Top Ten Coolest Auto Accessories: From the JC Whitney Vault – Circa 50s, 60s, 70s

LASALLE, Ill. (PRWEB) April 29, 2015

JC Whitney, the company with one of the most comprehensive selections of auto parts and accessories in the world, has built its business over the past 100 years by offering “everything automotive” to DIYers, enthusiasts and folks just looking to personalize their rides with a little flair. And, over the years, the company has learned volumes about what moves hobbyists and DIYers, and the tastes and preferences of the car culture. Today, the company is sharing the ‘Top Ten’ of what it considers to be some of the coolest auto accessories ever offered, most from the ‘50s ‘60s, and ‘70s.

“Cars and car culture are the epitome of cool – especially if you customize your own ride,” said JC Whitney President Shane Evangelist. “One of the many rich benefits of being a part of the automotive scene for 100 years is that we’ve gained a historical perspective on ‘cool’. Going through the archives made us ask: ‘what is cool, anyway?’ We think, as this top ten list demonstrates, it’s all about performance, a personal touch and the latest technology.”

The JC Whitney staff combed through past catalogs and reached out to auto enthusiasts to come up with ten of the coolest car gadgets, gizmos and performance accessories…ever:

1.    Engine Adapter Housing

Say you’re a hot rod swapper, and you love Buick engines from the late 1950s. Sadly, though, you have a Ford transmission. What to do? Adapt it! Long before precision CNC machining was available, JC Whitney made it cheap and easy to combine different manufacturer engines and transmissions, via a comprehensive assortment of swap kits, ready to bolt together right out of the box. Was available in the 1957 catalog starting at $ 38.50.

2.    Judson Supercharger Kits

As imports became more common, JC Whitney knew that American drivers craved more power and offered the perfect solution for Austin-Healey, MG, Triumph and VW owners. Packing up to 50 percent more power and promising easy bolt-on installation, the Judson blowers were the answer for more punch. Was available in the 1968 catalog, prices ranged from $ 139.50 to $ 219.95.

3.    Chrome Plated Distributor Cap

Like a disco ball for your engine compartment! Touted as molded of Bakelite and finished with top quality chrome, JC Whitney offered an easy way to bling up your engine compartment. How we yearn for the simpler days, when you could see distributors and plug wires under the hood. Was available in the 1960 catalog, prices ranged from $ 2.95 to $ 6.50.

4.    Lowering Kits

Who doesn’t think lowered cars look cool? It’s a look that will never go out of style, and JC Whitney knew it, so they offered the simple way to lower the front or rear of any car on coil springs without cutting, drilling or welding. Go lowrider, then change your mind and go highboy with these adjustable units. Was available in the 1959 catalog priced at $ 4.95 a pair.

5.    Mix and Match Manifolds and Carburetors

JC Whitney offered the largest assortment of high performance intake components on the planet, so you could mix your fuel and air virtually any way you desired. Want dual or triple carbs? How about the sweet six carb log set up for your Dodge, Chrysler, DeSoto, Lincoln, Mercury, Olds or Plymouth? No problem! Feeling like a supercharger on your Olds V8? JC Whitney had that manifold ready to ship to your door. Was available in the 1952 catalog, prices ranged from $ 12.95 to $ 74.95 each.

6.    Car Club Jackets

Whether you counted two or 200 members, imagine hanging out at the local stomping ground with your car club…wearing the same cool club jackets with name, embroidered emblem and colors. Perfect for hot rodders, sports cars, boaters, racers and even, gasp, chess clubs? JC Whitney offered multiple options in lettering style, emblem design, colors and sizes. Go CamBusters! Was available in the 1958 catalog starting at $ 10.95 and up.

7.    Tu-Tone Muffler, with Finger Tip Variable Sound Control

Normally you had to choose one exhaust tone, loud or soft. Cops and neighbors don’t like loud and soft is boring. Fortunately, JC Whitney let you adjust the tone of your exhaust from the dash. Tu-Tone could be quiet in the city and uncorked in the country, and boosted mileage, horsepower, engine efficiency and reduced carbon formation. Was available in the 1953 catalog priced at $ 14.95.

