02-19-2020 Inner Circle

02-19-2020 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members 02-19-2020 –


I learned earlier last week from a past Hurst employee that Bill Campbell passed away February 8, 2020 at the age of 97. His wife of 67 years had died in October.

Many of you realize we have a strong connection with Hurst going back to when I would walk over to their small shop in Glenside, PA as a school kid and get free Hurst decals. Years later when I first got married, Eileen worked at Hurst in the PR department.

A few years later as I started our GTO business, one of our big things was getting Hurst shifters rebuilt for customers. Since I had a towing contract with the local Oldsmobile dealer, I sometimes ended up towing some of the Hurst Oldsmobiles to the dealership.

In the mid-1980’s our son Darrell had his first autobody shop in nearby Ivyland, PA. I still remember him coming home one night and telling us about this guy who brought him this huge motorhome to detail. I asked the owner’s name and he said, “Bill Campbell.” My son had no idea who Bill Campbell was at the time. The bus was a Prevost bus. Prevost bus, known today the world over, is very popular among rock stars for touring.

Bill Campbell mostly stayed in the background during his tenure as the co-founder of Hurst. Very few products carried his name on the packaging. He was the engineer behind many of the products that Hurst brought to market. George Hurst was behind the marketing.

We were fortunate enough to have Bill come to our very first Open House at our old house in Furlong in 1988. We also had seven GTOs in attendance with Hurst wheels on them. Paul Zazarine, the editor of Muscle Car Review at the time, flew up from Florida as well for the event.

Few years later my son and I went out to Bill’s house and did an interview with him that we sold as a DVD for a number of years.

I think what he accomplished is quite remarkable. He left Hurst I believe around the end of 1969.

Since he was always into camping, he and a close friend went to Canada and bought the Prevost bus company. Back then the Prevost Bus Company was a small company making about 50 buses a year. In the 1995 Bill and his partner sold the Prevost bus company to Volvo.

It is quite an accomplishment to excel in two entirely different markets and be so well recognized with two different products - Hurst with the shifters and Prevost with the buses.

For the non-car collector, there is one product that Hurst developed that stands out even to this day. This product alone has saved countless number of lives. Bill first worked on developing it during his time at Hurst.

I am referring to the “Jaws of Life.” If ever there was a perfect name for a product, this is it!

It wasn’t until maybe 6 years ago that my wife and I got to witness first-hand the “Jaws of Life” in action. We were coming back from a funeral and came across a woman who had swerved into the other lane and went up an embankment.

The car landed mostly on the passenger side. It was a 1990s Caddy Eldorado. I was the first person to stop and rushed over to the car. Fortunately, the driver’s window was down and I was able to shut the car off as the wheels kept trying to turn. She had fallen over against the passenger door.

Try as I might, in my Sunday clothes and shoes I could not open the driver’s door as it was now pointing upward. She was aware of the situation and I told her help was on the way as Eileen had called 911.

Within a few minutes the EMS arrived. They immediately grabbed the Jaws of Life tool. They punctured the a-pillar and peeled the roof back on that Caddy like you would open a soup can. I was amazed at how fast this tool worked. They had her out of the car very quickly.

That life-saving tool that Bill engineered over 50-plus years ago is still being used today.

They also built a really good shifter, but that is another story as are some of the other products they made prior to the shifters.

Among my Hurst collection I found photos of Hurst testing the “Jaws of Life” for various Press people. I remember being told it was also showed to various members of Congress in Washington DC. Some of these photos may be of that showing in Washington DC.

I think it’s remarkable that a company that was heavily focused on the automotive aftermarket products invested time and money to make an entirely different product. A product that has saved countless number of lives over the last 50-plus years. Time is a critical part in any rescue and there is no doubt the Jaws of Life comes through when it matters the most.

Here is a link to his Tribute page online.

PHOTO 1 – The top left photo shows Bill Campbell autographing metal plates for us in 2011. The top right photo shows George Hurst on the far right holding the “Jaws of Life” and the remains of a Chevrolet. This picture looks like it was taken at a race track. The other 2 photos appear to be a demonstration at an office building, possibly for the government.


