New series of under-dash kits make adding air conditioning to any classic car easy; Four different finish options can match any vehicle’s style.

San Antonio, Texas (June, 2017) – Vintage Air, the inventors of performance air conditioning for hot rods, muscle cars, and classic trucks, recently unveiled its Heritage Series of under dash evaporator systems.

The new Heritage Series of under dash evaporators are designed to deliver Vintage Air’s proven performance and classic style in a good looking and easy-to-install package that doesn’t require dash modifications.

Heritage units are offered in two configurations, heat and cool or cool only. Features include a three-speed high-output blower fan, four directable ball vents, and an adjustable electronic servo heater valve on heat and cool units. Four different face design options include Mother of Pearl (Part Numbers 674001/674011), Engine Turned Aluminum (Part Numbers 674002/674012), Brushed Aluminum (Part Numbers 674003/674013), and Black Anodized Engine Turned Aluminum (Part Numbers 674005/674014). Cases are precision injection molded to minimize weight and size, with each unit measuring just 16.25” wide x 5.25” tall x 12” deep.

“Our new Heritage Series units are a great choice for customers who are looking for the classic looks and performance of an under dash system” said Rick Love, Vice President of Vintage Air.

Vintage Air Heritage Under Dash Systems are made in the USA, include all parts necessary for a standard installation, and are backed by a three-year warranty against defects. For more information on the Vintage Air Heritage Under Dash Systems or any other product, visit or call (800) 862-6658.

About Vintage Air
Vintage Air offers the most comprehensive line of high performance air conditioning components designed for street rods, sport trucks and performance cars. Owned and operated by experienced street rodders who have been involved in the sport for forty years, every Vintage Air product incorporates the very latest technology available and offers you the greatest efficiency and reliability available. Vintage Air’s goal is to help you cool your specialty vehicle in a more informed way and to supply you what you really need to get the job done right!




The Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit, which opened July 1st, features historic lowrider cars, including “El Muertorider” and “El Rey,” as well as works by Chicano artists.

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 5th, 2017) – The Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates the culture of the lowrider with the opening of its newest exhibit, “The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración.” The exhibit will run through Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 in the Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery presented by BMW of North America.

“The High Art of Riding Low” examines the lowrider as an artistic catalyst and cultural icon. The range of work on display – from installations to lithographs, sculptures to drawings, paintings to photography, as well as vehicles themselves—meld automotive ingenuity and imaginative expression. Vehicles in the new exhibit include “Our Family Car,” a 1950 Chevrolet Sedan painted by legendary artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján, “El Rey,” a 1963 Chevrolet Impala by Albert De Alba Sr., “El Muertorider,” a customized 1968 Chevy Impala by Artemio Rodríguez and John Jota Leaños, and “Gangster Squad ’39,” a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe by Mister Cartoon.

The exhibit also features artists who have reworked and re-imagined the lowrider, including El Moisés, Estevan Oriol, Germs a.k.a. Jaime Zacarias and Luis Tapia.

“Chicano culture is so deeply intertwined with the culture of Los Angeles and automobiles represent a rich part of that,” said Terry L. Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “We at the museum are honored to be in a position to share this vibrant and thriving culture with those who might not otherwise be exposed to it. ‘The High Art of Riding Low’ is going to be one of the most important exhibits we’ve curated.”

For more information on “The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración”, click here. For more information on the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit or call 323/930.CARS.


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 $15 for general admission adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, $7 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10am to 6pm. For general information, call 323/930-CARS or visit




The new SUV from Volkswagen joins collector cars on the road for the 2,100 mile journey


Chattanooga, TN. (June, 2017) — Coker Tire announced today that the newest SUV crossover from Volkswagen – the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas – will be joining the Great Race as the pace vehicle.

Spectators along the race route will be among the first to see the Atlas in action and get up close and personal with the new vehicle at each Great Race stop.

The Atlas is based on VW’s traverse MQB platform shared with the Golf and new Tiguan. The base engine is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged making 238 horsepower. The support team will be comfortable taking the 2,100 mile journey with a spacious interior equipped with three rows and 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space, as well as a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity.