8.    Horns, Horns and More Horns

Ah-ooo-gah! What better way to personalize your vehicle than with its own unique sound, right? JC Whitney offered horns to fit every automotive style and personal taste. Air horns, musical horns, train horns and more. Louder and much cooler than stock, you could even make your ride whinny, roar or trumpet like a brass band. Was available in the 1971 catalog, prices ranged from $ 3.98 to $ 41.98.

9.    Imported Marchal Driving Lamp

Nothing beats surprising people with a concentrated long beam…right? These beauties boasted a “scientific design that permits a stronger beam with less electrical consumption than the ordinary sealed beam.” These lights were triple chrome-plated and brought style and function to any car they were added to. Was available in the 1950 catalog priced at $ 14.95 each.

10.    Limited-Slip Differential

When you are doing a burnout how many stripes do you want to leave? JC Whitney knew the answer was always two, and launched the careers of wannabe drag and rally racers across the country. And with a limited-slip in your pumpkin, you could accelerate more efficiently, get out of corners faster and avoid getting stuck in snow or mud. Was available in the 1959 catalog, prices ranged from $ 73.50 to $ 84.95.

What do you remember from the catalogs? Leave a comment and share your best memories of the JC Whitney catalogs.

Want to find out about the top ten oddest auto accessories ever from the JC Whitney vault? Click here.

*Pricing listed for the automotive accessories in this press release are vintage pricing from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

About JC Whitney

Established in 1915, JC Whitney is the largest direct marketer of name-brand automotive parts and accessories, providing “everything automotive” with more than 6 million automotive applications from the latest model year back to the 1920s, and over 1.2 million parts for over 25 million different vehicles. Backed by 100 years of hands-on, expert customer service, JC Whitney offers products for virtually any vehicle — automobiles, trucks, jeeps, modern muscle, motorcycles, and more — through its comprehensive family of general and vehicle-specific catalogs and

Contact: For a list of scheduled media events, to share your JC Whitney memories and to set up interviews contact:

Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (424) 603-4340

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Today’s Hottest Celebrity and Headline Media Real Estate News

Pompano Beach, Florida (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

This month’s important, interesting and unusual news at Top 10 Real Estate News Headlines.

“Vacation Home Sales Surge To Record Levels”

Sales of U.S. vacation homes soared to about 1.13 million in 2014, an increase of over 57 percent from 2013′s total of 717,000 homes. Vacation home sales represented 21 percent of all home sales in 2014, even outperforming 2006 levels during the condo boom.

“The $ 175 Million New York Condo”

The first New York City condominium to sell for $ 100 million happened in December when the penthouse unit at One57 sold for $ 100.5 million. Already a handful of even more New York expensive apartments are in the planning stage – asking as much as $ 175 million.

“Key West Submarine Pits For Sale”

A 122-acre dredged area near Key West, Florida where the U.S. Navy housed its submarine fleet during the Cuban Missile Crisis is for sale at $ 21.2 million. The Navy also planned to build officer homes on the adjacent land but later scrapped those plans.

“Former New York Playboy Club Sells $ 85 Million”

The Manhattan building where the New York Playboy Club did business from the 1960s to 80s has sold for $ 85 million. The first club opened in Chicago in 1960 and the last U.S. club in Las Vegas closed in 2012. There are still Playboy Clubs in Cancun, Macao and London.

“America’s Most Expensive Street”

The most expensive street in the United States is Indian Creek Island Road on Biscayne Bay in Miami Beach with median home values at $ 21.48 million. The street is on Indian Creek Island where big-time business leaders and celebrities such as Carl Icahn and Julio Iglesias live. The nearby Miami Beach luxury condos range from $ 5 to $ 50 million.

“Connecticut Ghost Town For Sale”

An 1830′s Connecticut mill town that was resurrected in the 1960s as a tourist attraction is for sale at $ 2.4 million. Included in the deal are a general store, restaurant, covered bridge and 25 acres of land. The town has been abandoned since 1994.

“South Florida Condos Go Extreme Upscale”

Miami Beach condo developers are competing for the wealthiest buyers from Asia, South America, Europe and North America by offering their buyers more luxury and amenities. Massage rooms, on-call butlers, million-dollar art works, robot car parking, bowling and even a rooftop soccer field are just a few of the extras that developers are including with their multi-million dollar condos. Maintenance fees can exceed $ 8,000 per month.

