FourWheeler.com released a great, in-depth article on our Operation Fearless Bronco Project. To learn more, follow this link. A big shout out to: Agustin Jimenez | Associate Online Editor Posted November 1, 2013 Comment (200) http://www.fourwheeler.com/news/1311-rk-motors-debuts-project-fearless-bronco
Final Bronco Unveiled Pictures of the final Bronco are here! Huge thanks to the guys at @RK Motors Charlotte Performance Center for all the work and time they put into this project. It would not have turned out as great as it did without their expertise. Also, big thanks to all of our project sponsors and partners for their contributions, time and dedication to this project. RKMCPC began its renovation with the Ford’s heart. The original V8 was replaced with a new 5.0L “Coyote” Aluminator engine that churns out over 400 HP. It is connected to a Transzilla T56 six speed with a Centerforce dual friction clutch sending power to a 241 GM transfer case with slip yoke eliminator. The rear end was replaced with a Ford 8.8 unit using Yukon 31-splines while the front axles get their power from a “Detroit Locker” sporting 4:56 gears. The suspension features a BDS lift system, Warn locking hubs and a Power Slot brake system. The team wanted the exterior of the Bronco to reflect the truck’s capabilities, so the body was prepped for a new “Desert Tan” finish. The Bronco now has a one-piece fiberglass hood that flips forward to open, fiberglass [...]
This project is so awesome that we created a name and logo to signify its importance and to honor the man we built it for and his family. To learn more about Operation Fearless and MyClassicGarage.com follow this link.
Concept Rendering The Operation Fearless 1991 Bronco receives a custom grille, hood support, and headlight housing. The truck is truly beginning to have a menacing face. The Bronco is being built with some of the best components and parts available today with many parts being custom-made right here in our performance shop in Mooresville, NC. If not for the talented crew involved in this amazing project, this truck would be just another restoration instead of a truly one-off custom build from the frame up! If you are a truck fan or even if you’re not, but just love cool stuff, you can follow the build to completion, here: https://myclassicgarage.com/social/profile/operation-fearless and let us know what you think.
Brian Vickers Race Summary: No.55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished 13th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway. Vickers started at the rear of the field because he was at Road America for Saturday’s Nationwide race where he finished sixth. He flew from Wisconsin to California after the race. Jason Bowles practiced and qualified the No. 55 car on Friday and Saturday. Bowles set the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota up well because Vickers drove from the back of the field to second place where he raced from laps 42 to 63. He restarted 11th after a stop for fuel and tires during a caution. He began conserving fuel and reported the car was losing front grip in the turns. He pitted on lap 81 for tires and fuel and dropped to 27th. Those new tires and some great driving saw Vickers charge back through the field and cross the finish line 13th. Vickers has finished in the top 13 in all three of his starts in the No. 55 in 2013. He’s posted top-15 finishes in 11 of his 13 starts in the No. 55 in 2012 and 2013. No. 55 returns to action Saturday night [...]
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Sonoma this weekend for the Toyota – Save Mart 350. It was one of our favorite races of 2012 and one we’re proud to revisit it as the primary sponsor for the No. 55 Toyota Camry piloted by Brian Vickers. Vickers will pull a double shift this weekend, spending Friday and Saturday night driving his Nationwide Series car for Joe Gibbs Racing at Road American in Wisconsin before flying into California Saturday night. K&N Pro Series West Champion, Jason Bowles will take care of qualifying duties in Vickers’ absence. “Going from one track to the other is going to be a challenge for sure, and not being able to practice at all in Sonoma. We’ve got a good base setup from last year though. We’ve done some testing and I think we will be good. Road racing the day prior will help,” stated Vickers. The green flags drops at 2pm EST. Tune into TNT to catch the action!
This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads north to Pocono Raceway for the Party in the Poconos 400. RK Motors Charlotte is proud to make its first appearance at the Trick Triangle during its second primary sponsorship of the No. 15 Toyota Camry piloted by Clint Bowyer. Our last No. 15 sponsorship prompted some heart-pumping action and a second place finished for Bowyer. We can’t wait to see what happens this Sunday! The track earned its nickname by proving to be one of the more difficult tracks on the circuit to set up for. According to the Brian Pattie, Bowyer’s crew chief, “The speeds are way up since the repave. The track is way smoother so that changes the setup a lot from previous years. Hopefully the winter up there has done the track some good and given it some character so we can get a little more grip.” As always, we’re proud to join forces with our friends at Michael Waltrip Racing and wish all their teams a weekend of safe and successful racing. The green flag is set to drop at 1pm EST. Tune into TNT to catch all the action!
Charlotte, NC – May 30, 2013 – For auto enthusiasts across the country, the first week in June means only one thing – the return of the Hot Rod Power Tour. What began 19 years ago as a humble trip from Southern California to Detroit has now amassed over 5,400 vehicles and 85,000 spectators. This year, the legendary trek is set to cross seven cities in seven days, starting in Arlington, TX and concluding at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC on Friday June, 7th. RK Motors Charlotte, the nation’s leading retailer of classic, custom, and high-performance cars is proud to sponsor the Grand Finale Cruise Night. “We pride ourselves on building and selling cars that are ready for the road. No event in the country celebrates that idea quite like the Hot Rod Power Tour” stated Joseph M. Carroll, president and CEO of RK Motors Charlotte. “We’re looking forward to welcoming participants to the zMAX Dragway and getting a chance to connect with the kind of enthusiasts that drive our industry.” Gates will open at noon as the first Power Tour participants arrive from their Chattanooga, TN starting point. From there, the event will grow into a full-fledged car [...]
Martin Truex Jr. has started 261 races in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Of those, 75 resulted in Top 10s; 24 brought Top 5s; and one lead to a victory at Dover International Speedway. While those are some commendable statistics, the key number for Truex this month is four – as in the 4th annual Catwalk for a Cause to benefit the Martin Truex Jr Foundation. RK Motors Charlotte is proud to sponsor a night of fashion, food, a silent auction, and raffle prizes on Wednesday, May 15 at Michael Waltrip Racing. Naturally, we’ll have a few cars on display as well including our 1 of 1 LFA Nurburgring Edition with a 4.8L V10 that produces 562 HP, as well as our NASCAR Edition Toyota Camry with a Nationwide engine tucked under the hood. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Martin Truex Jr. Specal Needs Fun at Levine Children’s Hospital. The fund assists provides financial assistance for patiends and families of children being treated at the hospital. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.martintruexjrfoundation.org/
With its manicured golf courses, fantastic dining options, beautiful homes, and genuine southern hospitality, Pinehurst, NC is the kind of town that can lull you into believing that life is a pretty leisurely affair. From our first visit forward, we knew it was a feeling we wanted to permeate our auction site. Of course, making things look easy is always a difficult task. The journey started last week when crews arrived and began assembling our five primary tents. While it’s easy to say that many of these tents can hold up to 30 cars, it’s difficult to convey how large of a space that really is. Thankfully, construction moved at impressive pace, wrapping up Wednesday afternoon. Inside the Fair Barn, a small army converged to transform the simple structure into a technological masterpiece complete with multiple lighting rigs, two giant screens, endless internet capabilities, and a fully functional office where a storage room once lived. Over 1,800 feet worth of cable has been run just to provide sound! Check out the time lapse of the set up. Of course, we haven’t even gotten to the stars of the show – the cars. At present time, there are 111 auction lots [...]
