Born on this day (29th - April)

Cal Niday

1916 - 1988

Hugh Dibley


Jerry Karl

1941 - 2008

Dale Earnhardt

1957 - 2001

Chad Little


Marcel Albers

1967 - 1992

Ryan Sharp


Died on this day (29th - April)

Baron Pierre de Crawhez

1874 - 1925

Theo Helfrich

1913 - 1978

Bob Akin

1936 - 2002

Rob Walker

1917 - 2002

Chuck Daigh

1923 - 2008

John Judd
John Judd

9 / 4 / 1942

John Judd founded Engine Developments with Sir Jack Brabham in 1971 to produce their own competition engines, having previously worked together on the Repco Brabham F1 engines. Since then, the company has grown in size from a handful of people to the current 38 employees.

Judd was born in Coventry in 1942. He served his apprenticeship at the Coventry engine company. In the early 60s he worked on the Coventry Climax Formula 1 engine. In 1965 the IAF changed the engine specifiction for Formula 1 for 1966 and Judd worked on an engine project for Sir Jack Brabham with an Australian company called Repco.

When Brabham satrted using Ford Cosworth DFV engines they started a company called Jack Brabham Conversions and hired John Judd in the development department. When Brabham sold Brabham to Bernie Ecclestone, Jack Brabham Conversions became Engine Developments.

In the years that followed Engine Developments prepared Cosworth engines for teams such as Williams, Arrows, Lotus, Ensign and Fittipaldi.

In the late 1970s the company expanded into Indycar engines and in 1980 Judd was hired by Honda to develop F2 engines. At the end of 1982, as Honda went into F1 and Judd began designing his own engines, initially in Formula 3000 but later in Indycars and F1 as well.

Judd engines have been supplied to a number of competitive racing teams, including Honda, Yamaha, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, and the Williams, Lotus, Tyrrell, and Arrows F1 Teams. Engine Developments supplied engines for various teams in F1 races from 1988 to 1997.

Engine Developments continues to design and manufacture Judd engines, and supplies them to participants in several racing series, including acting as the exclusive engine supplier to the Formula 3000 International Championship since 1996 through Zytek.