“Bacall’s Dakota Price Drops $ 2 Million”

Lauren Bacall died at age 89 in her home at New York’s famed, The Dakota, where she lived for 53 years. Her nine-room, three-bedroom, four-bath apartment with almost 100 feet facing Central Park went on the market in November at $ 26 million. The price has just been reduced to $ 23.5 million.

“Where the Rich People Live”

New York City is the #4 city for ultra-wealthy residents with 3,008 people, trailing London at #1 with 4,634 very rich residents followed by Tokyo at 3,575 and Singapore with 3,227.

“Nixon’s Western White House For Sale”

The San Clemente oceanfront home that President Richard Nixon bought in 1969 for $ 450,000 is for sale at $ 75 million. Nixon spent much of his presidency and Watergate investigation days at the Spanish hacienda-style home retiring there after he resigned in 1974. Nixon sold the home in 1980.

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New Off-Site Experiences Available For Groups at DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg Hotel

Williamsburg, VA (PRWEB) April 18, 2015

Associations meeting in Historic Williamsburg can now enhance their gatherings by choosing from one of several off-site group experiences, from informative, guided tours of Jamestown Settlement to an amazing sailing charter onboard a historic Yorktown Schooner.

Williamsburg’s off-site experiences are ideal for presenting the world’s largest outdoor living museum where 18th century buildings, homes and taverns allow individuals to step back into time when America was founded.

Experiences include “Shades of Gray and Blue,” a Civil War tour; “Great Hopes – An African American Journey,” and “Sticks & Stones, Buried Bones,” an archaeology and regional history tour. Groups also can enjoy “Ships ‘N Shores,” a regional nautical tour; “Mischief & Mistletoe,” a holiday tour; and “Bulbs, Blooms & Blossoms” exploring the amazing gardens of the historic area.

These and other suggested group itineraries can be found under the Plan Your Group Tour tab at

The suggested off-site group experiences, along with updated conference center space at DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg, the area’s premier conference center hotel, make the area one of the most desirable for Mid-Atlantic association meetings.

Nestled in a forested setting in Colonial Williamsburg, the 295-room DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg offers a modern conference center with 31 flexible meeting and event spaces including the 13,300-square-foot President’s Ballroom with a capacity up to 1,400 guests.

All of the hotel’s meeting spaces were enhanced in late 2013 as part of a property-wide renovation. Guestrooms, the hotel’s lobby and public areas also were transformed.

Spacious guestrooms at DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg feature plush furnishings, signature Sweet Dreams bed, large HDTV, WiFi, mini-fridge, a refreshing array of CITRON body care products by Crabtree & Evelyn, and an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee offerings.

Guests at the Williamsburg hotel enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, 24-hour Precor Fitness Center, 24-hour business center and complimentary Wi-Fi access in the hotel’s public areas. Its three in-house restaurants include The Harvest Grill, Pitcher’s Sports Bar and the Williamsburg Café for a light bite or grab-and-go selections. Plus, guests are greeted with a warm, chocolate chip cookie, an experience exclusive to the DoubleTree by Hilton brand.

Situated adjacent to I-64 and I-199, DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg is located in the heart of Virginia’s Historic Triangle at 50 Kingsmill Road, just a short drive to the historic attractions and off-site entertainment venues available for groups in Colonial Williamsburg and historic Jamestown and Yorktown. It also is less than 45 minutes from Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport, Richmond International Airport and Norfolk International Airport.

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg is owned by Waramaug Hospitality LLC and a private investment group in a joint venture with Interstate Hotels & Resorts which also operates the hotel.

For reservations and information, please visit or call 757-220-2500.

Ready for Rand? The Ready for Rand PAC is announcing its launch

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 06, 2015

This game in which one votes for a red president or a blue is like a football game where everyone gets excited about their team, the donkeys or the elephants, for just as long as the game is on, but knows very well that the outcome of the game will change nothing important at all.

Younger voters in particular have had enough of the divisive culture wars. They don’t fit into the neat Left/Right boxes that enable someone to predict their views on taxation based on their position on abortion, or their opinion on gay marriage based on whether they own a gun.

These younger voters are not simply “Liberals” or “Conservatives.” Most young voters don’t resonate with any of these simplistic labels, but know themselves to be socially accepting on the one hand, and economically responsible on the other. Ideally, they would also like their representatives, and especially their president, to be, in that respect at least, the same.

