Family Run Business
Most don’t realize but AFR is a third generation family run business. Ken Sperling, who started AFR in 1970, has a long list of accomplishments attached to his name including D-shaped BBC exhaust ports, “Hurricane chambers”, and most importantly the first company to implement CNC porting back in 1979! Ken Sperling helped the who’s who of racing make more power with names like Grumpy Jenkins, Bob Glidden, Warren Johnson, and Frank Iaconio to name a few in the drag race arena. In Nascar AFR has worked with Junior Johnson, Cale Yarbrough, Richard Petty, AJ Foyt, and Darrel Waltrip. When Ken succumbed to cancer in 1996 he passed the torch to his son Rick Sperling who had already been with the company for ten years and had helped his father in numerous capacities making him a natural to step in and head up the company. Rick has done an outstanding job in filling his Dad’s footsteps and in some ways has grown this company to a point his Dad could have only dreamed about. Rick’s son Chris is currently involved in many facets of the business from product development to operations.