National Parts Depot GM Oktoberfest Cancelled
National Parts Depot has cancelled its giant All-GM Oktoberfest show at Silver Springs Park in Ocala, Florida, for ’13. Due to changes in the park’s administration and the state of Florida scheduled to take over control of the park and facility on October 1, 2013, too many variables existed for NPD to feel comfortable holding the show so soon after the change of stewardship.
“Simply put, the Silver Springs park is in the midst of a major transition, including changes in management, service-providers, facilities and features,” said Rick Schmidt, NPD Chief Operating Officer “I had a genuine fear that in a best-case scenario the park simply wouldn’t be ready to accommodate our event, and the worst-case scenario was that we’d be holding a car show amidst demolition and construction projects with no services or features available. In the spirit of ‘do it well, or don’t do it at all,’ I thought the wisest decision would be to pull the plug for 2013, and bring it back for 2014, giving the State of Florida ample time to complete their transformation and re-staffing of Silver Springs.”
Cruze Turbo Diesel
For 2014 Chevrolet will offer a turbo diesel version of the popular Cruze. The turbo diesel Cruze made its debut in limited cities this past spring, and will see nationwide availability this fall. Besides offering clean emissions, the new Cruze diesel has been given an EPA estimated 46 mpg on the highway, meaning it can go 700 miles on one tank of fuel, equivalent to about 10 hours of driving.
With a starting price of $25,695, including an $810 destination charge, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a better value than a similarly equipped VW Jetta TDI automatic. Cruze Diesel also beats its rivals in performance with a segment-leading estimated 148 hp and estimated 258 lb-ft of torque, and can go 0-60 in about 8.6 seconds. Its advanced 2.0L turbo-diesel engine has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as entering freeway traffic.
One major question: The 46 mpg estimate is only 4 mpg more than the Cruze Eco (42); will customers be willing to pay the significant price premium for the diesel? The diesel will be $4,010 more than an Eco automatic, and $5,205 more than an Eco with a manual. In city driving, the fuel economy estimates are 1 mpg better with the diesel than the Eco auto, but the Eco manual is 1 mpg better in the same test.
Roush Buys SLP Performance Parts
Just as we were going to press, word got to us that Roush Performance had purchased SLP Performance Parts. SLP Specialty Vehicles President Ed Hamburger has confirmed that SLP Performance Parts has been acquired by Roush Performance, which will continue to produce its catalog of performance parts for many applications. Hamburger said to expect more exciting news in the months to come as the two brands continue to grow and work together while focusing on their individual roles.
On the Block
Cruising the auction results from Mecum and eBay, here’s what caught our attention …
’67 SS396 Chevelle
We spotted this one on eBay with just under 10 hours left on the auction, with a current bid of $8,700. The nice thing about pre-’69 Chevelles are you can prove they’re real SS cars by the cowl tag code. Despite some parts missing and the engine and trans possibly not being original, this car appears solid enough that it’s still a great deal that most anyone could afford, along with being a rare factory disc brake, power window, Mountain Green car.
’69 Impala Convertible
A classic ragtop in good shape for a great price is always tough to find, but we possibly hit paydirt on this one. The eBay seller had it listed for $8,000 purchase price, and that netted you a running and driving ’69 Impala convertible with less than 70,000 miles on the clock, that supposedly only required minor work on top of its already (alleged) great condition.
This one sold at the Mecum Houston auction for a mere $24K. While for many that’s still a decent chunk of change, to get a super clean, fully restored ’66 Biscayne with a 454 and Muncie four-speed that’s ready for cruising for less than $25K is quite a steal. The white paint with red interior is quite attractive.
’70 SS396 Chevelle
While at first $59,000 for an SS396 ’70 Chevelle might seem a fair but average buy for the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, when you consider this particular ’70 is a factory “Paint Code Delete” car that was sprayed in Daytona Yellow with black SS stripes, and is a numbers matching car to boot, that price is a pretty good deal. Equipped with the 350 HP 396 and M21 trans, this car also has factory A/C, bucket seats, factory tach, and still has its Protect-O-Plate and build sheet. This one would stand out at any show or cruise you took it to, and it would probably cost a lot more than this to restore it.
Upcoming Super Chevy Shows
- July 19-21—Maple Grove Raceway—Mohnton, PA
- August 16-17—Bandimere Speedway—Morrison, CO
- August 31st—Castrol Raceway—Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- September 27-28—Royal Purple Raceway—Houston, TX
- September 27-28—Bristol Dragway—Bristol, TN