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Movers & Shakers: Dave Despain Show Debuts April 25; Lingenfelter Collection Open House for Charity Set for April 26

The Dave Despain Show Debuts April 25

 Dave Despain Show
Dave Despain
Dave Despain will host an in-depth series where he interviews racing's legends, current superstars and rising talent.
  

Renowned American motorsports journalist and broadcaster Dave Despain will host an in-depth series where he conducts interviews with racing's legends, current superstars and rising talent. Each 30-minute episode of The Dave Despain Show will feature a one-on-one interview with an influential person in motorsports. Despain will delve into the background and history of the stars, and the personal approach to the interviews allows the guest to tell stories and recall memories from their lives and careers.

Innova Electronics Corp. Launches New Website

Innova Electronics Corp. has launched a new site featuring a new design that reflects the company's commitment to the automotive diagnostic-tools market. The site now features product pages for its digital multimeters, electrical testers, mechanical testers, OBD1 tools and timing lights. Company information, technical support and manuals are also included on the website, in addition to repair information, such as a diagnostic trouble code library, tech tips, videos, pre-diagnosis worksheets, a glossary and a repair-shop and parts-store locator.

The site also features information and access to RepairSolutions—a web-based service was created to assist technicians of all levels in quickly diagnosing and repairing vehicles. Subscribers can view, save and e-mail the diagnostic data retrieved from a vehicle’s on-board computer(s) using an Innova diagnostic tool.

Lingenfelter Collection Open House for Charity Set for April 26

Lingenfelter Open House
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will open its doors Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., for the 2014 Collection Open House to benefit charity.
 
  

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will open its doors Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., for the 2014 Collection Open House to benefit charity. Lingenfelter is located at 819 Lochlin Drive in Brighton, Michigan. The donations accepted at this year's Collection Open House will benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank, which provides support to a broad population in southeastern Michigan, as well as The Bottomless Toy Chest, which delivers art projects, crafts and interactive games to hospitalized pediatric cancer patients.
 
The Lingenfelter Collection, known as one of the most impressive car collections in the country, features more than 200 vehicles, including historically significant Corvettes, musclecars and late-model exotic vehicles that have been secured since 1980 by Ken Lingenfelter, CEO/owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. Ken and Mike Copeland, vice president and general manager of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, will be on hand to answer questions about Lingenfelter vehicles, products and services. Much of the Lingenfelter Collection can be viewed online at www.LingenfelterCollection.com. Additional information is available by calling 248-486-5342.

ESAB Announces Colfax's Acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings

ESAB, a member of the Colfax group of companies, announced that Colfax Corp. has completed the acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings Inc. Victor is a pre-eminent global manufacturer of cutting, gas-control and specialty-welding solutions with many recognized brands around the globe. The acquisition expands ESAB's product portfolio into new segments and applications and brings together two leading organizations with world-class products, technologies and R&D.

Ken Konopa, senior vice president of marketing and engineering for ESAB, commented: “The products, technology and expertise Victor brings to our portfolio, when combined with ESAB’s solutions, strengthens our value to customers globally. It is an exciting combination and an excellent strategic fit. We anticipate a seamless integration experience for our customers, channel partners and associates.”

Axalta Helps Bring Race Day to Jeff Gordon Pediatric Treatment Room

 Axalta, Jeff Gordon Pediatric Treatment Room
An Axalta Racing theme now brightens the walls of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation's treatment room at the Children's Blood and Cancer Center, part of Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.
  

The ribbon cutting in early April at the unveiling of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation's treatment room at the Children's Blood and Cancer Center, part of Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, revealed an Axalta Racing theme.

An action shot of the No. 24 pit crew graces a large wall of the treatment room from floor to ceiling. The picture epitomizes teamwork, energy and strength, and the cabinetry has elements that replicate Gordon's team's toolboxes. The funds to sponsor the room were raised by volunteers from the Austin Chapter of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Promise Circle, with a significant contribution made by the Austin office of CBRE Group Inc. The Promise Circle members work in their communities with leading cancer treatment centers and serve as advocates for children with cancer to provide support services to the children and their families.

"We couldn't be more thrilled with how the room turned out. We support Jeff Gordon on the track when he races each weekend and off the track with the wonderful work his foundation does," says Lisa Miree-Luke, Axalta Corporate Affairs Leader for North America. "We hope the amazing children who spend time here will enjoy their surroundings."

Warren Oil Company Inc. Expands Plant, Creates Warren Unilube Inc.

Warren Oil Company Inc. announced the expansion of the West Memphis, Arkansas, plant. Warren Unilube Inc.—a new grease manufacturing and packaging plant at this location—has successfully completed trial runs and has begun full production. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, the plant is initially focusing on Lithium, Lithium complex, anhydrous calcium and calcium sulfonate greases.

The new facility has an annual capacity of 10 million lbs. with the ability to expand with future demand. Meeting customer needs is top priority. An estimated 50% of the plant capacity has been dedicated to private label packaging, ensuring a high-quality product packaged exclusively for the customer. The West Memphis, Arkansas location, Warren Unilube Inc., is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. This facility will only enhance Warren Oil Company, Inc.’s ability to provide the highest-quality products with superior value for customers.

“Black Bow Tie” Captures Del Mar d’Elegance Crown

Goodguys, Black Bow Tie
Pictured above is Wes and Vivian Rydell’s “Black Bow Tie”—winner of the Goodguys 2014 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award.
 
  

Wes and Vivian Rydell’s “Black Bow Tie” took home the Goodguys 2014 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award during last weekend’s Goodguys 14th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals. The rare 1935 Chevy Standard Phaeton (one of 217 ever made) burst on the scene back in January when it won America’s Most Beautiful Roadster in Pomona.

Fabricated, assembled, finished, upholstered and painted a two-tone maroon and black by Rad Rides by Troy, the Phaeton got its start 12 years ago at Rydell’s Toy Shop in Grand Forks, North Dakota, under the watchful eye of craftsman Doug Pederson. Working off of a Foose Design, Pederson modified a Roadster Shop chassis and did a substantial amount of metal work on the body before shipping the car to Rad Rides by Troy, where they spent nearly a year finishing the car in preparation for the 2014 show season.

The body was lengthened 2 in. and features a 3-in. longer-than-stock wheelbase. The shortened grill was reclined by “pulling out” the bottom and the windshield posts have been laid back 2.5 in. It rides on Heidt’s IFS and IRS suspension. The engine is a 383 Chevy Ram Jet with EFI, modified to look like it features original 1957 Rochester injection. Goodguys members and enthusiasts will surely remember Rydell’s past Foose-designed cars including the “Grand Master” ’35 Chevy (2002 Ridler winner and Goodguys Street Rod of the Year) as well as his Goodguys 2007 Custom Rod of the Year-winning ’54 Chevy Bel Air.
 

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