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Spectre Performance Team Driver, Lynda Jacobs Was Born with a Shifter in Hand!

View of Lynda Jacobs in her Spectre Performance Driving Suit with her '66 Chevelle Wimpy

Spectre Performance Team Driver, Lynda Jacobs with her 1966 Chevelle, Wimpy

The history of automobiles and motorcycles being used for drag racing is nearly as long as the history of motorized vehicles themselves and has taken the form of both illegal street racing and as an organized and regulated motorsport. Many of the earliest events were effectively reliability trials, aimed at proving these new machines were a practical mode of transport. Spectre Performance Team Driver Lynda Jacobs was quite literally born into the automotive industry. Her father, Joe Turek, left his mark on her in regards to racing. Joe had a speed shop in the 1950s and 1960s where he serviced high performance vehicles and built chassis for drag cars including his own nitro injected dragster. He was also the president of the United Drag Racers Association, or UDRA, at one time and one of the founding people involved with the Midwest’s World Series of Drag Racing.

Chris and Lynda Jacobs featured side-by-side win front of their Chevelle's

Spectre Performance Team Drivers, Chris and Lynda Jacobs with Blue Mist and Wimpy

The American muscle car was designed for straight-line speed, and did not have the sophisticated chassis and engineering integrity of European high-performance cars. That is until the concept of the pro-touring car was born; a style of classic muscle car with upgraded suspension components, brake system, drivetrain, and aesthetics, that may include many of the amenities of a new performance car.

Although around several types of motorsports with her family for most of her life, Lynda never really did any performance driving of her own until 2007. She visited the SCCA booth that winter, at the Chicago Auto Show, with her husband, and signed up for their April autocross “Learning Curve” driving school. At the time they had a 2001 Convertible Corvette. After that class both she and Chris, who borrowed Lynda’s mom’s C6, started hitting every autocross that their local SCCA region had that year, as well as autocrossing for the first time at Goodguys that fall.

View of the '66 Chevelle on course with the top down

When the sun is out, the top is down, even at the race track!

Lynda purchased her Chevelle, Wimpy, back in 2001 and it was pretty much all stock. Her Lemonwood Yellow 1966 SS 396 convertible was complete with its California black license plate. Sold new in LA, this car had its 360 HP big block, Powerglide automatic, and drum brakes. When she got the Chevelle she had no idea what they would end up doing with it. Mods started with her and her hubby's sights on the Hot Rod Power Tour. A 700R4 trans was installed along with an AGR steering box, 17”/18” American Racing wheels, 4 wheel disc brakes, and a 496 engine. This basic combo remained for many years along with the addition of a complete Global West suspension kit. This is how the car was autocrossed at Goodguys in 2007. In fact some of these items are still on the car today.

View of Lynda Jacobs on the autocross course in her '66 Chevelle, Wimpy

Lynda Jacobs tearing up the autocross course in Wimpy

Once the pro-touring events really started to grow it became obvious that she would need to step things up a little. New Wilwood brakes were added along with the replacement of the factory drum brake spindles. New CNC machined aluminum units went in place with adjustable upper A-arms. The Chevelle rides on a complete set of Viking double adjustable coilovers with DSE front and rear sway bars. In 2013, Randy Johnson at D&Z Customs helped with the installation of a cammed LS3 with FAST EZ EFI 2.0 from Dan at Finish Line Performance. Backed by a new 4L60 trans with TCI controller from Chuck Johnson at Finish Line Transmissions, and the original 12 bolt upgraded with Strange axles and big Ford housing ends by Dave at Competition Fabrication. Competition Fabrication also built the custom bolt in chromoly roll bar which ties right into the convertible boxed frame. Interior upgrades also include Cerullo seats, Crow belts, Ididit column, PCS paddle shifter, Nardi wheel, and Dakota Digital VHX dash. New Weld 18” wheels with 275 Rival S tires all of the way around complete how the car is now. When is comes to Lynda's Chevelle, Wimpy, she and her husband take care of the regular maintenance and getting the car "race and show" ready. She credits the major work being done by her friends over at Finish Line Performance, who have handled all of the upgrades and mods for the past 15 years. Definitely a “team” effort.

Lynda Jacobs featured next the the '54 Chevy she won with at the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals

Goodguys Lone Start Hot Rod Nationals Winner, Lynda Jacobs and the 1954 Chevy

Throughout her career as a performance driver, Lynda and Wimpy have successfully competed at Cars and Cones, the Midwest Musclecar Challenge, the Motor State Challenge, North East Muscle Car Challenge, Goodguys Des Moines, Goodguys Columbus, the Chicago Region SCCA autocross series, USCA/OSUSC Road America and OUSCI. She won the 2016 Goodguys Spring Lone Star National Hot Rod Autocross class driving a 1954 Chevy, plus finished in the runner up position at the Chicago region SCCA in CAM-T class in both 2014 and 2016.

View of Chris and Lynda Jacobs on camera interview for the OPTIMA series on MAV TV

Chris and Lynda Jacobs on set with the crew of the OPTIMA series on MAV TV

The driving duo of husband/wife team, Chris and Lynda Jacobs, first became Spectre Performance brand ambassadors back in 2015. Lynda told us that for a couple of regular working stiffs from the Midwest, "It's an honor to be recognized enough to be involved with these incredible companies. We have been blessed to get help over the years from not only nationally recognized brands like Spectre Performance, but also the Roadster Shop, BFGoodrich, Wilwood, D&Z Customs, Finish Line Performance, CMP (Custom Machine Performance), the list goes on and on." Visibly humbled and delighted she notes that without their support she would not have the opportunities that she does. "It is really cool to see that these companies recognize the value in the opportunities we can provide. The events we attend allow spectators a lot more accessibility than say, a NASCAR race. We can all mingle with the crowds and in some cases, like Goodguys, give people rides and introduce them to what we do. Very difficult to do with just about any other form of motorsports", said Lynda.

