Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 04-28-10
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RIP - Rollin "MOLLY" Sanders - July 15, 1943 - April 19, 2010 -
The automotive world has lost a great talent and friend - Rollin "MOLLY" Sanders. We are deeply saddened by the news that Molly lost his hard-fought courageous battle with cancer on Monday, April 19th.
The Memorial Service for Molly has now been arranged. It is scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11 am at the Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630 with a reception to follow.
It would be great to have a local Buick club bring some Grand Nationals to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the "Molly Memorial Education Fund" has been established for their daughter Brooke, age 10. Contributions can be sent to: 2959 Country Club Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
If you would like to send your regards to Molly's family and friends, you can also post comments and photos on his Facebook page. Here is a link to his page -
You can send his family a note or card -
Terry and Brooke Sanders, 2959 Country Club Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Some of you may remember Molly's father, Mel - He attended our first Reunion event with Molly at the Johnsville Navy Base in 1992. If you would like to send him a card or note, here is his address - Mel Sanders, 21505 Mt. Olive Road, Elkins, AR 72727.
We have posted his complete obituary on our website -
Photo 1 - Shows several new pictures in honor of Molly. The top left shows Molly at one of our Reunion events in 2007 as he was signing autographs. The top right photo shows some of the logos he has designed. The lower left photo shows a gorgeous transporter design highlighting Chevrolet and Goodyear logos. The lower right photo shows the original Grand Nationals prototype, which was originally red.
SPRING CARLISLE - APRIL 21, 2010
One of the first major week-long events of the new season is the 32nd Spring Carlisle, held on 102 acres in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It is one of the largest automotive swap meets in the world, featuring the manufacturers midway (home to the top names in new parts dealers) and over 8,100 vending spaces filled with every automotive part, accessory and piece of memorabilia imaginable.
I have attended this amazing event almost every year since its start. I usually go on a Wednesday, to avoid the large crowds. I usually take my brother and we spend the day walking some of the 8,000+ vendor spaces. Almost every car imaginable can be found there for sale. I only spotted one Grand National for sale and I think it had only 13,000 miles on it.
Photo 2 - Shows two pictures I took at the Spring Carlisle event. The photo on the left shows a huge array of original company signs. Notice the individual Buick letters above the GMC Truck sign. Some of these signs fetch several hundred dollars or more, depending on their condition and age. The photo on the right shows a very nice layout of various gas station related items for sale, including a completely restored Sunoco gas pump from the 1960s. I think the price for the gas pump was several thousand dollars. More and more car collectors are buying items such as these to compliment their car collections in their garages.
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.
We have it specially priced for just $49.95 plus shipping until 4 pm, May 31, 2010.
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.
7265 - Linda Vaughn - Miss Hurst -
Autographed 24" Stand-up Replica and Certificate of Authenticity $52.95
SPECIAL SALE PRICE - Only $49.95 until 4 pm May 31, 2010
NEW PART FROM US - AFTERMARKET LOW PROFILE V6 BLACK CRINKLE FINISH
VALVE COVERS (2) KIT -
We also now carry the machine black crinkle finish Buick valve covers. These fit all 1984-1987 stock 3.8 engines, including TA Performance heads. Low profile so they clear the AC unit on the passenger's side. They come with all new hardware, and K & N breathers for both sides. Part #7270 and the price is $209.95 for the pair. Here is the full description -
1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
AFTERMARKET LOW PROFILE V6 BLACK CRINKLE FINISH
VALVE COVERS (2) KIT
Made by TA Performance, these aluminum machined valve covers feature the Power Six logo and the word "BUICK" machined into the top of each valve cover.
These valve covers fit all stock 1984-1987 Turbo Regals 3.8 V6 engines. Covers are specifically designed to clear roller rockers and stock rockers on all stock and TA Performance cylinder heads, while providing plenty of clearance to the AC box on the passenger's side of the engine.
Kit comes with 8 new allen head bolts, 2 new grommets for the valve covers and 2 new K&N breathers.
When adding oil, you simply remove one of the K&N breathers on either valve cover.
NOTE - These valve covers will NOT fit 198 or 225 V6 engines or the Stage 2 Buick heads. In addition to fitting the stock heads, these will also fit the TA Performance cylinder heads.
