We saw some great cars at this year’s QA1 Open House, including this pair of Mustangs owned by friends, Brian Jacobsen and Allen Geiselhart. The former’s blue Mach 1 sports Kooks long-tubes, a Magnaflow cat-back, Rovos wheels and H&R springs. Meanwhile, Allen swapped a full 2000 Mustang GT drivetrain into his ’98 GT, as it was his first car and he didn’t want to part with it.

We do it every year to open our doors and show people that we are building really cool hot rod, street rod, and muscle car parts. — David Kass, QA1

For the past six years, QA1 has kicked off the Street Machine Summer Nationals weekend with an open house, cruse-in, and cruise to the big event. Typically drawing over 100 cars, this event allows participants the chance to tour the QA1 manufacturing facility, win raffle prizes, enjoy local pastries, and even skip the lines and drive right into the big event.

“At QA1 we have been putting on our open house and this is our sixth year, which is crazy to think about. It’s something that we have really enjoyed doing,” Dave Kass, Customer Service Manager for QA1, said. “We do it every year to open our doors and show people that we are building really cool hot rod, street rod, and muscle car parts, right in their back yard right here in Minnesota…”

Open house participants could take a full tour of the QA1 facility to get an up-close look at the design and testing equipment and processes that go into creating its parts.

“One thing that we always find when we are out at shows is that people don‘t always fully understand what goes into manufacturing,” David added. “When you hear ‘made in the USA’ there are a lot of variations of that. Some products can just be assembled in the US and wear that tag.”

Every 10 minutes or another group toured the facility to see just what does go into making these products. It certainly was impressive to see the full array of testing and manufacturing capabilities that QA1 utilizes to create suspension and driveline components.

Being the one that leads the cruise and looking back in the mirror to see 125 hot rods in tow is pretty cool. — David Kass, QA1

It was also great to enjoy some coffee and doughnuts while checking out all the great cars in attendance.

“Tying it in with the Street Machine Summer Nationals is a very fun thing to do. On average we bring in on average 125-plus cars, so it brings 200-225 people to QA1 and not only are they getting the tours and spending time with us this morning, so we get to cruise on up to the Street Machine Nationals, which is about a 35-40 minute drive for us,” David said. “Being the one that leads the cruise and looking back in the mirror to see 125 hot rods in tow is pretty cool.”

We saw a wide array of great Ford Muscle at the QA1 Open House and we will detail a few other cars in our coverage of the Street Machine Summer Nationals in the near future.

Before the cruise left for the event, several lucky participants loaded up with raffle prizes ranging from Summit Racing gift certificates and fold-up chairs to Optima Batteries gift certificates and a full set of QA1 double-adjustable dampers.

For more on QA1’s products and find out about next year’s open house, you can check out the company’s official site right here.

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