Lynda Jacobs seen on course with Wimpy & other drivers at the Midwest Musclecar Challenge

In the thick of it, Lynda and Wimpy at the Midwest Muscle Car Challenge

So what does the 2017 race season hold for Spectre Performance Team Driver Lynda Jacobs? She has been involved with helping out at the Chicago Region SCCA autocross schools, and most recently assisted and instructed at her last Tire Rack Street Survival School and hopes to continue being involved with programs of this type. She recognizes how track awareness can positively affect a drivers performance and ability in their daily driver. Lynda is inspired by other women in the automotive and racing industry, most notably Stacy Tucker for her business and accomplishments as well as fast Mary Pozzi. Both have made her feel that being a lady in competitive motorsports is not only acceptable, but encouraged, and you do not have to be a guy to winner.


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2012-2016 Toyota Tundra Air Intake Kit Is Designed To Boost Horsepower, Torque

The Spectre 9055 Air Intake System for 2012-2016 Toyota Tundra.

The Spectre 9055 air intake features an air filter, polished aluminum tubing, and heat shield.

The Toyota Tundra full size pickup truck was introduced in May 1999 is the first North American full size pickup to be fabricated in the United States by a Japanese manufacturer.

The truck includes a number of similarities with the Toyota T100 and compact Toyota Tacoma including the shared 3.4-liter V6 engine. A 4.7-liter V8 engine is also available and is the first V8 used in a Toyota truck.

The truck is available in three styles –- two-door regular cab, four-door access cab, and four-door double cab. Three engines were available to power the first-generation model including a 3.4-liter V6 that produced 190-horsepower, a 4.0-liter V6 that generated 236-horsepower and a 4.7-liter V8 that delivered 245-horsepower. Two additional engines were added including a 282-horsepower in 2005 and 271-horsepower in 2006.

The second-generation Tundra was introduced in 2007. It was available in a 2-door regular cab, 4-door double cab, and a 4-door crewmax.

Between 2007 and 2013 five engines were used to power it. They included a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 236-horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, a 4.7-liter V8 that generates 276-horsepower and 313 lb-ft of torque, a 5.7-liter V8 that delivers 381-horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, a 4.0-liter V6 that offered 270-horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 310-horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque.

Spectre offers the Spectre 9055 air intake kit for 2012-2016 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks.

The air intake system is designed to boost horsepower and torque as it protects the engine from harmful contaminants. Included in the kit are a washable and reusable low restriction non-woven synthetic air filter, polished aluminum tubing, and a black powdercoated heat shield that protects the intake inlet from the hot air of the engine. The kit also includes eight stainless steel clamps, three couplers, and other hardware to ensure an OE fit and finish.

The Spectre 9055 air intake kit fits the following vehicles:

2016 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models


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Spectre Cold Air Intake for 2003-2007 Ford Super Duty Offers 20 lb-ft of Torque

The Spectre 9973K Air Intake System for the 2003-2007 Ford Super Duty Pickup Truck.

The air intake features a Spectre washable and reusable air filter with non-woven synthetic media

Ford Motor Company introduced its Super Duty line of F-Series pickup trucks in early 1998 for the 1999 model year. Weighing more than 8,500 pounds (3,900 kg), these trucks are a larger and heavier built series pickup with heavier-duty body-on frame steel ladder frames, axles, springs, brakes, transmissions, more powerful engine and heavier and bigger components with much higher payload and towing capacities than the traditional light duty Ford F-Series pickups.

Spectre offers the 9973K air intake kit for 2003-2007 Ford F-Series Super Duty and Ford-Harley Davidson Super Duty pickup trucks as well as some Ford Excursion SUVs.

The Spectre 9973K Air Intake is designed to replace the factory air intake and air filter.

The Spectre 9973K air intake includes a polished aluminum tube and black powder-coated heat shield

The air intake offers an estimated boost of 10-horsepower at 2550 rpm and includes a washable and reusable black Spectre non-woven synthetic low restriction air filter, polished aluminum tubing, a black powder-coated heat shield that prevents hot air from entering the intake inlet, and stainless steel clamp.

Spectre also offers the Spectre Accucharge precision air filter cleaning and oiling system that is specially formulated to recharge Spectre HPR replacement and racing air filters so that the filters can be reused over and over again.

The Spectre 9973K air intake kit is designed for the following vehicles:

2007 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2007 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2007 FORD F350 HARLEY DAVIDSON SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2007 FORD F350 CUTAWAY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2007 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2007 FORD F250 HARLEY DAVIDSON SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2006 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2006 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2006 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2006 FORD F350 HARLEY DAVIDSON SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2006 FORD F350 CUTAWAY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2006 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2006 FORD F250 HARLEY DAVIDSON SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2005 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2005 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2005 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2005 FORD F350 HARLEY DAVIDSON SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2005 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2005 FORD F250 HARLEY DAVIDSON SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2005 FORD EXCURSION 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2004 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2004 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2004 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2004 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2004 FORD F250 HARLEY DAVIDSON SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2004 FORD EXCURSION 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2003 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2003 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2003 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2003 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2003 FORD EXCURSION 6.0L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models


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How Greg Thurmond Got His Scar and What It Took to Make This Beast a Real Beauty

Greg Thurmond standing next to his '65 Corvette

Greg Thurmond and his beauty, the 1965 Candy Tangerine Chevy Corvette, SCAR

Have you ever stopped to think where beauty comes from? Really, so many beautiful things we see, day in and day out, come from nature. A beautiful sunrise or sunset, flowers, a smile, CARS! Okay, so cars are not from nature, but still.

Greg Thurmond, owner of GTS Customs Corvette Specialists, showed up to the 2015 SEMA show with one of the sweetest vintage Corvettes we’d ever seen. Shining bright like a diamond under the unforgiving fluorescent lights at the Spectre Performance booth, his fifty shades of orange Candy Tangerine custom paint job made most people stop dead in their tracks. Now that’s sweet!

Truth be told that insane 1965 Corvette resto-mod, pro-touring machine didn’t start its life as it sits now. No, it started as a factory build, then morphed into a gasser, that sat and sat for more than thirty-five years. It sat as a project hopeful. It sat as the, “One day when I find the time” car that almost didn’t get to see its full potential. Almost culminating into a day of reckoning.

SCAR before the transformation

SCAR sat in disrepair for more than 35 years before being resurrected by Thurmond

So began the life or rather the resurrection of one very amazing piece of automotive machinery! This candy tangerine beast, the 1965 Corvette nicknamed SCAR, was seriously plucked out of a line up of about twenty or so desert derelicts that came across the desk of our Spectre Performance-sponsored driver’s desk. Who, as luck would have it, happens to be one of the nation’s premier Corvette builders!

