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Movers & Shakers: Eric Black Wins Goodguys C-10 Giveaway Truck Design Contest; LeMay Museum Opens in Tacoma, Washington

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Eric Black's winning '70 Chevrolet C-10 pickup design. Black was named the winner of the 2014/2015 Giveaway Truck Design Contest, which ran on throughout the month of May.

Eric Black Wins Goodguys C-10 Giveaway Truck Design Contest
Designer Eric Black of E Black Design was the winner of the Goodguys 2014/2015 Giveaway Truck Design Contest, which ran on the entire month of May. The contest featured a perspective design of a ’70 Chevy C-10 pickup from 16 of the industry’s top artists and designers. Design elements include a recessed grille and headlights, side-exit exhaust, raised bumpers, reduced drip rail, custom side trim and many other subtleties. The color is a modern take on mid-’60s Lindale blue. The wheels are Billet Specialties Bonneville-G series wrapped in red-striped rubber. The interior will be an orange/red two-tone blend with other neutral colors. Rodger Lee and his team at Ironworks Speed & Kustom will bring the design to life using one of his new C-10 chassis as the truck’s foundation. A GM LS small-block and Hughes 4L60E transmission will power the truck, and the Lindale Blue will come from PPG. The truck will debut at the Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, July 2014 and then given away one year later at the 18th PPG Nationals in July 2015.

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LeMay—America's Car Museum opened its doors this past weekend in Tacoma, Washington.

LeMay—America's Car Museum Opens
LeMay—America's Car Museum opened this past weekend in Tacoma, Washington. The museum reports that among the thousands of exhibitors attending the opening were Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen, GM Vice President of Design Ed Welburn, "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, jewelry magnate Nicola Bulgari and Seattle Mariners’ two-time batting champ Edgar Martinez. The 165,000-sq. ft., four-level museum's exhibits currently include Ferrari in America; Indy Cars; the British invasion of the ’60s; the classic car era; alternative propulsion; and the collections of jewelry magnate Nicola Bulgari and Tacoma icon Harold LeMay. According to the LeMay museum, LeMay’s collection was estimated by the Guinness Book in the mid-’90s to include more than 3,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles.

LKQ Corp. Opens 2013 Car Calendar Contest
LKQ Corp. has invited all car enthusiasts to show off their best project cars through its 2013 Car Calendar Contest. The 2013 version of the calendar will feature 13 winners of the context, and the Grand Prize winner will have his or her vehicle emblazoned on the cover of the 2013 Car Calendar and receive an expense-paid trip to the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The 12 runners up will each receive a $100 gift certificate for Goodmark products. Complete details are available at

Prestolite Performance Hires Jeremy Weilnau and Christopher Whitworth
Prestolite Performance announced that Jeremy Weilnau joined the company as Lakewood product manager and Christopher Whitworth as assistant ACCEL product manager. Whitworth, who previously served as road race sales manager for aftermarket brake manufacturer Hawk Performance, will manage research and development and new product launches for the ACCEL brand. As a new product manager, Weilnau will oversee the management, development and growth of the Lakewood product lines in addition to QuickTime and Hays products. According to Prestolite, Weilnau has 13 years of experience in original equipment automotive and aerospace, and held a previous position as a program engineer at Tenneco Automotive.

Meyer Distributing Announces Opening of Fort Lauderdale Location
Meyer Distributing Inc. announced that it opened a new location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The new cross-dock will have a direct feed from Meyer's distribution center in Orlando. “The addition of the Fort Lauderdale cross-dock enhances our ability to offer logistical services throughout the region," stated Jason Braun, executive vice president of Meyer Distributing. "The new site has already been fully integrated with our distribution system and technology framework and will take service to a whole new level for customers in this market."

Tire Group International Partners With Tire House Inc.
The Tire Group International announced a partnership with Tire House Inc., a leading tire distributor focusing on the construction, industrial, forestry, earth moving and agricultural segments since 1977. Tony Gonzalez, CEO of Tire Group International added, "Our new partnership with Transportation Resources Partners (TRP) is positioning us to capitalize on strategic opportunities while continuing to grow our core business. We are pleased to welcome Harvey and Rick, along with their team, to the TGI family. By combining TGI’s and Tire Warehouse’s experience and capabilities, we will further solidify our long-standing relationships with major OEMs and be able to expand our product offering to our valued customers." Rick and Harvey Malove added, “We are looking forward to our new partnership with TGI. As a result of this partnership, we shall further enhance our main focus of continuing to offer top quality products and services to our customers.”