Power Automedia Acquires Mustang Week; 1,000hp 7.3L Godzilla Engine Giveaway Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Goes Live
Power Automedia has announced the acquisition of Mustang Week, one of the largest all-Mustang events in the world. The annual, week-long event has been held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for 21 years, growing each year. After suffering through Hurricane Dorian and the pandemic, it was announced that 2022 would be the final year. Ford Muscle will be the presenting magazine for the event, which is booked for September 4-10, 2023.
In other news, with presenting sponsor Summit Racing Equipment, Power Automedia has launched the EngineLabs Engine Giveaway. The Ford 7.3L V8 “Godzilla” engine is the largest displacement gasoline engine offered by Ford Motor Company. Late Model Engines (LME) will take a Ford Performance Parts crate engine and build it into a 1,000hp-capable twin-turbo engine live on the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show floor in Indianapolis, December 8–10. Enthusiasts will have a chance to see a powerful example of this new platform come together before their eyes, and maybe even take it home!
The 1,000hp twin-turbo 7.3L Ford engine will get some upgrades thanks to this year’s participating sponsors: ATI Performance, BOOSTane, Brian Tooley Racing, Callies, Cometic, Deatschwerks, Design Engineering Inc, E3 Spark Plugs, Ford Performance Parts, Indy Power Products, Johnson Lifters, K1 Technologies, Klotz Synthetics, Kooks Headers, LTA Manufacturing, Manton Pushrods, Operational Speed Supply, Precision Turbo, Ryno Classifieds, SCT Performance, Summit Racing Equipment, Wiseco and Wrenchers.
Wade Kawasaki Appointed Executive Chairman of The Wheel Group
The Wheel Group (TWG), a portfolio company of Wynnchurch Capital, has announced that current board member Wade Kawasaki has agreed to expand his role to executive chairman. Prior to joining TWG, Kawasaki served as the president and CEO of Legendary Companies, which grew under his leadership from Coker Tire into one of the largest collector car wheel/tire and restoration parts providers in the industry. Kawasaki, who is also currently the executive director of SEMA and PRI Political Action Committees, has also served as SEMA’s chairman of the Board, was selected as SEMA’s Person of the Year and in 2014 was inducted into SEMA’s Hall of Fame.
McKinney Corp. Acquires Tommy Waters Race Car Products
Earlier this year McKinney Corp. based in Lafayette, Indiana, acquired Florida-based Tommy Waters Race Car Products and added the entire suite of their products to the list of offerings.
RaceTec Pistons Acquired by Taglich Private Equity
RaceTec Pistons has been acquired by Taglich Private Equity. RaceTec joins the AFR, Scat Crankshafts, and Procar By Scat family of companies. The Huntington Beach, California-based piston manufacturing company was founded in 2007 by Wayne Brooks, a former owner of JE Pistons. Jeremy Gillum will retain his position as vice president of RaceTec Pistons. At the same time, its management team will also remain in place, along with its production facility and employees in Huntington Beach.
Steve Francis Named World of Outlaws Late Models Series Director
Officials with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models have announced that current Series Competition Director Steve Francis will take over as the new series director starting at the Sunshine Nationals, January 19–21. Casey Shuman will finish off his tenure as series director this weekend at the World of Outlaws World Finals, before taking on a new role as the general manager of I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Missouri. Francis, the 2007 World of Outlaws Late Model Champion, was brought on as the competition director in August. Also a National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer, Francis is 10th all-time on the World of Outlaws wins list with 28 victories.
Christopher Sulprizio Becomes President of United Engine & Machine
Scott Sulprizio, the longtime owner of United Engine & Machine (UEM), has announced Christopher Sulprizio has been named company president. Christopher had previously rejoined the family-owned and operated business in 2014 after an engineering career with Raytheon Missile Systems. Scott will retain his position as UEM owner and will continue to stay engaged in the operational facets of the piston manufacturing business. Christopher will be based out of the UEM headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.
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