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THE GRAND NATIONAL ROADSTER SHOW CELEBRATES ITS 70TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE FAIRPLEX IN POMONA


The best hot rods, customs, lowriders and motorcycles from every corner of America will come to Southern California to compete for over 400 awards including the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” when the Grand National Roadster Show returns to the Fairplex in Pomona on January 25-27, 2019

Pomona, Calif. (January 2019) – The Grand National Roadster Show, the longest continually running indoor car show in the world, returns to the Fairplex in Pomona from January 25-27, 2019. Founded in 1949, this year’s show celebrates 70 years of hot-rodding history and will feature over 1,000 stunning show cars including hot rods, customs, lowriders and motorcycles, a special tribute naming Chip Foose “Builder of the Decade” with an array of the famed designer’s builds, a special exhibition featuring the best and most famous Model A Ford Hot Rods from the past 90 years, dozens of top parts vendors, pinstriping demonstrations and more.

This year, 13 hand-crafted roadsters from around the country will be competing for the highly coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” (AMBR) award. The competitors include 1932 and 1933 Fords, Model A’s, Phaetons and other coachbuilt open cars crafted by legendary car builders like Adam’s Hot Rods, Dominator Street Rods, Moal Coachbuilders and Pinkee’s Rod Shop. The winner will have their name engraved on the monolithic 9-foot tall perpetual trophy and will receive a $10,000 prize. Previous AMBR award winners include iconic builders like Boyd Coddington, George Barris, Chip Foose, Blackie Gejeian, Troy Ladd and 2018 winner Scott Bonowski of Hot Rods and Hobbies.

The Grand National Roadster Show has become known as “The Grand Daddy of Them All,” bringing together a wide array of hot rods, customs, lowriders and muscle cars. One of the featured categories at the 2019 show will be a celebration of 90 years of the Ford Model A with more than 100 of these iconic roadsters, coupes, sedans, tudors and pickups on display. Special highlights of the Model A display will include seven previous AMBR award winners, the Eddie Dye roadster, Chrisman Brothers sedan and Elvis Presley’s roadster from “Loving You”. In addition to this display of Model A’s, numerous Bonneville and NHRA record holding vehicles will be featured throughout the show.

World-renowned hot rod builders such as Steve Strope, Troy Ladd, Jimmy Shine, Troy Trepanier, Bobby Alloway and Roy Brizio also be attending this year’s show and have cars on display. There will be car club displays from The Road Kings, Lifestyle, Inland Mopars, German Folks and more. Attendees are invited to take part in the drive-in show on Saturday and Sunday where over 800 cars will be placed outside the buildings throughout the Fairplex grounds.

Named one of the 10 Best Car Shows in America by USA Today, the Grand National Roadster Show will host a selection of famous vehicle builders and motorsports personalities throughout the weekend. The GNRS will also feature a wide variety of manufacturers and vendors displaying the latest in products and services. The show will also feature the Pinstriper Charity Auction in building four, where a group of the most talented pinstripers in the country will be selling their work and striping live with all proceeds going to Drive Toward a Cure, benefiting Parkinson’s Disease research, sponsored by PPG.

The show runs from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the January 25, 2019, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on January 26, 2019 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the January 27, 2019. General admission tickets (13 years old and up) are $25 per day, junior admission tickets (6-12 years old) are $10 per day and children under 5 enter free. Parking is $12 and the entrance to the lot is located at Gate 9 off White Avenue. There will also be numerous food vendors on site to accommodate families.

For more information about the Grand National Roadster Show, please visit www.rodshows.com/gnrs.


ABOUT ROD SHOWS
Based in the automotive cultural hub of Southern California, Rod Shows produces the West Coast’s premier indoor hot rod and custom shows including the Grand National Roadster Show and the Sacramento Autorama. Its professional show management team sets the highest standards for top quality competition and displays with every show and personally visit the country’s top automotive coachbuilders and events throughout the year, ensuring the Best of the Best participate in its events.  For more information, visit www.rodshows.com.


