Friday, November 7, 2008

CPP at SEMA 2008

SEMA 2008 is nearing to a close after months of planning. Even with the state of the economy in flux, there is no way to keep the excitement down at these annual shows. With over 60,000 domestic and international buyers expected in over 2 million square feet of exhibits, the buzz can be felt across the city of Las Vegas. Our booth located in the Hot Rod Alley this year, featured many of our new products that can be seen on our website. We love this opportunity to see our current customers and as well as make new contacts in person. This year's theme was the "Year of the Camaro", and the American Muscle Car was out in force, along with every other kind of imaginable (and sometimes un-imaginable!) project car. It truly is a Mecca for car lovers!

Monday, July 7, 2008

"You Should of Seen the One That Got Away!"

A few of the CPP sales staff hit the wide open sea for a little fishing adventure last weekend. They headed out of San Pedro and spent the day reeling in sculpin, red snapper, cod and a few really great sunburns. The last time the crew went out fishing, they ran into a school of squid and that was all that was brought in the boat all day (they aptly named their previous adventure the "calamari safari!"). The boys were pleased this time to not have to deal with any of the eight-legged creatures.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Agony of Defeat

Mario Salgado, one of CPP's customer service reps, lost a bet with fellow employees and pays dearly. Mario's beloved Angels lost to the Dodgers during the Freeway Series last weekend and his "pay-up" was to wear the winning team's colors. "Thanks to the Angels bats taking the weekend off, I am stuck wearing this ugly shirt." Mario says. "I hope I don't break out in a rash!"

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Making a Lasting Impression

CPP Customer Service Rep, Aaron Strietzel, began working on his 1957 Chevrolet four years ago this month. Besides the Corvette Millennium Yellow paint job it sports, the car has a 355/700R4 drive train, CPP's Big Brake front & rear brake kit, 500 Series power steering kit, tubular A-arms and MCPV-1 master cylinder and brake booster. While some would be happy with an artist rendering or photo of their project car, Aaron took it one step further by permanently inking this beauty on his arm.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Our Showroom Shines

Have you been to our shop lately? Our showroom is bursting with the latest CPP products. You can check out all the parts and accessories along with displays from some of our vendors like, TCI, Ididit, Heidt's Flaming River, QA1, Baer Brakes, Zoops, Kugal Komponents, Air Ride Technologies and much, much more. If you are in our area, like our visitors today that came all the way from Europe, please stop by and say hello!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Goodguys Del Mar

The CPP headed down south to Del Mar for the Goodguys Get Together. We had a booth outside this year and it was nice to enjoy the great weather and show off our latest products. 

Monday, March 31, 2008

Purple Pig Comes Back

The Purple Pig saga continues as Classic Performance Product's Danny Nix and Rod & Custom's Tech Editor Kev Elliot unload the car at CPP. Having left our shop for engine and transmission mounts at Walton's Fabrications, this '49 Chevy has returned for it's custom suspension make-over. While it was gone, Currie Enterprises built the rear axle in preparation for the work we will be doing, including converting it to a trailing arm suspension that will ride on air bags.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Air Ride Swings By the Shop

In town for the Goodguys show, Air Ride Technologies' BJ Elmore (far left) and Bill Wilder (2nd from right) brought by their '70 Chevelle RS Grand Prize Giveaway Car that is making the rounds at all Goodguys shows this year (including testing out the Autocross track at the fairgrounds last weekend). Some lucky person will be driving this beauty home at the Columbus, Ohio show in July. Giving them the grand tour of our shop and showroom is CPP's Danny Nix (far right) and Craig Chaffers (second from left).

Thursday, March 20, 2008

More Fun at the Goodguys Autocross

Rod & Custom magazine's David Stoker takes his '67 Nova SS around the Street Challenge AutoCross at the Goodguys OC Show. Stoker's Nova is outfitted with CPP's Mini Sub-Frame and Zero Offset Disk Brake Conversion Kit. He said the car handled great through the course, only wishing he had more rear tire to make it through the turns (and better driving skills, which it looks to us like he was doing great). Thanks David for sharing the photos.

