Wednesday, February 07, 2007

 

LET THE SHOW BEGIN!

The Eckler's trailer is loaded full of parts and show material and headed to Old Town for set up. The weather is going to be beautiful with tempatures in the 70's and a light breeze and I'm sure the crowds will be large. Old Town is known throughout Central Florida as the place to be if you like old cars and each Friday and Saturday night there's a car show. At our show everyone gets to cruise the brick streets in any year of vehicle. These cruises happen on both Friday and Saturday evenings and the crowds love them. So, if you're looking for a place to go this weekend and you love Chevy's look no further than Old Town, it's going to be WILD!

Monday, February 05, 2007

 

15th ANNUAL CCI/WCA WINTER NATIONALS

Here is the schedule of events for the upcoming Winter Nationals:
15th Annual Winter National Event Schedule
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Noon - 5 pm Registration, Classification, and Technical Check
Noon – 5 pm Swap Meet
5:30 – 7:30 pm Free Welcome Barbeque at Old Town (Fred Marion’s Restaurant)
BBQ site has changed to Seralago Main Gate Hotel and Suites
Badges & Tickets required - sponsored by Soff Seal
Friday, February 9th, 2007
8 am – 5 pm Registration, Classification, and Technical Check
8 am – 5 pm Swap Meet
11 am – Noon “Ask the Experts Seminar" --Everyone Welcome (Upstairs Old Town Hall)
3 pm – 5 pm Judges and Show Car display meeting (Required attendance for all Chevy and Camaro judges and show car owners)
Saturday, February 10th, 2007
8 am – 10 am Saturday only Cruiser Registration
8 am – 1 pm Show ‘n Shine Judging (Sponsored by Trim Parts)
8 am – 10 pm Old Town Saturday Night Cruise
Sunday, February 11th, 2007
7:30 am – 8 am Non-denominational chapel service by Team RFC Old Town Mainstage Area
8 am – 10 am Awards Presentation Old Town Mainstage Area

Please remember that this show is open to all "F" Bodies from 1967 to 2002. If you don't want to participate in the judge event and simply want to show your pride and joy at the show the cost is $20.00. This is the place to be this weekend!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

 

FROM SEMA NEWS

STYLE AND RESTO PARTS MOST POPULAR WITH CAMARO LOVERS
Body panels, interior details, even emblems among the fastest moving Camaro goods online.

Exterior parts, interior parts and lighting components are the top three items purchased online by Camaro enthusiasts. Body panels are among the most popular exterior parts, perhaps indicating the health of the restoration market.

This data from Terapeak, a developer of market-focused research software that monitors online sales and auctions, sheds light on the parts and accessories coveted by fans of all generations of Camaro.

Of the nearly 32,800 Camaro parts sold online between Dec. 29-Jan. 27, nearly a third were exterior components, the most purchased items including doors, bumpers and fenders combined, then hoods, grilles and moldings. Lighting and lamps made up about nine percent of the category.

Popular interior subcategories included dash and console parts, door panels and hardware, and window motors and parts.

Powertrain parts overall ranked fairly low, perhaps due to higher prices and the costs of shipping, although a LS-7 454/465hp crate motor built in 1972 was the most expensive piece of powertrain purchased in the research period.

Interestingly, the most popular products sold under the search term “Camaro SS” were decals and emblems.

How prevalent is Internet purchasing among specialty-equipment enthusiasts?

“The past two years, SEMA research has shown that the highest percentage of automotive enthusiasts indicate they purchased their performance parts and accessories over the Internet,” says SEMA research analyst Ty Michael.

“Interestingly, roughly the same percentage of enthusiasts indicated that they purchased their parts at traditional brick and mortar shops. Thirty-nine percent of enthusiasts said they purchased on the Internet, compared to 31% who indicated they went to a physical location to make their purchases.”

Do online sales tell us anything about how parts move across countertops from brick and mortar retailers? Maybe.

Patti Freeman Evans, a senior analyst who monitors the retail industry for JupiterResearch, explains that while online sales are only a fraction of actual retail transactions, the Internet is a key influencer in buying decisions.

“We see online retail plateauing at 10-15 percent of total retail down the road – about double the penetration that catalogs ever got,” Evans says.

She notes that as online commerce sites continue to develop more sophisticated tools to make purchasing easier and safer, some consumers will shift more of their wallet online.

“But that growth will really be organic, not dramatic. We look to the Internet to remain a highly influential channel for retailers to affect customer purchasing regardless of what channel the actual transaction occurs in.”

Terapeak's Motors P&A Research provides sellers with access to in-depth research on the past year of online auction data and allows users to get in-depth research reports on the competition and themselves. For more information go to www.terapeak.com/motors.

 

FROM SEMA NEWS

STYLE AND RESTO PARTS MOST POPULAR WITH CAMARO LOVERS
Body panels, interior details, even emblems among the fastest moving Camaro goods online.

Exterior parts, interior parts and lighting components are the top three items purchased online by Camaro enthusiasts. Body panels are among the most popular exterior parts, perhaps indicating the health of the restoration market.

This data from Terapeak, a developer of market-focused research software that monitors online sales and auctions, sheds light on the parts and accessories coveted by fans of all generations of Camaro.

Of the nearly 32,800 Camaro parts sold online between Dec. 29-Jan. 27, nearly a third were exterior components, the most purchased items including doors, bumpers and fenders combined, then hoods, grilles and moldings. Lighting and lamps made up about nine percent of the category.

