectors to NASCAR.”

Our founder recently embarked on a new journey, training the next generation of engineers and craftsmen who will carry on his passion for the next several decades through his award-winning collaboration with Kearney Public Schools.

The Third District Excellence in Economic Development Awards honors eleven individuals and businesses who are helping to strengthen Nebraska communities through innovation, hard work, entrepreneurship, and historic preservation.

Along with BluePrint Engines, Ravenna’s Urwiller Melon Patch, Cozad’s Larry Paulsen, and Oxford’s Grow Nebraska were also awarded the prestigious honor.

Congressman Smith said the recipients have “done so much to expand opportunity in Nebraska.”

Others that Congressman Smith recognized are:

  • The Anson Family
  • Butler Professional Farrier School of Crawford
  • Central Nebraska Regional Airport of Grand Island
  • Main Street Beatrice
  • The Hub of Burwell
  • Lukjan Metal of Sidney
  • LiteForm of South Sioux City

We are so proud of our company, employees, and leadership for winning this award!

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Kearney Cruise Nite Recap

Kearney Cruise Nite Recap

Wow, what a Cruise Nite!

Every summer, the Central Nebraska Auto Club helps put together Kearney Cruise Nite. The five day event encourages those who want to relive “the good ole days” to come out with family, friends, and of course, their classic cars.

We were so excited to help kick off the week at our headquarters for a “Show and Shine” and local food trucks.

The next night, a picnic was hosted in Old Town Kearney. Other events were put on by Kearney’s Knights of Columbus. Visitors had the chance to participate in the “Classic Car Tour” to local, assisted living and nursing homes. The parade of classic cars is always a huge highlight of the week!

The following evenings, more “Show & Shines” were sponsored by local business along with food and drink and oldies music.

“Elvis, Rock & Remember” was even held at the Merryman Performing Arts Center!

The classic and collectible car auction was held with Rusty Rhynalds and car enthusiasts got some great deals. Downtown on the Bricks hosted the first annual hot dog eating contest sponsored by Sprockets Famous Freedom Dogs.

Kearney Raceway Park saw the NAPA Quick Race and “Sport Grudge Racing” featuring Keith Jackson’s funny car.

The streets were filled with classic cars and numerous car enthusiasts and spectators who took in the parade. Behind the entire event is a philanthropic desire is to raise money for numerous charities in the Kearney area.

The charities that have benefited from Cruise Nite are:  Buffalo County Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, Flight for Hero’s, Make A Wish Foundation, Goodfellows, Jubilee Center, City of Kearney Police Department and scholarship for students in Automotive Tech.

We are proud to play a role in such a fun event for our community and are already looking forward to next year.


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Won at the Nebraska Rod and Custom Association, this BluePrint Engine Comes Home

Won at the Nebraska Rod and Custom Association, this BluePrint Engine Comes Home

We love to see it when our engines come home!

Ryan, the winner of this BP38313CTC1 through the Nebraska Rod and Custom Association didn’t waste much time getting 430 horsepower under the hood! He told us that he yanked the Holley carburetor and put an EFI unit on. He’s currently running a 700R4 and 3.25 rear end. At 80 miles per hour, he’s around 1800rpm and 14MPG!

Isn’t that an awesome color, too?

Formed in 1988, the Nebraska Rod and Custom Association aims to provide a forum from which special interest vehicle owners could provide a clear and strong voice on legislative issues that affect the hobby. They act as a catalyst for these interests and have more than 1,400 active members in Nebraska and surrounding states.

Their major event called the “Tour of Nebraska” has grown to more than 300 vehicles participating in a two-day, 600-mile adventure of the roads of the state – which definitely brings their motto, “driving today to keep driving tomorrow,” to life!

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