MPMC at Performance Racing Industry Trade Show
Sergeants Chris Barr and Tyler Utterback of the Indiana State Police, John DiBartolomeo, owner of DRC and editor of Drag Racing Edge, SEMA BOD member Kyle Fickler of Aeromotive and SEMA Senior Federal Government Affairs Director Stuart Gosswein participated in a panel discussion on Friday afternoon at PRI. Moderated by SEMA Chair Elect Wade Kawasaki of Coker Tire, the group spoke about their experiences on navigating the myriad rules and regulations governing race car and midway trailer transportation.
The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) offered a full slate of activities at the recent Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show, held December 10–15, 2015, in Indianapolis. Events included a general membership meeting, a Hall of Fame reception and educational seminars.
Nine MPMC manufacturers hosted presentations during a series titled “New Products in the Fast Lane.” Each company presented a 30-minute seminar.
- Tom Kise from Holley talked about what’s new in EFI and how to select the best fuel-system solution for a particular application.
- Joe Pando gave a presentation about new products and MSD’s presence at events.
- Scooter Brothers and Billy Godbold spoke about the newest valvetrain products from Comp Performance Group as well as the latest technology developments.
- Kyle Fickler discussed a variety of tech topics for both EFI and carbureted fuel systems, including how to eliminate suction side cavitation and how to minimize hot-fuel handling issues. He also shared details on Aeromotive’s newest products, including the company’s diesel lift pump, Terminator mechanical fuel pump and a new ultra-low-pressure carbureted fuel-pressure regulator.
- David Page talked about what is new with FAST EFI for 2016 and answered a host of general questions about EFI applications.
- Erik Radzins and Sergio Shipman presented a session on ProCharger’s new products and choosing the right supercharger. Their message: Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to supercharging.
- In addition to describing the latest JE’s Pistons products, Sean Crawford gave a valuable presentation on how to order custom pistons, including what information is needed, as well as why and how it is utilized to process orders at JE.
- Rick Roberts and Matt Gamble talked about what is new at Edelbrock and what’s coming in the future. An added bonus was a discussion of the hot isostatic pressing heat-treating process and why it is important in today’s racing engines.
- Marvin Benoit, president and founder of Quick Fuel Technology, gave a lively and informative presentation about innovations at his company.
General Membership Meeting
The MPMC general membership meeting was held from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, which was setup day for the PRI Show. That timing allowed manufacturers to attend without having to leave the floor on a show day, and box lunches were served as a further convenience. The council’s select committee presented the group with updates on MPMC projects and events, including the Media Trade Conference, the “Business Guidelines Manual,” and an upcoming “vehicles on the road” data project.
Motorsports Hauler Rules of the Road
On Friday afternoon, December 11, SEMA Chair-Elect Wade Kawasaki of Coker Tire moderated another seminar that covered the numerous state and federal regulations that apply to towing a hauler or rig to and from a racetrack. The session was scheduled for an hour, but the panelists and fully half of the 75 attendees stayed for almost two.
The panel included Kyle Fickler of Aeromotive, who is a member of the SEMA Board of Directors; Stuart Gosswein, SEMA’s senior director of federal government affairs; John DiBartolomeo, owner of DRC and editor of Drag Racing Edge; and Sergeants Chris Barr and Tyler Utterback of the Indiana State Police. The speakers had extensive experience navigating the myriad regulations of hauling race cars and equipment.
Major discussion points included when someone needs a commercial driver’s license and how to obtain one, how to differentiate between business and recreational uses, and how to deal with getting stopped or cited. Sergeants Barr and Utterback explained that the state police in Indiana are charged with enforcing over-the-road regulations, not the DOT.
Gosswein passed out information from the newest SEMA Action Network resource, which covers both federal and all 50 states’ motor-carrier regulations. The final takeaway was that the rules change from state to state, so if someone is traveling across state lines, the first thing to do is get information and err on the conservative side.
Hall of Fame Reception
On Friday evening, the two newest members of the MPMC Hall of Fame were honored at a reception. Long-time motorsports journalist, racing commentator and founder of Speedway Illustrated magazine Dick Berggren was inducted along with former MPMC chair and council innovator Ron Johnson. Karl Fredrickson of Speedway Illustrated gave the induction speech for Berggren, sharing several stories that supported his place as a motorsports-media icon, and Scooter Brothers inducted Ron Johnson, stating that there might not be an MPMC today if not for Johnson’s leadership. Both men exemplify the best in motorsports.