MSD Performance Group Purchased
Just after the Performance Racing Industry trade show in December, it was announced the MSD Performance Group had been acquired by Hot Rod Brands, LLC, an affiliate of Z Capital Partners, LLC.
"We are excited to add MSDP to the Z Capital portfolio of companies. We will work with the management team to continue to be a market leader and deliver cutting edge products to our loyal customer base. MSDP represents substantial brands within the performance segment, and we look forward to further solidifying and growing that brand recognition," said James J. Zenni, president and chief executive officer of Z Capital.
Said Ron Turcotte, MSDP's CEO, "Our restructuring allows us to be positioned for substantial growth through an even greater ability to serve our customers with new, innovative product offerings and a higher level of customer service."
Stuart Hilborn Dead At 96
Automotive fuel injection pioneer Stuart Hilborn died at 96 in December. He brought his first mechanical fuel injection system to the Salt Flats of Bonneville in 1948, and from there forward Hilborn was one of the leaders in the fuel injection market, including 34 Indy 500 victories.
New Colorado Unveiled
Chevrolet unveiled its re-entry into the midsize pickup market with the totally redesigned 2015 Colorado. A body-on-frame design, the new Colorado sports many of the styling cues of the new Silverado. The aim is for it to be the most powerful truck in its class, with a base 2.5L I-4 cranking out 193 HP, while the optional 3.6L V-6 will be rated at 302 HP.
"Our strategy is simple: meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base, and let them choose precisely the right truck to meet their needs," said Mark Reuss, General Motors' executive vice president and president of GM North America. "The all-new Colorado benefits from the solid foundation established by the Silverado, and it reinvents the midsize truck while reinvigorating the segment at the same time."
On the Block
Here's a quartet of interesting cars that we found in different auctions and/or for sale online.
One of the true bargains to go across the block at the 2013 Kansas City Mecum auction was this '70 Chevelle coupe. Freshly repainted in its original color of Misty Turquoise, this one was a rarely seen six-cylinder/Powerglide model. A solid car that would be a great starting point for a project build, (or to leave alone as is), it only sold for $7,500!
2012 ZL1 Camaro Test Car
On the more modern side, this ZL1 sold for $36k when the gavel banged. A documented test car for GM, the car was sold with a scrap title that bore GM's name—"Bill of Sale Parts Only." Used for testing and demonstrations only, it could never be driven legally on the street, but would make for a neat racecar or addition to a collection.
Heading over to the bargain basement bin of Craigslist, we found this '62 Biscayne for $2,500 or best offer. The ad said it did have rust, but the front floors were patched and the rear floors needed to be welded in but were there. Running and driving with a 235/three-speed combo, a new gas tank and water pump were already installed. The lowering was via springs, so that could be easily reversed to suit your particular taste for stance.
1964 Chevy II
The sum of $6,500 would have netted you this '64 two-door post Nova. Running and driving with a 400 small-block, TH350 trans, and 10-bolt rear, this is the kind of car early Nova enthusiasts crave. Looking through the photos it appeared to be pretty solid, and seemed to cry to us through the Internet "please install an aftermarket front clip in me!"