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MSD Sponsors Biggest Corvette Event

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 Steve and Karen Nichols of Las Vegas, Nevada follow the SoCal/SoNev Caravan Section's Lead Car along historic U.S. 66 east of Seligman, Arizona.

  The largest Corvette events in the World are the National Corvette Caravans, staged every five or six years by the National Corvette Museum (NCM) in Bowling Green Kentucky. From over two dozen starting points around the U.S., Corvette Caravan Sections begin their trips, all of which end in Bowling Green, which, since 1981 has been the home of the GM Assembly Plant which builds the Corvette. The shortest Caravan Section covers less than 100 miles. The longest Caravan Sections, from the Pacific Northwest and Southern California/Southern Nevada run nearly 2500 miles and take five days. Flowmaster has sponsored the last two Southern California/Southern Nevada Caravans. 
  "MSD has been instrumental to providing a memorable experience for all our Caravaners," Hib Halverson, the the NCM's Section Captain for SoCal/SoNev in '03 and '09 said. "For the last two National Caravans, they supplied SuperConductor Plug Wires and other ignition parts for the SoCal/SoNev Caravan Lead Cars and purchased ads in our 'Route Book', the publication we give all 450 Caravaners and which contains maps and instructions for the trip. No doubt, MSD sees the value in supporting the grassroots enthusiasts of America's Sports Car." 
  The five-day trip, which began at Auto Club Speedway at Fontana, California overnighted in Flagstaff, Arizona; Tucumcari, New Mexico; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Little Rock Arkansas. Each night included a party and with each day as more Caravaners joined up in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, the parties were bigger and bigger culminating with well over a thousand happy Corvetters at a blow-out, barbecue hosted by Bale Chevrolet in Little Rock. 
 

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 Corvettes, wall-to-wall and every model year and color at the National Corvette Caravan. At this Reform Stop at Rhodes Chevrolet in Van Buren, Arkansas, the SoCal/SoNev, Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle and Central Texas Sections joined with the Arkansas/West Tennessee Section. By this time, the group was about 450 Corvettes.
   Capt. Halverson's "SoCal/SoNev Caravan Organizing Team" planned the trip's first 3 1/2 days to follow parts of old Route 66 with stops at Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In at Seligman, Arizona; the famed Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas; the National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma and the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler, Oklahoma. From there, Route 66 went northeast towards Chicago and the Caravan continued east, on I-40, towards Bowling Green. 
     The arrival of all Caravan Sections in Bowling Green were spread over two days to reduce the congestion on I-65 which runs north and south through Bowling Green and is a major transportation artery between Chicago and the Gulf Coast. On September 2, The Southern California/Southern Nevada Section arrived in Bowling Green about 6:30 in the evening with an eight mile long group of Vettes. It took almost an hour for the Caravan to thread its way through the Museum grounds. 
  The Southern California/Southern Nevada Section of the 2009 National Corvette Caravan went 2500 miles on it's five-day trip and MSD helped the SCSN OT make the trip a memorable experience for all its Caravaners. Images provided by Sandy Rubel.
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 The SoCal/SoNev Caravan met the Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle Caravan at Adrian Texas in front of the famed Midpoint Cafe. Shown here are the two Caravan Sections' lead cars along with part of the 525 Caravaners from the two groups. Adrian was the halfway point between Chicago and Los Angeles on old Route 66. The two Sections held a link-up ceremony across the street from the Midpoint Cafe where reproductions of the original Auto Club of Southern California, Route 66 midpoint signage posted in the 1920s are located.  

NHRA Fall Nationals-Dallas

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Top Fuel had Tony Schumacher and Larry Dixon going at it in the final with Tony once again coming out on top of his former team. Funny Car action had Robert Hight winning his second race in a row against Jack Beckman in the final. Pro Stock racing has Greg Anderson coming out on top of Johnny Gray. In Pro Stock Motorcycle Hector Arana once again pulls it off again for the fifth time this year against Eddie Krawiec. Congratulations to all the winners!

Hot Rod Dragweek Results!

