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RINGBROTHERS INTRODUCES NEW F100 HOOD HINGES


Originally developed for the F100 “Clem101” that debuted at the 2017 SEMA Show, new Billet Hood Hinge Kit for the 2nd Gen (1953-’56) Ford F100 incorporates Ringbrothers’ patented gas strut architecture for smooth operation and joins the brand’s growing line of parts for classic pickups that are engineered and manufactured with pride in Wisconsin.

SPRING GREEN, Wis. (May 2018) – Ringbrothers, the internationally acclaimed custom car builder and billet parts manufacturer, has announced its new Ford F100 Hood Hinges, expanding its billet product line for classic American trucks.

Originally developed on the shop’s 1956 Ford F100 show vehicle “Clem 101,” the 1953-’56 Ford F100 Hood Hinge is engineered as a direct replacement for stock hinges. Not only do the solid design hinges look good, but they also allow the truck hood to open and close with ease in the same position every time, making proper panel gap and hood alignment easier.

Manufactured in the U.S.A using aerospace-grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum, the Ringbrothers Ford F100 Hood Hinge Kit (Part # 1093-51536) is precision engineered to work with both fiberglass and steel hoods with no additional modifications necessary and is available in two finishes – natural and black anodized.

Like all Ringbrothers products, the new F100 Billet Hood Hinges were designed, engineered, machined and test-fit in-house in the Ringbrothers shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin to ensure the highest quality product is being produced. For more information on Ringbrothers or its line of beautifully crafted parts, please visit Ringbrothers.com or call the Ringbrothers shop at 608-588-7399.


ABOUT RINGBROTHERS LLC
Based in Spring Green, WI, Ringbrothers has rocketed into the top ranks of American car builders over the past decade, winning numerous design awards including the Chevrolet “Best in Show” award at the 2014 and 2016 SEMA Shows, back-to-back Goodguys Street Machine of the Year awards, multiple Mothers’ Shine awards, countless magazine covers and several builds commissioned by OEMs. Founders Mike and Jim Ring also design and manufacture some of the most detailed billet interior and exterior parts that money can buy, beautifully designed with architectural lines and incredible craftsmanship, all made in the USA. Each piece of automotive jewelry that leaves the facility gives buyers an opportunity to make their very own Ringbrothers inspired cars that truly stand apart.

ROCK RAGE JK BUMPER OFFERS JEEP OWNERS TRAIL-READY UPGRADE TO FACTORY BUMPERS


Bolder, more rugged and more utility.

Buford, GA. (May 2018)– Rampage Products, the leading supplier of premium parts and accessories in the specialty Jeep marketplace, has extended the Rock Rage bumper category with a new winch-ready front bumper designed for the 2007-2018 Jeep JK and JKU. The Rock Rage JK Bumper gives Jeep owners a great looking trail-ready upgrade to their factory bumpers.

The Rock Rage JK Bumper has been designed with hard lines and raised angled ends for better articulation and superior off-road clearance. Each bumper has been fabricated from durable 3/16” steel and has a light textured black powder-coated finish.

Additionally, each bumper comes with an integrated winch plate, round bull bar, and reinforced D-ring shackle mounts. Other features include mounting tabs for auxiliary lights and 4-inch receptacles that allow installation of OE-style fog lights.

The Rock Rage JK Bumper comes backed by a three-year limited warranty and is available for 2007-2018 Jeep JK & JKU. For more information on the Rock Rage JK Bumper or any other Rampage Products, visit www.rampageproducts.com, call 1-800-241-7219 or email info@lundinter.com.


ABOUT RAMPAGE PRODUCTS
Built for the trail, ready for the road, Rampage Products is the leader of premium parts and accessories in the specialty Jeep market. A skilled team of Jeep enthusiasts invents, designs, and uses the product innovations you see on roads and trails every day. After the pavement ends, there’s a two-track or a mountain trail that’s still out there to be taken on and conquered…adventure fearlessly with Rampage Products.

