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Steeda’s Annual Stampede is Next Week!

The Steeda Stampede is right around the corner! Don’t miss out on this once a year event at our Pompano Beach, Florida facility scheduled for Saturday, November 16th from 9am to 3pm.

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In addition to the activities you would expect from our event such as 50 dollar dyno pulls, great deals on Frank’s garage and new Steeda parts, prize giveaway raffle, and the car show, Dario Orlando the president of Steeda will be on hand giving technical seminars detailing the design details that go into how we design and manufacture our parts, and what sets them apart from the competition!

Lunch options will be available on site and we will have a D.J. with live music on site to add to this already fun and entertaining event. Come join us for a fun day with your friends and family. Pre-registration is $15 or $20 on day of event and will include a FREE 2013 Steeda Stampede T-Shirt and goodie bag with registration.

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Reminder: 14th Annual Steeda Stampede November 16th!

2013 Steeda StampedeOur 14th annual Steeda Stampede will be held Saturday, November 16th from 9am to 3pm at our Pompano Beach Florida location! Want to find out how much horsepower and torque your car has? Our $50 Stampede dyno special will be back at this event. Make sure you register early for this as there are will be limited dyno slots available.

When: November 16th, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Steeda Campus – Pompano Beach, Florida

As with our past Stampede events there will be prize give-a-way promotions from Steeda Autosports and various other vendors and companies. Our ever popular Frank’s garage will be open for great deals on like new scratch and dent items, used parts, and those simply targeted for inventory reduction. In addition, there will be a music from live DJ, hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch options, and a multitude of cars on display for everyone to admire and enjoy. Participate in our car show during the course of the Stampede and have a chance to be acknowledged and recognized as a “best of show” vehicle!

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Come join us for a fun day with your friends and family. Pre-registration is $15 or $20 on day of event and will include a FREE 2013 Steeda Stampede T-Shirt and goodie bag with registration.

Steeda at the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise

The annual Woodward Dream Cruise takes place on the third Saturday of every August and is the world’s largest one-day automotive event drawing over 1.5 million people all celebrating the American automotive culture. The event takes place on legendary Woodward Avenue where automotive engineers street-tested vehicles in the 60’s and 70’s (and even today!) from stop light to stop light. This year, Steeda Autosports was at the center of it all with an ultra-prime display of our legendary automotive hardware at Woodward and 14 Mile Roads. In addition to displaying our race and production vehicles, we also proudly revealed our newest performance vehicle offering – the Steeda certified GT500 Wide-body (more on that in our next release).

Steeda at Woodward Dream Cruise

Steeda at Woodward Dream Cruise

While the Dream Cruise takes place officially on just one day, the excitement actually builds up to that day with over 50,000 vehicles parading along Woodward in the days and evenings prior to the official day. There is simply nothing else that compares to this event in the world and if you have never attended it before, you need to put this on your bucket list for sure!

Steeda at Woodward Dream Cruise

Steeda at Woodward Dream Cruise

At our corporate display we were proudly featuring a collection of our race and production vehicles including:

  • The all new Steeda certified GT500 Wide-body – where we took the stock GT500 and dramatically crafted a new wide-body performance package
  • Steeda Boss 302 Laguna Seca – where we took the best handling Ford Mustang that Ford makes and made it better by adding our proprietary suspension and powertrain enhancements
  • Steeda Q650 StreetFighter – Our legendary Street and Track performance beast that gets everyone’s heart pumping
  • Steeda Q450 R (race) – Driven by Regional and National American Iron champion Robin Burnett, this 2010 Steeda Q450 regularly competes in the American Iron Series
  • Steeda Q450 RS (Race/Street) – Driven by champion Anders Sjoblom, this 2005 Steeda Q450 RS has competed in the NASA Camaro Mustang Challenge Series.
  • Steeda Ford GT – This Steeda modified Ford GT is a perennial crowd favorite as it represents pure iconic Steeda American power

At Steeda, we always “push the limits” in everything we do and this Dream Cruise was no exception. On Saturday, during the busiest time of the cruise, we proudly took our production & race cars for a “quiet” cruise down Woodward. The sight of six Steeda vehicles with a combined total of 3681 heart pounding horsepower cruising down Woodward was a pure sight to behold! Needless to say, we attracted quite a bit of attention.