“We are excited to have the Atlas from Volkswagen as the pace vehicle,” said Corky Coker, CEO of Coker Tire. “This late model Volkswagen with its comfortable interior and modern amenities will make driving those 2,100 miles along the Dixie Highway much easier for the staff and support team running the Great Race.”

The Great Race, the world’s premiere vintage automobile speed/time/distance rally, will bring 120 of the world’s finest collector cars (built in 1972 and earlier) to 17 cities, starting June 24 in Jacksonville, Florida and ending July 2 in Traverse City, Michigan. The winner of the Great Race will receive $50,000 of the $150,000 total purse.

The event’s main sponsors are Hemmings Motor News, Hagerty, Coker Tire, Reliable Carriers, Champion Racing Oil and Stahls.

For more information on the Great Race, please visit


Coker Tire Company, Inc. based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the world’s largest supplier of collector vehicle tires, with distributors in more than 30 countries. Corky Coker took ownership of the new and improved Great Race in 2011. For more information, to request a catalog or to place an order, call (800) 251-6336 or visit the Web site at




Hellwig Suspension Products Big Wig 2,800lb bolt-on air springs for the 2017 Super Duty trucks are engineered to increase your truck’s level load carrying capacity and improve driver safety while still providing a smooth ride.

Visalia, Calif. (June, 2017) – Hellwig Products, an industry-leading manufacturer of towing, hauling and performance suspension products, has released its new aftermarket air spring suspension system for the 2017 line of Ford Super Duty trucks. The Big Wig’s 2,800lb springs allow Super Duty owners to tow and haul heavy loads with improved safety, stability and comfort by maintaining a level ride height, improving overall drive control.

The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty series is one of the hottest trucks on the market, thanks to its formidable and capable Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine, and new look. While these new trucks may be rated to tow and haul the heaviest loads of any Super Duty to date, the weight of a heavy trailer or load in the bed will still cause these trucks to ride low in the rear, impacting driver control and safety. Thanks to Hellwig, Super Duty owners will be able to properly level their vehicle and restore it to a proper ride height, not only improving the truck’s appearance but also its safety by transferring weight back on the front tires for better braking, steering, and more even wear.

The Big Wig Air Springs are available for two-wheel drive F250 and F350 trucks with single rear wheels (Part #6116) as well as four wheel drive trucks with up to a 2-inch lift (Part # 6117) or with a 2-4-inch rear lift (Part #6119). Kits are also available for the F350 and F450 four-wheel drive and dually trucks with a stock ride height (Part #6112). These kits feature a 2,800lb air spring for each side and heavy-duty bulletproof brackets engineered to withstand the most demanding loads. The Big Wig air springs are 3-inches larger in diameter and up to 3-inches taller than those used by many other manufacturers. These larger springs require less air pressure for the same load, resulting in a softer spring rate, a more compliant ride, and increase level load carrying capacity up to the manufacturer’s GVWR.

Hellwig’s bolt-on air springs allow for quick adjustments in air pressure to match the load and can even be configured independently to level out uneven loads. When paired with the optional compressor and tank mount (Part #4803) the air pressure can be adjusted on the fly, allowing for quick load corrections without service station assistance.

The Hellwig Air Springs can be installed easily with simple hand tools and includes all necessary parts. Similarly, the optional compressor and tank mount include all necessary parts and hardware. Hellwig air springs come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information on Hellwig’s Ford Super Duty Air Springs visit


About Hellwig Products:

A family owned business for 70 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 almost 70 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



Ted Taormina, owner of the “Italian Job” Superformance MkIII breaks the Cobra speed record, making it the fastest Cobra ever, with a speed of 201.1 mph at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

Mojave, California (June, 2017) – Superformance, the leading manufacturer of 1960s era continuation sports cars, now has a new claim to fame, as manufacturer of the world’s fastest road going Cobra.

The feat was accomplished by Ted Taormina, owner of the San Carlos, California based exotic car service specialist, Taormina Imports, who drove his “Italian Job” Superformance MkIII to a record speed of 201.1 MPH at the Mojave Air and Space Port. With months of planning and preparation leading up to this speed run, Taormina took to the tarmac at the Mojave Air and Space Port for his world record run. After two respectable passes at 169.0 mph and 190.1 mph, Taormina broke the record with a top speed of 201.1 mph.

