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Each year I travel to an event called Roadkill Nights in Pontiac, Michigan and it’s truly an event like no other that I attend. It’s kind of a live …
Each year I travel to an event called Roadkill Nights in Pontiac, Michigan and it’s truly an event like no other that I attend. It’s kind of a live version of the Roadkill TV show in that it shares its name and pretty much all of the Roadkill personalities attend, including Roadkill, Roadkill Garage, Hot Rod Garage, etc. Being an offshoot of an automotive TV shows means that there needs to be a car show portion, and there is. On top of that, it’s “Powered by Dodge” so Dodge is on hand with Hellcat Thrill Rides and for the last two years, RAM has brought TRX Thrill Rides. It’s also a community event with carnival-type activities, food trucks and more.
But Roadkill Nights’ biggest claim to fame is that they offer drag racing right on Woodward Avenue! This is as close as we’ll get (legally) to the drag racing on Woodward that occurred in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It offers the allure of street racing but in a completely controlled environment and it’s totally legal. The only thing that could make it better would be to see actual Woodward street racers from back in the day pairing up like the Silver Bullet ’67 Plymouth, Gapp & Roush Mustang, Steve Lisk’s Challenger, etc. But I digress.
The first Roadkill Nights event was held in the parking lot of the old Pontiac Silverdome and after that it moved to M1 Concourse, which is a fantastic facility. For 2023 the event was forced to move due to construction on Woodward. The festivities were moved to downtown Pontiac and the organizers made the best of the move. One positive outcome of the move was that Dodge and RAM offered Thrill Rides where you got to be a passenger in a drag race ON Woodward Ave. That was pretty cool.
On Sunday, I didn’t have an official Carlisle Events agenda but I’m a diehard car guy so I had no plans of sitting in a hotel room all day. I had heard about a car show that was being held at an abandoned drag strip about two hours north of where I was staying. It sounded like an awesome opportunity but I decided to head to the “Rockin Rods n’ Rochester” show. Rochester is on the northern edge of the Detroit metro area so there are lots of really cool cars and people at that show as it pulls directly from the Detroit car community. The variety of cars was incredible with literally a little bit of everything at the show and the town of Rochester is very nice and it embraces the car show.
This year I wanted to stay in the area a little longer because I was invited to a very special and private gathering of Chrysler engineers and “race team” members. Just being in the presence of these guys (about 30-40 of them) was one of the most incredible experiences ever. Imagine sitting in a room full of the guys who literally handled the race programs for Chrysler including NASCAR, drag racing, Trans Am and even Team Viper. There were members of the Ramchargers, engineers, dyno operators and many more. The stories flying around were incredible. To most of these guys, it was just a job. But to enthusiasts like me, they are our heroes and THEY made this hobby what it is today. I’m hoping to get some of these guys to come to Carlisle in the near future to share their stories.
Something really cool happened on a personal level during the gathering. When one of the engineers heard I was going to be there, he made it a point to seek me out. His name is David Buchesky. David was a suspension engineer for Chrysler since the early ‘60s where he worked on production cars as well as NASCAR, drag racing and Trans Am programs. David moved around within Chrysler a bit in the early ‘70s but went back to suspension engineering when he worked on the Viper program.
Back to the part that was cool for me. If you look at David’s last name (Buchesky) it’s close to mine (Buczeskie). They might not look identical but they should be pronounced the same because “CZ” is pronounced with the “CH” sound. OK, that’s kind of neat but it gets better. David wanted to meet me because he thinks we might be related. Not only do our names sound alike, but his family name was originally spelled “Buczewski” before they hit Ellis Island. That’s getting really close! Upon doing some of my own research, I found out that David was born in Pottsville, PA which is less than 30 miles from my family’s hometown. It was great meeting you, “Uncle Dave”!
I don’t like to sit around when I travel and when I get an invite to see something cool, you can bet I’m going to be there. Steve Atwell is a pretty well-known collector in the Mopar world for his vintage drag cars. Steve invited me to check out his collection, or at least a portion of it. The four race cars I saw that day were Butch Leal’s ’75 Dart Sport, the Rod Shop ’73 Dart Sport, a Survivor ’67 Coronet (WO23) Super Stock car and Don Prudhomme’s ’70 ‘Cuda funny car (the actual race car and not the Rapid Transit show car). The street cars that I saw that day included a sweet ’68 Charger restomod and a ’68 Hemi GTX convertible that I’ll elaborate on in my coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise. Besides the cars, there were Hemi engines, blocks and parts just about everywhere you looked.
