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Dimitri "Dema" Elgin began working in the area of automotive technology in 1957 and opened Elgin's Machine Shop in 1960. In 1985, he sold the shop to his employees so that he could devote his attention to his camshaft business Elgin Cams.

Dema met the legendary automotive engineer Edward A. Winfield in 1964 and began consulting with him on innovative racing engine modifications. During one year in the 1930's, every car that ran at the Indianapolis 500 used Winfield carburetors and camshafts. Dema bought his first cam grinding machine in 1969 and with the help of Ed Winfield began years of grinding camshafts for his customers at the machine shop. This broad background in grinding camshafts for virtually all classes in SCCA racing has today led to a complete line of foreign car camshafts for the street performance enthusiast to the all-out racer.

With ten years of his own drag racing experience, then fifteen years of SCCA road racing experience, Dema understands the needs of the high performance driver. 

Housed in Dema's building is California Dynamometer Engineering, of which he is a partner. He uses the Dyno facility for his own research and development as well as for customer service. Antique engine restoration keeps the Dyno busy all year.

During the 1980's, Dema consulted with Cliff Collins of the former Harman and Collins Camshaft Company, learning more about grinding roller tappet cams and air flow from that great engineer.

Dema Elgin earned a lifetime teaching credential from the State of California and has been teaching automotive related subjects at DeAnza College in Cupertino, California since 1976. He holds a Member grade in the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Now with the aid of a computer, Dema makes his own camshaft designs. His customers include General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Nissan Corp., Zakspeed International, Porsche Motor Sports, and "Winston Cup" engine builders. He has the largest percentage of cams used at "Mid-Ohio" from GT-1 to Formula-V.