History of Kelford Cams

The Journey of Kelford Cams

From Local Hot Rodders to Global Racers

In the world of high-performance automotive engineering, few names carry the weight and legacy of Kelford Cams. Founded in 1968 by Norm Kelly & Ron Rutherford (Kel-Ford) in Christchurch, New Zealand. Kelford Cams began as a humble engineering camshaft regrinding workshop, catering primarily to local hot rodders with a passion for speed and performance to international powerhouse.

Camshaft Regrinds - Engineering
Regrinding Workshop 1968
Valiant Charger E49
Chrysler Valiant Charger E49 - New Zealand 1973

Regrinding Workshop to Racing Engine Dominance:

Honda Civic Racing Camshafts - Kelford Cams
Kevin Ban - Kelford Camtech 2002-2013
2002-2013

Kelford Cams Performance Camshafts

Formerly known as Kelford Camtech owned by Kevin Ban, a prolific race car engine builder. As demand for performance camshaft re-grinding grew, the company imported and sold a catalogue of valve train parts. In early 2006, Kelford installed the southern hemisphere’s first masterless CNC cam grinder, allowing it to expand into an international operation. Kelford Camtech was rebranded as the infamous Kelford Cams!

Kelford Racing Cams

In 2013, Tony Gault acquired Kelford Cams and embarked on a significant investment program. Kevin Ban has continued to work with the company to maintain continuity. Kelford Cams has invested in state-of-the-art machinery, systems, and expertise since 2013, enabling them to offer one of the most successful R&D programs in the performance camshaft and valve train market today. Kelford is the go-to company for teams and businesses seeking innovative solutions for gaining optimal engine performance. A further enhanced rebrand was completed into the brand you see today!

Ford Barra - Falcon Kelford Cams
Tony Gault - Kelford Cams 2013 /

MILESTONES & SETBACKS

The Resilience & Ingenuity of Kelford Cams

2011 CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE

The path to success was not without its challenges

In 2011, Kelford Cams faced its greatest adversity yet when the devastating Christchurch earthquake rocked the city to its core. The destruction wrought by the quake threatened to derail the company's progress and undo decades of hard work. Kelford Cams was not spared from the aftermath, with its facilities sustaining damage and production grinding to a halt. Through perseverance and ingenuity, Kelford Cams staff & management swiftly resumed operations and expanded then introduced innovative new camshaft profiles, establishing the company's ability to bounce back stronger than ever resonated with enthusiasts and professionals alike, reaffirming its status as a trusted partner in the pursuit of automotive excellence.

Kelford Camshafts Christchurch
Kelford christchurch

What began as a local workshop soon evolved into an international powerhouse, supplying high-performance camshafts to street cars and professional racing engines around the globe.

Built for High Performance

Kelford Cams is committed to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction. We invest in research and development to push the boundaries of camshaft design and manufacturing. Our state-of-the-art facilities and advanced machining technologies ensure that we deliver camshaft solutions that exceed expectations. 

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