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Movers & Shakers: Tammy Ray's "Gold Digger" Takes Home Ridler Award

Gold Digger
Gold Digger, winner of the 2010 Ridler Award.

Tammy Ray of Dahlonega, Georgia, and her '33 Ford Phaeton, named Gold Digger, was recipient of the 2010 Ridler Award. Ray was named the winner during the 58th Annual Murray’s - O’Reilly Auto Parts Autorama Presented by Meguiar’s in Detroit, Michigan. Created in 1960, the Ridler Award (named after Don Ridler) is presented to the most outstanding custom car premiered at Autorama. Gold Digger was built by Ted Thomas of Canton, Georgia, and features Pirelli P Zero Nero tires, Foose wheels, PPG Paint, Dakota Digital gauges and a custom interior by M&M Interiors.

Federal-Mogul appointed Jim Burke to director of global communication. Most recently, he was group manager of global product and brand communications at General Motors.

Rancho Performance Transaxles has changed its website address to The company announced that the change was made to make it easier for customers to remember and locate them on the web.

WTW Corp., parent company of Giovanna and Gianelle wheels, is the premiere and platinum sponsor of the goldRush Rally 2KX, June 8–13, 2010. The GoldRush Rally 2KX is an event that blends an exotic and supercar rally, nightlife parties, celebrities, DJs, and 100 VIP participants. The rally will traverse down the West Coast through Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and ends in Las Vegas. Diko Sulahian, founder of WTW Corp., will lead the rally throughout the week-long event, switching cars daily.

Philips Automotive Lighting North America, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, appointed Pacific Marketing as its new sales agency in the western United States. Pacific Marketing will be responsible for managing Philips’ aftermarket sales activities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.

New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) announced that the Team Pro-Motion Sportbike Club will conduct race practices and the CCS licensing school for the NJMP SportBike Championship Cup Series. Practice days and the licensing school will be conducted on the Friday prior to each race weekend. For more information, visit

Detroit Speed Inc. will host the seminar “True Suspension Techniques That Work” on March 11, at 3:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show. Detroit Speed’s President Kyle Tucker, a former GM chassis engineer, will discuss principles of suspension components and how they can be applied to any car, new or old. For more information, visit

Hurst Performance Vehicles' all-new “Hurst Equipped” program will be available to authorized Hurst dealers nationwide, beginning in spring 2010. Hurst Equipped authorized dealers who have certified installation centers will be able to order Hurst Equipped packages, which will include: a Hurst Shifter, Hurst Wheels (2) 20-inch x 9-inch fronts and (2) 20-inch x 10-inch rears, a matte black-finished "AIR SPEED" rear wing, Hurst-Equipped badges, Hurst Floor Mats and a certificate for a Hurst windbreaker and cap. The Hurst Series 1 Kit includes all of the above mentioned components, plus a Hurst/Magnaflow Stainless Steal Exhaust, Hurst/ Eibach Pro Kit, Hurst Numbered Dash Plaque, Hurst Fender Decals and BFG-KDW Tires.