NOTE - You would need to purchase a pair of valve cover gaskets (KPP #7060). These machined valve covers do have a lip to keep the valve cover gaskets in place.
An excellent upgrade to replace the plain aluminum valve covers on any 1984-1987 Turbo Regal.
7270 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
Aftermarket Low Profile V6 Black Crinkle Finish Valve Covers (2) Kit $209.95 / kit
NOTE - Kit includes 2 valve covers, 8 new allen head bolts, 2 valve cover grommets, and 2 K&N breathers. (Gaskets are NOT included).
A NEAT UPGRADE FOR A USED MIATA -
When the Miata was first introduced, our company made aftermarket parts for them. We even had one and my wife drove it for a period of time. They seem to be a well-built car (similar to the VW) and the design stayed pretty much the same for several years.
A few years back, I remember the hot setup was dropping the 5.0 Mustang engine in a Miata. It was a neat package, and the cost was low to accomplish the change. Now a company has really upped the performance and offers a LS3 Corvette engine. It pumps in an extra 50 hp over the stock 430 hp. So, the end result is 480 hp in a car that weighs between 2350 and 2650 pounds. They use a Tremec T56 6-speed transmission. I assume the car retains the stock Miata rear, maybe with a few upgrades.
Perhaps more surprising is the fact that somehow they are able to shed 750 pounds over the stock drivetrain setup. They do this to any 1990 through 2005 Miata. The body is not altered in any fashion, making it one exciting sleeper.
I have no idea as to the costs involved, but I know from seeing used stock Miatas, the nice ones can be had for around $5,000. From what I've seen, it seems 80% of them are red!
The company that offers them is called "Flyin' Miata." The website is - www.flyinmiata.com/v8 - Phone - 1-800-flymx5s.
IF YOU ARE A GARLITS FAN -
I have three very extremely rare items for sale. Of these two items, only 2 exist and that's all that will ever exist. The other item, only 4 exist and no others will ever exist. They are brand new. Don personally signed them and I have photos to go with them. They are not cheap.
They are off his 001 Challenger Drag Pak car, which is valued at over $75,000.
If you are interested, email me - direct firstname.lastname@example.org - for further details and prices.
GOOD NEWS ON ANOTHER NEW PART IN THE WORKS -
One of the parts in the works for late spring delivery 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 - email@example.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.
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.
UPCOMING BUICK RELATED EVENTS -
30th ANNUAL GS NATIONALS - May 11th thru 15th, 2010 - Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Confirmed, as a special guest is noted drag racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, voted NHRA Top Driver from 1951-2000 Don Garlits, courtesy of ZDDPlus™. He will be at our Kirban Performance space.
Don has informed me he is planning to bring his Challenger Drag Pak car. He received the very first one from Dodge. Currently in the quarter mile he has run in the ten-second range.
Also confirmed returning this year is the 6-second Turbo Buick of John Gallina. Kenny Duttweiler and his crew are expected.
I have just been informed the ZR1 Corvette group has their event that same week in Bowling Green. They will be participating at some point during that week as guests at the racetrack. Assuming the ZR1 group includes the latest potent example, this is a rare chance to see one of the unique ZR1s that GM produced last year in very limited numbers.
For up-to-date information and motels for the 2010 GS Nationals, go to their web site - http://www.gsnationals.com - or go to this thread - http://buickgsclubofamerica.yuku.com/forums/1
METCO MOTORSPORTS OPEN HOUSE, CAR SHOW & CRUISE-IN -
Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary - Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 12 pm - 6 pm
109 North Park Drive, Anderson, SC 29625 - (864) 332-5929
(from Pearman Diary Road/28 Bypass, turn on McGee Road at Sunbelt Rental, first left on North Park Drive)
Open to all years, makes and models! Trophies, goodie bags, door prizes and live music. Proceeds to benefit local charities. For more information - www.metcomotorsports.com
"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
NOTE - If you know of a GM or Buick Turbo event, let us know and we can post it in our weekly Turbo Regal Inner Circle so our members are aware of the event.
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 July 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 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.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING RARE PARTS FROM US -
This is the last week we will be posting our Rare Parts Listing until we return from the GS Nationals. This is because we will be taking many of these items (especially the Don Garlits items) to the GS Nationals.