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 In the first-ever back-to-back win for Hot Rod Drag week, Larry Larson pulls it off, winning the Unlimited class and the new Hot Rod Magazine Fastest Street Car in America in his 1966 Chevrolet Nova. Larry not only set the quickest and fastest pass for Drag Week ever but also drove it almost 1,200 miles in five days. Congratulations to all the winners!

UNLIMITED: Larry Larson
PRO STREET PA: Michael Roy
PRO STREET NA: Curt Johnson
MODIFIED PA: Doc Fox
MODIFIED NA: Jay Brown
BIG BLOCK PA: Mike Thompson
BIG BLOCK NA: Gary Satterlee
SMALL BLOCK PA: Jon Huber
SMALL BLOCK NA: Mike Crow
DIESEL: Mike Wood

NHRA Carolinas Nationals at Zmax

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  Cory McClenathan took the points lead in Top Fuel over Shawn Langdon when his engine let go and allowed McClenathan to move around him with a 3.857 run. In Funny Car, Robert Hight also made huge points move, from 10th to third when he got the victory over rookie driver Matt Hagan. In Pro Stock, Mike Edwards dominated the Pro Stock contigent by qualifiying No. 1, setting low e.t. and top speed, running low e.t. of every round of eliminations, and winning the event over Greg Stanfield. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hector Arana once again finds himself in the winners circle with a win over Karen Stoffer. Congratulations to all the winnners and good luck with the countdown!

Hot Rod Drag Week 2009

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DragWeek09 Ever see 7-second drag cars tow a trailer on the highway? If you’re in the Midwest this week, you just might. Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week is taking place as we speak. Three days of racing are in the books, and the word we heard is that last year’s Unlimited Champ, Larry Larson, just uncorked a 7.25 pass at 199 mph! As of this morning he was actually trailing Eric Yost in a twin turbo ’57 Chevy. Check out more at hotrod.com.

For more updates, check out www.bangshift.com as they cruise along and www.1320video.com for great updates throughout the day.

New MSD Videos!

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 If your using one of our programmable ignitions or use our Pro-Data+ Software, be ready for an up and coming 6 part series that explains the basic ins and outs of the Pro-Data+ Software. Watch episodes 1 and 2 as we go over the basic functions of the software and move our way up to setting up rev limiters.

Common Firing Orders

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  Download and print this handy chart containing the most common domestic vehicle firing orders. As always confirm with your cam manufacturer to make sure you have the correct firing order for your application since it can vary especially if you have swapped the cam to an aftermarket cam. Must have the Adobe Acrobat reader to view file. Click here to download the firing order chart.


 

 

Crandon International Off-Road Raceway

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  Follow along as our very own Ed Monte follows up on his trip from Crandon, WI where he attended the annual 2009 World Championship Off-Road Races. Click here for the photo gallery.

 

 

 

 

NHRA U.S. Nationals

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  Tony Schumacher wins the U.S. Nationals for a class-record-tying eighth time from a traction-plagued Larry Dixon in the Top Fuel final. Funny Car also had a big score with Ashley Force Hood becoming just the third female Pro winner at Indy. She took down teammate Robert Hight in the process. In Pro Stock Jeg Coughlin came out on top over Greg Stanfield in the final. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hector Arana took down Michael Phillips who both had never been to the final round in the tour's biggest event. Congratulations to all the winners!

Crandon Short-Course Races

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Top drivers like Ricky Johnson and Jeremy McGrath of Motocross fame, Rob MacCachren and the infamous Robby Gordon prepare for the 40th running of the Crandon Short-Course Races in Northern Wisconsin! MSD is there – stop by the Jim Conner Trailer!
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Tech Tip: Magnetic and Non-magnetic Pickups

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  When trouble-shooting your MSD Ignition and you have a no spark situation make sure your distributor or crank trigger pickup is triggering the ignition. This handy chart will tell you if you pickup has gone bad. All you need is a meter to check the resistance between the pickup. If you using one of our own MSD distributors, it will have a magnetic pickup. If your using a crank trigger it will have a non-magnetic pickup. Use the following chart to find the correct resistance for your pickup thereby letting you know that your ignition is okay and the pickup is bad. Click here for the resistance values.

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