THE LA ROADSTER SHOW AND SWAP MEET SHOWCASES RARE PARTS AND CLASSIC VEHICLES


In addition to the hundreds of pre-war roadsters and classic cars on display, the event’s historic swap meet offers hard-to-find parts, memorabilia and vehicles for sale June 15-16, 2018 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

Pomona, Calif. (May 2018) – The LA Roadster Show and Swap Meet, America’s premier event for pre-1936 roadster and hot rod enthusiasts put on by the LA Roadsters car club, returns to the Fairplex in Pomona on Father’s Day weekend, June 15-16, 2018. The event’s historic on-site swap meet will feature everything from rare classic automotive parts and memorabilia to project cars ready for restoration and customization.

In 1960, the LA Roadsters car club founded its annual show and swap meet which was originally held at the Hollywood Bowl. As the show grew to become the largest gathering of classic pre-war roadsters and hot rods in the world, the event’s swap meet also gained popularity for showcasing an unmatched selection of unique and hard-to-find parts as well as project vehicles for sale. From valve covers to velocity stacks, five-window bodies and beyond, all of the parts needed to complete a visitor’s project are available.

Sellers who would like to showcase their items for sale can download an application on the LA Roadster Show website. Each space provided is 25 feet wide by 20 feet long. The registered seller will receive one car pass and two arm bands to attend the event. All vehicles must be placed in the spot allotted or parked in the lot on site. To ease access to the swap meet, buyers are advised to enter through the gate 17 parking lot. There will also be a manufacturer midway and vendor building featuring the latest products from some of the biggest names in hot rodding.

On-site swap meet space reservation will begin Tuesday, June 12th from 9 AM to 4 PM, continuing Wednesday from 9 AM to 4 PM, Thursday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am to 2:00 pm and Saturday, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. Aisle spaces cost $80.00 and corner spaces are $100.00 for both show days. Payment can be made via cash or credit card; no checks will be accepted. Move-in starts Thursday, June 14 at 10:00 am at Gate 15.

For more information on the LA Roadster Show and Swap, please visit www.laroadstershow.com/swap-meet or call 877-207-7773.


About Roadster Shows Inc.
For over 50 years the LA Roadster show was produced by the L.A. Roadsters car club. Starting in 2017 the car club decided it was time to step back and hand over the reins. The show is now managed by Roadster Shows Inc. a professional event management company with over 10 years’ experience producing hot rod, custom car and motorcycle events on the West Coast. The Roadster Shows Inc. staff has experience in sales, marketing, PR, logistics and hospitality. Look for some exciting changes to the event in the years to come. For more information, visit www.LARoadstershow.com

HRE WHEELS BRINGS BACK CLASSIC 540 DESIGN


HRE Performance Wheels brings back three iterations of its iconic 540 style for the model’s 20th Anniversary

Vista, Calif. (May, 2018) – To celebrate its 40th anniversary, HRE Wheels is bringing back a timeless wheel design, known as the 540. The 540 Series initially came to market in 1998 and quickly became one of HRE’s most popular designs. Today, the model returns in three different styles, the standard flange (540), the rolled flange (540C) and reverse drop center with rolled flange (540R).

The reengineered 540 Series wheel is available in 17-22-inch and 24-inch diameters, with the larger diameters being load rated for SUVs. Center lock applications are also available.

“In the late ‘90s, I had just started as a young engineer at HRE and the 540 style was our iconic wheel,” said HRE President Alan Peltier. “It was synonymous with the HRE brand and continued to be our most influential style for several years; a testament to its elegant blend of performance and beauty. It is particularly exciting for me to bring it back, and for all of us to see how absolutely gorgeous it is on today’s cars.”

All HRE wheels, including the 540 Series, are engineered to minimize unsprung mass and rotational inertia for optimal acceleration, handling and braking performance. Each wheel is built-to-order and there are nearly infinite fitment, color and finish options available for the ultimate custom-tailored wheel buying experience.


