Thu, 04/08/2021 - 12:08
Nissan

This is the upcoming the ’22 Nissan Frontier in its base trim, the Frontier S. The configuration has never been seen, as Nissan has only debuted the ’22 Frontier in Pro-4X trim. The rest of the lineup remains to be seen.

The model features a prominent lower front fascia finished in black plastic, along with the base grille configuration and base-level headlights, seemingly without any LED treatment. The wheels are the base units, complemented by black door handles and mirror caps.

Out back, this base Frontier appears to feature the same LED taillights as the Pro-4X model revealed by Nissan. A black bumper and single-exit side exhaust round out the package.

Expect more trims to be debuted via Nissan’s website in the coming months.

Nissan

Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 12:08
Nissan

This is the upcoming the ’22 Nissan Frontier in its base trim, the Frontier S. The configuration has never been seen, as Nissan has only debuted the ’22 Frontier in Pro-4X trim. The rest of the lineup remains to be seen.

The model features a prominent lower front fascia finished in black plastic, along with the base grille configuration and base-level headlights, seemingly without any LED treatment. The wheels are the base units, complemented by black door handles and mirror caps.

Out back, this base Frontier appears to feature the same LED taillights as the Pro-4X model revealed by Nissan. A black bumper and single-exit side exhaust round out the package.

Expect more trims to be debuted via Nissan’s website in the coming months.

Nissan

Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:54

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Bronco
4 Wheel Parts has been selected as a premier manufacturer of Ford
Bronco parts and accessories.

4 Wheel Parts Unveils ’21 Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport in Moab, Utah

The 4 Wheel Parts (4WP) team has been selected as a premier manufacturer of Ford Bronco parts and accessories, and will also install, sell and be an aftermarket headquarters for future Bronco builds.

The 4WP team has outfitted both the Bronco and Bronco Sport with 34 aftermarket products specifically designed, engineering and tested in California by a team of enthusiasts under the 4WP Factory brand. With the launch of Ford’s new Bronco family, 4WP is anticipating this will be one of the most desired vehicles both on and off-road and 4WP is ready to accessorize and upgrade each one.

Turn 14 Distribution Currently Hiring for 60+ Open Positions

Turn 14 Distribution is searching for dedicated, ambitious candidates to fill more than 60 available positions and meet the company’s continued growth. Openings include management, specialty roles and entry-level positions with the opportunity to grow into lasting careers. The open positions exist across all of the company's locations, including its office headquarters in Horsham, Pennsylvania, and distribution centers in Hatfield, Pennsylvania; Arlington, Texas; and Reno, Nevada. To learn more about the available positions and the benefits of working at Turn 14 Distribution, visit www.turn14.com/careers

Roush Performance Launches “You Don’t Know Jack” Postcast

ROUSH Performance has announced its new “You Don’t Know Jack” podcast, available on the ROUSH Performance YouTube Channel. ROUSH Performance Vice President of Marketing Jack Roush Jr. and Channel Marketing Manager Trevor Wright will talk with a wide range of motorsports icons to explore their thoughts about industry events, automotive culture and racing, as well as share exclusive news about ROUSH Performance products. Episode One of the podcast aired Monday, April 5. The program will air monthly on the last Friday of each month. For more information about the ROUSH Performance podcast “You Don’t Know Jack” or to listen to the latest episode, visit ROUSH Performance on Facebook.

Premium Guard
Premium Guard Inc. has released a new mobile app.

Premium Guard Launches All-New, Advanced Mobile App and e-Catalog

Premium Guard Inc. has released a new mobile app and e-catalog for its line of automotive filters at www.pgfilters.com. The new catalog features intuitive and robust search functionality for easier application lookup and parts search.

Designed to help users easily identify the exact part needed for their application, the e-catalog offers three search options: Classic Search, Dynamic Search, and VIN Number Search. Classic Search uses the standard Year/Make/Model drop-down, while Dynamic Search allows users to search for parts using vehicle keywords or part numbers and provides a list of potential matches. The Dynamic Search function also allows users to search for OE or competitor part numbers and converts the results to a Premium Guard part number. Users can also search for vehicle applications using the VIN Number Search function, and the mobile app allows for direct scans of the VIN barcode or VIN number for identification. PGI’s online catalog can be found by visiting www.pgfilters.com/filter-lookup/, and the mobile app can be downloaded in the Apple App and Google Play stores.

