SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 36, September 9, 2010

Movers & Shakers: Chouinard Named Manufacturing Manager at Mast; Axes & Axles Opens at NHRA Museum; TWM Merges With Borla

Cary Chouinard was named Mast Motorsport's manufacturing manager and new director of its cylinder head and valvetrain division. According to a company release, Chouinard played a pivotal role in the startup and success of ET Cylinder Head’s products and founded Performance Induction Specialties. He will turn over his sales responsibilities to Mast Motorsport’s dedicated sales team to focus solely on new product development and cylinder head production.

Borla Performance Industries announced the merger of TWM Induction into the Borla Performance group of companies. According to a release, the merger enables the two companies to leverage their collective 60 years of experience to design, manufacture, market and sell induction and exhaust systems worldwide. TWM Induction, originally based in Goleta, California, has moved into the 320,000-sq.-ft. headquarters of Borla Performance, located in Johnson City, Tennessee. Borla and TWM Induction have supplied racing teams, classic car enthusiasts and speed fans with their world-class engineering expertise and personalized approach. A joint operation named Borla Induction will soon launch, introducing a new line of late-model products.

  Magnatude
   

“Magnatude,” a ’32 Muroc Roadster, was named America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod at the Goodguys 24th West Coast Nationals in
Pleasanton, California. With the win, Magnatude made it a clean sweep
this year, winning all three major street rod awards offered by the
Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. In April, the car won the
Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance crown and was named Goodguys/Classic
Instruments Street Rod of the Year in Columbus, Ohio. Owned by Jerry and
Maureen Magnuson, hand formed by Marcel and designed by Chip Foose,
“Magnatude” is the first car to sweep all three coveted Goodguys awards
in the same calendar year.

JEGS Mail Order signed a multi-year agreement with the NHRA to renew its title sponsorship of all three NHRA SPORTSnationals events. The events, which are a part of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, are the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, Louisiana; the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at historic National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio; and the JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. The JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals are NHRA national events designed to showcase several of NHRA's Lucas Oil Series categories exclusively.

NHRA Axes & Axles  
   

Axes & Axles: The Art of Building Cars and Guitars, Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Telecaster, a new exhibition to acknowledge the synergy between guitars (axes) and cars (axles), is on view at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by Automobile of Southern California, from September 4, 2010, through June 30, 2011. The exhibit features a vast collection of rare photographs, rock memorabilia and personal cars and guitars from rock icons such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Billy F Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan and many more. As part of the 60th Anniversary of the Fender Telecaster guitar, the exhibit will also illustrate the history of Fender and celebrate one of the most famous guitars ever built, the Telecaster.

“Guitars and cars have a great deal in common: both are means of expression, both generated fanatical fans and both offer a stairway to freedom,” said Museum Director Tony Thacker. “This new exhibit will showcase the amazing connection of guitars and hot rod building. It’s going to make visitors want to rock!" A variety of educational programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition, including guitar demonstrations and a panel discussion with hot rod builders and musicians. For complete information, visit http://museum.nhra.com.

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