DENNIS PIRANIO IS A NATIVE OF DALLAS, TEXAS. DENNIS FOUNDED PERFORMANCE ENGINES IN 1968, LOCATED ON REEDER RD. IN DALLAS, TX. ORIGINALLY PERFORMANCE ENGINES CONSTRUCTED COMPLETE RACE CARS FROM THE CHASSIS TO THE ENGINES.AS WORD OF SUCCESS ON THE RACE TRACKS SPREAD, THE BUSINESS OUTGREW ITS DALLAS LOCATION AND IN 1984 MOVED TO NEW HEADQUARTERS IN CELINA,TEXAS.

ONCE IN CELINA,THE DEMAND FOR RACING ENGINE DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION BECAME SO GREAT AS TO REQUIRE THE CHASSIS PROGRAM TO BE CLOSED.

IN 1998 PERFORMANCE ENGINES INCORPERATED,TO BECOME PERFORMANCE ENGINES INC. WITH DENNIS AS PRESIDENT. CURRENTLY P.E. INC. WORKS EXCLUSIVELY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF RACING ENGINE DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION.

IN 1999 P.E. INC. PURCHASED THE SHOP OF BOBBY BOOHER AND OPENED A SUBSIDIARY, PIRANIOS ANTIQUE AUTOMOTIVE,SPECIALIZING IN THE RESTORATION OF ANTIQUE ENGINES.

IN 2008, DENNIS & BETH HAD A NEW SHOP CONSTRUCTED IN DENTON, TEXAS TO HOUSE THEIR EVER GROWING BUSINESS. THE CURRENT ADDRESS IS 6195 FISHTRAP RD, DENTON, TEXAS, 76208. 940-383-2642, 940-383-2643 FAX.

OVER THE YEARS,DENNIS RACED VARIOUS DRAG RACE AUTOMOBILES,ALWAYS AT THE FRONT OF THE CLASS.

SOME OF THE EARLIER AUTOMOBILES WERE ANGLIAS,COMPETING IN AHRA & NHRA A/G CLASS,THEN MOVING UP TO THE AA/GS CLASS. THESE CARS HELD THE NATIONAL RECORDS DURING THEIR TENURE.

WHEN NHRA CREATED THE ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR CATAGORY, DENNIS MOVED INTO THIS CLASS,CAMPAIGNING SEVERAL CARS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS; 1974 VEGA, 1978 MUSTANG II AND A 1983 DODGE OMNI.

BRITTISH STERLING MEN'S COLOGNES SPONSORED DENNIS & HIS AUTOMOBILES FOR MANY YEARS. THIS LED TO THE CARS BEING USED IN NATIONAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS AS WELL AS PERSONAL APPARANCES AT TRADE SHOWS.


WHILE CAMPAIGNING THESE TA/FC'S, DENNIS WON THE NHRA DIVISION 4 CHAMPIONSHIP SEVERAL TIMES AS WELL AS THE AAFC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. HE WON BOTH THE NHRA & AAFC" WRENCH OF THE YEAR" AWARD SEVERAL TIMES.
IN 1988 DENNIS,DRIVING & CONSTRUSTING THE JORDAN BROTHERS TA/FC, WON THE NHRA WORLD FINALS. DENNIS WAS ALSO AWARDED THE NHRA "BEST ENGINEERED" AWARD AT THE 1989 WINTERNATIONALS,HELD IN POMONA, CALIFORNIA, FOR HIS DESIGN WORK & CONSTRUCTION OF THE A.R. FORD "BOSS HEMI" BLOWN ALCOHOL ENGINE.
DENNIS HELD THE HONOR OF BEING THE FASTEST & QUICKEST DRAG RACER EVER UTILIZING FORD POWER!

DENNIS RETIRED FROM DRIVING DRAG CARS IN 1990 TO CONCENTRATE ON THE ENGINE BUSINESS.

TODAY YOU WILL FIND HIM AT THE SHOP BUILDING DRAG RACE, DRAG BOAT, PULLING, SPRINT CAR & MUD RACING ENGINES OR AT THE RACE TRACK WITH ONE OF HIS CUSTOMERS,HELPING THEM TO WIN!

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