Extreme JBA Blog

Oct
11
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — October 11, 2015

There was a first at JBA Coffee & Cars this morning. One of our buddies brought out a hot rod boat! No water to set it in, but that didn’t keep him from cranking it up on its trailer. The...

Sep
13
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — September 13, 2015

Lot’s going on at JBA Coffee & Cars this morning. A badass Gremlin, tons of cool rides, several gassers, and a couple of historic Trans Am racers that cruised in. Of course, everyone that showed...

Aug
16
2015

Charger Steve’s Wild Rides & Classic Car Showdown — August 16, 2015

Pacific Beach, blue skies, temperature in the 80′s, bikinis and hot rods…what’s not to like?


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Aug
9
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — August 9, 2015

After the blowout we hosted last month, we thought the turnout might be light for the August 2015 edition of Coffee & Cars. Well, 16-dozen donuts and a few pounds of burnt rubber later, we can...

Jul
18
2015

2015 Bash / JBA Coffee & Cars — July 12, 2015

The July 2015 Coffee & Cars happened to fall on the 30-year anniversary of JBA doing high performance business in San Diego. To celebrate the occasion, JBA hosted an extended open house featuring...

Jun
14
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — June 14, 2015

Under June Gloom skies, we had a spectacular showing for Coffee & Cars at JBA Speed Shop this morning. We went through 22 dozen donuts and many gallons of hot coffee. But our friends went through...

May
10
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — May 10, 2015

Every time Coffee & Cars at JBA Speed Shop falls on a holiday, we always wonder if folks will come out to spend the morning enjoying high performance cars. By now, we should know not to worry. By...

Apr
19
2015

30th Annual Fabulous Fords Forever — April 19, 2015

Great weather, huge parking lot, over 1800 Fords…the 30th Annual Fabulous Fords Forever! ‘Nuff said. Check out the gallery for a few visual highlights.


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Apr
12
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — April 12, 2015

Another day in paradise! Nice to see a brand new Hellcat, next to a new Shelby GT500, next to a brand new 2015 Z06 Corvette…parked right in front of our shop for the April edition of JBA Coffee...

Mar
8
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — March 8, 2015

It must not be that hard to get up at oh-dark-thirty because literally hundreds of folks show up early at JBA for every Coffee & Cars event. But this morning was particularly tough. The Daylight...

Feb
8
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — February 8, 2015

JBA is celebrating 30 years of bringing high performance to San Diego, and we were stoked to see a ginormous turnout this morning for Coffee & Cars on the Mesa. The parking lots were full by 7AM...

Jan
11
2015

JBA Coffee & Cars — January 11, 2015

In San Diego when you’re scheduling an event, your chances are pretty good that it’s not going to rain. No luck today…but Coffee & Cars at JBA Speed Shop rolls on rain or shine. It’s just...

Jan
10
2015

28th Annual Burger Run — January 10, 2015

Joe and Bruce host a great car show. It really is the “Biggest, Little Car Show in San Diego County”. It’s called the Burger Run and today was the 28th annual edition. Over 600 hot rods,...

Dec
14
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — December 14, 2014

It was a brisk Sunday morning in Kearny Mesa, but that didn’t discourage a large group of high performance enthusiasts from gathering at JBA Speed Shop for the December edition of Coffee & Cars....

Nov
9
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — November 9, 2014

How was the November 2014 edition of Coffee & Cars at JBA Speed Shop? Let me sum it up for you…spectacular weather, spectacular turnout featuring 150 to 200 hundred hot rods, muscle cars,...

Oct
26
2014

C.O.C.O.A. at Willow Springs — October, 2014

Casual, sensible, safe, fast and fun! The Cobra Owners Club of America (COCOA) did it again with another fine open track event at Willow Springs on October 25 and 26, 2014. A diverse combination...

Oct
21
2014

Coronado Speed Festival — September 20-21, 2014

One of JBA’s favorite events each year is the Coronado Speed Festival, aka “The Race at the Base”. It’s part of the Fleet Week celebration which honors the service and dedication of...

Oct
12
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — October 12, 2014

It’s not the free coffee and donuts. It’s the cars and the people. Pretty much every Coffee & Cars at JBA Speed Shop turns out the same. Lots of cool cars show up filled with lots of...

Oct
5
2014

Mustangs by the Bay 2014

Mustangs by the Bay is one of the best car shows in San Diego every year. The event is hosted by the San Diego Mustang Club and features over 300 “Stangs”. The cars make the show, but the...

Sep
15
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — September 14, 2014

It will take more than a heat wave to keep hot rodders from having their fun. With temps heading for the high 90′s, fast cars descended on Kearny Mesa and overflowed the parking lots and streets...

Aug
11
2014

Aug
10
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — August 10, 2014

Mondo turnout for JBA Coffee & Cars this morning. The parking lots surrounding JBA were packed by 7:30 AM and the streets around the shop were slammed by 8:00. Several large car clubs rolled...

Aug
1
2014

JBA products in print

Here at JBA Speed Shop we love seeing our friends and clients immortalized in print, especially if it’s with our products. The September issue will be the final issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super...

Jul
27
2014

JBA Attends Main Street America — July 27, 2014

Downtown San Diego was crowded with Comic-Con attendees when around 400 hot rods, muscle cars, classics, low riders and sports cars rolled into Embarcadero Park North for the Main Street America...

