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Movers & Shakers: Flex-a-lite Tour to Celebrate 50 Years of "Makin' It in the USA;" TV Series "Overhaulin'" to Return Fall 2012

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Flex-a-lite announced a summer tour that celebrates the company's "50 years of makin' it in the USA" and will include stops at automotive enthusiast events and major product distributors throughout the Midwest.


Flex-a-lite Tour to Celebrate 50 Years of Makin' It in the USA
Flex-a-lite will hit the road this summer for its 50th Anniversary Tour, which will span 50 days and include stops at automotive enthusiast events and major product distributors throughout the Midwest. As the company celebrates its 50 years of "makin' it in the USA," the tour will feature a specially prepared motorhome, trailer and a ’10 Camaro. The Camaro will include the company's latest products: the Flex-a-fit direct-fit radiator and transmission cooler. The planned tour dates and stops include: June 18, kick-off party at Flex-a-lite headquarters, Fife, Washington; June 22, Premier Performance, Rexburg, Idaho; June 26, Speedway Motors, Lincoln, Nebraska; July 6–8, Goodguys PPG Nationals, Columbus, Ohio; July 10, Summit Racing, Tallmadge, Ohio; July 12–15, NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, Joliet, Illinois; July 16, Winner's Circle, Joliet Illinois; July 17, VSI, Hammond, Indiana; July 19–20, Motor State Distributing, Watervliet, Michigan; August 2–4, Street Rod Nationals, Louisville, Kentucky; August 6, Meyer Distributing, Jasper, Indiana; August 7, P&E Distributors, Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

Overhaulin' TV Series to Return Fall 2012
The Velocity television network is bringing back the vehicle restoration series "Overhaulin'," with a new season set to premiere in fall 2012. Restoration icon Chip Foose will return to the show with an all-new format ready to transform the vehicles of several lucky and well-deserving individuals. The new season of "Overhaulin'" premieres on Velocity in the fourth quarter of 2012. The series was a big hit when it first appeared on TLC from 2004–2009 where it was a viewer favorite.

“I am thrilled to be returning to television with a new and improved version of 'Overhaulin,'' and especially excited to be working with the team at Velocity,” said Chip Foose. “Velocity is the perfect home for 'Overhaulin’' and I’m looking forward to shooting all-new episodes bringing viewers compelling stories of car owners who are surprised to have their much-loved treasures overhauled.”

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Morris Hamm, a 40-year SCCA member with more than 25 years of stewarding experience, will serve as the chief steward for the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series. 


Morris Hamm to Serve as Chief Steward for SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series
Morris Hamm will serve as the chief steward for the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series. A 40-year SCCA member with more than 25 years of stewarding experience, Hamm will be responsible for the officiating of the 46-year-old Trans-Am Series. He has served as chief steward of the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup and its predecessor SCCA Pro Racing Mazda Miata Cup, and five years as the assistant chief steward of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships. 

RCH Designs Helps Redesign Website for Monroe Brakes
RCH Designs announced that the company helped redesign and streamline the website for Monroe Brakes, “It takes a collaborative effort to redesign and catalog a product line, such as Monroe Brakes, said Ryan Hagel, owner RCH Designs. "In addition to product inventory and part numbers, the database we built for the site incorporates two additional languages; allowing you to switch, with the click of a mouse, to a full Spanish version and French version of the website. Something very important to Monroe as their business is global, and something that we will incorporate into the other brands within Tenneco and their sites that RCH Designs currently updates and maintains.”

In addition to the two websites for Monroe ( and, RCH Designs has also built sites for “performance” divisions within Tenneco, Rancho Suspension ( and DynoMax Performance Exhaust (

Local Motors' CEO Selected Jury Captain for Core77 2012 Design Awards
John B. Rogers Jr., president, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, was selected as the Jury Captain for the Core77 2012 Design Awards. Core 77 is an online design resource for designers and enthusiasts that publishes articles, provides discussion forums, hosts portfolio and job listings and more for its community. Rogers recently chose the following designers to serve on the Jury Team: Victor Garcia, senior industrial designer at Peterbilt Motors; Aurelien François, community liaison and design at Local Motors; and Chris Cocalis, president and CEO of Pivot Cycles and BH USA LLC. According to Core 77, the awards celebrate the design profession and practitioners by recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise.

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A special birthday celebration for hot-rod legend and So-Cal Speed Shop Founder Alex Xydias will take place at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Saturday, June 16, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.


Alex Xydias 90th Birthday Celebration in June
A special birthday celebration for hot rod legend and So-Cal Speed Shop Founder Alex Xydias will take place at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Saturday, June 16, 6:00–9:00 p.m. Tickets, which are $90 per person, include dinner, silent and live auction of items from Alex's personal collection, admission to the museum and an event keepsake. Tickets can be purchased through the museum at 909-622-3389 or ordered via e-mail at The event benefits both the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts, a program of The Learning Centers at Fairplex. 

Alapont Retires as Federal-Mogul President, Jueckstock Named CEO
Jose Maria Alapont will retire from his position as Federal-Mogul Corp. president and CEO, effective March 31, 2012. He will remain with the company in a consulting role to assist with the transition and remain on the company's board of directors through its 2013 annual meeting of shareholders. Rainer Jueckstock, currently senior vice president of the company's Powertrain Energy business unit, has been elected chief executive officer, effective April 1, 2012. Jueckstock will also join the company's board of directors. Federal-Mogul also announced that its board of directors has decided to modify the company's corporate structure to create a separate and independent aftermarket division and has engaged a search firm to fill the position of chief executive officer of the aftermarket division. The chief executive officer of the aftermarket division will report directly to the company's board of directors. Federal-Mogul's aftermarket business unit is one of the largest independent global suppliers of leading, premium branded automotive parts, with global sales of $2.3 billion in 2011.

Design Engineering Product Sponsorship Program
Design Engineering Inc. will continue its product sponsorship program for 2012 that includes all of its performance brands: Ny-Trex, CryO2, DEI, Boom Mat, Radiator Relief and Spa Turbo USA. DEI announced that it will offer racers and project builders any DEI branded product in exchange for media coverage at race and show events. The sponsorship program is applicable to any product for domestic or import automotive vehicles (gas or diesel), kart, personal watercraft or boat. There is no limitation based on the race series or class, show vehicle category, or the number of products or the product mix that is requested. To learn more about DEI’s 2012 product sponsorship program, visit, or e-mail:

Gema Begins Operating as a New Business Unit of Graco
Powder coating equipment manufacturer Gema announced that began operating as a new business unit of the Graco Corp., effective April 2. According to Gema, the company will operate as a separate business unit and customers and industry partners will see no change in how the company conducts business. Over the next several months a transition will occur as marketing, promotional, and product materials are integrated with the new company name, Gema.