Automotive Trivia


Friddle: Regarding engine operation, what does the acronym RPM stand for?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturer features
four interlinked rings in their logo

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Audi

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Wes

Denny Hamlin Wins at Talladega with His JASPER 4-Speed

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin took home the win in the Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway this past weekend. It was his first win of the 2014 season and the second week in a row that a JASPER Race Product finished in first place. Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing finished third and fourth, respectively. Denny, Clint and Brian were all running the JASPER 4-Speed Transmission.

A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finishes follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Aaron's 499 - Talladega Superspeedway

1st     Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
3rd     Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th     Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
25th   Michael Waltrip (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
32nd   Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
36th   Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)
37th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
38th   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

2nd    Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
3rd     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
10th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
12th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
18th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
40th   Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)

NASCAR Nationwide Series - Aaron's 312 - Talladega Superspeedway

21st   Ryan Blaney (JASPER Differential)

Next up...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - May 10: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Under the Lights at Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series - May 18: NASCAR Nationwide Series May Iowa Race at Iowa Speedway

JASPER Balloon Finishes 1st in Derby Balloon Race

2014 Kentucky Derby Balloon Race_1

Pilot Warren Smith prepping the Jasper Engines & Transmissions Balloon before flight!

The Kentucky Derby Great Balloon Race was held this past Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. Pilot briefing began at 5:00 AM and we were given the green light for flight! We drove out to Bowman field. The field of 31 balloons was ready to race. This was to be a hare and hound race. Just before 7:00 AM, we started our inflation.

A very good crowd was on hand for this early morning flight. The surface wind was light and out of the south. Only 200’ up, the winds switched around to be out of the west and were at 29 mph. The hare balloon flew about 7.5 miles to the east and landed in Tom Sawyer State Park. The “X” target was laid out on the RC airplane field. Around half of the balloons scored on the target. The Jasper Engines & Transmissions Balloon had a very good throw on the target.

The Awards Banquet was held at noon to honor all of the teams. The Jasper Engines & Transmissions Balloon was honored with a first place finish, beating out the United States Champion and the current World Champion. By winning first place, the Jasper Engines and Transmissions Balloon receives an automatic entry into next year’s race.

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturer features four interlinked
rings in their logo

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Pirelli is primarily known for manufacturing what
type of 
auto part

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Tires

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Kent B.

Jasper Engines and Transmissions Expansion of Manufacturing Operations

JASPER Transmission Expansion Announcement

Jasper Engines & Transmissions CEO Doug Bawel (left), Lt. Govenor Sue Ellspermann and Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz announced JASPER's plan to expand manufacturing operations locally, adding 235 new jobs.

Official Release:

Jasper, Indiana (April 30, 2014) – CEO Doug Bawel joined state and local officials in announcing the company’s plans to expand its footprint in Jasper, Indiana, to create additional jobs and reinvest in the former Kimball Plastics manufacturing facility located at 1220 Power Drive in Jasper, Indiana.

“Jasper Engines & Transmissions is a great Indiana economic success story. The company that has prospered and provided thousands of jobs for Hoosiers for over 70 years is expanding again,” said Lt. Gov. Ellspermann. “We continue to see how our business-friendly tax and regulatory policies plus our dedicated workforce make Indiana a place where companies want to expand and locate. Our record-breaking job growth shows that Indiana truly is a state that works.”

The homegrown-Hoosier company, which remanufactures drivetrain components, plans to invest $6.9 million to renovate and equip a 220,000 sq. foot facility presently vacant within ½ mile of its current 367,000 square-foot facility at 815 Wernsing Road in Jasper. The additional facility will become the new home of JASPER’S Transmission Division which includes disassembly, machining, assembly, testing and warehousing of automotive drivetrain components. Bawel said they plan to be fully operational this fall.

JASPER currently employs more than 2,600 Associates throughout the United States, including more than 1,445 in Indiana. The company has already begun advertising for positions in manufacturing, maintenance, information technology, distribution, engineering and quality control positions in Jasper.

