How to sell your wares

How to sell your wares

By Martha Maglone: Each January, 100 manufacturers of high-performance and racing parts are introduced to the media over a 3-day period at the MPMC conference (Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council). Held at the Embassy Suites hotel in Santa Ana near the John Wayne Airport in California’s Orange County, the MPMC, a SEMA-based organization initiated in 1998 and now in its nineteenth successive year, brings unique opportunities for both parties. Media members, editors and publishers, visit with up to 14 exhibitors each day of the conference, culminating in as many as 42 meetings throughout the three days. For their part, media members have experienced momentous disorder among their ranks in the past two decades and widespread cash flow problems at its core have strained staff loyalty. It would be easy to become disillusioned. Yet our auto racing and aftermarket media, while not quite in its full flower of yesteryear, appears positive. With good reason, the manufacturers have sustained momentum despite the proclamations of our political analysts. Successive governments, they contend, have failed to recognize the effects of globalization since the 1970s and as a result our middle class has been devastated and thus their spending power vastly reduced through wage stagnation. No doubt our market isn’t as vibrant as in previous times but it’s unlikely that globalization is cause for concern. Ours is a relatively low-volume highly specialized industry and therefore has been sheltered from the detrimental effects of global intervention so far. And so it was, the manufacturers arrived in force with their latest products on display and key personnel on hand to provide technical details and background information. Private,...
Air Flow Research (AFR) at MPMC

Air Flow Research (AFR) at MPMC

Chris Sperling and Tim Torrecarion of Air Flow Research introduced three new products:   BBF cylinder head 270, 285, 300cc – intake runner volume 390CFM – 427CFM – depending upon intake runner size 85cc or 75cc – combustion chambers .250in raised exhaust – available for 285cc and 300cc heads Starting at $2099 a pair – fully assembled  BBF intake manifold Clover leaf design Equalized runner lengths Port shape matched to BBF heads 4150 or 4500 carburetor flange available Starting at $348  18-degree BBC head – Circle Track and Drag Racing 510cfm at .900” lift 457cc intake runner volume Valve Sizes – 2.400in intake, 1.800in exhaust Raised exhaust port Approx. 95cc-97cc combustion chambers Copper seats Titanium retainers Triple valve springs Expected Release Date Summer 2016 Pair, fully assembled – Pricing: To Be Determined   Air Flow Research Valencia, California www.airflowresearch.com Tel (661)...
Blueprint Engines at MPMC

Blueprint Engines at MPMC

Blueprint introduced their new 400cid Chevrolet-based engine. It features a cast-iron block, aluminum heads, hydraulic roller cam, roller lifters, oil pan, chrome-plated valve covers and ships with individual dynamometer results. As the 400 nomenclature suggests, these engines are equipped with bigger main-bearing journals and available in five configurations: The base engine combines a cast-steel crankshaft and Hypereutectic pistons, produces 460hp / 470lbs ft torque and costs $4,999. Top of the line unit uses forged crankshaft, forged pistons, forged connecting rods, produces 508hp / 473lb ft torque and costs $ 7,454   BluePrint Engines Kearney, Nebraska www.blueprintengines.com Tel (800)...
World Products announces new LS Hybrid Small Block

World Products announces new LS Hybrid Small Block

World Products has redesigned their innovative small-block Chevrolet which allows the use of high flowing LS-style cylinder heads with readily available and affordable SBC rotating assemblies and related components. The new World Products Motown LS small-block Chevy engine features a camshaft location which has been raised in the block by 0.134in. The block now comes standard with a 55mm cam tunnel and cam cores are now readily available from Erson Cams at an affordable cost for this application. The Motown LS promotes the use of a 4.000in stroke crankshaft, and the large cam core provides for exceptional valve train stability at high RPM operation. Bushed lifter bores are standard with a choice of 0.842in or upgraded 0.904in diameter. Standard type SBC timing covers as well as standard SBC oil pan and pump fitments are used, as are standard distributor ignition systems. These features accommodate off-the-shelf SBC parts, avoiding the need for numerous expensive specialty components typically associated with LS designs. World’s priority-mains oiling system ensures reliable lubrication of the main bearings, and the SBC sump and oil pan eliminate the issues associated with high RPM oiling in the LS engine. The Motown LS is the best of both worlds! A standard LS 9.240in deck height means standard LS intake manifolds can be used. The standard 4.120in bore finishes at 4.125in and 350 mains are available with a choice of ductile iron or billet steel splayed 4-bolt main caps. High quality ARP fasteners are used for superior strength and integrity. Part numbers for the Motown LS blocks are: 084080 Motown LS,   3.995″ Bore, 55mm Cam, .842″ Lifters, Nodular caps 084080-904...
Bob Ida resurrects his famous Hemi Healey gasser of the 60s

Bob Ida resurrects his famous Hemi Healey gasser of the 60s

From HotRod Network: Bob Ida spent his early days in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Joseph, was a good friend of the Tucker family and even owned his own Tucker dealership for the brief time that company was in business. Bob got bit by the hot rod bug early, saving pennies to purchase his first car, a 1934 Ford, which he bought at the tender age of 14. “I would save the lunch money my parents gave me and get lunch handouts from the girls,” he says. Read more about Bob Ida and his famous Hemi Healey here.   Ida Automotive 600 Texas Rd Morganville, NJ 07751 732-591-1245...