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Movers & Shakers: Goodguys Gold Awards Return to the SEMA Show

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The Goodguys GOLD awards will be presented to five winners at the 2014 SEMA Show, November 4–7, in Las Vegas.

Goodguys Gold Awards Return to the SEMA Show

The Goodguys GOLD awards will be presented for the second consecutive year to five winners at the 2014 SEMA Show, November 4–7, in Las Vegas. All cars on display at the SEMA Show that have a Goodguys decal attached to their windshield will be eligible for a Goodguys GOLD award.

Goodguys’ Vice President of Event Operations Harry Daviess will be on hand beginning Saturday, November 1, to ensure all exhibiting vehicles get handed a Goodguys decal upon move in. All American-made or American-powered exhibit vehicles, regardless of year, make or model will be eligible for a Goodguys GOLD award.

The winners will be announced at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association booth in Hot Rod Alley (booth #22375) Wednesday, November 4, at 2:00 p.m. All car owners, builders, exhibitors, fans and enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the winner’s announcement ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the GOLD awards, Goodguys will present the Trendsetter award Wednesday evening, November 5, during the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) awards banquet. Goodguys Trendsetter Award is presented to rising talents in the realm of hot-rod and custom-car building.

Shawn Herrick Appoints Vice President of Business Development has promoted previous Director of Web Content Shawn Herrick to vice president of business development. Herrick began working for RealTruck as a part-time blogger in July 2010. Since then, he has steadily climbed through the ranks at RealTruck, most recently holding a position as director of web content.

In his new position, Herrick is responsible for identifying new pickup aftermarket accessories trends and products, locating new potential business opportunities for RealTruck and increasing the company's national reach. Herrick is based out of the RealTruck Jamestown office.

MAHLE Service Solutions Featured on "Motorhead Garage"

MAHLE Aftermarket Service Solutions will be featured in an upcoming episode of "Motorhead Garage" on the Velocity network. The segment features the division’s Director of Sales Keith Korchma explaining the benefits of the company’s EV-1 Exhaust Ventilation System that helps automotive repair shops safely ventilate exhaust fumes. The episode is scheduled to be aired Sunday, September 21, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on Velocity.

Royal Purple will unveil its latest sponsored car in its SEMA Show booth, Tuesday, November 4.

Royal Purple to Unveil Its Latest Sponsored Custom Car by Ringbrothers and Introduce Four New Products at 2014 SEMA Show

Royal Purple has announced it will introduce four new products and unveil its latest sponsored custom car built by Ringbrothers as part of its press conference (booth #23057) during the 2014 SEMA Show. On Tuesday, November 4, from 1:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m., Royal Purple will introduce its four latest products, including: Royal Flush, Max-Atomizer, HMX high-mileage motor oil in 10W-40 and XPR extreme performance racing motor oil in 10W-60. In addition to its new products, Royal Purple will also unveil the latest creation from Ringbrothers—a ’66 Chevelle. This build will feature extensive fabrication of interior and exterior panels. Under hood, Royal Purple’s premium synthetics will provide lubrication for a Wegner Motorsports LS7 engine, producing almost 1,000 hp.

The Hybrid Shop Takes Gold at the 2014 Stevie American Business Awards

The Hybrid Shop's (THS) hybrid vehicle services has been named a Gold winner in the New Product or Service of the Year – Consumer Services category in the 2014 Stevie American Business Awards. This year's winners were selected from a pool of more than 3,300 nominations, coming from organizations of all sizes and industries. In addition to the Gold win, THS was also recognized as a People's Choice winner at this year's award event, held September 12, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. People's Choice winners were selected from more than 57,000 votes cast in July and August.

THS will host a Complimentary Hybrid Training Day event for shop owners during the 2014 SEMA Show, November 3, from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., in partnership with Ted Wiens Tire and Auto Centers. The event is invitation-only, and registration is required. THS will be located in the Tools & Equipment section of the North Hall in booth #10218.

Mark Ticen


VP Racing Fuels Appoints Ticen as Regional Manager for Western Division
VP Racing Fuels Inc. has the appointed Mark Ticen regional manager, Western division. Based at the company’s regional sales office in Murrieta, California, Ticen is responsible for sales and distribution of race fuel in VP’s Western region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Montana, as well as exports to Baja California, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific Rim. Ticen brings 10 years of sales, marketing and R&D experience in the race fuel industry to the company. Although his primary focus has been on the powersports segment, he’s been involved with all aspects of motorsports, from drag racing, circle track and off-road to supercross and motocross.

Air Lift Co. Marks 65th Anniversary With Company Expansion Plans

As Air Lift Co. marks its 65th year of business this year, the company announced plans for a 40,000-sq.-ft. addition to be built at the company's Lansing, Michigan, headquarters. The new space represents a significant expansion of Air Lift's manufacturing capacity. The company has also recently added engineering support in response to the growing demand for Air Lift air-suspension products.

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