Friday, April 29, 2016

MSD Plug Wires for Gen 5 LT1 engines
MSD Performance Products has introduced their new line of spark plugs designed specifically for the Gen 5 GM LT1 engines, with the wires precut to exact specifications.
The spark plug wires are 8.5 millimeter spiral-core super conductor wire. With low resistance and superior noise suppression fitted with MSD multi-angle spark plug boots. These new MSD plug wires are available for these 2016 models:  Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and GMC Yukon, and are available with red or black wires. 

Founded in 1970 by two engineers from the White Sands (New Mexico) Missile Range, MSD LLC is one of the most recognized industry names in ignition system products, electronic fuel injection (EFI) products and high performance parts.
The company designs, develops, tests and manufactures its entire line of ignition boxes, crank triggers, distributors, EFI systems, transmission controllers, spark plugs, coils, spark plug wires, and other performance parts from its headquarters in El Paso, Texas.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Racing movies at the Irvington branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
"On the Sixes"
For those fans of old racing movies (like the author), there are two nights of old racing movies scheduled during May at the Irvington Library located at 5625 E.Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.  
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On May 17, there will be FIVE films shown that cover the 1916, 1926, 1936, 1946, and 1956  Indianapolis 500-mile races.
On May 24, there will be THREE films shown that feature the events of the 1966, 1976, and 1986 Indianapolis '500s.'
Thanks to my friend Ronn Berry for alerting me to these great events.

Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees

Matt Agosta, Chip Foose and Gary Hooker will be inducted into the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Hall of Fame as part of the festivities during the SEMA Installation Gala, on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, California. They represent an accomplished group of leaders who have shaped and inspired the automotive specialty-equipment market and join an elite group of industry icons and innovators who have already been enshrined in the SEMA Hall of Fame.

Matt Agosta

The president/CEO of Steele Rubber Products is a pioneer in advocating for legislative issues, forging relationships with OEMs and supporting small businesses to succeed. He is responsible for advancing educational opportunities for the industry, and has been on the forefront of utilizing the newest digital strategies for the industry’s growth. Past honors include the Chairman’s Award from the SEMA Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), ARMO Person of the Year award and SEMA Ambassador Award. As a former SEMA Board member, past chairman of a SEMA council and a president’s club member of the SEMA Political Action Committee, Agosta is among the most active members in SEMA history.

Chip Foose

 As the star of the hit television show “Overhaulin’,” Foose is among the most well-known builders in the industry, and arguably responsible for introducing car customization and hot rodding to a mainstream audience worldwide. Before launching Foose Design, Foose created and fabricated projects for influential corporations and OEMs. His work can be seen in the National Football League, Major League Baseball and movies, including “Blade Runner,” “Robo Cop” and “Gone in 60 Seconds.” In 1997, Foose was the youngest person to ever be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. He has also received the Goodguys Trendsetter Award and dozens of awards for winning vehicle builds.

Gary Hooker

Hooker Headers is arguably one of the most iconic brands in the automotive performance industry. Even before SEMA was formed, Hooker was on the forefront of the industry, producing products used by winning racers, including Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins and Bob Glidden. As a junior stock-car racer and world-class Ironman competitor in the early ’60s, Hooker launched his business after creating a header for his personal use. The immediate interest and demand for his product led to a business that has grown along with the industry. Hooker’s innovation and passion continued to pave a path for what is now a $36 billion industry.

For more information about the SEMA Hall of Fame, visit

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Halfway through Milan Design Week 2016, Garage Italia Customs, Fiat and Pepsi® unveiled a unique car, the Fiat 500 Pepsi®  “Live for Now” Car. The exclusive, one-of-a-kind Fiat 500 Pepsi® “Live for Now” Car will be on show inside the PepsiCo “Mix It Up” space, Superstudio 13, until April 17th.
In close collaboration with the PepsiCo Design & Innovation Center, Lapo Elkann’s Garage Italia Customs Style Centre brought to life the fun, excitement and design essence of Pepsi® into a new medium – a Fiat 500. With the iconic Pepsi®  colors of blue, white and red for both its exterior and interior, this custom Fiat 500 has become a pure expression of pop.

The exterior was wrapped by first applying a Pepsi®  blue film on the bottom part of the car and digitally printing the tailor-made film for the top. A candy red film covers parts of the rims and the chrome details.

The interior treatment matches the exterior with the three Pepsi® colors, from the gear knob painting to the very particular 3D blue Foglizzo leather on the seats. The interior immediately calls to mind the effervescent bubbles of a refreshing Pepsi thanks to a special procedure of inserting a soft support inside the leather to recreate the 3D bubble effect on the seats upholstered in white and blue leather produced by Foglizzo, and the Garage Italia Customs artisans skillfully embroidered the iconic Pepsi® globe on the head rests.

The interior comes to life when a Pepsi® can is placed into the specific compartment in the center tunnel. A sensor activates the red DreamLux textile used to cover the headliner and door panels. Light is conducted through the optical fiber woven into the material lighting up the whole inside of the car.

After Milan Design Week 2016, the Fiat 500 Pepsi® “Live for Now” Car will be presented at various European events before heading to the Unites States.
Information and photos provided by Burner Communication -  Garage Italia Customs Press Office

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Polka Dots  and Pinstripes


These two new smart fortwo versions are the first models for the launch of the smart Garage Italia Collection. It is the first special series created by Garage Italia Customs for a car company.

