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Zodiac Racing Champions

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Zodiac Racing are 2013 European Drag Racing Champions

LEADING up to this year’s European Drag Race finals at the Santa Pod Raceway in the United Kingdom in September, the Zodiac Racing team had a firm lead in the SuperTwin Top Fuel FIM European Championship.

Ronny Aasen, the Norwegian rider of the 1000hp plus Zodiac Nitro Harley, had a one round advantage over Dutch native Job Heezen, as well as Vesa Lipponen from Finland. In addition, Finnish rider Samu Kemppainen and Christian Jäger from Germany still had a realistic chance of winning the championship, too.

After the Hockenheim round Ton and Vincent Pels, the father and son team behind Zodiac, had a closer look at the data and decided to put more fuel into the engine for the last race of the season. Even though the engine was already consuming over 12 gallons of nitromethane fuel per minute, they still had the feeling the piston ring damage in Hockenheim was caused by detonation.

It looked to be the right decision, as during the first qualifier the bike smoked its 14in rear tire for the first time in the season. The 1.11s sixty-foot time showed that soft launches were a thing of the past, and justified the set-up changes.  For the second round, the ignition curve was changed a little, and this time the tire stayed hooked. Ronny was on form with a 1.12s 60ft, 2.86s 330ft and a 4.17s 1/8th mile ET, with a 214.9mph top speed. However, at this point the bike got loose and Ronny had to shut
down and he fought to control the bike.

The run still resulted in a 6.599s ET coasting through the finish line at 169mph. The 1/8th mile speed looked too good to be true and it turned out it dropped the front wheel between the speed traps, causing the speed to be recorded higher. Still the data logger showed that the speed was around
200MPH at the 1/8th mile and with the 4.17s ET on the first half, it was the best the bike had ever done by far. The 6.599 put the Zodiac team in the preliminary number one spot, more than 2/10 of a second ahead of Samu Kemppainen.

In the 3rd qualifier Ronny was able to duplicate the run-up to the 330ft mark and this time the bike ran a lot smoother. However, the primary belt broke after 350ft causing the engine to over rev. As a result of this, the team decided to sit out the last qualifier and rebuild the engine for Sunday’s elimination.

Due to getting the number one qualifying spot the team had a bye run in the first round on the Sunday. In that round the bike launched hard with a little tire shake, but after a few feet the tire hooked up and ran its best 60ft time ever. Then small flashes started to come out of the side of the
bike and soon they became bigger flames. Ronny noticed something was wrong and shut off. Luckily there was no opponent in the other lane, so the round win was there.

In the pits the damage was evaluated; the rear head had lifted. Ton and Vincent quickly started to replace the head, while Ronny was doing the routine maintenance of replacing the con-rod bearings from under the bike. When the engine was warmed up for the second round of eliminations, a lot of
smoke came out of the exhausts of the front cylinder, indicating more problems.

Frantically the team tried to replace the piston and cylinder, but they did not make it in time. Ironically, Ronny had to race Vesa Lipponen who now had a freebie to the final.

This left the championship to be decided in the final between Sumu and Vesa, and it was a situation the Zodiac team did not like, as it was in Samu’s hands whether they would become champion or not. If Vesa wins the final, he is the champ. If Samu wins the final, the Zodiac team wins the championship. Samu did what he needed to do, and in a nice 6.76 at 206mph he took the event win and the Zodiac team took the European Championship.

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Team WMR Renews Partnership with Spectro Oils

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One of the world’s foremost manufactures and packagers of premium quality lubricants continues to be the official supplier to WMR Competition Performance.

BROOKFIELD, Conn. – September 2013. The word “team” is defined as “a group of two or more individuals who perform some work related task, interact with one another dynamically, have a shared past, have a foreseeable shared future, and share a common fate.” This is what comes to mind when you hear the name WMR Competition Performance of Florida. The teams’ passion for racing gives them the edge to compete at the biggest races.  According to the WMR website, “We compete at the biggest races because the only way to stay on top of the podium is to go head to head with the competition each week.” To insure that the team and its equipment operate as well-oiled machines during the grueling racing season, Spectro Oils of America is proud to announce the continued partnership with WMR.

“I am a firm believer in Spectro products,” commented Bob Brewster, Owner and Motor builder at WMR Competition Performance. “We use only Spectro oils and chemicals in all our race bikes from WMR Off Road, our KTM Satellite GNCC team in the professional XC-1 class to our top amateur motocross riders as part of the KTM Orange Brigade Elite race team.

We see the benefits of Spectro products every day as we disassemble race motors and find well-lubricated clean parts. As a motor builder since the late sixties I have seen the inside of a lot of race motors and I can almost tell by looking at the parts how the motor has been lubricated. Two stroke motors that have been using Spectro SX-2, for example, always have a clean lubricated appearance and show very little carbon build up. On the Four-stroke side pistons and transmissions show less wear and abuse when Spectro is used. In our business “Winning Is Everything” and we can’t afford DNF’s, Spectro has played a big part in helping us build and maintain some of the winningest and most reliable motors in the industry.

Dannielle Larrabee, Marketing Director at Spectro stated, “This partnership is another excellent opportunity for us to prove that “Spectro engineered excellence” isn’t just a slogan, it’s proven in the real world every day.  WMR is committed to building some of the best bikes in the world, and their professionalism to racing, motor modification and complete bike building is what makes them such a successful organization. We look forward to a long and eminent association in this continued venture.

WMR Competition Performance is a full service, state of the art race shop, KTM Dealer and the only orange level service center in Stuart, Florida. Since 1994 WMR has specialized in building race motors and custom designing suspension for some of the fastest riders in the world, and with over twenty national titles, WMR has built a reputation as a top ranking team.  The WMR race team competes in the AMA amateur mx race series. The teams’ mantra is, “Win More Races,” and with riders like Jordan Bailey and Brock Papi, they are well on their way.

The WMR is proudly sponsored by Spectro Oils of America, Nihilo Concepts, FMF, KTM, Orange Brigade, Matrix Concepts, Dunlop Tires, Motion Pro, DC Shoes, Acerbis, 100 %, One Industries, DT 1 Air Filters, DP Brakes, KTM Powerparts, KTM Powerwear, CV4, DUBYA, T.M. Designworks, ODI Grips, Vertex Pistons, Cylinder Works, Pivot Works, Talon, Renthal, MotoSeat, NG Brake Discs, and Champion Tool Storage.

For further team information, please call 866-WMR-RACE or visit the official website at:

Spectro brands are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT.  Their products are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance across a full line of synthetic lubricants for two and four stroke engines in addition to specialty blending, customized racing formulas and providing technical assistance. Spectro® provides unsurpassed strength and endurance to protect your power-sports engine against wear and tear.

The Spectro® line also includes superior suspension fluids, fork oils, brake fluids, coolant, chain lubes, filter cleaners/oils, and appearance products.