Scott Baubie
Scott Baubie

Champion Oil adds Scott Baubie as Director of Sales/Business Development Manager

Champion Brands has recently announced the appointment of Scott Baubie from High Point, North Carolina, to its sales, business development and marketing team. As director of sales/business development manager, Baubie will contribute to sales strategies and business development initiatives, as well as design and implement new market penetrations within racing, fleet and private-label markets. In addition to advancing Champion Oil’s global position, Baubie will focus on structuring and delivering an effective communications strategy both internally and externally to ensure alignment with corporate culture and business objectives. He brings more than 20 years of lubricant experience within the commercial, industrial, automotive, heavy-duty and racing sectors, plus business development and strategic sales/marketing to the position.

Dynabrade
Michael Buffamonti

Dynabrade Promotes CFO to President

Dynabrade Inc. has announced the appointment of Michael Buffamonti as the company’s new president. He replaces Hardy Hamann, who retired earlier this year. Buffamonti most recently held the role of chief financial officer and has been a member of the executive management team for many years. Before joining Dynabrade, he held various management positions at Deloitte LLP. Since the beginning of his career at Dynabrade 25 years ago, Buffamonti worked closely with the company’s founder Walter Welsch.

Starrett Appoints Director of Sales, Metrology Systems

The L.S. Starrett Company—a global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gages, metrology systems and more—has announced the appointment of Jim VandeHei as director of sales of Starrett Metrology Systems. In this newly created role, VandeHei’s primary responsibility will be North American sales of the company’s vision systems, optical measuring projectors and force measurement systems. VandeHei has led and developed multi-channel sales teams for more than 28 years, including more than 20 years of metrology sales and commercial operations management for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Carl Zeiss IMT Corp., and DW Fritz Automation.

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 editors@sema.org.

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:36

By Linda Spencer

Drag Racing
The European drag-racing season is set to finally get underway with
May kick-off events scheduled for both the sportsman division—the
Summit Racing EDRS Series and FIA European Drag Racing Cham­
pionship.
Photo courtesy: Lena Pena, Speedgroup

The European drag-racing season is set to finally get underway with May kick-off events scheduled for both the sportsman division—the Summit Racing EDRS Series and FIA European Drag Racing Cham­pionship.

“Racers have been waiting a very long time now for the return of a normal race calendar [following the 2020 season disruption due to COVID], and we expect a strong 2021 season,” noted Nils Lagerlof, CEO of Speedgroup, the Swedish-based administrator and promotion entity of both the Championship series and Summit Racing EDRS Series.

The ties with U.S. drag racing and the opportunities for U.S. racing supplies are deep, according to the U.S. firms with whom SEMA News spoke. Read more about this market.

Want to enhance your relationships with your existing distributors in the region or line up new resellers? Join SEMA on the first SEMA Nordic trip, August 25–29, in Stockholm, Sweden. U.S. government grants are available to help defray the participation costs. Meet pre-vetted buyers and see the market first-hand. 

For more information about the 2021 SEMA Nordic trip, visit www.sema.org/nordic, or contact Linda Spencer at lindas@sema.org

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:31

By SEMA Editors

SEMA Show

Exhibit at the 2021 SEMA Show and shine the spotlight on your company in front of tens of thousands of qualified buyers looking for the best that the automotive specialty-equipment market has to offer.

In addition to buyers, the Show also attracts thousands of traditional media and social-media influencers ready to let the rest of the world know about your products and applications, opening up even more sales opportunities well after the Show concludes.

Access SEMA's worldwide network and create more opportunities to sell. Be there to reconnect at the 2021 SEMA Show, Tuesday-Friday, November 2-5, Las Vegas.

Reserve your spot for 2021 at www.SEMAShow.com/buyabooth.