The story goes something like this. A guy walked into GTS Customs announcing that he had stumbled upon a near Holy Grail of Corvette finds. Not in a barn, nor at an auction. But laid out in the desert amidst the sand and dust, blistering sun and heat, and the more than occasional wind storm. He was fixing to make an offer on the whole lot and needed some assistance establishing a value for this group of misfits. In exchange for his help, Greg encouraged this “guy” to give him first crack at buying the 1965 Vette if and when the deal went through. And the deal almost didn’t go through. Obviously it did eventually, otherwise you’d be reading an entirely different story! Anyway that is how it all started! Just two short years ago.

Rear quarter panel of Greg Thurmonds '65 Corvette

Over a thousand hours creating the perfect profile without compromisingthe already killer body lines

Greg mentioned that while breaking bread with some of the industry elite, Jim McIlvaine and Cam Douglass, he was inspired to get moving on the build. In fact with the intention of having it finished for SEMA 2015. One conversation led to another, and before long sponsors like Lingenfelter, RideTech, and Centerforce were on board to assist with the build. Then the good folks over at Wilwood Disc Brakes, Falken Tires, and Legend Gear and Transmission got in on the fun! Before long Thurmond had more than 20 sponsors on board for what would become a featured build at the Spectre Performance booth. Tension mounted, excitement ensued and talk about seemingly endless amounts of work began to erupt.

Photo of the rear end on the '65 Corvette.

Wider is better according to Thurmond. The extra width allows for updated suspension.

This would be his first Corvette that was actually purpose built for the pro-touring scene, specifically autocross. Thurmond would build this car, SCAR - Southern California Autocross Racer - the way he felt it needed to be built to be competitive as well as showcase his talent and abilities as a Corvette builder. Every detail, every bit of prep and finish work done by hand, done solely by Thurmond. He takes great pride in being able to say that he did the work. Every late night made worth it at the reveal in Las Vegas at SEMA 2015. One of his favorite parts of this car is the Stinger Hood. Look closely and notice that every sponsor who participated in this build has been included in that custom candy paint job right there on that hood. No folks, that’s not a wrap. Thurmond’s wife obtained or recreated each logo, set the layout, contracted a local company to create a stencil that would be used to mask the hood so he could pay homage to ALL of the brands that supported and partnered to make this build possible in under a year and of course SEMA worthy. With more than a thousand hours in the modified quarters and front end he feels he hit the nail on the head with the choices he made. We couldn’t agree more.

Specifications:

BODY:

Modified with 4-inch front and 6-inch rear widened fenders. Over one thousand hours of fiberglass, body, and finish work before paint.

PAINT:

A custom 5-stage candy, plus pearlescent paint supplied by Martin Auto Color. Nicknamed “Fifty Shades of Orange” this candy tangerine paint job has more than fifty coats of color, pearl, and candy tint. Custom Stinger hood features sponsor logos in negative sprayed in black with candy pearl.

CHASSIS:

A Newman Car Creations customized original frame with factory C4 Corvette forged aluminum suspension components. Custom mid-chassis aluminum differential torque arm. GTS Customs design, engineered, and fabricated 6061-T4 aluminum adjustable rear suspension complete with transverse mounted shocks and cantilever rockers with 8 quick change wheel to shock ratios. Ridetech TQ adjustable coilover shocks. Rolling on custom Forgeline racing wheels with FALKEN Azenis RT-615K 315/30R18 all around. Stopping power provided by Wilwood superlight brakes with added Bosch ABS System.

POWERTRAIN:

A 630 HP Lingenfelter LS7 dry sump engine with Aviaid oil sump baffle system with K&N oil filter, Spectre Performance intake system, managed by Holley HP EFI, fueled by a Vaporworx modulated fuel pump system. Legend Gear high torque, high RPM shifting LGT 5-speed overdrive transmission with lightweight, high performance Centerforce DYAD clutch. Hedman headers and 3-inch pipes feed into the Black Widow Venom Mufflers to create a beastly rumble. All fired up by the ultimate in power the OPTIMA Red Top Battery.

AERO:

GTS Customs designed, engineered, and fabricated carbon fiber front air dam to reduce high speed front end lift. Carbon fiber rear diffuser to eliminate rear body lift at high speed.

SAFETY:

GTS Customs designed, engineered, and fabricated 6-point roll cage with frame strengthening design complete with black and candy pearl paint, DJ Safety three nozzle fire suppression system and five point harnesses with Corbeau Racing Seats.

INTERIOR:

Carbon Fiber dash and headliner with custom door panels complete with carbon fiber inserts. Autometer GT series instruments including vital wideband O2 and fuel pressure gauges.

EXTERIOR:

GTS Customs designed LED headlamps, LED taillamps, and carbon fiber rear bumpers.All powdercoat provided by powdercoatwheels.com.

Thurmond's hood with sponsor logos painted right on the stinger!

Thurmond "tattooed" or rather painted the names of those brands that made this build possible

Photo of front air dam crafted from carbon fiber

Carbon fiber front air dam provides downforce at high speeds and looks good doing it

Greg and SCAR in the paddock area at COTA

Thurmond’s car was built to be driven and driven hard as seen here at COTA, in Austin, Texas

Close up of the '65 Corvette with custom Forgeline wheels

Forgeline Wheels look amazing and can handle the Falken Azenis RT-615K 315's all around

Photo of SCAR on course at Circuit of the America's

A real stand out anywhere, SCAR looks most at home out on course

SCAR, the 1965 Corvette revealed at SEMA 2015 in the Spectre Performance booth

The reveal of SCAR at the Spectre Performance booth at the 2015 SEMA show.


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Like Father, Like Daughter - Spectre Performance Driver Showdown

Brandy Phillips in the Intro Wheel Camaro

Spectre Performance-sponsored driver, Brandy Morrow Phillips, being her silly self!

Imagine that you grew up around cars and most of you probably did. Now imagine for a moment that your dad worked for one of the nation’s leading brands of intake and performance parts. Now just for giggles, let's say your dad was a former competitor in the SCCA and he taught you everything he knew about competition, speed, and handling. Then you had a chance to go balls to the wall and throw down with ole pops at the industry’s most talked about series finale. You'd do it wouldn't you?