Popular interior subcategories included dash and console parts, door panels and hardware, and window motors and parts.

Powertrain parts overall ranked fairly low, perhaps due to higher prices and the costs of shipping, although a LS-7 454/465hp crate motor built in 1972 was the most expensive piece of powertrain purchased in the research period.

Interestingly, the most popular products sold under the search term “Camaro SS” were decals and emblems.

How prevalent is Internet purchasing among specialty-equipment enthusiasts?

“The past two years, SEMA research has shown that the highest percentage of automotive enthusiasts indicate they purchased their performance parts and accessories over the Internet,” says SEMA research analyst Ty Michael.

“Interestingly, roughly the same percentage of enthusiasts indicated that they purchased their parts at traditional brick and mortar shops. Thirty-nine percent of enthusiasts said they purchased on the Internet, compared to 31% who indicated they went to a physical location to make their purchases.”

Do online sales tell us anything about how parts move across countertops from brick and mortar retailers? Maybe.

Patti Freeman Evans, a senior analyst who monitors the retail industry for JupiterResearch, explains that while online sales are only a fraction of actual retail transactions, the Internet is a key influencer in buying decisions.

“We see online retail plateauing at 10-15 percent of total retail down the road – about double the penetration that catalogs ever got,” Evans says.

She notes that as online commerce sites continue to develop more sophisticated tools to make purchasing easier and safer, some consumers will shift more of their wallet online.

“But that growth will really be organic, not dramatic. We look to the Internet to remain a highly influential channel for retailers to affect customer purchasing regardless of what channel the actual transaction occurs in.”

Terapeak's Motors P&A Research provides sellers with access to in-depth research on the past year of online auction data and allows users to get in-depth research reports on the competition and themselves. For more information go to www.terapeak.com/motors.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

 

IT’S CRUNCH TIME!

The pace is fast here at Eckler’s in preparation for what’s going to be one of the largest Winter Nationals ever held at Old Town in Kissimmee, Florida.
Since this is our first major show of the new season, we’re all excited and every step is being made to ensure that everyone in attendance has a good time. The host club, Classic Camaros of Central Florida is setting the pace ensuring that every detail is covered from evening security to classification assistance. Without host clubs like Classic Camaros of Central Florida our shows would not be successful. Speaking of Camaro clubs if you’re a Camaro enthusiast and would like to join a fun and successful club you need to look no further than this club. These guys and ladies in this club are a great bunch of people! Now back to what we’re doing here at Eckler’s. We’re making parts list for sales items, getting the personnel in place for various assignments, getting the necessary supplies, such as judging and tech sheets, working on awards, handling the large number of pre-registrations, ensuring the welcome bar-b-que event is ready and many, many more show details. Most show attendees will never understand how much behind the scenes work is involved in putting on a show this large. Hopefully this information will provide a little insight. See you at the show!

Monday, January 29, 2007

 

WENT TO A CAR SHOW!

Yes, I went to another car show this past weekend, and although I attend numerous car shows during the year as a part of my job description, I still enjoy the local ones. The local car show I attended was held at a golf course club house area, and you could tell that a lot of planning went into this event. The food vendor served a great breakfast and lunch and the overall facilities were excellent. You could set up your lawn chairs and coolers and simply relax until the 3 o'clock awards presentations.
To ensure that all participants were satisfied, everyone who entered the show received a nice glass trophy. The judging was very informal, and the awards were numerous, but people had a good time and that's the most important part of the car shows. I believe these small car show are more family friendly, since you have the opportunity to spend time conversing with many new car enthusiast. Just a fun relaxing Florida weekend.

Friday, January 26, 2007

 

I CAN'T BELEIVE IT.....

The Classic Chevy/WCC International Convention scheduled for July 4-6, 2007 in Hagarstown Maryland is on track to be the largest CCI/WCC event ever. The four (4) hotels near the show are completly booked, and a fith hotel in the immediate area only has 50 rooms remaining. This year being the anniversary of both the 57 Chevy as well as the 40th nniversary of the Camaro, makes the owners of these vehicle want to participate in all the festivities. I honestly think that we will exceed our previous record of 800 cars at a Internation show this year. This is going to be a great show season!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

 

PRODUCTS THAT WORK !

I've been asked by numerous people to recommend or give my opinion about certain performance parts I've used. Providing my insight about performance parts can be tricky because most of the time it's strickly my personal opinion. Take my 94 Camaro with a 502 big block as an example, I will start from front to rear and tell you what I've experienced over the past 4 years with my combination.

Engine: Comp solid roller cam & valve train - worked flawless with no breakage, and many, many quarter mile runs and street driven miles.

Engine Oil: Mobile One 15/40 & Lucus Supplement - Once again no oil related problems and the Lucus is by far the best supplement one can put in their motor.

Carburetor - A.E.D. - Another Great Piece, with no problems.

Radiator - Griffin, 1 1/4 tube size, great for cooling a big block,

Fans: Spal twin fans; these fans will actually pull paper from the road surface, these fans work!

JW Converter - 2years and still going strong, great piece.

Moser Rear - No problems with housing or axles

Spohn Torque Arm - Fairly new piece, and still working on adjustments.

QA1 - Double Adjustable Shocks - Great Parts, you can loosen up the front suspension or tighten it up for the street.


Of course there are many many more parts on the car, but the list above just gives you an idea of the parts that I've used without quality issues.

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