J&J Auto Racing has been manufacturing Sprint Car Chassis since 1969, when Jack Elam and Les Hill started building cars at an Auto Speed Supply shop in Tennessee. Then known as H & E Enterprises, the two worked together for three years until Elam branched out on his own, this was to be the beginning of J&J Auto Racing.
During the 1970’s the popularity of the J&J chassis grew and Elam was producing race cars for drivers such as Sammy Swindell, Ed Lynch and Bobby Davis. He also built the first sprint car Bobby Davis Jr. ever raced when Davis was only fifteen.
During the 1980’s the reputation of J&J Auto Racing grew across the country, thanks to the quality of the workmanship and Elam’s eagerness to work with teams. It was during this time that drivers such as Al Hamilton, Stevie Smith and Andy Hillenburg began using the J&J product. Elam also began building cars for Kenny Woodruff, who was then the crew chief for Bobby Davis Jr.
Fred Rahmer and Jack Elam
Success continued for Elam during the 1990’s, with drivers such as Dave Blaney, Fred Rahmer and Andy Hillenburg all recording multiple victories, including Blaney’s wins at the 1997 Knoxville Nationals and the Historical Big One. Rahmer has won over 500 sprint car races, most of which in a J&J chassis.
Through the relationship with Kenny Woodruff, Elam began working with World of Outlaws star Donny Schatz. This partnership has produced many victories including the 2006-2009 World of Outlaws title , 2006-2009 Knoxville Nationals and numerous other major races around the world.
Elam’s success has been acknowledged by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame by being awarded “Manufacturer of the Year” five times (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 & 2008).
J&J now produce around 200 cars a year compared to about 30 a year in the 1970's.
The results that have been achieved by drivers using J&J Chassis over almost 40 years are a testament to the quality of workmanship and the continual development that has gone into the company's products.