Well that's just what happened at the 2016 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational at Las Vegas Motor Speedway immediately following the 50th Anniversary SEMA show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Mike Morrow head shot

Spectre Performance Brand Manager Mike Morrow

You may recall the Spectre Performance recap of the 6th NMCA West Coast Nationals and Hotchkis Cup Challenge that took place in June. Spectre Performance-sponsored driver, Brandy Phillips along with her husband, Rob, her brother Ryan Morrow, and their long time family friend, Matt Briggs, had done an update on our very own Brand Manager, Michael Morrow's, Fox Body Mustang that hadn’t seen a course since 2012. Mike didn’t have a clue what was happening and that made this particular Father’s Day that much more special. After the “kids” presented him with his ride, Briggs informed him that they had secured him an entry to the weekend event. That my friends is what you call “game on”!

Little did we know what would happen in the months to come. We caught a little glimpse of the future when we saw Mike get behind the wheel of the C10R, built by the husband and wife team of PCHRods, also known and Brandy and Rob Phillips! You see it turns out that Mike was getting comfortable with the truck as he would be driving the C10R at the 2016 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational immediately following the 50th Anniversary SEMA Show. He would be driving for the series sponsor, Spectre Performance. But this left a whole lot of folks confused and a little concerned. People were use to seeing Brandy wheel that custom pro-touring truck around. Why wouldn’t she be racing?

PCHRods C10R on Optima Alley

The PCHRods C10R with a bold new color scheme on OPTIMA Alley

For the latter part of the race season the team over at PCHRods was elbow deep in a SEMA build for Intro Wheels to be featured at the Hedman Headers booth. But this build was shrouded in secrecy and the only morsel of information we were fed? It’s a 1969 Camaro! As we discovered at the unveiling at SEMA, it was a rather special 1969 Pro-touring Camaro. But what of Brandy and her C10R?

Since its inception 9 years ago, the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational has been the crown and glory of the SEMA show and the culmination of an exciting race season. During SEMA week, OPTIMA Batteries hands out certificates of consideration for a chance to be one of the 10 Golden Ticket winners. It has been OPTIMA’S contention to see if these insane builds can perform on the track, not just sit pretty! So it should come as no surprise that indeed the build by PCHRods for Intro Wheels that graced the red carpet of the Hedman Headers booth would in fact be a Golden Ticket contender.

Brand Phillips name above C10R door crossed out for Brandy's Dad

Since Brandy wouldn't be behind the wheel of the C10R, her name above the door didn't seem fitting

Fast forward to the OPTIMA Batteries press conference where the 10 Golden Ticket winners would be announced along with some other very exciting race season news. And yes, you’ve guessed it, Brandy Phillips would be competing in the PCHRods-built 1969 Pro-touring Camaro for Intro Wheels. Hey wait a minute, that means she got to throw down with her pops!

One very important consideration that people may overlook. Many of the builds that come to SEMA go through what folks in the industry refer to as the SEMA thrash. That means using every last minute, right until the transport arrives to pick up the build, the builder is putting on the final touches. And in many instances that beautiful hardware flanking the aisles of SEMA may not even run. Or maybe it runs, but it hasn’t had its shakedown time. Imagine that you are holding a Golden Ticket for the most coveted event of the year and you have no idea if your build can even compete! Yeah this was definitely going through Brandy’s mind. But would she miss the opportunity to challenge dad? Not a chance. It was time to throw caution to the wind and RACE!

Mike Morrow in the C10R on the Road Course

Mike Morrow tearing up the Falken Tire Time Trial Road Course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Needless to say racing is in their blood and neither would be willing to throw a race so this made for some very playful banter. Mike knew he hadn’t had the seat time he needed and realized there may be folks with some expectations. But to see him back behind the wheel being competitive had everyone on their feet as they watched him compete. Brandy is always a crowd favorite in her C10R and even more so to see her running what her team at PCHRods built was even more gratifying. It gave her the perfect opportunity to log some new ideas and even tweak things to make the Intro Wheels 1969 Pro-touring Camaro perform even better.

Take a peek at some of the weekend highlights from OUSCI of Brandy Phillips and her dad Mike Morrow showing all of us what this pro-touring life is all about, family and friends. And maybe even going fast!

'69 Camaro and C10R competing in autocross

The Intro Wheels 1969 Camaro and PCHRods C10R on the Detroit Speed Autocross

C10R at the Powerstop Speed Stop Challenge in the Bull Ring

Morrow mastering the Powerstop Speed Stop Challenge in the C10R

Side and top view of Intro Wheels Camaro with focus on two-tone paint and red interior

Two-tone Graphite and Black paint, with cherry red leather interior and graphite Intro Wheels

Hedman Hedders booth with covered Intro Wheels Camaro

Ready for the unveiling at the Hedman Headers booth at SEMA 2016

Intro Wheels Camaro featuring engine compartment

Intro Wheels 1969 Pro-touring Camaro features an LS Motor and Spectre Intake


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Spectre Air Filters Improve Performance on 1991-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissa

Spectre HPR7440 Air Filter for the 1991-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan SUV.

The Spectre HPR7440 Air Filter is guaranteed to perform for up to 10 years or 1,000,000 miles.

Based on military vehicles of World War II, the sports utility vehicle (SUV) gained popularity in the United States through the 1990s and early 2000s. The first vehicle to be recognized as an SUV was the Jeep Cherokee (XJ), which was introduced by American Motors in 1984.

U.S. automakers liked it because they could garner a profit of $10,000 per unit at a time when they were losing money on compact vehicles. Consumers liked the large cabins, the ride height, and the apparent safety because they were massive compared to smaller vehicles that shared the road. It was an ideal vehicle for driving the kids to their after-school activities because they featured three-rows of seats.

SUVs were constructed over a truck chassis, which permitted more cargo space in the cabin than a conventional automobile. Many of these vehicles also featured four-wheel drive so they were ideal for off-roading.

This classification of car was so popular that the major automakers including Chrysler, which now owns Jeep; General Motors, Nissan and others introduced several SUV models in different sizes including mini, compact, mid-size, full-size, and extended length.

