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LOTUS BLOSSOMS AT MONTEREY CAR WEEK WITH EVIJA PUBLIC DEBUT AND SIGNIFICANT SALES SUCCESS FOR ELECTRIC HYPERCAR

  • Lotus Evija, the world’s most powerful production car, made its public debut in Monterey this week as thousands of fans flocked to the electric hypercar’s reveal
  • North America’s excited reception of the first all-electric British hypercar, resulted in strong double-figure orders being taken, and most of the initial production for the US market now allocated to customers

(Monterey, California – 19 August 2019) – The all-new Lotus Evija hypercar has made its public debut at the world-renowned Monterey Car Week, which drew to a close at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. 
 
Evija received plaudits from across the automotive world at Car Week, from the likes of high profile collector Jay Leno, social media star Supercar Blondie and the Petersen Automotive Museum Checkered Flag 200, gaining many new fans, friends and customers along the way. 
 
Gordon McCall, Director of Motorsports for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, said: “Seeing the Lotus Evija debut at The Quail was fantastic – the brand has an amazing history and it is exciting to see its future unfold with the first of its new sports cars.” 
 
Lotus Cars’ CEO, Phil Popham, added: “This is exactly the start we hoped for.  Evija is an outstanding and exceptional car – designed and engineered to put Lotus back on the map as the innovator and technical leader that it is.  Many orders are now taken, giving us great confidence to hit our planned volume as we enter production starting from a new factory at our home in Hethel next year.”
 
A technical tour de force, the Evija is illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity that has always been part of the Lotus DNA. With a target output of 2000 PS, it is the world’s most powerful series production road car. It has been designed and engineered in the UK, and will be produced at Hethel, UK, the home of Lotus since 1966. Exclusivity is guaranteed, with production limited to a maximum of 130 cars. Full technical details can be found on the Lotus media website at https://media.lotuscars.com


About Lotus

Group Lotus Limited is based in Norfolk, UK.

Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance sports cars including the Evora, Elise, Exige and 3-Eleven ranges of sportscars.

Lotus Engineering provides comprehensive and versatile consultancy services to many of the world’s OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers and is an internationally recognised automotive engineering consultancy.

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION AND DISPLAY OF THE JAMES HETFIELD COLLECTION & NEW HYPERCAR EXHIBIT

The announcement, which was made during the museum’s annual press conference at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, included details about the Metallica frontman’s donated custom car collection, the new “Hypercars” exhibit, new members of the museum’s Board of Directors, 30 new car donations and additions to its educational programming

Pebble Beach, Calif. (August 18, 2019) – During its annual breakfast press conference at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Petersen Automotive Museum announced two upcoming exhibits set to debut in 2020. The new exhibits will include a custom car display featuring the collection of Metallica frontman James Hetfield in February and “Hypercars” in June.

Hetfield’s collection, which was graciously donated to the Petersen this year, consists of 10 custom cars including the 1948 Jaguar “Black Pearl” and the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr “Voodoo Priest.” The cars will be displayed in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery along with Metallica artifacts and memorabilia. Replacing “Hollywood Dream Machines” in the Mullin Family Grand Salon, “Hypercars” will gather more than 30 modern hypercars.

In addition to the new exhibit announcements and car donations, the Petersen officially welcomed two new board members to its team of automotive luminaries. Hong Kong-based businessman and notable car collector Wiliam E. Connor became a board member—a responsibility which steers the Petersen towards a sustainable future as a thought leader in the automotive space.  In addition, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche was appointed as an honorary board member. Dr. Porsche is a shareholder and chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE as well as the youngest son of Ferdinand Porsche, creator of the 356.

Along with the new board members, the Petersen announced four new Founding Members: the Otis Booth Foundation, Tom Malloy, Phillip Sarofim and James Hetfield. Founding Members are top-level museum donors.

“As we head into 2020, the Petersen Automotive Museum has monumental plans on the horizon,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Since the Petersen was founded in 1994, we have worked tirelessly to share our passion for the automobile both locally and internationally. Our announcements at Pebble Beach reflect our promise to the public to continue this mission for years to come.”

In 2020, the Petersen plans to expand its educational programming—which consists of K-12 field trips, free school admission and bus programs as well as on-site and outreach educational experiences—through the generosity of Michael Armand Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation. The Petersen also announced that it will sponsor a car build for Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti (DRAGG), an automotive afterschool program which aims to mentor at-risk youths by providing viable car repair and customization skills.

