Monthly Archives: March 2007

Steeda Manufacturing Relocating to Valdosta, Georgia

Steeda Autosports will be expanding Steeda Manufacturing & Engineering division and relocating their new headquarters to Valdosta, Georgia. This is an exciting opportunity for Steeda Manufacturing to partner with Georgia Tech and Valdosta Technical Institute to bring our manufacturing and engineering processes to the next level.

Steeda President, Dario Orlando said the company considered locations in Alabama, North Carolina, and other cities in Georgia before making the commitment to Valdosta. “The proximity to I-10 and I-75 for distribution makes Valdosta the perfect place for us” Dario stated. “Valdosta is a clean, growing city and will be good for any of our employees interested in relocating”. While very excited about the expansion Dario stressed, “we will absolutely not be closing the south Florida facility. Both our south Florida customer base and employees are too important to the success of our business. The south Florida facility will be undergoing some updating as well.” “This is a win/win situation for both our customers and present and future employees.”

Speaking at the recent ceremony welcoming Steeda Autosports to Valdosta and Lowndes County were Valdosta Mayor, John Fretti, Lowndes County Commission Chairman, Rod Casey and Valdosta –Lowndes County Industrial Authority Chairman, John Peeples. State Senator Tim Golden welcomed Steeda on behalf of the legislative delegation. “This is a very progressive city and community” Senator Golden stated. “It is also home to the most pro-business delegation in the state of Georgia. Call on us and we will move mountains to make it happen for you”

The 25 acre Steeda campus will consist of the manufacturing and distribution facilities, plus a skid pad, slalom course and test track. The test track will have a variety of surfaces to aid in the development and prove out process for Steeda vehicles in terms of noise, vibration and harshness. The nearby drag strip, South Georgia Motorsports Park, is a new, state of the art facility that will be utilized for vehicle testing and product evaluation. The Steeda Autosports campus should be operational in 18 months and will initially employ 40 to 50 people, with 100 employees hired over 36 months.

Camp Steeda/SVTOA On-Track Right Around The Corner!

The response to April 20-22 Camp Steeda SVTOA-On Track has been phenomenal. There are a few spots left for the two day open track event on famed 3.7 mile Sebring International Raceway. Official sponsors, Nitto Tire, SCT and Tokico will be on hand to provide tech information about their products. Nitto will have their motorsports tractor trailer display stocked with their latest tires mounted on rims for participants to try out on the 3.7 mile course. Representatives from Tokico and SCT will be on hand to lend technical support and information.


The Saturday night banquet will be sponsored by Mustang Enthusiast magazine. Editor Larry Jewett, Associate Editor Denise and Publisher John Nichols will attend the event are looking forward to the event and meeting everyone.

The Mustang press will be out in force looking for feature cars as well as driving the latest Steeda Q Mustangs. Motor Trend magazine is sending a Senior Editor and film crew to film the on track and in-car action , the video will be broadcast on the Motor Trend website.

A wide variety of vehicles will be on track including the Steeda 1993 and 1995 Cobra Rs. Joining them will be the #05 1995 Cobra R that was the stable mate to the #20 car when they dominated the IMSA GS Series from 1995-97.

The SVTOA On –Track/ Camp Steeda event is hosted by the SVTOA Central Florida Chapter in what is shaping up to be an educational, exciting and fun event. You can pre-register by visiting the following link: http://www.svtoa.motorsportreg.com. Deadline is April 11.

For more information and high res images: Contact Steeda Marketing Department at marketing@steeda.com

Ellis Wins, Eubanks Sets Track Record in Steeda Mustangs

The battle for supremacy in the SCCA Southeast Division American Sedan class centers around the two Steeda equipped Mustangs of Tom Ellis and Bob Eubanks. At the recent SCCA National race in Savannah, Georgia, the two talented drivers went at it hot and heavy. After qualifying one-two, both drivers put on a display of driving not seen in these parts in many a season.

Never more than a few feet away from each other, the lead changed three times with Tom Ellis the Virginia Gentleman, now residing in Pompano Beach, Florida leading from the pole. After three laps Eubanks in his Rusty Acres Mustang took the lead and held it for 12 laps. In the process, both Steeda Mustangs broke the existing track record with Bob Eubanks recording the fastest lap.

A couple of laps from the end, Tom made his move and just got by the silver streak running out of Jacksonville to take the win, by the slimmest of margins. Both Mustangs are equipped with the latest Steeda performance parts including the famed 5-Link 2 rear suspension. No surprise here, last fall at the SCCA Run-Offs at Heartland Park, in Topeka Kansas, all six Mustangs that finished in the top ten in the American Sedan Race were equipped with Steeda performance parts, including the 5-Link 2 suspension.

Steeda Q525 Impressive at 6th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Event

The 6th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Nationals, Bradenton, Florida featured warm weather, more Fox Body Mustangs in one place since they left the Dearborn assembly plant years ago. Steeda Autosports supported the event with a vehicle and parts display. The headliner of the Steeda contingent was 600 horsepower Q 525. The flagship of the Steeda Q line-up, the Q525 turned heads with impressive times all weekend. With Steeda Director of manufacturing at the wheel, the Mustang turned mid 11 second times until Sunday afternoon when Scott reeled off an 11.37 @ 125 miles per hour run. The Q525 is a street car, not a purpose built race car, for the quarter mile runs the car was equipped with Nitto drag radials. Every Q525 comes with a 5.0 modular engine built by Steeda Chief Racing Engineer, Steve Chichisola. Equipped with a Whipple Charger supercharger system, the Q525 is equally at home turning low 11 second quarter mile times or cruising Main Street.


For 2007 Steeda is a major sponsor for two race teams. Jim Breese returns with Steeda equipped Cobra to Real Street Class Competition for the fourth year. Teaming with Tim Matherly of MV Performance, Breese is a great ambassador for the Steeda Brand in this ultra competitive class. “The Cobra really hooks up with the Steeda Hardcore suspension parts” Jim stated. A broken pulley put him out during the first round, but Jim Breese will be a force in 5.0 Mustangs & Superfords Real Street Class competition this year.

Steeda is also working the Sutton High Performance Procharger EFI Renegade Mustang this year. The Sutton High Performance Mustang is the first Modular powered car to win an EFI Renegade Event. Along the way the 2007 Mustang set both Miles per Hour and ET World Records of 8:56 @160 mph. Judging from the team’s impressive Bradenton showing, the Mustang will be a force to be reckoned with. Equipped with a Steeda competition front facia the Mustang not only looks better, but according to Sutton High Performance Crew Chief, Jerry Vanderlinde, “ The new Steeda front facia has enabled the Mustang to be far more stable at the top end. At 177 miles an hour we feel this is very important.” Driver, Aaron Stapleton, was very impressed with the new Steeda coil over front struts, “ The Mustang launches so much better and tracks straight and true with the Steeda coil over struts, I am very pleased with them” Stapleton concluded. The team made it to the semi finals in the extremely competitive EFI Renegade class. With what they learned at the Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Ford Nationals, the Sutton High Performance Team is looking forward to a very successful season.

For more information and high res images: Contact Steeda Marketing Department at marketing@steeda.com