As RKM Collector Car Auctions gears up for its event on Saturday, May 4th, we wanted to take a minute and remind everyone that there is plenty of fun to be had this weekend at Pinehurst. On Friday, May 3rd, the Iron Mike Rally will see a line of show cars, some valued at over $1 million dollars, making the 100-mile run from Pinehurst to Fort Bragg. If you’re near the route, keep an eye out for RK Motors owner Rob Kauffman making the trek in our 1991 Ferrari F40. Sunday May, 5th marks the beginning of a new automotive tradition with the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance. Featuring 118 of the finest cars in the region, including our 1928 Bentley 4.5L Semi-Le Mans Sports Tourer and 1971 Charger R/T (The Last HEMI), the event is a must for any automotive enthusiast. It’s not too late to join in on the fun! For more information on the auction, including online bidder registration, please visit www.RKMCollectorCarAuctions.com. If you’re interested in attending the concours, details and ticketing information can be found at the event website: www.PinehurstConcours.com.
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The #15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota Camry NASCAR will start 15th at the Virginia 500 Sprint Cup NASCAR race in Martinsville, VA. CLINT BOWYER: “It didn’t work out as well as I would have liked. The RK Motors Charlotte was just too loose all the way around. I knew when I was loose in practice that I’d probably be loose in qualifying, but I don’t think I realized just how much it would change. We’ll be fine. We’ll get it figured out and be ready for Sunday.” Brian Vickers, No. 55 Jet Edge Toyota – will start third Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota – will start 12th. Clint Bowyer, No. 15 RK Motors Toyota — will start 15th. NOTES: Jimmie Johnson won the pole with a time of 19.22 seconds/98.400 mph. Marcos Ambrose, Vickers, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon round out the top-five. Johnson’s qualifying time set a new Martinsville Speedway track qualifying record. Two Sprint Cup Series practices are schedule for tomorrow. The race starts at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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The Last HEMI, unveiled on opening day of the Food Lion AutoFair, will be on display in the Showcase Pavilion throughout the event. (Credit: CMS Photo) CONTACT: Scott Cooper Megan Johnson (704) 455-3209 – For Immediate Release EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution images to accompany this Food Lion AutoFair press release may be downloaded from: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/photos CONCORD, N.C., (April 4, 2013) – On Thursday, during opening day of the Food Lion AutoFair, “The Last HEMI” was unveiled to the public for the first time since the 1971 Dodge Charger underwent a major restoration by Mooresville, N.C.-based RKM Performance Center. “I’m happy to have it finally finished. It’s been in the works for more than 20 years for me,” said car owner Joe Angelucci, a native of Ohio. “To have it unveiled at the Charlotte AutoFair was a treat and honor for me. It was a great experience. I’m glad to be here and I’m looking forward to enjoying the car for quite some time to come.” The Charger is the last one to come off any Chrysler assembly line with a 426 HEMI engine. Records show that the car was built on June 18, 1971, a full two weeks after the last [...]
RK Motors Charlotte is gearing up for another weekend of NASCAR Sprint Cup action as the series heads to Martinsville, VA for the STP Gas Booster 500. Look for our logo to make its first appearance on the #15 Toyota Camry driven by 2012 championship contender Clint Bowyer. As always, we’re honored to partner with the team at Michael Waltrip Racing and look forward to a great weekend of competition at the historic oval. While it may be our first partnership with the #15 Toyota Camry, Clint Bowyer is no stranger to RK Motors Charlotte showroom. Some of you may remember the “Tekked Out” Toyota Prius we helped him build for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge last year. We also assisted with marketing for Bowyer’s custom 2011 Toyota Tundra which raised over $100,000 for his charity, the 79 Fund. “RK Motors Charlotte is a labor of love for Rob Kauffman and everyone involved and it shows down to the very last detail in the work they do”, said Bowyer. “Their attention to detail, craftsmanship and ability to market custom and classic cars is second to none. They’ve figured it out and found a winning formula. I’d love to get a [...]
1971 Dodge Charger R/T will debut April 4th as part of the Food Lion AutoFair MOORESVILLE, N.C. – March 27, 2013 – After a year of intensive restoration work, the RKM Performance Center is pleased to announce the debut of the last documented car to leave any Chrysler plant with a factory-installed 2G 426 Hemi. The 1971 Charger, dubbed “The Last HEMI”, will be unveiled to the public at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, as part of opening day of the Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Complete with two original broadcast sheets and an original fender tag, the car is believed to be one of approximately 33 1971 Charger R/Ts assembled with the Hemi/A727 Torqueflite combination. Records indicate the car was built on June 18th, 1971 – a full two weeks later than the closest documented HEMI-equipped Charger R/T. “I’m tremendously excited for Mopar fans to see the car for the first time,” said Joseph M. Carroll, president of RK Motors. “We’ve restored a lot of storied Chrysler products but this is by far the most significant. I’m confident that it will be among the top ’71 Chargers in the country.” Special ordered through Glavic Dodge in [...]
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post Race Report – Bristol Motor Speedway – #55 RK Motors Charlotte/Brian Vickers
Clint Bowyer, No. 15 NAPA Filters Toyota – finished fifth , is fourth in driver points Brian Vickers, No. 55 RK Motors Toyota – finished eighth, No. 55 is fourth in owners points Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota – finished 12th, is 18th in driver points Brian Vickers Summary: No. 55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished eighth in Sunday’s 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started fourth, but struggled to find a good balance in traffic. Vickers went a lap down on lap 229 and again on lap 310, but raced his way to the Aaron’s Lucky Dog free pass returning to the lead lap in both instances. Vickers restarted 20th on lap 352 and raced his way to eighth in the final laps. The No. 55 returns to action next weekend at Auto Club Speedway with Mark Martin behind the wheel of the Aaron’s Dream Machine. Vickers returns at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. Started fourth and finished eighth Struggled with handling in traffic and fell a lap down on lap 229 Raced to the Aaron’s Lucky Dog free pass on lap 254 and lap [...]
RK Motors Charlotte is proud to announce its return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend during the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Michael Waltrip Racing to sponsor the #55 Toyota Camry which will be piloted by Brian Vickers. After successful outings at Martinsville and Sonoma during the 2012 season, we’re looking forward to another strong showing this weekend. While Bristol marks RK Motors Charlotte’s first NASCAR sponsorship of 2013, it will be the second time we’ve joined forces with the MWR crew this year. The AF Waltrip Ferrari 458, a joint venture between Michael Waltrip Racing and AF Corse, sported an RK Motors Charlotte logo across the hood during its charge to an eighth place finish in the GT class. Vickers competed in eight races during the 2012 Sprint Cup season, earning three top-fives and five top-10s. Bristol marks one of nine races he will join Michael Waltrip Racing for during the 2013. FOX will begin Food City 500 coverage at 12:30 pm EST with the green flag dropping at 1pm EST.
