Forgeline is excited to be sponsoring and attending the 2013 Midwest Musclecar Challenge on May 25-26. The 4th Annual Midwest Musclecar Challenge provides an opportunity to test the handling and road manners of your musclecar in a safe and controlled environment, where you can comfortably explore the limits of your hot rod, develop your driving skill, and support the 2013 charity, the Lawrence County United Cancer Society Wig Bank.
This event starts off on Saturday with the Forgeline Wheels Challenge autocross, at the Mid-American Air Center, located in Lawrenceville, IL. After the racing on Saturday, participants will enjoy the Lawrenceville Cruise-in, at Lawrenceville Square, from 6-9PM. And then the racing continues again on Sunday, with another full day of the Orange Cone Racing autocross.
The SCCA will once again be setting up unique one-of-a-kind courses that will thrill both drivers and spectators, while pushing competitors to the edge of performance. Each day will bring a unique and different long course (50-60 seconds) that can accommodate two cars simultaneously to ensure lots of track time. The SCCA will be offering free instruction, each day from 9-11AM (times will not be recorded, while with an instructor). And for 2013, the “Are You Faster Than Paul” contest will test if anyone is faster than Paul Dornburg (from the SCCA) on the autocross – with a chance to win cash!
Forgeline team members will be on site to share the latest Forgeline wheel designs and finish options. And as always, we will be sharing our technical expertise and offering hands-on guidance regarding measurements and fitment considerations to anyone that stops by the Forgeline tent.
Forgeline’s New CF3C-SL Concave Stepped Lip in Satin Gunmetal with Transparent Smoke Outer
After months of extensive engineering and design, Forgeline is pleased to announce brand new stepped lip variations of our popular Concave Series three piece forged wheels.
Following the success of the SC3C-SL Concave Step, our new Stepped Lip Concave Series wheels feature stepped lip outer rims (up to 2 inch width) and redesigned centers with full length spokes that extend beyond the rim register and reach down below the stepped lip outer to take full advantage of the stepped lip feature. This adds visual interest to the wheels and reduces center mass, holding overall diameter constant.
Like all Forgeline Concave Series wheels, the new Stepped Lip Concave designs locate the pad inboard of the outer rim to deliver depth and scale within the wheel center for a modern muscular look. Available in both deep concave profiles (for the most striking appearance) and shallow concave profiles (to create a staggered look or to accommodate narrow widths or higher-offset applications), these 3-piece wheels are assembled with hidden stainless-steel ARP fasteners and Heli-Coil inserts.
And in the spirit of Forgeline’s racing and performance heritage, the Stepped Lip Concave Series wheels are designed to be as strong and lightweight as possible. While some concave wheel designs from other manufacturers use giant feet at the base of the spokes to create an artificial concave shape (which also weakens the spokes and adds significant unwanted extra weight), Forgeline’s concave profiles are done the right way – using meticulous engineering and complex machining processes – to create a true concave center. As a result, they are stronger and lighter than most others on the market.
Forgeline custom-builds the Stepped Lip Concave Series wheels in 20 and 21 inch diameters and a range of widths to fit select applications. And just like any Forgeline wheel, they are fully customizable in fitment and finish. Though not all of the new Stepped Lip Concave Series models are listed on our website (as of May 14, 2013), ALL of our Concave Series wheels are now available for order in a Stepped Lip Concave variation, including the SC3C-SL, CF3C-SL, RB3C-SL, DE3C-SL, and VX3C-SL. Please contact our sales team for more information!
The Hands Together for a Cure Porsche 911 GT3 on Forgeline GA3R Wheels
Racers have always been known as ambitious personalities who believe that anything is possible. So when Forgeline customer Brent Thorkelson recognized the growing tragedy of childhood cancer, he decided to take action.
In North America alone, childhood cancer strikes over 20,000 kids each year. And though many efforts are certainly being made to combat the disease, those with a personal connection to childhood cancer can’t help but be affected in profound ways. In an effort to raise both dollars and morale, Brent Thorkelson leverages his love of Porsche 911 racing to make a difference.
In 2012, Brent started the Hands Together for a Cure charity. Using his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 on Forgeline GA3R racing wheels as a centerpiece, he raises dollars by showcasing corporate sponsors for his annual entry in the Knox Mountain Hill Climb in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. In 2012, he raised $7400 and plans to raise $20,000 or more, in 2013, with all proceeds going directly to Kids Cancer Care research.
But combating childhood cancer is also about more than money. Perhaps an even greater contribution is Brent’s effort to raise morale among some of the children that are afflicted with cancer. So he shares his Porsche 911 GT3 with children recovering from cancer, lets them explore the rollbar-equipped interior, and asks each of them to sign their own handprint graphic on the car’s exterior.