Jul
13
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — July 13, 2014

It was a High Octane Cookout this morning at JBA Speed Shop during the latest edition of Coffee & Cars. The parking lots and streets surrounding JBA were packed by 7:15 AM with muscle cars, hot...

Jun
8
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — June 8th, 2014

A spectacular collection of cars turned out and burned out this morning at JBA Speed Shop in Kearny Mesa. Held on the second Sunday of each month from 7 to 10AM, Coffee & Cars at JBA has become...

May
11
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars – May 11, 2014

On this fine Mother’s Day in Southern California, lots of folks slipped out early to attend Coffee & Cars at JBA Speed Shop in Kearny Mesa. By 7:30 AM, the parking lots surrounding JBA were...

May
5
2014

The Silver Mink, #29, Narrowly Wins Epic Exhibition Race in Las Vegas

In his article for The Burnout, Brenan Sharp provides coverage of an epic exhibition race held in Las Vegas as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Ford Mustang.J Bittle, of JBA Speed...

Apr
29
2014

29th Annual Fabulous Fords Forever Car Show

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday and Fords, Fords, Fords! From freeway domination to parking lot domination, Fords took center stage this past Sunday at knott’s Berry Farm for the 29th Annual Fabulous...

Apr
29
2014

Autoweek Covers 29th Annual Fabulous Fords Forever – April 27, 2014

Mark Vaughn, of Autoweek, featured images of a few of the JBA cars in his coverage of the event. Check out the full article to view some great images from the day’s events. We had a great time...

Apr
13
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — April 13, 2014

The parking lots around JBA Speed Shop were full this morning by 7:30 AM. It’s definitely not just free coffee and donuts that brings out some of the coolest machinery in San Diego County....

Apr
5
2014

14th Spring Goodguy’s Del Mar Nationals

It’s Hot Rods in Paradise folks. Blue skies and warm temps combined with rods, customs, muscle cars and classics. Throw in vendor exhibits, live music, food stands, autocross and a swap meet,...

Mar
9
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — March 9, 2014

Except for three or four days of rain, winter seems to have skipped San Diego, Even with the clocks jumping forward an hour (thank you Daylight Savings Time), it was warm at daybreak on Kearny...

Feb
10
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — February 9, 2014

The parking lots and streets surrounding JBA Speed Shop were packed early Sunday morning on February 9, 2014 for a special edition of Coffee & Cars. As everyone has come to expect, there were...

Feb
8
2014

NHRA Winternationals February 8, 2014

California winter weather meant t-shirts for most of the day at the Fairplex in Pomona for the National Hot Rod Association’s Winternationals drag race event. John Force set a record in his Top...

Jan
25
2014

Grand National Roadster Show — January 2014

Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, the Grand National Roadster Show is now in its 65th year. It is the longest running indoor car show in the world! I was lucky that my father was willing...

Jan
12
2014

JBA Coffee & Cars — January 12, 2014

Early this morning, a dense fog covered the coast of San Diego…creeping east along the canyons and inland valleys. On top of Kearny Mesa, the sun was shining but the air around JBA Speed Shop...

Jan
11
2014

27th Annual Burger Run — January 11, 2014

What a great car show. Never disappoints. Hosted by Joe Free and Bruce Kent, the Burger Run is the biggest little car show in San Diego County. Held at the Pepper Tree Frosty in Vista, California,...

Dec
8
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — December 8, 2013

Cool weather, cool cars, cool event. JBA teamed up with the SoCal Shelby American Automobile Club to support their toy drive to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Check out the gallery for more of the story!


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Nov
23
2013

3rd Fall Goodguys Car Show at Del Mar — November 23, 2013

Just a few quick clicks taken during a walk-through at the 3rd Fall Goodguys car show held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds November 22-24, 2013. The fall show is always a smaller version of the spring...

Nov
10
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — November 10, 2013

Guys and gals, cars and trucks, coffee and donuts, burnouts galore. Another spectacular Sunday morning at JBA Speed Shop is in the books. Check out the gallery for more of the story!


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Oct
13
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — October 13, 2013

Free coffee, free donuts and lots of cool cars. Pretty basic formula but somehow it works. The local support for JBA’s Coffee & Cars never disappoints. Just when you think you’ve seen all the...

Oct
6
2013

32nd Mustangs by the Bay — October 6, 2013

Great cars, great location, great people! Hosted by the Mustang Club of San Diego, Mustangs by the Bay features over 300 cars displayed on the grassy hills of Embarcadero Park surrounded by the...

Sep
28
2013

Cruisin’ on Grand Presents Nitro Night — September 27, 2013

Hot rods, muscle cars, funny cars, vintage top fuel cars, Tommy Ivo, music, bars, restaurants, gearheads, nitro…can’t miss combo.


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Sep
26
2013

Coronado Speed Festival 2013 — In the Pits

One of the coolest things about the Coronado Speed Festival is that everyone has access to the race cars and support vehicles in the pits. It is well worth the time to stroll up and down each row...

Sep
25
2013

Coronado Speed Festival 2013 — Car Corral

Lots to look at in the Car Corral at the Coronado Speed Festival every year, including the vehicles that enter the car show. Take a gander at some of the machinery that caught our eye.