For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.


About The Petersen Automotive Museum
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, $14 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under four 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.

1931 Stutz DV 32 Convertible Victoria by Le Baron Named “Best of Show” at 2019 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Attended by 6,000 people from around the world, the automotive lifestyle event welcomed icons of the motorsports world, an array of gourmet international cuisine and a spectacular display of the rarest and most beautiful collectible motorcars in history

Fast Facts:

  • 6,000 guests in attendance
  • More than 250 motorcars on display with a special focus on sports and racing
  • Two Fireside Chats
    • 2015 World Endurance Champion Mark Webber moderated by Philip Kadoorie
    • Automotive influencer Alex Hirschi, aka Supercar Blondie, moderated by noted automotive journalist Hannah Elliott
  • Six gourmet culinary pavilions inspired by famous roads around the world catered by Componere Fine Catering
    • Pacific Coast Highway
    • Road to Hana
    • Atlantic Road
    • Ruta 40
    • Guoliang
    • Spartanburg, Presented by BMW North America
  • Award-winning wines, local brews and signature cocktails
  • Supported charities
    • Rancho Cielo Youth Campus
    • The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation
    • California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation
    • Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
    • North Monterey County High School Marching Band
  • Traditional classes
    • Pre-War Sports and Racing Cars
    • Post-War Racing Cars
    • Post-War Sports Cars 1945 – 1960
    • Post-War Sports Cars 1961 – 1975
    • Sports and Racing Motorcycles
    • The Great Ferraris
    • Supercars
    • Custom Coachwork
  • Featured classes
    • 100 Years of Bentley Motors
    • 25th Anniversary of the McLaren F1
    • A Tribute to the Electric Car Movement

About The Peninsula Signature Events
The Peninsula Signature Events are organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris, Bangkok, and Manila. New Peninsula hotels are currently under development in London, Istanbul, and Yangon. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally, and The Quail, A Motorsports Gatheringhttp://signatureevents.peninsula.com.

COAST BIG SUR TO OPEN SPECIAL ART EXHIBITITION FEATURING LOCAL ARTIST REBECCA KOURY

The exhibit will feature eight works from the “Ocean Dreaming Series” by local artist Rebecca Koury from August 23 to September 27, 2019
 
BIG SUR, CALIF. (August 16, 2019) – COAST Big Sur, Highway 1’s destination for fine art, unique gifts and casual dining on California’s Central Coast, announced today it will exhibit the paintings of Central California artist Rebecca Koury in a new display. The exhibit, located in the Henry Miller Gallery, is scheduled to run from August 23 to September 27, 2019.

The display will highlight works from Koury’s “Ocean Dreaming Series” of acrylic on canvas and panel paintings. Eight paintings are slated to appear in the gallery including “Ocean Dreams,” “Hidden Reef,” “Upward Reflection,” “Meditations of Kauai,” “Floating Exposure,” “Marigold,” “Water” and “Heat.” The exhibit is slated to begin with a free reception on August 23, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. including a meet and greet with the artist, wine and light snacks. This reception will be open to the public.

“We’re proud to exhibit these works by Rebecca Koury in our Henry Miller Gallery,” said Peter Mullin, owner of COAST Big Sur. “One of the primary missions of COAST Big Sur has always been to shine a light on Central California art and artists, and Rebecca Koury is one of the finest artists currently working in our region.”

Koury has been painting for over three decades, seeking to interpret her experience of nature and express the feeling of this experience through paint and other visual media. Her work has appeared in collections, commissions and exhibitions around the globe and has been mentioned in publications including the Wall Street Journal and The Californian.

In addition to the new exhibit, COAST Big Sur features an iconic exterior design comprised of three enormous water tanks fashioned with 2,000-year-old redwood slabs, a wide selection of fine art, unique tabletop gifts and an elevated casual café with a stunning view of the California coastline from an expansive rooftop terrace. The picnic-inspired menu includes a selection of savory soups; snacks; dips and fresh-baked breads and pastries; local beers and wines; and freshly brewed Verve Coffee. Head Chef Nick Balla brings his expertise and signature style to the project, having previously served at several award-winning San Francisco restaurants including Bar Tartine, Duna and Smokebread. Other prominent artists whose works have displayed and sold at COAST Big Sur include highlights such as acclaimed sculptor Loet Vanderveen and contemporary painter David Blakemore.