“When looking at our options for expansion, no other place measured up to the business climate in Indiana,” said Doug Bawel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JASPER. “Jasper Engines and Transmissions is growing at a high rate and this expansion is thanks to our hard-working Associates and our company’s dedication to excellence in producing our products. This is Phase One of the approval needed for this project as we now await Phase Two which is the City of Jasper’s approval of local real and personal tax abatement. We are excited to grow production here, and are very hopeful, with the State taking the lead, we can bring this project to fruition quickly.”

Jim Thyen, President and CEO of Kimball International, stated "This transaction is clearly a "Win-Win" scenario for everyone: Kimball, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, and the local community. We are extremely happy that we could reach agreement with a local company who we know to be a long-time, good corporate citizen in the community. JASPER’s expansion sends a strong message about the viability of this industrial area and our community's openness to economic development."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Jasper Engine Exchange, Inc. up to $1,150,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The project is contingent upon Jasper Engines and Transmissions receiving real and personal property tax abatement from the City of Jasper.

About Jasper Engines & Transmissions

Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange, founded in 1942, is a remanufacturer of drivetrain components, including gas and diesel engines, transmissions and differentials. The company also remanufactures marine components such as stern drives, outboard powerheads and lower units, as well as, diesel fuel and air system components. Included in the product mix are engines and transmissions for performance and classic car restorations. JASPER operates three remanufacturing facilities and distributes its products nationwide through their 42 branch locations and two distribution centers. JASPER is committed to providing high quality, value-oriented products with excellent customer service.



Back in Time with the Hoosier Model A's

Hoosier Model A's

Don Bowne of Cambridge City, IN can be seen in the background polishing his 1930 Model A Town Sedan.

The Hoosier Model A's, a car club out of the Anderson, Indiana area, visited our Jasper facility this morning. "We were all very impressed with the magnitude of the facility and what JASPER's doing," stated club member Mike Mattingly. There were eleven Model A's in the group, one of which was recently brought out of a 40-year storage; its engine was remanufactured by JASPER over 50 years ago.

The Ford Model A of 1928 - 1931 was available in a variety of body styles and came equipped with a water-cooled L-head 4-cylinder engine matched with a 3-speed sliding gear manual transmission capable of speeds around 65 mph.

All of the vehicles in this group were awesome examples of a past era that are being preserved for future generations to admire and enjoy. We would once again like to thank the Hoosier Model A's for their visit. If you're a member of a car club and would like to schedule a tour for your group, e-mail Joyce at Have a great weekend everyone!


Automotive Trivia


Friddle: Pirelli is primarily known for manufacturing what type of auto part?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which former Indy Racing League driver founded a
mance exhaust company in 1986?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: "Billy" Boat

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Eastward Bound for Carlisle, PA

2014 Showcase Trailer

The JASPER Rolling Showcase is loaded and ready for trip number two!

Our Performance Crew is once again ready to travel eastward, but this time to Carlisle, PA for the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral. This five-day spring event begins Wednesday, April 23rd and runs through Sunday the 27th. The Carlisle event hosts thousands of collector and classic automotive enthusiasts, over 8,000 vending spaces, 2,000 vehicles for sale at the car corral and even a two-day car auction with well over 300 cars expected to cross the block.

Stop by the JASPER exhibit and check out our many product displays, informative videos; if you have any questions about reviving your ride, feel free to ask one of our friendly representatives. For this show we've also loaded some additional items for sale. We've included; Jasper EcoTech Flex Lights, JASPER 70th anniversary tacker signs, assorted performance parts & accessories and even a cut-away Cup Car Engine!

From all your friends at JASPER, have a safe and enjoyable Easter weekend!

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: Which former Indy Racing League driver founded a performance
exhaust company in 1986?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What American sports car evolved from "Project Opel"?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Chevrolet Corvette

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Darrell T.

Automotive Trivia


Friddle: What American sports car evolved from "Project Opel"?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: A vehicle's OBD system provides access to the status of various vehicle
sub-systems. What does the acronym OBD stand for

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: On-Board Diagnostics

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Terry