People Places & Racing News

Movers and Shakers: Goodguys Rod & Custom Announces Partnership With Utah Valley University Auto Expo

Compiled by SEMA Editors

Goodguys Rod & Custom Announces Strategic Partnership With Utah Valley University Auto Expo

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has announced a strategic marketing and services partnership with the Utah Valley University (UVU) Transportation Technology program and the UVU Auto Expo in conjunction with the inaugural Goodguys 1st RaceDeck Salt Lake Nationals, May 15–17, at Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City. This first-time Goodguys event will host a projected 1,500 hot rods, customs, classics, musclecars and trucks from all over the country. In addition to providing Swap Meet and Cars 4 Sale Corral marketing and at-event operations services, UVU Auto Expo will provide host club volunteer services and will assist Goodguys in securing temporary staffing for key areas of the event including event operations, ticketing and registration and retail merchandising throughout the weekend of the event. In addition to the partnership at the Goodguys 1st RaceDeck Salt Lake Nationals event, Goodguys will also sponsor the UVU Auto Expo at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. The goals of this strategic partnership are to produce an annual automotive event with UVU, help raise funds for the UVU Transportation Technologies students and to prepare and train both UVU students and automotive enthusiasts for a career in the automotive industry.

Yukon Gear & Axle Certifies Six New Master Installers During First Training Course

Yukon Gear & AxleThrough the Master Installers Training Course, shops from all over the country came together to hone their installation techniques on differential components including traction devices, gears, kits, lockers, and more.

Yukon Gear & Axle presented its first Master Installer Training Program, February 20–22, at LetzRoll Offroad in Mesa, Arizona. Through the new training program, led by owner Andrew McLaughlin, six Master Installers were certified at the conclusion of the course.

Working closely with McLaughlin, Yukon Gear outfitted the facility at LetzRoll Offroad with numerous products to use for hands-on instruction during the three-day class. Some products are initially set up incorrectly on purpose and then pulled apart during class to learn how to do the job right.

Graduates of the inaugural class include: Klimek Bachleda from Defiant Motorsports Inc., Lucas Kowalski from Pro Trucks Inc., Art Geahr from Geahr Offroad, Quinn Thomas from All J Products and Aaron Pullen from Aaron’s Olympic 4X4.

Have some company news you would like to share? Let us know and the news may appear in an upcoming issue of SEMA eNews. Send your items for consideration to