Unmoved by tired political tribalism, Millennials, like everyone else, care deeply about what matters. They care very much about preserving the values on which this nation was founded. They care about the mass invasions of their privacy by their government; they care that their country is the incarceration capital of the world, locking up mostly non-violent “offenders”; they care that government agencies can strip their hard-earned assets without a guilty verdict; they care that their police forces are militarized; they care that they are staring at their huge student debts and they care that the unintended consequences of policy after policy work against the good intentions that are used to justify the same.

In short, many young voters today are true Independents with a cause.

For all of these reasons, and because there is no such thing as a politician who is also a panacea, Ready For Rand PAC is excited to announce its launch.

With Rand Paul’s announcement of a presidential bid, one can clearly see the best means today to begin transforming the political establishment from the inside.

Ready for Rand PAC will be focusing on motivating Millennials by the prospect of a new non-dogmatic approach to politics that places people before ideology and principles before parties. The PAC supports Rand Paul as the best candidate in the main parties for President of the United States.

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Have Fun With Chess – Throw a Chess Party!

I confess, I’m not much of a party animal. I suppose in general that people suppose that persons who are interested in chess aren’t really so much interested in parties. However, such a supposition is not only somewhat prejudiced, it is also downright wrong!

Ever heard of a chess party? The truth is that until recently, neither did I – but they do exist – and not in tiny numbers either.

One day recently, just for fun, I decided to combine the two words “chess” and “party” and to toss them into my browser just to sit back and watch the computer cry foul. But, to my surprise – the computer was two full steps ahead of me – turning up a huge heap of indexes and beating me at my own game.

Chess parties aren’t a new fad. They’ve been around for a long time, and are usually offered as part of a club or chess themed entertainment package. But, there are an equal number of private chess parties – where private folk like you and me buy up a lake of beer and invite friends over to play chess. Now THAT’s entertainment!

Okay, maybe chess parties is not for every chess enthusiast – but you’ve got to admit that it does the heart good to know that people out there are actually having fun playing our favorite game. Usually, the whole competition thing requires the chess aficionado to be all too serious. And – it is inexpensive fun too.

If you want to throw your own chess party, all you’ll need is some chess boards and pieces, some tables, some chairs and – of course – plenty of drink. The theme of the party is up to you. It will add spice to the party, for example, to have the players to compete for a prize. Something in keeping with the theme of chess – of course.

After poking around on the Internet, I discovered these things are everywhere. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, you name it. Why some folks even throw such events as a birthday party. Go figure.

For some reason – that even I can’t explain – this excites me – enough to write this article on the subject. Usually I am always extolling the benefits of training – but here is a chance to point out that chess can be fun, too!

Chess has to be as much about fun as it is about brains. This seems like a truly novel approach to mixing your business with your pleasure. So, the next time you are in a partying mood – you might consider a chess party. You’ll find videos, articles and whatever else you need on the net to help you to plan one.

You chess will show improvement – after you sober up – and if not – think of the years of fun you’ll have trying to push your chess rating into the zone.

Mason is a professional Engineer who administrates the onsite chess training gymnasium at The site provides training tools, exercises and advice for chess players who wish to improve their chess expertise by training their mind – as opposed to by studying chess books alone. The site is also a one-stop-shop from which other chess and self-help resources can be reached.

Watson Realty Corp. Announces Grand Opening for Mt. Dora Office

Mount Dora, Fla. (PRWEB) March 12, 2015

Watson Realty Corp. is proud to announce the grand opening of its 41st sales office in Mount Dora, Fla. This office grand opening comes at an opportune time as Watson Realty Corp. celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The newly renovated office is located right in the heart of historical Mount Dora, at 639 N. Donnelly Street Mt. Dora, FL 32757.

“I am excited and eager about us taking on this new office, and believe that Watson Realty will be extremely well positioned in this area. Mount Dora is a wonderful city with a lot of historic character and traditions, which matches our Watson philosophy perfectly,” says Jeff Fagan, Vice President of Central Florida.

Robin Skaggs, the Managing Broker, has over 20 years of experience bringing a wealth of knowledge to Watson Realty Corp. The areas of her expertise include: property management, new construction single family, luxury condo sales, general brokerage sales, listing agent and office management.

Located in Central Florida, Mount Dora has an intriguing history and is considered a part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan statistical area. The city is a popular winter retreat for boating, fishing and hunting.