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Shayna Texter Dominates with Weirbach Racing Motorcycle

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Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield Ill. August 31 & September 1 2013

In the inaugural races of the AMA’s  “Basic Twins” competition, Shayna Texter of Willow Street, Pa. put on a dominating performance. Shayna rode the Racing Unlimited Kawasaki/Weirbach Racing motorcycle to victory, each day. On Saturday, Miss Texter’s lap times were faster than those of the “Expert” class which followed. The margins of victory were over 11 seconds on Saturday, and over 4 seconds on Sunday.

Saturday’s race marked the first time that a female has won an AMA National event, on a twin cylinder bike.
An excited Texter said: “I can’t thank Racing Unlimited enough for supplying me with the motorcycle today”.  I was fast right off the bat. It’s an absolute dream come true to come out to Springfield and get two wins. I can’t say enough about my team this weekend. Thanks to Dick Weirbach, for putting this deal together”

Racing Unlimited Owner Alan Rodenborn said: “Shayna is an amazing talent. It’s no wonder, she has such a huge and loyal fan base. Guest rides rarely end up with this kind of success. Shayna put an amazing ride, on our bike! We built this bike for our regular rider, Natl expert #27 Robert “Bugs” Pearson. Rob had a commitment on another bike, so Shayna got the nod. Thanks so much to all of our sponsors.
Sponsors of this effort include: Barnett, K&N Filters, Megacycle Cams, Dyno jet,Shorai Batteries, Saddleman, Motion Pro, Spectro Oils, NGK Spark Plugs, G2 Ergonomics, Spider Grips, Evans Coolant, Defy All Odds Apparel,
About Racing Unlimited Kawasaki/Victory/Polaris: The multi-line dealership in Fort Dodge, Iowa is soon to celebrate it’s 25th year in business. The store is one of the Midwest’s largest Kawasaki “Team Green” dealers, and is also a Race Tech Suspension Center. For more information see:

About Weirbach Racing: Weirbach Racing is run, owned and operated by Ted Weirbach and his father Dick Weirbach.  Dick is a veteran of the flat track scene for better than 35 years.  In 2009, the inaugural year of the AMA Pro Singles Championship, Weirbach Racing’s James “the Rocket” Rispoli took second place overall and in 2011 Mikey Martin won the Pro Singles Championship.  Other notables to ride for Dick & Ted are Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Aaron King, Jesse Janisch, and Davey Durelle.  Check their web site for more information

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Leading manufacturer of performance oils becomes a promotional partner of upcoming film about motorcycle icon, John Penton.

FULLERTON, CALIF. (August 6, 2013) – When John Penton was looking for innovative, high-quality manufacturers for his “Hi-Point” line of premium off-road motorcycle accessories, he looked no further than Intercontinental Lubricants Corp., (ILC) in Brookfield, CT for his oil and lubricant products. ILC is the parent company of Spectro Oils of America, which is found in leading motorcycle dealerships and accessory retailers worldwide. Spectro Oils is supporting the new Penton film, now in production, as a sponsor and promotional partner.

Over 40 years ago, John Penton discovered a unique synthetic lubricant product that Spectro had developed and began to market it under the “Hi-Point” brand that included apparel, parts, tires and more – all developed for the off-road motorcycle racer and enthusiast. Mr. Penton knew that Spectro’s superior quality and performance was just what he was looking for to package as a Hi-Point product. Spectro Oils packaged various products as Hi-Point including synthetic blends for two- and four-stroke engines, two-stroke injector, gear lube, fork oils, chain lube and filter fluid. “Spectro is proud to be part of this historical film for not only the motorcycle industry, but for our own company as well,” said President David Miller. “John Penton is an American motorcycle legend and icon who helped many companies, like ours, find success in the motorcycle industry.”

Spectro Oils of America is not only contributing funds for the post-production process of the film, but more importantly will be actively promoting the forthcoming film to their dealers and consumers through distribution of the film’s promotional materials. The film’s producers feel that this type of cooperation will ensure the success of the film in many different motorcycle markets. “We are so grateful that Spectro has stepped in to support this film and will be helping to make sure the motorcycle world knows about it,” said Todd Huffman, the film’s Producer at Pipeline Digital Media (PDM). “John Penton knew he found a quality product with Spectro Oils all those years ago, and we know now we have a quality sponsor and partner involved with the film.”

Over 80 interviews so far have been completed totaling dozens of hours of footage from the United States and Europe. More than 100 total interviews will ultimately be included, making this film the most star-studded in motorcycling history when it’s released in the spring of 2014.

About The John Penton Story Film. The John Penton Story is a feature length documentary about off-road motorcycle pioneer and industry icon, John Penton and his family. It will be narrated by Grammy Winner, Lyle Lovett and feature over 100 interviews of the largest cast of motorcycle legends ever assembled on film. The film’s production was funded through the innovative “crowd funding” website and is set to release in Spring of 2014. Sponsorships are available.

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About Spectro Oils Spectro® (ILC) is a proud sponsor of Penton: The John Penton Story. Spectro brand products are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT. ILC is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and packagers of quality, specialty lubricants. They also were the manufacturer of Penton Import’s “Hi-Point Oils and Lubricants”. Spectro® products are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance across the full range of full-synthetic, semi-synthetic and petroleum lubricants for all types of power-sports engines and transmissions.
Spectro® provides unsurpassed strength and endurance to protect your engine against wear and tear.The product line also includes superior suspension fluids, fork oils, brake fluids, coolant, chain lubes, filter cleaners/oils, and appearance products.

About PDM Pipeline Digital Media is a full-service, high-definition, broadcast TV and video production company. PDM produced series and specials for CBS, Speed, Versus, Fuel, Fox Sports Net, Outdoor Life Network, and ESPN. Most recently in 2010 and 2011, PDM produced specials for CBS Sports Four Legends and The Legends of Supercross-The Races. PDM also have produced the highly acclaimed series for Speed on the history of motocross, The Motocross Files and motorcycle adventure reality series Epic Ride.

For more information contact: Todd Huffman, Producer/Director
Phone: (714) 626-0885

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Spectro Oil Service at Smoke Out Rally 14

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The Spectro Oil Service Station will be open and changing oil at the Smoke Out Rally 14 on  Friday and Saturday on June 21-22, 2013 in Rockingham, North Carolina.  Overseeing the service work will be Eddie Ellis, Owner of Easy Eddies.  Check the for updates.

The Smoke Out Rally  is a two day Chopper party that celebrates the machine and the men and women that build them. From professional builders to those backyard fabricators and their chops of American, British and Japanese decent are honored.

Easy Eddies supplies the full line of Spectro Oil products for stock bikes, cruisers, metric engines, Shovelheads, Evos, custom bikes and for all the varieties of choppers.

“Spectro Oil is an institution at the Smoke Out Rally and we are excited to have them at our 14th anniversary taking care of the chops and providing their premium oil through Easy Eddies,” said Greg “Edge” Scheuer, the Smoke Out Rally Grand Poobah.

