Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 04-13-2011
MORE INFORMATION ON DATE CODES -
Another visible part that an identification label can be seen is on the side of the driver's side valve cover. This can probably be found on many of the low-mileage cars, rather than the high-mileage cars. This is because age and heat can cause this paper-like label to fall off or deteriorate. This label is no longer on my personal Turbo-T car. Unfortunately, I don't know what these numbers represent.
PHOTO 1 - Shows a close up of the label found on the driver's side valve cover. If you still have it on your car's valve cover, it will be on the inner side of the driver's valve cover towards the intake. The second photo shows the pair of valve covers that we had blasted and painted silver. (See parts listing below as this set and two others with NO label are for sale.)
REMEMBERING MOLLY -
It was this time last year that Molly passed away from cancer. Molly passed on April 19th, then my Dad passed on April 29th. It's hard to believe it's been a year.
If you met Molly at any of our Reunion events or at my 60th Birthday Bash, you know he was a terrific guy who was genuine. He often told us how impressed he was with the devotion Turbo Buick owners had with their cars.
Some owners (approximately 200) out of like 20,000 Turbo Regal cars were lucky enough to get his signature on their trunk ID label from the few times we offered that opportunity.
PHOTO 2 - The top photo shows the 1:18 GMP diecast red prototype Grand National originally done by Molly for Buick. You can see his autograph on the trunk lid. The lower photo shows a Grand National prototype photo we received from Molly.
PHOTO 3 - The photo on the left shows another signed Molly car. This one is from my 60th Birthday Bash banquet. Each attendee at that banquet received a unique collectible - a Hot Wheels HO scale Grand National. Molly signed EACH car, then we repackaged them and enclosed a special printed card. We also had Molly sign the outside package on a few others, shown in the photo of the right.
PHOTO 4 - Shows a brand new Grand National dash trim panel that I have kept in my personal collection. I had Molly sign it above the famous Grand National logo. The lower photo was taken in the early 1990s at our kitchen table at our old house. To his left is Darrell our son, Devyn our granddaughter (who is now 12 years old), Pete Serio (the window-rattle guy), Trey Crease (0-60 Performance), Pete Hoffman and John Spina (Caspers Electronics.) I think Molly was explaining if the bus tips over you, want to exit from the exposed side!
These are all fond memories for us and for many of you that knew Molly.
NOTE - If anyone is planning to attend the "RIDE ON MOLLY" MEMORIAL EVENT - APRIL 30th - MAY 1st, 2011 in Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula, California, please contact us. We would like to include information and photos from the event in our Inner Circle.
ON THE NEWS FRONT -
The May Issue of GM High-Tech Performance magazine has a 4-page spread on Scot Walkowiak's 1986 white T-Type. Scot owns GNS Performance. It's a great article about all the upgrades he has done in order to enter his car in autocross events.
The May issue of Muscle Machines has a 4-page spread on last year's GS Nationals. Plenty of photos representing the 30th anniversary of the GS Nationals held last fall in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It's always good to see our cars getting good ink in current automotive magazines.
UNUSUAL CHEVROLET PICK UP FOR SALE -
A local friend of mine, who has a small used car lot near me, is selling an unusual 1993 Chevy short bed truck. It is one of the rare Indy 500 trucks from May 1993. Not sure how many they produced. Truck is black with all the Indy decals intact and looks to be 100% stock and extremely clean. It does have 90,000 miles on it. Truck was just Pennsylvania inspected. They want $10,500 for it. Email me if you or someone you know may be interested in this limited production Indy 500 Chevrolet pick up truck - [email protected]
MINI SALE ON THE 22-PIECE BUSHINGS/CUSHIONS KIT - ENDS SATURDAY
We are having a Mini-Sale ending the day of our Open House, April 16th 2011.
If you purchase our Reproduction Body Mount Bushings/Cushions 22-Piece Kit for $249.95, Part #7305, you will receive a complete set of new grade 8 bolts, Factory-style Body Mount 12-Piece Bolts Kits, Part #6974, absolutely free as a bonus (a $27.95 value).
You can't order this Special Deal from our website, you MUST call our office - 215-766-1611 x 0.
This is an excellent buy since the cars now 25 years and older. It's a key part to bring the car back to that new ride feeling.
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 - [email protected]
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 protected]
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.
MORE ABOUT OUR UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE -
DC Tech has donated several nice items for our raffle including a chrome radiator cover and several nice key chains. We will have a very wide assortment of parts including many used grilles (not broken) all at $20 each, several intercooler shrouds at $35 and up, several intercoolers at $35 and up. Complete taillights at $60 each, used floor mats at $10 each. Used T-Type rim $50, used Grand National wheels $40 and up, we should have available a very nice complete set of four Grand National wheels with tires for sale.
There will be well over 600 tagged and bagged items under $25 each!
Pete Hoffman will also have an array of parts for sale.
We will have a BAKE TABLE with proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™ Walk. Carrie Kirban is planning to participate in the walk again this fall.
SPECIAL THANKS to...
Russ Vassallo - He is donating some delicious homemade baked goods for the raffle table. His baked goods are always a treat!
John Follweiler - He is bringing sodas and bottled water again.
Jason Maxfield - Our good friend Jason is coming again from Canada to help for the day.
The weather forecast is calling for rain showers in the afternoon. Our Open House is RAIN OR SHINE - There is plenty of room in our warehouse to see items and visit with the other Turbo enthusiasts.
We'll have ZDDPlus™ available and a questions and answers session, as usual.
We just received an email from Ron and Chris Sklenar, Custom Auto Apparel. Due to an illness in the family, they will not be able to be at our Open House. If you are interested in nice Buick/GM licensed apparel, check out their website - website - customautoapparel.com
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
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.
Most of our in stock Kirban Performance Products items will be discounted 5%. Any items that we do not have that you pay for that day, we will ship to you for free.
If you have a list or any major purchases, please let us know in advance so we can have the part(s) set aside for you. Then you can be assured of getting what you need.
We need powermaster cores ! ! !
As additional vendors let us know they are coming, we will update this information.
Already confirmed as vendors for our Open House -
- 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.
"RIDE ON MOLLY" MEMORIAL EVENT - APRIL 30th - MAY 1st, 2011
Starting Point is Temecula Creek Inn, Temecula, California
The will be 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 -
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.
FREE LUNCH THURSDAY, MAY 12th at RICHARD'S SHOP
You MUST REGISTER for the free lunch - email - [email protected]
GUEST SPEAKERS -
Lawrence Conley (original owner of "TWEAKED") and Ken Duttweiler
CONFIRMED VENDORS -
Alky Control, Bob Bailey, Caspers Electronics, Cotton's Performance, Custom Auto Apparel, Dentmasters, GBodyParts.com, GNS Performance.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 -
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 - [email protected]
Bill Wills - 330-747-1029
email - [email protected]
BUICK RACE DAY - SATURDAY - JUNE 25, 2011
Lebanon Valley, New York.
This is put on by the Northeast GS/GN chapter of the GS Club. They have 3 Race Classes - Quick 16, V8 and V6.
For more information, contact John Csordas at 518-794-7130 or 845-528-GSGN
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 -
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 protected] - 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 -
We currently want original 1986-1987 stock valve covers. We will issue a Letter of Credit for $50 for any sets you bring or we will buy any sets outright for $35 a pair.
Be sure to bring any cores to our Open House to cash in for Letter of Credit.
Also if you have a list or any major purchases, please let us know in advance so we can have the part(s) set aside for you. We need powermaster cores!!!
Hoping for nice weather! The donuts are ordered and the M&Ms are counted! See you there.