For more information about COAST Big Sur, please visit www.coastbigsur.com.


About COAST Big Sur
Big Sur, California landmark since its opening in 1958, COAST Big Sur is the flagship destination for fine art, unique gifts and casual dining on California’s Central Coast. COAST Big Sur is located at 49901 Highway 1 in Big Sur, California, 93920. Hours of operation are Sundays through Thursdays 11 am to 6 pm and 11 am to 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The gallery is open every day from 11 am to 6 pm. For general information, visit coastbigsur.com. Follow COAST Big Sur on Instagram at instagram.com/coastbigsur.

MARCO DIEZ UNVEILS JAGUAR E-TYPE LOW DRAG COUPE “OWL226” AT THE QUAIL, A MOTORSPORTS GATHERING

Built in collaboration with Fast Cars Ltd., the stunning Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe, which was inspired by classic Jaguar racer “49FXN,” debuted on the lawn of The Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club following an eight-year build.

Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif. (August 16, 2019) – Marco Diez today unveiled his reimagined 1963 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during Monterey Car Week. Inspired by the legendary 1963 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe “49FXN,” this Low Drag, known as project “OWL226” because of its California registration, was designed by Diez who painstakingly recreated the original body and drivetrain while refining the car’s fit, finish and interior.

Built in collaboration with Fast Cars Ltd. and UK coachbuilders RS Panels, the car was created through an exacting eight-year process that strove to replicate the construction and appearance of the original “49FXN” as it would have looked when first designed. The build process was so meticulous that many of the screws were machined specifically for the project, while the interior was built far above and beyond the elegant standards of a Jaguar road car of the day. 

“Unveiling this car at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering was the culmination of nearly a decade’s work,” said Marco Diez, owner and designer of “OWL226.” “This Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe has been a passion project. I believe ‘49FXN’ is the one of most beautiful automobiles ever made, so to take inspiration from that and make it my own is a dream come true.” 

The Low Drag Coupe “OWL226” also features much of the same running gear as the original including a 3.8-litre straight-six competition engine – this one a modern example by Crosthwaite and Gardiner that produces 380 horsepower. The car also features a unique ram-air intake to feed air to the side draft Weber carburetors just like “49FXN.” 

While the original was a stripped-down race car, Diez sought to make this car equally as beautiful and tasteful on the inside as it is on the outside. The interior is almost entirely custom-made due to the unique dimensions of the Low Drag when compared to other E-Types. From bespoke gauges, custom seats and a custom roll-bar with integrated headrests to the custom-machined steering wheel and one-off A/C system, the car is a wealth of fine details.

The car made its official debut today at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering which was held at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. Additional appearances of the “OWL226” Low Drag Coupe will be announced soon.

MCCALL’S MOTORWORKS REVIVAL BRINGS WORLD-CLASS CARS, AIRCRAFT AND LUXURY TO MONTEREY JET CENTER FOR 28TH ANNUAL EVENT

The kick-off to Monterey Car Week 2019 featured highlights including priceless historic cars, vehicle debuts from Ford, RUF Automobile and ROUSH Performance, along with displays from 20 luxury automotive, aviation and lifestyle brands.
 

Monterey, Calif. (August 15, 2019) – McCall’s Motorworks Revival, the first major event of the world-famous Monterey Car Week, hosted its 28th annual event at Monterey Jet Center in Monterey, California on August 14, 2019. A crowd of over 3,000 enthusiasts attended the exclusive event, exploring a unique blend of iconic classic cars, cutting-edge exotic cars, rare aircraft, debuts and displays from over 20 leading automakers, aircraft brands, luxury watch companies, food and beverage providers and luxury real estate companies. 
 
The unique environment on the tarmac and in the hangar of the Monterey Jet Center event featured a selection of some of the world’s finest classic cars, including a one-of-two 1978 BMW 320 Turbo lightweight race car campaigned by Jim Busby Racing in IMSA GTX competition.  Other standout classics included an exacting replica of the 1935 Bugatti Aerolithe built on an original Bugatti Type 57 chassis using the same production methods and materials as the original car.
 