I had no idea Ford built a special drag racer Mustang in 2018. I was at the local Ford dealership the other day checking out what years our new Auto Easel fits and they had one of these limited product Mustang Cobra Jet Factory Mustang Drag Racers in the showroom. It was a leftover from 2018.

Research shows Ford made 68 of these in honor the 1968 Cobra Jet. A true 8-second quarter-mile factory-built Ford. The package even comes with some extra parts including a second motor. It is not street legal!

From what I read, these cars were available in 2 color combinations. This one is white with 2 miles on the odometer. The car is currently on ebay, listing #274232728975. It is located at Fred Beans Ford in Doylestown, PA. The initial price for this Mustang was $289,000. The sale price on the windshield is $179,000. On ebay it is listed at $136,520 or Best Offer! That’s quite a drop from $289,000.

This factory Ford Dragstrip Mustang reminded me of the time I was down in Ocala visiting with Don Garlits on a business deal with ZDDPlus. Don had just taken delivery of the very first Challenger Drag Pak car #001. That first year, Dodge made just 50 of these cars for the drag strip.

Don had just removed the steel wheels and tires, the struts and rear springs, making the necessary upgrades. I was at the right place at the right time and I bought 3 of the original steel wheels with tires, front strut assembly and rear coil spring. I had him autograph each part and he wrote “2009 001” on the parts with his signature. Paul Castle was there with me and he purchased the fourth tire and wheel. We both ended up buying a lot of Don’s racecar parts. I even bought his dented tailgate off his personal truck and had him autograph it.

PHOTO 2 – The top left and top right photo shows this brand new 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet Drag Racer. It is one of just 68 built by Ford for 2018. The bottom left and bottom right photos show the front strut and rear spring that Don Garlits sold me that he removed from his brand new 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car. His car is #001 of just 50 built! Note his autograph and reference to 2009 and #001 car. Parts are virtually brand new as the car had maybe 5 miles on it. These parts are listed for sale in the Rare Parts section.


We have pictured some Package Deals in Photo 3. Some are collectible items and others are parts that would be important to have as spares.

PHOTO 3 – The top left photo shows 5 items related to the powermaster brake system. NOTE - you can clearly see how crushed the foam gasket gets between the powermaster unit and the firewall as we show both an original used one alongside a brand new one. The top right photo shows 4 different power six emblems. The bottom left photo shows a Buick wristwatch that is brand new with tag still attached. Also, a later Buick metal tri-shield key fob and then an earlier Buick leather key fob. The bottom right photo shows 3 different emblems.


This past week I was able to research more cars that our new Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display stand will fit. It will fit all the 1982 thru 2002 Camaro and Firebirds. It fits all the 2005 thru 2010 Chrysler 300 and 2005 thru 2010 Chargers. It also fits the 2008 thru 2018 Challengers and 2005 thru 2008 Dodge Magnums. It also fits all the 1995 through 1997 Ford Rangers.

PHOTO 4 – We show our new Auto Easel Car Show Hood Latch Display on a late-1980s Camaro. In this photo, the display sign is 8-½" x 11" size. In the second photo, we show a later Firebird and that one is an 11" x 17" vertical display. One of the advantages of this new Auto Easel Car Show Display Stand that we developed, is you are not limited to any size or limited to having the display sign be vertical or horizontal. It can be mounted in either direction. We even accounted for the fact if you have to install the clamp slightly off center on the hood latch, the copy for display can be mounted off center of the display panel so it will be centered in the front of the show car or truck. This is the reason the display panel is only 7-½" x 10" inches.


We just got the parts back last week to make up the complete kits. I am now just waiting on the clamps to come back later this week from the powder coaters and then the one portion of the clamp gets rubber coated. We expect to be able to start shipping late next week. Remember special pricing is in effect until the last day of April.

