Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 05-26-10
BUICK REGAL PACE CAR -
With the Indianapolis 500 coming up, I thought it was appropriate to show what Buick provided for the Indianapolis 500 race on May 24, 1981.
According to the Press Release, this represented the 5th time Buick has led the high-powered Indy cars to the starting line. Prior to this, it was in 1939, 1959, 1975, and 1976. The 1976 model was the first Pace Car to use a V-6 engine - turbocharged 3.8 liter powerplant. The 1981 Pace Car will be only the second Buick to use a V-6.
The engine for the 1981 Pace Car is naturally aspirated, unlike its turbocharged cousin, which Paced the 1976 race. This one is rated at 281 horsepower, at 5,100 rpms. It is a 4.1 litre V-6 currently not offered on the Regal, but is standard on the Electra and Riviera and optional on the LeSabre.
PHOTO 1 - Shows the actual Buick Press Release folder and the three different Press Releases that came in the folder.
PHOTO 2 - Shows the color print I have and a black and white print I have that came with the Press Releases showing the 1981 Buick Pace Car. One of these Pace Cars sits in the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan.
GM HIGH-TECH PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE -
See the July 2010 issue. There is a 5-page article on Dave Fiscus 1986 Grand National. As many of you know, Dave's car is one of the few covering the 1/4 mile in the high 7-second range. His best time as of when the article was prepared was 7.979 at 176.74 mph.
This is quite an accomplishment. Interesting enough, his 1986 Grand National originally belonged to his mother!
It's good to see our cars 25 years later still making a splash in some of the current car magazines.
FOR SALE â€“ 1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL -
6,740 ORIGINAL miles
This car was the feature car in the American Muscle Car Series and was also featured in 101 Cars You Must Drive on Speed TV. Options on this car include AC, power driver seat, cruise, tilt wheel, rear defogger, power windows, power door locks, power antenna and positraction rear end. It has never been raced or abused and has always been highly maintained. This classic has always been garaged and has never been in the rain. The interior still has that new car smell and the spare tire has never touched the ground. There are many, many rare GN & GNX parts also available separately if you are interested. Offered at $29,500
For more info, contact Jon Ward - (770) 993-8654 - [email protected]
A "UNIQUE" CRAIGS LIST AD -
I imagine most of you are familiar with Craig's List, which offers a wide variety of items for sale and has their lists broken down to the major metropolitan areas of the country.
I try and check out the Cars For Sale section for the area near where I live. My good friend keeps a constant check in his area for possible Turbo Regals that he thinks I may want to buy.
Some of the ads are quite funny, even though they were probably not meant to be. This ad really takes the cake in sarcasm. I have deleted the name and phone number and corrected just some of the spelling. It was printed as ONE long paragraph, so we've added paragraphs just to help the readability.
The seller goes into great detail with efforts to eliminate any prospective buyers from low balling him or questioning the low original miles. If nothing else, the ad draws attention even if you don't agree with his sale tactics!
Here is the ad from Craig's List for a Pontiac Fiero with 30,000 original miles:
"You read the heading, and I'll reiterate (that means repeat) for those of you who aren't so smart. This car is an 87 model year with O-N-L-Y 30,600 O-R-I-G-I-N-A-L-M-I-L-E-S!!!!! Get it? Good! Now don't ask me if the miles are real, true, rolled, actual, nautical or otherwise.
Next, if you only have 300.00 dollars to your name click off of my ad right now!!! NO, I'm serious RIGHT NOW!!! For those of you still with me, Lets get down to business. It is a 4 cylinder (no turbo, supercharger, nitrous, alcohol injection) Just 1, 2, 3, 4, cylinders with an AUTOMATIC transmission (this means NOT a stick shift for you "special" people).
This car is almost a perfect ten, I'll explain in detail and you decide for yourself if this is a great deal for you. First off this car if bumped to a 10 would bring 9-10,000 dollars. Since it isn't, but close, I'm being MORE than fair with my price. First, the outside, from 20 feet it is perfect! A few steps closer and you will see a very small blemish in the paint on the outside of the wheel well (NO It wasn't in an accident!!!! Did I say it was in a freaking accident? Dummy! Let me finish!)
