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Throwback Thursday – Elvis’ 1957 BMW 507 Roadster PDF Print Email
Thursday, July 28, 2016 08:51 AM

Throwback Thursday – Elvis’ 1957 BMW 507 Roadster

PEBBLE BEACH, CA – It was March of 1958 when Elvis Presley first fell in love. The object of his affection, to the dismay of many young ladies, was a 1957 BMW 507 roadster.

Already famous, and serving an obligatory two-year hitch in the Army, Elvis was stationed in Germany when he witnessed hill-climb champion Hans Stuck race a 507 at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry in southern France. "The King of Rock n' Roll" leased that same roadster in December 1958.

The color of the 507 was soon a worry. It was a Feather White when it came into the King's possession, but it was quickly covered in kisses, phone numbers, and messages—often written in red lipstick. Elvis eventually repainted the roadster a flashy red to camouflage the marks and had its 3.2-liter V8 engine rebuilt.

It took Albert Graf Goertz only three sketches to design the lines of the 507 roadster we know and love today. The prototype was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955. It had a top speed of 205 km/h (127 mph) and made a remarkably significant contribution to Bayerische Motoren Werke's image. Of the 254 BMW 507 models that were made, almost all of them still exist today.

Now in the care of BMW Group Classic, the car has received a complete restoration over the course of the past two years. The restored BMW 507 "Elvis Presley" roadster—now back to its original Feather White—is making its public debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Sunday, on August 21. 

BMW is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, and the Pebble Beach Councours d'Elegance will present an exciting array of historic models from pre-WWII classics and race cars, to a pair of the company's much-heralded Art Cars by Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons.

Speaking of shows...  Book your rooms and register for NARSA's big show, the 7th Annual Heavy Duty Heating and Cooling Conference in St. Louis, MO this September! Click here to find more information. 

 
Nominations Now Open for the NARSA Board of Directors PDF Print Email
Thursday, July 14, 2016 02:17 PM

Nominations Now Open for the NARSA Board of Directors

WEXFORD, PA. – Nominations are now open for candidates seeking election to the Board of Directors of NARSA – The International Heat Transfer Association. The Board is responsible for setting policy, reviewing programs, developing projects and approving budgets for sustaining the overall financial health of the organization. The Board provides for the direction of staff and association resources to accomplish the objectives of the organization.

The Board of Directors meets twice year – one meeting at the NARSA convention and AAPEX show in November and the other in the spring. Each board seat carries a two-year term.

The NARSA Board of Directors can consist of a minimum of eight (8), and a maximum of thirteen (13), members.  Board seats are open to all members form all sectors – service/installation; distribution, manufacturing/supply. Nominations will remain open until September 30,2016. Election is by the Board of Directors and the election will be held at its October 30, 2016 meeting.

For additional information contact Nomination Chair Pat O’Connor at [email protected] (716) 881-3030 or Wayne Juchno at NARSA, [email protected], (724) 799-8415.

 
Compete in the NARSA Sharp Skills 2016 Competition PDF Print Email
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 01:03 PM

Compete in the NARSA Sharp Skills 2016 Competition

Who said learning can’t be fun? The 2016 HD Heating and Cooling Conference will feature a full day of competitive heat transfer activities.  Yes, we did say competitive heat transfer sporting events. You can make this stuff up and you won’t find it on TV, just yet. 

Industry insiders will be lining up on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Affton Radiator in Fenton, MO. for the first ever NARSA radiator skills and knowledge competition. Competitive events include hands-on and knowledge contests.

Contestants will be competing against the clock in three hands-on events: solder-on assembly, bolt-on assembly and hole patching. Knowledge events will require accurate measuring skills to properly spec a core, a fan and a heat exchanger. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to winners.  A champion will be named for the hands-on segment as well as the knowledge segment. An overall “Grand Champion” will receive a specially designed trophy and be entitled to bragging rights as the first NARSA Sharp Skills Champion.

Make your plans today, book your rooms, find airfares and register for the conference and the event.

Solder on Copper Brass Tank Competition will be judged by the amount of time to solder a tank, filler neck and hose connection of an automotive copper brass radiator.Any leaks will disqualify the entry.  Best time wins.

Aluminum Heater Repair Competition will be judged by the amount of time it will take to repair a hole in the tank, a puncture in a tube and a slit in a tube on an aluminum automotive heater core.Unit must withstand one -minute submersion test at 15 PSI. Any leaks and the entry is disqualified.

Bolt On Assembly Competition will be judged by the amount of time it will take to assemble a tank to a modified bolt on (bolt-up) radiator.  Any leaks and the entry is disqualified. Best time wins.

Core, fan and heat exchange measurement events will measure the required physical dimensions in order to have a replacement ordered. No time limit and it will be judged by accuracy of measurements.

Register here.

 
Top Collector Cars This Summer PDF Print Email
Friday, June 24, 2016 09:23 AM

Top Collector Cars This Summer

TRAVERSE CITY, MI  Hagerty releases list of top collector cars. Hagerty is a leading insurance provider for classic vehicles and host to the largest network of classic car owners. According to the insurer the list includes vehicles with positive value growth and momentum in private sales transactions, quote activity and auction results. What is in your garage?

1986–1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL – Many buyers remember the 560SL as an aspirational car that signaled early career success for their original owners, and the average sale price in the private market is up 22% over the last 12 months. 1987 560SLs start at $46,300.