The record was previously held by Cobra racing legend Dick Smith, who achieved a top-speed of 198 MPH in his 427 S/C CSX3035 Cobra at Daytona in 1967. Smith’s record had stood for an incredible 50 years.

“What Ted has accomplished in our Superfomance MkIII is incredible,” said Superformance CEO Lance Stander. “Ted has been an adrenaline junky his whole life and has done speed runs in a number of exotic sports cars. To accomplish this in one of our road going Superformance Cobra’s is especially significant.”

Taormina’s Superformance MkIII with an Italian inspired paint scheme is equipped with a number of modifications and is specially prepared to perform at extreme speeds. The “Italian Job” Cobra runs an OEM style Shelby Engines 427 FE engine that generates over 690 horsepower and 710 ft-lb of torque.

Taormina added an under-car spoiler in the front for downforce, and a diffuser in the rear to maintain stability. The vehicle’s entire underside was sealed with aluminum panels to provide additional stability at high speeds. Taormina also added front bumper canards to provide additional downforce, and a custom spring and shock configuration to minimize fore and aft motion. Even with these performance mods, Taormina’s MkIII Cobra maintains a street-legal classification and can be daily driven.

For more information on Superformance, the MkIII and its full line of continuation vehicles, visit or call (800)297-6253. For more information on Ted Taormina and his “Italian Job” Cobra, visit

Superformance is a manufacturer of complete continuation and reproductions of 1960s race and street cars and was one of the first players in the industry. We have earned our reputation with our attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, fit and finish and customer service. Our products are endorsed by our licensees from trade mark holders which adds authenticity and increases the resale value. Superformance products are manufactured using all new parts which are factory assembled to ensure continuity and consistency in construction. All GT40 sales are recorded in the Shelby World registry. Superformance has a dedicated independent dealer network who together have distributed over 4000 units worldwide.

Taormina Imports is an exotic car service specialist for Superformance vehicles, Lamborghinis, Ferrari’s and other exotic and classic cars. Taormina Imports offers full-service preventative maintenance and auto repair center that performs high quality guaranteed auto repairs. Founded in 2010, Taormina brings 25 years of knowledge and experience to the San Francisco Bay area


Hallmark will be expanding his role to include overseeing of all marketing projects and work closely with Hellwig’s marketing and public relations agency of record.

Visalia, California (June, 2017) –Hellwig Products, a leading manufacturer of sway bars and tow/haul suspension products, announces that its West Coast and International Sales Manager, Mike Hallmark, will transition to Marketing and International Sales Manager. In this new capacity, Hallmark will oversee all marketing functions, and will be working closely with Hellwig’s agency of record, Kahn Media.

As the West Coast and International Sales Manager, Hallmark has led the company into new and exciting segments such as the Overland market, where enthusiasts look to Hellwig Suspension Products for on their heavily modified and outfitted vehicles. Hallmark has also pioneered Hellwig’s international expansion into Australia and the Middle East countries through SEMA development conferences.

“We have been impressed with Mike’s ability to drive sales both domestically and internationally for Hellwig over the last two years,” said Melanie Hellwig White, Vice President of Hellwig Suspension Products. “We are confident that his experience and creativity will allow for a seamless transition to this new role”.

Hallmark brings years of automotive aftermarket experience, working with both Advanced Clutch Technology and T-Rex Grilles prior to joining the Hellwig Suspension Products team. A lifelong car enthusiast, Hallmark is a hardcore gearhead and devout Volkswagen and Land Rover owner, and can be found restoring VW buses and overlanding in his Land Rover Discovery.

For more information on Hellwig Suspension Products, Mike Hallmark, the Hellwig family and Hellwig’s complete line of load and sway control products, visit


A family owned business for 70 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 almost 70 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


Vic Edelbrock Jr. (Left) and Pete Chapouris (Right)

Car show will commemorate 85th anniversary of the ‘32 Ford. Immediately following the event, hot rods of all types are invited to join a procession of ‘32s as they rally from The Petersen to the Edelbrock Museum.

Los Angeles (June, 2017) – The Petersen Automotive Museum will commemorate the 85th anniversary of the 1932 Ford “Deuce” with a day-long car show cruise-in and celebration on Saturday, July 15th.

