Seven days and 3,380 miles - to cover that much distance while behind the wheel of a car is a challenge in and of itself. But throw in multiple racing events per day on tracks that you have never driven before and you get an event that pushes driver and machine to their absolute limits mentally, physically, and mechanically. This is Brock Yates' One Lap of America - a spiritual successor to the original Cannoball Runs that saw competitors making a mad dash from New York City to Redondo Beach, CA in as little as 32 hours 51 minutes. Carl Casanova and his co-driver Jon Mahn are attempting to complete this endeavor in Carl's Hotchkis-equipped '68 Camaro, competing in the Vintage American class. Carl is sending us daily updates from the road to share with everyone what it's like to compete in this emotional roller coaster of an event. Stay tuned to this page as we post these updates throughout the week.
It was a stereotypically perfect Southern California weekend April 5 through April 7, 2013, with sunny skies, moderate temperatures, and a cool ocean breeze creating a paradise for autocrossing at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals.
Track testing at Hotchkis is usually in the spring, but we've developed so many new products this year that we needed a mid-season R&D session! As always, our star H-Team members were invited to join us, and the track day at Willow Springs was a huge success.
Hotchkis headquarters is in Southern California, which means we don't get to meet East Coast auto enthusiasts as often as we'd like, so we were thrilled to get the chance to attend the East Coast Camaros Club's 30th Annual "All Make Charity Show" in Hudson, NH.
They say competition breeds innovation, so the innovators at Hotchkis Sport Suspension don't mess around when it comes to pushing new products to the limit. That was certainly the case the second weekend in July, when Hotchkis' “H-Team" campaigned vehicles in two different events on opposite ends of the country.
H-Team member, Dan Weishaar recently participated in the Spectre 341 Challenge, an intimidating hill climb race held in Virginia City, NV. Dan came back full of enthusiasm about the race, his car and his plans for next year.
Elana Scherr is an automotive PR professional who resides in Los Angles. Her daily responsibilities include developing and initiating strategic communication programs at Kahn Media for host of clients including major players in the high-performance aftermarket business.
We spend a lot of time here at Hotchkis HQ on the Camaro5 forum, and many of our H-Team members are on the forum as well. So, when we found out that Camaro5Fest II, the second gathering of 5th Gen Camaro owners from the forum would take place a day's drive from L.A. at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, we knew we had to go.
Our latest H-Team Track Day and R&D session at the Streets of Willow in Rosamond, California, in early March could have passed for a Trans Am road race in the late '60s, if it weren't for the big-inch wheels and smattering of modern muscle cars screaming around this tight road course.
Amazingly, it's almost Spring, and racing season is in full swing. We said farewell to Winter in the best possible way; with a weekend spent at the track during Run to the Coast II at El Toro Marine base in Irvine, California.
From the bark of a fully-loaded 572 cubic inch crate motor stuffed under the hood of a beautiful Chevelle to the finely tuned shriek of a 638 horsepower Corvette ZR1, our first open of the new year featured the sights and sounds of an awesome car show. After the success of our all-Camaro open house last October, we decided to do host another tech talk / car show, this time featuring our first platform (Chevelle and GM A-Body) and our newest (Chevy C10 pickups).
Every winter we are reminded how lucky we are to be auto enthusiasts in Southern California. While enthusiasts across the country are prepping for the holidays and Winter projects, we get to cruise all year long. With that in mind, John Hotchkis decided to organize our first H-Team car cruise through some of the most well-known driving roads in the world - and pair it with a car show that benefits a very worthwhile charity - all on a Sunday morning in December!
Although there are still several weeks before 2011, in the automotive world, the SEMA trade show is the culmination of the year and this year's show was an amazing one. From fantastic customer cars in the show to a stellar H-Team showing the following saturday at the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, it was an awesome trip to Vegas.
Every year, we invite car clubs and our local customers to bring their cars and families to Hotchkis HQ and talk tech with their fellow enthusiasts. This year, our annual open house was extra special, as it was the first event to be held at our new facility.