MINIMIZE BODY ROLL ON THE FORD F150 RAPTOR

Hellwig Products introduces new bolt-on adjustable rear sway bar for the 2017-18 Ford F150 Raptor that improves cornering ability without reducing overall suspension travel

Visalia, Calif. (December 2018) – Hellwig Products, the industry leader for towing, hauling and performance suspension products, has announced a new adjustable rear sway bar for the 2017-18 Ford F150 Raptor pickup truck. Hellwig’s versatile new bolt-on rear sway bar offers a variety of adjustable settings to improve performance for off-road, highway and towing applications.

The Ford F150 Raptor has become the gold standard for off-road performance pickup trucks today thanks to its impressive out-of-the-box performance capabilities and ability to handle almost any terrain. While Ford outfits the Raptor from the factory with a front sway bar but not the rear, leaving room for improvement. Hellwig’s new adjustable design allows for even greater driver control both on and off the road.

Designed specifically for the Raptor, this new sway bar avoids the clearance issues that can often occur with the truck’s oversized shock absorbers and longer suspension travel. At its softest setting, the Hellwig rear sway bar drastically decreases body roll while still allowing the suspension to articulate in uneven terrain. Its stiffer settings allow for increased anti-roll rate to minimize body roll and weight transfer even while driving on the street or towing heavy loads, enhancing overall safety and driver control.

Hellwig’s upgraded F150 Raptor rear sway bar (P/N 7743) is forged from solid 1-inch diameter heat treated Chromoly steel bar stock and features Hellwig’s “Hammertone” powder coat to prevent corrosion and wear in even the toughest conditions. The sway bar’s included polyurethane bushings allow for smooth, squeak-free operation and the included adjustable end links allow for easy integration on the factory components and aftermarket setups.

Hellwig sway bars can be installed in minimal time with simple hand tools, come with all necessary parts and hardware, are made in the USA and come with a Lifetime Warranty on all steel parts. For more information on Hellwig’s Ford F150 Raptor sway bars visit www.HellwigProducts.com.

ABOUT HELLWIG PRODUCTS:
A family owned business for 72 years, Hellwig Products specializes in American made, precision engineered products. This 4th generation California company started in 1946 selling helper springs to customers door to door. In the 72 years since, Hellwig Products continues to help enthusiasts with all their suspension needs. Hellwig is constantly improving their products to develop the best performance suspension parts in the industry. For more information please visit www.HellwigProducts.com

ROUSH PERFORMANCE RELEASES THE 2019 ROUSH F-150


The all-new 2019 ROUSH F-150 features aggressive styling, upgraded Fox 2.0 off-road suspension, and a host of interior and exterior components all backed by a ROUSH warranty. The 2019 ROUSH F-150 is now available for purchase or custom order at all ROUSH authorized Ford Dealers

DETROIT (December 13, 2018) – ROUSH Performance proudly announces the newest addition to its pickup truck lineup with the trail-inspired 2019 F-150. Building on the base of the venerable F-150 platform, the vehicle has been engineered to conquer the trails while remaining poised on the street, and it includes many performance and aesthetic upgrades inside and out.

The 2019 ROUSH F-150 allows buyers to choose a multitude of trim and engine options to build upon. Starting with either an XLT or Lariat F-150 Supercrew 4WD, the ROUSH F-150 can be equipped with any engine available from Ford.

The ROUSH F-150 comes standard with ROUSH’s dual tip cat-back Performance Exhaust System. In addition, a premium Active Exhaust system is also available as an option. Utilizing electronic valve technology, the system enables drivers to switch between loud, quiet, and custom modes via a mobile app or console mounted switch. The ROUSH Active Exhaust mobile application enables users to have full control over their truck’s sound based on rpm, vehicle speed, and accelerator position.

The ROUSH F-150 gains some extra suspension travel and a two-inch front lift thanks to the upgraded Fox 2.0 suspension. This suspension kit provides an enhanced look to the truck while improving off-road durability and capability as well as on-road manners. The F-150 rides on 20-inch ROUSH wheels wrapped in General Grabber ATX LT305/55R20 all-terrain tires for true performance on or off the road.

“We’ve developed the ROUSH F-150 to dominate anything in its path with the performance, refinement, and comfort we engineer into every ROUSH vehicle.” said Jack Roush Jr.