The ’32 Ford, nicknamed “Deuce” for the second digit of its model year, was one of the first affordable production cars with a V8 engine and became a favorite of racers in post-WWII Southern California. The Petersen celebrates this iconic car every five years with a car show and cruise-in open to hot rod fans of all types, with special parking on the top deck of the structure for ’32 Fords.

Immediately following the conclusion of the show at 4:00, a procession of deuces will rally from The Petersen to the Edelbrock Museum in Torrance to pay tribute to performance icon and Los Angeles native Vic Edelbrock, who helped shape the performance industry and passed away June 9 at the age of 80.

“Hot rodding has always been an integral part of Southern California car culture,” said Terry L. Karges, executive director of Petersen Automotive Museum. “Our founder, Robert E. Petersen, launched his publishing career at a Roadster Show nearly seven decades ago, so these cars have special meaning for us. This year as we celebrate the region’s roots as the birthplace of hot rodding and honor two recently fallen heroes we look forward to hosting a huge array of ’32 Fords from across the southland.”

Famed car builder and customizer Pete Chapouris first found fame with “The California Kid,” a 1934 Ford three-window coupe that starred in an eponymous movie alongside Martin Sheen. He later founded a series of companies and eventually helmed the rebirth of the legendary So-Cal Speed Shop. Chapouris led the restoration of several notable and award-winning cars, including the Doane Spencer Roadster, which won the first Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Hot Rod class.

One of the first engineer/racers to modify Ford’s new 1932 V8 for improved performance, Vic Edelbrock Sr., was there in 1948 when Bob Petersen launched Hot Rod Magazine and was in fact his first customer. When Sr. passed away in 1962 Vic Jr. took over the family business at the age of 26 and built it into a household name, with a focus on designing and manufacturing high-quality, high-performance replacement parts for the automotive and motorcycle markets that were made in the USA.

A display of “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” (AMBR) winners will also be on display at “Deuce Day,” including the 2010 AMBR-winning ‘33 Ford “Possessed,” 2000 winning ‘32 Ford Roadster “0032,” and the 1923 Ford Model T Roadster “Candy Root Beer,” which was also the 1971 and 1975 AMBR winner.

Deuce Day will begin at 7:30 AM with a cruise-in of ‘32s. The event is free to the public, ticket purchase only required for those entering their Deuce. To purchase tickets, click here. Tickets include entry to the museum. For more information on Deuce Day, visit For more information on the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit or call 323/930.CARS.


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 $15 for general admission adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, $7 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10am to 6pm. For general information, call 323/930-CARS or visit


The newest offering from Jay Leno’s Garage is an affordable starter kit to help owners take care of their car’s finish.

Burbank, Calif. (June, 2017) – Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care Kit includes all the products and accessories needed to clean and maintain any vehicle in any garage, including Vehicle Wash, Hand Wax, Tire and Trim Care, Quick Detailer, a foam applicator and a plush microfiber towel.

For the past eight years, Leno and his detailing team have worked hand-in-hand with in-house product engineers and chemists to develop easy-to-use formulations that offer superior shine and protection.

The Vehicle Wash is a premium wash shampoo that is super-concentrated and ph-neutral and is designed to gently lift away dirt and contaminants from the vehicle’s finish to help prevent scratching or marring. Hand Wax is an advanced carnauba wax cream that is engineered to nourish and protect the vehicle’s finish. The wax also helps restore depth and clarity to clear coat, fiberglass, gel coat and painted surfaces.

Quick Detailer is formulated for removal of light fingerprints, smudges, water spots and light dust and is safe for use on all painted surfaces, clear coat, plastic, glass, chrome and aluminum. Tire and Trim Care is scientifically engineered to produce a deep, long-lasting shine on rubber, vinyl and plastic trim. The waterborne formulation provides anti-static properties that repel dust and grime, while UV-protection shields against the harmful effects of the sun.

“I’m one of those guys who would rather spend my time driving my cars than cleaning them,” said Jay Leno. “So having a simple system in place like the Vehicle Care Kit that works and doesn’t take up a ton of time or room is perfect.”