Steeda at Woodward Dream Cruise

Steeda at Woodward Dream Cruise

Suffice to say, we are already making plans for next years Dream Cruise. So mark your calendar for the third Saturday in August and meet with us in the Motor City!

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2013 Mustang Week – A Huge Success

While the 2013 Mustang Week may be over, the many memories are still fresh in everyone’s mind! There is absolutely no doubt that this years event was indeed the best one yet as thousands of the Mustang faithful descended upon Myrtle Beach for a week jammed with ultimate Mustang excitement. With just about everything one would want to do with their “Stang.…. from an outstanding Car Show, Autocross Event, Burn Out Contest, Dyno Challenge, Drag Racing, and much more, this is one event you should add to your automotive bucket list. This year, Steeda Autosports ensured we were part of the excitement with our corporate display and we made a point of connecting as much as possible with the enthusiasts in attendance by offering tech insights, Steeda product reviews, as well as a display of our serialized vehicles and one of our Steeda race cars.

Steeda at 2013 Mustang Week

Steeda at 2013 Mustang Week

In the Autocross event, we are very proud to say that a Steeda equipped 2003 Mustang GT was successful in taking top honors on the challenging circuit. Daniel Pierce took his Sonic Blue GT Convertible thru the course and beat all others to capture the coveted 1st Place title and bragging rights. What should be noted about Daniel, is that he is a complete newcomer to the sport of autocrossing, having only ridden on a track briefly once before. He set his winning time on his very first lap of the course, beating out over 60+ entrants including several specially prepared track cars from other competitive sponsors. Naturally Daniel is very adept at preparing his car, in doing so he equipped his ‘Stang with the following Steeda performance parts:

  • Steeda Sport Springs
  • Steeda Adjustable Upper Control Arms
  • Steeda Weight-Jacker Lower Control Arms
  • Steeda Bumpsteer Kit
  • Steeda cat-back exhaust
  • Steeda Clutch Quadrant
  • Steeda 4-bolt Camber Caster Plates

Dario Orlando, President of Steeda Autosports personally congratulated Daniel for his achievement and commented: “We are all proud of Daniel’s achievement and even with his relatively little autocross experience, his innate driving skills coupled with the Steeda suspension enhancements he chose – resulted in a winning combination”. Daniel upon wining the autocross added: “I want to thank the entire Steeda team, from the customer service representatives who go the extra mile to ensure that the customer is priority to the team of engineers who develop performance parts for the SN95/ New Edge body parts. The quality of each and every product I have purchased from Steeda Autosports has consistently exceeded my expectations. Steeda performance products have introduced me to autocross and the excitement that comes with each run. I am looking forward to my next autocross event and pushing my car to it’s limit. Again, thank you to all of the Steeda team.”

Eric Morris With His Steeda Mustang

Eric Morris With His Steeda Mustang

In the awards category, Dario Orlando personally presented multiple awards, including a $500 gift certificate to the Mustang with the most Steeda equipment. The winner was Eric Morris of Willington NC who is the proud original owner of a serialized 1998 3.8L Steeda Q-Series Mustang. During the past 15 years that Eric has owned the car, he has consistently added additional Steeda equipment to it, both enhancing and personalizing its appearance and overall performance. The end result is a perfectly maintained and pristine example of a1998 SN-95 Mustang that has the ultimate on aftermarket options and accessories – all done to the specific taste of it’s very proud owner.

Other Mustang Week awards handed out by Steeda included a $250 certificate awarded to Kevin Ettien of Russell, Wisconsin acknowledging the vast amount of Steeda suspension modifications he made to his 2010 GT500, and another $200 certificate awarded to William Metten of Spring Lake, North Carolina for his Steeda modified 2010 Mustang GT.