ROUSH doesn’t stop at performance modifications; numerous aesthetic upgrades are also included on the ROUSH F-150 to give it an aggressive look. ROUSH combines its signature front grille with accent lighting, fender flares with accent lighting, a front bumper cover and a square “R” hitch cover to give the 2019 F-150 head-turning style. An optional ROUSH Soft Tonneau Cover by ExTang is also available as well as several customizable ROUSH graphics packages. Interior modifications include molded floor liners by WeatherTech and a serialized ROUSH console badge. An optional black and carbon leather upgrade, optional console vault, and off-road utility kit are also available options.

The ROUSH F-150 pricing begins at $13,450 over factory MSRP and is now available at all ROUSH authorized Ford dealers. Visit configurator.roushperformance.com today build your F-150 and find a ROUSH dealership near you.


ABOUT ROUSH PERFORMANCE
ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush, the winningest name in racing.  Combining performance engineering with entrepreneurship, ROUSH began selling designs he had created for his own team to the wider world of motorsports. Based out of Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, and superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. For more on ROUSH please visit www.ROUSHperformance.comor call 800.59.ROUSH.


WORLD’S FASTEST ELECTRIC RACE CAR HEADING TO PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM FOR A LIMITED TIME


Following the Los Angeles Auto Show through February 1, 2019, the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak will be on display outside the Mullin Design Studio as a teaser for the upcoming future-of-mobility exhibit “Driving Toward Tomorrow”

LOS ANGELES (December 7, 2018) – For a limited time only, the Petersen Automotive Museum will be home to the world’s fastest electric race car—the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak. From December 9, 2018, through February 1, 2019, museum guests will be able to see the record-setting car on display outside the Mullin Design Studio promoting the Petersen’s upcoming future-focused “Driving Toward Tomorrow” exhibit.

Opening in October 2019, the much-anticipated exhibit will address the automobile industry’s work in the future of transportation design, engineering and infrastructure. Featured vehicles will include concept vehicles that are being pursued by international automobile manufacturers such as Volkswagen, which has committed to electrifying its entire lineup of cars by 2030.

“As we head toward an electric future, we are proud to be at the forefront of the discussion,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Through our collaborations with Volkswagen, we are able to showcase one of the most impressive electric cars in the world, inspiring our audience to be curious about the future of mobility and the implications it has on the automotive industry as a whole.”

Volkswagen’s I.D. R race car most recently participated in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24, 2018, where it became the fastest car to complete the infamously treacherous race to the summit. The fully electric vehicle wound through the nearly 13-mile serpentine course in just seven minutes and 57 seconds—besting the all-time record by a total of 15 seconds.

Optimized for power and speed, the I.D. R Pikes Peak features twin motors producing 670 horsepower with a lightweight design, helping it accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 2.25 seconds—faster than either a Formula 1 or Formula E race car. The success of the car has helped draw attention to Volkswagen’s fully electric I.D. production line coming in 2020. The I.D. R Pikes Peak is currently on display at Los Angeles Auto Show until it joins the Petersen on December 9, 2018.

To learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.


ABOUT THE PETERSEN
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.Petersen.org.


CLASSICCARS.COM EXPERTS PROVIDE TIPS FOR WINTER CAR STORAGE


Improper winter storage can lead to expensive repairs come spring. ClassicCars.com gathered expert input on how to protect the aesthetic and mechanical components of collector cars

Phoenix, Ariz. (November, 2018) – ClassicCars.com, the preeminent authority on collector cars, has consulted experts in the field and put together a step-by-step guide on preparing a collector car for winter storage. With dozens of components sensitive to decay and wear, even while a car is sitting still, planning and proper preventative maintenance is key.

“Proper winter storage protects your investment while preserving that special car for future generations to enjoy,” said Roger Falcione, CEO of ClassicCars.com. “We see all too often how improperly stored cars deteriorate leading to costly repairs which sometimes bring the car beyond saving. A little bit of work now will save a lot of trouble a few months down the road.”

The following steps were put together by the ClassicCars.com team:

• Wash and detail the vehicle thoroughly. Apply a coat of wax and polish the chrome and other shiny bits. Clean the tires and treat them with a good non-solvent-based tire dressing. If the car has a convertible top, store it with the top up (otherwise the fabric will shrink), clean the fabric and treat it.

• Clean the interior. Vacuum it thoroughly to get rid of all those little crumbs and bits that can attract vermin. Polish the leather and vinyl.  Get some packs of desiccant, available at the hardware store, to wick away moisture.

