* High-End Rearends: Recently, PRI had the privilege of touring the one-and-only Currie Enterprises race shop and manufacturing facility in Corona, California. The company that started out designing and building differentials for material-handling equipment back in 1959 has grown over the decades to become one of the world’s most recognized names in rearends and drivetrain components. As Ray Currie explained, his business now supplies products for scores of off-road, rock-climbing, endurance and other applications in some of the planet’s least forgiving environments. During our visit we observed a massive array of different rearend products at various stages of design,...
By Dan Schechner on September 29, 2014
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By John Kilroy on September 12, 2014
For years, PRI would work to entice the noted Los Angeles Times motorsports reporter Shav Glick to write about the PRI Trade Show, and as part of the story, the industry side of the sport of auto racing. We would take Shav out to lunch at one of his favorite restaurants. We even flew him to the PRI Trade Show to participate in Smokey Yunick’s Industry Roundtable panel discussion one year. Shav was a great guy, and we loved hearing his stories, such as the era in Los Angeles when you would just naturally take a date to the midget race at Gilmore Stadium. However, when we’d pop the question about writing about the PRI Trade Show, Shav would tell us that he writes “about people, not parts.” We may have been disappointed with the...
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By Dan Schechner on August 20, 2014
Dozens of race industry professionals came together at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in August for PRI’s annual Manufacturers Luncheon at the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. The event drew local motorsports professionals and those in town for the Nationals to the second floor of the Hall of Fame facility for a delicious BBQ lunch supplied by The Rib Shack in an informal, collegial setting overlooking the iconic Knoxville Raceway. Among those in attendance were Ray Evernham and Erin Crocker Evernham, Cary Agajanian of Motorsports Management International (MMI), Tim and Margo Frost of National Speedway Directory, and representatives from Aeromotive, Bell Racing Co., Competition Cams, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Rod...
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By John Kilroy on August 19, 2014
This is going to be fun!
One of the most enjoyable tasks in organizing the PRI Trade Show each year is planning the Grand Opening Breakfast. It has a grand heritage as part of the PRI Trade Show, and as a favorite social gathering in the racing industry’s annual calendar. We’ve presented an extraordinary array of some of the most respected figures in the sport of auto racing. They know they’re speaking to fellow racers, so they relax and let it fly. We get to hear their colorful racing stories and gain a dose of inspiration from these greats. In recent years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with MAVTV motorsports journalist Dave Despain, who is a master at coaxing out the kinds of stories and insights we all want to hear....
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