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2019 PRI Show Kicks Off


The 2019 PRI Show opened on Thursday December 12th and the aftermarket is looking hot as ever. Edelbrock staged a pretty cool drag race in its booth with Mustang taking on Camaro.

Adjacent to the NMRA/NMRA/ProMedia booth, and rather strategically located, is the HPL Lubricants booth, which just happens to be displaying the 2019 NMCA VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod champ Don Walsh’s C7 Corvette Pro Mod in all its pearl orange glory.

Larry Larson never fails to impress with his builds, and his latest creation is on display in the TurboSmart booth. The CTS-V Caddy packs a huge, and we mean HUGE, single turbo and the fit and finish are second to none.

Race Star Wheels continues to advance its line of drag wheels and today it launched a new 16×18 wheel designed for big-tire, pro Mod-style machines. The 18-inch width widens the footprint of the big rubber, giving it more traction and making it more stable. The wheels have been approved for use by the NMCA, PDRA, Midwest Pro Mod Series and other sanctioning bodies.

The Ford Performance booth is packed with lots of cool cars and go-fast parts. Drew Skillman’s Cobra Jet Mustang sat smack dab in the center and proudly displays its achievement of claiming the 2019 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown championship.

Making its debut at SEMA was TurboSmart’s electronic waste gate for turbo applications. Aftermarket EFI companies like Haltech are already working up solutions to provide the needed programming to take advantage of the concept, which will likely replace the CO2-activated systems currently in use.

Big Daddy DeWayne Mills hauled his latest creation to the PRI show, that being his No-Prep Camaro that looks nearly identical to his Golden Gorilla Radial vs. the World Camaro.

Steeda Autosport’s new Hardcore project car made its debut at the show today. Look for more information on this Whipple-supercharged machine in the coming days.

Also in the Ford Performance booth was a new Coyote block cast in iron. Available some time in 2020, the new block is rated for 1500-2000 hp and priced somewhere between a sleeved production block and a billet block.

2019 NMRA G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock champion Clair Stewart brought his Fox-Body Mustang to the show to display at the Ford Performance booth. He’ll be collecting his championship awards at the NMRA ceremony on Friday night here at he convention center in Indianapolis.

Another 2019 champion, Steve Jackson has his Bahrain 1 NHRA Pro Mod on display a the Holley booth.

The quiet buzz of the show is about the new Ford Godzilla 7.3-liter push rod engine that makes its debut in new Ford SuperDuty trucks. A number of manufacturers, including Innovators West, is already hard at work with aftermarket parts for what could be a great platform for enthusiasts.

On one side of this booth is Bill Skillman’s NMCA Holley EFI Factory Super Cars championship winning Cobra Jet, which is normally what you would find at Holbrook Racing Engines, so we were quite surprised to find Brian “Chuckie” Davis’ 1969 Camaro parked in the same booth.

Joe Zolper of the television show Garage Squad showed off his supercharged Daytona Pro Mod at the Race Star Wheels booth and it looked fantastic in what seems to be Mopar’s Destroyer Gray hue. Hopefully we’ll see if fire up and make some hits, possibly at an NMCA event, in 2020.