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Tire Group International (TGI) opened a new office in Qingdao, China. Heading it will be Jing Dong Ling, formerly a quality and mixing engineer with Yellow Sea Tire. Ling brings more than 10 years of experience and knowledge from the quality control side of the tire building process and will oversee all of TGI’s private-label production coming out of China (Cosmo, Luna and Industar).

SEMA News contributor Doug Newcomb released a new book, “Car Audio for Dummies,” earlier this month. The book details everything that beginners need to know about how to plan, buy and install car audio and video systems that fit their lifestyles. The book also covers how to evaluate car audio sound quality, iPod integration, wiring and installation accessories needed and much more.

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The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association reported that eight of the nation’s top hot rod builders will select exclusive “Pro’s Pick” awards at select 2008 Goodguys National events. In addition to the long standing tradition of the Boyd Coddington Pro’s Picks, seven other elite rod shops around the country will present Pro Picks this year, including America’s premier hot rod designer Chip Foose. Joining Boyd and Foose are Rad Rides by Troy, Pinkees Rod Shop, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop, Art Morrison Performance, Roger Burman’s Lakeside Rods and Alloway’s Rod Shop.  At each 2008 national event, a special Goodguys “Pro’s Pick” parking area will be staged. To be eligible for a Pro’s Pick award, participants must park in the Pro’s Pick area.

Check the list below to see the 2008 Goodguys National events which feature celebrity Pro’s Pick awards.

  • 8th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals—April 4–6, Del Mar Fairgrounds
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Boyd Coddington’s Hot Rod Garage
  • 11th Colorado Nationals—May 30–June 1, The Ranch at Larimer Co. Fairgrounds, Loveland CO
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Pinkees Rod Shop (Eric Peratt)
  • 20th Hot Rod Nationals—June 6–8, O’Reilly Raceway Park, Indianapolis, IN
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Rad Rides by Troy (Troy Trepanier)
  • 2nd NAPA Southern Nationals—June 13–15, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop (Alan Johnson)
  • 3rd Nashville Nationals—June 27–29, LP Field, Nashville, TN
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Alloway’s Rod Shop (Bobby Alloway)
  • 17th 3M Heartland Nationals—July 4–6, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Lakeside Rods & Rides (Roger Burman)
  • 11th PPG Nationals—July 11–13, Ohio Expo Center/State Fairgrounds, Columbus, OH
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Boyd Coddington’s Hot Rod Garage
  • 21st Pacific NW Nationals—July 25–27, Puyallup Fair & Expo Center, Puyallup, WA
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Art Morrison Performance (Art & Craig Morrison)
  • 22nd West Coast Nationals—August 22–24, Pleasanton Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
    Pro’s Pick Awards Selected by: Foose Design (Chip Foose)
  • 11th Southwest Nationals—November 14–16, Westworld Showgrounds, Scottsdale, AZ
    Pro's Pick Awards Selected by: Boyd Coddington's Hot Rod Garage 

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Carlisle Events announced a new business partnership with Brickel’s Racing Collectibles. Brickel’s will manage all on-site and online sales of the Carlisle Events apparel, gear and collectibles through traditional retail at a new location on the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fairgrounds and through an established e-commerce system on

Microsoft Corp. and Alpine Electronics Inc. signed an agreement to cross-license the companies’ respective patent portfolios. The agreement expands the relationship between the two companies to promote the exchange of information and the incorporation of patented technologies in car navigation systems and other consumer electronics products. Since 2002, Alpine has adopted Microsoft’s automotive specific operating system, Windows Automotive, on almost all of its navigation systems for both the aftermarket and automotive OEM factory installations.

Internet Brands Inc. and Digital Performance Inc. (DPI) launched an initiative to integrate the DPI Shopping Guide into a variety of Internet Brands’ auto community forums. “We’re excited to give our millions of enthusiast community members a new way of shopping for parts and accessories with DPI,” said Alvin Fong, director of business operations at Internet Brands. “Fixing, tuning, styling and modifying vehicles is up there with eating and breathing for many of our users, and we believe they’ll embrace a robust, easy-to-use channel for finding the products they need.” There are more than 1 million parts from more than 800 leading brands in the DPI database, with thousands more parts being added every week. “While a few retailers offer the ability to shop for parts by year, make and model, they typically cover a fraction of available brands,’” said Andy Wilson, CEO of DPI. “We believe giving the consumer access to a selection of hundreds of merchants from which to choose from delivers the best buying experience.”