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Movers & Shakers: Mid America Motorworks Names Michael Furman Call Center Director; California Tire Dealers Associations Merge

Mid America Motorworks Names Michael Furman Call Center Director
Mid America Motorworks hired Michael Furman as its call center director. Prior to joining Mid America Motorworks, Furman was the director of call center operations at Rosetta Stone. According to Mid America Motorworks, Furman has an extensive background in the call center environment, bringing knowledge of managing, training, developing and motivating call center teams to the company. He has actively developed and implemented programs to improve call center efficiency and has worked with call centers on domestic and international training.

Californina Tire Dealers Assoc Board
The California Tire Dealers Association's new board of directors. From left: Billy Eordekian, president; Ejnar Fink-Jensen, executive director; and Chris Barry, vice president.

California Tire Dealers Association – North, South Announce Merger
The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) – North and the California Tire Dealers Association – South have officially merged as of July 1. The association’s new name—California Tire Dealers Association—was accepted and approved by the Secretary of State. The California Tire Dealers Association released the following statement: "Our newly joined board members are enthusiastically moving forward with changes that will positively impact our association. In an effort to promote “oneness” in such a large and diverse state, a rotating regional meeting schedule will be planned for 12 distinct geographical areas."

In addition, each region will be represented in the CTDA newsletter’s "Regional Roundup" section with reports from board members. A new Board of Directors was also established: President, Billy Eordekian,; Vice President, Chris Barry ITDG (Independent Tire Dealer Group); Secretary/Treasurer, Don Zavattero Tech Supply Inc.

RK Motors Charlotte, Adam’s Premium Car Care Products Offer Free Automotive Seminars
RK Motors Charlotte will team up with Adam’s Premium Car Care Products to offer two free informational, automotive seminars Saturday, July 23. Adam’s Richard Kashinsky will give demonstrations to automotive enthusiasts and collector-car owners at RK Motors Charlotte’s main showroom, located on its 75,000-sq.-ft. campus in Charlotte. The first clinic of the day is scheduled at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and the second at 2:00 p.m. Each free clinic will last between 60 and 90 minutes. RK Motors Charlotte and Adam’s Premium Car Care Products will provide complimentary refreshments, discounted Adam’s products and a chance to ask questions directly to the experts during the two free clinics. To learn more, visit or call 704/596-5211.

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Quarter Mile Foundation Adds 16 East Coast Drag Racing Legend Interviews
Quarter Mile Foundation secured interviews of 16 East Coast drag-racing legends for Project 1320 at the 10th Annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion (US 30 Dragway) on July 8–9, 2011.The interviews covered some of the stars of the formative years of the sport in what today is considered NHRA’s Division 1, as well as the extreme northern portion of Division 2 (Southeast Division). The interviews touched on the East Coast Gasser scene, as well as Fuel Altereds, Top Fuel, Super Stock, Pro Stock and A/FX-Funny Cars of the late ’50s through the early ’80s. The interviewees were: Ken Montgomery (“555” (aka “Triple Nickel”) ’65 Plymouth Satellite SS); Jim and Alison Lee (TF owners – “Great Expectations”); Bud Faubel (Dodge Dart “Hemi Honker” A/FX); Wally Bell (Pro Mod Pioneer); Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins (Dave Strickland Chevy Impala Z-11 “Old Reliable” SS, “Grumpy’s Toy” Chevy Vega/Camaro PS); Jack “JA” Redd (East Coast track announcer); Carol “Bunny” Burkett (“Bunny & The Boys” FC); Darwin Doll (NHRA Division 1 Director); Kenny Warren (“Virginia Twister” Dodge Challenger A/FX); Tom Raley (Driver, Jim and Alison Lee “Great Expectations” TF cars); George Snizek (Pacer’s Auto “Tasmanian Devil” AA/Fuel Altered); Dick Estevez (Driver/Crew Chief for Phil Bonner’s “Daddy Warbucks” Racing Ford Falcon A/FX); Tom Sneden and David Reitz (Bob Banning Dodge Challenger FC); Fred Bear (S&S Team ’40 Willys B/G Gasser).


  Goodguys Street Rod of the Year
  Phil and Debbie Becker's Mustard yellow ’32 3-Window Coupe was named the Goodguys 2011 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year.

’32 3-Window Coupe Named Goodguys 2011 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year
Phil and Debbie Becker's Mustard yellow ’32 3-Window Coupe took home the Goodguys 2011 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year award at the Goodguys 14th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone in Columbus, Ohio. The coupe was crafted by Dave Lane of Fastlane Rod Shop. According to the Goodguys, Lane is a throwback to the European coach builders of the 20th century who has a unique build style, he only takes on one car at a time and he hires no outside help. The entire build took just shy of two years. The top five finalists for the Goodguys 2011 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year included Dave & Sue Doll, Humphrey, NE (1932 Ford), Butch Downs, Colona, IL (1934 Hupmobile), Rodney Harris, Leighton, AL (1932 Ford), Phil & Debbie Becker, Dwight, IL (1932 Ford) and Dale Johns, Van Buren, AR (1933 Ford).

McCullough Public Relations Inc. Named PR Firm of Record for STRATTEC Security Systems
McCullough Public Relations Inc.
was selected as the public relations firm of record for STRATTEC Security Systems, a manufacturer of automotive locks and keys headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. McCullough will be responsible for all public relations activities for STRATTEC and its brand of BOLT locks, including press release writing, feature story coordination, media relations, product placement, on-site trade show representation and organizing company media events.