• Store the car indoors in a weatherproof structure on a concrete surface, never a dirt floor. Sweep and wash the floor before parking, then lay down a large sheet of plastic to serve as a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from coming up through the concrete floor and reaching the underside of the car.

• Change the oil. Used oil is full of contaminants and residue that can damage the engine if left in the crankcase. Always store a vehicle with fresh oil. As long as the car is not started during storage, you can keep that fresh oil and drive away in the spring – unused oil will not go bad.  Check all fluids and top them off if needed. If the brake fluid is a few years old, you might consider changing that as well. Lube the front end and chassis as needed.

• Make sure the cooling system contains the proper blend of anti-freeze so it doesn’t freeze up, which can cause the engine block to crack. In very cold climates, you might consider using an engine-block heater just as you do for daily drivers.

• Put the battery on a quality battery tender. Make sure the device has an automatic shut off to avoid overcharging, which will damage the battery. If possible, take the battery out of the vehicle, and if the garage is unheated, bring it into the house for the winter.

• Add a fuel-stabilization product to the gas, then fill the tank to the brim. This will extend the usable life of the fuel while protecting the tank, fuel system and engine from corrosion. Take the car out for a 20-minute drive to circulate the chemical-laden gas throughout the system, then top off the tank again. The ethanol in gas attracts moisture, and the filled tank allows less room for moist air to collect.

• Jack up the vehicle and put it on sturdy jack stands – never use cinder blocks or any other type of make-do stands that could unexpectedly fail. There is some dispute over storing vehicles on jack stands over a long period because it could place unnatural strain on the suspension – decide how to approach this. One solution is to remove the wheels to take the weight off the raised suspension.

Raising the car off its tires keeps them from flat-spotting, but that’s not as big a deal with modern tires.  There are also so-called tire cradles that can help avoid flat spotting; some folks use thick sections of corrugated cardboard.  Inflate the tires a bit higher than normal and, if possible, wrap the wheels and tires in plastic sheeting.  Always release the hand brake to keep it from getting stuck.

• Keep the vehicle under a high-quality cover, preferably one with a soft inside surface that won’t damage the paint. The cover does not have to be waterproof since the car is indoors; a cover made from material that breathes is preferable.

These simple steps will help cars spend more time on the road, and less in the shop come spring. Protection and preventative maintenance are a necessity for older cars which can often be sensitive to environmental changes. ClassicCars.com also addresses the age old question of whether you should start your car over the winter or not at this link: https://journal.classiccars.com/2018/10/25/to-start-or-not-to-start-that-is-the-question-for-winter-storage/ 

Stay tuned to ClassicCars.com in the spring for more car maintenance tips.


ABOUT CLASSICCARS.COM
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, ClassicCars.com is home to the industry’s largest community of collector car owners, buyers and enthusiasts. ClassicCars.com is devoted to helping owners sell classic vehicles online.  Featuring more than 40,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, auction houses, and specialty dealerships around the world, ClassicCars.com is home to the world’s largest online selection of classic and collector vehicles for sale. For more information, visit www.classiccars.com.

CENTERFORCE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE


New Centerforce website features improved design and customer friendly interface featuring helpful tips, search tools, and up-to-date news

Prescott, Ariz. (November 2018) – Centerforce, a leading manufacturer of performance clutches for classic and late model cars and trucks for over 30 years, announced today the launch of its newly designed website at www.Centerforce.com. The new look website features an updated design with more content and improved functionality that makes finding the right Centerforce product easier than ever.

“We are excited to debut the new Centerforce website,” said General Manager Bryan Wilson. “This revamped website will help customers navigate the site with ease and will make for the best possible experience when visiting our site.”

One of the biggest improvements to the new site is the year/make/model lookup feature for all Centerforce clutch kits. This tool allows customers to quickly and efficiently find the correct kit for their application and optional components that go with it.

Centerforce’s new website also features a newly designed Sponsored Vehicle and Blog section that will be regularly updated with news on new product releases, special announcements, events and more.
For more information on Centerforce’s new website, products, or any other information contact Centerforce, 928.771.8422, or please visit www.centerforce.com.