Steve also owns a company called Erin Industries. Don’t feel bad, I had never heard of it either, but Erin Industries plays a very important role in the auto industry. I had heard stories about Steve’s business and I love manufacturing so I was really excited about this part of the visit. In a nutshell, Erin Industries mostly forms tubing; round, square or just about any shape. They can bend it, twist it, cut it, put holes in it (of pretty much any shape) and so on.
Erin Industries made the frame/chassis for EVERY Viper that Dodge ever built. However, most of their business involves producing smaller parts. On the day I visited, they had several lines running. One of them was forming two short fluid lines that go inside the transmissions that Tremec builds for the C8 Corvettes. I think we all know that the OEMs don’t build all the parts for their cars, but I personally never really thought about the supplier who makes the parts for the vendors (like Tremec) who supply the OEMs. Some other single, “small” parts being produced by Erin include the upper tie bar (radiator support) for most mid-size GM SUVs, AC lines for electric delivery trucks, the main tube for the hitch on a RAM TRX and much more.
This was one amazing trip and I accomplished a lot. I met several Chrysler race team members and engineers I had never met before and I met several for the first time. Hopefully some of them will come to Carlisle to give a presentation as that was my goal for that particular visit. I connected with many current key players in the Mopar hobby at Roadkill Nights. The visit to Erin Industries was icing on the cake but even that resulted in a once in a lifetime experience that I’ll talk about in my Woodward coverage in a future installment of All About Cars.
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At Carlisle, we just wrapped up our annual Import & Performance Nationals Car show. The event showcased just as …
At Carlisle, we just wrapped up our annual Import & Performance Nationals Car show. The event showcased just as much elegance and luxury as it did performance and style. While this car wasn't at Carlisle, it has played a prominent role in automotive circles...more so as part one of Hollywood's most iconic film franchises. Recently, a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R that was attached to Paul Walker's Bryan O'Conner character in Fast and Furious 4 sold at auction for a record price point.
In this week's All About Cars, and because Fast 10 is coming out soon, let's talk a look at this piece crafted by Ryan Erik King from Jalopnik.
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Corvettes are some of the most respected and sought-after cars on the road. Their price tags reflect that because they can run anywhere from $65,00 …
Corvettes are some of the most respected and sought-after cars on the road. Their price tags reflect that because they can run anywhere from $65,000 to over $200,000. If you own a Corvette, you will want to keep it in mint or near-mint condition for as long as possible. This not only means preventing any scratches, dents, or chips, but it also entails keeping unnecessary mileage and deprecation off your Corvette.
That is why shipping your Corvette can be helpful if you are heading to a car show in Carlisle, which could be several hundred or more miles away from your home. You keep the mileage and depreciation off the car, but you also keep it off the road, which makes chips and scratches much less likely. You also spare yourself having to drive several plus hours and will be able to travel to the event in comfort on a train or plane.
Car Shipping Options That Give Your Corvette the Highest Level of Protection
Whether you are showcasing your Vette on the Fun Field or trying to sell it at the Car Corral, you will not want to skimp on the protection you provide for your Corvette as it ships. You can choose from three main protection levels when you ship a car: open-air shipping, top-loading, and enclosed shipping.
Open-air vehicle shipping is the cheapest and most common type of auto transport. When you ship your Corvette using open-air transport, it will be placed on a car carrier with two decks with no walls or roof, leaving your Vette exposed to outside elements. It does offer your car 100% protection from unnecessary mileage and depreciation. It also puts your car several feet up off the road, which helps lower the chance of scratches or chips from things like small rocks being kicked up off the road during transport. However, it does not eliminate that possibility, nor does it do anything to protect your Corvette and its paint from inclement weather elements like rain or powerful UV rays while it is being shipped.
