(Texas Racing Engines) was founded in 1987 by Jack Lastor to
build high end engines for drag racing, circle track, pulling
and street machines. Also to offer racing components made by
TRE to the racing industry, ported cylinder heads, cylinder
head/manifold packages and modified racing carburetors. Jack
had already enjoyed great success in the performance world owning
a very successful mail order company called USA Performance
Centers INC dating back to the 1970's. Jack's son Taylor, started
to work in the shop at age 16 running the engine dyno after
going to dyno school in 1990, also welding intakes and assembling
engines. Intakes and carbs hand built by Taylor won NHRA races
all the way back to 1992.
Lastor passed on December 17th 2010.
The entire Lastor family would like to thank everyone
in the racing community for their support, thoughts and
prayers through this tough time. My dad was the sole reason
TRE exists today, without his understanding of business,
showing me how to respect people and support I would not
have been able to follow my dreams in racing and in business.
I owe a lifetime of respect and gratitude to you dad,
rest in peace.
Jack was the first guy locally and in Texas to play with
nitrous on a car back in the early 70's. People then said
it would never work. Well after countless attempts and
some bad experiences, Jack in conjunction with industry
guru's, had a great working nitrous kit. Since those days
TRE has been very involved with the nitrous industry,
building thousands of nitrous engines and installing nitrous
on countless engines.
Since the late 1990's
Taylor has ran the entire TRE operation and served as
the company President. TRE has built a countless amount
of engines, intakes and carburetors since opening the
doors. Always engineering something new and innovative,
for the racer and industry.
From 1999-2003 TRE and Taylor ran the NHRA Pro Stock Truck
class. In its final year Taylor Finished in the top five
for final points and also won two races.
While racing the truck class and building and maintaining
countless engines TRE developed many parts and ideas still
used today to make more horsepower.
In 2004 Taylor drove and served as crew chief on the team
Dart heads car to many round wins and also three semi
final appearances in NHRA Pro Stock. During the two years
stint racing with Dick Maskin Taylor and TRE did countless
hours of Pro Stock R&D.
Taylor also has served as crew chief on five separate
NHRA Pro Stock teams honing chassis and on track tuning
skills. TRE developed many ideas and parts for Pro Stock
engines that proved to help customers performances in
every class TRE builds engines for.
In 2005 TRE made the move to Tennessee, to be closer to
the action and its customer base. Also to be in the heart
of outlaw 10.5 racing which was growing part of TRE. Now
officially the name is TRE Inc. to maintain its original
name and brand recognition.
In 2006 TRE, began another program, a in house R&D dyno
program for the blown Pro Mods. Taylor and the TRE crew
decided to set out to run Pro Mod in IHRA/NHRA, with Pro
Mod making a huge push to be the biggest and toughest
class to run in.
The first race out after much R&D, Taylor qualified their
new pro mod car in the Martin, Mi IHRA field with over
30 tough pro mods racing. A great start for the newest
TRE conquest and they haven't looked back since. Taylor
and crew has run 5.90s and set many top speed marks at
Pro Mod races with customers running TRE blower combos
now all over the world.
TRE has customers all over the entire world running every
type of engine imaginable. Australia, Norway, Sweden,
Canada, Mexico, Venezula, and the UAE. In 2007,2008, and
2009 TRE customers won the Australian Pro Stock championships.
Back to Back to Back! Setting over 13 national records
in three years. A top three finish in 2009 Pro mod points
in Europe also. TRE has established itself as a worldwide
In 2009 TRE moved back to Texas in order to expand their
ever growing business with customers in the NHRA. In the
time since the move, Taylor has expanded TRE Inc., to
now include a new chassis manufacturing facility, "Lastor
Now also employing the latest CNC cylinder head manufacturing
and CNC diamond engine block honing machinery.
TRE is also continuing to expand their custom intake division
"TRE Induction" with a new site focused on this important
product line. With all three divisions now available to
TRE customers and clients we continue to meet the needs
of all types of racers.
some of our staff at TRE...
TRE President & head of engine
assembly & R&D
SAM Graduate, Expert machining, porting, engine assembly
and cylinder head professional
SAM Graduate, complete engine machining and master assembler,
balancing, porting and 7 years experience.
Dyno setup, engine disassembly and cylinder head assembly
Engine teardown, delivery
and racing team
Complete engine machining,
dirt engine specialists 20 years experience in high performance