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Movers & Shakers: Power Automedia Adds Video Podcasts to Products Offered in 2021

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Power Automedia Adds Video Podcasts to Products Offered in 2021

Power Automedia is making some changes to the products offered in the upcoming year with the addition of two video podcasts. The two video podcasts, also known as vodcasts, will be hosted on Street Muscle and Dragzine websites as well as most popular video platforms.

Followers of Street Muscle magazine are already familiar with the recurring podcast, RodCAST Live, which began airing episodes in January 2020. Vinny Costa and Greg Acosta take viewers and listeners on an all-encompassing dive into the deep-end of all things automotive with guests ranging from racers to journalists, manufacturers, car builders, industry personalities and more. RodCAST Live airs every Friday at 12:00 p.m. (PST) on the Street Muscle Facebook page and the newly created Street Muscle YouTube channel. It will soon launch natively on as well as other platforms. For those who are just learning of RodCAST Live and are interested in catching up, previous episodes will be uploaded to the Street Muscle YouTube channel every Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. (PST).

The Dragzine Podcast will transition to a video format, which will utilize the Power Automedia YouTube channel that had been recently rebranded as Dragzine. Episodes will debut every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. (PST) on, the new YouTube, Facebook and IGTV.


Permatex Launches Online Training Portal to Educate Parts and Service Professionals

Permatex has recently launched a new online training portal designed to educate countermen and professional automotive technicians on the company’s core product lines and latest product introductions. The training management system launches with three initial courses surrounding Permatex’s newest innovations: Permatex Orange Threadlockers, Permatex Red High Temperature Gasket Makers, and Permatex Epoxies. Each course provides product details and application information, along with FAQs and finishes with a quiz to test the user’s knowledge. Permatex will continue to expand the portal to offer comprehensive training on each product line.

A major component of the portal is a series of informational videos presented by industry professionals, including Permatex-sponsored Formula DRIFT Pro drivers Chris Forsberg, Ryan Tuerck and Dylan Hughes. These educational videos are used to highlight key features and benefits of each product while demonstrating correct application and techniques for proper use. Permatex’s Training Portal allows users to track their progress throughout each course. It also features a library of downloadable sales materials including sell sheets, brochures, and product selection guides.

Harts Diesel and Machine Announces New Turbo Division

Harts Diesel and Machine, known for its line of high-performance diesel parts, is expanding with the formation of Harts Turbo, a division focused on street/strip applications. Roger Conley will lead the new division as director of business development. Conley is a 30-year veteran in the high-performance aftermarket. His role will include product development, inventory management and distribution.

Steve Sommers
Chris Gabrelcik (left), founder and CEO of Hot Shot’s Secret, and Steve Sommers (right).

Hot Shot’s Secret Launches Late Night Live Stream Talk Show

Former 700WLW America’s Truckin’ Network host Steve Sommers is returning to the airwaves with a new five-hour live stream talk show direct from the brand new Hot Shot’s Secret studios. WLW-AM’s overnight America’s Truckin’ Network show broadcasted by iHeart radio reached a broad audience of overnight truckers, third-shift employees and anyone who was up and listening from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Now, Sommers is returning with a live stream, live call-in talk show scheduled also from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., thanks to longtime advertiser and supporter Hot Shot’s Secret.

Construction has already begun on the Hot Shot’s Secret studios in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area that will be the new home for “The Steve Sommers Overnight Drive” live program. The new studios are scheduled to be fully completed by the end of 2020, as Hot Shot’s Secret is planning to launch the new streaming show in January of 2021. The initial motivation is to get Sommers back on air as soon as possible, with long-term plans of massive distribution. More details on when and where to find the new program are coming soon. For more information about the new five hour live stream talk show, “The Steve Sommers Overnight Drive,” visit

Hypertherm Introduces Extreme Bevel Plasma Consumables for Its MAXPRO200 Air and Oxygen Plasma System

Hypertherm has announced the release of extreme bevel consumables for its MAXPRO200 LongLife air and oxygen plasma cutting system. The consumables are designed for mechanized, robotic and handheld cutting, and are available for both air and oxygen cutting at 130 and 200 amps. MAXPRO200 owners and operators can choose to purchase the consumables separately or as part of a starter kit (part 528058) that includes consumables for all the extreme bevel cutting processes available for this system.

NHTSA Announces 2020 Update on AEB Installation by 20 Automakers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the progress of 20 automakers toward manufacturing passenger vehicles with low-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems. This is part of a voluntary effort by automakers in collaboration with NHTSA to equip almost all new passenger vehicles with low-speed AEB, including forward collision warning, by August 31, 2023. Ten manufacturers—Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo—are already installing AEB in all new passenger vehicles, three years ahead of schedule. During the period from September 1, 2019, through August 31, 2020, another four manufacturers—Ford, Honda, Kia and Nissan—equipped more than 75% of their new passenger vehicles with AEB. NHTSA estimates the agreement could make AEB standard on new cars three years faster than could be achieved through the regulatory process.

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