Top-loading is an upgrade option available with all reputable auto transport companies. Top-loading is when your car is placed on the upper deck of an open-air car carrier. By choosing to top-load your Corvette, you are completely eliminating the possibility of any road debris making contact with your car during transport. You are also eliminating the possibility of oil or another automotive fluid from a vehicle on the deck above leaking onto your Corvette because your car will be on the upper-most deck of the carrier. Unfortunately, top-loading has three main drawbacks:
It offers no protection from weather or UV rays.
It puts your Vette at a height where tree branches could possibly scratch it during transit.
It puts your Corvette at an optimal height to get pollen, tree-sap or bird droppings on it.
Top-loading typically adds about $100 to the cost of shipping a car.
The option that offers the most protection when shipping a Corvette or any other type of car will be enclosed transport. During enclosed car transport, a vehicle is placed on a car carrier with walls and a roof. Thus, cars shipped in enclosed car carriers are completely protected from all outside elements for the duration of the shipment. In most cases, shipping in an enclosed carrier will add at least $500 to the Corvette’s shipping cost.
What Else Can You Do to Protect Your Corvette as it Ships to Carlisle?
Whenever you entrust your Corvette to someone else, such as a car shipper, you will want the peace of mind knowing that there is nothing more you could have done to protect it. If you are shipping your Corvette to a Carlisle event and have not already had a top-of-the-line anti-theft system with GPS tracking installed, do so prior to shipping. In rare cases, car shipments can be targets for car theft.
You can also consider getting a paint protection film before you ship your car to a Carlisle event. Paint protection film will protect your Vette’s paint from UV rays, rain, tree sap, and more. Now, if you are shipping in an enclosed carrier, you will not have to worry about these things, regardless of a paint protection film or not. However, once your car arrives at a Carlisle event, you will display your Corvette outside for quite a bit whether you are showcasing it or selling it. That is where the value of a paint protection film could really come in for you.
Finally, you should also prepare yourself for the rare possibility that damage occurs during your shipment. You will want to ensure that the car shipping insurance will not have any qualms about any damage claims you must make. You can easily do this by taking several pictures of your Corvette and its condition before the start of shipping. These should be digital photos with time stamps to prove there was no damage to the car before shipping.
In closing, don't let THIS happen to your Corvette. Reach out to Matt and his team today for a safe and secure transport to Carlisle and beyond!
Every year spanning the final days of October and the early days of November, the automotive universe converges on Las Veg …
Every year spanning the final days of October and the early days of November, the automotive universe converges on Las Vegas for the pinnacle event of the hobby, the Specialty Equipment Market Association show, also known as SEMA. While SEMA isn’t “open” to the general public, it serves to showcase some of the best vehicles in the world as well as showcasing hot or new products coming onto the market. Before many of those items end up on a retailer’s shelf, they make an east coast appearance by way of Spring Carlisle (April 19-23) at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds as part of the ARMO Hot Products Showcase.
Unlike SEMA, Spring Carlisle is open to the public and has been an annual destination event for car lovers since 1977. One of the marquee features of the spring show is the aforementioned ARMO display, centrally positioned on the grounds near the stage. ARMO is short for the Automotive Restoration Market Organization and is a council of SEMA itself. ARMO directs its efforts toward preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry and annually at Spring Carlisle, offers its showcase for the nearly 100,000 guests and thousands of vendors who converge on fairgrounds for the days-long automotive spectacular.
With the showcase at Spring Carlisle, show-goers can see in person the latest and greatest products coming onto the market, and this will also serve as the first time many of these items are seen in person by retailers and consumers alike. Best of all, the product experts are available within the ARMO display to talk person to person about each item. Having these kinds of conversations best helps everyone understand what is being displayed and how the products can work for any vehicle, regardless of its era.
For 2023, products will also appear in an online Showcase display and guests will vote for Best New Product Awards electronically. Further, those New Product awards, a special “People’s Choice” award is reserved for only products onsite in the Showcase tent at Spring Carlisle and will be chosen only by guests onsite.
“The ARMO Hot Products showcase is the largest east coast restoration product event of the year,” said Randall Bates, Auto Custom Carpet/Chair of ARMO. “It’s the perfect way to kick off automotive events season and view the latest and greatest in restoration parts and products,” continued Bates. “ARMO, in conjunction with Carlisle Events, is proud and excited to host the Hot Products Showcase. Come by, walk the show, view the products, join in with the ARMO crew and see how ARMO and SEMA can help you and help the hobby we love.”
