6-2-10 Inner Circle

6-2-10 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 06-02-10 -


As is the custom for any car manufacturer chosen to supply the Pace Car(s) for the Indianapolis 500, they always produce several related items to sell.

In my private collection, I had a few items related to the 1981 Buick Regal Pace Car, plus a key fob from the 1975 Buick Pace Car.

PHOTO 1 - Shows a stainless letter opener (9-1/4") with the Indy 500 Pace Car Buick logo on the handle portion.

We also show two of the dash numbered plates (3-1/2" x 1-1/4"). One plate has no number and the other is #147. They are brand new, never used.

The cloth patch (2-3/4" diameter) came on a silver jacket that Buick did regarding the Pace Car for 1981. I am sure Buick also offered other items related to the 1981 Pace Car that year as well. The letter opener is probably quite rare.

PHOTO 2 - Shows the key fob I have, which was part of the Buick Pace Car memorabilia for Buicks involvement in 1975. The front of the white plastic key fob it says, OFFICIAL INDIANAPOLIS 500 PACE CAR BUICK 1975" in red and blue. On the back is the outline of the Hawk bird in blue with the words "Free Spirit" in red.

Prior to Buick having the Indy 500 Pace Car duties two years in a row in 1975 and 1976, it was Packard in 1916 and 1917 that also had the duties two years in a row!

PHOTO 3 - Shows a black and white 8" x 10" photo of the 1976 Buick Indy 500 Pace Car. Back then, the T-Tops were actually produced by Hurst and were called "Hurst/Hatches."

The inset photo is of Marty Robbins, the country singer who also raced NASCAR.

PHOTO 4 - Shows the cover of Motor Trend's June 1976 issue with the Buick 1976 Indianapolis Pace Car on the cover.

If you "Google" Buick Indianapolis Pace Cars on the internet, you can find more information and photos regarding the ones we have touched on in this Inner Circle. In case you're wondering, I think it is the Corvette model that has Paced the Indianapolis 500 the most - ten times.


MAGNA just lost one of its finest members. Bill Berger (AKA "timevacuum" on the forums) passed away Sunday, May 16th from cancer. He was just 48 years young.

We received an email from Jim Chaudrue and he mentioned…

"Bill was at your Kirban Performance Open House with his car. He wouldn't miss it for the world. Nothing he loved more then being around the Buick guys. We all met at that K-Mart on Street road to caravan up to your open house and he was the first car there waiting. He was the guy who had that beautiful hot air silver astro roof car. It was a 1985 T-Type w/CF5 Astroroof and Limited interior. I have a link below to him and his car. He painted the car in his driveway in a portable garage and it looked like a 20K paint job. He rebuilt the transmission in his garage with just some books on how to do it, some parts, and it shifted like no other. He took his air hot car modified it and had it running [email protected] MPH 1.8 60 foot on alky. He was an engineer and a very amazing human and one of the best people you would ever meet with a heart of gold.

He was at EVERY Kirban's Open House for years. Was the nicest guy you could have ever met. Here is a link to some photos -

Here is a link to a photo of Bill -

Here is another link we have on turbobuicks.com about more info on him and an on-line obituary.

We also have this link going. -

When someone passes everyone says how great they were but with Bill it was all true. He was the best friend you could ever have. MAGNA will miss him dearly.

Jim Chaudrue, PA REP MAGNA"

Kirban Performance Products sends our sincere condolences out to the Magna members on the loss of their racing buddy.


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.

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


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.

"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.

August 20, 21 & 22, 2010 - Osceola, Indiana
Osceola Dragway, 56328 Ash Road, Osceola, IN
For more information, go to their website -


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 -


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.


With summer here, now is the time to enjoy your Turbo Regal. I hope to get mine out on the road in the next few weeks.