5-12-10 Inner Circle

5-12-10 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 05-12-10 -


At the 2010 Spring Carlisle, I found a vendor that specializes in original GM promotional material. He had some original GM Buick display material that was used when Buick first introduced the T-Type on 5 of their models in 1983.

It consisted of 5 different grey heavy cardboard license plates highlighting each Buick T-Type model. Also a small fold-out stand-up cardboard display sign announcing the 1983 Buick T-Types. Prior to this, I had never seen these promotional items.

PHOTO 1 - Shows the 5 different Buick Model T-Type cardboard license plates. Each cardboard license plate measures 6 inches by 12 inches. The actual display sign measures 12 inches by 12 inches. As you can see, in both signs the T-Type logo ran together and the T was straight up and down, unlike the later style found on the 1986 Regal T-Type.


It's official - Dallas Jones, owner of Beech Bend Raceway facility, has cancelled the GS Nationals event.

The new dates are October 20th through 23rd, 2010.


The Memorial Service for Molly is this Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 11 am at the Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630 with a reception to follow. If you live in the area, you may want to attend. They are hoping to have a GNX and/or Grand National on display. In addition to his family and wide range of friends, the automotive world will miss his great talent.


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 -


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


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 -

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).


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.


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.


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 -


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.



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.

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.


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 - [email protected]

Thank you for your support.
Carrie Kirban


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 -
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.


While stationed at Fort Huachuca I discovered getting weekend passes was fairly common unless you screwed up. Tucson was about 50-60 miles away and required a car to get around. I bought a 1953-1954 Dodge Coronet (Hemi powered) off a used car lot in Tucson and made a few bucks every weekend by taking a few buddies to Tucson and back.

Following clerk typist training at Forth Huachuca I soon got orders for Vietnam. I was given leave time before having to report to Oakland, California for deployment to Vietnam. I drove that Dodge from Arizona to home in Pennsylvania in 51 hours. The old Dodge made the trip mostly using transmission fluid!

PHOTO 2 - Shows the Dodge parked on the driveway at my parent's house in the top photo. I am sure I'm responsible for all those oil stains on the driveway. The bottom photo shows my original Arizona license plate from that car. In Arizona, the license plate stays with the used cars. I found it interesting that license plate included the number 455. It was several years later that we would start a GTO business and one of the engines in the GTO in 1970-1972 was a 455 powerplant! The Dodge was eventually junked but I did keep the license plate all these years!

Departing Oakland, California for Vietnam as a 19 year old was very unsettling for me, as it was for many young guys. What made it tough was watching others return from Vietnam in the room next to ours where we were getting ready to go to Vietnam. The time frame was 1966-1967. It was a very long plane ride with stops in, I believe, Hawaii and Guam before landing in Cam Ranh Bay.

As we got out of the plane in Cam Ranh Bay the Captain or Colonel in charge had us line up. He then asked us if any of us had any photography experience. Naturally, I said I did since I was a wedding photographer. Two others also claimed to be photographers. I remember we were given some sort of test and fortunately I got the job. I was then sent to Nha Trang with the 17th Aviation Group.

At first I was the photographer, and later became the editor of the weekly newspaper for the entire 17th Aviation Group. Although I was merely a PFC, this position gave me a lot of privileges.

Meantime, back home my Dad was working on an angle to take a worldwide trip and stop over in Vietnam as a private citizen and visit me. Apparently, he cleared all the red tape and came over and spent a week with me, and he even slept in my barracks. It was something quite special, as my Dad did not want any special treatment while he was there. He was able to accompany me on my duties.

Looking back, it's hard to believe he was able to do this as a private citizen during the Vietnam conflict/war.

As editor of the newspaper for the 17th Aviation Group, you can see I honed my writing skills a long time before the Turbo Buick came about. As a photographer, it enabled me to take thousands of photos (all black and white) of various things, aircraft, people, ceremonies, etc. I could go out on the runways and photograph incoming and outgoing aircraft. I have photos of General Westmoreland and some celebrities like Rachel Welch when they visited our group.

I can't complain, as I was very fortunate. Now they are just memories, especially now that my Dad has passed.

PHOTO 3 - Shows our 17th Aviation Chaplain and me on the cover of the November 1967 issue of Moody Monthly, a Christian magazine on the left. The photo on the right shows my Dad and I outside the headquarters where I worked in Vietnam.

This was a turning point for my Dad. After his experiences in Vietnam, he went on to write over 50 books, including several half-million sellers. The first book was entitled "Goodbye Mr. President" and covered his experience in Vietnam. Prior to this, he had never written a book.

PHOTO 4 - Shows the book "Goodbye Mr. President" my Dad wrote on his experiences in Vietnam. The book on the left shows the original print run cover design (1967, 1968, 1971). Later printing run went to the second cover design shown on the right (1974). Both covers show the metal caskets that were used to transport the dead soldiers back home from Vietnam.


I appreciate the many emails I received on the recent passing of my father. It's been a few hard weeks, but it's been great to be able to share some of my stories with you.

We have a limited number of the book Goodbye Mr. President (shown in Photo 4) for sale. If you are interested, email me - [email protected]