Two 1950s Chevrolets to join a show-stopping 1970 Dodge Charger as centerpiece of over 100 auction cars. Charlotte, N.C. – March 14, 2013 – RKM Collector Car Auctions today announced a stunning pro-touring 1970 Dodge Charger as one of the feature cars for their 2013 Pinehurst auction to be held May 4th.The product of a six-year build, the sinister black B-body features a mix of classic Mopar styling and new hardware including a 506hp Indy 426 Hemi topped with Hilborn injection. The Charger will be Lot #104 will headline a roster of over 100 classic and high-performance cars offered for purchase during the one day sale. As a sister company of RK Motors Charlotte, the nation’s leading retailer of investment-grade classic and high-performance cars, RKM Collector Car Auctions shares their focus on offering high quality vehicles within an upscale atmosphere. An expanded list of consigned vehicles will be posted on RKM Collector Car Auctions’ website later this month. “RK Motors built its reputation around selling world-class cars. We want to make sure the auction is a reflection of that,” stated Tony Klein, consignment manager for RK Motors. “The Charger is representative of the quality our customers are looking for.” The [...]
We’re pleased to announce that tickets are officially on sale for RKM Collector Car Auctions’ 2013 event at Pinehurst. Held in conjunction with the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, the weekend is sure to be filled with some of the nation’s finest cars. The live sale will take place Saturday, May 4 at the historic Fair Barn, located on the Pinehurst grounds. General admission costs $25 with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children. Tickets can be purchased through the RKM Collector Car Auctions website. Tickets for the Pinehurst Concour d’Elegance must be purchased seperately. For more information, please visit www.pinehurstconcours.com. If you’d like a chance at driving your dream car home or selling a piece of your collection, there is still time to get in on the action! Visit our website for details on bidder and consignor packages as well as accomodations for the weekend.
Event schedule includes auctions at Pinehurst Resort and Charlotte Convention Center CHARLOTTE, NC — February 6, 2013 — RK Motors, the country’s leading retailer and restorer of investment-grade collector cars, today announced the launch of RKM Collector Car Auctions, the third addition to the company’s growing portfolio of successful automotive-based businesses. The auction house will host two events during 2013 at venues located in Pinehurst and Charlotte, NC, respectively. RKM Collector Car Auctions will hold its debut auction at Pinehurst on May 4, 2013, in conjunction with the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance. The live sale will take place at The Fair Barn, a National Historic Landmark recognized as the oldest surviving early-twentieth century fair exhibition hall in North Carolina. Located within view of the renowned Pinehurst fairways and greens, the venue offers a unique atmosphere steeped in a rich tradition of historic events. Over 100 vehicles are expected to cross the auction block during the one day sale. “Pinehurst is the perfect location to introduce RKM Collector Car Auctions,” stated Jamie Wiehe, director of auctions for RK Motors. “The city clearly holds a deep respect for history and a strong commitment to high standards. Both ideals correspond with our mission statement [...]
If you saw the RK Motors Charlotte showroom a couple months ago, you may have noticed it was a getting a little cramped. With over 240 classic and collector cars in inventory, finding room for them was a full-time job. It was like playing Tetris every time we had to move a car in or out! To remedy that situation, we’re proud to announce the opening of a second showroom at our Charlotte, NC sales facility. Offering 20,000 sq. ft. of floor space, the addition allows well over 50 additional cars to remain onsite in a fully climate controlled facility. Complete with matching artwork and four televisions, the new showroom is a natural extension of our state-of-the-art sales facility. Within walking distance of the original showroom, it’s convenient as well. The second showroom is open by appointment during the week. As always, the main showroom is open to the public every Saturday from 10am-6pm. Stop by soon and make sure to free up some additional time for our new showroom!
If you’re a NASCAR fan, you probably noticed Brian Vickers’ No. 55 sporting the RK Motors Charlotte colors at both Martinsville and Sonoma. It’s been a great partnership, even resulting in a top 5 finish at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. To commemorate the season, Action Racing Collectibles has created an awesome 1:24 scale die-cast model of the car. Anyone familiar with Action Racing Collectibles knows how detailed these pieces are. From the graphics to the opening hood and trunk, everything that’s on the real car has been painstakingly recreated in miniature. Now these die-casts are available to the public through the Michael Waltrip Racing website. If you’re a Brian Vickers fan, RK Motors Charlotte supporter or just appreciate a great looking race car, visit http://michaelwaltripracing.shop.sportstoday.com/ to place your order!
Rob Kaufman, Rui Aguas and Brian Vickers head to Bahrain this weekend to compete in Saturday’s Six Hours of Bahrain. The trio will trade time behind the wheel of the No. 61 AF Waltrip Ferrari F458 Italia run by multiple-time GT champions AF Corse. In Vickers’ 24-hour debut, the team’s combined efforts resulted in a solid sixth-place finish in the GTE-Am class at Le Mans in June. Thanks to a recent string of podium finishes, the AF Waltrip team currently sits in third place in the GTE-Am Teams’ Championship with just three races left for the season. Vickers is coming off a top-10 finish in last weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It will be the trio’s first event since Le Mans. Racing is schedule to begin at 4pm on Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.bahraingp.com.
The fully-documented, survivor ‘71 Plymouth comes with the lowest mileage recorded to date CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sept. 27, 2012 – RK Motors Charlotte, America’s leading retailer of investment-grade classic, collector and high performance cars, has announced the newest addition to its state-of-the-art, 250-vehicle showroom in Charlotte, N.C. – an ultra-rare, fully documented, 1971 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda. Not only does this all-original, survivor Mopar display a mere 2,010 miles on its odometer, it’s also the highest option HEMI ‘Cuda known to exist. “This is the most valuable muscle car that we’ve offered to date,” said Joe Carroll, RK Motors CEO and president. “It’s a beautiful, time-capsule that’s untouched with the lowest mileage ever documented on a HEMI ‘Cuda. It could serve as a reference grade example of the most valuable muscle car of all time. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone to add a rare, low mileage HEMI from the golden age of muscle cars to their stable.” The Rallye Red on black ‘Cuda was ordered new from Ed Owens Plymouth by RJ Reynolds Tobacco heir Zach Reynolds, and looks just as it did when it rolled off Dodge Main’s assembly line in February 1971. Under the [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sept. 12, 2012 – RKM Performance Center, a full service restoration, build and maintenance facility for classic and collectible vehicles worldwide, is teaming up with NASCAR star Clint Bowyer to customize a 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid to raise money for the Emporia Community Foundation during the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. In a battle testing the creativity and design skills of each participant, Bowyer will compete against NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, and NHRA drivers Antron Brown and Alexis DeJoria, to modify the vehicle assigned to them by automotive manufacturer Toyota. “When you think of a customized hot rod or special car build, a Toyota Prius is not the first thing that comes to mind,” said Bowyer. “We wanted to have some fun with this project and create something edgy, different and completely unexpected. The RKMPerformanceCenter team turned my ideas into reality, and I was impressed with their craftsmanship and skills. I’m excited to see the results of our hard work pay off and become the Toyota Racing Dream Build winner.” Nicknamed the “Tekked-Out Prius” the Toyota will turn heads when it cruises down the street wearing a custom body kit and hand-built custom grille that gives it [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Aug. 30, 2012 – RK Motors, LLC, the nation’s premier restorer, re-seller and servicer of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, opened the doors to its new 40,000 sq./ft. cutting-edge restoration and service shop in Mooresville, N.C., this month. Called the RKM Performance Center, the facility is a full service restoration, build and maintenance facility for all types of classic and collectible vehicles, and is located at 161 Knob Hill Road, Mooresville, N.C “Demand for collector car services has grown over the last several years, prompting the need for this expansion,” said Joseph Carroll, RK Motors president and CEO. “We’ve been restoring premium vehicles in Mentor, Ohio, for years. Now, we have the resources and tools to offer customers a one-stop shop for all their collector car needs. The award-winning restoration facility will be closer to our headquarters where our clients can buy, sell, build and renew their dream cars.” The RKM Performance Center features a fabrication shop, two paint booths, ten lift bays, a parts department and upholstery shop. The classic car care facility offers complete mechanical maintenance, frame-off restorations, interior design and installation, custom fabrication and performance upgrades, to name a few. As part of the [...]