"Everybody is talking about these cars," says a man in shorts and a helmet as he approaches the Hotchkis 1970 "E-max" Challenger, "Can I really drive it?"
That was pretty much the story for the full two days we spent at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana during our first Motor Press Guild Track event. The Hotchkis Camaro and the ever popular E-Max made hot lap after hot lap as journalists from all kinds of automotive and mainstream outlets took turns behind the wheel.
Owned by EA and Need for Speed, the SpeedHunters.com website is quickly becoming one of our all-time favorites. Why? A killer combination of jaw-dropping photography, fantastic cars from all genres and an enthusiastic, fun-loving readership always willing to throw in a funny comment or two.
Minnesota native Jason Line is known around the country as one of the quickest and fastest drivers in the NHRA for his feats behind the wheel of the Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock car with 21 career Pro Stock wins and highlights that include the 2004 Rookie of the Year title and the 2006 NHRA Pro Stock Championship. What many don't know about the the ultra competitive driver is that he started his racing career in 1985 driving a 1968 Chevelle at Brainerd International Raceway, went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1987-1991, then worked on Joe Gibbs' NASCAR team as the Chief Dyno Operator. He returned to drag racing in the early '90s, cinching the 1993 Stock Eliminator Championship.
"The difference that matters between the 1970 Hotchkis E-Max Dodge Challenger and the 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 can be demonstrated as easily as turning each one's ignition key right here in our driveway."
The Orange County Get Together is the fourth event in the Good Guys Street Challenge Autocross series and it was a fantastic weekend for the Hotchkis team. Hotchkis-equipped cars finished first in the Vendor, Truck and Participant classes and we had more than a dozen customer competing in this fun So Cal event.
Spring Fling is an annual show put on by the dedicated Mopar fans over at the Chrysler Performance West car club. The show attracts parts dealers and show cars from as far away as Canada, and includes activities such as evening cruises, a track day, and a giant swap meet.
It's the first week of March and while the rest of the country is buried under the snow, we're fortunate enough out here in California to have great track day weather! It was a little cold at Willow Springs, but our second R&D Track Test of the year went really well.
While the rest of the country is buried in snow, we are very fortunate to have sunny Southern California weather nearly year round. We took advantage of the sunshine in early January and had our first track test of 2010 at Willow Springs.
GM’s latest Camaro may be flying off showroom floors, but the 1993-02 Camaro, Firebird, and Trans Am make excellent, affordable track toys with the right choice of upgrades. These cars benefit from a stiff platform, good balance and plenty of power – they just need a little help in the suspension department. Now you have maximum driver control and trackside tunability with the new Adjustable Rear Sway Bar from Hotchkis Performance.
As hard as it may be to believe, there was a time when sway bars were considered optional equipment. In fact, some B- and E-Body Mopars weren’t even equipped with provisions for them. While that didn’t matter much in the ‘60s when bias-ply tires kept handling expectations low, modern enthusiasts who don’t want to wallow through every curve used to be forced to swap lower control arms to get an end link mounting bracket – until now. To accompany its latest high-performance handling hardware for classic Chrysler B and E Body muscle cars, Hotchkis Performance released a new Control Arm Upgrade Bracket.
Fresh off their win at the Monterey Historics, comedian and radio host Adam Carolla interviewed John and Mark Hotchkis for his weekly CarCast, one of the most downloaded programs on iTunes and the highest-rated automotive podcast in history.
The 1967-76 Mopar A-Body is one of the last great performance bargains of the muscle car era, with pony cars like the Dart, Duster, Demon and early ‘Cuda gaining popularity thanks to wide availability, V8 power and a budget-friendly price tag. Now you can bolt-on improved handling, driver feedback and control with new Hotchkis Adjustable Strut Rods and Steering Rods.
Every August, the Monterey peninsula is overrun with the fastest, most exotic and rarest racing machines in the world for the annual Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. On August 15, Mark Hotchkis drove the Hotchkis/Lifeline Wynn’s 1986 Porsche 962 to victory against a field of historic racecars including a 1994 Kremer-Porsche Spyder K8 driven by ALMS racer Gunnar Jeanette (2nd), another 962 driven by Rudy Junco (3rd) and Patrick Dempsey in a Mazda RX-792P (4th).