Its just needs a light sanding which you would ONLY do if you were going to repaint this car, otherwise you can't barely notice it. Next, the paint is gold, but a bit sunfaded on the top surfaces (No NO NO it's not dull, rough, scummy, dirty, beat, or in primer.) Gold paint has silver metallic in it and in some places the gold paint is fading and the silver metallic is showing through.
It is shiny, clean, sparkly, nice, and definitely has a few more years in it unless this bothers you. If it does, a full repaint on this car is not expensive being its not bigger than a thimble (OK OK OK its a little bigger than a thimble, don't sue me!!) Next the headliner is starting to drop a little (Easy now, don't get excited!) It just needs to be restretched) and you can most likely use the same material thats already there. Or buy a brand new on for about $100.00.
Thats it for the bad stuff. A repaint if you are ANAL, and a headliner to dot the I's and cross the T's Otherwise this car is PERFECT!!! New tires (ok maybe 1000 miles on them) Engine looks like it was NEVER EVEN STARTED (no joke here, its really that clean) Interior- MINT (YES, I remember what I said about the headliner but the carpets look NEW as do the seats and the rest of it. Radio, Newer Kenwood C/D player with HD ready, SAT ready, and it has an I-Pod/MP3 hook up ( Did you miss that, I said IPOD/MP3 H-O-O-K-U-P only, this means you are not getting an Ipod nor an MP3 player....got it?
NO NONE NODDA NIL NEGATIVE ZERO ZIP on the ipod) Phew, next the trunk and front storage areas- MINT (NO there is no gold in the trunk, the color is gold, there is no ore included! and MINT means "really nice and clean" not U.S. Treasury) Seriously, this is a nice car. it is very clean, and runs as new. Everything is tight and all buttons bells and whistles work as they should, perfectly.
Please don't bother asking if I'll take $1000.00 or "what kind of shape is it in" or any other stupid question that may pop into your pea-brain. I'm not paying you to think, so don't! If you are serious about the car, do some research and you will see that this car is half price. So, that being said.....NO I will not deduct so you can repaint it, YOU repaint it for a few hundred then you can flip it for 9-10,000 bucks. This car is perfect for a commuter, student, grad, second, first, or fun car. It gets around 34 mpg and up to 40 on highway runs!!!
What it ain't.....A racecar!!! It looks great and handles well, but its not going 0-60 in 5 seconds. Am I clear NO drag racing Lamborghinis unless you like the look of tail lights fading into the horizon-----ahead of you!!! You truly can't go wrong with this car though. If you bought it and drove it 12,000 miles a year for 3 years, you should probably get the same $4,500 or more back, essentially driving a car for free!
Check Ebay and you will see what low mile Fieros are getting, and DO NOT compare this to one with 130,000 miles when you call me to tell me about another one you saw down the street or that your grease monkey buddy has on blocks that you can get for 500.00--- go get that on and leave me alone, because you should have clicked off of this ad 5 minutes ago and saved yourself the "Hooked on Phonics" experience it took you to read all these big fancy words.
Now wipe the sweat off your brow, and move on and let serious buyers read on to my Phone number. Hope to hear from the rest of you who are serious and have the ways and means to complete a purchase. You will not be disappointed at all! It really is a great car. Thanks for your time, and for putting up with my obvious sarcasm. Have a nice day."
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
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 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.
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.
"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.
CHICAGOLAND CHAPTER BUICK GS CLUB OF AMERICA
13TH ANNUAL MIDWEST BUICK CHALLENGE - August 20, 21 & 22, 2010 - Osceola, Indiana
Osceola Dragway, 56328 Ash Road, Osceola, IN
For more information, go to their website -
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 - [email protected]
Thank you for your support.
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 not remember who requested the item.
MEMORIES OF MY YOUTH - PART 8
Over the years, there have been many unique coincidences relating to our family.
In this segment of my Memories of My Youth, I thought I would relate 3 different coincidences concerning my parents; 2 are actually Turbo Buick related.
1 - The year was 1943. My Mom was 17-18 years old and living at home. It was the custom back then to take newspaper and line the bottom of your bureau drawers. (I have no idea why, but my wife thinks it absorbed the odor of the wood so it didn't transfer onto the clothes). At this point, my Mom had not yet met my Dad. They didn't meet until 1944-1945.
