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Movers & Shakers: QA1 Acquires Edelbrock's Suspension Product Line; New Drivers Join Exclusive Spectre 3:41 Club

QA1 Acquires Edelbrock's Suspension Product Line
Edelbrock sold its suspension product line to QA1—an acquisition that will add more than 100 part numbers to QA1's shock absorber, spring and tubular suspension product offerings. According to a recent announcement, Edelbrock added suspension products in 1994 with a limited line of components for Camaro and Mustang applications. Since then, the product line has grown to include anti-hop bars, k-member braces, Panhard rods, strut tower braces, subframe connectors, sway bars, toe links, torque and trailing arms, along with a variety of other products for popular musclecar and late-model applications. The acquisition includes all manufacturing equipment, raw materials, current and future product designs as well as any existing inventory. The companies report that all of these components will transition to QA1 on September 1, 2011.

 
Spectre 341 Challenge Cars

Spectre 341 ChallengeThe Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge is a time-challenge race up a 5.2-mile mountain road in Virginia City, Nevada, to achieve a time less than three minutes and 41 seconds to join the exclusive Spectre 3:41 club.

New Drivers Join Exclusive Spectre 3:41 Club
The 2nd Annual Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge, which took place in June, featured 48 drivers, 391 runs and five new members of the exclusive Spectre 3:41 Club. The challenge is to charge up a 5.2-mile mountain road in Virginia City, Nevada—complete with no guard rails and 500-ft. drop-offs—to achieve a time less than three minutes and 41 seconds to join the exclusive Spectre 3:41 club.

Lou Gigliotti of Wylie, Texas, hit the hill in his LG Motorsports 2010 ZR1and recorded the best time of the day at 3:14, which was fast enough to named the overall event winner and 7.3 seconds faster than his winning run last year.

On the heels of Gigliotti was Duck Fuson, who posted a second-place time of 3:15.2 in his 2,300-lb. Porsche 911 Turbo. The third and final spot on the podium was errand by Jeff Rosen, who drove a ’11 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and ran a 3:22.2. Jeremy Kappus missed a podium spot by about two seconds, posting a fourth-place finish at 3:24.2 with his daily driver Lancer Evo IX.

“We made 391 runs up a very fast and twisty mountain road—5.2 miles at a time—with no guardrails and steep drop-offs,” said Spectre Performance President and current 341 record holder Amir Rosenbaum. “That's more than 2,000 miles at a very high rate of speed. That's almost coast-to-coast on a narrow twisty road at high speed! With only one minor crunchlet and four minor breakdowns out of almost 400 runs, the 2011 Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge was truly epic. We proved that you can get a large group of drivers to be very focused and very careful and very safe and very, very fast. Next year will be even faster.”

Due to the success of the 2011 event, dates for The Third Annual Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge are set for June 15–17, 2012. For videos, photo galleries, driver blogs and more from the 341 Challenge, visit www.Spectre341Challenge.com.

Royal Purple Announces Open Call for Sponsorship Proposals
Royal Purple has announced an open call for sponsorship proposals for the 2012 year. Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2011, for all genres of racing (individuals and teams), event organizers and project builds. “Royal Purple’s primary interest in sponsorship is for research and development. Our sponsorship activities are executed to increase the company’s visibility, differentiate the company’s products from those of its competitors and establish mutually beneficial partnerships,” said Royal Purple Director of Consumer Marketing Randy Fisher. Proposals may be submitted via e-mail or mail. For more information and to download the sponsorship form, visit www.royalpurple.com/rp-racing.html.

Tire Group International Honored by Hispanic Business Magazine
Tire Group International (TGI) announced that it was named the fourth-largest Hispanic-owned exporter in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine. Stated Tire Group International CEO Tony Gonzalez: “We are very excited and honored by the ranking, it’s a true testament to the hard work and effort of our entire team, The Winning Team.” According to the company, it is one of the fastest-growing companies in the worldwide wholesale distribution of tires and is South Florida’s largest independent tire wholesaler.

RK Motors Charlotte Hosts Shop Talk With Donald Farr
RK Motors Charlotte teamed up with the Carolina Regional Mustang Club to offer local enthusiasts a chance to meet and chat with Mustang Monthly's Donald Farr during "RK Motors Charlotte Shop Talk: Donald Farr and the Mustang," Saturday, September 10, 11:00 a.m. (EDT). Held at RK Motors' Charlotte showroom, Farr will share the podium with RK Motors President and CEO Joeseph Carroll and, following the seminar, Farr will sign copies of his book, Mustang Boss 302: From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car. Food and beverages will be provided by RK Motors Charlotte and the event is free to the public. For more information, visit www.rkmotorscharlotte.com or call 704/596-5211. 

Car Warriors Seeks Builders, Technicians for Season Two
The "Car Warriors" casting department is now seeking submissions from builders and technicians across the country to participate in season two. The show features teams competing against each other and the clock to build a car under one of the craziest car-building schedules ever generated. The casting department suggests that teams of six should include one body and paint person; one body and paint person who can air brush; one interior person who can do complete automotive interior; one interior person who can install professional sound and audio systems; one mechanical and drivetrain expert, from driveline to differential to engine install to brakes; and one mechanic who is a strong fabricator. To be considered for season two of "Car Warriors," send an e-mail to carwarriorscasting@gmail.com with the names and contact information for the team members, photos of the team and a few sentences about your skill level, your experience and why your team has what it takes to compete in "Car Warriors." 

Piston Driven and SEMA Announce Apparel Partnership
Piston Driven Manufacturing and SEMA have reached an agreement allowing Piston Driven to manufacture and sell officially licensed SEMA merchandise. Piston Driven’s current line of officially licensed American merchandise includes brands, such as GhosTracks USA, Car Craft, Motorcyclist, Bates, B&M and Hurst. All of the merchandise is designed to embrace the passion motoring enthusiasts have for cars, drag racing, motorcycles and automotive nostalgia. “We are very excited to have been chosen to represent SEMA,” says Tim Sousamian, founder of Piston Driven Manufacturing. This new agreement also allows Piston Driven to sell licensed SEMA apparel and merchandise nationally, as well as at the annual SEMA Show.