New vehicles that debuted at the event included the North American debut of the production model RUF CTR Anniversary supercar as well as the North American debut of the Ford GT Mk II track-only supercar. Other vehicles debuting at the event included the world debut of a one-off, Gulf Racing-inspired Stage 3 Mustang from ROUSH Performance.
 
The aviation world was also well-represented at the event, with a rare B-25 bomber as well as the iconic P-51 Mustang. Along with these classic aircraft, a wide variety of new private airplanes were on display for attendees. These included the Gulfstream G500, Dassault Falcon’s 900 LX, Legacy 500 and Phenom 300E light business jet from Embraer, the single-engine Piper M600 cabin-class turboprop airplane, the PC-12 NG midsize turboprop airplane from Pilatus Aircraft and Textron Aviation’s display of the Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize business jet.
 
Guests also enjoyed displays from luxury watchmakers Bremont, Eberhard & Co., H. Moser & Cie., Kerbedanz, Reservoir Watch SA, Chronoswiss A.G. and high-end jeweler Winston’s Estate Jewelers. Further unique displays were exquisite sculptures courtesy of artist Mark Russo of the Foundry Michelangelo and additional display vehicles from The Luxury Collection on Northern California.  The event’s exclusive gourmet food and beverages from a variety of high-profile chefs and mixologists were supported by offerings from Bernardus, Mullin Estate Wines, El Jefe Tequila, Adobe Road Winery and California Caviar Company. Gateway Bronco also had a selection of its officially licensed, restored Ford Broncos on display.
 
“The 28th Annual McCall’s Motorworks Revival was one of the most memorable we’ve ever hosted,” said Gordon McCall, founder of the McCall’s Motorworks Revival. “The California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation had a hugely successful night and variety of automobiles and aircraft, along with these unique displays have made 2019 one of our most successful events to date. We hope we can continue to grow McCall’s Motorworks Revival as one of Monterey’s must-see events in 2020 and beyond.”

Learn more about McCall’s Motorworks Revival on the event website and follow the event on Facebook and Instagram.


About Gordon McCall
As a former Class judge at the Pebble Beach Concour’s d’Elegance and Field Coordinator for more than 25 years, Gordon is the CEO and President of McCall Events, Inc. as well as the Co-Founder and Motorsports Director for the world-renowned “The Quail” A Motorsports Gathering, “The Quail” A Motorcycle Gathering, and host of the Peninsula Classics annual “Best of the Best” Award, with close friend Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of the Peninsula Shanghai Hotel Group. 

Starting in 2019, Gordon’s ineffable passion for all things built for speed, will host “The Road to Provenance,” a television series focusing on collecting and collectors airing this Fall on the History channel.  

Gordon McCall’s professional affiliations continue to evolve around his aviation, motorsports, motorcycle, and bicycling interests. Additional affiliations include: Partner and member of the development team, Monterey Motorsports Park, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus for the Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club, and Member of the Board of Directors for the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation which assists widows and orphans of CHP officers killed in the line of duty.

McCall continues to innovate and support other automotive and motorcycle endeavors. Most recently, Gordon contributed to the feature film “Why We Ride,” a documentary on the spirit and community behind the sport and pleasure of motorcycling and is now working closely with the same film production crew on their next feature film, “Why We Fly”.  

KAHN MEDIA NAMED ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES IN AMERICA

Southern California-based PR and digital marketing agency Kahn Media appears on the Inc. 5000 list for the second consecutive year; named #1 PR Agency in the region by local business journal 

MOORPARK, Calif. (August 14, 2019) – Kahn Media announced today that it has been listed on Inc. Magazine’s 38th annual Inc. 5000 list – the premier ranking for the fastest-growing private companies in America. This is the second year that Kahn Media has appeared on the list and appears as number 2,715 after an initial placement at number 2848 in 2018. In addition to the recognition by Inc. Magazine, Kahn Media has also recently been ranked as the top public relations firm in the region for the second consecutive year by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

The Inc. 5000 list is regarded as one of the most prestigious rankings of private companies in America and has given many well-known corporations their first widespread exposure. The list highlights the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies based in the United States ranked according to percentage of revenue growth between 2015 and 2019.