The smart Garage Italia Collection resulted from the collaboration between Garage Italia Customs and smart, which started with the intention of making a “capsule collection”. The collection will grow with more limited editions during the next months, proposing tailor-made patterns and textures to wrap the cars up with remarkable style and elegance.
The design concept for smart automobiles began at Mercedes in the late 1980s, associated with SMH (Swatch watches). After a brief period of backing by Volkswagen, the first model was launched by Daimler-Benz in October 1998. Marketed in 46 countries throughout Asia, North and South America, Africa, Australia and Europe, production of the smart fortwo had surpassed 1.7 million.

Lapo Elkann on the left

This new project was envisioned by Lapo Elkann, the founder of Garage Italia Customs, who wished to emphasize the strong connection between the world of cars and the world of fashion. The technique used is wrapping, which particularly suits the concept of seasonality and personalization. In fact, it does not limit itself to a choice of color or to car body protection: it turns into a tool to define the vehicle’s personality and distinctiveness.

Research, quality, care for details, top of the range materials and thorough planning have led to the creation of pois (polka dots) and pinstripe. Both are embodied in a passion 70 version of the smartfortwo with twinamic dual-clutch transmission. The graphics were purposefully developed on the body of the small Mercedes by the Garage Italia Customs Style Centre, and then digitally printed on films.

The smart fortwo pois edition is characterized by a texture of black polka dots on a pink background matching the black tridion cell. The Pinstripe version is more serious and traditional with the tones and style of the classic pinstriped suit: gray stripes on a silver background and black tridion.

Glamorous and elegant, these cars are also distinguished for their standard equipment:  trimmings, leather steering wheel and gear stick, Cool & Audio package, panoramic roof, Black/Anthracite seats and mesh fabric dashboard, leather multifunction steering wheel and multifunction color screen with trip computer. The sportiness of the fortwo pinstripe is highlighted by the steering wheel paddle shifters, its lowered suspension and alloy wheels.
Buy the pinstripe or pois edition smart fortwo on the website at


Information and photographs for this article provided by Burner Communication and the Garage Italia Customs Press Office

Monday, April 4, 2016

“Snake & Mongoose”
will headline the 50th Anniversary Display of NHRA Funny Cars at
Pennzoil AutoFair
The intense rivalry that defined drag racing in the early 1970s for millions of young fans will be remembered during the 50th Anniversary of the Funny Car exhibit from April 7 to the 10th at the Pennzoil AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Pennzoil AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, kids can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses, and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone.

The AutoFair’s Showcase Garage will host an exhibit of cars from the early years of Funny Car development, representing legendary drivers such as McEwen, Prudhomme, Richard Petty, Bruce Larson, Dick Brannon, “Jungle Jim” Liberman, and Hubert Platt, to name a few.

Prudhomme and Larson will sign autographs for fans in the Nationwide Insurance Classic Car Showcase Pavilion Friday and Saturday during the Pennzoil AutoFair from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Current NHRA drivers Matt Hagan and Leah Pritchett will also make appearances Saturday. Hagan will sign autographs in the Pennzoil booth from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and again from 1:30 until 2:00 p.m. Pritchett will make a special appearance in the Tommy Pike Customs booth from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Hours for the Pennzoil AutoFair are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Ticket prices are $11 per day for adults, and children 13 years of age and younger are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visit
Information and photos for this article were provided by Scott Cooper, Jonathan Coleman, and Debby Robinson at the Victory Management Group

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Why should you attend a local short track race?

The photograph shows why many fans prefer local short-track racing over televised INDYCAR or NASCAR racing. Bay Cities Racing Association driver Scott Pierovich was down on his knees working on his race car before time trials yesterday afternoon at Madera Speedway. 

Compare  that to the INDYCAR and NASCAR stars who when they aren't in their car, retreat to their air-conditioned motor homes or are giving television interviews. 

By the way, the changes must have worked- Scott set fast time. 

If this perks your interest, check out the rest of the BRA season schedule at

Friday, April 1, 2016

The 22nd annual "Jeanie’s Tour"
to NASCAR Sonoma Raceway
Now is the time for interested race fans to sign up for Jeanie Hunt’s 22nd annual bus tour to the NASCAR Toyota SaveMart 300 stock car race at Sonoma Raceway on June 26 2016. The bus leaves from Hunt’s Race World in Roseville California at 5:45 AM on race morning.
Jeanie offers three packages:

The comprehensive VIP 'Checkered Flag' package for $480, which includes a reserved seat, the roundtrip bus trip from Roseville to Sonoma catered breakfast & lunch and pit tour;

Package 2 which includes a ticket to the race and the roundtrip bus trip for $145.00;

And the $55 base package for the roundtrip bus trip this is only for those fans that already have purchased tickets to the race.

Bus fans will also receive at 10% discount at Hunt’s Race World on June 24, 25, and 26.
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Contact Jeanie at Hunt’s Race World at (916) 773-7223 before June 1 to reserve your seat on the bus to see Tony Stewart’s final NASCAR race at Sonoma Raceway.