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Movers & Shakers: Marine Honors Automotive Lift Institute With U.S. Flag; Brigitte Patton Chosen as New Motorz Girl

 Automotive Lift Institute
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Anderson presents an American flag to R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman as a sign of gratitude for winning ALI's recent Facebook giveaway. Anderson flew the flag over FOB Geronimo in Afghanistan on ALI’s behalf. 

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Marine Honors Automotive Lift Institute With U.S. Flag
The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) announced that Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Anderson won ALI's Facebook giveaway for an ALI/Petty’s Garage hat autographed by NASCAR legend Richard “The King” Petty. In appreciation of this support, Anderson flew a U.S. flag over FOB Geronimo in Afghanistan on ALI’s behalf. Anderson presented that flag to R.W. “Bob” O’Gorman, ALI president, at the Petty’s Garage Spring Fling Car Show in Level Cross, North Carolina, while on leave May 25. The flag was accompanied by a United States Marine Corps certificate which states: “This certifies that the accompanying United States Flag was flown over FOB Geronimo, amid the battlefields of Afghanistan, during the decisive operations against enemy forces in Helmand Province of Afghanistan on 15 March 2013. Presented to Automotive Lift Institute.”

University of the Aftermarket Foundation Awards 110 Scholarships
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has funded scholarships for 110 students pursuing automotive aftermarket careers. The scholarship winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship to advance their education, either at two-year vocational/technical colleges or four-year colleges and universities. All of the students are either attending or entering vocational programs to become mechanical, collision, or heavy-duty repair professionals. “The University of the Aftermarket Foundation considers scholarships a valuable investment in the future of our industry. We wish these students all the best as they pursue their aftermarket careers,” said Rusty Bishop, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the GAAS applicant reviewing teams for their help selecting these worthy scholarship recipients; we appreciate their dedicated involvement in this process.” 

 Automotive Lift Institute, Brigitte Patton, Motorz Girl
Brigitte Patton was selected as the new "Motorz" Girl for the show "Motorz" as the crew begins their sixth season. 

Brigitte Patton Chosen as New "Motorz" Girl
Motorz announced that Brigitte Patton will join the "Motorz" crew as they begin their sixth season. Former host of "Hawaii Hi-Lights," Patton was also selected as an extra in HBO’s "Entourage," CBS’ "Hawaii Five-O," Lifetime’s "Flirting With 40," and NBC’s "The Event." "Brigitte was the clear choice for the role of "Motorz" Girl during the audition process," stated Chris Duke, executive producer and host, "Motorz." "She's a natural in front of the camera because she’s experienced and has a wonderful personal style." Most recently from Hawaii, Patton relocated to San Diego in 2010. She is employed full time as a civilian auditor for the Department of the Navy.

Yokohama Launches “Summer Joyride” Campaign
Yokohama Tire Corp. announced a national consumer mail-in rebate promotion running through July 7. The “Summer Joyride” campaign offers consumers a $60 Visa prepaid card after the purchase of any set of four Yokohama AVID Ascend, AVID ENVigor, AVID ENVigor ZPS,, YK580 or AS530 tires. “Summer is about vacation and being on the road,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama director, marketing and product planning, “and what better way to start in on the fun than by getting some of the best tires on your car and saving money at the same time? Consumers win and our dealers also win as the Summer Joyride promotion should drive additional store traffic. Everyone benefits.” Briggs said the rebate is available at participating Yokohama dealers nationwide and select online retailers. Details of the promotion can be found at:

ididit Inc. Launches New Site With Enhanced Features
ididit Inc. recently launched an all-new website that the company hails as easy to use, quick to navigate and fun to look at. New additions to the site include enhanced product features and information, an interactive map to locate local ididit dealers, and a resources section where users will find ididit installation instructions and useful tech tips. The company's new website is located at

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