Edelbrock would like to congratulate Michele Abbate and Kent Nine for their victories this past weekend. Both competitors depend on an Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger system to give them the competitive edge they need to reach the winners circle. Michele Abbate MichelleAbbate2started the weekend off by winning the 2016 SCCA US Majors Tour Western Conference season opener at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Michele and her team, GRR Racing, battled through some technical difficulties during practice but qualified 2nd in the STU field with a lap time of 1:52.394 on Saturday. This was Michele’s first race in her newly Edelbrock E-Force supercharged equipped Scion FR-S. Michele stayed ahead of the field with consistent lap times across the 25-minute race with a full field. Sunday’s race was a downpour at the Speedway, while battling heavy rain conditions she finished the race with a 2nd place podium finish. Michele is the 2015 STU Champion and the recipient of the 2015 Lindley Bothwell So Pac/Cal Club Driver of the Year Award.

kentNineKent Nine finished the weekend by taking the victory in the Roush Performance Super Stang class at the 17th Annual Nitto NMRA All Ford World Finals in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kent picked up right where he left off last season as the reigning 2015 NMRA Super Stang champion and is continuing to dominate by taking the win in the season opener. This weekends class started out with a 23 car field and proved to be very competitive class again. Kent drives a 2006 Ford Mustang GT equipped with a Brenspeed Stage 2 Edelbrock E-Force supercharger package.

“This past weekend was a very exciting time for E-Force brand. Both Michele and Kent have proven that the Edelbrock E-Force supercharger has what it takes to win races! Michele’s hard work and dedication has brought Edelbrock it’s first E-Force road course win, while Kent continues to dominate his class at the drag strip,” states Eric Blakely, Edelbrock Director of Advertising.


Blacktop Magazine suggests you call Ed at HB Hot Rods and Hogs in Huntington Beach, CA. They are an authorized installer of the Edelbrock E-Force Superchargers.

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The 2016 Grand National Roadster Show

The Grand-Daddy of them All.

Story/Photos/Video: Tony Colombini

OK, I will say it. I usually don’t pay to get into shows. If not a media pass, then it’s with a buddy or vendor who has an extra pass. Some would say I am cheap, other’s frugal. I go for the latter. However, there are several shows throughout the year I don’t mind paying for: Mooneyes X-Mas Party and Drags, Cruisin’ for a Cure and the Grand National Roadster Show. More than a car show, The Grand National Roadster Show is an important event in our industry. Many companies spend thousands, if not hundreds of thousands to present and show their creations. Some of the most incredible cars are built specifically to compete for “America’s Most Beautiful Roaster” or AMBR trophy.

This year was no different. There were those vehicles that just had bills thrown at them like a hot dancer at a top club. This year, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award went to Darryl and Terri Hollenbeck’s 1932 Ford Hot Rod Roadster. A subtle traditional style green hi-boy. I imagine this award is prestigious enough that my words won’t add anything, except a big congratulations to a very talented team.

The show in Building Four is important to most. However, I dig seeing people who I know busted some knuckles working on their own cars and actually driving them! For that I go to all the other buildings and the drive-in outdoor show on Saturday. In a more personal take, I am very proud of my fellow Mercifuls; Jack and Gordon for having their cars in the Suede Palace. First for any member of the club. Gordon’s lavender ’58 Cadillac with a heavy silver flake roof captured the attention of many at the show. Jack’s custom green ’57 Pontiac Star Chief is as traditional as they get for ’60’s mild customs. Jack gave his “Awe Shucks” as he accepted the trophy for Best Custom.

I was on a mission. My goal was to get as much content as I could at the show as I ran through the buildings and interviewed several friends. I interviewed BOMONSTER, John at ACME Speed Shop, Ron from Cambra Speed Shop, Dixie Rebelle and of course some of the Mercifuls about their cars in the Suede Palace. (click the links to see videos of each interview)

We flooded our BlacktopTV channel on YouTube with 6 short videos from the show. While at the show we also broadcasted a couple of Periscope live videos and posted on our favorite social networks.

Enjoy the photos and videos.

Chris Unger’s Deuce Coupe

Rare and Traditional Hot Rod


Story/Photos: T-Bone

The Ford Three-Window Coupe is one of the most sought after hot rods. Once the deuce was introduced it has been recognized as the quintessential hot rod. In this example, Chris Unger has been collecting parts for nearly 20 years to build this car from the ground up with rare vintage speed equipment and original steel.

The engine was kept under the workbench of California Custom Roadsters pioneer Bill Keifer. The 1940 Ford Flathead came out of a light duty truck. Funny thing is, that engine with it’s cast iron heads and a single 97 would beat everything around. It was rumored to be a dressed-down race engine. Chris flipped it over and took off the oil pan and saw the case was lightened and the crank was balanced. This allowed him to run another 500 rpm. Just as all the Merc flatheads peaked at 5000 rpm’s this motor was able to pull away at the end of the line with another 10% more power as displayed on a set of early Stewart Warner gauges.

This powerful base was built on with rare Kogel cast iron heads, early Edelbrock “Sling-Shot” manifold topped by a pair of original Stromberg 97’s and L&S velocity stacks. Spark is advanced by a vintage Harman-Collins magneto. Power is distributed through a ’39 Lincoln Zephyr transmission to a Halibrand quick-change rear end and stopped with Lincoln brakes. A Bell steering wheel controls an interesting front end featuring an Okie-Adams axel. What’s neat about the Okie-Adams axles is that they are not dropped by heating the axles and bending the ends up. They are cut and a cast “S” is welded in. This keeps the front wheel distance the same as stock, not narrowed by the heat and shrink method of most dropped stock axles.

There is no doubt that this is a fine example of an early hot rod put together with some incredible pieces. Stop by Blacktop Depot in Old Towne Orange to see the car along with many other rare and unusual vintage items.

Weego Portable Power

SEMA New Product Feature


Story: T-Bone, Photos: Billy

Early one morning at the SEMA Show I was working on recharging my body with some stiff coffee and stumbling around the north hall when I saw an orange and white Ford Falcon wagon. Part surf van, part ’70’s street rod it caught my eye. It worked. As I looked around the friendly staff in the booth noticed my need to get recharged. And they had just the product. Sleek and powerful portable battery packs they call WeeGo!

They took your usual device charger and knocked it up a notch as an emergency safety tool. The “Heavy Duty Weego Jump Starter/Battery Pack” is so powerful it will jump start your motorcycle or car. It has a built in flash light that is pre-programmed with a flashing light or S.O.S. signal. The thin design and custom bag fit great in your glove box. The battery pack is shock resistant so keep it handy in your saddlebags and ride with safety in mind. Safety aside it will also recharge multiple devices at once!

The “Tour 10400” is the largest of their stand-alone battery packs and can charge two devices at once. It holds 10400mAh of power. I was able to charge my dead iPhone 6 twice and it still had half a charge.

We strongly suggest you take a look at Weego and put one in each of your vehicles. Go to MyWeego.com for more information.

Charley Hutton Interviewed at the 2015 SEMA Show

Sherri Candland interviews Charley Hutton at the recent SEMA Show.

Willy’s Garage Products presents an interview with Riddler winning painter Charley Hutton at the 2015 SEMA Show. Charley owns Charley Hutton’s Color Studio in Idaho and worked with Boyd Coddington during the TV Show American Hot Rod and did a couple of stints on Chip Foose’s Overhaulin show.