At this writing neither car show display stand is yet on our website. You must call Christina to order it. She would not charge your credit card until we are able to ship it to you. This is way before most car shows will start in the midwest and east coast areas of the country.

This design of attaching to the factory hood latch will fit all 1982-1987 G-Body cars. The clamp portion is rubber coated to prevent scratching the actual hood latch. The entire kit is made in the USA.

It is the first product that has been made involving 3 generations of Kirbans – me, my son and my granddaughter.

It is also the first product we developed that will fit virtually every U.S. or foreign car from the 1960s thru current.

Here is an up-to-date list that this Auto Easel will fit:

1955-1957 Chevrolet

1979-2004 Mustangs

1982-2002 Camaro/Firebird

2010-2015 Camaro

1982-1987 G-Body All models

Almost all cars and trucks have the hood latch assembly on the core support. Cars that have the hood latch attached to the hood have an opening on the core support for the hood latch to lock into. Our clamp design fits inside the opening on the core support on the cars we have test fitted thus far.

You would mount your information on the display panel. It can be mounted vertical or horizontal. The information must first be mounted on a poster board so it stays rigid on the aluminum panel. By using a poster board for the information, you can go as big as 20" x 24" in either direction.

This clever method to secure a display sign eliminates any issues with wind blowing it over or someone tripping over your sign. It positions your display stand dead center on the front of your show car or truck and at the perfect reading height.

The angle gives several inches of clearance to the front header panel as well as the header ornament that appears on some of the Turbo Regal models.

Both the polished stainless handle and the Hurst handle have the same angle and are the same length. Handles are interchangeable. The clamp part is powder-coated glossy black. All of the hardware is stainless in each kit. The end result is a display stand that does not distract from your show car. I just know that once car show participants see this on show cars this summer, they will want to know where they can purchase it.

This Introductory Price for both designs ends at midnight April 30, 2020.

The Kirban Auto Easel Car Show Display Hood Latch Stand with the polished handle, part #7880, can be purchased for $99.95 plus $10 shipping to the basic 48 states. The Suggested Retail Price is $119.95-$129.95. You save $20-$30.

The other version of the Auto Easel Car Show Display Hood Latch includes a new original Hurst handle part #7881. The Introductory Price is $159.95 plus $10 shipping. The Suggested Retail Price is $179.95-$189.95. You save $20-$30. NOTE - The Hurst handle alone retails for $60. The Hurst handle version will prove to be most popular with buyers who have older muscle cars and, in many cases, have a Hurst shifter in their car.


PART #7881 - THE KIRBAN AUTO EASEL™ - CAR SHOW DISPLAY HOOD LATCH STAND WITH NEW HURST HANDLE - Introductory Price $159.95 plus $10 shipping.

Again, you must call our office - 215-766-1611. To place your order for the Kirban Auto Easel that you want. You will not be charged for it until we can ship it.


We were just informed this past week that Devyn has made the Dean’s List at Penn State, majoring in an Honors Degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics. This is quite an accomplishment, something that never came up in my life at school. Our new Auto Easel is the first project that she and her dad and I have been involved with designing that is being produced.


May 13-16,, 2020
Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky

This annual event has been moved back to the spring. This is the granddaddy of GS and Turbo Regal events specifically for these collectible Buicks.

June 18- 20, 2020
Quaker City Motorsports Park, 10225 West South Range Road, Salem, Ohio 44460

For more details, contact John Csordas 914-447-6068 [email protected] or Denny Moore 330-647-3615 [email protected]

July 17-28, 2020
Lorenz Racing & Performance,12399 Stratton Road, West Salem, Ohio 44287

Last year they had 68 Turbo Regals in attendance from 23 different states. For more details, contact Brian Lorenz direct - 330-608-9735, [email protected]

September 12 -13, 2020
Cecil County Dragway, 1916 Theodore Road, Rising Sun, Maryland 21911

For more details, contact John Csordus 914-447-6068 [email protected] or Jim Chaudrue 215-266-1052 [email protected]


One of our relatives local to us is having us sell their custom-built 1985 Regal Limited that has been in the family since new. This 1985 Regal Limited has always been garaged, never hit, or smoked in. Our son Darrell repainted this car the factory color back in 2003 for $2,000. At 128,000 miles, the engine was converted with a brand GM 350/330 HP crate motor at a cost of $5,200. This was backed up with a rebuilt turbo 400 transmission. A local shop that we deal with redid the rear putting in a new eaton posi with, I believe, to be 3.08 gears. Gear ratio is perfect for high speed cruising.