For example, Nissan introduced a compact SUV called the Xterra to North America in the 2000 model year, which shared the same platform as the Nissan Frontier pickup truck; a full-size SUV called the Armada in 2003, which used the same platform as the Nissan Titan pickup truck; and the Pathfinder in 1985, a two-door SUV. Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti introduced the QX56, a full-size luxury SUV, in 2004.

American Motors and later Chrysler offered variations of the Jeep including the Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee in 1993 and the Jeep Wrangler, a compact to mid-size SUV in 1986.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency considered SUVs as light trucks. So rules relating to tailpipe emissions on them were less stringent. However, starting in 2004, the EPA began to recognize that the SUV should have the same standards of tailpipe emissions as cars.

That ruling along with another oil embargo made SUVs less attractive and sales started to drop.

Spectre is aware of the need to make air filters for this classification of vehicle and offers the Spectre HPR7440 Air Filter for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra, and Armada as well as pickup trucks like the Nissan Titan and Frontier.

The replacement filters are reusable and offer high airflow that helps to enhance horsepower and rate of acceleration. They last up to 50,000 miles before cleaning is required depending on driving conditions.

You can use K&N 99-5050 filter cleaning kit after the 50,000 miles and then re-place the filter into the factory filter housing until the vehicle rolls up another 50,000 miles when the kit can be used again. This assures that the K&N HPR7440 Spectre air filter can be used over and over and over again saving you from making repeated purchases of air filters.

The filter is so effective catching dirt and contaminants because it features four to six layers of cotton gauze media treated with a specially formulated grade of filter oil that is sandwiched between two aluminum wire screens. The oil provides the tackiness necessary for catching impurities to ensure that your engine is protected.

The K&N HPR7440 Spectre Air Filter can be used on the following vehicles:

2005 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 2.7L L5 DSL - All

2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.7L V8 F/I - Exc., High Output

2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 2.7L L5 DSL - All

2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.7L V8 F/I - w/o High Output

2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2003 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.7L V8 F/I - Exc., High Output

2003 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2003 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 2.7L L5 DSL - All

2003 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.7L V8 F/I - w/o High Output

2003 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2002 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.7L V8 F/I - Exc., High Output

2002 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2002 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 2.7L L5 DSL - All

2002 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.7L V8 F/I - w/o High Output

2002 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.7L V8 F/I - Exc., High Output

2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 3.1L V6 DSL - All

2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 2.7L L5 DSL - All

2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.7L V8 F/I - All

2001 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.7L V8 F/I - Exc., High Output

2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.0L L6 F/I - All

2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 3.1L V6 DSL - All

2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.7L V8 F/I - All

2000 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.7L V8 F/I - Exc., High

Output

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 4.0L L6 F/I - from 5/99

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE II 3.1L V6 DSL - All

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.7L V8 F/I - All

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.9L V8 F/I - All

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I - to 4/99

1999 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 2.5L L4 DSL - All

1998 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.9L V8 F/I - All

1998 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1998 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1998 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 2.5L L4 DSL - All

1998 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.9L V8 F/I - All

1998 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1998 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1997 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.9L V8 F/I - All

1997 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1997 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1997 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 2.5L L4 DSL - All

1997 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1997 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1996 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1996 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1996 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 2.5L L4 DSL - All

1996 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1996 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1995 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1995 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1995 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 2.5L L4 DSL - All

1995 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.2L V8 F/I – All

1995 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1993 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1993 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1993 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1993 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1992 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 5.2L V8 F/I - All

1992 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I - All

1991 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE I 4.0L L6 F/I – All

2016 NISSAN NV3500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2016 NISSAN NV2500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2016 NISSAN NV2500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2016 NISSAN NV1500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2016 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2015 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2015 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2015 NISSAN NV3500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2015 NISSAN NV2500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2015 NISSAN NV2500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2015 NISSAN NV1500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2015 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2015 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2014 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2014 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2014 NISSAN NV3500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2014 NISSAN NV2500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2014 NISSAN NV2500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2014 NISSAN NV1500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2014 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2014 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2013 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2013 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2013 NISSAN NV3500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2013 NISSAN NV2500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2013 NISSAN NV2500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2013 NISSAN NV1500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2013 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2013 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2012 SUZUKI EQUATOR 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN PATHFINDER 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN NV3500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN NV2500 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN NV2500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN NV1500 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2012 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2011 SUZUKI EQUATOR 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2011 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2011 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2011 NISSAN PATHFINDER 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2011 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2011 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2011 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2010 SUZUKI EQUATOR 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2010 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2010 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2010 NISSAN PATHFINDER 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2010 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2010 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2010 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2010 INFINITI QX56 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2009 SUZUKI EQUATOR 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2009 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2009 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2009 NISSAN PATHFINDER 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2009 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2009 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2009 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2009 INFINITI QX56 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2008 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2008 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2008 NISSAN PATHFINDER 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2008 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2008 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2008 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2008 INFINITI QX56 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2007 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2007 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2007 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2007 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2007 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2007 INFINITI QX56 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2006 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2006 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2006 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2006 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2006 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2006 INFINITI QX56 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2005 NISSAN XTERRA 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2005 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2005 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2005 NISSAN FRONTIER 4.0L V6 F/I - All

2005 NISSAN ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2005 INFINITI QX56 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2004 NISSAN TITAN 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2004 NISSAN PATHFINDER ARMADA 5.6L V8 F/I All

2004 NISSAN PATHFINDER 5.6L V8 F/I - All

2004 INFINITI QX56 5.6L V8 F/I - All

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There's Something About Spectre Performance-Sponsored Driver Mary Pozzi

Mary Pozzi with camera in hand having conversation with fellow photographer

Not just a gifted driver, Pozzi is quite the photographer too.

Always a smile on her face, this native Californian and Spectre Performance-sponsored driver, Mary Pozzi, is most assuredly NOT your average gal. In fact, she has 12 national titles to her name and can wheel a car like nobody’s business. Mary grew up behind the gates in Rolling Hills, an affluent neighborhood in the Palos Verdes. An only child whose mother and father were both doctors. But she didn’t live a charmed life. You might say her drive came from her early experiences as her father wasn't the easy-peasy, push over type of parent and failure was not an option. However, her nurturing mother was there to encourage and remind her to always keep moving forward. They were driven and so must she be.