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Sep
25
2013

Coronado Speed Festival 2013 — #29 Day in the Life

The Coronado Speed Festival is a thing of beauty…every year! Don’t know who originally came up with the idea of celebrating Fleet Week with a car show and historic motorsports racing at Naval...

Sep
14
2013

Big SoCal Euro Gathering at Qualcomm Stadium — September 14, 2013

Pretty cool gathering at Qualcomm today featuring an interesting blend of Euro, Asian and American iron…er, plastic…er, carbon fiber. Free parking, free admission and $40 registration if...

Sep
8
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — September 8, 2013

September get-together marks four years of Coffee & Cars at JBA Speed Shop. That’s a lot of coffee and a lot of donuts! Fortunately, our customers and other San Diego-based high-performance...

Sep
7
2013

JBA Sponsors Camaro Club 20th Anniversary Fall Classic Car Show — September 7, 2013

The Camaro Club of San Diego held their 20th Anniversary Fall Classic Car Show on Coronado Island today. The event was held at Tidelands Park which is located on the right side of the highway just...

Aug
24
2013

Crower Cavalcade — Flames, Fuel, Fun at Barona 1/8-Mile Drags — August 24, 2013

Good evening of old school drag racing at Barona Drag Strip featuring top fuel dragsters, funny cars, altereds and more. Perfect weather and a casual atmosphere. What’s not to like about nitro...

Aug
11
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — August 11, 2013

Another big turnout for Coffee & Cars at JBA this morning August 11, 2013. We’re always happy to see lots of our regulars but appreciate all the new vehicles that show up each month too. In...

Jul
20
2013

Shelby Club Dyno Day at JBA — July 20, 2013

We had a cool collection of cars and “truck” show up for the Shelby Club Dyno Day this morning. We kicked off at 8am with hot coffee, donuts and an adventurous straight-six 4.0L Jeep. We’re...

Jul
14
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — July 14, 2013

Our Coffee & Cars event just gets better and better. The lot was full by 7:30 am and the only downside is multiple runs to pick up more donuts. Rocky keeps the coffee jugs full of high octane...

Jun
9
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — June 9, 2013

As the sun burned through the June Gloom and our guests burned through their tires, more and more vehicles poured into the JBA parking lot. Finally, the hot rods overflowed into the streets and...

Jun
2
2013

Crower Car Show and Race at Barona Drag Strip — June 1, 2013

Crower manufactures hard core engine parts such as camshafts, lifters, pushrods, rocker arms, connecting rods and crankshafts, along with clutches for funny cars, pro mods and alcohol dragsters....

May
12
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — May 12, 2013

Miscreant sons, deviant spouses and all-around ne’er-do-wells gathered at JBA Speed Shop for this conflicted edition of Coffee & Cars on MOTHER”S DAY! Oh, the humanity. A bit of fog greeted...

May
6
2013

Fabulous Fords Forever — April 21, 2013

According to our good buddy Marc Bodrie (and there’s no reason to doubt him), Fabulous Fords Forever! debuted as the West’s premier all-Ford show in 1986. This year marked the 28th anniversary...

May
6
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — April 14, 2013

Hard to tell. Some would call it a tribal thing. Others would say we’re all dinosaurs. But somehow, someway…the hot rod culture continues. For evidence, look no further than the folks that...

May
6
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — March 10, 2013

Maybe the planets all lined up…maybe it was just the weather…but the March rendition of JBA Coffee & Cars kicked proverbial butt! Another standout collection of cars and cool people showed up...

Feb
24
2013

JBA Hosts Porsche Club Dyno Day – February 23, 2013

JBA Speed Shop was pleased to welcome back the San Diego Region of the Porsche Club of America to a Dyno Day on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Temps were in the 40′s as the session began with hot...

Feb
10
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars – February 10, 2013

San Diego’s microclimate pinpoint doppler ten thousand gave us partly cloudy skies this morning…it was cool but dry for JBA’s February gathering. A couple of fire pits cranked heat for the...

Jan
13
2013

JBA Coffee & Cars — January 13, 2013

Brrrrrr…a bit chilly this morning on the Mesa. But that didn’t stop the hardy group of gear heads that came out to share their passion for high performance machinery. Rocky kept the pots full...

Dec
9
2012

JBA Holiday Coffee & Cars – December 9, 2012

It was a full house for Ty this morning at JBA Speed Shop as the car community came out to pay tribute to fallen ex-Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods. Hundreds of cars overflowed the JBA parking areas and...

Nov
11
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – November 11, 2012

Huge turnout for Coffee & Cars at JBA Speed Shop this morning. More than just our monthly sunrise get together, this event was a tribute to fallen ex-Navy SEAL Ty Woods who was a big-time car guy,...

Oct
14
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – October 14, 2012

How about a big THANK YOU to all the folks that get up early on the second Sunday of the month to cruise over to JBA for coffee, cars, donuts and conversation (plus a few burnouts!). Just good...

Oct
12
2012

Mustangs by the Bay – 2012

The Mustang Club of San Diego produced another phenomenal car show at Embarcadero Bay Park on October 7, 2012. Mustangs by the Bay featured over 300 vehicles displayed on the rolling grass-covered...

