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Movers & Shakers: VerticalScope Purchases; Quarter Mile Adds 25 Interviews of Drag Racing Veterans

VerticalScope Purchases
VerticalScope Inc. has purchased the website from online web publishing company Mautofied Inc. According to a recent release, the website,, allows users to search for modified and customized automobiles, light trucks and motorcycles by features, as well as by make, model and year. Marx Group Advisors represented Mautofied and provided sell side strategic advisory services. The assets purchased by VerticalScope include the site as well as all domain names and related intellectual property. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Quarter Mile Foundation Adds 25 New Interviews of Drag Racing Veterans

The Quarter Mile Foundation has gathered 25 new interviews of drag racing veterans for its Project 1320 documentary film series covering the history of drag racing and the parallel growth of the performance aftermarket. The new interviews, conducted during the NHRA Winternationals and Gatornationals, included the following:

Bob Brandt   Walt Barbin
Austin Coil   Ron Colson
Don Edwald
  Bob Frey
Larry Griffith
  Joan Gwynn
Tommy Ivo
  Mike Kuhl
Roland Leong
  Jack McCormack
Mike Lewis
  Sonny Messner
Ray Motes
  Paula Murphy
Larry Potnack
  Don Prieto
Jerry Ruth
  Ed Schartman
Greg Sharp
  Don Schumacher
Junior Thompson
  Al Turner
R.C. Williams

The Mobility Express Group Added to Vantage Mobility International Dealer Network
Vantage Mobility International (VMI) named The Mobility Express Group a VMI Select Dealer for Central Florida. The VMI Select Dealer Network is a national group of leading companies that specialize in selling wheelchair-accessible vans and other mobility products.

High School Car Show to Benefit Automotive Technology Program
Bonita High School in La Verne, California, will hold the Auto Shop Car Show on Saturday, March 24, from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. The show will be held at the Bonita campus, 3102 D Street, and general admission is free. Proceeds from the car show benefit the Bonita High School Automotive Technology Program. The school is currently accepting vehicle registrations and vendor/club booth are available. For additional information and registration details, visit

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King Engine Bearings hired new sales manager J. Michael Flynn (left) to take over for Ron Ruppert (right), who will now serve as product manager for the company.


King Engine Bearing Hires J. Michael Flynn; Ron Ruppert Transitions to Product Manager
King Engine Bearings named J. Michael Flynn as its new sales manager. He takes over for Ron Ruppert, who will now serve as product manager for the company. Flynn comes to King Engine Bearings from ACL Distribution Inc. where he was technical sales manager from 2004 to 2012. Ruppert has been King's sales manager since 2005. In his new role as product manager, he will be responsible for product management, inventory management and sales assistance. In the area of product development, he will work closely with the company's sales, marketing and engineering team to balance product and customer requirements.

Atlas Copco Donates Equipment to Support Rock Hill, South Carolina, High School
Atlas Copco Compressors donated a compressor unit and dryer to the Applied Technology Center that is part of the Rock Hill School District in South Carolina. The Applied Technology Center recently received a $50,000 grant from the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The grant provides the school with much-needed equipment, tools and other supplies, including an Atlas Copco LS15-175 air compressor and a FX5 dryer, as part of the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover. The Applied Technology Center was selected for the award from more than 70 schools.

Lunati/PowerTV Launch The Great Cam Giveaway
Lunati has teamed up with PowerTV to reward 30 fans with a camshaft of their choice through the Lunati Great Cam Giveaway. The giveaway will be conducted through both the Lunati Facebook page and the fan pages for all the PowerTV sites, including StreetLegalTV, StangTV, LsxTV, VetteOnline, RodAuthority, DragZine and OneDirt. During the first week of the promotion, Lunati will give away six camshafts, followed by two cam giveaways a week for the following three months. The first step to winning the contest is to “like” Lunati on Facebook. Then watch for contest details, which will be announced every Monday on Lunati’s page and on PowerTV pages. To like Lunati, go to or type Lunati into the Facebook search bar.

John Abreu Named Territory Manager for Tire Group International
John Abreu was appointed Tire Group International's new territory manager for Puerto Rico and Columbia. According to Tire Group International, Abreu has worked in the auto industry for more than 10 years, including five years at General Motors as fixed operations manager.