1973–1986 Jeep CJ-7 – The CJ-7 remains very popular in 4x4 clubs. The special edition packages such as the "Limited" and "Jamboree Edition" are seeing the most interest, but any flavor can deliver open-air summer fun. Quoting activity has been particularly strong, with an increase of 120% over the past 12 months, indicating rising demand among enthusiasts. 1983 Jeep CJ-7 Laredos start at $12,900.

1973–1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup – Pickups have been one of the fastest growing segments for the past five years. This is the first time this generation of Chevrolet pickup has outpaced the highly-sought-after 1967–1972 models. Ratings for this era of are being driven via the private sector, with a 9.5% increase in the number offered privately, an 11% rise in average sale price, and more than 38% of the cars selling privately doing so for amounts above their insured values. 1973 C10s start at $12,200.

1986–1992 BMW M3 – To many, the E30 M3 is the purest sports car from the 1980s. Values published in Hagerty Price Guide have increased 86% over the last 8 months. 1990 M3s start at $76,100.

1982–1991 Porsche 944 –Expect to see many nice low-mile examples come to market in the near future, with pristine Turbos selling for surprising amounts. Hagerty Price Guide values have increased 8% in value over the last 8 months. 1988 Porsche 944s start at $15,600.

1997–2002 Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler –  Prowlers have been one of the hottest cars at auction over the last 12 months, with a 9% increase in the number offered, a 6% increase in average sale price, and a strong sell-through rate of 72% over the last 12 months. 2000 Plymouth Prowlers start at $32,000.

1966–1977 Ford Bronco –Coupled with excellent reliability and parts availability, the Bronco makes for an excellent first-time collector vehicle. Activity in the private market has been particularly strong for these stylish SUVs. 1966 Ford Broncos start at $24,800. 

1994–1999 Ferrari F355 –  Hagerty Price Guide values have increased 39% over the last 12 months. The cost of ownership on these cars can be high, though. So make sure to scrutinize service records. 1997 F355 Spiders start at $68,900.

1970–1974 Dodge Challenger – Early '70s Mopar muscle cars have had the biggest swings in values going back to 2006. After being impacted by the recession they have recovered nicely, and Dodge fans are back to searching out as many "1 of 1" variations as they can find. Challengers have been performing very well at recent auctions, with cars offered up 17% and average sale price up 41% over the last 12 months. 1970 Challengers start at $36,200. 

1968–1976 BMW 2002 – This iconic BMW remains very popular, especially on both coasts.  Hagerty Price Guide values have been especially strong for 2002s, with an 18% gain over the last 8 months. 1974 2002 tii's start at $26,800.

 

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DPF Sessions Added to HD Conference PDF Print Email
Friday, June 24, 2016 08:57 AM

Sept. HD Conference Adds In-Depth Look at DPF Engineering & Performance

ST. LOUIS – Check out a new addition to the HD Conference for Sept. 23. “Meeting the Growing Need for Emissions Control Filters in Off Road and On Road– Virendra Kumar, officer and GM, ESW Group® and Skyline Emissions Inc., takes an in-depth look into the engineering and performance of heavy duty diesel particulate emissions filters. 

Poorly maintained diesel engines lower fuel economy, shortens engine life, and can cause increase maintenance and repair on over-the-road trucks and off-road machinery. His presentation will cover rigorous development process to meet form, fit and function of a replacement diesel particulate filters.

ESW Group® manufactures and markets a diverse line of proprietary catalytic emission conversion, emission control and emission support products and technologies for the transportation, construction, rail, marine, utility and other markets. These products are primarily designed for diesel engine applications including medium and heavy duty trucks, school buses, delivery vehicles, garbage collection vehicles. In addition to land vehicles, ESW Group technology is used in large marine engines. ESW Group also operates ESW America, an engine emissions testing, certification and verification facility which is recognized by EPA and CARB as capable of performing engine emissions verification and certification test protocols for the OEM supply chain.

ESW Group is present throughout North America, including Pennsylvania, California and Ontario, Canada. ESW Group operates two manufacturing facilities spanning the United States continent, one located in  Montgomeryville, PA and other one in San Diego, CA, that are dedicated to the production and assembly operations of its market leading Level III+ CARB verified diesel emission control devices. In addition, ESW Group operates an emissions testing laboratory with eight test cells ranging from a UTV/ATV and motorcycle chassis dynamometer, to a 1,000HP engine 1065 CFR compliant transient dynamometer. This allows ESW Group a vertically integrated approach to conceptualize, obtain regulatory approvals, manufacture and commercialize new emissions based solutions for an ever changing marketplace.

Presenter Bio

 Virendra Kumar has been working with ESW Group since 2009 in various roles General Manager, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Commercial Officer in last 7 years. Prior to joining ESW Group, Virendra Kumar worked with Cummins as Emissions Operations Leader for more than 5 years and mechanical engineer Escorts JCB. Mr. Kumar has Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a PhD Candidate at UC Riverside CE-CERT.

 

7th Annual Heavy Duty Heating and Cooling Conference

Join us for the 7th Annual Heavy Duty Heating and Cooling Conference. This year's event will be held at Affton Radiator's brand new facility featuring the new HD skills competition. The schedule of activities will include sessions, reception and table top exhibits at the hotel. The NARSA Heavy Duty (HD) Conference is a unique educational event designed for thermal management professionals in the business of providing services and products for heat exchangers and cooling systems for commercial transportation and industry. 

 
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