Sep
24
2012

2012 Coronado Speed Festival

It’s gearhead heaven in San Diego each year during Fleet Week when the Coronado Speed Festival rolls around. Held September 22 and 23, the 15th annual speed fest featured vintage racing with...

Sep
9
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – September 9, 2012

San Diego gearheads turn out for another session of coffee, cars, donuts and burnouts at JBA Speed Shop! Big thanks to everyone who rolled in early to spend a few hours checking out hi-po...

Jul
8
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – July 8, 2012

Another fine collection of cars rolled into the JBA lot for Coffee & Cars this morning. Enough folks showed up that the JBA crew had to venture out to purchase additional boxes of donuts. Four or...

Jun
11
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – June 10, 2012

On the second Sunday of each month, as the sun begins to rise over San Diego, loud motors start up in garages around the county and neighbors curse and roll over in their beds. Coffee & Cars at...

May
31
2012

Carroll Shelby “Rev Your Engines” Memorial Salute at JBA – May 30, 2012

To celebrate the life of the American legend Carroll Hall Shelby, on Wednesday May 30th, at 6:55 PST Shelby owners and fans gathered across the world for the “Rev Your Shelby” salute. In San...

May
23
2012

Southern California Timing Association May 2012 Lakes Meet

The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) kicked off their 2012 land speed racing season with the traditional two-day meet at El Mirage Dry Lake on May 19th and 20th. The weather was fine,...

May
15
2012

Cobra Owners Club of America Open Track Event

Casual, sensible, safe, fast and fun! The Cobra Owners Club of America (COCOA) held another killer open track event at Willow Springs on May 12 and 13, 2012. A diverse combination of (mostly)...

Apr
23
2012

27th Annual Fabulous Fords Forever – April 22, 2012

Another Fab Fords show is in the books. The event filled the Knott’s Berry Farm parking lot with approximately 2,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles and celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Cougar,...

Apr
15
2012

True Line’s 28th Annual Hot Rods Galore Car Show

Tony from True Line Alignment in El Cajon hosts a cool car show every year. Food, a live band, raffles and lots of hot rods combine with a casual atmosphere to make this a popular event. We...

Apr
1
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – April 1, 2012

If you didn’t like the weather this morning, all you had to do was wait a few minutes because it would change again. Cloudy… sunny, dry…drizzling, warm…arctic chill…take your pick. But...

Apr
1
2012

Mustang Club of San Diego Dyno Day at JBA – March 31, 2012

A big thank you to Brian and Marc from the Mustang Club of San Diego for setting up a Dyno Day with JBA. The morning kicked off early with complimentary donuts and coffee. Then we had the pleasure...

Mar
11
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – March 11, 2012

Massive turnout for JBA Coffee & Cars this morning, despite hangovers from the Daylight Savings time change. Click through the images to see a portion of the vehicles that cruised through. With...

Mar
4
2012

2012 March Meet at Auto Club Famoso Raceway

For nostalgia drag racing, it doesn’t get much better than the March Meet at Famoso Raceway just north of Bakersfield, CA. The fabled March Meet, now in its 54th year, was expanded to four days...

Feb
12
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – February 12, 2012

It was a rainy February morning and JBA’s parking lot was dampened but spirits were not! No rainout, just the hardcore turnout! Quite a few folks cruised in for hot coffee, donuts and hanging...

Feb
12
2012

Sweetheart Meet — February 11, 2012

Fun meet in Mira Mesa featuring a blend of domestic and import cars, food, raffles, models, dj’s and live bands including the vocal group Eleve.The JBA exhibit was located right in the middle of...

Jan
15
2012

Porsche Club of America – San Diego Region: Dyno Day at JBA January 14, 2012

JBA welcomed the San Diego Region of the Porsche Club of America to a Tech Session/Dyno Day on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The day started early with donuts, coffee and German engineering winding...

Jan
8
2012

JBA Coffee & Cars – January 2012

Bombin’ turn-out for the January 2012 edition of JBA’s Coffee & Cars! Featuring the most vehicles we’ve ever had at one of our Sunday morning get-togethers, cars overflowed our huge parking...

Jan
1
2012

Backyard Burn-Out Contest & Barbecue

So you’re a gearhead and you have enough property for your house, a shop and a long, straight driveway…why not build a concrete burn-out box and launch pad? Then you can throw your own...

Dec
11
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars – December 2011

Great turn-out and burn-out this morning at JBA’s Coffee & Cars on the Mesa. Lots of cool rides and even nicer people. Hot coffee, donuts and dyno pulls thawed the chill. Check out the pictures for more of the story!


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Nov
26
2011

Good Guys Fall Nationals at Del Mar — November 26, 2011

JBA cruised up to the Del Mar Fairgrounds today for the premier edition of the Fall Good Guys Car Show. The organization has run a very successful three-day car show in April for many years. And...

Nov
21
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars – November 13, 2011

Another fine turnout for hot coffee, hi-cal donuts and cool cars. Big thank you to the Challengers for the burn-outs, and to everyone who brings their machines out for the morning. We got...

Nov
21
2011

SCTA Speed Trials at El Mirage November 12, 2011

It was the last meet of the 2011 season for the Southern California Timing Assocation (SCTA) and its land speed racing members. As usual, the season points chase for number one came down to the...