The event is a full weekend to look at fine chops, listen to good music, relax, catch up with old friends or make new friends, eat good food, take a couple nice putts in a pretty countryside, drink some beer and shop the vendors wares.

About Easy Eddies
Owner Eddie Ellis opened in Mecklenburg in 2000. Eddie added a lounge in 2004 that makes a great riding destination and a place to hang out with fellow bikers. The firm’s  mechanics are MMI graduates & Harley certified. The shop includes service work,  parts, apparel and tattoo parlor & lounge

About Spectro Performance Oils
Spectro is committed to providing their customers with the best possible products to make their power-sports activities work better. Since 1966, Spectro brands are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT, ILC, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and packagers of quality lubricants. All components used in their products are made in USA. For more information on Spectro Oils, please visit

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Spectro Oils Introduces New Platinum Heavy Duty STL

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Engineering Excellence For The Sporty Engine.

BROOKFIELD, Conn. – January 30, 2013. Spectro Oils of America, based in Brookfield,  CT, is pleased to present Platinum Heavy Duty STL; Sportster Transmission Lube. Our 6 speed synthetic technology is now available for the Harley® Sportster and Buell®. This fully formulated synthetic transmission lubricant is engineered to work in all applications where the same oil lubricates the clutch, primary, and transmission.

Spectro Oils Vice President of Sales, Rollin Karoll explains, “Since the introduction of Spectro “6 Speed” transmission lube for HD big twins, Sportster owners have been asking for a lube of their own. That day is now here with the introduction of Spectro STL; Sportster Transmission Lube. Like our industry leading Heavy Duty 6 Speed Transmission lube, Spectro STL provides easier shifting, less gear noise and reduced heat for Sportsters. Our proprietary wet clutch formula also reduces clutch chatter and slippage. If you ride a Sportster, this is the transmission lube you’ve been waiting for!”

Spectro STL is a high-performance lubricant that provides superior performance and delivers the highest levels of protection for the Sportster drivetrain. Proudly made in the USA, with an API GL-1 rating, STL exceeds all known OEM and Harley-Davidson® warranty requirements.

Allen Scott of Florida states, “I’ve always hated the way my 2005-1200R Sportster shifted, especially when it’s cold! The shift between first and second gears was never any fun, and neutral was just a pain while at a red light. Spectro had me test the new Heavy Duty Platinum STL; full synthetic sportster transmission lube, and now my bike shifts as good as my Road Glide. The Sporty transmission is now quieter and easier to shift and it finds neutral right out of the garage! Well done, Spectro!”

Spectro brands are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT. ILC is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and packagers of quality, specialty lubricants. Spectro® products are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance across the full range of full-synthetic, semi-synthetic and petroleum lubricants for all types of power-sports engines and transmissions.

Spectro® provides unsurpassed strength and endurance to protect your engine against wear and tear.The Spectro® line also includes superior suspension fluids, fork oils, brake fluids, coolant, chain lubes, filter cleaners/oils, and appearance products.

Spectro Performance Oils – Engineered Excellence!

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Dote Racing Names Leah Pruett For 2013

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MONROE, OH (Jan. 4, 2013) — NHRA Top Fuel team Dote Racing announced today that former Hot Rod Heritage Series Champion and multiple NHRA Pro Mod national event winner Leah Pruett will drive the family owned dragster in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, with the team’s partial schedule beginning in Pomona, Ca in February.

Pruett, 24, who began obtaining her Top Fuel crossover license in late 2012 with Dote Racing, will complete her licensing requirements at the upcoming Pro Winter Warmup at Palm Beach International Raceway later this month.

Based in Monroe, Ohio, the Dote Racing Team is led by veteran crew chief Doug Kuch who has tuned the team to two semi final finishes in 2012, in addition to qualifying the car in the ultra competitive field at all eleven events the Dote Racing Top Fueler entered. The team is actively seeking sponsorship for 2013 and beyond, with eyes on expanding their limited schedule into full season contention.

The opportunity for Pruett comes on the heels her highly successful two year stretch as a Pro Mod pilot for once mega team R2B2 Racing. While at R2B2 for nearly two seasons, Pruett kept her Nitro Funny Car license active by driving the team’s Nitro Funny Car tuned by Aaron Brooks and John Medlen at multiple test sessions throughout 2011 and competed in Funny Car at the US Auto Plus Nationals in Maple Grove, PA. Most recently Pruett scored three national event titles in the challenging NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by ProCare Rx. She is also the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Champion in Nostalgia Funny Car with wins including the famed March Meet and Hot Rod Reunion while driving for legendary tuner and chassis builder, Steve Plueger. The 2013 season will mark Pruett’s 17th consecutive year competing in the NHRA, while also making her eligible for the Rookie-of-the-Year honors in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.

“We are excited to add Leah Pruett to our team for the 2013 season,” said Connie Dote, manager and co-owner of Dote Racing. “She brings with her a youthful approach and, despite her youth, she has demonstrated an untapped talent successfully driving nostalgia funny cars, as well as her breakthrough performance in the pro modified class. We believe and expect she will be a solid force in this highly competitive category and will represent herself, Dote Racing, and our current and future sponsors extremely well.”

Dote Racing has expanded their limited schedule to include the Winternationals, Arizona Nationals, and New England Nationals in addition to the ten regularly scheduled east coast and midwest based national events.

“I’m beyond thrilled,” said Pruett. “I truly enjoyed testing the Dote Top Fuel Dragster in St. Louis last season and am very anxious to complete my cross over license, and lay down some fast times at PBIR, not to mention competing in the most prestigious class in all of drag racing. I’m sure everyone can’t wait to get nitro back in their veins, but I assure you, no one is more ready and hungry for it than me.” stated Pruett. “I have the utmost appreciation for the opportunity the Dotes are giving me to expand my driving capabilities into Top Fuel, and I intend on making crew chief Doug Kuch and the entire Dote Racing team proud of their decision to hire me.”

The 24-event 2013 NHRA Mello Yellow season opens in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 14-17, 2013.

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Championship Win for Gary “Gee” Armstrong

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Spectro Oils sponsored pro atv sand drag racer Gary “Gee” Armstrong—headquartered in Florence, Oregon—wrapped up his racing season by winning the 2012 championship title in the Sport Bike 2 Division of the Sand Drag Race Series in the Pacific Northwest. He also claimed second place in the Pro 2 Division.  The 24 race series runs from May through October and this year was comprised of a grid of 37 racers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“Last year, I finished in fifth and seventh place in the two Divisions.  I’d won the Oregon Off-road Racing Association’s  prestigious Pro Race in 2010, my rookie year as pro, so I knew I was better than that. So my racing goal and training for 2012 was to finish in the Top 3 in both of our Divisions.  A bold reach for me,” Gee grins.  “Although competition in our Division was incredibly intense this season, our Spectro Oils, Florence Yamaha/Redline Racing YFZ kept us first place points leader in both Divisions for most of the season.  We traded first and second place in the championship points a bunch of times, even tied for first place several times.  The fans loved it.  It was what racing should be: suspenseful, nail bitingly tight contests between just two of us at the top wanting to claim both Division titles.”

