Gymkhana-cation: Ken Block SEMA & Gymkhana 3

Ken Block Gymkhana Fiesta

Gymkhana-cation: Ken Block offers a Gymkhana education to lucky tickets holders at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Gymkhana-cation and eduction in Gymkhana.

 

I’ll be honest; the fad know as drifting bores me. That is not to say that drifting is not an art form. I appreciate a good four wheel drift, but “Drifting” as it has come to be known, well, sucks. When first described Gymkhana (pronounced “jim-ˈkä-nə, -ˈka-“) he said it was judged and timed drifting event. The parallel I drew was that Gymkhana was the Special Olympics of Automotive Gymnastics for drifters who wanted to rally, but couldn’t. Continue reading

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Camaro Named ‘Hottest Car’ in Inaugural SEMA Award

SEMA Show Award

LAS VEGAS – The inaugural SEMA Award was presented to the Chevrolet Camaro for the Hottest Car, the Ford F-Series for the Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler for the Hottest 4×4-SUV, during the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Continue reading

Top Gear Taxis takes SEMA guests for a spin

Top Gear USA Camaro taxi

Heading out to the SEMA Show next week in Las Vegas? History’s (Channel) fleet of “Top Gear Taxis” will be on hand offering free rides all week outside the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show. Can you say Indian Stig? You could even find your way into a private screening of the first episode. Continue reading

Mopar Introduces 2011 Challenger Drag Pak for NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock

This One Has a V-10 and is Race-ready!
  • Mopar® Challenger V-10 Drag Pak built for sanctioned NHRA Stock and Super Stock configurations
  • Priced at $85,512, Mopar to build 70 serialized units
  • Production starts 1Q 2011, applications available now at local Dodge dealerships or at http://www.mopar.com
  • Past Mopar Challenger Drag Pak model-year programs sold out (2009 and 2010)

October 1, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Racers rejoice. Mopar® is dropping a V-10 into the iconic Dodge Challenger.

The new race-only V-10 powered rear-wheel drive 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak features an 8.4-liter 512 cubic-inch engine with a 2-speed automatic transmission. Mopar will showcase its new drag car this evening at the Dodge Viper Owner’s Invitational in Salt Lake City. The vehicle will then make its way to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas from Nov. 2-5, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando from Dec. 9-11. Continue reading

California Still Hates Kit Cars… (and cars in general)

Superformance GT40

If you want to own, build or buy a kit car. You shouldn’t live in California. Once again the state with the largest car market shuns enthusiasts as it fail to pass legislation to make it easier for individuals to register hobby or specialty cars. Each year California allows a mere 500 persons to register their kit cars. Total vehicle registration for the state in 2009 was 19,919,068. Meaning that kit car registration annual account for less than .00251% of total registrations.

SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) had helped sponsor legislation to increase the number to 750 vehicles. After passing the State Assembly, the California Senate Transportation Committee, defeated the legislation by a 3 to 5 five vote. Continue reading

Chicago Private Equity Firm Takes Stake in Edelbrock

Industrial Opportunity Partners (IOP), a Chicago-based private equity firm, has made an investment in Edelbrock LLC.  Edelbrock was founded in 1938 and continues to be one of the primer suppliers of muscle cars performance parts including: cylinder heads, camshafts, carburetors, and suspension components. Continue reading

The Paddock muscle car parts company heads to the auction block

Motor City Muscle Cars first reported the Paddock had closed and was looking to restructure. Now the muscle cars parts company and it assets are due to be auctioned off. Warehouse and Showroom Items to be Auctioned at Company’s Knightstown, IN facility on July 29. Sealed Bids Being Accepted for Company’s Intellectual Property.

Avon, IN  May 22, 2010 — The down economy has claimed another victim—The Paddock, a mainstay in the muscle car parts business for over 40 years. Indianapolis-based Key Auctioneers (www.KeyAuctioneers.com) announced today that it will auction the company’s parts inventory, showroom items, collectibles, vehicles, and equipment at the company’s 60,000-square-foot Knightstown facility.

The Paddocks Knightstown headquarters.
The Paddocks Knightstown headquarters.

The July 29 auction is expected to draw thousands of muscle car enthusiasts from the Midwest and beyond. Continue reading

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