News Bites: Industry News in 100 Words or Less

Jul 31, 2010

Speed Debuts New 1963 Chevy II Test Car

Detroit Speed has announced that it has added a new 1963 Chevy II to its family of test cars. The recently completed test car features the company’s Chevy II Front Frame, Inner Fenders and the new Chevy II QuadraLink. The car also features Detroit Speed’s Chevy II Deep Tubs, which took home an Innovation Award at the 2010 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show.

The Chevy II  joins other DSE test cars that include the Twister Camaro and a 1965 Chevelle.

Prestolite Performance Acquires of QuickTime

Prestolite Performance, the parent company of brands such as Mr. Gasket, Lakewood, ACCEL, Hays and Mallory, has announced that it has acquired QuickTime, Inc., a manufacturer of lightweight bell housings and racing accessories. QuickTime’s manufacturing and R & D will continue to be based out of its headquarters in Oskaloosa, Iowa, while its sales, service and administration will transfer to Prestolite’s Cleveland headquarters by the end of the year. QuickTime President and CEO Ross McCombs will join the Prestolite team doing new product innovation.

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits to Serve as Grand Marshal of Blue Suede Cruise Drag racing legend “Big DaddyDon Garlits will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Goodguys 9th Blue Suede Cruise, which will be held August 20-22 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Garlits, who was voted the greatest driver in the history of NHRA drag racing, will be signing autographs and selling memorabilia at the cruise. One of his vintage dragsters, “Swamp Rat,” will also be at the show. For more information on the Blue Suede Cruise, go to