Also, eight major events draw thousands of visitors to the area annually. These include the Christmas lighting festival, antique boat and car shows, bicycle festival, crafts fair, golf tournament, sailing regatta and Mount Dora Arts Festival.

Watson Realty is honored to be a founding member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE), and a four-time recipient of the network’s highest honor, the Diamond Award. In addition to trusted referrals, members of the network provide exceptional marketing advantages and knowledge to their buyers and sellers.

For more information contact Jeff Fagan by phone at 407.772.3686 or via email at JeffFagan(at)WatsonRealtyCorp(dot)com.


About Watson Realty Corp., REALTORS®

Watson Realty Corp. had more than $ 2.63 billion in closed sales volume or 14,501 transaction sides in 2013, and is honored to be a founding member of LeadingRE and a four-time recipient of the Diamond Award. Watson Realty Corp. ( has been a trusted name in real estate since 1965. Watson Realty is a full-service real estate company with more than 1,300 sales associates and 43 sales offices throughout Northeast and Central Florida, as well as St. Marys, Georgia. Services include Watson Mortgage Corp., Watson New Homes Division, Watson Title Services, Watson Commercial Realty Inc., Watson School of Real Estate, Watson Referral Realty Inc., Watson Property Management, Watson Maintenance Services and Watson Relocation Services. Watson Relocation Services has offices in both Jacksonville and Orlando.

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Summit Racing Equipment Adds Parts Combos for Season Two of Discovery Channels Fat N Furious: Rolling Thunder

Tallmadge, OH (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

Season Two of the Discovery Channel’s hit show Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder began airing this past January. Now, fans of the show can see the parts used on the show’s projects thanks to the Summit Racing Fat N’ Furious Parts Combos.

Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder follows the exploits of Tommy Christmas, owner of the Youngstown, Ohio-based Christmas Automotive. He and his team of large-and-in-charge gearheads resurrect old cars, transforming them into stunning street machines. These Fat N’ Furious Season Two Parts Combos are now available at

1969 Ford Fairlane

Tommy Christmas dropped in a legendary 428 Cobra Jet big block in the Fairlane’s rolling shell. Parts from Hughes Performance, Be Cool, Doug’s Headers, MSD, and Painless Performance were used to transform the ho-hum Ford sedan into a fire-breathing street pounder.

1968 Pontiac Firebird

The Fat N’ Furious crew gave this first-gen Firebird a serious performance makeover, including a new BluePrint Engines crate engine, a TCI transmission, Right Stuff Detailing brake system parts, and a custom exhaust built with Flowmaster and Patriot Performance components.

Altered Dragster

Upon graduating from the Jr. Dragster ranks, Sarah Gruber found herself in need of a new ride. Fortunately, Tommy Christmas fixed up an old altered T-bucket for her. The Fat N’ Furious team added a BluePrint Engines crate engine making close to 500 horsepower. Other parts used to transform the old race car came from Moroso, Meziere, ATI, JW Performance, and Russell.

1964 Chevy II

When replacing the thrashed Hilborn-injected mill in the “Mind Bender” Chevy II, the Fat N’ Furious guys decided to make the switch to alcohol. They used parts from Trick Flow, Dart, Dynatech, RAM, and ARP.

1969 Mustang Boss 302

A Boss 302 is an incredible machine, but the ponycar’s owner wanted to make it even more potent so he could beat his son’s 2012 Boss. The Christmas Automotive team summarily crammed a 500 horsepower Ford Racing crate engine under the hood. The build also included upgrades to the brakes, suspension, and cooling systems with parts from Griffin, Hotchkiss, and Wilwood.

1969 AMC SC/Rambler

After 20 years, the owner of SC/Rambler wanted to return it to its former glory. The Fat N’ Furious crew rebuilt the AMC 390 engine with parts from Edelbrock and Holley, and completely overhauled the plumbing, ignition, and brake systems. The project was capped with a brand new set of Cragar SS wheels and M&H Racemaster tires.

New episodes of Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder will Monday nights in March on the Discovery Channel. New combos will be introduced after each episode airs.

Learn more about Fat N’ Furious: Rolling Thunder on the Discovery Channel.

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Quaker State

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (PRWEB) January 21, 2015

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, and Quaker State® motor oil announced today a multi-year agreement that will showcase the motor oil brand to millions of outdoor and fishing enthusiasts. The tremendous marketing benefits offered by FLW in digital advertising, social media, promotions on-site at the events and connections with top anglers in the world makes the organization a perfect fit for Quaker State.

