SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 29, July 22, 2010

Movers & Shakers: Bradley Garwood Joins Firestone Industrial; Karen Leisinger’s '67 Camaro Named Street Machine of the Year

  Bradley Garwood
  Bradley Garwood

Firestone Industrial Products Co. hired Bradley Garwood as the company's new heavy-duty aftermarket distribution sales representative for the northeast region. He is responsible for all sales distribution and account-management operations. Prior to his appointment at Firestone Industrial, Garwood spent six years at Pioneer Automotive Technologies.

WyoTech named Jorge Gutierrez president of the WyoTech – Daytona campus, located in Ormond Beach, Florida. Prior to joining WyoTech, Gutierrez was the campus president at Universal Technical Institute in Norwood, Massachusetts, where he managed more than 100 employees and served more than 1,000 students in a large automotive, industrial and diesel training facility.

Infineon Raceway reported that the 4th annual AutoTrader.com Eric Medlen Nitro Night Charity Dinner raised $27,500 for Speedway Children Charities. Medlen, who considered Infineon his home track, died in 2007 due to injuries sustained during a testing accident.

Street Machine of the Year  
"Scar," the Goodguys 2010 RideTech Street Machine of the Year.  

Karen Leisinger’s all-steel, first-generation ’67 Camaro “Scar,” built by Lakeside Rods & Rides in Rockwell City, Iowa, earned the Goodguys 2010 RideTech Street Machine of the Year award at the Goodguys 13th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Leisinger, a first-generation Camaro lover, wanted a car that featured extreme performance while combining the looks of a ’67 with some of the design and style elements of the new ’10 Camaros.

Ramco Performance Manufacturing's line of high-performance fuel filters was purchased by Rick Rollins, owner of Rollins Performance Marketing. Ramco's new name is Filter Solutions Technologies. Manufactured from solid billet aluminum, the lightweight and compact FloMax 300 filters are designed for use in gasoline, racing fuel, ethanol and methanol applications.

King Shocks launched a new website at www.kingshocks.com. Designed by Mad Media, the site is loaded with technical specifications, news, lifestyle articles, photos and videos, and it also features the latest news and stories about your favorite King Shocks drivers, worldwide events and new-product developments.

Spectre Performance's
semi truck that transforms into a mobile showroom received the 2010
Goodguys Outside Display of the Year award during the Goodguys
13th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. The rig features step-in shop space,
automated folding awnings, rolling product displays, interactive
screens where customers can look for intake systems and more.

  TWISTEX Probe
   

The team at A.R.E. is helping Tim Samaras, star of "Storm Chasers" on the Discovery Channel battle 100-mph winds and softball-size hail by providing the ultimate tornado-chasing truck—the A.R.E. TWISTEX Probe. The TWISTEX Probe is an ’08 GMC Sierra 3500 outfitted with A.R.E.’s Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU) Series truck cap and numerous aftermarket accessories designed to increase the vehicle’s functionality in severe weather. A.R.E. also retrofitted the DCU truck cap with side toolboxes to fit Samaras’ smaller probes and customized it to accommodate a 1,500-lb. Tommy Gate Lift Gate on the rear of the truck. In addition, a variety of accessories have been added to enhance the truck’s overall functionality, including Pilot Automotive aluminum floor mats; laptop holders and accessories from Jotto Desk; a Hellwig Products suspension system; the Warn Industries Power Plant HD with a winch, an air compressor and a grille guard; Luverne Grip Step side-entry steps; a back-up camera and LCD monitor from SPAL USA; Goodyear Silent Armour tires; and auxiliary lighting from Hella Automotive Lighting. A.R.E. dealer Suburban Toppers (Denver, Colorado) installed the truck cap for Samaras, while Line-X of South Metro (Littleton, Colorado) provided the spray-on liner application and Mastercraft Truck Equipment (Englewood, Colorado) installed the Tommy Gate and other equipment. Samaras is currently using the A.R.E. TWISTEX Probe on tornado-chasing missions from the team’s home base in Colorado all the way to Texas, Indiana and even Canada, covering nearly 30,000 miles in the next two months. Footage from these trips will be featured in Season 4 of “Storm Chasers,” which premieres this fall on Discovery Channel.

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