A-1 Performance was started in 1959 by Marv Ripes, a pioneer in the drag racing industry. A constant thinker, problem solver and innovator-Marvin built A-1 Performance on the foundation of leadership and excellence. Marvin was the mastermind that put the PowerGlide transmission and the eight inch converter on the map.
Located in Southern California for 48 years, A-1 Performance made its move in 2007 to Vancouver, Washington after being purchased by Alan and Adam Bowdish. Marvin was ready to retire from the day-to-day operations of the business and Alan and Adam were poised to have their hobby of racing now exist as part of their day jobs. The Bowdish’s, both seasoned entrepreneurs and racing enthusiasts make this father-son team a dynamite combination.
After making the move to Vancouver, Washington, A-1 Performance purchased new, state-of-the-art SuperFlow welding and balancing equipment and a transmission dyno in an effort to continue making superior products. In an industry that’s ever changing, our goal is to provide products that maximize performance and make winning automatic.