“I went into the October finals at Albany Speedway in first place in both our Divisions.  I won the Sport Bike Championship by 13 points. But I fumbled a bit the last day of the Finals with a couple of slower reaction times launching at the lights in the Pro racing because I’d come down with the flu.  We still brought home the Sport Bike championship title and runner-up in Pro for our friends and sponsors. So I achieved—actually exceeded—my 2012 goal. That feels really good!“

Commenting on his use of Spectro Oils products, Gee says: “At Armstrong Motorsports Racing we’re always looking to sharpen our competitive edge.  We look for products that deliver ultimate performance with superior reliability.  That’s why we exclusively use Spectro Oils’ synthetic oil in our racing machines.  When your sport is all about acceleration and winning a championship, Spectro Oils products deliver the goods.”

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New Marketing Director for Spectro Oils

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Bringing Engineered Excellence To The Next Level 

BROOKFIELD, Conn. – September 19, 2012. Spectro Oils of America, based in Brookfield, CT, is pleased to announce that Danielle Larrabee has been assigned the position of Marketing Director.  She will be responsible for all aspects of marketing Spectro’s products and brand name. Danielle was offered the position after long-time Marketing Director, Dave Willis, decided to retire.  Dave was an instrumental part of the Spectro team.

“We are pleased with Danielle’s performance at Spectro, and with her promotion to Marketing Director we anticipate even better things. Danielle is producing world-class ads and brochures, and will help guide Spectro Oils into the future. We welcome her to her new position,” said Rollin Karoll, VP of Sales at Spectro.

Danielle has been with the company for two years as Design Director, and brings with her over thirteen years of experience in marketing and production, and an extensive graphic design background.  She graduated with a certificate from Hallmark Institute of Photography, in Turners Falls, MA and has since worked for world-renowned photographer Mark Seliger, Ethan Allen photo studios, and Gannett suburban newspapers. Her expertise is in reaching out to the prospective customer, and creating a marketing plan towards each specific need.

Ralph Flanagan of Full Bore Cycle Lines USA states, “The immediate effect of Danielle Larrabee’s addition to the Spectro staff was the 2011 catalog for the entire Spectro product line. The catalog contains top-notch layout, photography, and the information is right at the customers’ fingertips. The Spectro Oils website also received significant upgrades, made possible by Roy Monaro of Monaro Design and Danielle’s continuous efforts.   New signage, new catalogs, and a terrific new look for Spectro greatly enhances the award winning history and current line of products from Spectro Oils of America. Thanks, Danielle.”

Spectro brands are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT, ILC, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and packagers of quality, specialty lubricants. Spectro® products are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance across the full range of full-synthetic, semi-synthetic and petroleum lubricants for all types of power-sports engines and transmissions.

Spectro® provides unsurpassed strength and endurance to protect your engine against wear and tear.

The Spectro® line also includes superior suspension fluids, fork oils, brake fluids, coolant, chain lubes, filter cleaners/oils, and appearance products.

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Bonneville Adventure with Jeff Bailey

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The goal was simple, set a Bonneville land speed record over 200 mph.  We had two meets to do it at, the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials (Aug. 26-30) and World of Speed (Sept 8-11) which gave me eight days of racing to work with.  The bike had the power to do it and it had proven reliable in the past.  The biggest unknown was the new bodywork.  Would it go straight?  Would it try to fly?  Only one way to find out.

This was my first trip to BUB, so the first thing we had to do was understand how they ran the event.  It is a bit different than what I am used to in that there are two parallel courses, the Mountain (short) and International (long), that each run in both directions.  To make things a bit more confusing, there are long and short starting points on each end of the International.   This makes for many places to sit and wait in line, but eventually we figured out the system.

I started in the MPS-PG 3000 class.  This means I had a modified (M), partially streamlined (PS) chassis with a pushrod (P), gas (G) 3000cc engine.  Because this was the first time running the full fairing, I had planned on taking it easy the first run.  Even that didn’t go exactly to plan.  With a 10-13 mph cross wind, I wasn’t able to even make it through the timing lights after being blown off the course.  Not the start I had planned on.

We made sure the alignment was correct, which it was, did a quick 95 mph test run down the return road and headed back out to see if it would go straight.  The next run was 201 with little to no wind.  The bike felt light and not as planted as I would have liked.  The 201 did qualify for a record so it was off to impound to get checked out and prepped for the return run.  On the return run from the other direction, the wind had picked up, and again I struggled with handling.  I wasn’t able to go full throttle and only mustered a 189.  This resulted in a 195.732 record.  Not 200, but close.

We spent the next two days struggling with handling and traction.  I ran a 195.6 and 192 before giving up on the bodywork and switching to a naked (no fairing) class.  I hadn’t planned on running the bike naked, so there were plenty of things on the bike that stuck out and made it aerodynamically dirty.  We also fabbed up a seat of sorts with 2 x 4’s, cardboard and duct tape.  Dan Kinsey also went into town looking for any steel or lead weights he could find.  The best he could come up with were two 12 lb sledge hammers.   We cut the handles off and attached them to the bike with hose clamps and scraps of metal welded to them.

Now in the M-PG 3000 class, I set off in hopes to setting another record.   The first run netted a 192.914 mph.  The bike felt more planted and hooked up although still not great.  The return run started from the other end of the course, where the salt was worse and bumpier.  I was only able to go 185.235, but that was good for a 189.075 record.

That was the end of the BUB meet, but not an end for this year’s racing.   I was happy with the records, but not happy to leave without a 200 mph record.  The 192 naked run showed the bike has great potential, but we needed to sort out the traction and handling in the wind.

On the 1500 mile drive home, Gene, Jan, Paul and I had plenty of time to work up a plan of what needed to be done to get ready for the World of Speed.  After getting home on Friday afternoon, we only had until the following Wednesday to repack, say hi to family, fix my truck, wash some salt off, get the  brakes on the trailer working, and make improvements to the bike.

For the World of Speed (WOS) meet we built a steel skeleton to replace the flat aluminum belly pan used at BUB.  Dan also built some brackets that would allow about 60 lbs to be added to the bike.  We also went over everything else including pulling the heads and cylinders for inspection.  Everything looked great, so with a fresh set of rings it went back together.

After completing the third 1500 mile trip in a few days, we were back on the salt to take another crack at a 200 mph record.  This time it was at the USFRA World of Speed meet which uses the SCTA/BNI rule and record book.  BUB uses the AMA as its sanctioning body and has a separate record book.

