Things have accelerated at RD HQ recently with the RaceDeck crew spending time at Ken Block’s legendary Hoonigan Racing Division in Park City, Utah. RaceDeck CEO Jorgen Moller was on hand to deploy a custom designed RaceDeck Garage Floor for the Hoonigan team, complete with personalized custom logos. While onsite, the RD crew received an offer they couldn’t possibly turn down: the chance to acquire the Iconic Hoonigan MK2 RS. The M-K-what, you ask? You know it as the flat black and star-spangled Ford Escort MK2 that you’ve seen pretty much everywhere. With millions of views on Youtube, to a popular player option on Forza 4 video game, this iconic ride is legendary.
The newest member of the RaceDeck Speed Garage is iconic for a reason: the MK2 Escort is a one-of-a-kind rally machine. Mechanically, this Escort shares all the best parts of a top-level WRC-spec tarmac build, coupled with a specialized suspension setup with Gymkhana tricks in mind. Under the star-studded hood, the car packs a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Millington motor that generates 333 naturally-aspirated horses and absolutely screams at the limit when stretched out to the 9,000 rpm redline. That’s right—we said 9,000 RPMS! Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.
The flooring of choice for the Hoonigan shop is RaceDeck’s cutting edge, multi-patented FreeFlow XLC shop flooring complete with custom, hand-painted Hoonigan Racing Division and the new 43-Block logos. FreeFlow XLC is the latest commercial grade addition to the extensive RD product line up. Bigger, beefier and engineered garage tough, FreeFlow XLC is the top choice for shops, dealerships, commercial garages, race teams and more. RaceDeck is the Original USA made, multi-patented modular flooring system engineered for the garage, with over 20 style offerings.
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If you’ve ever attended SEMA, you know just how crowded and crazy the show can be. This year seemed even busier than years past; it was quite literally a sea of people at times! In two days of walking the show, I logged over 18 miles and still didn’t get to see and enjoy everything that SEMA has to offer! Here are just a few of the highlights from my time at the show.
Every year there are tons of classic cars, custom cars—both new and old; this year we saw a lot more trucks and off-road vehicles than we remember seeing other years. This niche industry really seems to be taking off! It’ll be interesting to see how this trend develops in the years to come.
Attendees of the show couldn’t miss the distinct smell of burning rubber from all the drifting going on at the Ford and Chevy tracks! For those fortunate enough to get in on the signup early, they got to ride along on the tracks that included huge burnouts and a jump in the middle of the track. We’ll be sure to sign up early next year so we can give you the rundown from the ride-along perspective rather than the spectator. For now, suffice it to say, I’m sure it was a hell of a ride!
RaceDeck was fortunate enough to have a few celebrities stop in at the booth. When Dave Kindig of Bitchin’ Rides stopped by our booth to sign autographs on the second day of the show, the line went out the door and blocked several other exhibitors booths! Our deepest apologies to our fellow vendors, but you know how it is when a celebrity stops in; things can get a little crazy!
Dennis Gage from My Classic Car also stopped by the RaceDeck booth to sign autographs for fans of the show, who also drew a sizable crowd. Our CEO, Jorgen Moller, also took advantage of the photo op when Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars stopped in to see us. We took thousands of other photos throughout the show; here are a few of our favorites.
SEMA 2016 Highlights:
A ’64 Chevrolet Malibu SS with twin turbos and 1000 hp, the Maliboost was modified by Dave Kindig of Kindig-It Designs on Bitchin’ Rides Season 2 Episode 6. It features an imported Scottish leather interior by JS Custom Interior, Forgeline DE3P 3-piece forged alloy wheels, a RoadsterShop FastTrack pro-touring chassis, a LS twin-turbo by Speed Inc, and is tuned by Mark McPhail. The car is truly a “Saturday Night Sleeper”.