She was in her late teens when she took her first shop class and discovered then that she absolutely loved cars. She never dreamed that this one class would expose her to so many different opportunities in the automotive industry. Nor did she have any idea that this passion would evolve into a life-long career.

Mary Pozzi, with mic in hand, announcing an SCCA Event.

Mary, announcing for an SCCA event, learns through volunteering wherever she can!

She’s proud of the fact that she learned at an early age to pick herself up by the bootstraps. She’s never been formally educated but has more knowledge than plenty of folks with their BS in some boring field of study! She’s intelligent, decisive, and extraordinarily articulate. Not surprising, these qualities make for an excellent student and teacher. She’s worked as an EKG Technician and even practiced in a lab as a phlebotomist. But for Mary, cars are her real passion.

When you have a chance to sit down and talk to Mary about her work, her eyes get a little glint of excitement as she shares with you about her day to day real life and the investigations she heads involving vehicles, theft and recovery, damage and determining the cause of accidents. She’s an automotive CSI of sorts and her detective work always yields a truthful outcome. She is meticulous and detailed in her approach. Perhaps that’s why she is so good at what she does. Whether at work or on the track, Mary works hard at being her best.

Mary Pozzi's first real race car a Datsun 240Z with 300HP

Pozzi’s first real racer, her 2.8L, 300HP Datsun 240Z. She won 2 National Solo Titles in this car!

Mary Pozzi started autocrossing back in 1976 with a 2.0 liter Capri, some worn tires, and a sort-of boyfriend that had been involved with SCCA and local events. The guy didn’t last but her love affair with dodging cones sure did.

Before long she ditched the Capri for a stock Datsun 240Z that quickly moved up the levels of prep and was eventually taken off the street completely. This car helped Pozzi win two SCCA National Solo titles for her in A Prepared Ladies class (1980-81). In 1982 the 240Z was sidelined due to some engine issues when a friend offered her to race his 1965 Ford Mustang that had been cloned as a Shelby GT350. She ran this car in C Prepared and took home two more victories in 1982 and 1983. As luck would have it another friend offered his “real-deal” AC Cobra for A Prepared, which Mary describes as not for the faint of heart, or arms! This car had no power steering and came equipped with Goodyear slicks. Almost impossible for her to drive, she came up with a plan to increase the front tire pressures almost double the rears. In doing so she would be right on point with her male counterparts and their lap times! Another SCCA Championship in A Prepared Ladies was her result!

Mary featured with a middle schooler handling a bike repair.

Giving back is the name of the game according to Pozzi.

In 1986, Mary tried a front-wheel drive or as she lovingly refers to it, “wrong wheel drive,” when she had a moment of insanity and purchased a Dodge Omni GLH-Turbo. Clearly not her favorite car for various reasons. But she made the trek to Nationals having owned the car for about a month and with only two events under her belt, Mary “freaking” Pozzi still managed to eek out another championship! 1987 gave way to what she calls the Camaro years where she would win three more National titles in several third-gens in F Stock Ladies class.

Mary left autocrossing completely in late 1990 and changed direction to focus on equestrian competitions. A slow learner (wink wink), Mary discovered over the course of fifteen years, that in order to make a million dollars with horses, she would need to have TWO million. So in 2005 she sold the horses and would once again return to cars.

Mary featured here with friends on mountain bikes on a Salinas trail.

Mary’s an avid mountain biker. Here with friends in the rolling hills of Salinas, California.

She had no aspirations of returning to autocrossing seriously in 2006 and ran a couple local events just for fun. She’d bought a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS as a daily driver and decided to play around with that. However, in stock trim, a fourth-gen really blows in handling and braking, according to Mary. In 2002 she had also bought a 1973 Camaro Rally Sport that she was finally getting somewhere with. Her first “real” event in the 1973 Camaro was an SCCA National Tour which put her in C Prepared due to the modifications with suspension and drivetrain. She was up against a former National Champion in a highly modified fourth-gen V6 that was about 1,000 lbs. lighter than her small-tired and underpowered Camaro. Yet she managed to win by a hair.

It would seem that Mary Pozzi has all the right stuff when it comes to racing. From talent to the car setup, this is one driver that knows what it takes and what she needs to be competitive. She is the real deal. She preps her own car and handles the maintenance as well. Whether Mary needs help installing a clutch, or just needs a pre-race pep talk, husband, David, also an accomplished racer, is typically on hand to help with the big stuff or even the smallest details.

Mary at the autocross start line at 2011 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational

At the autocross start line during the 2011 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational

In 2008, Mary made suspension mods, changing shocks and the front bar on the SS and took it to the Nationals Tour to run in F Stock Open, where once again she won. As she contemplated heading to Nationals she noted that the winning car would clearly be an S197 Shelby GT she’s seen before, so she went out and bought one! She ran a couple local events then headed to Nationals and won the FSL class. After she returned home she sold the car. It was clearly time for a change of pace.

That change of pace she longed for came in 2009 when she heard about Good Guys, Bill Howell’s Run to the Coast events and of course the big show, The OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. For a short time, her Camaro was perfect for these events and she did well. She met some wonderful people during these years and have seen these events go from small time and casual, to extreme complete with paparazzi and TV Crews. Having cut her teeth in Pro Solo, she was thrilled when SCCA introduced the CAM, Classic American Muscle, class as her 1973 Camaro was exactly what the rule book wanted. At Nationals in 2015 she became the fourth woman to become Champion in an Open Class winning CAM-T (no powder puff class here). It came down to one final run with her closest competitor, Al Unser Jr. who was on course simultaneously and learned of her winning time before she did. She recalls how amazing she felt getting back to grid, worried if she’d hit a cone, but the chips stacked in her favor affording her yet another nationals title!

Mary, ahead of her friends and fellow competitors out on the go kart track.

Whether horses or horsepower, bikes or carts, her winning attitude keeps her ahead of the crowd!

