Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 07-07-10
REPORT FROM GM AT CARLISLE - PART 2 -
PHOTO 1 - This to me was a pretty good buy as it appears the seller was open to entertaining any serious offers. Sign reads, "25th Anniversary Trans Am - ONLY 1 of 12 - 6-SPEED / HARD TOP / CD PHS DOCUMENTED LOW MILES / ALL ORIGINAL GM PRESS VEHICLE FEATURED IN MUSCLE CAR MAGAZINE ASKING $18,500.00 OBO." I know from experience, late-model F-body cars Pontiac or Chevrolet are very hard to find with a solid roof and a manual 6-speed transmission. Making this more desirable is the history and the fact it is an Anniversary model.
As we stated in last week's Inner Circle. the new Camaro is one of the new car models that many companies are tinkering with, not only with performance but cosmetically as well.
PHOTO 2 - The photo on the left shows one unique example of a new hood that is similar to what GM did on the new ZR1 Corvette, only this is on a new 2010 Camaro SS. The photo on the right shows another example of a new hood available for the Camaro.
PHOTO 3 - Shows what a possible 2010 Pontiac Firebird or Trans Am would look like. As you can see, you have plenty of options for cosmetic upgrades on the new Camaros. It's just a matter of having enough money to spend!
A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE -
As we said in an earlier Inner Circle, the Yum Yum's donut shop we dealt with over the years has now been leveled along with at least 5 other buildings that sat on that corner in Warminster.
Back in the early 1970s, we used to live about a block from that location. One of the other buildings that got leveled the other week also held special memories for us. It used to be Keyburn's Body Shop. When I started our towing service, John Keyburn (the owner) would work on my truck. My first tow truck was a 1950 Chevy 1-┬Ż-ton with a Manley hand-winch setup.
John Keyburn, actually painted two of our personal vehicles, both of which I would show at car shows. One was our 1947 Studebaker pickup truck and the other was our 1949 Oldsmobile model 76 Club Coupe.
PHOTO 4 - The photo on the left shows our fully restored 1947 Studebaker ┬Ż-ton pickup truck. The original factory color was brown, but I elected to have the truck painted baby blue! The photo on the right shows our black 1949 Oldsmobile 76 Club Coupe. Coincidentially, the truck was the same age as myself and the Oldsmobile was the same age as my wife Eileen.
Back then I even had Hurst make a custom floor shifter for the Oldsmobile, which had a 1957 Olds 371 V8 backed up by a extremely modified 1953 4-speed hyro-matic transmission. The Olds shifted every bit as crisp and hard as any Buick Turbo Regal we have owned.
Even though I sold them both fairly local to us, in all these years, I have never seen either of these cars at any car show event!
More Trips Down Memory Lane to Follow -
BREAKING NEWS -
I'm attending the 38th Annual Pontiac Oakland Club International Convention, the POCI National Meet in Charleston, West Virginia from July 6th through the 10th. Actually, I'm one of the scheduled speakers on Wednesday, July 7th at 12 noon (TODAY) at the Civic Center in Charleston. I will be talking on ZDDPlus™, Hurst/Campbell, and of course Pontiac GTOs.
"Ronny and the Daytonas" that had the hit recording "GTO" back in 1964 will be in concert Saturday. Some of you may recall we actually had John "Bucky" Wilkin at one of our early 1990s GTO/Buick Reunion Events. He was the lead singer in the group and actually wrote the song while he was in high school. We also had Davy Jones of the "Monkees" at one of our Reunion Events.
So, if you reside in or around Charleston, West Virginia, and want to see several hundred nice Pontiacs, stop by and say hello. For more information, go to www.poci.org
Link - http://www.POCI.org/POCI_Annual_Convention.cfm?PT=C
URGENT REQUEST - WE NEED TURBO CORES! -
We need stock 1986-1987 Turbo Regal turbos for cores.
For each complete turbo you send us, you will received either a check for $75 for or a Letter of Credit for $100 for any parts listed on our website. Just specify which you want for your turbo.
By sending us complete cores, it enables us to supply other owners with rebuilt units and also our TA 49 versions. The TA 49 turbos we sell require the use of the stock exhaust housing. By using that section, no low-end torque is lost in regular street driving.
THANK YOU for helping to keep the parts available for other Turbo Regal owners.
NEW PART FROM US - LINDA VAUGHN "MISS HURST" STANDUP -
We now have the Linda Vaughn "Miss Hurst" autographed 24" stand-up replica available. Each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, Part #7265, $52.95. Miss Hurst, as everyone knows, is one of the best-known icons from the muscle car era. This is reminiscent of the popular original 57" stand-up display, famous from the mid-1960s.
Here is the full description -
LINDA VAUGHN - MISS HURST - AUTOGRAPHED 24" STAND-UP REPLICA -
and CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
First time ever offered! The most recognized icon stand-up display from the muscle car era - Miss Hurst - Linda Vaughn
Car enthusiasts will be thrilled to have this stand-up replica of one of the most highly collectible and most recognized printed display - MISS HURST. This is reminiscent of the popular original 57" stand-up display, famous from the mid-1960s.
This gorgeous replica is now available in a limited production (only 7,500 will be available) 24" tall stand-up personally autographed by Linda Vaughn. Each stand-up is printed in the U.S.A., is diecut around Linda (no black background), and comes with a foldout stand affixed to the back so it will stand alone.
Autograph reads, "Linda Vaughn - Miss Hurst."