“It’s an incredible honor for us to be placed on the Inc. 5000 list for the second year in a row,” said Dan Kahn, president and CEO of Kahn Media. “This award comes as the result of eleven years of hard work, dedication and innovative thinking from our incredible Kahn Media team with a constant drive to provide tangible results that contribute to the success of our clients. This has been a banner year for our firm, from working with exciting clients like Rolex Watch USA and Lotus Cars to the expansion of our digital marketing and influencer engagement teams, to the continued success of our events team. We’re proud to be part of such a prestigious list as we look to keep growing and innovating for many years to come.”

In addition to its recognition on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list, Kahn Media has recently received accolades from the San Fernando Valley Business Journal which named Kahn Media the number one PR agency in the region. In related news, Kahn Media is also in its third year as a member of the Forbes Agency Council, where company principal Dan Kahn serves as an advisor and contributing writer to the respected business publication.


Kahn Media, Inc., is a Southern California based full service public relations and marketing agency focused on mobility, technology and luxury-lifestyle markets. With a deep understanding of the new media landscape, Kahn builds campaigns that increase brand awareness, consumer interaction and sales using its large in-house team to craft cohesive public relations, social media, digital influencer and content marketing campaigns that cascade across all forms of media to inform, influence and engage consumers. For more information please visit www.KahnMedia.com.

About Inc. Media Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 18,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

ROUSH PERFORMANCE UNVEILS ONE-OF-A-KIND STAGE 3 MUSTANG AT MCCALL’S MOTORWORKS REVIVAL

The 710 horsepower, Gulf Racing-liveried 2019 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang custom-made for Legendary Companies President and CEO Wade Kawasaki made its public debut at the Monterey Car Week event on August 14, 2019 displayed alongside a new 2019 ROUSH F-150 SC pickup truck.

Monterey, Calif. (August 14, 2019)  – ROUSH Performance unveiled its newest custom vehicle, a 2019 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang designed exclusively for automotive aftermarket industry leader Wade Kawasaki, at the McCall’s Motorworks Revival on August 14, 2019 in Monterey, California. Built to be Kawasaki’s “track-capable daily driver,” the vehicle featured the iconic blue and orange Gulf Racing livery painted by SpeedKore Performance Group to match the historic paint scheme of the Ford race cars that stormed Le Mans a half century ago.

Kawasaki’s vehicle was based on the 2019 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang, the highest-performing vehicle in ROUSH’s stable, and featured a ROUSH TVS R2650 Supercharger along with a ROUSH Cold Air Intake and ROUSH calibration to boost the car’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine to an overall power output of 710 horsepower and 610 foot-pounds of torque. The Mustang was also equipped with the optional ROUSH Active Exhaust System, which offers four different user-selectable exhaust modes. Other upgrades included a custom Sikky Manufacturing handbrake designed for drifting.

Additional custom touches included a set of one-off 20×8.5-inch and 20×11-inch forged aluminum wheels by Wheel Vintiques, designed as a modern interpretation of the iconic wheels of the original Ford GT40, paired with 245/35R20 and 285/35R20 performance tires. Further bespoke pieces included custom carbon fiber side vents and side view mirrors manufactured by SpeedKore as well as a carbon fiber ROUSH Mustang Chin Spoiler, a carbon fiber ROUSH Mustang Rear Spoiler, and complete ROUSH R8 Aero Body Kit. On the inside, Kawaski’s Stage 3 Mustang’s Sport Interior Package had been upgraded with color-matched orange accents and a unique ROUSH plaque.

“Unveiling this custom Stage 3 Mustang at McCall’s Motorworks Revival was an exhilarating experience,” said Legendary Companies President and CEO Wade Kawasaki. “This was my first time seeing the finished car and ROUSH Performance has created something truly special here. I’m proud to share this moment with the public at this exclusive event and I hope everyone enjoyed seeing this incredible machine as much as I have.”

In addition to the custom 2019 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang, ROUSH Performance also displayed a new 2019 ROUSH F-150 SC at the event. With a potent 650 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque on tap from the ROUSHcharged 5.0-liter, as well as an optional ROUSH Active Exhaust System and a ROUSH/Fox 2.0 suspension upgrade, the F-150 SC delivers heart-pounding off-road performance without compromising its on-road drivability. A host of signature ROUSH aesthetic touches inside and out also make the 2019 ROUSH F-150 SC an unmistakable presence on or off the road.

McCall’s Motorworks Revival, often referred to as the “unofficial kick-off” to the world-famous Monterey Car Week, held its 28th annual event on August 14, 2019. Taking place on the tarmac and in the hangar of the Monterey Jet Center, the exclusive gathering featured a curated selection of some of the world’s finest cars, aircraft and motorcycles along with gourmet food and beverages in a unique and eclectic setting.

