10-14-09 Inner Circle

10-14-09 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 10-14-2009


At a recent car show I attended, there were several impressive one-of-a-kind cars on display.

Photo 1 - These two photos show a 1947 Bentley Convertible with its classic lines. It clearly shows how the Bentley, even back 40-50 years, was a distinguished automobile and only affordable by a select few. The top photo shows a 3/4 front view of this fine automobile. Note how the door opens from the front and the doorjamb area appears to be all chrome or polished stainless. The lower photo shows a close up of the Bentley logo mounted in the rear bumper.

Photo 2 - We show the trunk that like some of the other exotic cars in the day included special suitcases to compliment the trunk.

Photo 3 - At the same event I spotted an Austin Healy Sprite Mark 1. Nicely displayed in a frame was this official looking document that provided accurate detail on the Austin Healy. It listed the car number, engine number, built dates, key number, options, etc. I was impressed with the format that they used. It shows they care about the history of the car.


Photo 4 - We just got this popular decal in TWO sizes. Part #8000 is the perfect size for the Turbo Buicks. The new smaller size is perfect for smaller mirrors on newer cars and motorcycles.

1984-1987 Turbo Regal - "OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE LOSING"

Here's a clever idea designed by a friend who works at the GM Corvette plant in Kentucky. This outside mirror decal gives the appearance of the words being etched into the mirror. It's designed to appear similar to the wording GM etched in the stock mirror on the passenger's outside mirror. It is a simple application to affix near the bottom of any outside driver's side mirror.

This clever saying "OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE LOSING" will sure bring a chuckle to anyone close enough to see it. Even though it's subtle, it catches your eye. This was a real hit among the various turbo racers at the GS Nationals.

This unique decal is available in two sizes: 4" x 5/8" and 3" x 1/2", as shown in the photos. The other photo shows it on an actual mirror. Since it's available in two sizes, it gives an option for placement on cars or motorcycles.

Part #8000 looks good on regular size mirrors, such as those found on Turbo Buicks. Part #8001 is smaller and looks good on smaller mirrors, like those found on older cars and motorcycles.

Each letter is diecut in a light gray self-adhesive material which gets transferred onto the mirror. (NOTE - Only the diecut letters are affixed to the mirror.)

A clever addition to any Turbo Regal or motorcycle mirror.

8000 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
"OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE LOSING" Outside Rearview Mirror Decal, 4" x 5/8" - $5

8001 - 1984-1987 Turbo Regal -
"OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE LOSING" Outside Rearview Mirror Decal, 3" x 1/2" - $5

Click Here to see these "OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE LOSING" Decals product page on our web site.


Because of the internet, there is so much information just a few clicks away. You can locate classmates from school, read reviews on every type of car/truck, run a Car Fax to check the history on virtually any car or truck, etc. You can even track down your ancestors and family history.

One thing I think would be nice would be to have some sort of program that gives you several options to trace the history of past cars you have personally owned. Obviously, this could not be strictly by VIN numbers, since most of us never kept records of the VIN numbers. It would have to be your last name and year, make, model, and town you lived in when you owned the vehicle.

I know I would pay money to be able to track down some of the cars I had 30-40 years ago to see if they are still registered anywhere in the country or ended up getting junked.

Maybe that day is not that far off. With over 40 years of car ownership under my belt, I have had over 85 to 100 vehicles registered in my name. As I get older, I find myself thinking about some of them that had special meaning and wonder where they are.

Every time I attend a car show and see a car restored like I use to own, I often wonder if it could be one of mine from years ago or did it end up getting crushed for its salvage value.

I am sure there are probably some of my readers that are around my age that have the same thoughts.


We are now compiling products that we will have on Christmas Special. Watch for a complete listing very soon.


We finally have the "LOW FUEL" Warning unit available, Part #7244. This will only fit the 1984-1987 Turbo Regals that have the analog dash cluster. The price is just $43.95. We actually put one in that 720-mile Grand National we recently sold, and it worked great.

This option is very easy to install. It originally was a Riviera option. For whatever reason, it never was Turbo Regal option, even though all the 1984-1987 Regal analog dash clusters have the notation of "LOW FUEL" as one of the non-working idiot lights on the left side of the dash. This new kit has two features. The first feature is it will light up when the gas level falls below a quarter of a tank. When it gets very close to empty the LOW FUEL light will blink.

See copy below for more details.