Robert Kauffman and Rui Aguas are continuing their Grand Am season. Sunday, July 1st, the skilled drivers will race the “Six Hours of the Glen” (Watkins Glen, NY) in the AF Waltrip Ferrari 458 Italia. The “Six Hours of the Glen” follows a good 6th place finish in the GTE Am category of “24 Hours of Le Mans” with drivers Kauffman, Vickers, and Aguas. AF Waltrip, la nuova sfida si chiama “Six Hours of the Glen” Prosegue l’impegno di Robert Kauffman e Rui Aguas nella Grand Am. Domenica 1 luglio, la rodata coppia di piloti sarà impegnata alla “Six Hours of the Glen”, gara di durata nello stato di New York. Kauffman ed Aguas saranno al volante di Ferrari 458 Italia Grand-Am con il colori di AF Waltrip. La “Six Hours of the Glen” arriva dopo il positivo sesto posto di categoria GTE Am raggiunto da Kauffman ed Aguas (per l’occasione insieme a Brian Vickers) alla scorsa “24 Ore di Le Mans” su Ferrari 458 Italia GT2.
Michael Waltrip Racing Sonoma Raceway – Qualifying Results 6/22/2012 Brian Vickers – No. 55 RK Motors Toyota – Starting 21st BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 RK MOTORS TOYOTA: “It was pretty good. I’m really proud of the MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) guys. The RK Motors Toyota was good all day. It took me a few laps this morning to get used to a 3,500 lb. car with 900 horsepower again and no traction control. We went through some changes this morning, we made some changes before qualifying. I was pretty happy with the lap. I felt like there were a few times when I left some things out there, just over loaded it a little bit in a couple of turns. But, the track seems like it’s a little bit slower, it’s a little bit slicker. It seemed a little dirty, I don’t know if some guys put some dirt on the track or something before I went out.” Qualifying Recap • Marcos Ambrose won the pole. • Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Truex Jr. and Bowyer rounded out the top six. • Race begins at 3 p.m. Sunday on TNT, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio Channel 90.
CORNELIUS, N.C. —The AF Waltrip Racing team had one goal when it took the green flag last Saturday to begin the 80th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans. “Our goal was to be there at the finish,” said Rob Kauffman. “And, we did it!” The team’s Ferrari 458 suffered late race transmission issues and even overcame a Sunday morning fire in the car’s left front wheel well, but persevered to finish sixth in the GTE-AM class. “We had to overcome a lot to do it, but we knew it wouldn’t be easy. Le Mans is a test of the car, driver and crew. You know you are going to encounter problems and your success is determined by how you overcome them. We had our fair share, but I think everyone handled it all very well.” NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers joined Kauffman and Rui Aguas behind the wheel of the No. 61 in France. Vickers called the 24 hours one of the greatest experiences of his driving career. His quick thinking by driving the burning Ferrari to the fire marshal stand to extinguish the flames saved the race for the team. “What an amazing weekend,” said Vickers. [...]
RK MOTORS CHARLOTTE TO BE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF BRIAN VICKERS’ NO. 55 CAMRY FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON
RK Motors Charlotte will sponsor Vickers during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup NASCAR race CHARLOTTE, N.C. – June 20, 2012 – RK Motors Charlotte, the nation’s premier restorer, re-seller and builder of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, will return to the NASCAR circuit for the second time this season as the primary sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota Camry. Vickers will pilot the No. 55 Toyota on June 24, during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. “We initially teamed up with Michael Waltrip Racing as the primary sponsor of Vickers’ Camry during the Martinsville NASCAR Sprint Cup race,” said Joseph Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte’s president/CEO. “The continued partnership between Michael Waltrip Racing and RK Motors Charlotte allows us to reach NASCAR fans on the West Coast who share our passion for horsepower and competition. We’re impressed with the outreach that Michael Waltrip Racing provides sponsors and look forward to working together for many years to come.” Vickers is competing in eight races during the 2012 season under the Michael Waltrip Racing team banner, including the pair of road course circuits at Sonoma, and Watkins Glen, N.Y. Vickers joins NASCAR [...]
If you’re heading to Road America this weekend for the Sargento 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series / GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, make sure to stop by and check out the NASCAR Performance display which will feature the RK Motors Charlotte NASCAR Edition Camry. Built as a collaboration between RK Motors and Toyota, the NASCAR Edition Camry is a take-no-prisoners custom that seamlessly blends NASCAR performance and style with street-friendly comfort. The highly modified body sports two doors instead of four, giving the car a sleek, race-inspired look. The paint was designed to be both simple and dramatic, necessary when you are showing the car under the lights at SEMA. Under the hood it packs a TRD NASCAR-spec V8 that displaces 358 cubic inches and cranks out 680 horsepower. It’s backed by a 6-speed manual and a race-inspired suspension that features coil-over shocks and massive 20-inch wheels and tires. Inside, it’s all about luxury performance, with an invisible blending of OEM and custom pieces. If you’ve ever had questions about the cars or technology behind the NASCAR series, the Auto Experience is here to provide answers through interactive displays, tech talks and driver meet and greets. Combined [...]
Kauffman teams with NASCAR’s Brian Vickers and Le Mans Veteran Rui Aguas behind the wheel CHARLOTTE, N.C. – June 14, 2012 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, is proud to announce owner Rob Kauffman will compete at the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the world’s most important races on Saturday, June 16. Kauffman, with teammates Brian Vickers and Rui Aguas, will pilot the No. 61 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia in the LMGTE Am class during the prestigious endurance race. AF Waltrip’s Ferrari 458 will proudly bear the RK Motors Charlotte logo. “It’s a privilege to be able to compete in the Le Mans 24 hours,” said Kauffman. “Just being on the same track with some of the best sports car racers in the world is an honor. We will focus on executing our game plan and our goal is to be there at the finish. Our program with AF Corse is ever improving and allowing us to get more exposure to a broader market. It’s been fun to see Brian here at Le Mans. He’s a pro, but a first-timer [...]
