These aisles are filled with horsepower goodness from countless manufacturers. If it makes
Horse Sense: The 2009 PRI show covered 1,000,000 square feet inside the cavernous Orlando Convention Center. How big is that, you ask? With a pedometer (a device that measures the amount of distance a person walks) clipped to his belt on Day 1, your tech editor traversed every aisle from wall to wall and covered a total distance of five miles... totally indoors. A five-mile, early December stroll through a roomful of go-fast badness is something that definitely qualifies as walking in a winter wonderland!
Have you ever read a tech article here in 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords and wondered how we found out about the part being featured?
Yes, we receive calls, press releases, and emails from manufacturers about their new products all the time. There also are occasions when cool innovations are discovered totally by chance, while working at shops, checking out 'Stangs at shows, and so on.
While those methods of gathering intelligence on new parts obviously work pretty well, we also count on the major high-performance trade shows for finding cool new pieces to try out. Performance Racing Industry magazine's trade show, held every December in Orlando, Florida, is one such gathering.
Actually, as hard-core racing goes, PRI is the ultimate racing-parts-and-equipment confab for performance enthusiasts from all walks of brand allegiance. The show gives attendees an opportunity to experience the latest and greatest hardware (and see superstars from all facets of motorsports), as there are literally thousands of serious race pieces available to see, touch, and learn about over the course of three days walking the show.
For our crowd, parts for S197s-and even '10 'Stangs and Shelby GT500s-were the most-prominent items on display at the '09 show, but we also found plenty of stuff for beefing-up earlier Mustangs for total dominance on the street, dragstrip or road course.
As usual, your tech editor, Editor Turner, and Associate Editor Johnson converged on PRI and prowled every aisle in search of the hottest Mustangcentric newness, and the following photos and captions represent just a small sampling of some of the cool bits that we found for late-model Ponies.
Advanced Composite Products
If Trans Am, Grand Am, GT1, or IMSA racing are more your spe
American Racing Headers
We've installed a pair of American Racing Headers' [(631) 608-19
On race day, knowing your tires' air pressure is vital for maximum traction.
Canton Racing Products
Our stop at Canton Racing Products' [(203) 481-9460; www.cantonr
With proper balancing being one of the keys to building a smooth-running engin
One manufacturer aimed at keeping our Mustang running cool and fast is Fluidyne
Ford Racing Performance Parts
As usual, Ford Racing [(800) FORD-SVT; www.fordracingpart
Part of the magic of the push-rod 5.0-liter engine was its hydraulic-r
Holley Performance Products
Focusing on the EFI side of things, Holley Performance Produ
Each year at PRI, Innovators West [(785) 825-6166; www.innovatorswest.c
Kooks Custom Headers
The Shelby GT500 is the top of the mountain in Mustang circles, whi
The L in L&M is none other than 5.0 Mustang legend Jimmy LaRocca, and though he's no
In talking to Livernois Motorsports' [(313) 561-5500; www.liverno
One supercharger manufacturer looking to make a big impact in the Must
Our love for stroker engines is still strong, and Patriot Performanc
In the Mustang world, we have many transmission choices. When the
A manufacturer specializing in ignition products, Performance D
Those of you who read 5.0&SF regularly (shame on you if you don't-Ed.) are fa
If your Mustang needs to get right in the suspension department, QA1's [(952) 985-56
Real Street Performance
Our boy Jay Meagher from Real Street Performance [(407) 695-0699
Trick Flow [(330) 630-1555; www.trickflow.com ] has played a huge role in th
We've loved Weld Wheels [(800) 788-9353; www.weldwheels.com ] for years. Th
Whiteline Flat Out
Returning to PRI to once again showcase its suspension wares, Whiteli
Wilson Manifolds [(954) 771-6216; www.wilsonmanifolds.com] showed off t