We salute all of the loyal Mustang owners that attended the 2013 Mustang Week celebration and highly encourage you to make the 2014 edition of Mustang Week a priority on your vacation schedule next year.

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Visit Steeda at the 2013 Mustang Week Celebration

At this weekends annual Mustang Week Celebration in Myrtle Beach, the Steeda Team will be out in full force celebrating with the original pony car faithful in attendance. During the car show on Friday and Saturday, our corporate display will be packed with not only some unique and interesting vehicles, but also various part displays where you can personally see and touch the quality difference we put into each and every Steeda performance part we manufacture.

Mustang Week

The vehicles that we have on display in our booth:

  • Steeda Q650 StreetFighter
  • Steeda Q450 Enforcer
  • Steeda Certified Boss 302 Laguna Seca
  • Steeda Q650R Competition Race Car

Steeda Boss & Q450 Mustang

In addition to the cars on display, we will also be handing out to select Steeda owners and customers special Steeda T-shirts and Steeda hats. During the two show days, our President and CEO Dario Orlando will be canvassing the show grounds and will personally hand out a $500 Steeda gift certificate to the Best-of-Show Steeda vehicle on display at the venue.

So if you are attending the Mustang Week celebration this week, make sure you stop by the Steeda display and check us out and let us know your performance needs. If your not attending the show this year, change you plans and make this a priority as the 2013 Mustang Week celebration is most certainly something that you will not want to miss!

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11th Annual Sebring Sensation

The Track Guys 11th Annual Sebring Sensation is set for May 25th – May 26th at the famed Sebring International Raceway in Sebring Florida. Once again, Steeda Autosports is a proud sponsor of the event, which provides individuals the very unique opportunity to challenge their driving skills at one of the most famous and historic race tracks in the world – Sebring International Raceway. The Steeda Team will be there Saturday with a variety of our street and race vehicles.

For those individuals wanting or needing some professional driving instructions, there will be three different levels of track driving instructions – from beginner to experienced each with plenty of available track time for you to see how you and your vehicle can perform at this historic track. With the unique track setting, wide variety of cars onsite, and terrific camaraderie with everyone in attendance, this is one event that you MUST attend!

As a special incentive for those individuals planning on attending, Track Guys are providing a special 10% discount on the registration fees. Additionally, Steeda will be providing nearly $2,000 in Steeda prizes to those in attendance and as a special incentive for those attending,

To enroll for the event and qualify for the special Steeda sponsored 10% discount, click on the following link and remember to use promo code STEEDA13 during your online registration:

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Hooked on Driving / Camp Steeda Registration Closing Soon!

The Hooked on Driving / Camp Steeda event is right around the corner. Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Florida, this event has the bargain price of $249 for one day or $449 for both days of active track time at the challenging PBIR track. During these two days, participating enthusiasts will have the run of the over two mile course and the opportunity to receive professional instruction on to enhance their driving abilities and vehicle performance capabilities.

Steeda Q650R Product Development Vehicle

Steeda Q650R Product Development Vehicle

This event has consistently been voted one of enthusiasts favorite yearly events by Steeda customers and this year it promises to be yet another exciting and successful event. Palm Beach International Raceway’s track is a challenging 11-turn, 2.034 mile road course that is FIA Grade II Certified and features fast and challenging corners, as well as long straightaways that are sure to put a smile on both entry level and experienced drivers.

Enthusiasts that have participated previously at this event are once again encouraged to bring their car and participate so as to sharpen their performance driving skills. As always, professional instructors will be available to provide both classroom and on-track coaching if you desire.

“First timers” at the track need not be intimidated by a day at the track as there will be a coach assigned to you who will work with you during the day. He/she will ride in the passenger seat and guide you on the proper driving line, track techniques and provide the encouragement so you gain confidence on the track at speed. You can stick with one coach if you’d like, or switch off during the day. As you gain confidence on the track, ask the coach if you’re ready to be “signed off for solo” which should be noted in your driving log book. Key is that there will be plenty of professional instruction available for everyone and great time for all !

