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MOVERS & SHAKERS: DANNY TYNER, DARREN TEDDER, CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE, PAINLESS PERFORMANCE


The finalists, and their hardware, for the DynoMax Power to the Wheels Dyno Tour Championship.

Horsepower champions Danny Tyner and Darren Tedder topped all comers at the recent DynoMax Power to the Wheels Dyno Tour Championship Shootout at the Street Machine Nationals in Springfield, Missouri. The multi-event series, which kicked off in May, pitted DynoMax-equipped horsepower enthusiasts against one another on the rollers for bragging rights.

In the end it was Tyner's '63 Ford Falcon, running Race Bullet Mufflers, that edged out defending champion Brian Anderson and his '64 Rambler Classic (also running Race Bullets) by more than 40hp (1766.52 to 1724.12) in the Power-Adder Class. Tedder's '71 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, meanwhile, blew away the All-Motor competition with a 956.83hp pull.

Shootout qualifiers hailed from all over North America, from Idaho to New York, Manitoba, Canada to Georgia. To qualify for the Championship, the drivers had to dyno-run their vehicle at a Qualifying Event during the Power to the Wheels series. The series, sponsored and managed by the manufacturer, was created to test the horsepower and torque of musclecars outfitted with DynoMax exhaust systems and mufflers. The 2008 series included two separate car classes, including Power-Adder and All-Motor.

To read more about the Tour, visit www.dynomax.com/power/power.html

Power-Adder Class Results

–Danny Tyner
1766.52 horsepower
1963 Ford Falcon
DynoMax Race Bullet Mufflers

–Brian Anderson
1724.12 horsepower
1964 Rambler Classic
DynoMax Bullet Mufflers

–Brian Wall
1487.33 horsepower
1967 Chevy Camaro
DynoMax Ultra Flo Welded Mufflers

 

 

 

–Jim Plimpton
1443.53 horsepower
1988 Ford T-Bird
DynoMax Race Collector Mufflers

–Mark Gjavenis
1146.49 horsepower
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
DynoMax Ultra Flo Mufflers

 

All-Motor Class Results

–Darren Tedder
956.83 horsepower
1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
DynoMax Ultra Flo Mufflers

–Richard Burdette
749.69 horsepower
1969 Dodge Dart
DynoMax Race Bullets

–Jim LaRoy
696.48 horsepower
1972 Dodge Demon
DynoMax Bullets

–Cory Gallus
512.43 horsepower
1998 Chevrolet Corvette
DynoMax Bullets

 

 
DJ Christopher Lawrence (middle) is the winner of Pioneer's 2008 America's Best DJ contest.  

Pioneer’s Pro DJ Division presented trance DJ Christopher Lawrence with a gold-plated DJM-800 mixer for winning the 2008 America’s Best DJ (ABDJ) contest at an award ceremony held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in September. The ceremony was the culmination of a four-month contest and tour, presented by Pioneer Pro DJ and DJ Times magazine.

Since June, the top 100 DJs in America—as selected by the editors of DJ Times—have solicited their fans to vote for them, both online at www.americasbestdj.net and at 40 official ABDJ events at nightclubs and festivals nationwide. More than 35,000 votes were cast, and Lawrence prevailed as the gold medal champion, with turntablist legend DJ Qbert awarded the silver, and DJ/rock star DJ Skribble taking the bronze medal.

H&H Trailers recently opened its Southwest plant and distribution center located at 2490 W. Old Highway 66 in Kingman, Arizona. H&H Trailers will produce its aluminum line of trailers in the new facility, which will also serve as a distribution hub for its dealers in the southwest United States.

The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium (GAAS) Scholarship Committee announced that the New York State Automotive Aftermarket Association (NYSAAA) will assist in the creation of an online scholarship resource for students planning to pursue careers in the automotive aftermarket.

This industry association cooperation will allow students interested in aftermarket careers to submit one application for 2009 scholarships online at www.automotivescholarships.com and receive consideration for scholarships from a variety of different automotive organizations. A complete list of scholarships available can be found online at the application website. Applicants must meet the individual scholarship qualifications to be considered.

Automotive Rhythms TV (ARtv), a subsidiary of Automotive Rhythms Communications LLC, created an exclusive auto lifestyle channel on YouTube. The ARtv YouTube channel can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/ARtvLive. Automotive Rhythms TV, hosted by President and Publisher Kimatni D. Rawlins, provides exclusive auto lifestyle content ranging from vehicle evaluations and test drives from around the world, automotive and bike shows, industry executive interviews, influencer profiles and segments highlighting the trendiest entertainment showcases, including awards shows, festivals, concerts, tours and much more.

 
Hovis Auto and Truck Supply's new three-building warehouse in Grove City, Pennsylvania.  

Hovis Auto and Truck Supply plans to open a 133,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Grove City, Pennsylvania. The new warehouse will be used to supply Hovis’s 12 other western Pennsylvania locations as well as any new stores. The new warehouse was formerly a three-building sports complex. Building one is 78,000 sq. ft., building two is 22,000 sq. ft. and building three is 33,000 sq. ft.

Renovations are expected to start shortly, and the warehouse is projected to be operational by March of 2009. Located at the intersection of Interstate 79 and Interstate 80, the new warehouse is ideally situated to serve the 12 Hovis locations as well as all of Hovis’ customers.

Painless Performance created the Painless Performance Enterprise Fund to help spur investment in local community events and activities to help promote the performance automotive aftermarket. The company announced that the fund can be used for a variety of promotional products, such as youth-involvement programs, consumer awareness, sales and business incentives and technical training.

Painless Performance will set aside an initial amount of $150,000 as grant money for the fund. To be eligible to receive these funds, a SEMA-member retailer or distributor must submit an application that demonstrates how the particular project will enhance the awareness, community involvement, youth participation or technical knowledge of the targeted audience and demonstrate how the end result will provide a positive return on investment.

The review process for applications will consider the positive impact the investment will make on the automotive aftermarket as a whole. It need not be a "Painless-centric" program as long as it benefits the industry as a whole. The company announced plans to have complete information, application forms and examples of acceptable projects posted on its website the first week in October.

 
Phoenix Systems gave away more than 650,000 BrakeStrip test strips to help support the Motorist Assurance Program.  

To help support the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) Brake Service Awareness Week, Phoenix Systems recently gave away more than 650,000 BrakeStrip test strips to professional technicians. BrakeStrip allows technicians to quickly diagnose brake fluid condition by testing for copper in brake fluid. For more information about BrakeStrip, visit www.brakestrips.net. Information about the Motorist Assurance Program and its annual Brake Service Awareness Week is available by contacting map@motorist.org.