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By John Kilroy on November 10, 2011

The car club that engine builder Earl Gaerte helped start--the Blacktop Cruisers--is currently collecting memorial donations and contributioins to set up a scholarship fund in honor of Earl. The scholarships would go to local Indiana youths entering the automotive technology field.

The goal is to create a self-sustaining trust to keep the Gaerte legacy alive for many years to come through these scholarships.

The Blacktop Cruisers got its start in 1998, and has maintained an average of about 50 family memberships through the years.

The address for donations, along with contact information is as follows:

Blacktop Cruisers, 971 South Prairiewood Dr., Rochester, IN  46975. Chris Peterson is president, and he...

By Steve Lewis on December 13, 2011

Here's Steve's Publisher's Page from the giant November Show Issue of PRI magazine:

The racing industry will gather in throngs at the 24th Annual PERFORMANCE RACING INDUSTRY Trade Show when the doors to another spectacular industry event promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, December 1, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida. I’d like to welcome all the exhibitors (over 1000) and all the attendees who come from all parts of the US and the world to Orlando as the racing industry “gets down to business” at the PRI Trade Show and Race Industry Week 2011.

Race Industry Week 2011 features an outstanding lineup of specially designed conferences that provide a valuable opportunity to get information fast...

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By John Kilroy on November 2, 2011

November 4th is the deadline for preregistering for the PRI Trade Show, so that you receive your credentials in the mail before departing to Orlando.

I highly recommend it. The lines in Registration can get pretty long at the PRI Trade Show. Preregister, get your credentials and stay out of those lines.

We started a new online registration process this year to save you time and make things easier. It only takes minutes. Just fill in the blanks, submit and you'll receive confirmation within one business day.

Click here to preregister online. Or, you can always call the PRI offices at 949/499-5413.

See you in...

By John Kilroy on November 2, 2011

The impact of the the annual Industry Roundtable at the PRI Trade Show is such that every year, it seems, a major story breaks as part of the discussion. For those of us in the audience, we don't always know what the big story will be coming out of the Roundtable. It's two hours of pretty mesmerizing talk by people in the racing business who really know their stuff.

Last year, there was a re-occurring theme by several of the panel members that racing may have lost a generation...especially a generation of young men who might have become ardent fans, and racers themselves. The thought was that iPhones, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes and the entire digital world may have overpowered their lives. As unbelievable as it sounds...

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