Whether Mary is behind the wheel of her Inferno Orange “Best Car in the World” Camaro or hitting the trails on her mountain bike, she gives it her all. She is driven to succeed and driven to give back to the community she has so much passion for. She learned early on that “paying it forward” made life better always, in all ways. Whether riding shotgun in a fellow participants car, or providing feedback and assistance to a relative newcomer, Mary never takes for granted all of the opportunities to learn and grow she’s been given throughout her career. She firmly believes that she could never have made it this far in the Camaro without help from the aftermarket industry. She credits Spectre Performance, Baer Brakes, RideTech Shocks, Art Morrison Enterprises, Lingenfelter Engines, BFGoodrich Tires, Centerforce Clutches, Forgeline Wheels, Marquez Design, Anvil Auto, Strange Engineering, and JCG Restoration, stating that each company had their own special ingredient and her car is only as good as the sum of its parts, and that those parts are the absolute best.

At the final qualifying installment of Optima's Search for the Ultimate Street Car challenge, Mary Pozzi once again, made the final cut and won yet another coveted invite to OUSCI, proving like so many times before that there really is "Something About Mary!"

1973 Inferno Orange Camaro RS Specs:

POWER: LINGENFELTER LS7

TRANSMISSION: Tremec T56 Magnum

FINAL DRIVE: STRANGE BUILT Dana 60

SUSPENSION: Art Morrison Enterprise front subframe with independent rear suspension

SHOCKS: RideTech triple adjustable coilovers

WHEELS: Forgeline GA3’s

TIRES: BFGoodrich Rival S

BRAKES: Baer 14” rotors with 6R calipers

BODY PANELS: Anvil Auto

CLUTCH: Centerforce Dyad

BODY TRIM & LIGHTING: Marquez Design

INTAKE: Spectre Performance

PAINT & BODY: JCG Restoration & Customs

Mary Pozzi and Optima Series Race Director, Jimi Day, as he presents her with the OUSCI Invite

Mary Pozzi with Optima Series Race Director Jimi Day presenting her a coveted invite to OUSCI

Mary Pozzi's Inferno Orange '73 Camaro in the video game Gran Turismo 6

Pozzi’s 1973 Camaro was featured in the ultra popular video game Gran Turismo 6.

Mary Pozzi in her Inferno Orange '73 Camaro on Spring Mountain Road Course during 2011 OUSCI

Out on the road course at Spring Mountain pushing her 1973 Camaro to the limit during the 2011 OUSCI

Husband David Pozzi seen coaching Mary as she sits in the driver's seat.

Husband and veteran racer, David Pozzi, giving our gal a pre-race prep talk.


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Give Your Little Jeep Patriot or Jeep Compass Big Power with a Spectre Air Intake

Spectre intake system for Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass

Spectre 9053 cold air intake system for the 2011-2016 Jeep Patriot and 2011-2016 Jeep Compass

Jeeps used to be hardcore trucks that were designed to survive in hardcore environments. But times have changed and little trucks like the 2011-2016 Jeep Patriot and 2011-2016 Jeep Compass prove that Jeep has kept up. Unlike Jeeps of old, these SUVs are designed to be nice, and they can be fitted with creature comforts like heated seats, soft touch-points, and touchscreen infotainment. Front-wheel drive is standard issue. But Trail Rated models have no problem tackling the backcountry, thanks to features like an elevated suspension, skid plates, and two very capable 4x4 systems. Motivation is supplied by a pair of peppy 4-cylinder engines (2.0L & 2.4L) that have just enough grunt to get you through the rough stuff, while still returning decent fuel economy numbers. You can however, increase the horsepower and torque in your Jeep 4cyl, by simply installing a Spectre 9053 cold air intake system.

Like all gas-powered vehicles, the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot drag themselves down the road by injecting air and fuel into the cylinders, then igniting the mixture with a spark plug. The air is a key component, because without it the fuel couldn't burn. To make the fuel burn hotter and release more energy/horsepower, you've got to reduce the temperature of the air going into the cylinders. Cold air has more oxygen molecules than warm air, so adding a Spectre 9053 cold air intake system will enable the Jeep 2.0L & Jeep 2.4L to produce more horsepower and torque.

Spectre 9053 intake system installed on Jeep Compass 2.4L

Spectre 9053 cold air intake system installed on Jeep Compass 2.4L

The stock Jeep intake actually restricts airflow by forcing air to travel through a thick paper air filter and a narrow, uneven intake tube. Those restrictions also cause the air to heat up and loose some of its potency. A Spectre 9053 cold air intake system on the other hand, eliminates some of these restrictions by utilizing a wide-diameter aluminum intake tube that's been mandrel bent to provide a more direct airflow path. And to get more air into the system, an oversized Spectre HPR air filter is positioned behind a ruggedized heat shield so it can collect a higher volume of air than the stock air box, while preventing hot engine bay air from entering the system. The oiled synthetic air filter uses a depth-load design to remove significantly more contaminates than a paper filter. It's also reusable, and the depth loading material stores dirt deep within the filter, which means less airflow restriction as dirt builds.

Unlike many cold air systems, the Spectre 9053 doesn't require any underhood modifications or ECU reprogramming. The entire system can be installed in about 90 minutes, and it even has fittings for the factory sensors.

Features & Benefits of the Spectre 9053 Cold Air Intake System

    Spectre 9053 intake system installed on Jeep Compass 2.4L

    The Spectre 9053 cold air intake will increase horsepower and torque on the Jeep 2.0L and Jeep 2.4L

  • Developed exclusively for the 2011-2016 Jeep Patriot and 2011-2016 Jeep Compass
  • Increases horsepower & torque
  • Boosts engine airflow
  • Provides quicker throttle response
  • Improves engine note
  • Polished aluminum intake tube virtually eliminates airflow restrictions
  • Reusable synthetic Spectre HPR performance air filter removes 97-99% of air contaminants
  • Replaces the entire stock air intake system
  • No underhood modifications or ECU programming required
  • Plumbed for factory sensors
  • Installation takes about 90 minutes using simple hand tools

The Spectre Performance 9053 fits the following vehicles:

2016 JEEP PATRIOT 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 JEEP PATRIOT 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 JEEP COMPASS 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 JEEP COMPASS 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 JEEP PATRIOT 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 JEEP PATRIOT 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 JEEP COMPASS 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 JEEP COMPASS 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 JEEP PATRIOT 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 JEEP PATRIOT 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 JEEP COMPASS 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 JEEP COMPASS 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 JEEP PATRIOT 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 JEEP PATRIOT 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 JEEP COMPASS 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 JEEP COMPASS 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 JEEP PATRIOT 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 JEEP PATRIOT 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 JEEP COMPASS 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 JEEP COMPASS 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 JEEP PATRIOT 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 JEEP PATRIOT 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 JEEP COMPASS 2.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 JEEP COMPASS 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models


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SEMA Show Day 1: Mobile Electronics and Outside

Mothers booth with custom Ford Thunderbird with 5.0L Coyote motor

The Mothers booth features this absolutely gorgeous 1958 Ford Thunderbird with a 5.0L Coyote motor

If you are a car fanatic, you have heard of the SEMA show. The annual event is held at the beginning of November in Las Vegas, Nevada. The time has come once again for the Las Vegas Convention Center to fill to the brim with the best cars from around the nation.