“We are extremely excited about our new affiliation with the Walmart FLW Tour and the opportunity to grow the relationship,” said Bree Sandlin, Director of Channel Marketing, Quaker State. “We began working with their group and taking a look at the promotional possibilities early last year and quickly realized that FLW and bass fishing as a sport fit very well with the Quaker State consumer. With everything we have planned to activate around this program, there is a lot of anticipation heading into the 2015 fishing season.”

Three premier Walmart FLW Tour anglers have been selected to represent Quaker State as brand ambassadors in 2015. Scott Canterbury of Springville, Alabama, a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier, and Matt Arey of Shelby, North Carolina, who has 16 career top-10 finishes in FLW competition, will be the faces of the Quaker State brand and compete in green and gold-wrapped Ranger Z520C bass boats in 2015. “America’s Favorite Fisherman” Jimmy Houston of Cookson, Oklahoma, a legendary personality in the sport, will also represent Quaker State, running a Quaker State-branded Ranger in FLW tournaments.

“I am honored to represent Quaker State,” Arey said. “The company has been around for more than 70 years and upholds the highest of standards throughout their product line. I am grateful for this partnership and extremely excited to get the 2015 FLW Tour season under way.”

Quaker State will receive exclusive exposure across all platforms of FLW, including its tournaments and expos, websites, social media outlets, FLW Bass Fishing magazine and the “FLW” television show, which airs on NBC Sports Network. The relationship also provides a variety of platforms to promote in Walmart stores as well as outside the stores where consumers attend the FLW tournaments.

“We are very pleased that a company as reputable as Quaker State has tapped into the sport of professional bass fishing,” said Trish Blake, President of FLW Marketing. “Our fans and anglers have shown tremendous loyalty to our sponsors’ products, and we are confident that Quaker State will find this partnership extremely beneficial.”


FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Quaker State® motor oil has a 70-year history as a leader in consumer automotive products and vehicle care. Quaker State is among the industry’s most innovative motor oil brands and offers a full line of products to meet every type of vehicle engine need. Quaker State is one of the first brands to develop high mileage engine motor oil. Quaker State is now the preferred service fill for Hyundai vehicles at Assurance Car Care Express service centers nationwide. For more information about the full line of Quaker State products, visit

Quaker State is produced and marketed by Shell Lubricants.


The term ‘Shell Lubricants’ collectively refers to the companies of Royal Dutch Shell plc that are engaged in the lubricants business. Shell Lubricants companies lead the lubricants industry, supplying more than 13% of global lubricants volume.* The companies manufacture and blend products for use in consumer, heavy industrial and commercial transport applications. The Shell Lubricants portfolio of top-quality brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, FormulaShell®, Shell TELLUS®, Shell RIMULA®, Shell ROTELLA® T, Shell SPIRAX® and Jiffy Lube®.

Globally, Shell motorsports technical alliances provide a testing ground for fuel and lubricant technologies and products in demanding road conditions to gain insight and develop technology for use on-track and in consumers’ vehicles. The knowledge from these and other alliances also help Shell to address tomorrow’s energy challenge with efficient mobility solutions that power and protect motorists around the world.

*Kline & Company, “Global Lubricants Industry 2012: Market Analysis and Assessment.”

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Nigeria 4 – 1 Burkina Faso….

Eagles demolish Burkina 4-1

The African champions, Super Eagles of Nigeria, confirmed their supremacy over Stallions of Burkina Faso in Tuesday’s international friendly played in Kaduna. The match is somewhat a replay of the finals of the African Cup of Nations involving the two teams earlier in the year in South Africa. The Super Eagles proved that their victory over Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations played earlier this year was no fluke as they silenced the Stallions 4-1 in an international friendly played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Tuesday.
A first half brace from Brown Ideye plus second half goals from Shola Ameobi and Emmanuel Emenike were all the reigning African champions needed to send their boastful west African neigbours back home empty-handed. Saidou Simpore scored a consolatory goal for the visitors late in the second half.

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Lampard to win 100 England caps….