1984-1987 Regal (Including Turbo Models) with Factory Analog Dash Only -

The one option GM partially forgot! If you look at the instrument panel in a factory analog dash, just below the left turn signal light, you can see the words "LOW FUEL." This option was provided for, but GM never offered it on the Regal. However, in the mid 1980s, Buick offered a "LOW FUEL" Warning as an option, Code "U41" in their Riviera models.

The Regals, including the Turbo Regals, share the same exact analog dash cluster.

We have the circuit board, complete with the light socket, to make this function in the 1984-1987 Buick Regals. Installation is all plug and play; nothing gets cut. Each unit comes with easy-to-follow directions.

This new "LOW FUEL" Warning Indicator is even better than the GM original unit. The light for "LOW FUEL" will come on at a point below a quarter of a tank of gas. But with our unit, when the gas tank gets almost depleted, the "LOW FUEL" circuit light will also blink.

This unit is made by the same source that did our 1984-1987 Turbo Regal - LED Analog Dash Lights (7) Kit, Part #7234. This is also a nice option to add and it is easy to install. Since the labor is basically the same, we recommend you install the LED lights and this Low Fuel Warning unit at the same time.

An excellent upgrade for any factory analog dash.

7244 - 1984-1987 Regal (Including Turbo Models) with Factory Analog Dash Only -
"LOW FUEL" Warning Indicator Unit - $43.95

Click Here to see this LOW FUEL Warning Unit product page on our web site.


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.


FOR SALE - 1987 Buick Grand National - 24,117 miles

This is a 1987 Grand National with 24,117 original miles and original paint. It has - 3:42 -posi, cold a/c, tilt, cruise, r-defogger, power steering, power disc brakes, power trunk, power antenna, power windows, power locks, am-fm cd, concert II, power moon-roof, digital dash, twilight sentinel, a California custom car cover, factory alarm, console gauges, interior seats are spotless not even broken down in anyway, console has no wear, grey area is mint, t-handle is mint, steering wheel is very nice, and the headliner, carpet, door panels are flawless. It still has the sticker on the ash tray. All gauges work. Very nice engine bay and trunk (spare has never been out) with a clean undercarriage. Wheels and center caps are perfect. Glass and weatherstrip are mint. Everything works perfect and it needs nothing. Show winner. Runs and drives like a brand new car. $25,500

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, call Dino:

HOME - 610-485-9681, CELL - 610-726-4721

Click Here to see this "Car For Sale" page on our web site.


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.

The Blackhawk Chapter of POCI Presents the 22nd DRAG RACING FUN DAY, especially for Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac race at Cordova Dragway in Cordova, Illinois - Saturday, October 10, 2009 (Rain Date October 17th)
Details can be found at - www.cordovadrag.com/2009/events/bop-flyer.html

The East Coast Buick Regionals and Pontiac Challenge - OCTOBER 16th and 17th, 2009 at Cecil County Dragway, Maryland. It features 5 different race classes for V8 and Turbo-powered Buicks. Friday is Test and Tune and Saturday is Buick Race Day. For more information, contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 845-528-GSGN or Griff Atkinson 410-472-2757. I have just been informed that in addition to the program Saturday October 17th will be a judged all Buick Car Show in additional at Cecil County Dragway. They will have goodie bags for the first 50 cars. The MAGNA Club will be in charge of the car show portion of the event. I plan to attend this event only on Saturday and will bring ZDDPlus™ and the ZPaste™ along with many used Turbo Regal parts to sell.

Oklahoma Buick Performance Club "HEADSUP SHOOTOUT" - October 17, 2009 Oklahoma Buick Performance Club will hold it's 15th year, Team Buick vs. Team Ford Headsup Shootout on OCTOBER 17, 2009. Team Buick includes Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and GMC trucks with any engine or power adder. This will be at Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Oklahoma. A first time TSM event will also be held with some pre-qualifying Friday night the 16th. More information - www.okbuicks.com - www.turbobuick.com (National Racing Events and Info) Personal contact: Dick Walker, 405-745-3602 - [email protected]

SOUTHERN BUICK SHOOTOUT 2009 - Reynolds, Georgia -
Friday & Saturday, NOVEMBER 6th & 7th, 2009 -
The Southern Buick Shootout 2009 event at the Silver Dollar Raceway is scheduled for November 6th and 7th, 2009. This event will be open to any and all BUICK, OLDS, and PONTIAC cars. The event will include a points race for the TSO and TSM categories, as well as other potential Buick categories.