Being a Limited, it is very well optioned and even the power antenna works. It has Bilstein shocks. Tires are fairly new. The tire size is 205/75 by 14s. Riding on the original 14 by 6 steel wheels with full Regal wheel covers.

With just a few Turbo Regal upgrades this would be an extremely nice solid handling Regal. I you install set of 16 by 8s on all four corners, a Turbo-T steering box, a rear sway bar, and a leather wheel, it will not only ride better, but look better too. The doors shut like they are brand new. The driver’s power pillow seat is the only interior part that shows very minor wear along the edge and around the power switch. A set of tasteful 3 gauges hang of the bottom edge of the dash under the radio. The power seat motor runs but does not function. Headliner will need to be replaced. The steering column has movement in the one section of the tilt.

The current mileage is 135,000, so that is less than 10,000 miles on a brand new GM crate motor. Electric fan with a V8 radiator handles the cooling. The AC has been completely rebuilt. Car has long-branch headers that dump into a new GNX exhaust system. Bigger front sway bar was installed. MSD ignition and an Edelbrock 4-barrell carburetor are fed with a cold air system. The adult owner has never once driven it hard to chirp the tires. Car still has its original half-padded roof. Body and paint are real nice with zero rust. All the stainless and emblems are in good condition. Nothing is missing. Bumpers also are close to new. All the critical labels are still intact, including the SPID label on the inside trunk lid. This car is a bargain and has had excellent care since new.


The owner needs to sell the car. The body is exceptional with near perfect chrome, and all the stainless is nice. The car is at our house. For more photos, email me direct - [email protected]


If you are returning any cores or products, it is important that you send them to the correct address.


We just discovered that Fed Ex will not forward any packages that are sent to the PO Box or to our old address in Plumsteadville. Instead they deliver the packages to the old address and leave them outside. They refuse to forward and say that we should notify the shipper. In most cases, we have no idea when we are getting packages shipped back to us.

If you have any cores that are being sent back to us, be sure to use the correct address, especially if you use Fed Ex. Otherwise, we may not receive your package or it may be sent back to you.


We have been placing some of our special items on ebay. We post under two company names - Kirban Performance for new parts. Kirban Enterprises for used and rare items. If you search for sellers – kirbanperformance – kirbanenterprises (Do not put a space between kirban and second word.) Or bookmark the links below. Be sure to check it out.

Here is a link to the Kirban Performance ebay listings –
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Here is a link to the Kirban Enterprises ebay listings –
Here’s in the URL if the link doesn’t work:


In order for our Inner Circle members to have an equal opportunity on the Rare Parts, no emails regarding orders on rare parts will be honored prior to 3 pm Wednesday. This way Inner Circle members get the opportunity first to purchase any of the rare items that may be pictured in the main body of the Inner Circle which may go on our website earlier in the day each week. Inner Circle members get to see the Rare Parts listing and see the prices first.


This Grand National is still available. This extremely well-optioned, low-mileage 1987 Grand National that is for sale. The owner wants me to sell it for him. He has had it 6 years. The miles on this Grand National is a mere 48,200. Options include factory moon roof, power windows, power locks, tilt, cruise, delay wipers, concert sound, power trunk, digital dash, power seat, working power antenna, and posi rear. The Grand National is located in Maryland.

It has a beautiful repaint done prior to his owning it. He had paint correction done and ceramic coating this past Spring. The car really shines, probably 100%, better than original. Everything functions 100%, even the original AC.