For more information about McCall’s Motorworks Revival, visit mccallevents.com. Visit www.ROUSHperformance.com to learn more about ROUSH vehicles and products and to 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.com or call 800.59.ROUSH.

HELLWIG INTRODUCES BIG WIG AIR SPRINGS FOR 2017-2019 FORD F-350 AND F-450 DUALLY PICKUPS


Hellwig Suspension Products Big Wig 2,800lb bolt-on air springs for the 2017-2019 Super Duty trucks are designed to increase load capacity while offering a compliant ride when loaded or unloaded.

Visalia, Calif. (August, 2019) – Hellwig Products, an industry-leading manufacturer of towing, hauling and performance suspension products, has released its bolt-on air spring suspension system for 2017-2019 Ford F-350 and F-450 dually pickup trucks. The Big Wig’s 5,600lb 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 2019 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. While these new trucks may be rated to tow and haul heavy loads, 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 Part #6114 are available for the four-wheel drive F-350 and F-450 Dually pickup trucks (replacing Part #6112.) These kits feature a 2,800lb air spring for each side and heavy-duty bulletproof bracket 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 comfortable ride, and increased 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 #4893) the air pressure can be adjusted on the fly, allowing for quick load corrections without service station assistance. For hands free level load capabilities use our auto leveling compressor kit part #4880.

The Hellwig Air Springs can be installed easily with simple hand tools and includes all necessary parts. Similarly, the optional compressors 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 www.HellwigProducts.com.


About Hellwig Products
A family-owned business for 73 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 73 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.

SONOMA SPEED FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DATES FOR SECOND ANNUAL EVENT


The premier historic motorsports festival returns to Sonoma Raceway to showcase the world’s greatest race cars competing on track, along with world-class California wine tasting, gourmet food, curated car show displays, family activities, comedic relief from the Ragtime Racers and full access to motorsports icons from the last century on May 28-31, 2020.

Sonoma, Calif. (August 12, 2019) – The Sonoma Speed Festival has announced its second annual event, set for May 28-31, 2020 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The event will feature the rarest authentic racing cars spanning the history of motorsports from the Brass Era to the modern age competing on track, along with world-class food and wine options, motorsport exhibitions, car shows and more.

The 2020 Sonoma Speed Festival follows a successful inaugural event in 2019, which featured over 200 cars that could be viewed up close and at speed, including two rare Ferrari 250 GTOs competing on track; demonstration runs by the only winning McLaren F1 GTR Longtail; two ex-John Wyer Gulf Racing Porsche 917Ks and two Gulf Racing Ford GT40s in competition. Drawing cars from Le Mans, Sebring, Formula One and more, the original works drivers include Jack Brabham, Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Emerson Fittipaldi, Derek Daly, Jody Scheckter and many others.

The single most successful chassis in the history of Formula 1 – the 2016 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 W07/04 – made several demonstration runs with team simulation and test driver Esteban Gutierrez. Thrilling the crowd, Esteban pushed his car to the limit and recorded a spectacular lap of 1:15.430 on the “full-course” configuration, breaking the lap record by over five seconds.

Outside of racing action on the track, guests will enjoy a variety of activities and displays along with a craft beer garden and the Sip & Savor Pavilion featuring wine tastings from an array of world-class California wineries with gourmet food pairings. Open air picnicking on a sprawling turf family area, curated historic vehicle displays, comedy routines by the Ragtime Racers and more make the event a must for hardcore race fans and families alike.

“Our inaugural event was a smash hit with both fans and participants,” said Ryan R. Turri, General Manager of the Sonoma Speed Festival. “We look forward to making this event even better for 2020.”

Ticketing and registration information will be available soon online at www.sonomaspeedfestival.com, along with additional information on special attractions. Learn more on the event website and follow the action on Facebook and Instagram.


About Sonoma Speed Festival
The Sonoma Speed Festival is dedicated to highlighting the best race cars and collections from the international community and the U.S. One of the primary goals of the event is to connect the beauty and sophistication of the wine country to an event that is spectator and participant friendly while showcasing the best aspects of Northern California. For more information visit sonomaspeedfestival.com or email info@sonomaspeedfestival.com.