Behind the Scenes
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT DRAG RACING IS THAT IT'S A GREAT FAMILY SPORT— THE PASSION OFTEN TRANSCENDS GENERATIONS. Another great aspect is that by developing and manufacturing products for race cars, you can combine business with pleasure.
In a true “best of both worlds” scenario, we have the Meziere family of Escondido, California.
Today, this multigenerational drag racing family can point to an ever-expanding trophy collection. This collection is highlighted by eight NHRA National event “Wallys” earned by four different family members, a boatload of divisional championships, and major wins with many series and associations.
On the business side, Meziere Enterprises is known for its lineup of premium-quality electric water pumps, flexplates, starters, remote pumps and a plethora of other nifty, CNC-machined products (www.meziere.com).
It all started with Harold Meziere Sr., the family patriarch. He was a talented mechanic and fabricator who worked with racing luminary Parnell Jones, among others. His son, Harold Jr., was a hot rodder with a penchant for '32 Fords. However, his new bride, Marie (whom he married in 1960), made him promise not to drive
anything fast because of their burgeoning family of three boys and two girls.
So, Harold turned his focus to the mechanical side of things and eventually founded Meziere Enterprises in 1980 as a fabrication and repair facility. He was later joined by sons Dave, Mike and Don.
Thanks to embracing emerging CNC technology early on, the Mezieres found many opportunities to turn their ideas into products that were embraced by their fellow racers.
Harold was true to his word and never drove race cars, but he was involved in building several dragsters. The first was a front-engined, SBCpowered Econorail in 1972 built with his brother, Dan. He and Dan also built a unique, rearengined streamliner in 1980, enjoying moderate success with the sleek entry. Finally, in 1998, with the kids all grown and on their own, Marie agreed to the idea of Harold driving a race car. So, at age 65, he
With a stable of competitive race cars and a cadre of very capable drivers, there’s no telling how many more wins this clan will accumulate.
embarked on a decadelong satiation of his “need for speed,” piloting several Super Comp dragsters.
Dave Meziere built his first race car, a '23 “T” roadster, at age 17, campaigning it into the mid-1980s with much success. This led to a 1962 Corvette that won numerous races, including Super Gas Eliminator at three NHRA national events.
Dave strayed from his drag racing roots, participating in the IMSA GTO series for a few years. He then came back to the fold and drove the Mezieres' “company car” (a 1995 Firebird). Dave spent much of the early 2000s helping his sons, Zach and Chandler, compete in NHRA's Jr. Dragster League. In recent years, he tasted victory as the 2015 NHRA Division VII Super Gas Champion and 2016 Race of Champions winner.
Middle brother Mike built and raced a 1981 Pro Gas Monza in the mid-'80s and then drove the Mezieres' Super Gas Firebird and Super Comp dragster with limited success through the early 2000s. He, too, “strayed from the 1320,” getting involved in local circle track racing through 2016.
The youngest of the three Meziere brothers, Don, embarked on his drag racing career in 1986 with a rear-engined dragster and subsequently moved to Super Gas through 2006 and then Super Comp. In
2014, he acquired a Jerry Bickel-built 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt that has been converted for competition in NHRA's new Top Sportsman class. Don has won Super Comp Eliminator at the 2014 Winternationals and Top Sportsman at NHRA's Sonoma and Las Vegas national events in 2016.
Now, we have the next generation of Mezieres making its mark. Dave's sons, Zach and Chandler, have acquitted themselves well, both starting off with Jr. Dragster Divisional Championships. Zach won Super Comp at the 2016 NHRA World Finals, as well as two NMCA West championships. Chandler also has a Wally to his credit, winning Super Comp at NHRA's Arizona Nationals in 2016.
With a stable of competitive race cars and a cadre of very capable drivers, there's no telling how many more wins this clan will accumulate. And, bolstered with a hardearned reputation for manufacturing topquality components, the Meziere family's future is bright, indeed.
The Meziere clan, here gathered around Don at the NHRA Winternats (left to right): Harold and Marie (parents), Yvonne (wife), Don, brother Dave and his sons, Chandler and Zach. Missing is brother Mike.
The Mezieres' first Wally came in '86, when Dave won Super Gas at the NHRA World Finals.
After raising a family and starting a business, Harold Meziere Jr. finally got to drive a race car ... when he reached eligibility for Medicare and Social Security!
Don Meziere built this digger in the late '80s and raced it through 1993. He is pictured here—in action at LACR 25 years ago.
Zach Meziere, shown with his uncle Don's Cobalt in the background, wheeled the family digger to a Super Comp title at the 2016 World Finals.
Chandler Meziere tasted victory with the family's Super Comp dragster, shown here at Pomona.
Don Meziere, the youngest of the three brothers who own Meziere Enterprises, won Top Sportsman at LVMS and Sonoma in 2016.