The salt was good and the wind was calm so I set off on a test run on Saturday morning.  Now in the APS-PF class, I ran 197.7 to qualify on a 184.6 record.  The bike really hooked up and felt stable.  I knew it had more in it, but I took it as a qualifying pass, which meant that I was off to impound for the rest of the day.  The next morning we made a return run of 203.4 and it was on the rev limiter the whole mile.  We finally had something we could tune on and I could ride.  With the PF record in the books at 200.577 mph, I changed to the PG class to go after Chris Rivas 201.5 record.

In the afternoon on Monday, the bike made a nearly perfect run of 207.74 mph.  It was slightly hitting the rev limiter, but more importantly, it continued to handle well and felt very solid.   We decided that raising the rev limiter would be better than pulling another tooth off the rear.  I thought for sure the next morning (final day of racing) would yield a solid record over 200.

But the following morning, the weather had changed.  It had rained over night and it was cool and windy.  We held back in the line of qualifiers hoping the weather would change by the time it was our turn.  Luckily it seemed to.  The wind died and the sun came out just as the guy ahead of me took off.  I was feeling good and took off down the course.   At about the 1.75 mile mark, a side wind came up and nearly blew me in to the “Q” that marks the 2.25 mile.  I tried correcting the bike and getting back into it and actually ran a 196 through the second mile.  I thought that would be enough for the record, but didn’t know about a rule that requires the return speed to be averaged with the speed in the same measured mile.  By running it in the second mile, it didn’t count towards my average for a record.

To make things a little more exciting, right before the 4 mile marker, the exhaust weakened the fiberglass on the tail section, causing it to break and flap in the wind at 196 mph.

With the wind blowing 10 mph straight across the track, I decided to pull the bodywork and switch to the open A-PG 3000 class and try to break my own record from 2010 of 180.350 mph.  We made two quick runs of 191.84 and 192.151 for an average of 191.995 mph.  All I can say about those runs is the wind pressure at that speed is amazing.  It was really trying to pull me off the bike.

With two records in the books, it was time to head home.  One more day of racing would have probably resulted in the APS-PG record that I really wanted, but it wasn’t meant to be.

We will see what next year brings, but for now I want to thank the many people who helped out.  I couldn’t have done this without sponsors like S&S® Cycle, AirTech, Jimmy John’s and Spectro Oil.  Although many people helped out on the project a few guys were very involved.  Dan Kinsey contributed his years of knowledge of Bonneville racing as well as machining and fabrication.  Gene Dlask kept the bike in race ready condition and made sure I didn’t do anything dumb.  Paul Olesen spent hours reworking the fairing and preparing the bike.  Rob, Nevin and Jan took care of EFI, data acq and electronics.

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Stevie Smith; Knoxville Nationals

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End to a Busy Week: Smith Finishes 7th in Goodyear Knoxville Nationals
Pennsylvania native leads first 13 laps of $150,000-to-win event at half mile

HOLMESVILLE, Ohio. – August 13, 2012 – Stevie Smith had the best seat in the house for the 52nd Goodyear Knoxville Nationals. From his pole position in the #19 CL Motorsports/DDNi/CJB Motorsports/Pella Motors KPC, he could see nothing but open track in front of him as the field of 24 cars were given the green on Saturday, August 11.

“It was a great feeling knowing that a lot of the chaos was happening behind you,” said Smith, an eight time winner at the legendary half-mile. “The starts at Knoxville are known for being crazy and we were lucky enough to bolt out to an early lead. Unfortunately, Donny Schatz was able to reel us in after only 13 laps of being out front.”

Schatz, who would go on to claim his sixth Goodyear Knoxville Nationals title in a thrilling battle with Brian Brown, battled with Smith for two laps before finally slipping past the New Oxford, Pa. native. With Schatz setting sail on the field, Smith began to fall back through the pack.

“Our car was very good in the beginning and we were able to pull away,” said Smith. “But as the first 25 laps wore on, we just had a hard time driving off the corner. It’s been something we have been battling all year and it really hurt us as the track slicked off.”

Car #19 was running fourth when Knoxville Raceway officials called the entire field into the pit area for a five-minute work period at lap 26. Crews were able to refuel their cars, change tires and make any adjustments necessary.

“We made a few small changes,” said Smith, who now has led 115 laps in 2012. “The hope was the restart would equalize things out and we would be able to get back up front. Things didn’t really pan out that way as we continued to slide backwards.”

By the end of the 50 lap main event, Smith had settled into 7th position after some fierce battles with the likes of Kraig Kinser and Shane Stewart.

“Towards the end of the race, we had some pretty exciting racing with a lot of guys,” said Smith. “There were cars on the top, the bottom and in the middle. I felt a bit bummed out because we sat on the pole and didn’t finish any better than what we did. You only get a handful of opportunities to win a race like the Knoxville Nationals and we didn’t capitalize on it. However, in the grand scheme of everything, this is quite an accomplishment for a first year organization. We came out to the biggest race of the year, sat on the pole and came home with a good finish. It’s very tough to even make it into this event so that in of itself is a milestone accomplishment. I’m very proud of the entire #19 crew for all of their hard work and dedication. This is a very stressful and long week but they kept plugging away and gave me a great car. It was also a pleasure to have many of our partners out here as well. They are the backbone of what we do and it showed this week.”

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AMA announces U.S. team members for 2012 International Six Days Enduro

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. riders who will contest the 87th International Six Days Enduro. Led by the World Trophy Team of Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Robert Garrison, Charlie Mullins and Taylor Robert, a contingent of 31 U.S. riders will face the best off-road racers from other countries in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 24-29.

“The ISDE represents the pinnacle of world off-road competition, and winning this prestigious event has long been an American dream,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “For 2012, we have taken our program to an entirely new level, and we’re going to Germany with one goal in mind: making that dream a reality and standing on the top of the box this September.”

The ISDE effort this year is managed by Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM North America’s off-road racing teams in U.S.-based series.

“I’m very excited about this year’s Trophy Team,” said Kallonen, whose own professional racing career included competition in the FIM Motocross World Championship. “We were able to assemble a very fast team. We have a few new riders on the team and they have proved their speed in our national series. And with manufacturers on board, all the riders have full support behind them, so they can focus only on racing. This year’s Six Days will have some of the stiffest competition we have seen in years, but with our team, we have good chance to be on top.”

Caselli, from Palmdale, Calif., will captain the World Trophy Team. He will race a KTM in Germany. Garrison, from Hesperia, Calif., will compete on a Kawasaki. Bobbitt, from Fayetteville, Ga., will race a KTM. Robert, from Scottsdale, Ariz., will ride a Kawasaki. Brown, from Bluff City, Tenn., and Mullins, from Hickory, N.C., will race KTMs.

The World Trophy Team is one of three premier teams that represent the United States at the ISDE. The others are the Junior Trophy Team, which fields four riders younger than 23 years old, and the Women’s World Cup Team, which fields three female riders. In addition, several club team members represent the United States at the event.

