Since our purchase of the Berrien Buggy assets, and subsequently the assets of Colonial Fiberglass, we here at Acme have worked very hard to keep our pricing at it’s lowest possible levels. Led by Bob Bennetts’ efforts in bulk purchasing, price shopping, searching for cheaper or free shipping, as well as other efficiencies; we have managed to accomplish that. The addition of new machinery and bringing as much production “in house” as we could has also managed to keep the prices of our products constant. We have now however; reached the point where we have to say, “WELL NUTS”.
We have absorbed at least 4 price increases in the cost of materials in the fiberglass shop over the last year, hoping that costs would level out. They have not. We have received notice of yet more price increases in standard materials. Additionally, as we place our latest steel order we received shocking news. The price of the various steel (tubing through steel plate) has risen from 35% (square tubing) to 96% (flat plate in various thicknesses). Even though we are still buying in large bulk quantities, this is the reality we face.
WELL NUTS, We have no choice but to raise prices on all the products we produce. We are not happy about the need to do the price increases but have no choice. The new pricing will be effective on all products purchased or ordered beginning December 1, 2018.
We here at the Acme Companies appreciate all the customers who have purchased our products, and look forward to many more years of supplying dune buggy , sandrail, and fiberglass products for your use and pleasure. We ask for your understanding as our new pricing structure is implemented.
On Saturday The Acme Cup 2022 season Came to a close! As the season comes to a close we look back at all the great times that were had. From the extremely close races on Cortright vs. Cortright to when our northernmost racers came down and prompted the singing of Oh Canada and USA. We also have so highly engineered cars such as the Cortright's and Parisien's cars to creative cars like rob's bubble bath racer. We had racers of all ages from all over racing for the Championship this past Saturday and in the end, it came Down to Stephanie Mabin and Jeanie Cortright, with Jeanie finishing on top giving her another first place trophy and crowning her the winner of the Acme Cup for the inaugural 2022 Season! We can not wait to announce all the dates for the races next year! We will Have races at the 3 events we had this year as well as at another event that we will be announcing soon! Thank you to all who Raced with us this year and helped us prove that Valve Covers and do more than leak! At Jeanie Cortrights’ request the Acme Cup trophy will be a “traveling” trophy. Each seasons winner will be memorialized on the trophy, on display here at Acme. A separate personal trophy will be given to the winner.
On Monday we focused on our Show over the weekend today we thought we would share some photos from our ACME Run Down the River! We had just over 20 Cars total show up for the cruise! Remember we will be doing another run next year and will be open to anyone with an Air Cooled car weather Bug, Bus, or Buggy all are welcome!
We hope you enjoy these few clips of the Monster Manx racing the Norra Mexican 1000 with Bad News Racing earlier this year! The Monster Manx will be on display at our show Bugs By The River this Saturday 9-3 at our shop! Hope to see you there!
From all of us at the Acme Companies, we would like to thank all of those who participated in this past weekend's festivities! This was the first year that we have had a car in every one of our classes! We had a total of 54 registered cars as well as some who decided not to register! The winners are as followed:
A: Bug (stock- 1967 & older) John Shaver's 1957 convertible beetle
B: Bug (stock- 1968 & newer) Rich Maisano's 1968 beetle
C: Bug (custom- 1967 & older) Paul Augusiewicz's 1966 beetle
D: bug (custom- 1968 & newer) Jason Rotkiske's 1972 standard beetle
E: Bus (all years) Fred Jarrett's 1978 Westy
F: Type 3&4 (all years) Colt Musser's 1973 Squareback
G: Special Interest Bill Sheerwood's 1970 Vandetta
H: Dune Buggy (fiberglass) Jeff lentz's 1970 Allison Dayton (Brought to the show by Keith Rugh)
I: Rat Rod/baja (stock body based) Jim Rhoads's 1963 chopped beetle
J: Sand Rail Chris Bashaw's 1968 Berrien Cruiser
K: Karmann Ghia (all years) Scott Fiertner's 1964 Convertable Ghia
L: Race Car (VW based or VW powered) Paul & Stephanie Mabin's "Puzzle Manx"
Best in Show: Colt Mussers 1973 Squareback
Peoples Choice: Alex Roe's Red, White, and Blue Nostalgia
The Bugs by the River weekend festivities kick off in just 2 days with the Acme Run Down the River will kick off with a drivers meeting at 9:30 in our back lot! We hope to see you there! Anyone from out of town coming we have people camping in our back lot as well as some staying at different hotels locally all are welcome to join!
Getting the final products done for customer who will be picking up at our show which is only 3 days away… we are finishing up a few chassis as well as an moss green and emerald green Nostalgia for 109 dune buggies as well as and orange Nostalgia for another customer!
Today for Fiberglass Friday we thought we would share with you a buggy that
came into the shop for a bit of work. What is special about this buggy is it
is actually a body that Berrien Buggy used to produce called a Berrien
Citation II! This particular example is one of very few that we have seen
that have the Manx style hood rather than the model t style hood! This body
is also still in its original Brilliant Orange Metal Flake Gel Coat which is
in good condition with no stress cracks! One of the easiest ways to identify
a Citation II is the edge of the body has a lip that runs all the way around
it! Although we do still have the mold for this body it was badly damaged
when we received it and sadly would take a lot to bring it back into production.
On Friday we shared some photos in our post of Tyler rolling on some fiberglass to the first Nostalgia to be produced in the new Acme Composites shop at our facility in New Cumberland. Well as some of you may have seen on our story late in the day on Friday we popped that body out of the mold! Although this body is not finished we wanted to show you how bodies look fresh out of the mold before trimming and buffing! One of the big things you'll notice is there is a large lip around the outside that you would never see on the finished product. That is there for one main reason and that is that it gives us something to pry on (we use plastic chisels for that), when we go to pop the body from the mold without putting any blemishes, or stress cracks, on the body. One other difference which you don’t see as much in photo or even in person all that much is the sheen and smoothness is not as bright and as smooth as it will be after all is said and done and its been trimmed and buffed!