Henry Repeating Arms expands from guns to racecars (PHOTOS)

The Henry car getting prepped for the day's race at its Wright Motorsports team trailer. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The Henry car getting prepped for the day’s race at its Wright Motorsports team trailer. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Henry Repeating Arms, once only synonymous with lever guns, has recently expanded into other areas of firearms manufacture, with the introduction of single shot rifles and shotguns, as well as .410 lever actions.  While the following behind their American made firearms has always been strong, how many of you know that the Henry company is also the face of a racing team?

Throughout the Henry’s tenure, owner and president Anthony Imperato has been one of the most accessible and publicly recognized faces of any gun company. For the last year, he can be found traveling not only in firearms circles, but also hanging out at the race track.  Now his son of the same name, Anthony Imperato Jr, lives with a passion and skill for racing.  Thus two very American pastimes collide, as Henry Repeating Arms sponsors the young Imperato’s race car.

Guns.com recently had the opportunity to spend a few days at Road America watching one Imperato make the climb onto the podium of the winner’s circle while the other cheered him trackside.  Best of all, the Henry name was there through it all.  While many will be quick to question the Made-in-America-or-not-made-at-all company’s decision to put their logo on a Porsche, who can fault a father for supporting his son in his current racing class, the IMSA Porsche GT3 series?

Wright Motorsports, based out of Ohio, is a powerhouse behind Anthony Imperato Jr's racing success. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Wright Motorsports, based out of Ohio, is a powerhouse behind Anthony Imperato Jr’s racing success. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Anthony Imperato Jr, son of Henry President Anthony Imperato Sr, takes time for a quick chat prior to the start of his race. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Anthony Imperato, Jr., son of Henry president Anthony Imperato Sr, takes time for a quick chat prior to the start of his race. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The Henry car is just one of many in the Wright Motorsports stable of Porsche's in the GT3 class. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The Henry car is just one of many in the Wright Motorsports stable of Porsche’s in the GT3 class. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Anthony Imperato Jr heads onto the track prior to the start of the race. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Anthony Imperato, Jr. heads onto the track prior to the start of the race. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Race officials prepare the cars for the start. Despite rain and unseasonable cold, Imperato started in P2 and drove that to a podium finish. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Race officials prepare the cars for the start. Despite rain and unseasonable cold, Imperato started in P2 and drove that to a podium finish. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The Henry car passes on the inside of turn 5 for another clean run on the track. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The Henry car passed on the inside of turn five and pulls away here in the straightaway, with speeds in the race exceeding 150mph.  (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Imperato Jr holds off the rest of the pack as he chases the lead car in this IMSA GT3 Cup race. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Imperato holds off the rest of the pack as he chases the lead car in this IMSA GT3 Cup race. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Henry brought in employees from both the Rice Lake, WI and Bayonne, NJ plants to enjoy a weekend of racing that ended up here in the winner's circle. President Anthony Imperato is all smiles giving the thumbs up at center top. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Henry brought in employees from both the Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and Bayonne, New Jersey, plants to enjoy a weekend of racing that ended up here in the winner’s circle. President Anthony Imperato is all smiles giving the thumbs up at center top. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

A Henry Repeating Arms gun display at their retail tent. The Wildlife Edition 45-70, second from top, was given away to one lucky Henry fan attending the race. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

A Henry Repeating Arms gun display at their retail tent. The Wildlife Edition 45-70, second from top, was given away to one lucky Henry fan attending the race. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The Henry store went mobile, setting up shop on the race grounds at Road America. Though Friday's rainy weather dampened things, plenty of Henry fans filled the tent on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The Henry store went mobile, setting up shop on the race grounds at Road America. Though Friday’s rainy weather dampened things, plenty of Henry fans filled the tent on Saturday and Sunday. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Henry President Anthony Imperato Sr poses for some fan photos outside the tent at Road America.

Henry president Anthony Imperato, Sr. poses for some fan photos outside the tent at Road America. Imperato’s accessibility to fans and customers makes him one of the most well-recognized owners of any firearms company. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)