Ronnie and Jimmy agreed to a strategy of defending the charges, and in May 2001 Ronnie promised to stay on as long as it took to conclude the Shelby and Ford lawsuits, one way or another. In essence, Price was the iron fist and Kruger the velvet glove, but neither ever considered the possibility of ever giving up.
By late July and early August in 2004, the SPF organization was well established and some of the law suits had already been won and others had been settled. Thus Ronnie Kruger's objective of establishing a mutually favorable working relationship between Superformance and both Ford and the Shelby organization, had been achieved.
From September 6, 2001 through April of 2003, and after a heart attack and issues resulting from cancer, Ronnie had developed serious health problems. In September 2004 Ronnie and his wife decided to return home to South Africa at the end of 2004 to be close to their families. Jimmy Price asked Ronnie to continue managing the US operation from the Hi-Tech head office in Port Elizabeth, thus allowing Jimmy the necessary time to recruit either an American, or another South African to run Superformance Inc. Ronnie left the United States permanently on December 2, 2004.
Jimmy Price stated that, "I tried to find a suitable chief executive locally and after interviewing a selected few, I simply could not find another Ronnie. With his wide knowledge and experience in the motor and retail industry, he had specialized skills which I found impossible to replicate."
Price added, "Although the small management team he had developed in Newport News continued the good work under his guidance, I decided that Superformance had to be developed laterally to ensure continued customer and dealer service and satisfaction, and I have decided to sell the distribution operation to an experienced and well-funded Superformance dealer with a full understanding of the Hi-Tech and Superformance operating procedures and ethics."
Price concluded with, "I offered the company to a few selected dealers, however, long time dealer Lance Stander emerged as the most suitable candidate to take over the operation from Ronnie and to develop Superformance in the manner that would best serve the interests of Hi-Tech, Superformance, the dealers and our customers".
In July of 2005, Ronnie Kruger initialized the transaction with Lance Stander, supervised the winding down of the Newport News operation in Virginia as well as the transfer to the new California headquarters which was completed in late September and early October of 2005.
By the end of October 2005, Kruger relinquished his contract with Superformance Inc. On November 1, 2005, he and his wife retired to thier permanent home at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa , a seaside hamlet often referred to as South Africa's "Laguna Beach, California", as it was in the 1970's. Now in his 70's, Ronnie and his wife Winkie are enjoying their much earned and deserved relaxed lifestyle.