For more information and to purchase Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care projects, please visit

Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care – Jay Leno’s Garage is synonymous with beautiful and valuable cars and after more than 20 years of trying every detailing product on the market, Leno and his team decided that they could do a better job of developing superior car care products that would suit their unique needs and the needs of detailers and DIYers around the world. After working closely with in-house chemists and product engineers, the result is the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Car line. All of the Jay Leno’s Garage Advanced Vehicle Care chemicals are formulated and bottled in the USA. For more information, visit


Classic Cars Take Over the Southside of Chattanooga on
Sunday, June 25th from 4-8pm


Chattanooga, TN. (June, 2017) – The Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty is an annual time, speed, endurance rally for 1972 and older vehicles. This classic car event is an intense competition, with more than $150,000 up for grabs in the various divisions, but it’s also a rolling car show that includes two city stops per day. The stops are free to the public and offer a festival-like atmosphere, with up to 120 vehicles on display. On Sunday, June 25th, the Great Race makes a stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of Coker Tire Company.

If you are a follower of the Great Race, you may notice that this was not the original plan for the Chattanooga stop. The original venue was the Chattanooga Riverfront, offering a scenic view of the Tennessee River. While it was a beautiful setting, the Great Race organizers made the decision to change venues, due to the overwhelming response and the predicted turnout. There simply would not be enough room in the allotted space, so the Great Race crew put together a plan with Coker Tire to make the Chattanooga stop even bigger and better.

The Chattanooga, Tennessee stop will take place at the Coker Tire headquarters, which is home of the famous “Chattanooga Cruise In”, an annual car event that brings in more than 2,000 cars and 20,000 people each year. The setting is perfect for the Great Race stop, and the Coker Tire crew plans to welcome the Great Racers with a slightly downsized version of the Chattanooga Cruise In. The event will last from 4 to 8pm, offering a cool cruise night atmosphere, in addition to the awesome display of vintage iron that travels with the Great Race.

While the cruise in portion of the event lasts from 4 to 8pm, the first Great Racers will roll into the venue at 5:30pm, and continue filing in until approximately 7:30pm. The racers will enjoy a complimentary catered meal inside of the Coker Tire Museum, while cruise in participants will have other options for food and refreshments, including the “Cruisin’ Cone” vintage ice cream truck.

Each stop on the Great Race is free to the public and spectators will be able to visit with the participants and to look at the cars. It is common for kids to climb in the cars for a first-hand look. “When the Great Race pulls into a city it becomes an instant festival,” race director Jeff Stumb said. Take advantage of this chance to see 120 Great Race vehicles and hundreds of other classic cars with the awesome Coker Tire cruise in and Great Race block party on Sunday, June 25th from 4 to 8pm.

The 2017 Great Race route travels 2,300 miles using the Dixie Highway as a guide, which provides an excellent opportunity to stop in Chattanooga. The action starts in Jacksonville, Florida, as drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits waves the green flag on Saturday, June 24th, and it ends nine days later in Traverse City, Michigan. The racers’ goal is to match a pre-determined time, set by a special pace car, while following precise course instructions, but just getting to the finish line is sometimes a victory in itself. In fact, the Great Race motto is “To Finish is to Win!” so that gives you an idea of the challenge at hand.

To find out more about the Great Race, visit or you can email or call 1-800-989-7223.


Murray brings nearly 20 years of automotive and sales experience to

Phoenix, Ariz. (June, 2017) — today announces the appointment of automotive industry veteran Michael Murray to the position of Area Sales Manager. Murray, who brings more than 18 years of sales experience in the automotive industry to, will take the lead in driving vertical media revenue and in building marketing partnerships with key automotive brand leaders.

Murray joins from National Business Media, where he spent 13 years holding various positions. Most recently, he was associate publisher at THE SHOP Magazine. He previously held potions at Volant Performance and K&N Engineering.

Recognized for his contributions to the industry, Murray won the 2016 Robert E. Petersen Award during the 2017 Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media trade Conference.

“Michael brings extensive sales and leadership qualities that will help us further our growth and market presence,” said Roger Falcione, president and CEO of “As the Area Sales Manager, he will drive revenue and build relationships that will benefit for years to come.”


Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is home to the industry’s largest community of collector car owners, buyers and enthusiasts. is devoted to helping owners sell classic vehicles online. Featuring more than 30,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, auction houses, and specialty dealerships around the world, is home to the world’s largest online selection of classic and collector vehicles for sale. For more information, visit