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Movers & Shakers: Vic Wood Joins Race Winning Brands; New California Location and Date for Off-Road Expo

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Vic Wood
Vic Wood

Race Winning Brands Welcomes Industry Veteran Vic Wood

Race Winning Brands (RWB) has welcomed industry veteran Vic Wood as a regional tech support manager. Wood comes to Race Winning Brands with more than 40 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket. A native of Australia, Wood came to the United States in 2000, and has established a decorated history.

Wood is committed to the engine building and racing sectors both professionally and personally. His contributions to the industry have been reflected and actively recognized by organizations including SEMA and NHRA dating back to 2005, but his personal racing achievements are equally notable. Prior to coming to the United States, Wood was a winning drag racer and dirt oval competitor in both Midgets and Sprint Cars, building many of his own engines. Wood also drove a 245-mph roadster at Bonneville Speed Trials and remains an avid hot rodder with his ‘64 Chevy C10 pickup powered by a blown 410ci Dart Machinery-equipped engine.

At RWB, Wood will service automotive engine builders, performance shops and distributors throughout the midwest. He will remain based out of the Kansas City area to serve the midwest territories representing RWB effective immediately.

Over the next several months, a custom, Pep Boys-branded bus
will travel across the country to mark the opening of new
locations and kick-off new business initiatives.

Pep Boys Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Pep Boys is celebrating its 100th year in business by announcing business expansion plans and investments. Over the next several months, the #PepBoysRoadTrip, a custom, Pep Boys-branded bus, will travel across the country. Along the way, Pep Boys will mark the opening of new locations and kick-off new business initiatives, while celebrating the team members and customers who helped the xompany reach this milestone. For more information, visit the Pep Boys website.



Oleksandr Antonenko
Oleksandr Antonenko

Oleksandr Antonenko Joins Eleven Engineering R&D Design Team

Eleven Engineering Inc. has announced that Oleksandr Antonenko has joined the company’s growing Research & Development design team. Antonenko has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Premium Guard Receives 2021 ACPN Award for Web Catalog Content Excellence

Premium Guard Inc. (PGI) received the bronze Content Excellence Award for its Premium Guard Filters web catalog from the Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN). The award was presented during the ACPN’s virtual 2021 Knowledge Exchange Conference.

The Premium Guard Filter catalog at was designed to help users easily identify the exact part needed for their application. It offers three search options: classic search, dynamic search, and VIN search.

Attended by most major manufacturers, distributors, and parts experts in the automotive content space, the annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange provides a focused and unique opportunity to learn, share best practices, network with peers, and interact with service providers in the content management space. ACPN, a community of the Auto Care Association, created the ‘Content Excellence Awards’ to recognize the best examples of accurate and innovative product content in the auto care industry.

Off-Road Expo: New Date and Location in California

The 2021 Off-Road Expo presented by General Tire will be held at Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California, October 9-10. The event will continue its tradition of convening the off-road community together in Southern California.

The Off-Road Expo team is currently working through logistics and the layout of the new space, which will include both indoor and outdoor exhibit space and will accommodate exhibitors and sponsors starting with those who already have contracts in place.

Bonnier Events also recently announced a venue change for the Arizona Off-Road Expo, partnering with NASCAR and Phoenix Raceway. That event is scheduled for September 11-12.

More information is available at

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