Oct
9
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars October 2011

Hot coffee and cool cars at JBA this morning. Always surprises and today was no exception! How about a turbocharged El Camino? Or an Allen-supercharged Police Interceptor? Or a ’54 Studebaker...

Oct
2
2011

Mustangs by the Bay – October 2, 2011

Big thanks to the Mustang Club of San Diego for another great car show! Embarcadero Park North is an amazing location…with rolling lawn-covered hills situated between San Diego Harbor and the...

Sep
27
2011

14th Annual Coronado Speed Festival — September 24-25, 2011

This event never disappoints. With more than 250 vintage race cars gathered in one location, how could it? When you toss in San Diego weather, military displays, drifters, fly-bys, Leap Frogs, the...

Sep
21
2011

Competition Sway Bar Improves 2011 Mustang GT Handling

Jan Wagner is an avid autocrosser and also co-hosts the weekly “You Auto Know” show (from 8-9PM on Sunday evenings with Dave Stall) on KCBQ AM 1170. JBA recently installed a Steeda...

Sep
18
2011

Wavecrest Woodie Show — September 17, 2011

Wavecrest is a great North County tradition. The largest gathering of woodies on the West Coast…or maybe anywhere…is held annually at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA. If you’ve never made...

Sep
18
2011

Lucas Drag Boat Series at Mission Bay — San Diego, CA

The Air National Guard Bayfair World Series of Powerboat Racing rolled into San Diego this weekend. The Unlimited Hydroplanes are the featured event of the weekend and anything that fast is cool,...

Sep
11
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars — 9/11/2011

Special edition of JBA’s Coffee & Cars. Today it was more than just getting together to talk cars, eat donuts and drink coffee. It was an opportunity to celebrate the American way of life and...

Sep
4
2011

5th Annual Overdrive Hot Rod News Chili Cook Off & Car Show – September 4, 2011

Cool car show today in Santee hosted by The Manzanita Brewing Co. and co-sponsored by JBA. Food, cold beer, models, music, hot rods, trophies, sunshine, a charitable cause…hey, what’s not to...

Aug
14
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars — August 14, 2011

Another fine batch of cars rolled into JBA this morning, including two brand new Boss 302′s, a Superformance GT40, an open-header Mopar drag car and a Nissan GTR the owner picked up only 62...

Aug
4
2011

San Diego Car Gathering – August 3, 2011

Cool collection of hundreds of Euro, Asian and domestic rides gathered in the parking lot at Lolita’s Taco Shop in Kearny Mesa last night. Shades of the Mervyn’s parking lot scene from...

Jul
23
2011

3rd Annual Crower Car Show – July 23, 2011

Crower hosted another cool car show today featuring dragsters, salt flat cars, hot rods, music, food, prizes and more. JBA was proud to host a booth that included J. Bittle’s 1968 Historic...

Jul
10
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars – July 2011

Mucho thanks to everyone that rolled into JBA this morning for coffee, donuts and most of all, cars! Another good turnout. Pick of the morning was the really slick Studebaker with a Bonneville...

Jun
12
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars – June 2011

Another cool collection of hot rods, muscle cars, vintage iron and more rolled into JBA this morning for the June 2011 edition of Coffee & Cars. Despite the “June Gloom”, everyone seemed to...

May
28
2011

San Diego All-American Soap Box Derby

Land speed racing for kids!!! The All-American Soap Box Derby held its annual local race today in Sherman Heights on 25th Street between Market Street and Imperial Avenue. Opening ceremonies...

May
15
2011

Land Speed Racing at El Mirage Dry Lake – May 2011

The Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) kicked off the 2011 land speed racing season with a two-day meet at El Mirage Dry Lake on May 14th and 15th. JBA cruised up Friday night to hang...

May
8
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars — May 2011

Thank you to everyone who came out early on Mother’s Day for the May edition of JBA’s Coffee and Cars. Highlights included a really sharp Chevelle with a Detroit Speed chassis and a Kenne Bell...

Apr
30
2011

The Route 66 Classic — Vintage Road Races

The Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) held their Route 66 Classic Vintage Road Races at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana,CA April 29-May 1, 2011. JBA stopped by on Saturday April 30th to check...

Apr
24
2011

West Coast Fuel Altereds at Barona Drag Strip

The West Coast Fuel Altereds put on a great show at Barona 1/8-Mile Drag Strip April 23, 2011. Lots of fun watching the drivers try to hook up for a full pass…especially after sunset when...

Apr
17
2011

Motorcars on Main Street 2011 — Cornado, CA

Cool car show today in Coronado. Lining both sides of the avenues just off of Orange down near the Del, this show was larger than it first appeared. There were lots of folks wandering up and down...

Apr
15
2011

Diverse Day on the Dyno

What do you get when you combine a 2011 Shelby GT350, a supercharged 2009 BMW M3 and a 1950 Ford Woodie with a 302? You get an interesting day on JBA’s Dyno Dynamics chassis dyno. Check out the...

Apr
11
2011

Fabulous Fords Forever at Knott’s Berry Farm 2011

Blue skies, the Knott’s Berry Farm parking lot and nearly 2,000 Fords make for a special Sunday. After the high speed cruise from JBA up to Buena Park, it was Blue Oval Paradise at the 26th...