RK Motors Charlotte is pleased to join American Roadside restaurant in celebrating the grand opening of its South Park Charlotte location on Saturday, June 9th from 11am – 9pm. Come spend your Saturday with all day food and drink specials, live music from local bands including the Blue Dogs, giveaways and classic cars from RK Motors Charlotte. Burgers, brew, bikes, and bad a** cars. What a great way to spend the weekend! Join the fun! We invite you to join us with your own classic or collector car. There will be limited display space so, if you’d like to show off your ride, send us an email at email@example.com as soon as possible to reserve your spot. All makes and models are welcome.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – May 23, 2012 – RK Motors, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, has begun one of the most significant restorations in the classic car hobby – a complete, nut-and-bolt, rotisserie restoration of The Last HEMI car to roll off any Chrysler production line during the 1960s-‘70s muscle car era. The legendary HEMI-equipped 1971 Dodge Charger R/T will undergo a complete and detailed restoration by the expert hands of RK Motors Restoration team in Mentor, Ohio. Sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts and Passport Transport, the completed project will be unveiled in 2013. “Our team is honored to restore such a significant piece of automotive history,” said Joe Carroll, president and CEO of RK Motors Charlotte. “The current owner wants his HEMI to leave our facility in factory-fresh condition. We’re committed to exceeding those expectations. With decades of combined professional experience, there isn’t a better restoration shop in the country to handle such a special project.” The story of this ‘71 Dodge Charger R/T HEMI starts at Glavic Dodge in Wickliffe, Ohio. A customer special-ordered the HEMI from Chrysler’s Lynch Road assembly plant in Detroit. Years later, 14-year-old Joe Angelucci [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – May 17, 2012 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, will team up with “Cruise-In” television series, seen on Fox Sports Ohio and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, starting May 21, and running until mid-September, to take viewers on a trip down memory lane. Hosted by Jeff Phelps, each “Cruise-In” episode will feature car events, as well as coverage of RK Motors Charlotte’s restoration of a 1971 Dodge Charger R/T HEMI, the last production HEMI ever built. “Every car has a story, and the team at ‘Cruise-In’ gets to the heart and soul of these stories in a fun and exciting way,” said Joe Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte president and CEO. “We anticipate this restoration will be a great reason for enthusiasts to tune in and watch every episode. This ‘71 Dodge is a time capsule with an amazing story that enthusiasts won’t want to miss.” The story of The Last HEMI starts at Glavic Dodge in Wickliffe, Ohio, in 1971. A customer special-ordered the HEMI from Chrysler’s Lynch Road assembly plant in Detroit. Now the expert team at RK Motors Restoration is bringing it back to [...]
RK Motors Charlotte is pleased to join Michael Waltrip Racing for its sixth annual Fan Fest on May 23rd. If you’re a NASCAR fan, don’t miss your chance to meet MWR NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer, and Martin Truex Jr. who will sign autographs from 1-3 p.m. The day will also include music, prizes, and a chance to check out the MWR transporters. The event will be held at the Michael Waltrip Racing shop in Cornelius, N.C. We’ll be there alongside other MWR partners, with a couple awesome cars for you to check out. If you’d like a driver autograph, make sure to get there early. A wristband is required for an autograph. There’s a limited number of wristbands and they’ll be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit MichaelWaltripRacing.com for complete details.
“IRONMAN” STEWART’S PPI TOYOTA TROPHY TRUCK ROLLS OUT OF RESTORATION SHOP AND INTO RK MOTORS CHARLOTTE’S SHOWROOM CHARLOTTE, N.C. – May 10, 2012 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance vehicles, is proud to announce the PPI Toyota Trophy Truck, driven by legendary racer Ivan “Ironman” Stewart from 1994 to 2000, has arrived to its 100,000 sq./ft. facility in Charlotte, N.C. After being fully restored to competition specifications by Tom Morris and his expert team at TM1 Motorsports in Southern California, the famous truck is now ready for a new home. The complete listing for the truck can be found here. “We’ve eagerly anticipated this day since the truck restoration began,” said Joe Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte president and CEO. “Serial-numbered as chassis #015, this Trophy Truck is a wonderful piece of history. It collected an impressive 10 off road victories, including four Baja 500 [1994, 1997-‘99] wins and one Baja 1000  victory. The Toyota was even test driven recently by Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart following the completion of the restoration process. The truck was tested and approved by the legend himself.” Starting with the original engine block, TM1 [...]
Make a Pit Stop with RK Motors Charlotte amd Visit Charlotte RK Motors Charlotte is proud to join Visit Charlotte in welcoming travelers on May, 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you’re heading in for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race or Coca-Cola 600, make sure to stop by the I-77 Welcome Center at the NC/SC boarder and enjoy the festivities. We’ll be there with one of our exclusive Richard Childress Racing Camaros. If that isn’t enough incentive, other area businesses will be on hand offering special samples, discounts and giveaways to help you maximize your time in our city. Of course, if you’re in town for the races, don’t miss the chance to visit our showroom. Located 10 miles from the NASCAR Hall of Fame and less than 15 miles from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, our 36,000 sq./ft. showroom is the perfect places to recharge in between races.
FROM THE SPEEDWAY TO A FASHION SHOW RUNWAY RK Motors Charlotte joins the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation for the 3rd Annual Catwalk for a Cause RK Motors Charlotte is proud to join the list of sponsors for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s 3rd Annual Catwalk for a Cause Fashion Show. While Truex is best known for driving the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing, his foundation has hosted this event since 2007, with all proceeds benefiting the “Martin Truex Jr. Special Needs Fund” at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. The show is to be held on Wednesday, May 16th at MTJ Motorsports in Mooresville, N.C. The highlight of the night is a spring runway show featuring the latest designer apparel from the runways of New York. Further activities include a silent auction, live entertainment, and raffle prizes. We will even bring some of our private collection cars out to help add to the night’s festivites. We’re pleased to join other members of the motorsports community in supporting this special evening. For more information regarding the event or the foundation, visit http://martintruexjrfoundation.org.
The Fun Ford Weekend Series presented by Roush Yates, JE Pistons and Joe Gibbs Driven is proud to announce that the renowned RK Motors Charlotte has joined the series as a 2012 sponsor. “RK Motors Charlotte is proud to sponsor the Fun Ford Series and do our part in contributing to great events,” says Jamie Wiehe, Marketing Director of RK Motors Charlotte. “From our technicians to our sales team, we’re all serious enthusiasts with automotive interests that extend well beyond selling collector cars. Events like Fun Ford Weekend, Super Chevy Shows and Mega Mopar help keep our business and our hobby thriving.” “RK Motors Charlotte is a great match for our Fun Ford Weekend participants and spectators,” says Jeff Lacina, Marketing Director for the Fun Ford Weekend Series. “Top to bottom, this is a company full of enthusiasts that understands not only the performance car market and owner, but also one that actively participates in a wide range of motorsports and internationally known collector car events. It’s a pleasure to have them join the Fun Ford Weekend Series.” “As a company and as a group of enthusiasts, we’re constantly looking for beneficial ways to participate in the automotive scene,” adds [...]
