In 1946, immediately after Xydias was discharged from the United States Army Air Corps, he opened the So-Cal Speed Shop in Burbank, one of the first hot rod speed shops in Southern California. In 1950, he drove the first streamliner powered by a Flathead Ford to go over 200 mph (320 km/h). His hot rod was named the "So-cal-Streamliner" and powered by an Edelbrock V-8 60 engine. One secret to his success was a mixture of 40 percent nitromethane and not the grinding of the cam, as was commonly told.
He is a member of the board of directors of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.
- Madigan, Tom. Edelbrock: Made in USA, Tehabi Books, 2005.
- Oilstick.com NHRA museum article Groak, Bill, 2004.
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