Apr
3
2011

2011 Good Guys Del Mar Nationals — Sunday Pix

On Sunday, the weather was better…the crowds and parking lots a bit thinner. But still lots to look at. See the attached pictures for more of the story!


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Apr
3
2011

2011 Good Guys Del Mar Nationals Autocross

One really cool feature at the Good Guys Del Mar Nationals is the autocross event. You’ll find the best performing street machines at the show ripping through the cones or hanging out in the...

Apr
2
2011

2011 Good Guys Del Mar Nationals

The Good Guys Del Mar Nationals is the largest car show in San Diego County each year and features over 2000 vehicles. Spread out over the Del Mar Fairgrounds, it’s a three-day affair. JBA...

Mar
19
2011

Early Iron at JBA for Joint Tour March 19, 2011

JBA welcomed the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Studebaker Drivers Club to our facility in Kearny Mesa for a joint tour. J. Bittle escorted approx 50 attendees through the shop,...

Mar
13
2011

JBA Coffee & Cars March 13, 2011

Despite losing an hour of sleep (damn daylight savings), we had another excellent turnout for Coffee & Cars…maybe the best yet! Check out the righteous 1937 Diamond T truck that Bob and...

Feb
27
2011

NHRA Winternationals February 27, 2011

Caught the 4th day of the NHRA Winternationals Drag Race at Pomona that included the finals for the Pro Stock, Funny Car and Top Fuel classes. It was a beautiful setting…clear, crisp weather...

Feb
13
2011

JBA Coffee and Cars February 13, 2011

We never know what cars are going to roll into Coffee and Cars at JBA…until they rumble in! We are usually pleasantly surprised and this morning was no exception. A very nice collection of fast...

Feb
12
2011

Porsche Club of America – San Diego Region Autocross

The San Diego Region of the Porsche Club of America held an autocross in the southeast corner of the Qualcomm parking lot today, February 12, 2011. Lots of beautiful, fast cars filled the pit...

Jan
29
2011

Grand National Roadster Show 2011

The last time I attended the “Grand National Roadster Show” it was in Oakland and called the “Oakland Roadster Show”. That was long before I could drive and my dad took me and my older...

Jan
23
2011

Monster Jam 2011, San Diego, CA

Monster Jam is always a fine evening of family fun. The 2011 edition at Qualcomm was no exception, however the layout didn’t seem to lend itself to great freestyle runs. Everyone still loves...

Jan
9
2011

JBA Coffee and Cars January 9, 2011

A killer collection of cars rolled through JBA Performance Center this morning for Coffee and Cars. For the dawn patrol, J cranked up the fire pit and offered spiced cider in addition to the...

Jan
8
2011

Burger Run January 8, 2011

The “Biggest, Little Car Show in San Diego County” took place today at the Pepper Tree Frosty in Vista, CA. No doubt, the Burger Run is one of the very best car shows in Southern California...

Dec
21
2010

Don Garlits’ Museum of Drag Racing

Over the holidaze, one of our JBA crew visited Don Garlits’ Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida. Nice to see one of San Diego’s very own represented there—an early drag car built and...

Dec
13
2010

JBA Dyno Day for Porsche Club December 11, 2010

JBA Performance Center hosted a Tech Session Dyno Day for the San Diego section of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Martin Lipp organized the event which was...

Dec
12
2010

JBA Coffee and Cars December 12, 2010

Lots of Corvettes and Mustangs at Coffee and Cars this morning at JBA Performance Center in Kearny Mesa. Throw in a DB7, a BMW Z3 coupe, an immaculate first-gen Lightning, a Monster Miata and...

Nov
15
2010

Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals — Pomona, CA November 13, 2010

If you’ve never been to a big-time NHRA drag race, throw it on your “bucket list”. Nothing like 8,000 hp top fuel dragsters and funny cars running side-by-side at 300 mph! Even way up in the...

Nov
14
2010

JBA Coffee and Cars November 14, 2010

Another installment of JBA’s Coffee and Cars is in the books and we had a great turn out. Check out the pictures for an overview of the cool vehicles that rolled through this morning. Of course,...

Nov
9
2010

Bean Bandits Joaquin Arnett Memorial Celebration November 6, 2010

Joaquin Arnett was a one-of-a-kind fabricator, designer, drag racer and land speed racer. He was also a family man and leader of the Bean Bandits. His club, family and friends gathered for a...

Nov
8
2010

El Mirage Speed Trials Rain Out October/November 2010

Mother Nature must have figured that El Mirage Dry Lake needed some restoration work since she rained out both the October and November SCTA land speed trials (see the pictures below). Although...

Oct
10
2010

Coffee and Cars at JBA Round 2

It’s noon on Sunday October 10, 2010 and round 2 of Coffee and Cars at JBA is in the books. Held the 2nd Sunday of each month, it’s an excuse to get out of the house early to...

Oct
3
2010

2010 Mustangs by the Bay

The Mustang Club of San Diego hosted the Mustangs by the Bay car show October 3rd, 2010. For the 7th time, the show was held at Embarcadero Marina Park North next to Seaport Village. Over 200...

