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92 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2018 An unexpected benefit for shops serving the Pro-Touring market is … … that they can set themselves apart from other businesses that only offer old- school products and installation. Taking that one step further, Pro-Touring builds are bringing younger enthusiasts into the business. It's important to acknowledge that the next generation is 30 to 40 years old—not 17 years old. Pro-Touring helps attract 30-something entrepreneurs and craftspeople. Detroit Speed Inc. Mooresville, North Carolina Kyle Tucker President Our hottest product for the Pro-Touring market is … … the C2/C3 Corvette SpeedRay front sus- pension and DecaLink rear suspension kits. Its best features include … … our DecaLink rear IRS system features a new aluminum rear upright designed with a multi-link suspension system and CV joints. This kit provides a completely new geometry and fixes all weaknesses in the stock rear suspension. The Pro-Touring market has shown impressive staying power because … … people are driving older muscle cars more and more and want the performance modernization that the Pro-Touring cars have brought to the marketplace. New technology is advancing the Pro- Touring market by … … we are using OEM data downloaded from SEMA to integrate new vehicle tech- nology and manufacturing techniques into our product lines. One example is 3-D printing small body parts we use in our custom build projects. We are also using more and more light- weight materials in our suspension com- ponents like aluminum forged uprights and cast aluminum brackets and cradles. An unexpected benefit for shops serving the Pro-Touring market is … … increased workloads. The market is still prime for building Pro-Touring cars and selling Pro-Touring product lines. Con- sumers demand that the parts work and are reliable because they are driving their cars more and more. Motor State Challenge Celebrates 10 Years The Motor State Challenge celebrated its 10th anniversary this summer, showing the staying power of the popular Pro-Touring market. The two-day event brought together 102 drivers from 18 states seeking fun and bragging rights at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan and Tire Rack in South Bend, Indiana. "We managed four autocross runs in the morning before it rained and two in the afternoon with a little rain," says Bob Bertelsen, who participated in his 1968 Corvette Stingray Green Mamba. Bertelsen is among the Pro-Touring participants who return year after year to compete against the friends they've made on the racetrack and through the event's welcome cruise and other activities. They are joined by a growing number of manufacturers that sponsor and sup- port the market and the racers. "Motor State Distributing would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who participated," said Scott Wahlstrom, Motor State Distributing's marketing director, "and to all of the volunteers, organizations and vendors who support the Motor State Challenge." Bob Bertelsen participated in the 2018 Motor State Challenge Pro-Touring event in his 1968 Corvette Stingray "Green Mamba." OLD&NEW More use of Pro-Touring vehicles means products must be built to last. (Photo courtesy Detroit Speed) The latest manufacturing techniques help keep the Pro-Touring market on the cutting edge. (Photo courtesy Detroit Speed

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