Jim Cowan's history.

Jim spent much of his life as a general contractor for high quality custom homes in the southwestern United States. As a side hobby, Jim built his first tube chassis race car in 1983.

Jim's first tube chassis car.

Jim took his attention to detail and eye for quality and began following his true love; building door slammers for drag racing applications. In 1988, He ended up building race cars full time for Steve Smith at PBS race cars in Ventura, California. Jim was also the crew chief for Steve and his personal car.

The PBS Race car shop

During his many years there, he built everything from bracket racers to state of the art Pro Stock cars shipped off to Finland, Canada and other parts of the globe. Around 1994 Jim left PBS and began building cars on his own, and some of his early designs actually became the blueprints for pro stock cars from other prominent builders. At times Jim was a journeyman builder with shops from California to Arizona.

Jim in his match race pro stock Beretta

Almost a decade ago, Jim took his experience and began building cars full time for himself. He jumped on the bandwagon of some of the NHRA competition eliminator cars seeing room for improvement in some of the existing designs. As a credit to Jim and his chassis tuning skills, the majority of his own comp cars actually ran quicker than the national record in the first two passes of the cars' existence. After years of building cars in top sportsman, pro modified and quick brackets, Jim began the company of 'American Racecraft'. Jim has expended the scope of his building, finding the most qualified fabricators, welders and gear heads in perfect alliance to create todays' American Racecraft. If you ever get in the neighborhood, stop by American Racecraft and see Jim and his staff in action.