SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 48, November 29, 2012

Movers & Shakers: John Force Holiday Car Show This Weekend; Todd Lassa, Michael Jordan Join Automobile Magazine

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The John Force 15th annual Holiday Car Show will open to the public Sunday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
   

John Force Holiday Car Show This Weekend
This Sunday at the John Force Racing (JFR) headquarters and museum in Yorba Linda, California, 15-time NHRA Funny Car world champion John Force hold his 15th annual Holiday Car Show. The event will once again benefit California Highway Patrol’s “CHiP’s For Kids” toy drive. The event will be open to the public Sunday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. In the past 14 years, JFR has collected nearly 90,000 toys for underprivileged children in the Southern California area. Spectator admission is a new $10 unwrapped toy. The car show is open to all sports cars, street rods, classics, trucks, musclecars and exotics. There will be plenty of vendors and this family friendly event will have something for everyone. The ‘featured vehicle’ this year are Woodies. Fans will be able to tour the John Force Race Shop and Museum. A vehicle-entry registration form is available at www.johnforce.com/holidaycarshow2012/index.cfm.

Source Interlink Hires Todd Lassa, Michael Jordan for AUTOMOBILE Magazine
Source Interlink Media hired Todd Lassa as executive editor and Michael Jordan as senior editor for its Automobile Magazine. Lassa comes to Automobile after 12 years as Detroit editor for Motor Trend, where he covered future cars and trucks, automotive trends and analysis for the magazine’s "Trend" section, as well as writing op-eds as the Motor City Blogman at www.motortrend.com.

Lassa’s journalism background includes not only a stint as editor for a weekly auto magazine, but also a Capitol Hill-accredited reporter, a business reporter who covered the America’s Cup, and a local news reporter who covered actor Cary Grant’s death in Davenport, Iowa. In addition, he is a minority-share NFL team owner—one of the individuals who purchased a share in the Green Bay Packers. As executive editor, Lassa will report directly to Joe DeMatio, deputy editor.

Jordan returns to Automobile after a six-year absence. He began his career working with Car and Driver in 1976, then ran a motorcycle magazine called CycleGuide for two years before going back to Car and Driver from 1981–1986. He then became Automobile’s West Coast editor until joining Edmunds.com as executive editor in 2007. Lassa and Jordan assumed their new roles November 26. Lassa will be based at the magazine’s editorial offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while Jordan will be based in Los Angeles.

MAHLE Enters Agreement to Acquire Assets of RTI Technologies Inc.
MAHLE has entered into a definitive agreement with Robert Bosch GmbH to acquire all assets and the related business of RTI Technologies Inc., developers and distributors of automotive maintenance equipment, including air conditioning service, fluid exchange and nitrogen tire-inflation systems. RTI Technologies, based in York, Pennsylvania, had sales of USD 14.7 million in 2011 and has 60 employees. The transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions and is expected to close on January 1, 2013. According to MAHLE, RTI’s strengths include the organization’s ability to provide leading solutions for all available refrigerants used in mobile air conditioning systems. RTI Technologies currently supplies shop equipment to major OEMs around the world. It also sells equipment under the RTI brand in the independent aftermarket. RTI Technologies as a future part of MAHLE will focus on continuous sales growth and customer service in North America as well as potential business expansion in other regions.

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