The plan is to have heads-up / index pacing available for those racers that cannot run in TSM/TSO categories. They also plan to have Gamblers Racing for both Sportsman type cars (no delay boxes allowed) and Top Eliminator (delay Box). The will be Test-N-Tune all day both days. If you have questions, email - [email protected]


2010 TURBOBUICK.COM NATIONALS - March 15-20, 2010
Looking ahead into next Spring 2010, the first Turbo Buick event of the season will be the first ever "turbobuick.com Nationals." The dates are March 15-20, 2010 in Burlington, NC area.

For more information on this March event, click on the thread - http://www.turbobuick.com/forums/national-racing-events-info/292319-2010-turbobuick-com-nationals.html - Or, you can email Clint Adkins at - [email protected]

"Light Your Fire" - 2010 Buick Performance Group Nationals - July 30 - August 1, 2010 at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron OH (near Columbus). They want to gather together the largest number of 1969-1974 factory Stage1 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 "Stage1 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.


Although not a Turbo Buick related car show event, this one local to us event deserves a special mention. The date is Sunday, October 18th, 2009 from 9 am until 3:30. Location is the Warminster Community Park, which is now part of the old closed down Johnsville Airbase. This is where we held several of our major Car Shows events in the early 1990s.

What makes this show remarkable are several things. The Early Ford V8 Club hosts it and this is the 40th year of this show. That means they did their first one back in 1969!

Another unique thing related to judging is none of their club members are eligible to win! They have Awards of Excellence for the Top 80 entries!

Frankly, I think it is nothing short of remarkable that they have conducted a car show now for forty years and over that time have made whatever adjustments they needed to do to keep it going. Since this event is in my area, I know it has been held in different locations over the years. Not that many years ago it was held in Warrington on the grounds of the one of the last drive-in movie theatres, which is now a location for Lowes and Target stores.

The event happens rain or shine, but we all know any type of bad weather hurts attendance.

For more info, contact John Murphy 215-674-6700 days or 267-716-555 nights/weekends.

Since it is early V8 Ford sponsored, maybe I will see a 1949-1950 Ford business coupe for sale. That's the one reason I usually go! Also, represents one of the last car show events in our area of the season.

If you do go, the entrance to this event is off Bristol Road by Hatboro Road, which is behind the old airbase! Weather permitting; this event is well worth attending, especially if you reside in a 50-mile radius.


On the parts listed below, you must call our office to purchase them. These are close out items, items that have changed designs, or items that are no longer available. First come, first served. These banners would make a great gift for any Buick enthusiast or mechanic.

A - Discontinued several months ago from GM, we had one come in, brand new. The 1986-1987 Turbo Regal radiator overflow reservoir in great new condition. Price is $45 and $8 shipping. One only!

B - The manufacturer for the GM licensed banners we market have changed material. We have one left of the "Buick Motorportsport" Banners in the old style. These measure approximately 21" tall by 48" long. Price is just $35 and $10 shipping. (To see this banner, search Part #7180 on our web site.)

C - The manufacturer for the GM licensed banners we market have changed material. We have 4 left that features the "GNX" logo with the words "A High-Performance Investment for the Fortunate 547." Full color as shown on our website. They measure approximately 21" tall by 48" wide. We have 4 left. Again, just $35 each and $10 shipping. (To see this banner, search Part #7181 on our web site.)

D - The manufacturer for the GM licensed banners we market have changed material. We have one left of the one of the new material "Grand National" logo banners. However, the power six logo is YELLOW and red instead of orange and red on this one. This is the newer version, so it measures 24" tall by 48" wide. Price is $35 and $10 shipping. (To see this banner in the orange and red design, search Part #7173 on our web site.)

Package Deal - Buy any two of the above listed banners and pay only $60 and $12 shipping. You MUST call the office direct to order any of the items in this section - 215-766-1611.


If you would like to see any 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


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 not remember who requested the item.


Looking further ahead, November 7th and 8th we will be in Ocala, Florida at Don Garlits' 22nd Annual Mopar event. We'll be one of his special guests as a vendor selling ZDDPlus™ and the ZPaste™. Richard Clark is planning to go to this event as well as Paul Castle. We hope you come by and say hello either Saturday or Sunday.

For more information, check out the website for the Mopar Florida club that puts on this Mopar event at Don Garlits Museum - www.floridamoparassociation.com