Route 66 Cruisin' Hall of Fame Honors K&N Engineering
K&N Engineering has been inducted to the Route 66 Cruisin’ Hall of Fame. K&N was recognized for its significant impact in the automotive world,
especially as it pertains to the classics, hot rods and antique vehicles.
We have been involved with K&N in one way or another for years,” said
Shelly McNaul, Route 66 Director of Operations. “K&N supports our events and our
growth. K&N has always paid attention to the road. It is a natural fit. The
Inland car culture is very strong and Route 66 puts it on display in full
Jack Brown and Steve Rogers, photo by Route 66 Rendezvous Staff
K&N CEO Steve Rogers, photo by Route 66 Rendezvous Staff
Cruisin' Hall of Fame Inductees, photo by Route 66 Rendezvous Staff
Crusin' Hall of Fame Brunch, photo by Route 66 Rendezvous Staff
Chief executive officer Steve Rogers received the award on the weekend of the
18th annual Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous at a special Cruisin’ Hall of Fame
Ceremony in San Bernardino, California.
Question: What does it mean for K&N to be one of four inductees into the Crusin’
Hall of Fame?
Rogers: “Beyond being just a product for sale, it means the cotton air filter we
invented became a major part of the car culture in America because our filters
look great and increase horsepower. Now, K&N has been recognized in the Cruisin’
Hall of Fame alongside such names as Hot Rod Magazine, NHRA and the Beach Boys!”
Question: When you received the award of K&N, what was going through your mind?
Rogers: “How fortunate I was to represent the legacy of creative people who made
K&N what it is today and after reviewing the names of past inductees, how
honored K&N was to be included in such a famous group. I was also thrilled to be
introduced by Jack Brown of Stater Bros. Not only is Jack an icon of the Inland
Empire, he is personal friend of my Dad’s and Stater Bros. is the title sponsor
of the event.”
Question: How does the hot rod culture pertain to K&N?
Rogers: “There were 1700 cars at this event and as I walked around, I saw that
vast majority of show cars had a large visible K&N air filter on the top of
their engine. People clearly feel that the “look” of a K&N air filter fits right
in alongside all the chrome, polish and hard work their car represents.”
Question: How can K&N benefit and give back to the nostalgic atmosphere of Route
Rogers: “We benefit through our association and because these car enthusiasts
are our core customers and always have been. They tell everyone else about the
quality of our products and why they should buy a washable K&N replacement air
filter for their car. The way we try to give back is to participate as a vendor
and a sponsor for events all over the country like the Route 66 Rendezvous. A
car show, no matter where located is a place we can call home.”
Question: With the experience of semi-profession racers within the company, and
the popularity of restoration of hot rods, how do K&N products fit into the
overall ambience of Route 66?
Rogers: “Beauty and power, it doesn’t get any better than that. K&N was often
the first order of any performance upgrade because our filters could improve
horsepower and torque. Next people began to like the way they look so now you
see them proudly displayed on show vehicles as for their esthetic appeal and
that’s the greatest compliment we’ve every received!”
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