ABOUT CENTERFORCE
A division of Midway Industries, Centerforce is an award-winning manufacturer of performance clutches and flywheels. The Centerforce brand has earned a well-deserved reputation for reliability, quality and durability where superior clutch performance and easy operation are mandatory. Continuous product development has earned Centerforce many U.S. and international patents. Based in Prescott, Arizona, Centerforce currently offers more than 1,600 non-asbestos clutch, pressure-plate and flywheel applications for performance cars, trucks, SUVs and Hot Rods.

APR RELEASES NEW CATBACK EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR AUDI S3


APR Launches New Hand-Built T304-stainless-steel Catback Exhaust System for 2015-2019 Audi S3 complete with built in valves to adjust tone and volume

Opelika, Ala. (November, 2018) – APR, a leader in Volkswagen and Audi tuning and engineering, has designed and developed an all-new exhaust system for the 2015-2019 Audi S3. The new exhaust system offers a rich tone as well as an optional Exhaust Remote to control the valve operation of the system.

The APR S3 exhaust system is hand-crafted out of T304 stainless-steel with high-strength TIG welding construction throughout. The straight-through brushed-finished mufflers smooth the exhaust note to a deep growl, without adding restrictions, while carefully designed Helmholtz resonators reduce unwanted frequencies and drone. A single three-inch pipe expands to four two-and-a-half inch outs with mandrel bent tubing. The four-inch removable exhaust tips are offered in polished, brushed and polished Diamond-Black finishes.

The system bolts in easily and is held in place with high-quality bracketry including OEM style clamps, while retaining compatibility with OEM and APR downpipes. The low-profile design also provides clearance for lowered vehicles while enhancing aesthetics. The exhaust system is compatible with the 2015-2019 Audi S3 and includes a limited lifetime warranty. Pricing begins at $1,999.99 and the system can be purchased from APR or an authorized APR dealer.

For more information and videos of the APR Audi S3 Exhaust System and other APR products, please visit www.goapr.com.


ABOUT APR
Founded in 1997, APR is the global leader in performance aftermarket products for Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, and other vehicles. APR develops and manufactures hardware, software, calibration & data-logging tools for engine and transmission controllers, including intakes, exhaust systems, intercoolers, turbocharger systems, suspension, brake systems, wheels, and more. APR delivers software via a 24-hour automated global delivery system from its 78,000 square foot state of the art facility in Opelika, Alabama. Learn More at www.goapr.com.


GEARYS BEVERLY HILLS OFFERS LUXURIOUS TABLE SETTINGS TO UPGRADE HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

From designer dinnerware to lavish accent pieces, GEARYS has curated a list of trend-setting tabletop items to help luxury connoisseurs achieve the Beverly Hills lifestyle this holiday season


BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (November 29, 2018) – GEARYS Beverly Hills, a family-owned timepiece and tableware landmark on the famed North Beverly Drive, has compiled a list of must-have items to transform an ordinary holiday table into an opulent dining experience that encapsulates the affluence and attitude of Beverly Hills.

Since 1930, GEARYS has stayed ahead of the trends due to its prime location and ability to expertly define luxury according to the times, helping clients ranging from A-list celebrities to European royalty achieve the Beverly Hills lifestyle in their homes. No matter the holiday, GEARYS believes that Beverly Hills extravagance on the dining table can be achieved with just a few statement pieces from the finest design houses around the world.

“Each season, the world looks to Beverly Hills for the newest trends in beauty, luxury and fashion,” said President and CEO Thomas J. Blumenthal. “Since 1930, GEARYS has been at the forefront of fine jewelry and luxe tableware trends. Our clients have continually looked to us to identify the top items to upgrade their dining tables during the most important entertaining season of the year.”

1. Hermes H Deco Red Dinnerware – Inspired by the Art Deco wrought-iron friezes on the Hermès 24 Faubourg and rue de Sèvres stores, the H Déco Dinnerware Collection is distinctly Parisian with its intricate red and white decorative spirals and stamped “HH” initials.

2. Haviland Damasse Gold Dinner Plate – Created in collaboration with the prestigious Ritz Paris, the Damasse Dinnerware Collection from Haviland evokes elegant interiors, curtains and tablecloths of French chateaus in genuine matte gold on porcelain.