My wife actually worked with Linda at Hurst back in their PR department in the late 1960s. Fortunately, we've kept in touch over the years. We are known for our very rare collection of Hurst memorabilia items and original Hurst artwork. Hurst Performance was the most recognized shifter company during the 1960s and 1970s.
Linda Vaughn has always been recognized as "Miss Hurst" and "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter." Even today, her public appearances always draw a crowd.
Now you can own your own collectible stand-up. Each comes with a color Certificate of Authenticity complete with a photo of her signing the stand-up.
An excellent collectible for any car enthusiast, sure to bring back fond memories of the muscle car era! This is a perfect addition for a desk, car display or for your garage or den. It also makes a great gift for any car nut or mechanic.
PART #7265 - Linda Vaughn - Miss Hurst -
Autographed 24" Stand-up Replica and Certificate of Authenticity $52.95
Here is a link to this Linda Vaughn Stand-up on the website -
GOOD NEWS ON ANOTHER NEW PART IN THE WORKS -
One of the parts in the works for summer is the factory-style HEADERS for the 1986-1987 Turbo Regals. We expect to also have the driver's side alone available as well. They will be made from 409 stainless. As delivery time draws closer, we will have a special introductory price to determine initial sales response.
We have recently been informed that the mounting flange will be changed to accept the various style cylinder heads.
Watch for updates on this project.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org -
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.
GM PARTS UPDATE -
It appears that the GM supply of the factory 1986-1987 GM factory original molded boost line kits are dwindling and may already have disappeared from GM's warehouses inventory. We currently have a decent supply of them.
This is a very critical part, for any 1986-1987 Turbo Regal, since it is needed to control boost. They have 3 specially formed hoses with a special size diameter T in between two of the molded hoses. These also have the GM wording on them.
Over a period of time, heat can cause the hoses to swell and crack. While they last, we have them available for $44.95 plus shipping, Part #6644. Supplies are limited.
Here is a link to the Boost Line Kit on our web site -
KIRBAN PERFORMANCE CLOSE-OUT PARTS -
We have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - GM Air Flow Duct (from turbo to MAF sensor), Part #6536 in stock for $61.95. Just a few left now.
We still have a few brand new GM right hand side marker lights with the blackout package. This is the marker light that attaches to the side of the headlight bezels. Price is $61.95 plus shipping.
If you are interested in any of these parts, you must call our office to purchase it. Some of these close out items are just about gone from the GM parts system.
CALENDER OF EVENTS -
2010 UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS -
NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event for this year, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.
The best way to stay informed with the show season is to check out the various Turbo Buick forums.
"Light Your Fire" - 2010 BUICK PERFORMANCE GROUP NATIONALS -
JULY 30th - AUGUST 1st, 2010 at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, OH (near Columbus). They want to gather together the largest number of 1969-1974 factory Stage 1 cars anyone has ever seen since the Buick muscle car days of Flint.
This is a special event that may never come to pass again, so don't miss the factory "Stage 1 Convention" at the 2010 Buick Performance Group National Event.
For more info, go to - http://www.buickperformancegroup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8754
CHICAGOLAND CHAPTER BUICK GS CLUB OF AMERICA
13TH ANNUAL MIDWEST BUICK CHALLENGE -
AUGUST 20, 21 & 22, 2010 - Osceola, Indiana
Osceola Dragway, 56328 Ash Road, Osceola, IN
For more information, go to their website -
EAST COAST BUICK REGIONALS AND PONTIAC CHALLENGE
OCTOBER 1st and 2nd, 2010 - FRIDAY and SATURDAY
Cecil County Dragway, Maryland
This is their 14th annual event! Free vending.
For more information, contact Doug Dougherty at 302-653-2201 or
John Csordas at 845-528-GSGN.
NOTE - Dates are Friday and Saturday!
or email - email@example.com - or - firstname.lastname@example.org - or - email@example.com
30th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
OCTOBER 20th-23rd, 2010
This has been rescheduled from the cancelled May dates. Unfortunately, Don Garlits will not be able to attend as the dates conflict with an event he does at his Museum in Ocala. Florida. For more information, including registration and vendor details, go to their website and then click on GS Nationals - http://www.gsnationals.com
INFORMATION ON A GOOD CAUSE - CANCER WALK -
NOTE - THANKS to those who have already contributed or plan to contribute to this great cause. We've heard from readers who have had Breast Cancer affect their immediate family. Thanks so much.
Our daughter-in-law Carrie has committed to a 60-mile, 3-day walk in October to raise money for Cancer research. Many of you have met her at our events. She needs to have $2300 raised by August 1st. If you would like to help with this fundraiser for a good cause, here is the information and a message from Carrie.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ Walk - Carrie Kirban
I have taken on an incredible challenge. On October 15-17, 2010, I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of three days, camping out at night with thousands of other women and men taking this journey with me. I have committed to raise $2300 to be able to participate in the walk. The money I need to raise goes to cancer research and I pay for my expenses separately.
It's for an event called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™. Net proceeds from the Komen 3-Day for the Cure are invested in community-based breast health programs and breast cancer research.
You never know who this disease will strike next. My prayers go out to all of my friends and family that have been affected with this disease. Let's find a Cure! To make a donation, go to - The3Day.org - Click on Donate and search for my personal fundraising page under Carrie Kirban.
Here is a link to their site:
Or you can call - 800-996-3DAY - to donate over the phone.
Any questions, please contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support.
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 -
ABOUT OUR EMAILS -
Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - email@example.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 not remember who requested the item.
IN CLOSING -
Our area broke all records for the hottest June on record. Temperatures in our area are suppose to be in the 100s. Stay cool!