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Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-02-2011

FOLLOW-UP ON THE GRAND NATIONAL MODELS -

As we indicated last week and pictured, Monogram produced the 1:24 scale plastic model in several different box designs in the early 1990s.

John Zielinski, one of our customers from Michigan, has provided us with some additional information and Photo 1.

According to John, a total of 5 different Grand National box designs were produced.

When Monogram did the GNX in the same 1:24 scale, two different versions of that box were produced. This would be in addition to the combination version that featured the GNX with the ZR1 Corvette. (See 1-19-2011 Inner Circle for photo). In that combo pack they featured the ZR1 Corvette first, then the GNX. It is interesting to note on this twin-pack under the picture of the GNX it clearly states, "1987's FASTEST U.S. STREET CAR." The copyright on the box reads 1989, which is actually before the ZR1 would hit the showrooms.

PHOTO 1 - Shows the 5 different Monogram Grand National kits. The two on the far right are the early two designs that we showed in last week's Inner Circle. The three boxes on the left show minor changes and reflect that the company was no longer Monogram, but had combined with Revell at some point during the 1990s. This would explain the slightly different packaging.

Referring to the model kit on the top left of this photo, John says, "I have seen it with different types of stickers (on the bottom right of the box), this particular one says, "Streetburner Series." The box on the lower left has a sticker on it that says you can mail away to get a free American flag."

Some of you may recall the one catchy phrase that was on a bumper sticker back when the Turbo Regals were new. The quote was, "WE BRAKE FOR CORVETTES." From what I have been told, this catchy phrase originated with someone at Buick. I can recall in the late 1980s and early 1990s, buying original bumper stickers from Buick employees at the GS Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Around that same time we even used that same slogan on one of our most popular ash grey T-shirts. The artwork was done by Paul Vilser, the artist who did many of our cartoons back in the day.

PHOTO 2 - Shows the back of the ash grey T-shirt we used to sell. Paul Vilser did the artwork. Although it may appear to be a Grand National, it is actually a WE 4, which is more rare. The clue is the 3.8 SFI Turbo emblem visible in the far left corner of the trunk lid. The license plate "A MOVER" was used because of one of our personalize license plates we have had since the early 1980s.

Our "A MOVER" plate first appeared on our 1967 Ram Air 4-speed Firebird, which was one of the quickest cars we have owned. In the early 1980s, we sold it to a person who lives near Chicago, Illinois and who still owns it. He was able to get the same vanity plate in Illinois.

We later had the plate on our 1987 silver Turbo Limited. So, if you attend any car shows around Chicago, you just may see an extremely rare 1967 Firebird with the license plate "A MOVER." Now you know the history.

PHOTO 3 - Shows the back end of our 2000 fixed roof coupe Corvette. As you can see, the "A MOVER" plate now adorns a Corvette.



SPARE TIRE INFORMATION -

While most of the parts on our cars carry a date specific code, I happened to look at the spare tire rim and noticed the embossed data on the tire and rim. Because of its size, the spare tire is unique to our cars when compared to a regular Regal. The Turbo Regals received a T155/80D16 tire.

Stamped by the valve stem is a code. I happen to have 3 original spare tires and the codes read, "K485, K486, and K487." The K487 is in the trunk of our personal 1987 Turbo-T. I would assume the last two digits represent the year. Based on the 3 tires I have, it would also appear the first two digits may be a standard code for the wheel.

Just on the other side of the valve stem is another code. Each one of the 3 I have is different - 3RY, 16RY, and 4RY.

PHOTO 4 - The top photo shows the entire correct factory spare tire and wheel. Notice the original grey valve stem. This one has never been used and is very close to mint. The lower left photo shows a close-up of the date code "K485." The lower right photo shows the tire/wheel size "T1555/80D16" that appears on the side of the tire.

MORE INFORMATION ON DATE CODES NEXT WEEK



HOTELS LISTING FOR TurboBuick.com 2011 NATIONALS EVENT -
MAY 11-14, 2011 - BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -
We just lined up hotels for the TurboBuick.com event in North Carolina. To see the complete listings, go to their website. Here is a link -
http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/2011-turbobuick-com-nationals/341670-event-hotel-information.html



CHECK THIS OUT - 1990 KIRBAN REUNION EVENT on YOUTUBE -

Special thanks to John Spina! He has put our 1990 GTO/Turbo Buick Reunion event on YouTube. This was one of two Reunion events we held at the Johnsville Naval Airbase in Warminster, PA.