AF WALTRIP TO RACE AT SPA & LE MANS NASCAR’S BRIAN VICKERS JOINS ROB KAUFFMAN & RUI AGUAS IN LINEUP CORNELIUS, N.C. – AF Waltrip Racing announced today its driver line up for the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16 as well as the six-hour FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on May 5. Michael Waltrip Racing owner Rob Kauffman and NASCAR driver Brian Vickers will join Rui Aguas behind the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia competing in the LMGTE Am class at both events. The AF Waltrip entry is a joint effort by the Italian AF Corse team and NASCAR’s Michael Waltrip Racing. Vickers replaces two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip whose television and NASCAR duties will keep him out of the driver lineup at both races. Vickers, who’ll drive the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine in eight NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2012, said he relishes the opportunity to compete in major sports car races. “Running at Spa is pretty cool. It’s such a historic place, and the high speed Eau Rouge corner sure gets your attention. It will be a challenge in the race,” said the [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – April 24, 2012 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, will sponsor the 17th annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase horse races on Saturday, April 28, in Mineral Springs, N.C. This is the first year that RK Motors Charlotte will sponsor Brooklandwood Village at the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase event.
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Brian Vickers Race Summary: No. 55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers started sixth and finished 18th in Sunday’s 515-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Vickers started on the outside of row three, but dropped to 28th before he could move from the outside to the inside lane. Unfortunately, track position is key at Martinsville Speedway and the Thomasville, N.C., native spent the rest of the race fighting to stay on the lead lap. He lost a lap on lap 202 then regained it when he took the wave around on lap 360. A pit stop for gas with about 50 laps remaining cost him two laps he never made up. The No. 55 team returns to action Saturday, April 14th at Texas Motor Speedway with Mark Martin behind the wheel. Vickers next appearance in the No. 55 is June 24 at Infineon Raceway.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 29, 2012 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, has added “Junior” Johnson’s 1963 Chevrolet Holly Farms Impala No. 3 NASCAR to the company’s private collection as part of a partnership with the Johnson family. The only Impala Super Sport ever raced in NASCAR, Johnson captured an impressive seven Grand National Events and nine poles in it.
RK MOTORS CHARLOTTE TO SPONSOR BRIAN VICKERS NO. 55 TOYOTA CAMRY IN GOODY’S FAST RELIEF 500 NASCAR RACE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 27, 2012 – RK Motors Charlotte will be the primary sponsor on Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota Camry this Sunday, April 1, during the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Brian Vickers will pilot the No. 55 Toyota in his second race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Located in the heart of NASCAR country, RK Motors Charlotte is the nation’s premier restorer, re-seller and builder of classic, muscle and high-performance cars. “This is the first time in history RK Motors Charlotte will be the primary sponsor of a NASCAR competitor,” said Joseph Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte’s president/CEO. “NASCAR is enjoyed by millions of passionate fans who love cars as much as we do. We want to connect with those fellow enthusiasts and share the NASCAR excitement with them this weekend through our sponsorship of Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Toyota.”
RK MOTORS CHARLOTTE OWNER ROB KAUFFMAN TO COMPETE IN 60TH ANNUAL MOBIL 1 TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 15, 2012 – Rob Kauffman, owner of RK Motors Charlotte, the country’s premier sales and restoration shop for classic, muscle and high-performance cars, will be motoring the No. 61 RK Motors/AF Waltrip Racing Ferrari F458 Italia in the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The race is the debut event of the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), as well as the season-opening race for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron. Kauffman will be one of three drivers on the AF Waltrip Racing team, which is a collaboration between Italian sports car team AF Corse and Michael Waltrip Racing. “Sebring is historic and one of the great tracks,” Kauffman said. “We came here last year as spectators, it looked fantastic, so we’re honored and excited to be here actually racing this year. It’s the first race of the World Endurance Championship, so we hope to get off to a good start for the season.” Two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip and Rui Aguas, one of the top GT drivers in the world, will [...]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jan. 30, 2012 Upon entering the media center after his first stint behind the wheel of the No. 56 Ferrari 458 Italia, Travis Pastrana summarized the AF Waltrip team’s first Rolex 24 race at Daytona International Speedway. “Woo…Hoo…..,” shouted Pastrana into the microphone to the 150 or so startled print reporters. “That was an absolute blast.” That seemed to be the theme of the week from AF Waltrip drivers Rob Kauffman, Michael Waltrip, Rui Aguas and Pastrana as they raced in the 50th running of the historic 24-hour marathon held this year in front of a record 75,000 fans. The No. 56 team ran a relative incident-free race alternating drivers about every 90 minutes. Aguas started the race before turning the Ferrari over to Kauffman who gave way to Waltrip then Pastrana. The team repeated that rotation four times in 24 hours. Drivers did media work or returned to infield motorhomes for rest when they weren’t behind the wheel. The Ferrari carried the decals of RK Motors Charlotte on its hood and an American flag on each side. The 458 Italia performed flawlessly through the infield portion of the track while ceding the advantage on the [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jan. 26, 2012 – Rob Kauffman, owner of RK Motors Charlotte, the country’s premier sales and restoration shop for classic, muscle, high-performance and collector cars, will share the driver’s seat of a Ferrari 458 GT during the Rolex 24 from Jan. 28-29, at the Daytona International Speedway. Kauffman will be one of four drivers on the AF Waltrip Racing team, which is a collaboration between Italian sports car team AF Corse and Michael Waltrip Racing. The team’s Ferrari will proudly wear the RK Motors Charlotte logo during its debut appearance in the Rolex 24. “There are a handful of races that people instantly recognize, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of those competitions,” said Kauffman. “It’s an incredible opportunity to participate in the race’s bicentennial. The competition level is as tough as any sports car race in the world, but we’re hoping for a solid result. The RK Motors Charlotte logo will be featured on the hood of the team’s Ferrari 458 GT. The racecar will be driven by Kauffman, two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip, Rui Aguas, one of the top GT drivers in the world, and 11-time X Games Gold Medal Winner and [...]
IVAN “IRONMAN” STEWART’S BAJA 500 WINNING PPI TOYOTA TROPHY TRUCK TO BE AVAILABLE AT RK MOTORS CHARLOTTE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nov. 18, 2011 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance vehicles, is proud to announce the latest addition to its inventory, the PPI Toyota Trophy Truck driven by legendary racer Ivan “Ironman” Stewart from 1994 to 2000. Serial-numbered as chassis #015, the Trophy Truck collected an impressive 10 victories, including four Baja 500 (1994, 1997-‘99) wins and one Baja 1000 (1998) win. “This is a rare opportunity for any motorsports fan,” said Joe Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte president and CEO. “Pushed to the limit on the desert terrain of the Baja series by ‘Ironman’ Stewart, this truck would be a great addition to any collection. It’s a chance to acquire a factory-built and supported race truck with a famous, race-winning provenance.” The truck is currently undergoing a complete frame-off restoration by the experts at TM1 Motorsports Inc., in Southern California, and will arrive at the RK Motors Charlotte showroom upon completion. Following each race, the truck was routinely torn down, cleaned, magna-fluxed, scotch-brited and/or glass beaded. Shocks and brakes were completely rebuilt, and fresh paint and a new decal set were part of the process to [...]