Sep
27
2010

2010 Coronado Speed Festival Sept 25, 26

The 13th annual weekend of vintage racing featured more than 250 cars competing in nine race groups on a 1.7-mile course on the runways of North Island Naval Air Station, Coronado. It’s the only...

Sep
19
2010

39th San Diego Antique Drags 2010

Barona Drag Strip hosted the 39th Antique Drags Sunday, September 19th at their 1/8-mile facility. The Antique Drags lost access to a quarter-mile drag strip years ago when Carlsbad closed and...

Sep
18
2010

Wavecrest 31st Annual Woodie Meet 2010

A great Southern California tradition continued today with the 31st annual Woodie meet known as Wavecrest held at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. The sun burnt off the marine layer in the morning as...

Sep
12
2010

Coffee and Cars at JBA

Sunday September 12th kicked off the first Coffee and Cars event at JBA Performance Center in Kearny Mesa. Coffee, tea, donuts and breakfast burritos arrived at dawn and folks cruised in for a...

Sep
6
2010

San Diego Hi-Performance Expo

JBA cruised over to the swap meet/car show this morning at Qualcomm. Cool stuff to look at, cool stuff to buy, cool cars to check out. Lots of familiar faces. For more info on Ray Taylor’s...

Aug
29
2010

Classic Chevys of San Diego

Embarcadero Marine Park North has got to be one of the best locations in the world for a car show. Unbelievable scenery, perfect climate. Classic Chevys of San Diego presented their Picnic by the...

Aug
25
2010

1970 Trans Am Mustang on JBA Dyno

On August 25, 2010, Craig brought his 1970 Mustang Historic Trans Am race car into JBA to prep for the Shelby American Automobile Club event at Infineon Raceway August 27-29 (SAAC-35). The chassis...

Aug
24
2010

Twin Kawasaki Streamliner on JBA Dyno

Just before departing for Bonneville, Kent and Randy brought in their 300-mph streamliner in to JBA for dyno tuning/testing. The streamliner is powered by two turbocharged ZX11 Kawasaki motorcycle...

Aug
20
2010

Bonneville Speed Week 2010

The 62nd Annual Bonneville Speed Week was held August 14-20, 2010 on the famous salt flats near Wendover, Utah/Nevada. Approximately 500 racers and thousands of spectators made the annual...

Aug
7
2010

J. Bittle American 25th Anniversary Open House

After 25-years of high performance in San Diego, the crew at JBA were proud to host an open house celebration at our new expanded facility in Kearny Mesa on Sunday, August 1, 2010. In addition to...

Aug
7
2010

J. Bittle American Power Festival — Cars!!!!

Here is a sampling of the vehicles at the J. Bittle American 1st Annual Power Festival, Open Show & Cruise held Sunday, August 1st, 2010. Sorry we didn’t get pictures of everyone’s...

Aug
7
2010

J. Bittle American 1st Annual Power Festival

On Sunday August 1, JBA celebrated its 25th Anniversary with its first annual Power Festival, Open Show & Cruise. The event also served as the grand opening for JBA’s new expanded...

Jul
25
2010

Funny Cars Under the Stars at Barona

JBA supports local drag racing by sponsoring Barona Drag Strip and RaceLegal. Last night, July 24, 2010, Barona hosted its Funny Car Summer 2010 show. It was a fun time and the crowd seemed to...

Jul
10
2010

Crower 2nd Annual Open House

Crower invited JBA to exhibit at their 2nd Annual Open House Saturday July 10, 2010. What a great collection of cars and gearheads! The event featured serious machinery, including top fuel...

Jul
10
2010

JBA and Dragsters at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

On Wednesday afternoon June 23rd JBA co-sponsored Dragster Nite at the Steakhouse Stake Out at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse on Mission Gorge Road. Somehow we found a way to get out of moving our shop...

Jun
18
2010

JBA Speaks at Shelby Club Meeting

JBA was invited to speak at the June meeting of the San Diego Region of the Shelby American Automobile Club on June 17, 2010 at Casa Machado next to Montgomery Airfield. After the club enjoyed a...

Jun
18
2010

Bonneville 200 MPH Club 2010 Annual Summer Party

Just a quick thank you to the members of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club that put together the Annual Summer Party held at the NHRA Motorsports Museum on June 5th, 2010. I cruised up to Pomona with my...

May
24
2010

JBA at RaceLegal 1/8-mile Drag Race

Race track, not street! The RaceLegal organization provides a low-cost, safe and legal alternative to street racing. JBA team member Steve Fenn took his SBC-powered Vega over to Qualcomm for the...

May
23
2010

Boss 302 – Original Style, Aftermarket Power

Steve Farkas has owned his Boss 302 for over 30 years and drives like it was meant too! As an airline pilot Steve expects maximum power when he demands it and he turned to JBA for just that...

May
21
2010

SCTA 2010 Season Opener at El Mirage Dry Lake

JBA made the run up to El Mirage for the two-day season opener May 15-16 and hung out with our favorite land speed racing club—the San Diego Roadster Club. Not to toot SDRC’s horn too...

May
4
2010

Fabulous Fords Forever 2010

Well a few Sundays ago on the 25th, we had around 40 Mustangs/Fords who gathered at JBA around 5:30am prior to cruising up to the Fabulous Fords 25th car show at Knott’s Berry Farm. It was a...

