About Harry Pellow
Harry was a Mechanical Engineer from MIT living in Northern California and operating his business HCP Research. He was a colorful character who wrote a regular column in the 356 Registry magazine under the pseudonym "The Maestro". It included stories of adventures as the Maestro bought/sold 356 engines, solved customer problems, researched the minutia of 356 engines, and rebuilt engines. It also combined political and social commentary that today might raise an eyebrow or two, but was fair game for the day.
He wrote his column for 20 years, published five books and produced several video tapes. Harry was a computer enthusiast and created a database where he tracked engine observations and all of the engines he built. Harry also was a regular speaker at Registry Holidays where he would entertain and inform attendees about his collection of broken and mangled 356 engine parts. He was always there to answer questions and stayed as long as the questions would come. He held court in the parking lot.
This article in Autoweek
noted his passing in March of 2003 at the age of 57. The 356 Registry published a eulogy for Harry in May entitled simply, The Maestro
. The auction of the contents of his shop was reported in The Harry Pellow Auction
in the November issue of the magazine. Gordon Maltby, the editor of the Registry magazine wrote this remembrance
Harry was awarded the 356 Registry’s highest honor, induction into the Hall of Fame in 2004. The award was presented to his family at a moving ceremony described in this President's Letter
in the Registry magazine.
Harry's family maintains Harry's website which preserves that moment in time when it was an active website full of Harry's publications, services and good humor. Check out his descriptions of his books and videos and read some of his writings at The Maestro's Library
Harry's products are no longer in publication but copies can usually be found for sale at the usual internet sites.