ESAB Hosts Legendary Racer Rod Saboury at SEMA

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Rod Saboury will be a special guest at the ESAB Welding & Cutting Products booth (Booth 21401) at The SEMA Show, signing autographs and showing off his new car.

When world-champion drag racer and street racer Rod Saboury needed a new record-setting car, he turned to Troy Spackman and his team at Legacy Innovations, LLC. And, when Troy and the Legacy Innovations crew needed high-quality welding equipment and filler metals, they turned to ESAB Welding & Cutting Products.

Rod Saboury began building and drag racing cars in the late 1960’s. A decorated world champion at the drag strip, Rod began street racing in 1992. An accomplished builder himself, Rod was introduced to Troy Spackman by a mutual friend.

Rod hired Troy and Legacy Innovations to restore a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. “I build cars, but I could never build like Troy does,” said Rod. “He’s a good businessman. While he was working on my ’68 Camaro, I watched him interact with other customers. Some people give me the “celebrity treatment” because I’m well-known in racing circles, but Troy gives every single customer the celebrity treatment – I’ve seen him do it!”

Troy Spackman has more than 10 years of experience working on award-winning cars. He founded Legacy Innovations in 2006, as a full-service facility for custom, rare, unique, and exotic vehicles. From building to restoration, to repair, Troy’s team brings expert attention to every aspect of the car.

Currently, Legacy Innovations is working on a new street racing car for Rod Saboury. This new car is utilizing a late-model Chevrolet Corvette crate motor that will be customized to yield an 800-horsepower output.

“This is the first turn-key project we’ve done for Rod,” said Troy Spackman. “We use ESAB equipment and filler metals at Legacy Innovations, but we especially relied on the ESAB 2200i CaddyTig for this project.”

The ESAB 2200i CaddyTig is designed to deliver quality TIG welding in all types of alloyed, non-alloyed and stainless steels. This portable welder is designed for durability and ease of use, particularly in harsh work environments.

Troy and his team used ESAB OK Tigrod 13.08 (ER80S-D2) tig welding rods for welds that can handle the rigors of auto racing.

“We will deliver this car to Rod at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas at the end of October,” said Troy.

The SEMA Show is considered to be the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. With more than 60,000 industry-only attendees, the show draws some of the hottest products in the specialty automotive arena.

Rod Saboury will be a special guest at the ESAB Welding & Cutting Products booth (Booth 21401) at The SEMA Show, and will be signing autographs as well as showing off his new car.
“I plan on setting records with this car,” said Rod. “I have complete confidence in Troy and Legacy Innovations, and I’m looking to win with this car!”

With more than 100 years of experience, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is one of the world’s largest and most skilled manufacturers of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals. Recognized as the technological leader in the industry, ESAB is committed to providing customized solutions for their customers. For more information, visit or call 1-800-ESAB123

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