Wayne Cook
April 16, 2007
Photos By: Mark Houlahan
We see more and more performance cars on display at PRI every year, which really enhances the show. Fran Hall of Race Car Replicas (586) 294-7002; www.race-car-replicas.com brought one of the company's RCR-40 replicas from its Michigan digs to put in Performance Fiberglass Products' display booth. PFP makes the bodies for Hall's GT-40 replicas.

As is the SEMA show held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Performance Racing Industry trade show (PRI) is also an important ritual for those involved in the automotive performance industry and aftermarket. The 19th annual PRI show was held in December 2006 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Here, nonperformance accessories such as floor mats or fuzzy dice are largely filtered out. Although there's a huge variety of exhibits, the emphasis is more on hard-core, go-fast hardware. It's considered a must-see event for those interested in keeping abreast of new developments in the racing or high-performance industry. Whether you're a race-car builder, crewman, driver, or automotive journalist, there's something here for you because the PRI event is the largest racing trade show in the world.

This year, the show featured the latest in motorsports technology from more than 1,400 companies. The PRI show is held in more than 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit space, and 45,000-plus buyers attended the '06 edition. We were amazed and pleased at the amount of new development in the vintage sector, and products with applications for early-model Mustangs and other special-interest Fords were plentiful.

Take a stroll with us through the PRI show's exhibit halls to see a few of the more interesting things the show had to offer.

Bat Fuel Fillers
(941) 355-0005

If you want to set your car apart from the rest, check out the BAT lineup of fuel fillers. Choose the Bullitt or Aero Look filler caps for a cool, custom look on your classic Ford. The aviation style cap is a popular custom touch and is available in either silver or carbon finish. The Bullitt Mustang fuel cap has a brushed-stainless finish and retails for $77.

Be Cool Mustang Radiator
(800) 691-2667

This aluminum down-flow radiator for '67-'70 Mustangs is new from the cooling experts at Be Cool. During a recent test, a Be Cool aluminum radiator was installed in a V-8-powered vehicle, and it lowered the operating temperature from 220 to 180 degrees F even with the air conditioning going full blast. These radiators are designed to be a direct fit and feature 15 percent more cooling capacity than factory four-core models. They can be used with all brands of antifreeze and are available in both standard and polished finishes. Expect the natural finish unit to list around $650, while a polished version will be near $950.

Classic Inlines Aluminum Cylinder Head
(602) 708-6650

Ford Six Performance is now Classic Inlines, where the declared goal is to produce an aluminum cylinder head for the Ford straight-six-cylinder engines capable of producing greatly enhanced naturally aspirated power. It will utilize the stock exhaust pattern and angle and eliminate the siamese exhaust ports. This will allow the use of current header designs. The new head will utilize both shaft-style rocker assemblies and stud-mounted rockers and will accept the stock valve cover. You can dress the head with the new alloy cover from Classic Inlines as well. The new cylinder head should be available this summer and will retail in the area of $1,500.