About HRE Performance Wheels
HRE designs, engineers and manufactures 3-piece and 1-piece forged aluminum alloy wheels for Racing, Performance & Luxury cars and SUVs in their San Diego, California-based, TÜV-approved facility. HRE’s built-to-order wheel sets offer a customized choice of offsets, widths and finishes, resulting in a uniquely personal style and performance solution for each customer’s application. HRE wheels are sold through select high-end car dealerships, specialty retailers and performance companies worldwide. For more information, visit www.HREWheels.com or call an HRE wheel expert at (760) 598-1960.

HEIDTS TEAMS UP WITH WOODY’S HOT RODZ TO BRING TRI-FIVE CHEVROLETS INTO THE 21st CENTURY


Woody’s Hot Rodz launches complete Heidts suspension-equipped chassis for 1955-1957 Chevrolets, with PRO-G Independent Rear Suspension and 4-Link options.

Lake Zurich, Ill. (May, 2018) – Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts, the leader in front & rear suspensions for street rods and Muscle car parts, has partnered with Woody’s Hot Rodz to offer Tri-Five enthusiasts an OE reproduction chassis paired with a modern Heidts 4-link rear suspension or PRO-G Independent Rear Suspension system with tubular control arms. The Woody’s Hot Rodz Tri-Five chassis offers an updated and sturdy foundation for any Tri-Five build and with multiple options of Heidts suspension setups, enthusiast can find the right setup for any level of driving.

The front end of the Woody’s Hot Rodz Tri-Five chassis features a Heidts stock type cross member paired with Heidts upper and lower tubular control arms, billet coil over shocks, PRO-G drop spindles, 1” sway bar and optional Wilwood brake kit. This setup is complete with Heidts triangular 4-link rear suspension. With the 4-link kit being one of Heidts’ most popular choices, users can improve the overall ride quality and handling with updated, modern suspension.

The chassis is also available with identical front suspension components and a PRO-G ISR that is sure to rival the handling of modern sports cars. The PRO-G ISR is a complete hub to hub assembly that includes a Currie third member, Wilwood brake kit, standard or high horsepower CV shafts, billet adjustable coil over shocks and springs and all the necessary brackets.

Woody’s Hot Rodz Chassis with Heidts Front and 4-Link Rear (Part No. WHR-CHA-7) starts at $11,999.95 and is also available with Heidts PRO-G IRS Front/Rear (Part No. WHR-CHA-6), starting at $19,999.95. To purchase the Woody’s Hot Rodz Chassis, visit www.woodyshotrodz.com or to purchase Heidts products, visit www.heidts.com.


ABOUT HEIDTS HOT ROD & MUSCLE CAR PARTS
Industry Leaders in the Design and Manufacturing of Front & Rear Suspensions for Street Rods and Muscle Cars Parts. Heidts® is one of the premier forces that challenges and supplies the market with not only some of the finest components, but some of the finest service as well. With our ever-expanding product lines and changes to improve older suspension designs, look for Heidts to have a suspension for your ride. For more information, visitwww.heidts.com or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

VINTAGE AIR UPDATES ITS ’67 AND ’68 F-BODY SUREFIT SYSTEMS


New features in the Gen IV SureFit kit allow for an easier and cleaner installation in early F-Body vehicles

San Antonio, Texas (May, 2018) – Vintage Air, the leading manufacturer of complete performance air conditioning systems for muscle cars, hot rods and street rods, announces the release of its updated Gen IV SureFit air conditioning system for the 1967 and 1968 Camaro and Firebird models.  This new system is available as both a Complete Kit and Evaporator Kit and features several new upgrades including fenderwell routing and infinite blower fan speed adjustments.

