SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 45, November 11, 2010

Movers & Shakers: Ohio Technical College Creates Edelbrock Academy; Curt Ukasik Named Goodguys Trendsetter

  Edelbrock and OTC
  Edelbrock Academy, developed through a partnership with the Ohio Technical College and Edelbrock
LLC, is designed to give
students a solid foundation for building and tuning American
musclecars and performance vehicles.

Edelbrock and Ohio Technical College Partner for Edelbrock Academy
Ohio Technical College (OTC) formed a new partnership with Edelbrock
LLC to create the Edelbrock Academy, a program designed to give
students a solid foundation for building and tuning of American
musclecars and performance vehicles. According to a release from OTC,
the Edelbrock Academy will provide students with the skills necessary
to efficiently produce a vehicle through planning, installation and
modification of the engine, suspension system, braking system and
drivetrain. The course will also cover engine performance
modifications; installation of intakes, exhaust, nitrous, carburetors,
fuel injection, supercharging systems and numerous additional Edelbrock
products; and dyno tuning and testing using products and equipment from
Edelbrock LLC. Students will also gain an understanding of the
aftermarket performance industry by learning about the history of
Edelbrock and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). Upon
completion of the Edelbrock Academy program, the participants will
receive a certificate signifying their specialized, high-performance
training.

Directed Electronics Named Manufacturer of the Year

Directed Electronics
was named the Manufacturer of the Year in Mobile Electronics magazine’s 2010 Dealers’ Choice Awards. Directed also earned awards for Best Technical Support, Best Customer Service and Best Warranty Programs. According to Kevin Duffy, president of Directed Electronics, “These awards recognize our focus on being the supplier of choice for our customers, and we are particularly proud to be recognized for the first time as Manufacturer of the Year—a unique honor that reflects the hard work and dedication of all our employees. “We created the Directed Dealers’ Bill of Rights to let our customers know they’re entitled to nothing less than world-class service and support,” added Duffy, “and it’s good to see that our focus on the customer is paying off with these honors.” Jeff Burt, director of technical services, added: “What makes this first-place award in Tech Support so special is that the votes come from our dealers—the people we support each day.”

LINE-X Featured on World's Greatest

LINE-X
Protective Coatings has been chosen to be a part of the "World's Greatest!" television series. The show will feature footage filmed on-site at LINE-X's Santa Ana, California, offices and will showcase how its product innovations make LINE-X one of the "World's Greatest!" companies. "World's Greatest!" is a 30 minute television series dedicated to highlighting the world's greatest companies, products, places and people. Each episode showcases a behind-the-scenes view of selected companies, offering executive interviews, product development insight and unique product uses. 

  Curt Ukasik
 
Curt Ukasik of RPM Hot Rods in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, was presented with the Goodguys Trendsetter award in Las Vegas.

Ukasik Named 2010 Goodguys Trendsetter
Curt Ukasik of RPM Hot Rods in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, was presented with the Goodguys Trendsetter award in Las Vegas. The award is presented annually at the SEMA Show to rising young talents in the realm of rod and custom car building. Read about Ukasik and his accomplishments here. Past recipients of the Goodguys Trendsetter Award include; Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier, Alan Johnson, Eric Peratt, Tim Strange, Dave Lane, Zane Cullen, Dean Livermore, Jesse Greening, Troy Ladd, J.F. Launier and Phil and Jeremy Gerber.

PCGCampbell to Handle Communications for LeMay – America’s Car Museum

LeMay – America’s Car Museum
has chosen PCGCampbell (PCGC) to assist in creating and implementing its overall marketing communications strategy, ranging from public and media relations to sponsorship and relationship marketing. America’s Car Museum, located in Tacoma, Washington, was founded by Harold and Nancy LeMay, who amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, motorcycles and trucks in the world—reaching a peak of 3,500 vehicles in the 1990s. The LeMays ultimately decided the public should have access to their collection, which served as the impetus for the $60 million, 165,000 sq.-ft. interactive auto museum and educational center that debuts next year.

  Speedster
  The Fifth Annual International Speedsters Trials and Reunion will join
the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska,
from June 15–18, 2011.

International Speedsters Trials and Reunion Heads to the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed
The Fifth Annual International Speedsters Trials and Reunion will join the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska, from June 15–18, 2011. The reunion is a bi-annual meeting that celebrates the fun, freedom and excitement of cars powered by pre-’35 side-valve Ford four-cylinder engines. More than just a static car show, the reunion features one or more road tours of approximately 100 miles, plus an exciting old-fashioned hill climb (governed by rules and classes from Ford A Speed Technology). Participants will have a chance to test their cars on a chassis dyno and take in one of several technical presentations and discussions. For more information on the Fifth Annual International Speedsters Trials and Reunion, contact Rich Johnston at the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed by calling 402/323-3181, or via e-mail at rsjohnston@speedwaymotors.com.

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