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Movers & Shakers: Mid America Motorworks to Bring Piece of GM History to Vegas; Bestop Sends Two Dealers to SEMA Show for Free

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See a '64 Styling Corvette once owned by Chevrolet General Manager Semon E. "Bunkie" Knudson in the Mid America Motorworks booth (#24297) at the 2011 SEMA Show.

Mid America Motorworks to Bring Piece of GM History to Las Vegas
A '64 Styling Corvette once owned by Chevrolet General Manager Semon E. "Bunkie" Knudson will be featured by Mid America Motorworks in booth 24297 at the 2011 SEMA Show. The fully restored Corvette provides SEMA attendees and exhibitors with a look at GM's history. It is also an example of the interior products available from Performance Choice, Mid America Motorworks' manufacturing division. The '64 Corvette was built specifically for Knudson with a variety of custom features, including custom Cadillac Fire Frost Blue paint over a specially prepared body surface. The car still retains the original drive train 327cid/365hp engine and all of the custom parts that were added in the Styling and Engineering departments.

Bestop Sends Two Dealers to the SEMA Show for Free

For the third year in a row, Bestop will send two Bestop Authorized Dealers on a free trip to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Jones Jeep of Marble Falls, Texas, and Strong’s Truck Accessories of Riverside, California, will each receive round-trip airfare for two to Las Vegas, two night's luxurious accommodations, entrance into the SEMA 2011 Show and one night out with Bestop for dinner and entertainment. Bestop's Win a Trip to SEMA program was started three years ago as an incentive for joining the Bestop Authorized Dealer Program and as a way to say thank you to Bestop Authorized Dealers. More information is available at www.bestop.com. 



Shurhold Industries Joins Car Care Council for National Television Tour
Shurhold Industries is joining Lauren Fix and the Car Care Council for a national television tour that coincides with Fall Car Care Month in October. During the tour, Fix will explain the benefits of surface restoration to help maintain the value of a vehicle and increase pride of ownership. She will also demonstrate the benefits of Shurhold's lightweight Dual Action Polisher, which the company says is ideal for DIYers who want a professional finish for their vehicles, and explain the advantages of Buff Magic, Shurhold’s premier metal polish.

Shelby GT500 Super Snake 'Need for Speed' Edition to Raise Money for Carroll Shelby Foundation
The Carroll Shelby Foundation, along with Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. and Shelby American Inc., both wholly owned subsidiaries of Carroll Shelby International Inc., have teamed up with Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) to put enthusiasts in the driver’s seat of a special 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake – ‘Need for Speed’ Edition.  This Shelby is featured on the cover and in the game of EA’s new Need for Speed The Run game, which will hit stores during the 2011 holiday season. A special ‘real-life’ one-off version was built by Shelby American Inc. and Shelby American Motorsports, which features custom EA designs and true Shelby performance.  The GT500 Super Snake – ‘Need for Speed’ Edition will be auctioned in late 2012 to generate funds for the Carroll Shelby Foundation. For additional information about the Carroll Shelby Foundation, as well as the auction of the 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake – ‘Need for Speed’ Edition, visit www.cscf.org.

TV Hosts Kevin Tetz and Ryan Shand to Sign Autographs in Firestone's Booth at the SEMA Show
Television hosts Kevin Tetz and Ryan Shand will sign autographs in the Firestone Industrial Products booth (#23013) during the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Tetz and Shand specialize in automotive how-to TV shows, performing aftermarket accessory installations on trucks and sport utility vehicles. The TV personalities will be onsite Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., and Thursday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. for autograph sessions.



Tire Group International Inc. Partners With Transportation Resource Partners and McLarty Companies
Tire Group International Inc.
(TGI) announced that it has partnered with the Transportation Resource Partners (TRP) and the McLarty Companies. "TGI is very excited about our future; our goal has always been to be the best at what we do. We have partnered with companies that share the very same ideals as part of their core and also share the vision for the growth of TGI. TRP, with its close association with the Penske organization, and McLarty are leaders in their industries and bring a vast amount of resources to our business. Their expertise in distribution and building businesses both in the USA and Latin America will help TGI take the next step in its rapid growth," said Tony Gonzalez, CEO of TGI.

Quarter Mile Foundation Confirms 14 Planned Drag Racing Legend Interviews for the 2011 SEMA Show
The Quarter Mile Foundation (SEMA Show booth #10900) has announced its plans to interview at least 14 drag racing and performance industry pioneers during the 2011 SEMA Show. The interviews will be conducted by noted drag racing historian, Don Gillespie. Confirmed for interviews are Art Chrisman, Carl Olson, Don Prudhomme, Joe Hrudka, Jim Kerr, Arnold Kuhns, Leo Kagan, Angelo Giampetroni, Bob Keller, Jim McFarland, Dennis Holding, Jeg Coughlin Sr., Linda Vaughn and Chuck Blum. The Foundation is awaiting confirmation from several other pioneers, which will be updated when confirmed.