The early GM F-Body cars are some of the most popular in terms of restoration and racing. As part of Vintage Air’s continuous improvement with engineering goals, the new 1967 and 1968 Camaro and Firebird SureFit kit now incorporates several features that will enhance its appearance and performance. Upgrades include a new refrigerant and heater hose routing through the fenderwell, evaporator height in-dash, condenser mounts with integral drier bracket and simplified controls conversion. The control conversion eliminates the OEM three-speed blower switch on the factory A/C cars and adds a cable converter potentiometer to deliver infinite blower fan speed adjustment so you can attain that, “just right temperature” in any weather.

The upgraded ’67-‘68 F-Body Gen IV SureFit air conditioning system will be available as a Complete Kit for factory A/C cars (Part Number 964190) and non A/C Cars (Part Number 961190).  For those installations that do not require the under-hood components, Evaporator Kits are also available for factory A/C car (Part Number 564190) and non A/C car (Part Number 561190) models.

Vintage Air systems are made in the USA, include components necessary for a complete installation, and are backed by a three-year warranty.  For more information on the Vintage Air Gen IV SureFit air conditioning system for the 1967 and 1968 Camaro and Firebird, visit www.vintageair.com 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!

TWO EXHIBITS ON JAPANESE MANUFACTURING AND CAR CULTURE TO OPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY AT PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM


Los Angeles (May 8th, 2018) – The Petersen Automotive Museum today announced plans for its upcoming exhibit set to debut on May 26, 2018. The first part of the exhibit, titled “The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking” will illuminate key elements of Japanese design philosophy in the years preceding its climb to market dominance in the 1970s. In contrast, “Fine Tuning: Japanese-American Customs” will examine the rise of Japanese car customization in both the home market and the United States and how the two markets influenced each other to redefine car culture.

Located in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery presented by Rolex, “The Roots of Monozukuri” exhibit will explore the theme of monozukuri, or “the art, science and craft of making things,” and how it has led to the long-term success of the Japanese automotive industry. Each car will exemplify this theme by highlighting the creativity, innovation, craftsmanship and collaboration central to Japanese manufacturing. Vehicles will include a 1936 Toyoda AA (replica), a 1966 Nissan Silvia, a 1967 Toyota 2000GT, a 1968 Honda N600, and a 1969 Mazda Cosmo. Many of the vehicles for the exhibit are being transported to the U.S. from Japan thanks to the generous support of Nissan. Additional shipping support is being provided by Mitsubishi.

“Nissan is honored to be part of the Petersen’s ‘The Roots of Monozukuri’ exhibit, which celebrates 60-years of Japanese cars in the U.S.,” said Richard Plavetich, General Manager, Nissan Design America. “From practical and economical to sleek and powerful, Nissan vehicle design, durability and performance has resulted in an 85-year global success story that will be well represented by the vehicles on display.”

“The impact of the Japanese automotive industry on American life is so powerful that the story has to be represented in two parts to truly capture the spirit of Japanese innovation,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “The exhibit is intended to bridge the public’s interest in the evolution of Japanese manufacturing since arriving in the U.S. with Southern California’s place as a hotbed of Japanese car customization that drove a nationwide boom in import car tuning, motorsports and more over the past two decades.”

Running concurrently with “The Roots of Monozukuri” in the Customization Gallery, “Fine Tuning” elaborates on the aesthetic and stylistic conversation between Japanese and American tuners. Focusing on Los Angeles and Japanese car customizers, this exhibit will expose guests to cars that they cannot see elsewhere, from drift and drag cars to highly modified customs and more.

Key vehicles will include a 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX “Kenmeri,” a 1991 Toyota Cresta “Kaido” Racer, a 1998 Honda Civic Hatchback Drag Racer,  and a 1974 Mazda RX-3.

“The Roots of Monozukuri” and “Fine Tuning” will run through April 14, 2019.  For more information about the exhibit or 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.

1913 FLYING MERKEL TWIN NAMED “BEST OF SHOW” AT THE QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING


Attended by more than 3,000 people from around the world, the annual event included appearances by icons of motorcycle racing and design, an array of artisanal local cuisine and a stunning display of the rarest, fastest and most beautiful motorcycles in history.