What great memories! Especially for those of you that attended this huge event when our cars were still basically new! At one point back then, I remember counting 98 Grand Nationals bumper to bumper on the runway.

Here is a link to the video -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHg3Q6d3Ngs




LESS THAN A MONTH TO GET THE SALE PRICE -

All our alternator choices are now on our website with full descriptions, photos, and prices to make ordering easier.

Here is a link to all the alternator related items on the website -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/products.php?search_text=7315&submit_button=

Sale pricing expires on March 18th for our brand new 1986-1987 Turbo Regal 120A alternators listed as part #7315 below.

7315 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
BRAND NEW 120 amp Alternator, Pre-tested with a 2-year Warranty
Regular Price - $169.95
SALE PRICE until March 18, 2011 - $154.95 (save $15)

7316 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
BRAND NEW Custom-Built 200 amp Alternator, Pre-tested with a 2-year Warranty - $249.95

7317 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
YOUR ORIGINAL 120 amp ALTERNATOR - REBUILT with all New Internal Parts Using YOUR Original Housing, Pre-tested with a 2-year Warranty - $139.95

To order part numbers #7318 or #7319, you must contact our office first to see if we can provide you with a date stamp prior to your built code. Our supplier has about 30 original housings.

7318 - 1987 Turbo Regal -
Original 120 amp Alternator Housing with our stamped Part #1101 349 120A on the Housing - $65.95 / kit

7319 - 1987 Turbo Regal -
Original 120 amp ALTERNATOR - REBUILT with all New Internal Parts and our stamped Part #1101 349 120A on the Housing - $189.95

7320 - 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
UPGRADED Alternator Pulley Fan with Machined Spacer - $25



BODY BUSHINGS/CUSHIONS -


We expect to have them on our website later this week. In the meantime, to order either the 4-bushing kit, 6-bushing kit, core support kit, or the 22-piece bushing kit, you must call our office. Any of these kits will vastly improve the ride quality of your 1984-1987 Turbo Regal. These bushings/cushions are like the factory rubber style. The 4-bushing and 6-bushing kits come with all new grade 8 bolts!



GNX #545 FOR SALE -

A long-time customer of ours wants to sell his pride and joy, GNX #545.

This GNX has 25,000 miles on it. It is slightly modified however, all the original parts have been kept. He has the jacket and GNX book. Owned by an older gentleman. GNX #545! This is just 2 from the end of production. I can supply additional photos and information. Serious inquiries only.

Priced to sell at $58,900. Email me - denniskirban@yahoo.com

Here is a link to this car on our website -
http://www.kirbanperformance.com/product/43842/BUICK+GNX+%23545+FOR+SALE.html



NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE -

We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these have to be low-resolution photos to work on the Inner Circle segments on the website, any photos of text don't appear clear when enlarged. This is a problem when you are trying to see numbers, such as those on the VIN labels or pages from Options booklet. Also, because of photo reproduction and computer screen variations, the colors may not be true to the actual product or photo.

If you would like to have us email you any photo at the higher resolution for viewing, just email us and we will email them to you. Be sure to be specific on which pictures you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - denniskirban@yahoo.com



ALWAYS IN A BUYING POSITION WORKS -

Got any turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. Simply email me a list - denniskirban@yahoo.com

Also, we are still buying dead or partially dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals under $4,000 that are within 250 to 350 miles of our location.



2011 CALENDER OF EVENTS -

KIRBAN PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS SPRING OPEN HOUSE -
APRIL 16, 2011 - 9 am - 3 pm - 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18929
RAIN or SHINE

Once again we will be holding our annual Spring Open House, Saturday, April 16th - 9 am until 3 pm. This event happens rain or shine. Free Yum Yum Donuts are known to run out in a matter of a few hours. We will have an array of tagged and bagged used parts at bargain prices, as will Pete from his collection of parts.

Our stock Kirban Performance Products items will be discounted 5% on any in-stock items and any items that we do not have that you pay for will include free shipping.

As vendors let us know they are coming, we will update this information.