Our rare parts listing will return to the emailed version of the Inner Circle the week of May 19th. So, with that in mind, be sure to look over this list carefully.
MEMORIES OF MY YOUTH - PART 4
It was 1965... I was now a senior and could see the end of the road for my high school education and getting up at 7 am every day. During most of my senior year I worked at two different gas stations. This was back when a guy (attendant) would actually pump your gas and nothing was self-serve.
At this point, I had my 1950 Ford and 1956 Crown Victoria Ford. Life was good.
But I still had the strong itch for a Corvette.
Every Sunday our family would attend the Church of the Open Door, located just south of Broad and Olney in Philadelphia. My Mom originally started going there in her youth and my parents were married in this church. Our wedding in 1968 would be one of the last weddings performed at this same church. The church was later sold to the Albert Einstein Hospital, which has expanded its facilities taking over the entire block.
Just a few blocks north of the church was a used car dealer. I still remember the name; Purcell Motors. They always had a few used Corvettes in the front row of the lot. Often times I would stop and look at them on the way home from church.
Remember, this was 1965 and used Corvettes were around $1,500 to $3,500, depending on the year and options.
As high school graduation was approaching that late spring of 1965, I worked on a plan to buy my first Corvette. (To date I have owned 9 Corvettes).
I already had a buyer for my Crown Victoria Ford. The tough part was convincing my Dad to co-sign for the difference.
It was now June of 1965 and I was out of school. I took a job working at a plastic mold place, working the second shift, which ran from around 6 at night until 2 in the morning.
I was bugging my Dad almost daily to please co-sign for me for a Corvette.
One Sunday I spotted a 1961 Corvette convertible at Purcell Motors. It had the base engine, which was the 283, with a 3-speed manual transmission. The 1961 model was the last year for the 283 engine. I still remember the price - $1,700.
My Dad finally agreed to co-sign for the loan. I sold my Crown Victoria Ford to a friend of mine for $900. That was my down payment on my first Corvette. I was elated, to say the least.
A deal was struck with Purcell Motors and I took delivery of my first Corvette that summer of 1965. I still remember the long drives I would take after getting off work at 2 am. I would first drive by my girlfriend's house and just quickly honk the horn (just to honk "hi" without her parents knowing), and then I would just drive around for several hours before going home to bed. Even then I enjoyed driving.
Life was surely good that summer of 1965. However, dark clouds were looming for me as I had no college plans and Vietnam (although it was called a "conflict") was escalating tremendously. My days of enjoying my first Corvette were short lived.
That fall I decided to enlist in the Army with a few buddies. Since we all expected to be drafted, we were told we had a better chance of avoiding going to Vietnam if we enlisted. Boy, was that not true! (I'll cover more about Vietnam in a future story.)
In order to cut my debt, I made the tough decision to sell my Corvette to a local used car dealer. I also bought two more cheap cars so my girlfriend would have one to drive to school while I was away. I bought her a green 1953 Studebaker coupe. This car was only $40! I also bought a very rare 1940 Studebaker business coupe. I now had three cars, including the 1950 Ford.
Fast forward to 1970 - I was at Yum Yums donuts one night and a guy pulls up driving my old Corvette. It has a For Sale sign on it and he was only asking $900 for the car! At this point I was just recently married and still in the Army and could not afford it!
Fast forward to 1999, my parents are moving out of their house that I grew up in (they lived in that house from 1954-1999). While we are cleaning out the garage, I actually found the front license plate bracket to my 1961 Corvette.
Photo 3 - Shows my 1961 Corvette and my three sisters, Diane Dawn, and Doreen.
Photo 4 - The photo on the left shows my 1940 Studebaker business coupe with my then girlfriend Eileen (now my wife) and myself. The photo on the right shows one of the 1950 Fords I owned. I had the phrase "Don't Fret - at Home is my Vette" painted on the back
UPDATE ON MY DAD -
Thanks again to those who have sent us notes about my Dad. At this point he was moved to the Hospice Hospital in order to make him more comfortable. He is sleeping most of the time. We appreciate you thoughts and prayers for our family.
IN CLOSING -
The 30th Annual GS Nationals is just around the corner - May 11th thru 15th at the Beech Bend Raceway. It is sure to be a great event this year.
Hope to see you there!