Forgeline is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Hands Together for a Cure team, and we wish them the best of luck, as they tackle the hill again on May 18-19. Donations are still being accepted, and all who donate $500 or more have a chance to win their own exciting ride up the mountain in the GT3, during this year’s hill climb. You can learn more or make a donation at http://www.handstogetherforacure.com.
See us at the 2013 Heidts Performance Car Challenge
Forgeline is excited to be sponsoring and attending the 2013 Heidts Performance Car Challenge on May 11-12. This celebration of horsepower provides a dynamic proving ground to test the handling and road manners of some of America’s best-built muscle cars.
This event starts off on Friday night in Wauconda, Illinois with a tour of the Heidts Performance Group facility and the Forgeline reception and barbecue followed by a road rally to the weekend’s host hotel at the Holiday Inn in Joliet, Illinois.
The rest of the weekend takes place at the Autobahn Country Club and includes a full schedule of gasoline flavored tire smoking excitement, including tons of track time on the Heidts Road Course (on Autobahn’s 1.46 mile 9 turn North Course), autocross (with drivers school), the Wilwood Speed Stop Squared Challenge, and the Heidts Performance Car Challenge Car Show (showcasing some of the most beautiful automotive craftsmanship on the planet).
Forgeline team members Mark Schetter and Dave Schardt will be on site to share the latest Forgeline wheel designs and finish options. And as always, Mark and Dave will be sharing their technical expertise and offering hands-on guidance regarding measurements and fitment considerations to anyone that stops by the Forgeline tent.
The Team Prefix/Forge Ahead USA Dodge Viper on Forgeline GA3R-6 Wheels
On May 4, approximately 65 teams will gather to compete in this year’s One Lap of America race, with one Midwest-based team (Team Prefix/Forge Ahead USA) determined to spread an important message. Their goal is to use the high-profile event to promote the importance of buying American-made products, supporting U.S. manufacturers, and recycling dollars back into our nation’s economy.
The 2013 Tire Rack One Lap of America, presented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, is the modern version of the famous Cannonball Run, and will be held May 4-11. Organized by the same group of enthusiasts who pioneered the original event, today’s One Lap is no kinder or gentler to its participants than the original… but it is now legal. (Each performance driving event takes place only on professional race tracks.) It is the ultimate endurance test of man and machine with high profile vehicles traveling over 4000 miles from start to finish. The Prefix/Forge Ahead USA team drivers are Steve Loudin and Tom Drewer, both experienced racers driving the ultimate American muscle car, a modified Dodge Viper SRT-10 equipped with Forgeline GA3R-6 racing wheels. The 8-day event will put their “Made in the USA” message in front of thousands of Americans in over a dozen states, and a dozen race tracks, providing them with an ideal audience to help spread the word.
“The One Lap of America is a great way to share the importance of the Forge Ahead USA campaign,” explained Mr. Kim Zeile of Prefix, the team’s title sponsor. “There is definitely a renewed interest in buying American-made products, so the timing has never been better for us to bring attention to American companies and the importance of recycling dollars back into our economy.”
Forge Ahead USA is the first national campaign created to assist companies to effectively market their Made in the USA advantage. “This Forge Ahead USA message is much bigger than just putting an American-made sticker on a product,” continued Zeile. “It’s a national movement that pulls together manufacturing businesses, employees, communities, industry groups, and consumers. It’s a true, national team effort! If you’re an American company, then you need to get involved and participate in Forge Ahead USA!”
With 8 days of grueling road and track tests awaiting their modified Dodge Viper SRT-10, Team Prefix/Forge Ahead USA called on Dayton, Ohio’s Forgeline Motorsports to provide the 6-lug version of their most technically advanced 3-piece racing wheel, the GA3R. Made from a forged aluminum center and assembled with lightweight titanium fasteners, the team’s GA3R-6 wheels were custom manufactured for the Dodge Viper and finished with a unique blue paint to match the car’s competition color scheme.
“We’re excited to be a part of the Team Prefix/Forge Ahead USA One Lap of America effort for 2013,” says Forgeline sales manager Steve Schardt. “Certainly as an American manufacturer ourselves, we support the team’s message and share their belief that American-made products are most often superior. And the race itself presents a great opportunity to showcase the strength and performance capability of our GA3R racing wheel.”
Additional sponsors promoting the team’s effort include: Whelen Engineering, Archer Racing, American Racing Headers, Arrow Racing, Tricel Corporation, K&N Engineering, CORSA Performance, PartsRack, Thule, and Jason Industries.