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ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Sept. 19, 2011, This year’s Super Chevy Show presented by GM Performance Division at Rockingham Dragway will blast off with a cruise from RK Motors Charlotte to one of the largest Chevy events on the east coast. The cruise will be Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at RK Motors Charlotte (5527 Lakeview Rd. Charlotte, NC 28269). The day will begin early Saturday morning at 7:30 AM as cruise participants are invited to visit and tour the RK Motors Charlotte Showroom. Coffee and donuts will be provided to all guests, a raffle for door prizes will be in effect and winners will be announced at 8:15 AM. At 8:30 AM, cruise leaders will review route information with participants and all will depart from RK Motors Charlotte to begin their journey to Rockingham Dragway. The cruise is anticipated to arrive at the track at 10:00 AM. Click here for a Google Map of the cruise. “RK Motors Charlotte is proud to have sponsored the Super Chevy Show Series this year and we’ve been extremely impressed with the caliber of show cars,” said Joseph Carroll, president of RK Motors Charlotte. “We’re thrilled to host the cruise from Charlotte to Rockingham Dragway. [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – August 30, 2011 – RK Motors Charlotte is teaming up with the Carolina Regional Mustang Club to offer local enthusiasts a chance to chat with Mustang Monthly’s Donald Farr during the series, “RK Motors Charlotte Shop Talk: Donald Farr and the Mustang.” The Q&A seminar is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. ET at RK Motors Charlotte’s state-of-the-art showroom facility. RK Motors Charlotte is one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars. “We introduced the shop talk series to provide a platform for local collectors and enthusiasts to share opinions and trends,” said Joseph Carroll, president and CEO of RK Motors Charlotte. “Not only is it a fun, social gathering, but also a chance for people to meet some of the most iconic names in the industry. We’re thrilled to share our first seminar with Donald Farr, a renowned automotive journalist and author.” Carroll will be sharing the podium with Donald Farr. Following the seminar, Donald Farr will be signing copies of his book, “Mustang Boss 302: From Racing Legend to Modern Muscle Car.” Food and beverages will be provided by RK Motors Charlotte and the event is [...]
Charlotte, N.C. – July 14, 2011 –RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, is teaming up with Adam’s Premium Car Care Products to offer two free informational, automotive seminars on Saturday, July 23. From proper washing and drying techniques to polish, glaze and wax, Adam’s expert Richard Kashinsky will give demonstrations to automotive enthusiasts and collector car owners at RK Motors Charlotte’s state-of-the-art main showroom, located on its 75,000 square-foot campus in Charlotte. “RK Motors Charlotte is situated in a place immersed with collector car owners and enthusiasts,” said Joseph Carroll, president and CEO of RK Motors Charlotte. “So we’re partnering with Adam’s Premium Car Care Products to offer them the opportunity to learn more about keeping their custom and classic cars in top condition.” The first clinic of the day is scheduled at 11 a.m. ET and the second at 2 p.m. Each free clinic will last between 60 and 90 minutes and include the following topics: • Proper washing and drying techniques • Claying to smooth the surface prior to polish and wax treatments • Instruction on using a Porter-Cable 7424 XP and a Flex random orbital [...]
SALISBURY, N.C. – July 6, 2011 –The North Carolina Quarter-Midget Association (NCQMA) has announced that RK Motors Charlotte has signed on to be an official track sponsor of the NCQMA Speedway, the only quarter midget track in the state of North Carolina. The organization provides and maintains a clean, safe and healthy sport to be enjoyed by families, while teaching the younger generation fairness, generosity and a sense of responsibility without envy to others. “We’re very happy to have RK Motors Charlotte support the NCQMA,” said Bobby Labonte, track owner. “RK Motors Charlotte is a leader in classic and high performance vehicles in our area. It’s great to see the track partner with such a good company that can fulfill any classic car need. They do fantastic work and we’re proud to have them at the speedway.” RK Motors Charlotte is the area’s premier restorer, re-seller and provider of classic, muscle and high-performance cars. They accomplish this by maintaining a staff of expert craftsmen who are meticulous and have integrity in the work they accomplish. These qualities also align with the NCQMA mission, making this a perfect partnership. “The NCQMA is a great place for kids and young adults to [...]
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – June 28, 2011 –The NASCAR Automotive Group invites NASCAR fans and automotive enthusiasts in the Charlotte, N.C. area to get their July 4th weekend in top gear this year by heading out to the NASCAR Performance Auto Show, hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Ceremonial Plaza on Saturday, July 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET. RK Motors Charlotte will exhibit a pair of fantastic cars during the show. RK Motors Charlotte, a local automotive company that restores, builds and sells high performance, muscle cars and vintage classics will display two vehicles, a ’69 Chevrolet Camaro “RK-1″ and the NASCAR edition Toyota Camry, both built by the expert craftsman at the Charlotte-based company for Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner and RK Motors Charlotte owner, Rob Kauffman. NASCAR fans will have the opportunity to check out personal cars of some of their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and personalities like Kauffman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Ray Evernham and many more. The event will include games and giveaways, enter-to-win promotion featuring great prizes and experiences, exhibits by NASCAR automotive partners, NASCAR Hall of Fame discount offers, and passes for the Coke Zero 400 viewing party that night [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – June 9, 2011 – Competing in one of the oldest, most celebrated automotive race circuits in the world, Rob Kauffman, owner of RK Motors Charlotte, the premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, will take the driver’s seat of a Ferrari F458 during the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, June 11-12. Along with teammates Michael Waltrip and Rui Aguas, Rob Kauffman will race on behalf of the notable Italian auto racing team, AF Corse. Sharing the same passion for performance, the team’s Ferrari will proudly wear the RK Motors Charlotte logo. “We’re competing in one of the world’s most famous races,” said Kauffman. “The support we’ve received has been tremendous. Both the RK Motors Charlotte and Michael Waltrip Racing teams truly understand the passion that drives our industry and share an enthusiasm for racing. We’re glad both organizations will partner with AF Corse this season to race together in Europe.” The RK Motors Charlotte logo will be located on the hood and side panel of the Ferrari. Competing at the event for the first time, Rob Kauffman and Michael Waltrip will be sharing driving duties with Rui Aguas during the [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – June 1, 2011 – NBA all star and LA Clippers point guard Mo Williams entrusted the team at RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, to update and restore his personal 1972 Buick Centurion muscle car. The Buick has been owned by the NBA player for nearly eight years and recently arrived at RK Motors Restoration shop in Mentor, Ohio, for transformation.Intrigued by the classic car hobby, the Buick was the first classic car ever purchased by the NBA star. He rewarded himself with the car after being drafted by the NBA Utah Jazz in 2003. “This Buick is my pride and joy,” added Williams. “It’s a symbol of my successful NBA career, so I was very picky about who I’d let touch my car. After looking at their work on other vintage muscle cars, I knew the team at RK Motors Restoration would take good care of it.” The Buick Centurion first appeared in 1971 as a replacement for the mid-line full-sized Wildcat. The 1972 Centurion was promoted as a mid-level luxury car with a 455 cid big-block V8 and three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic transmission. Standard [...]
