Ed Iskenderian wins 2016 Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award

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One of the most prestigious motorsports awards on the West Coast was handed out on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, with Ed Iskenderian the recipient of the 17th Annual Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award.

The full release is below:


Ed Iskenderian has been selected as the 2016 winner of the 17th Annual Justice Brothers‐Shav Glick Award.

For the 17th year, the Justice Brothers‐Shav Glick Award recognizes motorsports personalities who have made distinguished contributions to motorsports in California. Iskenderian was selected by a judging panel, which includes national and California motorsports media, to receive the prestigious 2016 Justice Brothers‐Shav Glick Award. Ed Justice, Jr. President & CEO of Justice Brothers, Inc. presented the award during the pre‐race ceremonies at the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race, at Auto Club Speedway on March 20th.

Ed Justice Jr presents the 2016 Shav Glick Award to Ed Iskendarian © 2016, Nigel Kinrade NKP
Ed Justice Jr presents the 2016 Shav Glick Award to Ed Iskendarian
© 2016, Nigel Kinrade

Ed Iskenderian – A true icon of the speed and performance industry that was established in Southern California after World War II. Born in the Central Valley of California, Ed’s family moved to the Los Angeles area pre War where Ed attended Polytechnic High School. It was during this time that Ed built his first Hot Rod and in the process became friends with the legendary Ed Winfield, considered to be the father of hot rodding. After his service in the War, Ed decided to go into the cam grinding business because the demand for cams could not be met by the existing manufacturers. By supplying quality well designed products for early racing legends and creative advertising, the “Isky” name became a hallmark. His products would go on to be used in hundreds if not thousands of record setting runs throughout all forms of motorsport. Ed was also one of the founders of the now well‐known SEMA show and association.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.