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Movers & Shakers: Continental Tire, Brembo Recognized by General Motors as Suppliers of the Year

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Continental Tire and Brembo were named GM Suppliers of the Year by General Motors.

Continental Tire, Brembo Recognized by General Motors as 2015 Supplier of the Year Winners

Continental Tire and Brembo were named GM Suppliers of the Year by General Motors during its 24th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony. GM recognized 110 of its best suppliers from 17 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992. This is the first time Continental Tire has received the award.

Turn 14 Distribution Forges Ahead With Introduction of BBS Wheels

Turn 14 Distribution has added BBS Wheels to its line card. With the addition of BBS’ full lineup of road wheels to its assortment, Turn 14 Distribution continues its strategy of expansion to provide its customers with the company’s distinguished wheel offerings. BBS has evolved from a small company founded in 1970 by a pair of amateur racers—Heinrich Baumgartner and Klaus Brand—to become a worldwide force in the design, engineering and production of road and racing wheels. The company’s road wheels are divided into three lines. The Forged Line is crafted from either billet aluminum or magnesium alloy, die-forged using up to 18 million lbs. of pressure, and developed with optimized stiffness-to-weight ratios to provide safety and long-term durability. BBS’ Performance Line is created using a flow-forming process, which uses a continuous rotational motion, three hydraulic rollers and high pressure at high temperatures to assist in forming the inner wheel area. The process increases wheel strength and stiffness by changing the mechanical properties of the material. The Design Line uses a low-pressure aluminum casting method to offer a high strength-to-weight ratio while preserving a low cost of acquisition for the consumer.

Bodie Stroud and his crew are restoring a ’41 Plymouth Super Deluxe in celebration of Carl’s Jr.’s 75th anniversary on this week’s episode of “American Restoration.”

Bodie Stroud Restores ’41 Plymouth in Celebration of Carl’s Jr.’s 75th Anniversary

Bodie Stroud and the Bodie Stroud Industries (BSI) crew will restore a ’41 Plymouth Super Deluxe for CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder on this week’s episode of “American Restoration,” airing Friday, March 18, at 10:00 p.m./9:00 p.m. (CDT) on HISTORY. Puzder brought the Plymouth to the BSI crew in fair shape for restoration and customization, saying he chose a ’41 Plymouth because it was in 1941 when Carl Karcher and his wife borrowed $311 (equal to $5,217 in today’s economy) against their Plymouth to buy the first hot dog cart that would become Carl’s Jr. The restoration plan includes a special paint job celebrating Carl’s Jr. and infusing it with modern technology for performance and reliability, including an engine upgrade to a late-model HEMI outputting nearly 400 hp. The Super Deluxe will also receive modern steering, upgraded brakes, modern suspension, air conditioning and custom gauges. Once the car has been completed, the plan is for the Plymouth to hit the road and tour select Carl’s Jr. locations across the United States. At the culmination of the tour, the car will then be auctioned off to raise funds for Carl’s Jr.’s Stars for Heroes program supporting American military veterans.

Champion’s 60th Anniversary Rally for Autism

Champion Brands is an associate sponsor of the 11th Annual “All Stars for Autism” Road Rally presented by Hemmings Motor News. The race takes place over four days and makes a lunch pit stop during the 60th celebration, May 6.

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