To register for the event – Click Here

For additional information, feel free to contact us directly, or alternatively, you may also contact Henry Gilbert on phone number 1-800-453-5506 or email him at: henry@hookedondriving.com

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At Steeda: We Race – You Win

What differentiates Steeda Autosports from most other manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of performance parts and accessories is that we are on the racetrack almost every weekend – actively testing and validating our parts and vehicles and showcasing that at Steeda – Speed Matters. From racetracks, to dragstrips, and even “unofficially” at the occasional stop light, we believe that you have to actively need to live and breathe motorsports to have the credibility one needs in this business today to design, manufacture and sell performance parts and accessories.

Proving this point, this past weekend was just one example of how on most weekends, racetracks all around America are filled with with Steeda prepared vehicles, and with vehicles that use Steeda performance parts. Additinally, many of our close friends and our employees are out there racing, showcasing that we indeed are very serious about Ford performance.

The NMRA Spring Break Shootout this past weekend at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton Florida started the 2013 drag racing season with plenty of excitement and fanfare. With perfect weather and packed stands, Scott Boda – Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing took his red Steeda equipped 1990 Mustang LX to Bradenton and ran the fastest time ever in his car, 8.79@155mph with a 1.34 sixty foot on the back tires!! There was no doubt that the Steeda suspension system was definitely working out there this weekend as Scott’s times were good enough for him to finish in 1st place in the 9 second bracket and 4th overall in Tremec True Street against some more powerful cars. It was the largest True street field ever for Bradenton with 117 cars!

Also at the NMRA Event, Steeda customer Chris Parisi stated the season perfectly by winning the Tremec True Street Class with his 2007 Steeda equipped V6 Mustang. With over 149,000 miles on the odometer, this car is Chris’ daily driver and he races it whenever he can in the NMRA Series. Over the years, Chris has been able to sharpen his skills and greatly improve his consistency in competition. An example of that is his killer launch times of .014 in qualifying and .012 in the first round. Suffice to say, Chris is starting the season strong by winning his class and we are hopeful once again this year that Chris will also win his class championship one more time!

Steeda/Nitto Tire driver John Urist of Albuquerque, New Mexico was competing at the NMRA event in the Street Outlaw class. Running a 94mm turbo in the nose of his car, he was able to make it thru three rounds of eliminations, going into the final round. When all was said and done, John had an amazing run of 7.424 at 192.06mph, but even that was not good enough as he finished a very close second by a blink of an eye.

Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida was also very busy this past weekend with The Florida Region of the SCCA racing and also the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship’ (SARRC) Series there with a ‘double event”. Each morning had its own qualifying session, followed by a 30 minute race in the afternoon.
There was also a separate 90 minute Enduro Race on Saturday afternoon that featured mandatory pit stops and driver changes.

For SCCA event, our own Steeda Sales Professional Rod Wiliamson brought out his Steeda equipped 1994 Mustang Cobra for a weekend of racing excitement. Competing against other Mustangs and Camaros in the American Sedan Class, Rod was able to finesse his car and finish in 1st place in his class on Saturday and also 1st place on Sunday. Not bad for the cars first season outing of the year!

For the Enduro portion of the Palm Beach International Raceway event, our own Glen Vitale, Steeda Autosport’s Vice President of Operations was there to represent Steeda. Glen is no stranger at the racetrack, he has been racing for over 24 years and when he is not directing the operations at Steeda, he is usually behind the wheel of one of his cars. This time he left his Steeda Certified GT500 and the Steeda Q650 race cars in the barn, and took out his Steeda prepared 1990 Mazda Miata out for some enduro fun around the challenging track. In qualifying he realized that he was spinning the right rear tire on hard right hand turns causing him to lose some drive coming out of the corners hurting his speed on the ensuing straightaways – a sure sign of a differential problem. Even with this problem, Glen and his car were still good enough to qualify not only 1st in his class but 1st overall for the endurance race.