Additional features include embroidered floor mats, few chrome goodies under the hood, Kirban adjustable fuel regulator, hot wire kit, 60lb injectors, adjustable wastegate, TT chip, new bumper fillers, new fuel tank, and has dual a-pillar gauges and console gauge package. He checked the car with a magnet and shows no putty or filler anywhere. It has the factory chip guard along bottom of the car.

According to the owner Mike, the Grand National has had 4 previous owners. The car shows no accidents or any indication that mileage is not accurate.

The price is $26,900. This Grand National is priced to sell. You would be hard pressed to find a better example of a well-optioned 1987 Grand National that would measure up to the quality of this one at this price. A factory moon roof with a power seat option is extremely rare. This car this Spring would easily bring several grand more than it is priced at this fall.

This car is show quality from any angle. For more information and photos, email me direct [email protected]

Pass the word along to your friends who may be looking for a great-looking well-optioned Grand National.


Located in Virginia, this1987 Grand National has had the same owner for 22 years. He has been a long-time customer of ours. He had his Grand National at the Kirban Reunion and Birthday Bash in 2007. The trunk ID label has been autographed by Molly. Richard Clark has rebuilt the transmission. It has 76,000 original miles on it and has been garage kept. The motor internally is all stock except for new valve springs and timing chain. It has the rear seat brace kit, HR rear suspension, 3” down pipe, 60lb injectors with turbo tweak chip, vacuum brakes, and it also has the Jason Cramer front mount intercooler. Owner is Tom Jones. The price tag is $27,900. For more info and pictures, email Tom direct - [email protected]


Here is the information on our credits for cores.

POWERMASTER BRAKE UNITS. Currently, we are accepting powermaster brake units. We give a $150 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

TURBO CORES must be the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal stock turbo. They must be complete. We will issue you a $150 Letter of Credit for each acceptable core.

If you ship to us, the post office is the cheapest method. Pack the item(s) with a note with your name, address and phone number. This is the only item we are currently accepting as cores.

MAIL - Ship to Address –
PO BOX 1199

UPS or MAIL - Ship to Address –


Turbo V6 enthusiast Steve Saffier (who produced “Dennis Kirban” story on YouTube) is producer and host of CarSmarts Radio which is in its third season! The show is heard in eastern PA on 610 ESPN Radio every Saturday from 11 am – 12 noon and on WOND 1400 in southern New Jersey, Sundays from 10am – 11am. You can also listen to the live stream at that time - download the podcast on http://www.610 espn.com (Live and Local)

Past guests have included me (Dennis Kirban) Brock Yates Jr, Steve Magnante, as well as car photographers, car museum staff, tech students, car clubs, and much more. Tune up and Tune in! More info at - http://www.carsmartsradio.com


If there are any tips or ideas you want to share with our readers, email me –[email protected]


With spring just around the corner, it’s a good time to get your pride and joy ready for the upcoming summer season.


Good news - We now accept Classified Ads in our weekly Inner Circle emails. Over the years several customers have asked about placing an ad in our weekly Inner Circle.

Here are the options and the costs.

Ads can be from any individual or company. It needs to be automotive related, meaning it does not need be specifically Turbo Regal related. It can be for something for sale or something wanted.

Maximum number of words is 125 words, which is about 7 to 9 lines of copy. No photos. You can list a website. We recommend you state your name, phone number or email, a price, and your location in your ad.

The cost for 2 consecutive weeks is $25. The cost for 4 consecutive weeks is $40. You save $10 with the 4-week plan. No changes can be made to your existing running ad. You can only run one ad at any given time. We will have a code system at the end of your ad, so we will know what week number your ad is to run - 2 or 4 weeks.

It can be an ad for something for sale or an ad for something you are looking for.

We have never missed a single week since we started the Inner Circle email format in 2009. It’s something I enjoy doing and I just always seem to have enough material to write about.