Below are key dates that SEMA Show exhibitors are encouraged to mark on their calendars.

  • The Exhibitor Services Manual (ESM) will be live in May. The ESM contains all of the forms and applications required to prepare for the Show: feature vehicles, new products, booth vehicles, celebrity appearances, etc.
  • The Exhibit Space Rental Application and deposit are due May 7.
  • Dates for the SEMA Show Space Selection: June 7-23

For additional information about exhibiting at the SEMA Show, visit www.SEMAShow.com/exhibitor.

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:31

By Ashley Reyes

 Virtual EducationGet expert interviewing tips from HR professionals by registering here for “Interview Skills,” a one-hour interactive webinar taking place Tuesday, April 27, at 11:00 a.m. (PDT).

Featuring expert HR professionals, the webinar will include breakout sessions and question-and-answer periods to help participants gain confidence and secure a job offer. In addition to learning tips and tricks that will help applicants stand out from the competition, participants will have the opportunity to network, engage with other peers and gain skills by participating in small group activities.  

Interview Skills is part of a four-part webinar series, “Perfecting Your Job Search,” presented by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). The series covers everything a job seeker needs to know and prepare for to help secure a new job.

View a recording of the first session, “Resume Do’s and Don’ts.”

Details on parts three and four will be posted on the SEMA Virtual Education website.

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:28

By SEMA Editors

The following candidates are vying for a seat on the SEMA Board of Directors:

Chairman-elect (one open seat)

  • Kyle Fickler – Director, Driven Racing Oil
  • Les Rudd – President, Bob Cook Sales

Distributors/Retailers (two open seats):

  • Larry Montante – Vice President, Keystone Automotive Operations
  • Brian Rowland – Director, Walmart
  • Steve Whipple – Director, Jegs High Performance

Manufacturers (two open seats):

  • Ian Lehn – Founder, BOOSTane
  • Kim Pendergast – CEO/Owner, Magnuson Superchargers
  • Brian Reese – President/CEO, The Retrofit Source

Service (one open seat):

  • Lindsay Hubley – Managing Partner, Lodestone Events
  • Jim Liaw – President/Co-Founder, Formula Drift Holdings

Voting will take place online between May 11–25, and is open to current SEMA-member companies. Votes must be cast by each company’s primary contact. Details on the upcoming election will be sent to the member company’s designated primary contact beginning April 30. Winners will be announced by May 28.

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:27
Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:26

By SEMA Editors

 

Latest Jobs Added to SEMA Career Center

 

Are you hunting for a new job? The SEMA Career Center has a comprehensive listing of automotive-related job openings around the country. Here are some of the latest jobs posted to the website.

Engine Builder/R&D Mechanic
Gale Banks Engineering is hiring an engine builder/R&D mechanic to develop improved or new designs for automotive engines or modify existing engines on production vehicles, and direct building, modification and testing of vehicle engines. Candidates must have a minimum of three years tearing down, designing, installing, building and testing automotive engines; an understanding of gas and diesel engines and knowledge of turbocharging and supercharging; and be able to create, read and interpret blueprints.

Wholesale Account Manager
Quadratec is hiring a wholesale account manager responsible for generating new wholesale business and growing existing business in the Jeep aftermarket/parts division by helping to create solutions through constant customer consultation. Additional responsibilities include researching potential leads from various resources and converting leads to active accounts and customer service support for all customer needs. More than five years sales experience within the automotive (or similar) industry is required.

Director of Marketing
Torqued Distribution is seeking its first director of marketing to take the company, its portfolio of brands and e-commerce automation technology to the next level of awareness with its dealers and customers. This role will report to the founder and CEO. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and 8-10 years experience in automotive aftermarket marketing or product management.

Visit the SEMA Career Center for more job opportunities.

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:24

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VP Racing Fuels Powers YouTube With 24 Hours of Fuel

VP Racing Fuels Inc.’s premiere of 24 Hours of Fuel launched April 7 on YouTube. VP is the official fuel of IMSA, and has fueled the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway for years. The much-anticipated video will explore what it takes to fuel 50 of the world’s fastest prototypes and GT sports cars 24 hours straight at the historic speedway that hosts the Daytona 500 and AMA Supercross. 

