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Movers & Shakers: 2021 Washington, D.C., Auto Show Gets New Dates

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2021 Washington, D.C., Auto Show Gets New Dates: March 26–April 4

The 2021 Washington, D.C., Auto Show will now be open to the public from Friday, March 26 through Sunday, April 4, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The 2021 version of the show had been scheduled to be open from Friday, January 29 through Sunday, February 7.

“We believe this scheduling change is in the best interests of our attendees, our partnering auto manufacturers and the District of Columbia,” said Washington, D.C. Auto Show CEO John O'Donnell. “Our top priority is to ensure the safety of all involved in this show, and we believe strongly that a two-month delay will better allow us to produce the type of well-rounded and immersive show that our attendees are accustomed to.”

Under the new schedule, the 2021 Washington, D.C., Auto Show's Public Policy Day, featuring a host of public policy and auto industry-focused events, will be held Thursday, March 25—the day before the show opens to the general public. The show will not be holding a pre-show MobilityTalks International conference in 2021. Further details about the auto show's programming, including participating manufacturers, media and industry-related events and more will be announced in the coming months. The Washington, D.C. Auto Show's organizers are also working on a health and safety plan that will prioritize consumer and staff safety and cleanliness, while reflecting the best practices and guidelines that remain in effect in late March of 2021. For more information on The Washington, D.C. Auto Show, visit www.washingtonautoshow.com.

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Charlie Kirkland, vice president, program group sales, APC Automotive Technologies, with 2020 Outstanding Vendor of the Year Award.

APC Automotive Technologies Receives Outstanding Vendor of the Year Award From The Automotive Parts Services Group

APC Automotive Technologies LLC has been named as “Outstanding Vendor of the Year” by The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group). The announcement was made during The Group’s 2020 “Together Towards Tomorrow” National Member Conference & Expo last week. This award recognizes APC Automotive Technologies as the organization’s most preferred vendor and was voted on by all Pronto and Federated members. It is the highest supplier-partner award given annually by The Group. The Automotive Parts Services Group purchases all undercar product categories from APC Automotive Technologies (both brake and emissions components), with Centric Parts being the largest overall supplier by volume.

McLeod Racing Launches New Website

McLeod Racing has announced the launch of its new and improved website. McLeod enlisted Admark to provide a technology-driven fresh look for its online presence. Celebrating 50 years of business in 2021, www.McLeodRacing.com was ready for a total overhaul to better showcase all of the products McLeod carries, including the many new lines we have added. The new site provides a Make, Model and Year search; Dealer Locator; product reviews; wish list and more. This new website fully encompasses McLeod Racing as the leader in the drivetrain market and is very mobile friendly.

AACF Prepares to Aid Aftermarket Natural Disaster Victims

The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) is making preparations to aid aftermarket families affected by Hurricane Laura and the California fires.

"It is very early in the process, but our intention is to explore every avenue to identify aftermarket families that will need our help recovering from these natural disasters happening during a pandemic already causing untold hardship and stress for so many," said AACF President, Lynn Parker.

"Although AACF doesn't claim to be a disaster relief service, we will do our best to identify and assist those industry families that have immediate and unmet needs in keeping with our mission to support aftermarket families facing catastrophic circumstances," said Joel Ayres, executive director of AACF.

AACF is asking for tax-deductible donations to help provide needed funding. Donations can be made online at aacfi.org/donate-today, by mail at P.O. Box 864520, Orlando, FL 32886, or by calling 772-286-5500.

Kurt Hansen

Kurt Hansen Joins Pikes Peak International Hillclimb Broadcast Team

Long-time Denver-based Race Central Television and ESPN Radio Host Kurt Hansen will join the broadcast team covering of the annual “Race to the Clouds” at Pikes Peak, August 30. Hansen will be heard live on KRDO NewsRadio https://krdo.com beginning at 7:00 a.m. (MT) until the conclusion of the race tentatively around 4:00 p.m. (MT). Due to the pandemic fans will not be allowed to attend the unique event making the broadcast team a vital element to the success of the race.

Hansen, an honorary member of the Colorado Hill Climb Association and Former Pikes Peak International Board Member said, “Our host KRDO Radio has assembled a great team of broadcasters to call the event. I’m looking forward to join the team, it’s always an exciting event, so be sure to tune in!”

Magnuson Superchargers Partners With R&R Marketing Consultants in the Automotive and Marine Aftermarkets

R&R Marketing Consultants Inc. (RRMCI) has been chosen by Magnuson Products LLC (MPC) to provide sales and marketing services for the Marine Aftermarket for North America. RRMCI will also represent Magnuson in 10 states, including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota, and for all locations of Atech Motorsports/Summit Racing.

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