Every year, we invite a car club or a group of enthusiasts to visit Hotchkis HQ, have lunch, show off their cars and talk tech. It’s a fun, casual way to learn more about our customers share information about suspension setup and performance driving. On July 18th, we invited the Southern California Chrysler community to an open house at the shop, and four five fantastic local car clubs showed up in force. Our typical open house turned into a full-blown car show, complete with famous rides, a rock star, burnouts, over 80 cars and even a Hemi-powered air raid siren. It doesn’t get much wilder than that.
Football fans have the Super Bowl, baseball guys get the World Series, horse racing aficionados have the Kentucky Derby, and for muscle car fans it’s all about The ‘Nats. For the uninitiated, the GoodGuys PPG Rod & Custom Nationals is the biggest event on the GoodGuys calendar, and thanks to a recent boom in muscle car attendance it can also be counted as one of the largest street machine events in the world.
Our friends at Hot Wheels originally built this beautiful ’66 Pontiac GTO for the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. They asked Steve Strope and the crew at Pure Vision Design in Simi Valley to build a car that could cruise to Southern California events, car shows and Hot Wheels themed conventions, and it had to make an impact. After a few years on the road with show car suspension, the Hot Wheels marketing department decided they wanted to replace the entire suspension system with a new setup that would provide the same killer stance, but with better road manners on the street and killer performance in the corners.
If you like muscle cars, hot rods, customs, autocross racing action, live music and tons of great food, then join the crew from Hotchkis Performance at the 12th Annual GoodGuys PPG Nationals July 10-12 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.
When the designers at Mattel wanted to release a cool first gen Camaro, they called us up and asked for some ideas. We talked to them about pro-touring, high-speed handling, low-profile tires and cool paint schemes. Then, a few months ago, they unveiled a Hugger Orange ´69 Camaro with a white graphics package and our name emblazoned on the side!
The all-new 2010 Camaro is a stellar performer straight off the showroom floor, but like most modern muscle cars it suffers from significant body roll and understeer. Whether it´s a Super Sport, Rally Sport or V6 model, installing a bolt-on Hotchkis Sport Sway Set is one of the fastest, easiest and most dramatic modifications you can make to the new Camaro. Significantly improve handling, driver control and overall fun factor in less than an hour with basic hand tools.
When it debuted at the SEMA show last November, the "E-Max" 1970 Challenger R/T was loaded with a variety of prototype suspension parts and a showroom stock 340 six-pack. Six months later suspension designs are in production and Team Hotchkis put them to the test at the 16th Annual Goodguys Summer Get-Together in Pleasanton, California with outstanding results.
The picturesque town of Pleasanton looks like most small suburbs surrounding the California Bay Area: clean city streets, well-kept houses and lots of white picket fences. It also happens to be home court for the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, and on May 30 and 31st the tiny town was overrun with the hordes of brightly hued hot rods and muscle cars for the club’s16th annual Summer Get-Together.
From split-bumper ´70 Z28s to low-slung "Bandit" Trans Ams, second generation F-Bodies are storming the muscle car scene, thanks to a plentiful supply of inexpensive cars that are easily modified for serious performance. Now you can dramatically improve the overall handling, high-speed stability and tire adhesion of any 1970-81 Camaro, Firebird or Trans-Am with new Geometry-Corrected Upper and Lower Tubular A-Arms from Hotchkis.
In the mid 1960’s, engineers at Chevrolet designed a new coil spring and trailing arm suspension system for the C10 that provided work truck capability by day and a comfortable ride for nights and weekends. Four decades later the 1967-72 C10 is an incredibly popular platform for sport truck enthusiasts, thanks to cool lines and muscle car style suspension.
There’s only one way to describe an event like the 2009 Goodguys Del Mar Nationals: Perfect. The three day event ran April 3-5 in the tiny beach town just north of San Diego, and we couldn’t have asked for a better show, from the perfect clear blue skies to the enthusiastic crowds and over 1,000 incredible muscle cars, hot rods and customs.