We are out here all week and will be bringing you live coverage of the event both on our social media outlets and on our website. Today we will begin by browsing the vehicles outside and we will take a trip through the mobile electronics and accessories hall. Be sure to come back each day for more coverage from the 2016 SEMA show.

1958 Ford Thunderbird engine bay

We weren't joking about the 5.0L Coyote in the Ford Thunderbird. And check out that Spectre filter!

Brandy Morrow Chevy C10R

Spectre-sponsored Brandy Morrow's C10R was on display in Optima Alley

Vortec motor with electric helper motor

Can you guess what this Vortec motor with electric helper motor is in?

Custom off-road ready Ford Bronco

This Bronco is set up for some serious off-roading. Would you take it on the trails?

Custom Challenger Hellcat with Spectre underhood accessories

Spectre brought out this Challenger Hellcat to showcasetheir new line of underhood accessories

Custom hand drawn cartoons in bed of Chevy Silverado

Chad Can't Color Customs is responsible for the hand drawn cartoons in the bed of his Silverado

Greg Thurmond 1965 Chevrolet Corvette

Greg Thurmond's 1965 Corvette was found in Optima Alley along with numerous other pro-touring cars


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NMCA West Finals with the Hotchkis Cup Winners Revealed

Event and Vendor banners at Autoclub Speedway, adjacent the sound wall.

The rain held out this past weekend at the NMCA West Finals that took place at Autoclub Speedway

The final round of the 2016 NMCA West Hotchkis Cup Autocross Finals and Championship came and went. Racers congregated in Fontana, California once again at the famed Auto Club Speedway Track. Just one week prior many of these racers were here taking part in the final qualifier for Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car Challenge in a last ditch effort to make their way to OUSCI, Optima’s Ultimate Street Car Invitational. It’s been a very busy few weeks for our drivers.

The coveted Hotchkis Cup in the chase for its fourth year and it was anybody’s guess just who would be taking home the golden chalice. The weather man called for rain but the racing gods won out and crew and driver’s all enjoyed an incredible Southern California weekend.

Drivers staging at start line on course, with officials nearby for timing.

Driver's ready and raring to go at the NMCA West Hotchkis Cup Autocross start line.

A great track, laid out by the Racing Byrds, was big and fast and challenged horsepower and braking points. Needless to say we did see a few folks getting loose and swapping ends, with some folks reaching speeds of close to 70 miles per hour on the long straight. Most competitors were in the mid to high 30 second range with lap times. There were more than 60 drivers participating in five different classes: Compact, Modern Muscle, Classic Muscle, Sports Car, and Truck. Even with a field of that size, each driver saw ten runs on Saturday with twelve on Sunday. The Racing Byrds really know how to keep the ball rolling at their events.

Spectre Driver, Greg Thurmond, his '65 Corvette out on the autocross at Autoclub Speedway

Spectre Driver, Greg Thurmond on course with SCAR, the '65 Candy Tangerine Corvette

During the lunch break on Saturday a few of the event sponsors, Jordan Priestly (JDP Motorsports), Mike Hamrick (Wilwood Disc Brakes), and Will Baty (Centerforce Performance Clutches) participated in a Trucking Throwdown. They pulled their diesel trucks out on course and laid down some very competitive lap times. Each of the driver’s came in right around 43 seconds with Will Baty taking the lead. However, there has been discussion about who actually knocked down the most cones!

Spectre Driver, Greg Thurmond with Chad Ryker, points winners of Classic Muscle Class w/ trophy

Spectre Driver, Greg Thurmond ties with Chad Ryker for Classic Muscle Class Championship

The NMCA West Hotchkis Cup Autocross Finals was the season's grand finale, the culmination of four west coast events with a possible 25 points each event, where the driver with the highest points is crowned the champion.

The NMCA West Hotchkis Cup Autocross hosts four 2-day events throughout the season in which a driver can participate and earn points. To be considered for the points championship, the driver must participate in the 2-day event. If a driver simply wants to come out to drive for the day, that is encouraged. However, that driver will not be eligible for points toward the cup championship for his or her day of participation. Driver’s lap times are averaged for each day then the drivers are awarded points based upon their ranking among the other participants. So you needn’t have the fastest lap time in the field to earn the most points. You need to be the most consistent.

Rob and Trish Byrd present Brandy Phillips with Hotchkis Cup Truck Class Trophy

Spectre Driver, Brandy Phillips, Hotchkis Cup Truck Class Champion with the Racing Byrds

Spectre Performance Driver, Greg Thurmond in his 1965 Corvette, SCAR, won the championship title for the Classic Muscle class, with 66 points, tied with fellow racer Chad Ryker who also earned 66 points. Greg and Chad swapped places throughout the weekend with Greg finally pulling out well in front to garner him the much needed points to win the Classic Muscle Championship.

Spectre Performance Driver, Brandy Phillips, in her C10R was the winner in the Truck Class for the weekend and Truck Class Champion! Brandy’s battle was hard fought and took until the last lap of the weekend to secure her as the victor in her class and championship.

Other notable points champions include Ryan Thacker for the Sports Car Class and Marc Lewis for the Compact Class.

NMCA West Hotchkis Cup Autocross has rapidly grown since its inception. But then again so has the pro-touring movement. With expansive courses that allow each participant the ability to push their cars to the limit, it’s no wonder autocross has become so popular. The Racing Byrds have perfected the recipe for a great weekend pastime that has pulled folks away from yard work and their television. Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to seeing them out at the NMCA West events in 2017, defending their titles!

Brandy Phillips in her C10R on course during her winning run.

Brandy Phillips muscling her PCHRods built C10R around the course on her winning run!


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