England midfielder Frank Lampard

England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Frank Lampard will earn his 100th cap against Ukraine on Tuesday. The Chelsea midfielder, 35, will become only the eighth Three Lions player to reach the milestone, joining team-mates Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole. Lampard made his England debut in October 1999 under previous boss Kevin Keegan in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgium at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light. Since then he has gone on to score 29 times for his country and has captained them five times.

Members of England’s 100 club

125: Peter Shilton (1970-1990)

115: David Beckham (1996-2009)

108: Bobby Moore (1962-1973)

106: Bobby Charlton (1958-1970)

105: Billy Wright (1946-1959)

104: Ashley Cole (2001-present)

104: Steven Gerrard (2000-present)

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Eto to quit Lions….

Chelsea new boy Samuel Eto’o will be able to devote more time to helping the club win trophies after announcing he is to retire from international football. The 32-year-old striker said he would quit the Cameroon national team for ‘family reasons’ after a reported row with coach Volker Finke over team selection, despite helping his side to reach the final round of African qualification for the World Cup in Brazil. Eto’o, who also threatened to retire from international football in September 2012 before changing his mind, told team-mates in the dressing room after Sunday’s 1-0 home win over Libya he was ending his 16-year career with the Indomitable Lions, according to French newspaper L’Equipe. His announcement follows a week of tension in the team camp after Eto’o demanded the selection of goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and striker Achille Webo against Libya, with German Finke refusing to agree. Eto’o, four times African Footballer of the Year, initially suggested he was not fit to play because of a groin injury but did take part in the match and even wore the captain’s armband before being replaced on the hour mark. Cameroon now face a two-legged playoff in October and November to qualify for Brazil. Eto’o, who signed for Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala last month, has scored 56 goals in 114 appearances for Cameroon and appeared at three World Cup finals in 1998, 2002 and 2010.

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Serena Williams wins US Open….

World number one Serena Williams won her fifth US Open title in a thrilling final against Victoria Azarenka at Flushing Meadows. The American, 31, overcame a determined opponent and a testing wind to win 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 and repeat last year’s final victory against the Belarusian. Williams has now won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, moving her to within one of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, and seven short of Margaret Court’s record total of 24. But after letting a double-break lead slip in the second set, and twice failing to serve out the match, Williams was made to dig as deep as in any of her 16 previous major wins. “Vika’s such a great opponent, such a great fighter and that’s why she’s been able to win multiple Grand Slams,” Williams said of Azarenka after their contest. “That’s why it was never over until match point.” Azarenka, 24, had beaten Williams twice this year, the last time in Cincinnati on the eve of the US Open, and clearly believed she could defeat the American on a bigger stage.

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Pellegrini is new Manchester City manager….

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini has been confirmed as the new manager of Manchester City after signing a three-year contract. The 59-year-old Chilean arrives from Malaga and fills the role vacated by Roberto Mancini, who was sacked in May. “I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity,” said Pellegrini, who will begin his new job on 24 June. “The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution.” Brian Kidd will remain on the coaching staff, with Ruben Cousillas joining as assistant manager, and goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor and fitness coach Jose Cabello also part of the new backroom set-up. The trio worked under Pellegrini at Malaga.

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Nadal wins French Open….

Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy

Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and win a record eighth French Open title. Nadal, 27, came through 6-3 6-2 6-3 to reaffirm his dominance on clay, and further elevate himself among the greats of the sport. “I’m very happy, very emotional,” he said. “It’s a very important victory for me.” However, the final was interrupted by a brief protest high in the stands during the second set that was quickly followed by an intruder leaping onto the court while brandishing a flare. Security guards managed to bundle the man to the ground as he approached Nadal, and the player even took care to shake an official’s hand before returning to the action. “Just can I say thank you very much to all the security guys,” he said afterwards. “They did just amazing work. “They were very quick, and they were very courageous about what they did in the first moment.”

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Serena Williams wins 2013 Women’s French Open title….

Serena Williams

World number one Serena Williams today won a second French Open title 11 years after her first with a convincing win over defending champion Maria Sharapova. The American, 31, was pushed at times but led throughout, winning 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes. Williams has now won 16 Grand Slam singles titles, moving her to within two of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, who have 18 each. And with an unbeaten run that now stands at 31 matches, she will be strongly favoured to add to that tally at Wimbledon next month. Sharapova had come into Saturday’s final promising to “try something different” after failing to beat Williams in their last 12 matches, stretching back to 2004.


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