Chrysler B & E Bodies like the Charger, Barracuda, Challenger, GTX and Superbird are icons of the muscle car era. Owners of these classic muscle machines have had to choose between poor 1960s handling and a new K-member using “Brand-F” technology – until now. The engineers and handling experts at Hotchkis Sport Suspension have developed a new bolt-on Tubular Upper A-Arm kit for Mopar B & E Bodies that corrects excessive caster gain, creates the proper negative camber curve and reduces bump steer. The result is dramatically improved handling, traction and road feel, all while preserving the classic Mopar soul.
When it made its debut in 1992, the E36 platform BMW 3-Series was a revelation. A powerful inline six, roomy interior and aggressive styling made every model from the 325i to the vaunted M3 world-class sports cars. Seventeen years later, these cars are an affordable yet highly capable performance bargain. Their one flaw is excessive understeer and body roll, even on the M3. Now you can eliminate understeer, increase traction, reduce body roll and improve overall vehicle balance with a set of new E36 Sport Sway Bars from Hotchkis Performance.
Every year, Mopars at the Strip holds a charity raffle for a freshly restored giveaway car, with all the proceeds going to charity. The plan was to show people that our new Hotchkis suspension system for classic Mopars is so easy to install, you can do it anywhere with hand tools. Steve’s idea was to find an affordable vintage B-Body, then do a “live build” at the show where he’d install our suspension, plus big brakes, cool wheels and tires and a few other mods.
As you know, we’ve been heavily involved in the muscle car community for over 15 years, and we’re always eager to meet new people and talk about the cars they care about. For the past few years our friends in the Chrysler community have been telling us about a fun, exciting all-Chrsyler show in Las Vegas called Mopars at the Strip, and with the recent release of our new suspension systems for classic B & E Bodies, as well as the new Challenger, we thought it was finally time to check it out.
The 2009 car show season lept off the starting line March 14 and 15 at the Good Guys Orange County Get Together in Costa Mesa, California. The Hotchkis team was at the show in full force, with our new rig setup behind the Good Guys auto cross course and our Project E-Max 1970 Challenger on display. The auto cross was a crowd favorite all weekend, drawing dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators, and by the time the last tire rolled across the finish line on Sunday, Hotchkis customer Mary Pozzi and her 1973 Camaro topped the podium with the fastest muscle car time of the event, 29.1 seconds.
What do you get for the man that has everything? If you’re the scion of a century-old family business that has dominated the car care world for decades, an icon of “car guy” culture and a friendly face known around the world as a business leader and television personality, you can basically drive anything you want, but how do you make your dream car handle like a dream?
Four months ago, we debuted several new Mopar suspension systems at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Now we have partnered with renowned builder Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design and is heading back to Sin City for an exciting live vehicle build for the 2009 Mopars at the Strip event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Most gearheads got their first taste of high-speed racing action with a bucket full of Hot Wheels and an orange plastic track. In our opinion, those little metal cars are still just as cool as they were all those years ago, and now the wonderful folks at Mattel have honored us with a Hotchkis-themed Hot Wheels Camaro!
Latest BMW Sport Suspension Package Put to the Test at BMW CCA LA Autocross
Fontana, CA, Feb. 03, 2008 – The Hotchkis Sport Suspension BMW 335i driven by John Hotchkis finished second in class D at the opening round of the BMW CCA LA Autocross at California Speedway.
2007-05-14 Hotchkis Chief Engineer wins SCCA Solo autocross
Aaron Ogawa, Hotchkis Chief Engineer wins the SCCA AutoX STX class at California Speedway. Aaron piloted his Hotchkis equipped 2005 Mini against tough competition from some super quick Subaru WRXs.
Santa Fe Springs, CA - Hotchkis Performance now offers premier suspension installation for the serious driver. Have your car outfitted with the latest Hotchkis Sport Suspension by our suspension experts. We offer suspension restoration, track day preparation, specialized computer alignment, brake upgrades and much more.