Don’t miss the ARMO Hot Products Showcase – it’s centrally located and welcoming for everyone at the event! Learn more about ARMO and Spring Carlisle online now at CarlisleEvents.com. While on the web, register to become a vendor, sell in the car corral, or purchase discounted spectator tickets in advance of the event. Call 717-243-7855 with any questions you may have regarding the event or the display.
When you come to Carlisle, we know you're here for the car show, but we also know you're looking for things to do in the r …
When you come to Carlisle, we know you're here for the car show, but we also know you're looking for things to do in the region, either as part of your visit or for a future visit to the area. Did you know that one of the coolest museums of its type is less than an hour from the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds? It's true! Not far from Carlisle sits the AACA Museum, Inc., also know as America's Transportation Experience. Ongoing, they have a great Tucker themed display and in June, they'll celebrate 75 years of Preston Tucker's invention...and you're invited.
Now, whether or not you’ve ever seen the Coppola and Lucas film featuring Jeff Bridges about Preston Tucker and his American Dream, WORRY NOT! Swing by the museum and witness the largest assembly of Tucker automobiles, artifacts, and exhibits to ever exist in one place. This is not only where you can learn the real story behind the Tucker Automobile, but we are also planning a 75th Anniversary celebration showcase as well!
The museum’s Cammack Tucker Gallery is home to the universe’s most extensive Tucker collection. Named for Tucker historian and collector David Cammack, the gallery displays interactive exhibits chronicling Preston Tucker’s vision, determination, history, and struggles to build the “Car of Tomorrow.”
Through his Chicago-based start-up, Preston Tucker set out to revolutionize the automobile industry. His engineering and manufacturing teams designed and built only 51 innovative ‘Model 48’ vehicles, unmatched by other offerings on the post-war American market.
The AACA Museum Inc.’s Cammack Tucker Gallery is home to three Tucker model 48’s, along with a Tucker factory test chassis, engine prototypes, movie prop car, interactive displays, and a lot more!
On permanent exhibit and pictured here, the first Tucker Model 48 ever to be sold (#1001), sourced from a Tucker dealership located on North Cameron Street in Harrisburg, PA!
The big 75th-anniversary event in Hershey is happening June 16-18. Highlights can be found here. Make your plans today to experience no less than eight additional Tucker automobiles on exhibit – some never before seen by the public, Tucker owners, collectors, VIP guests, and Tucker family member discussions, a screening on June 16 of the Tucker: A Man and his Dream movie at a local theatre, dinner event with authentic Tucker artifacts, an auction and the Generations Big Band, and more.
The annual Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals car show frequently showcases the Dune Buggy. In fact, until …
The annual Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals car show frequently showcases the Dune Buggy. In fact, until his passing, Bruce Meyers, the iconic inventor of the popular ride would be at Carlisle with his wife Winnie. Fast forward to 2023 and the famous Meyers Manx is getting a makeover for the first time in 53 years. In our latest All About Cars blog post, Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press takes a look at what's on the horizon for the Manx!
Read the full article by way of the link below and be sure to make your plans for the 2023 iteration of the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, May 12-13 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
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Changing your car’s oil is critical to keep your motor running smoothly. While most folks take their vehicle to the dealer …
Changing your car’s oil is critical to keep your motor running smoothly. While most folks take their vehicle to the dealer or a local mechanic, doing it yourself isn’t terribly difficult and will keep some money in your pocket. However, the best way you pour the oil into the motor is probably not what you expect.
Read the rest of Tom McParland's oil changing piece by way of the Jalopnik page today. There are photos (credit to the attached goes to joebelanger (modified) (Getty Images), video, and even more links to help you change your oil!
After you've changed your oil, be sure to visit our registration page to make your plans for the 2023 Carlisle Events car show season! Our schedule starts April 19 with Spring Carlisle and concludes October 1 with Fall Carlisle. There are many exciting things happening in between. Make your plans today.
Full article: https://jalopnik.com/correct-way-to-pour-motor-oil-quart-spout-up-no-spills-1850162973
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