Best of SEMA 2013

By Martha Maglone Photography by Moore Good Ink Las Vegas, Nevada: Industry analysts estimated SEMA attendees would exceed 165,000 this year.  As it turned out, their reckonings were probably close to the mark: some coach journeys from hotels just three miles distance from the Convention Center took between an hour and one and one-half hours. At 8:30 on Wednesday morning attendees catching the Monorail at the MGM station arrived at the exhibition at 10:45! The crush in Vegas was something most won’t miss. By necessity, though, SEMA tries to attract the maximum number of qualified attendees. But exhibitors are caught wondering where the wholesalers have gone. Ironically, this was the irritation hardcore exhibitors voiced a decade ago to the Performance Racing Industry. To attract ever greater numbers of attendees and exhibitors, PRI management moved their show from Indianapolis to a larger facility in Orlando. Unfortunately, the move attracted new attendees and exhibitors far from the hardcore variety, and the former soon tired of the latter. Attracting throngs of tire-kickers and facilitating displayers of toy helicopters and every other distraction imaginable had been the final straw. To the exhibitor’s consternation, the show had exceeded its parameter and another hardcore exhibition was established at Indy to replace the defector. Years passed before common sense prevailed, and in the meantime the exhibitors paid the price. These circumstances evoked the old saying: The only lesson we learn from history is we never learn from history! As for SEMA, it’s hard to distinguish between trade members and the general public. However, a decade ago queues for women’s restrooms didn’t exist. Not so today. Moreover,...
Hooking Up Horsepower with RAM Clutches

Hooking Up Horsepower with RAM Clutches

Compliments of Maximum Drive magazine: This 2010 Challenger acquired twin turbos and a longer stroke which, when combined, developed 640 RWHP. A 42% increase in power to this 2010 Challenger means one thing: A stronger clutch would be necessary to transmit the power.  Click here to read more about installing a clutch upgrade to the 2010 Dodge Challenger For further information contact: RAM Automotive Company 201 Business Park Blvd. Columbia, SC 29203 Telephone (803) 788-6034...

Demon 98 and Six-Shooter scheduled for production in 2014

By Archie Bosman Photography by Moore Good Ink Dawsonville GA: During the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Demon Carburetion announced it has completed the tooling process that will enable the manufacture of a new fuel bowl. As a result production of two, popular, former hot rod carburetors, the Demon 98 and the Six-Shooter is expected to resume mid-2014. It’s anticipated that the 98’s will be first to appear.     Demon 98: 205cfm Retro Carburetor Delivering 205cfm the Demon 98 is a retro two-barrel high performance carburetor that suits the thirties-style three-bolt intake manifolds that remained popular throughout the fifties and early sixties. Accepting 2-5/8” period-style air cleaners or air horns, it was created to improve the performance of the Flathead, Y-Block, Hemi and Nailhead. The Demon 98 is a direct replacement for the Stromberg 97 or Holley 94 carburetors. Chief differences between the Demon 98 and the Stromberg 97 include the design of the accelerator pump mechanism and the operating fuel pressures. The 98’s accelerator pump arrangement features interchangeable nozzles, which can be adapted to suit newer designs of camshafts, cylinder heads and intake manifolds. Operating fuel pressure for the Stromberg 97 is limited to 3-4psi in contrast with the Demon 98 which functions at a more practical 6-7psi.   Demon Six-Shooter Energizes Tri-power Resurrection The Demon Six-Shooter is a resurrection of the Tri-power systems that dominated the late sixties Muscle car era. It consists of three 250cfm two-barrel carburetors atop an aluminum intake that comes complete as one unit for easy installation. Beyond this the attractive dual-plane intake manifold is developed to generate high torque, while the airflow capacity of...

Full Metal Arts & Entertainment seeks film projects; completes acclaimed Whelen Marsh Racing video; appears at PRI show in Indy

By Martha Maglone Gainesville, GA: If television is the most potent advertising medium ever devised, video we assume is similarly blessed. How-to videos stand alone in explaining the complicated processes of our racing products and they promote companies and their achievements with equal brilliance. Spearheaded by Tom Arbeiter, Full Metal Arts & Entertainment has been specializing in producing media projects in film since 1994. They have completed notable works for the Ford Motor Company, Penske Racing Shocks, Lou Santiago’s GarageInsider TV and more recently Whelen Marsh Racing*. Should you be interested in promotional videos, TV commercials, product demonstrations, training videos, or short films, consider Full Metal. Their capabilities include pre-production, scriptwriting, storyboarding, casting, voice over, graphic design, animation elements, and post production. Chat with Tom personally at the PRI show Dec 12-14 Indianapolis, he’ll be accessible via NARRA (North American Road Racing Association) at booth #7043 in the Yellow Hall. To view the latest Whelen Marsh Racing promotional video click here. To download Full Metal TV’s Production Services click here.   Full Metal Arts & Entertainment 3305 Cook Drive Gainesville, GA 30507 www.fullmetaltv.com PH: 678.386.1440 Email: tom@fullmetaltv.com   *Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease six years ago, George “Sonny” Whelen, 59, has recently retired from sports car racing and is taking up a new challenge of  ‘racing for a cure’ having joined the board of the Michael J Fox Foundation. Whelen, and his Whelen Engineering Marsh Racing Team run by Teddy Marsh, field the TEAM FOX car for drivers Eric Curran and Boris Said, who will be driving in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. For sponsorship on media projects...

Dart’s annual seminar at PRI: Friday Dec 13, 1-2pm, their 17th year

By Ben Mozart Moore Good Ink Dart Machinery has announced they’ll be occupying peninsula booth 2211 at this year’s PRI exhibition in Indianapolis, December 12-14, 2013. As anticipated they will also be holding their annual seminar in rooms 231 and 232—their 17th consecutive event. Successful race engine building is a craft, part inspiration and part know-how, and this seminar attracts a great many engine builders who are keen to learn more. Nonetheless, Dart welcomes all enthusiasts who are interested in discussions involving the problems and solutions encountered in race engine building, testing, developing, and maintaining. The core themes of this year’s seminar will include the introduction of new products, Sprint car matters, and how access to quality race car engine components and systems have changed the racers’ prospects. Dart’s head, Richard Maskin, will open the proceedings by bringing the audience up to date on the company’s latest engine blocks: the LS Next, the new SHP400 as well as the 305, a recent Sprint car unit. French Grimes, head of RaceSaver the acclaimed Sprint car organization, which embraces almost 1,000 racers, will take the stage to discuss the 305—particularly how Dart’s intervention saved the race block from extinction and the potential that lies ahead for 305 Sprint car racing. Last but not least David Reher of the famed Texas engine building firm Reher Morrison will speak on the availability and quality of today’s race engine parts. From pistons and rings, connecting rods and cranks, to cylinder heads, blocks and oiling systems David will share his considerable insight. Dart is a fascinating Michigan success story. Founded at the school of hard...