Our weekly Inner Circle reaches over 3,400 members every Wednesday direct to their inbox. The Inner Circle also appears every Wednesday on our website with the related photos. Your ad would be visible to both groups of readers. So, the exposure to your ad is well over 3,200 potential buyers.

Ads submitted properly by the previous Sunday would appear that next Wednesday in the weekly Inner Circle. Ads must be submitted by email to - [email protected]

Payment by credit card must be done by phone to our office 215-766-1611 x 0.


WANTED TO BUY - NOS (New Old Stock) Buick parts for 1986 and 1987 Buick Turbo Regals. Have you sold your Buick Turbo Regal and have NOS parts left or have a collection of parts you are interested in selling and want to turn them into CASH? Some of the items I am looking for are NOS powermaster brake parts, NOS black out trim, NOS grey interior parts, NOS exhaust system pieces. I travel to purchase and I am a CASH buyer. Please call or email and leave message anytime. No part is too big or small. All calls and emails will be returned. Serious buyer, and references available upon request. Jason Maxfield (416) 399-7265 or [email protected] Niagara Falls, NY 14304. Thank You - 3 of 4.


If you are not able to see the Buick Rare Parts section at the end of this Inner Circle, it is because you are not an Inner Circle member, but instead are reading this on the website. You must subscribe to see the Rare Parts section each week. It would go directly to your inbox every Wednesday afternoon. It is FREE, probably one reason why nobody complains about what I write about. To subscribe simply email – [email protected] - to get our free weekly Inner Circle email.

The Buick Rare Parts section is only viewed by those that subscribe. Subscription is free, so complaints on what I write are nonexistent!


NOTE - If you email us and do NOT get a timely reply, be sure to check your “SPAM” folder. Some emails do not go thru.

If you need to email us, use - [email protected]


If you need technical information, it’s best to email - [email protected] - rather than call us. We will do our best to answer any technical questions within 24 hours. Please remember I have very little knowledge of the mechanical workings of the engine.


This new part may not yet be on our website. Our supplier who had them made has them in stock and will drop ship direct for us. Display stands are available in powder-coated glossy silver or powder-coated matte black finish.

To order now in time for, call Christina at 215-766-1611 during normal work hours. Refer to the part number listed below for either the powder-coated glossy silver display stand or the powder-coated matte black display stand.

This new car display stand solves the issue of having a display sign for your show car or truck being blown over by the wind or having someone trip over it if it’s leaning against your show vehicle. This stays secure by either of the front tires. The area you put your actual information on has 3 different positons so it can face in 3 different directions.

SPECIFICATIONS - This plate is angled at the perfect height for easy reading. It is made in steel. Each part is then powder coated. The display stand is comprised of 3 parts and no tools are needed to assemble. Each end of the stand locks into the base and the top display plate. Once assembled, its overall height is 45 inches high. It weighs 12 lbs. The pole length 41 inches. The pole angles out from the fender. The top plate that the information goes on is an 8-inch square surface. The base plate secured by either front tire is 10-½ inches by 18 inches.

#7878 - Car Show Steel Display Stand – Powered-Coated Gloss Silver - $169.95 plus $18 shipping*

#7879 - Car Show Steel Display Stand – Powered-Coated Matte - $169.95 plus $18 shipping*

*Shipping rate noted above is for the 48 states only.
PA residents add 6% sales tax.


If you have any product ideas that would fit our Turbo Buick market that you would like to see available, email me direct - [email protected]


Got any Turbo Buick parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. We also may buy your new or used parts. 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.


We have heard from a couple people that have had problems with the links in our Inner Circle.

When we check the links, they work fine. However, if you are not able to be directed to the exact website page or internet site, you can "copy" and "paste" the link into the URL in your browser (such as Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) If it doesn't link in one browser, it may work in another.

Most people having problems are using Internet Explorer. If you are having issues with links, try another browser to see if it works.

You may need to "UPDATE" your browser to be use you are using the current version.


We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these must 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]


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - [email protected] - and 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.


With near record breaking warmer than usual temperatures we are already seeing some of our plants sprout up in our yard!