Fans Returning to Irwindale Speedway This Weekend

Irwindale Speedway has announced that fans can return to the grandstands beginning with the April 10 race. The short track will kick off the spectator season with a record night of racing featuring 10 main events. Features include the SPEARS SRL Modifieds, SPEARS Pro Late Models, and the SPEARS Southwest Tour Super Late division. They will be joined by the track’s NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series racers, including INEX Legends, LKQ Pick Your Part Pro Late Models (Twins), YouRaceLA Specs, Tucker Tire Enduros (Twins), and Street Stocks. Following local and state guidelines, officials will reduce grandstand capacity. Face masks will also be required for all in attendance. The track is set to host the NHRA Summit ET Series and Junior Dragsters on April 11. For tickets and more information, visit www.irwindalespeedway.com.

2021 Dates, Stops For HOT ROD Drag Week, Power Tour Announced

MOTORTREND has announced two of its annual events are returning in 2021: the HOT ROD Power Tour (August 23–27) and HOT ROD Drag Week (September 12–17). The combined events are set to host upwards of 6,000 participating vehicles.

The 17th annual HOT ROD Drag Week, presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive, will crown the “Fastest Street Car in America,” which puts competitors to a grueling test over five days of drag racing, requiring racers to drive their vehicles on a specified route upward of 1,000 miles while securing the quickest possible elapsed time on the strip.

Celebrating 27 years, the HOT ROD Power Tour driven by Continental Tire, returns to five cities, including Norwalk, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis; St. Louis; and Champaign, Illinois. Thousands of classic cars and hot rods will travel city to city while HOT ROD editors and photographers follow along. Participants can join for one day or all five days.

HOT ROD Power Tour Schedule:

  • Kickoff / Day 1: Monday, August 23 - Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio
  • Day 2: Tuesday, August 24 - Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dayton, Ohio
  • Day 3: Wednesday, August 25 - Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis
  • Day 4: Thursday, August 26 - World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis
  • Day 5: Friday, August 27 - State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

HOT ROD Drag Week 2021 Schedule:

  • Registration, Tech Day, and Test ‘n’ Tune: Sunday, September 12 - US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan
  • Racing Day 1: Monday, September 13 - US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan
  • Racing Day 2: Tuesday, September 14 - Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio
  • Racing Day 3: Wednesday, September 15 - Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis
  • Racing Day 4: Thursday, September 16 - Byron Dragway in Byron, Illinois
  • Racing Day 5: Friday, September 17 - US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan

For more information, visit www.hotrod.com/events.

SCCA to Introduce Endurance Racing Program at Sebring

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is launching a new program at Sebring International Raceway—the first-ever SCCA Endurance Team National Championship set for March 31–April 2, 2022. The inaugural event is built around a 20-hour invitational race, broken into segments over two days. National Champions will be crowned when the checkered flag falls under the lights Saturday night, April 2. Additional details on the format and rules package for the event will be forthcoming. The goal is a team competition utilizing modified production-based street vehicles, with technical regulations designed to be inclusive, welcoming cars from existing SCCA classes, as well as those that race with other organizations.

Lucas Oil Sponsors NHRA Southern Nationals

NHRA, Atlanta Dragway and Lucas Oil have teamed up to announce Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals. As a long-time NHRA partner, Lucas Oil joins the finale of Atlanta Dragway. The 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals will serve as the final national NHRA event at the historic track. For more information about the NHRA schedule, visit NHRA.com.

Stan Lester Returns To FASTRAK, Ultimate Series

Stan Lester has resumed his position as the head of FASTRAK International, the parent company for FASTRAK Racing and the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. Lester, the owner and founder of the series, had partially retired in 2019, followed by a full retirement in 2020, due to health issues. The announcement follows FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine’s departure from the series to work with VP Racing Fuels. Lester will now focus on the 2021 touring schedule.

For more racing news, visit Performance Racing Industry’s (PRI) website.