The U.S. Junior Trophy Team will include Steward Baylor from Belton, S.C.; Travis Coy from Fremont, Calif.; Andrew DeLong from Morgantown, Pa.; and Thad Duvall from Williamstown, W.Va. Baylor and Coy will race KTMs in Germany, while DeLong will ride a Husqvarna and Duval will compete on a Honda.

“Our Junior Trophy Team is made from pure speed,” Kallonen said. “The riders selected are among the top riders in the country, and even though they are new to the Six Days, I expect them to do well and be on top. We have a good support program for our Junior Team riders to guide them so, again, the riders can focus on racing.”

The U.S. Women’s Cup Team will include Rachel Gutish from Terre Haute, Ind.; Mandi Mastin from Whitehouse, Ohio; and Sarah Whitmore from Cheboygan, Mich. All three Women’s Cup Team riders will field KTMs in Germany.

“I’m really excited about the Women’s team this year,” Mastin said. “I think it is a great combination of youth, experience and speed. All three of us women, Rachael, Sarah and myself, are diverse riders with different qualities that we will bring to the team, which I feel will help us tremendously in competing for the Women’s World Cup.”

The U.S. ISDE team has also designated a Senior Club Team of veterans from the club team members. This year, the Senior Club Team will include Billy Burns from Dorset, Vt.; Jeff Fredette from Beecher, Ill.; and Ron Schmelzle from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Riders at the ISDE compete in one of three displacement classes: the E1 class, which features 100cc to 125cc two-stroke and 175cc to 250cc four-stroke motorcycles; the E2 class, which features 175cc to 250cc two-stroke and 290cc to 450cc four-stroke motorcycles; and the E3 class, which features 290cc to 500cc two-stroke and 475cc to 650cc four-stroke motorcycles.

While the Trophy Team, the Women’s World Cup Team and the Junior Trophy Team are a critical piece of the U.S. effort, they are a small number of the U.S. riders who make the trek to the annual event.

“Our expectations for Germany are strong,” said the AMA’s Weir. “We have talented riders on every level — on the club teams as well as the Trophy Teams. U.S. off-road racing fans and riders will have a lot to be excited about this September.”

Club teams this year include the Wellard Team (Jordan Brandt, Johnny Barber and Fred Hoess); (Nick Canny, Zach Klamfoth and John Maier); the Boise Ridge Riders (Devan Bolin, Reid Brown and Derek Steahly); the Tony Agonis team (Nicholas Hamill, Michael Jolly and Joshua Knight); and the Missouri Mudders (Scott Bright, Brian Storrie and Chris Storrie).

The Senior Club Team of Burns, Fredette and Schmelzle will compete as Team JAFMAR.

Weir also thanked longtime World Trophy Team Captain Destry Abbott, who is not on the team this year, for his many years representing the United States at Six Days.

“With Destry paring back his competitive schedule, we’ll miss him in the competition in 2012,” Weir said. “However, I’m pleased to report that Destry remains very much a part of the U.S. ISDE effort. Destry will go to Germany as our pre-rider and will provide invaluable intelligence to our riders this year.”

The AMA’s ISDE effort would be impossible without the support of various companies. In addition to riders’ individual manufacturer and product sponsors, direct team sponsors include Arai, Spectro, Motion Pro, Wellard and Worldwide Materials Handling.

America’s motorcyclists can help support the U.S. ISDE team, and look good while doing it, by buying an official U.S. ISDE T-shirt. All proceeds support the effort to transport the riders, bikes and crew to and from Germany. To buy a shirt, and to get more information about the U.S. ISDE effort, visit

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit

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Zodiac Racing ready to take on 2012

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Only a few days to go and the UEM European championship is finally kicking off. It has been a long wait because the Hungary race was taken off the calendar for 2012. The UK round at Santa Pod’s Main Event, that is traditional held during the May bank holiday weekend, is also taking place one week later because of the Queen’s Diamond jubilee. The Zodiac racing team is all excited to go out for this first UEM race of the season and are more prepared than ever.

As usual we went testing during the Easter Thunderball, as Ton and Vincent Pels had some new parts to try out in the fuel and oiling system and because the team’s new rider Job Heezen needed some seat time to get familiar with the supercharged Nitro Harley. The test weekend had some real highs and lows. One of the lows was definitely the temperature. With 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and around freezing at night, it was definitely a cold Easter weekend. We were surprised to still see big crowds on the banking during qualifying and it is the proof that the UK drag racing fans are definitely the most loyal fans in the world!

Another low was the data-logger that failed after the first the warm-up and this made us somewhat blind in the tuning department. With a new type of DJE fuel pressure regulator that needed to be set and some changes in the oil system, we needed to find a baseline and at those moments you discover how dependent we have become of those loggers. Everything from clutch to ignition is controlled by computers these days and without the logger you notice how close these engines are running on the borderline with modern systems.

A definite high was the first day of qualifying. During the first run, the bike had massive shake from the line and smoked the tire after 100ft. So, contrary to chief starter Ian Marshall’s advice (wink), for the second qualifier we took out some ignition and clutch during the first 3 second of the run to make it launch softer, and again after a serious tire shake (OK Ian, you might have been right with this one), the bike hooked up and ran quicker than ever before with a 6.51 and 211MPH. Job was immediately impressed by the amount of muscle the blower bike showed and he also ran a personal best by a full tenth of a second. Another thing that impressed him how much more weight he had to put into correcting this bike. “When you want to go somewhere, you better know in advance! Definitely different then the normally aspirated Nitro Harley I ran last year!”

A puff of smoke at the top-end already showed that the engine did not survive the run and back at the pits it turned out that the engine had experienced some detonation and the deck of the front piston had collapsed. We were close, but were a little too much on the lean side. With the thick 70 weight oil we were testing, the plain rod bearings seemed to work good, but the main crank bearings which are of the cylindrical roller type, could not spin those high RPMs anymore and broke. The cold temperature, making the oil even thicker, might have been a contributing factor. Sadly the rain came in on race day, so that was it. But at least we know where we are and with these kind of numbers under these conditions, we think the competition knows we mean business.

For the Main Event everything is ready and after consulting with Spectro Oils, we are going to try their Platinum 20W50 for the Main Event. A nice feature is that for this year, the European championship races will be televised live in High Definition on the Internet. For more information about this, please stay tuned as they will give more details about the live Web TV shows. Last year we were very close with a 2nd spot in the championship when Roel Koedam was in the saddle. With the experience from last year we know the bike is ready and Job is confident he is up to the task of piloting the Godfather VII to the winners circle. Twenty-twelve, here we come!

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Spectro’s Continued Support to AMA Expert Flat Track Champion Mikey Martin

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Acampo, CA (February 27, 2012)   –

AMA Expert Flat Track Champion, Mikey Martin is pleased to announce his continued support by Spectro® Oils ( Spectro is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and packagers of premium quality motor oils, gear lubricants, chain lubes and appearance products for the powersports industry.