After they met, my Mother made a unique discovery. One of her bureau draw was lined with a newspaper that had an article on the Editor of Girard Magazine honored as the Newshawk of the Month, complete with a photo. That editor that won and was pictured, was none other than my father Salem Kirban!
PHOTO 3 - The photo on the left shows a copy of the actual page of the newspaper showing a picture of my Dad dated April 8, 1943. When we went though my Dad's belongings, we found the actual newspaper they had saved all these years.
2 - Fast forward to the mid-1990s. I was buying 1986-1987 Turbo Regals at the time. Some of the cars I purchased I would drive home, rather than trailer.
I remember going to upstate Michigan for a car. I arranged to meet up with Pete Serio. Pete is also known as the "Window Rattle Guy" since he could work out just about any window problem on those Buicks. He even wrote a book on it, "How to Eliminate Window Rattles and Wind Noise."
It was a good trip as we got a personal tour of the Buick engine factory by a friend of mine, and Pete and I also toured the Henry Ford Museum. We stayed in a small town in Michigan on a Friday night. I got up early that Saturday and drove into town for breakfast. There was a detour on the main street, so I had to go down a side street. I came across a garage sale. What struck me funny about this garage sale is they even had a kitchen sink for sale on the lawn.
I had time to kill, so I stopped. The lady had a box of books on the lawn, most of them marked at 25 cents or 50 cents each. I saw one of my Dad's books, "666" for sale for a mere 25 cents. I took it up to the lady and explained that I knew the author personally. Of course, she did not believe me.
I then told her I can probably call him on my cell phone and ask him if 25 cents is a good price to pay for his book. At this point the lady is starting to wonder if I was telling the truth or not.
I called my Dad and ended up putting the lady on the cell phone. She was shocked to get the chance to talk to the author of the book she was selling. That was a million-to-one chance meeting.
3 - Another coincidence that happened around 1999 when my parents sold their house in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.
I had bought a black 1987 Turbo-T with a tan interior out of Georgia. Pete (the "Window Rattle Guy") had gone down with me to pick up this car. We actually met the seller on the BMW factory grounds in South Carolina, since the seller was on his way to a vacation and said he would meet us there. Pete and I were also attending the annual BMW convention, which was held at their new plant in South Carolina that year.
We brought the Turbo-T home and I sold it to a mechanic who lived near Philadelphia and worked in a repair shop in Philadelphia. Shortly thereafter he calls me and says he was at work reading one of my books on Turbo Regals when his boss happen to see the name Kirban on the Turbo book.
It turns out that his boss bought my parent's old house in Huntingdon Valley!
These 3 true stories sure prove the statement, "It's a small world after all."
PHOTO 3 - The photo on the right shows a picture we found. Since we mentioned Pete Serio (the "Window Rattle Guy") I thought I would share this photo with my readers. It shows Pete at our old house adjusting a window on a Turbo Limited with my Dad offering his advice. Pete would often come from Ohio to our events and family gatherings, and he also had many dinners at my parents house over the years.
This marks the end of the stories that I have related about my youth and my Dad. I know many of you enjoyed them based on the emails I received during this trying time.
The Memorial Service this past Saturday went quite well. Eileen and I were able to get through it.
We were reunited with family and friends we hadn't seen in a long time.
We appreciate that our staff, Richard Clark (from North Carolina), Paul Castle (from Chicago) and John Follweiler also attended the Memorial Service.
I was surprised when my sister presented me with the flag from my father's burial service in honor of my service in Vietnam. My other two sisters had sent it from the military honor guard that presided at the burial in Valley, Washington on Thursday night.
PHOTO 4 - The photos on the left shows "Amazing Grace" being played on the Bagpipes. The photo on the right show me with the Honor Guard flag from my Dad's burial.
Actually, it was tougher the following day as I reflected on the fact my Dad is gone........I think I will go look for an original 1955 Slinky Dog on ebay or Carlisle now that I have proof what they looked like originally.
Thank you for all the emails and cards we have received. Many Inner Circle members have also shared remembrances of their parents. It was thoughtful and we do appreciate it.