CLEVELAND, OH – May 13, 2011 – Last Cavaliers off-season, FOX Sports Ohio’s Jeff Phelps took fans on a ride throughout Ohio searching for classic cars. This off-season, FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce the return of Phelps’ classic car show with a new name, “Cruise-In”, premiering Monday, May 16, at 8 p.m. EST. This weekly 30-minute show, presented by RK Motors Charlotte, will take viewers on a trip down an automotive memory lane. Host Phelps will talk with classic car owners about their pride and joy as he visits classic car shows and cruise-ins around the state. The show will feature the personal story behind each unique automobile, including where it was found, how it was restored, etc. The show will also feature “Under the Hood”, a classic car tip segment with the professionals from RK Motors Restoration in Mentor, Ohio. “I’ve always loved classic cars — the way they look, the way they drive, and the stories and history surrounding them,” stated Phelps. “We’re fortunate to live in one of the hotbeds of the classic car hobby. There are cruise-ins and car shows all over Ohio, every day of the week. We’re hoping to tap into that [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – April 5, 2011 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, will sponsor the 2011 Super Chevy tour, including Super Chevy Palm Beach and Super Chevy Rockingham. Both events are part of the RK Motors Charlotte car show tour scheduled throughout the year and will feature the RK Motors Charlotte’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro “RK-1″ convertible at select stops. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the exciting festivities that will take place during the Super Chevy events,” said Joseph Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte president and CEO. “The Super Chevy Shows feature some of the best Detroit iron from across the country with everything from drag racing to swap meets. We’ll be right in the heart of the action with an incredible machine.” The RK Motors Design/Build division built “RK1″ starting with the original body. Its Sunset Orange exterior is a hybrid of GM’s Sunset Orange with liberal use of pearl and metallics. The door handles have electric switches for the actuators to open them with a touch. Under the hood, the all-aluminum 582 cid big block generates up to 772 horsepower and 775 pounds of torque. [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 31, 2011 – The team at RK Motors Restoration, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, is proud to announce their latest project: a 1971 Ford Torino convertible GT. The Ford Torino was given as a special gift more than 30 years ago between a father, Turk Yavalar and his son, Hakan. “The son came to us with a simple request, to completely restore the Torino to its glory days,” said Joseph Carroll, president of RK Motors Restoration and RK Motors Charlotte. “We’re honored to be a part of this special moment in the Yavalar family’s lives. With only about 44,000 miles on it, this Torino is a prized possession.” Turk originally purchased the Torino as a high school graduation present for his son in 1978. Hakan approached RK Motors Restoration in Mentor, Ohio, this past year to restore the car to its original stature, so he could give the Ford back to his father as a birthday gift. The team completed the nut-and-bolt restoration in a little over nine months. On Friday, Hakan presented the car to a surprised father. “This car has a lot of memories,” [...]
SEBRING, Fla. – March 21, 2011 – The Ferrari F430 of the Italian team AF Corse was the fastest car in the qualifying of the “12 Hours of Sebring” with a Ferrari F430 that proudly wore the RK Motors Charlotte logo. AF Corse’s drivers, including Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Pierre Kaffer, exchanged driving responsibility during the celebrated endurance race, which is part of the International Le Mans Series (ILMC). The team drove to a second place finish. Through a partnership with RK Motors Charlotte, the Italian super car wore the RK Motors Charlotte logos and website on the hood. RK Motors Charlotte is the nation’s premier restorer, re-seller and builder of classic, muscle and high-performance cars; it has supported multiple racing teams through the years. Starting from the pole position on the GTE Pro category grid, Ferrari battled against other top marques, including Corvette and BMW. At the end, BMW pulled all the stops to take home the first place trophy. AF Corse’s Ferrari came in an impressive second place finish during the edge-of-your-seat race. This was the first time RK Motors Charlotte was represented at the 12 Hours of Sebring. To learn more about RK Motors Charlotte, follow [...]
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• RK Motors Charlotte kicks off its car tour at Detroit AutoRama on Feb. 25-27 • ‘68 Dodge HEMI Charger Pro-Touring from RK Motors Design/Build division will be on tour • The East Coast tour will stop at more than 15 different venues Charlotte, N.C. – Feb. 24, 2011 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, is kicking off the 2011 RK Motors Charlotte Car Show Tour, on Feb. 25-27, 2011, at the Detroit AutoRama. The team at RK Motors Charlotte will hit the road and stop at more than 15 different venues to connect with fellow car enthusiasts. “Relationships formed at car shows are part of what makes the classic car hobby special,” stated Joseph Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte president and CEO. “We enjoy meeting the tens of thousands of automotive aficionados who are as passionate about the industry, just like we are here at RK Motors Charlotte.” During the year, RK Motors Charlotte will feature a dynamic, pro-touring vehicle on the tour, which was built by the expert team in the RK Motors Design/Build division: a 1968 Dodge HEMI Charger Pro-Touring. With only 10 [...]
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Charlotte, N.C. – Feb. 16, 2011 – Michael Waltrip Racing will include RKMotorsCharlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and builders of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, on its No. 56 and No. 00 Toyota Camrys during the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The RK Motors Charlotte logo makes its first appearance in NASCAR’s most important race – Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. “Both RK Motors Charlotte and Michael Waltrip Racing symbolize the passion for high-performance vehicles,” said Joseph Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte president and CEO. “Through our strong partnership with Michael Waltrip Racing, RK Motors Charlotte will be able to connect with a huge audience of fellow gearheads. Whether you’re a fan of collector cars or NASCAR, we all share the same enthusiasm for wheels.” The Toyotas of No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Martin Truex Jr. and No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver David Reutimann will carry the official RK Motors Charlotte logo and website behind the driver’s window during Sunday’s race and throughout 2011. “If you are a NASCAR fan then you will certainly appreciate the work RK Motors does in building and selling some of the most amazing cars I have ever seen,” [...]
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Charlotte, N.C. – Jan. 10, 2011 – RK Motors Charlotte, one of the nation’s premier restorers, re-sellers and providers of classic, muscle and high-performance cars, will be a part of the nation’s largest auto show with their one-of-a-kind custom Toyota Camry. Toyota requested the RK Collection NASCAR edition Toyota Camry to be a part of its display at the North American International Auto Show. The 680 horsepower RWD car will be exhibited in Toyota’s NASCAR display from Jan. 10-23, 2011, at the COBO Center in Detroit. “We’re proud that Toyota regards our team so highly and has invited us to be a part of this event,” said Joseph Carroll, RK Motors Charlotte president and CEO. “We’re far more than a classic car dealership, paint shop, engine builder or fabrication shop. We have both the vision and the ability to help turn an idea into reality and we’ve accomplished this through the RK Collection NASCAR edition Toyota Camry we created.” RK Motors Charlotte saw the need in the market for a high performance custom that connected to Toyota’s strong NASCAR presence. To compete with the Ford and GM performance platforms, RK Motors Charlotte built a NASCAR-inspired Toyota Camry. “Toyota embraced the [...]