Mikey will continue to use Spectro in both his Twins and Singles race bikes. In the Twins class Mikey competes on his Bonneville Performance ( Factory Triumphs’ on half mile and mile tracks and the Singles program where he competes on a Honda CRF-450 on Short Tracks and TT’s on the AMA Grand National Flat Track Championship Series.

“I’m very excited to be associated with people who support our sport and want our input” Mikey said. “Knowing that I have the best oil in my bikes just makes me feel better…. when I’m at 120 miles per hour you can’t have an engine failure…. it would be catastrophic”.

“It’s not just the oil that I am so proud of, it’s the full Spectro product line, and my favorites like the Chain Lube and Motorcycle Wash, I recommend Spectro® products all the time to friends and fellow racers.”

Team owner-Bill Gately added, “We are proud to carry the Spectro Oils Company banner. We welcome Spectro to the Triumph Team and look forward to a long and successful association.”

Spectro brands are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT.  Their products are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance across the full range of full-synthetic, semi-synthetic and petroleum lubricants for all types of power-sports engines and transmissions. Spectro® provides unsurpassed strength and endurance to protect your engine against wear and tear.

The Spectro® line also includes superior suspension fluids, fork oils, brake fluids, coolant, chain lubes, filter cleaners/oils, and appearance products.

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Spectro Performance Oils to Sponsor the Dote Racing Top Fuel Team

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Monroe, Ohio (February 23, 2012) Spectro Oils, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and packagers of premium quality lubricants, has agreed to sponsor the Dote Racing Top Fuel team with driver Hillary Will for the 2012 NHRA season.

“Spectro Oils is pleased to be the oil of choice for the Hillary Will / Dote Racing NHRA Top fuel team,” said Rollin Karoll Vice President of Sales at Spectro.  “Hillary has proven herself as a top driver, and with the guidance of legendary crew chief Doug Kuch and the Dote family she will be a serious contender in 2012. Everyone at Spectro is excited to be associated with Dote Racing, and is looking forward to a great year!”

Kuch added, “Spectro Oil is a great product with a long racing heritage.  We are thankful to have their support and look forward to putting them in the winner’s circle in the NHRA for the first time.”

Spectro products span the full range of fully-synthetic, semi-synthetic and petroleum lubricants for all classes of “powersports” engine and transmission applications.  The Spectro line also includes a wide range of suspension fluids, fork oils, brake fluids, coolant, chain lubes/waxes, filter cleaners and oils, and protection/appearance products. These products are sold exclusively through certified motorcycle, powersports and automotive retailers in the United States and in many international markets.

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Spectro Oils of America Joins CL Motorsports for 2012 Campaign

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Brookfield, Conn. company to be official lubricant supplier for the Black Bandit.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – Feb. 15, 2012 – It’s often been said that it requires a great team to achieve great success. Partnerships represent a crucial element of any racing organization. They insure that a team can operate as a well-oiled machine during a grueling racing season. As CL Motorsports gears up for the 2012 season, the Holmesville, Ohio based team is proud to announce a new partnership with Spectro Oils of America.

“Spectro has been around for quite sometime and we’ve been proud to affiliated with the Smith family for the past 25 years,” said Dave Miller, President of Spectro Oils of America. “Stevie is a true class act and we couldn’t be happier to see him back in the #19. In addition to that, we are very confident that the team that Chad Clemens and Chris Luck have assembled will be second to none. From our perspective, this is another excellent opportunity for our distributors to market Spectro Oils of America to the public.”

Spectro Oils of America operates as a division of Intercontinental Lubricants Corporation, a Brookfield, Conn. company. Founded in 1966 by Robert H. Wehman, the company was able to take advantage of the growing motorcycle market as new makes and models arrived in the marketplace. Spectro Oils of America developed a strong reputation among riders because of increased performance along with unmatched reliability. Today, Spectro Oils of America offers a full line of synthetic lubricants for two and four stroke engines in addition to specialty blending, customized racing formulas and providing technical assistance.

“Anytime you can partner with a company that has such a distinguished pedigree of success like Spectro Oils of America, it’s a win-win for everyone,” said Chris Luck, a co-owner of CL Motorsports. “We are in a performance driven industry and Spectro (Oils of America) has a proven track record of outstanding performance. I am sure that we will be able to work closely with them to achieve success not only on the race track but in the market place as well.”

Someone who knows the capabilities of Specto Oils of America and their products is the driver of the #19 CJB Motorsports/DDNi/MediaTile KPC, Stevie Smith.

“As a former team owner, engine builder and chassis builder, I only trust Spectro Oils and Lubricants in my machines,” said Smith, who returns as the Black Bandit for the Williams Grove Speedway season opener on March 23rd. “They are a fantastic organization that has supported racers like me for many years. Their product is second to none and I am extremely pleased that they have joined us for the 2012 season. I know that I will have the absolute best when it comes to the oils and lubricants in my car.”

Spectro Oils of America will be featured on the “crowd panel” of the #19 KPC as well as team uniforms and Smith’s driving suit. For more information about Spectro Oils of America, please visit For more information about the Black Bandit and CL Motorsports, please visit

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2011 Zodiac Racing confident after first European championship round

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Slippery was the only way the track could be described during the first round of the 2011 UEM European Championship, held at the old Russian airfield base near Kunmadaras in Hungary. Difficult to tune against when you have 1000+ horses to play with, and with all changes Ton and Vincent Pels made over the winter, not the ideal situation to start with. But the Zodiac Racing team did more passes then ever before during a race meeting. And their supercharged Nitro Harley is for sure a force to be reckoned with for the 2011 season.

This winter the team did a lot of work to try and get the bike more reliable. Last season the main problem was heat and how to get rid of it. Apart from bending valves and burning up guides, the heat problem was so bad that the exhaust port of the cylinder head was melting and therefore the valve seat lost all its support. Their partners were consulted for technical knowledge and along with Kibblewhite Precision Machining new exhaust valves and guides were developed from the most exotic materials available and Supertrapp was asked for advise for a new exhaust system design. But by far, most time was invested in “skulling” the cylinder heads. Complete copper alloy combustion chambers, so called skulls, inserted in the heads were developed and with all the extra parts that had to made “a little different”, along with the engine cases that had a connecting rod kicked out at the European Finals last year, the team was again very busy during the winter months.

They would have liked some track time to dial everything in before the opening round of the European championship in Hungary, but with the Easter race at Santa Pod Raceway only one week before, it was decided to skip the testing and try to dial in the bike during qualifying.

The first qualifying run was supposed to be a half pass, but only took about 0.2 seconds. Instead of going forward, the bike simply jumped up and smoked the tire at the hit of the throttle, so Roel Koedam quickly got off the throttle and idled to the finish line. For 2nd qualifier the bike was backed down and with the right lane being a fair bit better, the bike was able to find some traction and ran a reasonable 7.179, taking the provisional 2nd spot 0.01 seconds behind Hans Olav Olstad. Hoping the left lane would turn for the better, nothing was changed for the 3rd qualifying round Friday afternoon, but the result was identical to the 1st qualifier, the bike simply smoked the tire at the hit of the throttle. During the evening the heads and cylinders were taken off for inspection and everything came out brand new. It seemed that all the hard work Ton and Vincent did over the winter was worth it and everything was quickly assembled and the bike was ready for the next day.

