In the early 1960's J.D. Eatherly saw the need for a REAL speed shop in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. He added room in the back of his already established service center and Rayco Racing Division was born. Business was good so he added on-the-road salesmen and the wholesale distribution department was officially started. Rayco Racing Division ultimately changed its name to Tennessee Speed Sport and moved across the street into a huge 17,000 sq. ft. building. At the time, it was not known if the business would be capable of keeping that much space filled with parts.
With Mr. Eatherly's determination and support, the company flourished. He was able to hire good people who shared his vision of becoming the largest automotive wholesale distribution center in the south. Many of the "movers and shakers" in the industry today first got their start in the early years of Tennessee Speed Sport.
The business continued to grow in the 70's. An addition to the warehouse space was made to house all of the new product lines that were being sold.
By the eighties the company had outgrown the original location and moved to a new 88,000 sq. ft. facility. With this move, the wholesale division of the company became P&E Distributors, Inc.
1995 Mr. Eatherly turned the entire operation over to his sons, Steve and Donnie. P&E not only expanded but also embraced new technology.
When the new century arrived P&E were involved with organizations like SEMA and PWA. With our continued growth and P&E received the SEMA WD of year in both 2004 and 2009
Over the years, two things have defined P&E - tenacity and family. That never-give-up attitude has been Mr. Eatherly's from the beginning and it has carried through the blood lines. He constantly strived to instill this trait in his sons and his employees. Built on this very strong foundation, P&E Distributors will continue to grow.
Currently, the third generation is hard at work with Steve and Donnie's sons learning their way through the business. Like father, like son.