Apr
23
2010

One Owner Two Ford GT’s

One of our favorite customers owns two, count ‘em, two Ford GT’s. Both black. He open tracks one of them on a regular basis at many different road race facilities around the country. It’s...

Mar
8
2010

AJ Bittle Battles in AutoX

Check out the video I made on YouTube from last Sunday as I take on the AutoX competition at the Texas A&M Sports Car Club’s 2nd race of the Spring semester! Some of the turns were pretty tight...

Mar
4
2010

More Around the Shop

So I went cruisin all around the shop the other day and snapped some pictures I thought I’d share with y’all. I found some customers being helped up front in the showroom…I also ran...

Feb
24
2010

Moving JBA’s Engine Shop

After a couple long weekends of work the JBA team and family finally completed its move from the old location in Mission Gorge to the shop in Kearny Mesa. Now with the whole machine shop moved,...

Oct
12
2009

J. Bittle American Racing Team Finishes 8th At Coronado Speed Festival

J. Bittle keeping in front of a Boss 302 Mustang at the Coronado Speed Festival J. Bittle and the J. Bittle American Racing Team finished in 8th position at the Coronado Speed Festival...

Oct
6
2009

Rich And Sondra Gorman’s ’64 Ranchero Featured In Modified Mustangs & Fords Magazine

You’ve probably seen this very clean and low 1964 Ford Ranchero on display at the J Bittle American Performance Center. It’s now being featured in the January 2010 issue of...

Sep
25
2009

Mustang Enthusiast Magazine Features JBA

The first is by Frank Bohanan titled, “Juice It Up,” where JBA installed and tested a Snow Performance water/methanol injection system on a late-model Mustang. The results on the...

Sep
22
2009

JBA Mustang in East Texas

Well I went down to the local 1/8 mile dragstrip just 20 minutes south of me and made a few passes in the old ’69 Mach 1. I couldn’t get much traction but I plan on returning soon to hopefully...

Sep
22
2009

J. Bittle Featured In San Diego Union Tribune

When J. Bittle took his ’68 Trans Am Mustang to the Coronado Speed Festival last Saturday, he didn’t expect to be interviewed by the San Diego Union Tribune. The Union Tribune staff...

Sep
13
2009

North Texas Report

Well I went out to one of the local car meets here in Texas and found a bunch of pretty nasty cars! Some of these guys were driving around with full slicks…there were cammed and turbo charged...

Aug
26
2009

Wicked Stangs Drag Day at Barona

Austin and Stewart Bittle in front of the JBA Fox Body Mustangs Team JBA showed up to display and support the Wicked Stangs drag day at Barona Saturday the 22nd of August. Long time JBA...

Aug
26
2009

JBA Open House and Focus Dyno Day

Last Saturday over here at JBA Performance Center we had the San Diego Focus Club join us for a few hot dogs and they also put a couple of cars on our Chassis dyno! Also we had a couple of...

Aug
24
2009

Mighty Dave’s 331 Supercharged Stroker

Dave’s 331 for his 1965 Mustang will be pounding the pavement and the high desert tracks soon. With a new combination his pump gas naturally aspirated small block made 390+ HP with our breakin...

Aug
24
2009

SOCAL SAAC Meeting at JBA Performane Center

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Aug
19
2009

Maintenance and Tune Ups

Here are a couple of cars that were being worked on the other day as I walked through the shop. JBA not only does HiPo installs but will help you out with a normal tune up on your daily driver or fire shooting muscle car!


Aug
12
2009

New Ford GT Exhaust System

J Bittle being funny while showing off his new Ford GT exhaust system Recently, J Bittle Performance developed a new exhaust system for the Ford GT. Incorporating the popular JBA...

Aug
1
2009

JBA Customer Appreciation Day

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Aug
1
2009

JBA AntiCrate

J. Bittle, President of J Bittle American explains the philosophy behind it’s new AntiCrate engine program.





Jul
29
2009

Check out the old dog with a few new tricks by JBA

655 HP 427 Tunnel Port

655 HP 427 Tunnel Port



The Shelby is out and cruising to the beach on any given Sunday its not at the track. – J.


Jul
27
2009

Mike Miller’s ’75 Ranchero, Featured In Hot Rod Magazine

Mike Miller’s 1975 Ranchero, which features a JBittle American 604 cubic inch Boss Hemi motor in it, is in the August 2009 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. The Ranchero’s engine is a custom...

Jul
27
2009

J Bititle American AntiCrate Engines Making News

J. Bittle American Engines are making news across various publications. Our AntiCrate philosophy is taking root with many automotive enthusiasts who prefer a unique and customized engine rather...

Jul
9
2009

In the Shop at JBA

Ever wonder what it’s like to do an Xtreme makeover on your favorite vehicle. In this blog you will be able to follow along as Team JBA works it’s magic on customer cars.


Jul
9
2009

JBA At the Track

We don’t just talk racing, we live it. On this blog you will be able to follow Team JBA as we put our money where out mouth is!


Jul
8
2009

Automotive News

Want to know what’s happening in the “Car World”, then this is the place for you. We will keep you informed on everything new and exciting that we hear about, as well as J. Bittle American products and services that make it in the news.