3. Christofle MOOD by Christofle x KARL LAGERFELD – Exclusively designed in collaboration with fashion mastermind Karl Lagerfeld, Christofle MOOD by Christofle x KARL LAGERFELD is inspired by the Art Deco movement. The sleek, stainless steel case opens to reveal a 24-piece set of silver-plated flatware each stamped with Lagerfeld’s iconic insignia.

  • Black – (limited edition, 500 pieces)
  • Silver – (limited edition, 1,000 pieces)

4. Versace La Scala Del Palazzo Collection – Named after the swirling metallic staircase ascending into the Versace estate, the La Scala Del Palazzo Collection is a fine porcelain dinner service from Versace. Reminiscent of classical Italian palazzis, the architectural style of the collection is enhanced by its elegant green, pastel rose and gold color palette.

5.Buccellati Tahiti Collection – Timeless and elegant, Buccellati sterling silver is an heirloom to be treasured by each generation. The Buccellati Tahiti Collection marries classic silver with rich bamboo accents to evoke Polynesian natural wonders and propose both high elegance and eco-sustainability.

6. Puiforcat Normandie Collection – Using its almost 200-year-old expertise, the house of Puiforcat offers an exciting journey through time with its Normandie Collection. Originally designed in 1934 by Jean Puiforcat, the sophisticated collection was created especially for the first-class tables of the Normandy cruise ship.

7. Lalique Hirondelles Flared Vase – Since 1888, Lalique has represented the ultimate symbol of French luxury. The Hirondelles Flared Vase reinterprets the figure of the swallow in a graphic play on repetition. Fashioned in satin-finished and re-polished crystal, the swallows are a symbol of happiness and freedom.

For more information about GEARYS Beverly Hills, please visit www.gearys.com


About GEARYS Beverly Hills
As a Beverly Hills tradition for 88 years, GEARYS continues to celebrate the #MomentsThatMatter by discovering and showcasing an unrivaled medley of luxury brands from around the world including fine china, crystal, home decor and gifts, as well as the most sought after pieces in jewelry and watches. GEARYS’ unique Gift Registry program has been tailored to deliver impeccable service provided by highly trained team members, along with Corporate Gifting and Designer programs that provide genuine white glove service.

ROADWORKS MANUFACTURING® NAMES GARY AND DEVERY JONES AS BRAND AMBASSADORS


Owners of SPB Trucking, the Jones’ have over 30 years of experience in the trucking industry and will represent RoadWorks Manufacturing® across the nation

Lafayette, Ind. (November, 2018) – RoadWorks Manufacturing®, a leading designer and manufacturer of stainless steel aftermarket accessories for heavy duty trucks, has named driving duo Gary and Devery Jones of Lawson, Missouri as its newest brand ambassadors.

Representing RoadWorks Manufacturing® at heavy duty trucking shows throughout the United States, the newly named brand ambassadors will offer insights about RoadWorks’ American-made stainless steel accessories and the RoadWorks Manufacturing® Detail Products to take care of them.

A third-generation driver, Gary Jones takes after his grandfather and father, who both had successful careers as commercial truck drivers. Gary began driving commercial trucks at age 18, while his wife Devery learned to drive ten years ago under his tutelage.

“It’s in my bones,” said Jones. “My entire life has been centered around truck driving and its culture. I couldn’t be more honored to represent a company like RoadWorks Manufacturing across the nation.”

Both Gary and Devery Jones are active in the day-to-day operations of SPB Trucking along with several other family-owned businesses. With eleven trucks in their fleet, Devery Jones manages dispatch from the road while Gary Jones drives. Avid dog lovers, the Joneses named their company after their dogs – Sweetie, Parker, Precious and “BB” – who join them on the road. The Joneses also own a pilot company, G and D Pilot, which Devery operates while Gary’s sister manages the office at SPB Trucking.

2018 is the first year the Joneses competed in a truck show. Prior to hitting the show circuit, the couple personally restored their project truck, a 1995 Peterbilt 379 named “Excessive Behavior.” It was then painted by a friend who had previously performed similar custom paintjobs on the couple’s personal vehicle and motorcycle. Naturally overachievers, their first truck show was also North America’s largest, the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, where they walked away with the award for “Best Pictured Truck.” At the final stop of the American Truck Show Circuit in Ventura, California, the husband and wife team swept the award show thanks to their truck, “Excessive Behavior.” With nearly three million miles driven, the truck landed second place honors in the “Limited for Show Bobtail” category for “Interior,” “Exterior,” “Engine” and “Best of Show” as well as first place for “Driver Presentation.”

