All About Us

Our Tradition

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For 60 years, racers and performance enthusiasts around the world have relied on Klotz to grab the checkered flag. Developing products for the motorsports industry is our passion. The tradition of race-testing Klotz products continues to this day. In fact, by the time a Klotz product reaches your engine, it’s spent countless hours on the dyno and proven on the race track.

Mastering the Science of Synthetic Lubrication® is our top priority. Our Pure Estorlin® Technology and TechniPlate® Lubricity Systems™ integrated bonding process makes this chemistry a complete synthetic lubricant.

We take pride in adapting to the constantly evolving needs of your sport; whether it’s automotive, motorcycle, snowmobile, marine, kart and RC scale model markets-manufactured with integrity, providing the highest quality sport products to enhance your good times.

How Klotz Began.....

John Klotz started his racing career with one of the first Go-Karts manufactured in Southern California by Go-Kart Manufacturing Company in 1958. As a competitive racer, he had a passion to go faster. “In racing, you get the bug and you just try to win everything; that’s where it all began,” said John Klotz.

“The need for a good lubrication is how the Special Formula [original product name] full synthetic was created in 1959. The Special Formula name was later changed and trademarked as TechniPlate. I recall testing the TechniPlate formula in a local insurance company’s parking lot. While I was there, city police officers pulled in to watch me. I stopped to check the engine by disassembling it to see how the parts looked. I was checking it for wear, heat spots and fuel lubrication efficiency. As I was working on the engine, the officers walked over to me and we started to shoot the breeze. It was quite comical because I thought they were sent there to have me removed!

"After testing, I tweaked the formula to create the stillstanding Original TechniPlate formula. I used my formula on Sunday afternoons at the go-kart track and would win every race! I started beating everyone and they all wanted to know my speed secret. I decided to start selling to a few fellow racers and they ended up coming back for more, week after week, so I thought to myself, this can pay for my racing.”

That’s how Klotz Synthetic Lubricants began, from a desire to win. John Klotz continued to sell his special formula and became a local Indiana champion; he then went on to race semi-pro in the USAC Series. He has raced alongside many legends such as Mario Andretti, Tiny Lund, AJ Foyt, Jim Hurtubise, Parnelli Jones, Richard Petty and David Pearson.

John Klotz and Daughters,  left to right: Michelle, Patsy and Sherri.
John Klotz and Daughters, left to right: Michelle, Patsy and Sherri.