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By John Kilroy on October 15, 2012

I just wanted to give everybody a quick heads-up on where to spend Thursday night at the PRI Trade Show. Nearby Pointe Orlando (within walking distance of the Convention Center) has long been a popular spot for dining and entertainment with the PRI crowd. You have a great selection of restaurants, and there are some lively places to hang out with your industry friends late into the night.

We’re adding more fun to the Pointe Orlando experience on Thursday night with PRI@Pointe Orlando. Several restaurants, bars and clubs are offering special deals to folks with PRI credentials. The BB King’s Blues Club is even offering no cover charge, and...

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By Jeff Butcher on October 8, 2012

Established roads can set you on your way and ultimately wind around business challenges, driving you away from sound business decisions. The roads of positive change drive you and your business along a more direct route, making the trip fun, rewarding and profitable. Your business and employees will thrive if your drive includes a road map that is embraced by all. Going along for the ride is replaced by the excitement and anticipation that accompanies participation. The destination of success is one sweet ride.

To truly drive your business, setting destiny in your favor, it pays to educate your team while painting a detailed description of the ultimate destination. It seems reasonable that the road to success will lead to...

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By John Kilroy on October 8, 2012

Growing up, I knew car racing was on the TV by the sound of the voice coming out of our family room. If it was Chris Economaki, it was time to watch television. Racing was on.

I didn't experience National Speed Sport News until I started at PRI 22 years ago. One of the first directives to me upon getting hired was, "Read Chris Economaki's column every week." And that was a directive I passed along to every editor or salesperson ever hired by PRI in my time here. Chris told it like it was. There was one place to find the news in motorsports with no spin attached.

Chris' prose reminded me of some of the great newspaper columnists I had come to admire, from the LA Times' Jim Murray to Chicago's Mike Royko. They were all of...

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By John Kilroy on September 28, 2012

I was going over my notes from my visits with racing companies in Indiana this past summer, and was reminded of my visit with Joe and Brenda Gaerte, of Gaerte Engines, Rochester, Indiana. I sure enjoyed reminiscing about Earl and all he did for the racing industry. The Gaerte Gatherings of long ago were great fun, and most informative. There was sadness, too, as Joe and Brenda shared the experience of Earl's last days.

While Gaerte Engines no longer utilizes the full facility that Earl built over the years in Rochester, which grew to be quite large, Brenda and Joe are definitely maintaining a race engine machine shop producing competitive race engines. They explained that Joe was...

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