Glen knew going into the 1.5 hour race that he could win not only his class but he could capture the overall win if the cars differential stayed together. When the race started he maintained his lead on the start and led the pack for the 1st lap. On the 2nd lap the 2nd place car, trying very hard to match his corner speed, ended up going off track, hitting the wall and destroying the left front corner of their car. This brought out a caution to clean up the remnants of his car and allowed Glen to take it easy on the wounded differential. When the race went back to green he managed maintained a steady pace, 1st place in class but he fell to 2nd place overall. With 30 minutes left the 1st place overall car ended up on the side of the track broken, and a car spun causing a full-course caution. With the entire pack now on Glen’s bumper, when the green flag dropped, it was a dash to the finish with the lead he had built up essentially gone. Suddenly, his battery light was on indicating that the alternator was not charging. Turning off his cool suit and race radio, he conserved his electrical load putting all available juice to power his ignition. When the checkered flag dropped – Glen was 1st in class and 1st overall – beating 21 rivals and making him undefeated in his class at PBIR for the last four enduro races held there.

Congratulations to all of the racers that fly the Steeda colors and trust us for their performance needs.

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NMRA Season Opener – Bradenton Motorsports Park

The NMRA blasts into the 2013 season with guns blazing, starting the year off right at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, over the weekend of March 7-10, 2013. As the traditional jumping-off point for the NMRA season, Bradenton always brings record-setting weather and a great racing surface to the NMRA competitors and Steeda Autosports and Nitto tire will be right there with our corporate displays!

Steeda Mustang

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals Series has a little bit of everything for the racing fan – from the hardcore Street Outlaw class that features turbo- and supercharged door-slammers that are capable of burning up the quarter-mile, to the heavy hitters of the Renegade class shooting for glory with their state-of-the-art small-block Ford engines. Fans and racers alike wait all winter for this event to take place, so make sure you’ve got your seat in the stands to be a witness to it all.

Steeda Mustangs

At this race, Steeda and Nitto Tire sponsored John Urist will be proudly defending his championship and will be running his Fox bodied 1993 Mustang LX Coupe. Powered with a 420 CID Windsor engine with over 35 PSI of hard charging forced induction, John’s Mustang puts out an estimated 2000 horsepower… enough gallop power to propel his pony down the quarter mile into the mid seven second range with speeds approaching 200 miles per hour.

Steeda & Nitto at Bradenton

Steeda Autosport President Dario Orlando comments: “We are hopeful that John will continue to dominate this highly competitive drag event once again this year. The Steeda Autosports Team is proud to be a sponsor of John’s and contribute to his ongoing racing success. John’s outstanding success is indicative of the commitment that he and his race team and Steeda Autosports Team has towards dominating drag racing.”

Steeda Mustang

The NMRA Bradenton event will also feature a 2013 Ford Racing Cobra Jet Showdown presented by Steeda Dealer Jacky Jones Ford. Spring Break Shootout fans are in for an extra special treat at this year’s event as the Ford factory racecars will compete for top honors. Attendees will be able witness one of the largest gatherings of Cobra Jets parked together in what NMRA calls the “snake pit.” Several times each day the snakes will hit the track for the ultimate Blue Oval slugfest of power and performance. These Ford-built racecars will put on a high speed show all weekend long in search of glory and bragging rights for winning the Cobra Jet Showdown!

Steeda Mustang

For more information about the NMRA event in Bradenton, click on: http://www.nmradigital.com

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Pony Wars: A Showcase of American Pride

The 4th Annual Pony Wars event exceeded expectations once again this year with a tremendous outpouring of the best pony cars from Ford, Chevrolet, and Mopar. Conceived as the ultimate pony car showdown, the annual Pony Wars event – sponsored by Steeda Autosports and LSR Performance – brought together performance loving gear-heads from all around to enjoy a weekend of car shows, drag racing and pure automotive excitement.

With exceptionally strong attendance, the event most certainly had something for everyone. It all started on Friday evening at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Valdosta Georgia when the octane faithful showed up for a car show, dinner, and a few “red pops” – all in preparation for the main event the following day at Steeda Autosports and at the South Georgia Motorsports Park.

