SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 7, February 16, 2012

Movers & Shakers: Leadership Changes Announced for Pirelli World Challenge Championships

WC Vision, SCCA Pro Racing Announce Leadership Changes for Pirelli World Challenge Championships
WC Vision and SCCA Pro Racing announced leadership changes for the 2012
Pirelli World Challenge Championships
. Director of Operations Scott Bove
moves to president and chief executive officer, and Geoffery Carter, a
veteran of professional motorsports for the more than two decades, was
named the competition director for the series. Bove has been part of the
World Challenge leadership teams for the past three years and fostered
growth and success in all facets of the series as the director of
operations for WC Vision. Carter joins the Pirelli World Challenge after
20 years in professional racing in a number of top-level positions with
race teams in ChampCar, American Le Mans and Grand Am Rolex.

  Classic Performance Products
  Left to right: Jack "JR" Ries, Jill Ries, Jim Ries and son Jake
at the Classic Performance Products' flag dedication ceremony. The company is celebrating 20 years in 2012.

Classic Performance Products Celebrates 20 Years
Classic Performance Products Inc. celebrates 20 years of business in 2012. The specialist in steering, brakes and suspension products for classic trucks opened in December 1991. The company expanded in 1993 to a new storefront in with a 300-sq.-ft. showroom in Buena Park, California. Along with company growth came an expansion of the product line to include the classic car market. In May of 2005, the company moved buildings to its current Anaheim, California, location. Today, the company occupies more than 40,000 sq. ft., which includes a 3,000-sq.-ft. showroom, plus sales and business offices and shipping and receiving departments.

Be Cool Founder Announces Company Sale
Be Cool Inc. founder Roger Rosebush announced that the company has been sold to Aerospace America of Bay City, which will now handle Michigan-based product manufacturing. Rosebush also said the company will increase services and product development in the years ahead, and he will remain with the company as a consultant to help ensure a smooth transition.

Subaru Impreza Named MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award for Best Sport Compact
The Subaru Impreza received the 2012 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award for Best Compact Car during the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Subaru set sales records in 2011 and has started 2012 with sales up 21% compared to the previous year, the company reports. The Impreza is equipped with a 148hp 2.0L Boxer engine and is available with the choice of a five-speed manual transmission or an enhanced Lineartronic CVT. According to Subaru, the 2012 Impreza offers the highest fuel economy of any all-wheel drive car in America, with EPA ratings of 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway for models with CVT.

Perris Auto Speedway Named Small Business of the Year
Perris Auto Speedway was named Small Business of the Year by Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Grant Bennett presented the award to promoter Don Kazarian earlier this month. The half-mile clay oval will open its 17th season on Saturday, February 25, with the Sokola Shootout featuring Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, California Lightning Sprint cars and the PAS Senior Sprints.

Ohio Technical College Launch Pages on Facebook, Twitter
Ohio Technical College announced that it is using the two leading forms of social media—Facebook and Twitter—to communicate directly with car enthusiasts and prospective students while highlighting the curriculum. The Ohio Technical College Facebook page features school announcements, photos of student projects, videos and links to industry stories. The school's Twitter page (www.twitter.com/OhioTechCollege) includes details on real-world training, links and photos from inside the classroom, and information about upcoming events.  

Surf City Garage, Hopkins Manufacturing Announce Marketing Partnership
Surf City Garage and Hopkins Manufacturing entered into a marketing partnership through which Hopkins will design, market and distribute Enthusiast Grade vehicle cleaning tools and accessories that complement the Surf City Garage car care product line. All tools will bear the Surf Garage brand name. The Enthusiast Grade detailing tools will be rolled out in 2012, according to the companies. 

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