“Gary and Devery have a vivacious and infectious energy that we are thrilled to have join the RoadWorks Manufacturing family,” said VP of Sales Ralph Banks. “Their commitment to quality is something we admire and desire in our brand ambassadors and we know they will do great things in the years to come.”

Making work trucks show quality for over 25 years, RoadWorks Manufacturing® products are American-made, built to last and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information on RoadWorks Manufacturing® or RoadWorks Manufacturing® Detail Products, visit roadworksmfg.com, call (800) 448-8741 or email info@roadworks.com.


About RoadWorks Manufacturing®:
Established in 1994, RoadWorks Manufacturing®, a brand of Lund International®, designs and manufactures innovative, premium-quality semi-truck aftermarket accessories. The brand also offers a full line of detail products, including Metal Polish & Sealant, Metal Polishing Bars, Paint Protectant and Spray Detailer for all makes and models. RoadWorks Manufacturing Stainless Steel Truck Accessories and Detail Products are made in the USA and available through RoadWorks Manufacturing Authorized Dealers.
Do Heads Turn When You Drive By?
www.roadworksmfg.com

About Lund International®:
Lund International® is a U.S. based leading designer and manufacturer of automotive accessories for passenger cars, Jeeps and light, medium and heavy duty trucks. Offering the industry’s broadest range of functional body and appearance products that provide customers with ways to protect, customize and personalize their vehicles, Lund International products are marketed under the brand names of AMP Research, AVS, Belmor, Bushwacker, LUND, Rampage Products, Roadworks Manufacturing, Roll-N-Lock, Stampede Products and Tonno Pro.
At Lund International, We Don’t Make the Vehicle, We Make It Yours
www.lundinternational.com


 

HELLWIG SUSPENSION PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW HIRES

 


Industry veteran Brett Kinsfather brings 17 years of aftermarket experience to Hellwig as its new director of sales & marketing, while Karen Grassel will draw upon her 15-year career in customer service as Hellwig’s new customer service manager

Visalia, Calif. (November, 2018) – Hellwig Suspension Products, an industry leading manufacturer of towing, hauling and performance suspension products, has today announced two new additions to the Hellwig team. Brett Kinsfather has taken on the role of director of sales & marketing and Karen Grassel has joined as the company’s new customer service manager.

In the newly appointed roles, Kinsfather will direct the marketing department as well as lead the growing sales team with his extensive aftermarket experience and knowledge of the industry. Grassel will look to support the Hellwig customer service department and will further streamline customer satisfaction through her extensive experience in the service industry.

“We are thrilled to continue growing our team,” said Hellwig President Melanie White. “The addition of Brett and Karen will help us as we move into 2019 and expand our business ventures in all areas. Brett’s proven track record in business-to-business sales is going to help us elevate our business to the next level.”

Kinsfather comes to Hellwig with a strong marketing and sales background, having worked extensively with both manufacturers and distribution. Beginning his professional career in the CART series, he eventually went on to work for K&N Engineering as its sales and marketing program manager. Kinsfather later served as vice president of sales and marketing at Motovicity Distribution where he launched several high yielding sales and marketing initiatives.

After accruing over 15 years of experience, Karen Grassel developed her skills in sales, management, and business development in the food service industries with George’s Greek Café and Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurants. Grassel earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Long Beach State. Grassel has sharpened her client and customer relationship skills through continuous direct sales communication and maintained repeat business from satisfied customers in her previous positions.

For more information about Hellwig Suspension Products visit www.HellwigProducts.com


ABOUT HELLWIG PRODUCTS
A family owned business for 72 years, Hellwig Products specializes in American made, precision engineered products. This 4th generation California family run company started in 1946 selling helper springs to customers door to door. In the 72 years since, Hellwig Products continues to help enthusiasts with all their suspension needs. Hellwig is constantly improving their products to develop the best performance suspension parts in the industry. For more information please visit www.HellwigProducts.com.