For the Saturday morning session the adjustment of the fuel system was changed a bit, as the engine did not ran clean all the way when it ran the 7.17, but the tune-up of the bike was still kept conservative in every sense. At the launch the bike hit a huge tire shake until the 60ft, but after the 2nd stage of the clutch came in, it picked up the front wheel and went like a rocket. Carrying the front wheel way past the 330ft marker the bike suddenly went rich and nosed over. Back in the pits Roel said that the bike did not changed gear, and a quick look at the data logger confirmed it. A petty, as the 4.464 1/8th mile time was the quickest first half in qualifying. The last session was rained off, so the team could not improve their E.T. of 7.17, which put them in 6th spot on an extremely close qualifying ladder. After qualifying was cancelled the bike was checked out and the connecting rod bearings were changed, a normal maintenance procedure on Nitro Harleys. Because they did not have lane choice, the team again de-tuned the bike and it was ready for the eliminations.

The weather for Sunday was a lot cooler and humid then the previous two days, but with the eliminations put on a shorter schedule, all the finals could be run in between the light rain intervals. In the first round, team Zodiac matched up with Finnish Samu Kemppainen, who was qualified 3rd with a 7.120 second pass on his recently imported 60 degree V-Twin. Being 0.05 seconds quicker in qualifying, Samu obviously chose the right lane. At the green, both bike overpowered the track and it became a real pedal fest (well throttle fest in this case). Roel smoked the tire on the first and the second hit of the throttle, but after putting the bike in high gear and giving it a 3rd attempt, the bike finally hooked up and was able to pass Samu, who was also struggling to find traction, at the 1000 foot mark. You can’t always win them pretty, but it was one very exciting drag race. In the second round it was young Jan Sturla Hegre. Again the bike was de-tuned, as again the team had the inferior left lane, and they had not put a decent pass on it yet. Roel was quicker on the tree after a little stage battle, but Jan’s bike was the quicker one this race. With the soft set-up in the supercharged bike, it never really accelerated hard, slipping the clutch from start to finish, so Jan was able to drive around Roel’s 7.198 E.T. with a 7.067 and eventually took the event win.

The Zodiac team was not disappointed though. They made more passes then ever during a race meeting. The engine was performing without a hitch and all the parts help up very well. Next race is The Main Event at Santa Pod and the team hopes the track will be up to it’s normal UEM standard. They will start with putting back in some power and are confident that the changes they made, will give them the competitive edge.

See you at the racetrack!

Zodiac Racing’s 2011 provisional race calendar:

28th April – 1st May Kunmadaras Hungary FIM/UEM Round
27th – 30th May FIA/UEM Main Event Santa Pod Raceway, UK FIM/UEM Round
9th – 12th June Sweden International Tierp Motorpark, Sweden FIM/UEM Round
30th June – 3rd July FHRA Nitro Nationals Alastaro, Finland FIM/UEM Round
5th – 7th August Sunoco Drag Challenge Gardermoen, Norway FIM/UEM Round
12th – 14th August NitrOlympX Hockenheim, Germany FIM/UEM Round
8th – 11th September FIA/UEM European Finals Santa Pod Raceway, UK FIM/UEM Round


The Zodiac SuperTwin Top Fuel drag racing team is proudly sponsored by Zodiac International B.V., Supertrapp Exhaust Systems, ACCEL Motorcycle Products, Spectro Oils of America and Kibblewhite Precision Machining.

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8/1/11 – Spectro Oils’ Super-Popular Z-Clean Chain Lube Is Now Available in a Smaller, 1.5 ounce bottle!

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Brookfield, CT (08/01/2011) Spectro Oils Z-Clean Chain Lube is a dramatically effective new chain lube that does more of what you want done, and less of what you don’t.

And now you can carry less of it where ever you go.  New 1.5 ounce bottle fits into pockets as well as sacks and bags.

Spectro Z-Clean Chain Lube’s special zinc formulation provides unsurpassed anti-wear protection, resulting in longer chain and sprocket life.

Yet, the zinc formulation of Z-Clean doesn’t attract dirt, sand or grit, and won’t sling off when used as directed. Suitable for O-ring and roller type chains, both for on-road and off-road use, Z-Clean is the next generation in chain lubrication.

Spectro brands are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT, ILC, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and packagers of quality, specialty lubricants.

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4/15/11 – Spectro’s Z-Clean Chain Lube: engineered with a unique zinc formulation for superior chain lubrication.

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Spectro Oils presents Z-Clean Chain Lube, a dramatically effective new product that does more of what you want done, and less of what you don’t.

Z-Clean Chain Lube’s special zinc formulation provides unsurpassed anti-wear protection, resulting in longer chain and sprocket life.

Yet, Z-Clean’s zinc formulation does not attract dirt, sand or grit, and so will not fling off when used as directed. Suitable for O-ring and roller type chains, both for on-road and off-road use, Z-Clean is the next generation in chain lubrication.

Spectro brands are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT, ILC

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Brookfield, CT — Spectro Oils selected (again) by the AMA 6-Day ISDE Team! – 4-15-11

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Spectro Oils of America is proud to once again be asked to support the AMA 6-Day ISDE Team.  This always-demanding event will be held in the Kotka‐Hamina region in southern Finland, running from the 8th to 13th of August, 2011.

The ISDE is six days of grueling riding over varied and demanding terrain, and the strains placed on the bike are tremendous. The lubricants must withstand shearing and thermal breakdown, and be able to perform despite the dirt, sand, dust, water, mud and extreme heat of the race — and never fail to provide maximum performance — for six consecutive days!

Spectro is proud to have delivered on that performance promise, 6-Day after 6-Day, year after year.

Speaking after the 2006 ISDE in New Zealand, for example, Chuck Weir, Off-Road Racing Manager of the AMA, said, “I know the quality Spectro Lubricants helped keep Team USA’s bikes running through the grueling Six Days Enduro.  The terrain and weather really combined to make this a true endurance test for man and machine this year.  I know that Spectro certainly gave our Junior Trophy team an edge in winning the Championship this year.  This is only the third time in 81 years that the USA has won!”

Of all the events in this great sport, few represent a better test of rider, machine, and all the component parts than the ISDE. This is the perfect proving ground, the ultimate real world test (as opposed to white papers and specious bar charts) of a superior product, and Spectro consistently delivers!

Spectro brands are manufactured and marketed by Intercontinental Lubricants Corp. of Brookfield, CT, ILC, one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and packagers of quality, specialty lubricants.

adminBrookfield, CT — Spectro Oils selected (again) by the AMA 6-Day ISDE Team! – 4-15-11
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