Already confirmed as vendors for our Open House -
- CUSTOM AUTO APPAREL - large array of licensed Buick apparel
website - customautoapparel.com / email - gnx547@comcast.net / phone - 412-678-8402
- Pete Hoffman - Lots of used original parts
- WORLD of MOTORWORKS - Paul Castle will be coming again from Illinois.



SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT - April 22nd - 23rd, 2011
Held at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, Georgia.
For more information, contact Hartline Performance at 321-722-1563 or
click on the website below.
http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/national-racing-events-info/335835-southern-buick-shootout-north-vs-south-april-22nd-23rd.html



"RIDE ON MOLLY" MEMORIAL EVENT - APRIL 30th - MAY 1st, 2011
Starting Point is Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula, California
A great ride/event to honor and remember a truly wonderful individual, Molly.
Proceeds will benefit his daughter Brooke's college fund.
For complete information, check out the link to their event -
https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=17068&



TurboBuick.com 2011 NATIONALS - MAY 11-14, 2011 - BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -

This is one of the first major Turbo Buick events for the upcoming 2011 season. The dates are May 11th through the 14th. The first 2 days the event is held at Richard Clark's massive shop at 2557 Faucette Lane, Burlington, NC 27217, North Carolina, followed by 2 days of racing at the Piedmont Dragway, 6750 Holts Store Road, Julian, North Carolina 27283 (Greensboro.)

Our company is handling the vendor lineup and part of the program at Richard's shop on Wednesday and Thursday. This includes the free lunch that Richard provides under the ZDDPlus™ sponsorship.

We will have a list of motels soon.

CONFIRMED VENDORS -
Alky Control, Bob Bailey, Caspers Electronics, Cotton's Performance, Custom Auto Apparel, Dentmasters, GBodyParts.COM, Hartline Performance, Pete Hoffman, HR Parts N Stuff, Inc., Kirban Performance Products, Metco Motorsports Solutions, RJC Racing, and World of Motorworks.

The club has some big plans and special guests that will be coming and conducting seminars that were not there last year. Since the GS Nationals are moving to October this year, this gives you another major event to attend in the spring.

There will be a listing of events, hotels (discounts), vendors, seminars, etc. As information is confirmed, we will let you know.

For more exact information on race classes and other activities, go to -

http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/2011-turbobuick-com-nationals/332458-2011-turbobuick-com-nationals-sponsored-zddplus-may-11th-14th-confirmed.html



21ST ANNUAL BUICK RACEDAY - MAY 20-22nd, 2011
Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio.
This is one of the longest running Buick events. Vendors and swappers welcome! Friday is time trials, Saturday is an all Buick show, and Sunday is race day open to all Buick powered vehicles and there also is a Quick 16 class with cash payments.
For more information, contact Roberta Vasilow - 810-655-8277
email - buickracer@comcast.net
or
Bill Wills - 330-747-1029
email - skylarkwilly@aol.com



2011 BUICK PERFORMANCE GROUP - JULY 29th - 31st, 2011 - HEBRON, OHIO -

The Buick Performance Group event will feature the Turbo Buick "step children" the T-Types and Pontiac's unclaimed child the Turbo Trans Am. The event is at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

They have secured Scott Kelly to attend, as well as Denny Manner, Joe Guzek, Dave Roland, Ron Yuile. Denny has also contacted Tom Wallace in hopes that he will attend. The people mentioned have also contacted other retired Buick Engineers, including Mike Doble to have them attend. There will be displays and "tech" talks, so it should be very informative. I don't think there has ever been that many Turbo G-body Engineers in one place at one time. This is one event you do not want to miss this summer!

Information for the Event can be found here -
http://www.buickperformancegroup.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?8-BPG-Nationals



EBAY LISTINGS -

If you would like to see any of the Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions -
http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ km



ABOUT OUR EMAILS -

Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - denniskirban@yahoo.com - I will answer you. However, if I fail to answer you within 24 hours, please email us again. Since expanding into used parts, I get a lot of emails and sometimes I may forget your request or may not remember who requested the item.



IN CLOSING -

I don't know about you...but we have not yet received our wedding invitation to the big wedding in England later this spring!

Maybe Ian Reeves from Nottinghamshire, UK can put in a good word for us with the Queen.