On Saturday morning, Steeda Autosports President Dario Orlando hosted a facility tour at their Valdosta facility, showcasing their ISO 9001:2008 Certified manufacturing processes and also providing some insight on how Steeda supports the performance needs of Ford vehicle owners with products proudly designed, engineered, and manufactured here in the USA. In depth discussions and behind the scenes tours provided insight about our world-class CNC milling & machining capabilities, computerized hardened steel tube bending, TIG welding operations, component fabrication, high temperature powder coating operations, product assembly and packaging, and warehousing operations.

Following the facility tour, the City of Valdosta’s finest – the Valdosta Police, brought out one of their big guns from their fleet, a specially prepared Steeda Police Interceptor Mustang, and led a 1.5 mile long procession of Pony Cars to the South Georgia Motorsports Park. These Steeda Police Interceptors normally see high-speed highway patrol and specialized pursuit service, but this time a Steeda Police Interceptor was used to lead the Pony War attendees in their processional drive. Taking the scenic way to the motorsports facility, the procession vehicles were treated to some really great roads that provided the winding and twisting that made for a really enjoyable drive.

Once at the motorsports facility, both Jackie Jones Ford and Stingray Chevrolet had displays that showcased their performance cars and each had their event staffs available to provide sales support to all of the event attendees. Jackie Jones Ford, an official Steeda Serialized Dealer, also brought a new Steeda vehicle to showcase and sell – a beautiful 2013 Steeda Q350, awaiting a new proud owner!

There was special parking for the Pony Wars Car Show, where tons of vehicles were on display – all showcasing the personal attention to modifications and detailing that make American Pony Cars stand out in the crowd. After the judging was completed, the following owner cars received special recognition for their award winning rides:

Ford

  1. Chester Speed: 1971 Mach 1 Mustang
  2. Chester Speed: 1970 Mach 1 Mustang
  3. Randy Thomas: 2010 GT500

Chevy

  1. Clint Symons: 2012 Supercharged V6 Camaro
  2. Robert Schultz: 2013 Camaro SS
  3. Alex Franklin: 2010 Camaro SS

Mopar

  1. Adam Parker: 1972 Charger

Best in Show

  1. Willard Nipper: 1968 Camaro

For those that were more inclined for some racing, the dragstrip action was non-stop. It all started with a test and tune session where you could prep your ride and dial it in for the days action. Next up was what is called “Grudge Racing”, where cars line up against each other for a blast down the ¼ mile asphalt. You could race against your buddy’s car, a vehicle you wanted to challenge to race, or just face off against a random vehicle…..they key idea is to have some fun and see what you and your car can do. After about 3 hours of the Grudge, cars were then divided into three categories base on their quickest runs of the day, for the next series entitled “Open Comp” drag racing. In this series, cars with times that are relatively close to each other compete in a like class to find the quickest driver/car combo in each group. After several hours of noon stop excitement, it was time to determine the “Quick 8″ – where the eight fastest cars faced off to see who had the bragging rights to the quickest car at the track and who would take home the bragging rights for the fastest. Eventually, Tony Whetstone from Tallahassee piloting his Fox bodied convertible took top honors. With the track preparation perfect, and Tony’s car dialed in, he ran his first ever 8 second pass and continuing running in the 8′s all day long with a best of 8.89 @ 153mph with a remarkable 1.24 short time on drag radials. His launches were spectacular, lifting the front end of his convertible easily off the ground and throwing the weight on his rear tires for maximum taction.

All in all – it was an action packed day of non-stop excitement for everyone. It didn’t matter if you were a spectator, a novice competitor, or a die-hard racer, there was fun and excitement for everyone as we all were paying homage to a uniquely all American icon – the Pony Car.

Needless to say, we are already making plans for the 2014 edition of the Pony Wars, and we have a few ideas to make it even better next year. So start making plans, because it will be here before you know it!

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