Auto-Ware was incorporated in
1989 and the Auto-ware logo was registered as a trade mark in 1990. The
company was created (and is still managed today) by John Block (click here for Bio).
John is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and a registered E.I. in New Mexico. Long before this Engineer
ever got the idea to start a software company, he was infected with
the well known but little understood racing disease. John's first taste of speed came early. At the ripe old age of 4 he
began racing go-carts (he's the one wearing the hat in the picture).
Now, as you all know, there is no known cure for the dreaded racing
disease which has many strange symptoms. One of the symptoms of this
disease is that it causes confusion about age in adolescence. So, he
fibbed about his age and started racing dirt track modifieds in 1970.
John, thoroughly infected at this point, then built and drove his own
cars for the next 4 years.
Unfortunately, college demands more money and time than a race car driver has. So John worked his way through school as a machinist and started
applying his education and working on and building race cars for other
people. Over the years, John has wrenched on modifies, stock cars,
sprint cars, sports cars and just about everything else with wheels.
As his racing knowledge grew, he expanded to writing. John's first book
"The Racer's Dictionary" was published in 1980 by Steve Smith Autosports.
Later, his second book "The Racer's Guide to Fabricating Shop Equipment"
was also published by Steve Smith Autosports. In 1995 John started the "Cyber Racing" column in Circle Track magazine.
Although he's a good race driver and a very good fabricator, race car
engineering has become John's real strength. In 1985, John was the Team
Engineer for the Galles Indy Car Team. That year they got their car on
the Pole at Indy (John is the middle guy in the picture below).
Next, John teamed up with Nigel Stroud in England where they served as
consultants to the Mazda factory race team for two seasons. They also
worked on the Porsche 956B, Mercedes Benz 190, and many other race cars
During that time, John had developed computer programs to help speed up the engineering process. It was those original computer programs that
served as the spring board to the Autoware line of software today (and
now, you know the rest of the story)!
The strength of any company is built on the strength of the individuals in that company. We are very proud to have Zachary Taylor as our
Lead Programmer (pictured below).
Zach is currently attending the University of New Mexico as a Computer
Science major, with the hopes of one day working on the computer
systems of the Formula 1 cars.
Zach started at Autoware in 2000 and is hard at work on the next
generation of Autoware programs.
So, stay tuned and see what we create for you.
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• Software for Auto Racing and High Performance Cars
• Data Acquisition Systems - new and used
• Engineering Services and Live Seminars on Performance
and Racing Technology
• All types of Tech Info on racecar engines, chassis and
suspension setup for road
racing, oval track and drag racing, and general automotive technology.