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By John Kilroy on May 14, 2012

Here’s another note we’d like to share from our trip to Australia to visit with high-performance and racing companies as part of Australia Automotive Week. A US magazine journalist and myself were able to get some private time with Richard Dalla-Riva, who is currently Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade for the state of Victoria.

It’s always great to meet with any government official who’s ready to support the performance racing industry, but it’s especially fun to meet with someone who’s done some wrenching in his time as Dalla-Riva has.

A former policeman in Melbourne, Dalla-Riva is quite capable of performing his duties in laying out the big picture of...

By Jeff Butcher on April 22, 2012

Opening night of racing season always brings nervous excitement. Opening night at the local track comes with every bit as much emotion as professional teams face preparing for Daytona. We set out to the track every weekend and the ultimate goal is to have fun – well, fun is the goal I continuously promote.

One way to achieve the goal of fun is to race with family. The perfect family racing vehicle is the 600 Micro Sprint. Micro Sprints utilize 600CC engines that are in full supply at motorcycle wrecking yards – it seems those crotch rocket riders you feel buzzing by you on the Hollywood freeway lay those things down creating a replenishing supply of Micro Sprint power plants. Low cost and an endless supply of low cost engines are...

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By John Kilroy on April 9, 2012

On our recent trip to meet with performance and racing companies in the state of Victoria, Australia, we were impressed with a new POP merchandising tool in the Penrite booth of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association exhibit at the F1 race in Melbourne. Penrite had an iPad locked into a metal casing connected to metal shelving displaying its performance lubricants. The iPad was a dynamic, interactive way for Penrite to tell its story. The buyer could scroll up and down, and hit links, but never leave the Penrite site. We anticipate seeing more iPads being used this way.

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By Jeff Butcher on March 27, 2012

Whizzing by me on the 2011 PRI Show floor, at the speed of a young Olympic sprinter, was racing industry icon Tony Tobias. Tony had someone to please and moved quickly to meet the need with a sense of urgency that his customers have come to rely upon – he truly enjoys pleasing all.  He literally ran at full sprint to accomplish his mission when most would chose to casually saunter across the million square feet that is PRI Orlando.  

Pushing around 80% of 100 years, Tobias continuously exudes energy at well over Einstein’s mandated universe speed limit of 186,000 miles per second, otherwise known as the speed of light. In racer terms, the speed of light is 700 million miles per hour. At that speed, bump drafting is...

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