SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 40, October 1, 2015

Movers & Shakers: The Enthusiast Network Launches Motor Trend OnDemand Service

Compiled by SEMA Editors

TEN: The Enthusiast Network Officially Launches Motor Trend OnDemand SVOD Service

TEN: The Enthusiast Network has announced the offical launch of its Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video on demand (SVOD) service. The new service provides exclusive access to more than 1,000 hours of automotive programming, including premier motorsport racing, original episodic series, event coverage, historical archives, films, documentaries and television series serving the entire spectrum of automotive and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Motor Trend OnDemand is the exclusive North American distributor of more than 60 live motorsports events each year, including racing from Pirelli World Challenge, MotoAmerica, Blancpain Series, DTM, and Lamborghini Super Trofeo, as well as enthusiast events, such as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Goodwood Festival of Speed.

In addition, Motor Trend OnDemand will provide exclusive first-look access, bonus episodes and behind-the-scenes footage from its slate of original programs, including “Roadkill,” “Dirt Every Day,” “Head 2 Head,” “Ignition” and “Hot Rod Garage,” along with several new original series, which will be exclusive to the service. TEN will continue to leverage its Emmy-nominated production studio, MindOverEye, for high-quality original programming and build on the success of the Motor Trend Channel on YouTube. 

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Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing teamed up with Omix-ADA to design and build a one-of-a-kind tank as a focal point in the brand’s historic Jeep Collection. Photo Credit: Animal Planet, courtesy of Omix-ADA
   

Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge Makes Guest TV Appearance on Animal Planet’s “Tanked”

Omix-ADA has teamed up with Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) to create a custom-built aquarium at its new corporate headquarters, which will be featured on Animal Planet’s hit television series “Tanked,” beginning October 2, at 10:00 p.m. (EDT). Led by brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Raymer, “Tanked” follows the operations of Las Vegas-based ATM. Since ATM’s beginnings as a family business more than 15 years ago, King and Raymer have made it their mission to travel the globe and transform fellow fish enthusiasts’ dreams into reality by creating custom one-off tanks for celebrities, restaurants, casinos, museums and corporate offices of Fortune 500 companies.

Omix-ADA’s recent grand opening of its new corporate headquarters saw the addition of a dedicated space for its ever-expanding Jeep Collection. With more than 30 vintage, modern and historic Jeeps on display and an additional eight vehicles on view in the lobby, Omix-ADA’s collection is the centerpiece of its Suwanee, Georgia, facility. The collection is displayed against a backdrop chronicling the storied history of Jeep, from its inception during World War II to the present-day JK.

DG Group Marketing Solutions Unveils Photography Studio

DG Group Marketing Solutions, a marketing company based in Clearwater, Florida, has unveiled a new photography studio. The studio features a 15’ x 30’ Chimera F2 Modular Light bank and an infinity cyclorama measuring 38’ x 38’ with a third cove wall of 20’ for complete U-shape coverage. The walls are 14’ tall backing onto 20’ white walls, floor and ceiling. Optional floor-to-ceiling curtains provide complete enclosure. Also available are light unit stands, reflectors, soft boxes, speed rings, umbrellas, hot lights and Gojacks. The studio is available to automotive publishers, editors, and photographers, automobile restorers, high-end auto marketers and automobile collectors.

Snow Performance Inc. Announces Supplier Relationship With BMW AG

BMW AG is introducing water-injection, including components by Snow Performance, into the OEM spotlight on the new M4 GTS and other M-Model vehicles. BMW has indicated that water injection could be introduced across the board on all BMW forced-induction vehicles. BMW’s testing shows reduced fuel consumption of up to 8%, with an increase in performance from 5%–10% with their system—all with emissions compliance.

Rev’d Media Group LLC Announces New Partnership

Rev’d Media Group has announced that it has added Lateral-G.net and Late Model Garage to its family of digital publications. With a combined 40-plus years of automotive expertise, this partnership grows the shared readership of Rev’d Media Group to a reach of more than 350,000 monthly readers. 

AP Exhaust Acquires Eastern Catalytic

AP Exhaust Technologies has announced the acquisition of Eastern Catalytic, headquartered in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. This strategic acquisition will combine AP’s full line exhaust offering and expertise with Eastern’s first-to-market catalytic converter emissions capabilities, thus positioning the combined company as a leading exhaust and emissions supplier in the North American automotive aftermarket. In the coming months, the companies will begin the integration process with the primary goal of broadening distribution of its combined product offering where appropriate to better service their customers.

Tint World Hires Veteran Installer Randy Swartz

Tint World has expanded its Naples, Florida, service offering with the addition of 25-year automotive industry veteran Randy Swartz. An experienced 12-volt installer, fabricator and SEMA Show car builder, Swartz will oversee all of the installation departments, customizations and high-end fabrication work as the location’s all-new store manager. A Florida native, Swartz comes to Tint World with an extensive background building and fabricating custom audio, 12-volt upgrades, exhaust systems, suspension components and everything in between for cars, trucks and motorcycles. Having spent 10 years working in his own shop in western Florida, Swartz built and installed custom parts for Corvettes and other exotics, including Lamborghinis and Ferraris. In the 2000s, he built a SEMA Show display Corvette for a mobile-electronics company and also contributed to show cars for Pioneer and Sony.

Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels Announces New Website and Rebranding Campaign

This year, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels launched a rebranding campaign, which has been incorporated into a new mobile-friendly website, enhanced social platforms, new logos, apparel and a variety of marketing elements. A bold new color scheme is the centerpiece of the rebranding—representative of the outdoors and natural landscapes. The redesigned logo features a modern font and a strong focus on both the Dick Cepek name and the brand’s primary product lines. The new website offers a user-friendly experience and easy access to comprehensive product information, new photos, new video content, an event schedule, the latest news and more. It also includes an enhanced “Where to Buy” feature to help consumers find a local dealer, and the “Buy Now” feature. Visual elements have been thoughtfully designed to reflect a deep connection with nature and the excitement of outdoor adventure.

MAHLE ArcticPRO ACX1280 A/C Machine Recognized With a Motor Magazine Top 20 Tool Award

MAHLE Service Solutions was named a recipient in the Motor magazine Top 20 Tool Award competition for its ArcticPRO ACX1280 A/C machine that efficiently processes the new R1234yf refrigerant. The award was announced by the publication in its September 2015 issue. For more than 20 years, Motor magazine has reviewed the latest and most innovative tools from global automotive tool designers, manufacturers and suppliers and recognized the top 20 offerings based on originality, application and other select criteria.

Earlier this year, the ACX1280 received the “Best Use of Technology” new product award at the 2015 Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Trade Show. Several global automotive vehicle manufacturers have chosen to equip their dealerships with the ACX1280 as an essential service tool. The ACX1280, which is designed to recover more than 95% of the R1234yf refrigerant from a vehicle's HVAC system, complies with all applicable performance and safety requirements set forth by the SAE J2843 standard. Additionally, automated features allow technicians to step away from the machine to complete other tasks while the machine works, which enables maximum uptime and faster service support to increase shop productivity.

The ACX1280 is available with either an internal or external identifier; offering technicians greater flexibility in choosing what is right for them. The unobstructed accessibility, also an industry exclusive, makes maintenance easier than ever for service professionals. All of these features help support the low cost of ownership that the ACX1280 provides.

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