Starting in 1982, Mike Riechers first opened a general machine shop. In 1985, R&R Machine Shop added an automotive component that transitioned into manufacturing specialty racing parts, including R&R Racing Products now famous for their billet aluminum connecting rods. By 1995, R&R’s connecting rod business took over and the general and automotive portion of the machine shop was downsized. R&R began manufacturing oil pumps in 1999.
Mike’s interest in racing began with a small-block Chevy powered ‘77 Vega seen regularly at the local strip. Mike met his future wife Julie in 1986 and together they built a blown gas ’71 Chevelle. They married in 1988 and by 1992 they had started 1/4 mile drag boat racing, winning the championship title in 1997, 1998, and 1999 leading to his NDBA Driver of the Year in 1999.
Mike retired from boat racing to let his wife, Jules, take a stab at racing. She continued to excel with blown alcohol dragster, blown alcohol pro modified, Lucas oil 4 wheel drive pulling truck, and blown alcohol Grand National mini rod pulling tractor. This heritage of racing and performance is second only to the passion they bring to their business founded on the family love for speed.