Goodguys Autocross Proves To Be Good Testing Ground

CPP attended the Goodguys 2nd Annual OC Get-Together at the Orange County Fairgrounds this past weekend. It was the first time we exhibited at this show, and it was fun being in our own backyard. Source Interlink's Tim Foss sent us this photo of him testing out his 1979 C10 truck on the Street Challenge Autocross (and picking up a few cones along the way!). His truck is outfitted with our MCPV-1 master cylinder, front and rear tubular control arms, drop coil springs, drop spindles with our new 13" front brake kit and 12" rear disc conversion kit. CPP's engineer Danny Nix rode along with Foss on one of his Autocross runs and was blown away with how well the truck did. "It was very well balanced front to back, the steering was responsive and ride quality superb," Nix explained.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hotrod & Resto Show

We headed out once again to Indianapolis for the 10th Annual Hotrod & Restoration Show, where we showed off our latest new parts. CPP's Operations Manager, Victor Zendejas, along with Aaron Strietzel and Ron Duncan met with dealers, attended educational seminars and introduced themselves to new buyers. After a week of 20 degree Indiana weather, the guys were happy to return to sunny Southern California.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Black Beauty Rides Again

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Chairman of the Board Gary Meadors sent us some great photos of his recently completed '58 Impala. "Thanks for allowing us to use the most recent and best suited CPP parts on our Black Beauty.  The Impala handled great on our trip up Highway 101 from San Francisco to our Goodguys event in Puyallup, Washington along the California and Oregon coasts...Cool Cruisin'!" wrote Gary. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Just How Much Do We Ship?

We hit a record shipping day here at CPP last week. Our faithful shipping department outdid themselves this time...295 packages PLUS two full pallets for truck shipment. WOW! Our growth has been tremendous in the past few years and we thank our loyal customers for making that happen. Do I hear 300? Editor Note: Apparently they heard me, we just hit 320 packages shipped in ONE day. Way to go guys!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Going Global

Liza and Tom Camaro (yes, that is their REAL last name) from Camaro Restoration Denmark swung by our shop the other day to say hello. They are CPP's stocking dealer for Denmark and decided to personally pick up their parts order this time while in town on vacation. The trickiest part of their visit was trying to fit all those parts into the mini-van! Tåk for lan nemlig jeres firma. Behage nå til opsøge igen hurtigt.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Purple Pig Arrives!

Rod & Custom's latest venture is a daily driver owned by Kev Elliot, the magazine's technical editor. Aptly named the Purple Pig, this 1949 Chev has been chopped and dropped and arrived at our shop today, ready for its new C10 tubular trailing arms and custom crossmember. We are excited to be a part of this project and will keep you posted on its progress. More...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Testing 13" Brake Kits

CPP engineer Danny Nix joins John Barkley (associate publisher, Street Rodder) and Tim Foss (publisher, Street Rodder) who swung by to pick up their Chevy trucks after we finished running some spindle and brake tests on them. We outfitted their 1979 shortbed C-10 and 1974 stepside with our brand new spindle with 13" brakes and rear suspension package and had amazing results. We are hoping to have these products available in the coming months. Expect to hear a lot about these new items and their performance in the near future in Classic Trucks magazine. Thanks Tim and John for the use of your trucks and the confidence and support of CPP.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Turlock Show Turns 42

The Turlock Swap Meet has become one of the premier events for hobbyists in the restoring and collecting of antique and classic automobiles. Started in 1965 by the Modesto Area A's, a chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America, the swap meet has quickly grown into a nationally known event. For CPP, it was "touch and go" in the days leading up to the 42nd Annual swap meet, if we were going to make it up there. Southern California is known for our mild climate, but this year Mother Nature has been making up for lost time. With road closures and "Storm Watch 2008" in full force, we continued packing up, not wanting to miss the event for the first time in 10 years. Fortunately we made it there with no problems and the weather turned out to be beautiful. Swap meets really give us an opportunity to meet our customers face-to-face, not just a voice on the other side of the telephone. Overall, it was a great weekend and we look forward to it again next year.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ididit Visits CPP

Ididit's CEO Ken Callison, President Jane Callison and Sales Manager Marty Waterstraught (joined by CPP's Ron Duncan) stopped by Classic Performance when they were in town for the 59th Annual Grand National Roadster Show last Friday. They toured our facility and had a chance to meet the new faces here at CPP. They filled our sales guys in on the new products that Ididit has available as well. CPP and Ididit has enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship over the years and we appreciate the support. Thanks for stopping by!