Fast Facts

  • More than 3,000 attendants
  • More than 350 bikes on display
  • Four featured classes
    • Arlen Ness Private Collection (not judged)
    • Electric Motorcycles
    • Café Racers
    • 25th Anniversary of the Ducati Monster
  • Traditional classes
    • Antique (1916-1935)
    • American (1936-1979)
    • British (1936-1979)
    • Competition On Road
    • Competition Off Road
    • Custom/Modified
    • Italian (1936-1979)
    • Japanese (1936-1979)
    • Other European (1936-1979)
    • Extraordinary Bicycles/Scooters

Award Winners

Best of Show
1913 Flying Merkel Twin
Douglas & Marian McKenzie – California
Antique Class

Spirit of The Quail Award
1920 Indian Streamliner
Clyde Crouch – Texas
Competition On Road Class

25th Anniversary of the Ducati Monster Award
2010 Ducati Monster
Isaac Villanueva – California

Café Racers Award
1961 BSA DBD-34 Gold Star
Craig Steggall – Washington

Electric Motorcycles Award 
1974 Corbin Bonneville Partial Streamliner Salt Racer
Mike Corbin – California

Industry Award
1960 Harley-Davidson Super 10
Jackson Burrows – Canada
Custom/Modified Class

Innovation Award
2020 Curtiss Zeus
Curtiss Motorcycles – Alabama

Design and Style Award
1968 Ducati 250 Narrow Case
Analog Motorcycles – Illinois
Custom/Modified Class

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award
1971 Honda CT-70
Steve Mast – California
Japanese Class

HVA Preservation Award
1920 Indian Streamliner
Clyde Crouch – Texas
Competition On Road Class

Significance in Racing Award
1981 Freddie Spencer’s Factory Honda Racing NS-750 Flat Tracker
Anthony Giammanco – California
Competition Off Road Class

Why We Ride Award
1970 Indian Little Indian
Clive Belvoir – California
American Class 1936-1979

Extraordinary Bicycles/Scooter Award
1969 Lambretta Vega
Siobhan Ellis – California
Extraordinary Bicycles & Scooters Class

ABOUT THE PENINSULA SIGNATURE EVENTS
The Peninsula Signature Events is organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris – future openings, Yangon and London. 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 Gathering.signatureevents.peninsula.com.

24 HOURS OF LE MANS: DEDICATION AROUND THE CLOCK


Geneva, Thursday 3 May 2018 – This weekend the 14-month FIA World Endurance Championship begins, marking an innovative period of transition for the Series. Starting with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the eight-race ‘Super Season’ now features two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the twice-around-the-clock contest serving as the finale to the 2018 – 2019 FIA World Endurance Championship. Regarded as the ultimate race against time, the 24 Hours of Le Mans tests human and technical performance in extreme conditions where every second counts.

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place from Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 June 2018 at the iconic 13.626 km Circuit de la Sarthe, France. When the Rolex Clock strikes 15:00 local time, the French Tricolour flag will drop and the sixty cars competing will embark on a journey towards motor sport history. This season, the start line has moved 145 metres closer to the first corner, allowing all the competitors to line up on the pit straight before the starting orders are given, while, as part of a continued effort to improve safety, an asphalt run-off has been added to the Porsche Curves. To succeed at this 24-hour marathon, drivers and teams must find an intricate balance between speed and reliability.

The 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will showcase first-class racing and a star-studded cast to motor sport enthusiasts across the globe. The Le Mans Prototype 1 class (LMP1) will see eight privateer entries take up the two-car challenge of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, who will be vying to secure the team’s first 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, having come exceptionally close in previous years. Driving for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing on his maiden 24 Hours of Le Mans appearance is two-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion, Fernando Alonso, who will go head-to-head with 2009 FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Jenson Button – making his Le Mans debut for SMP Racing. Alonso has attracted international attention in his mission to claim motor sport’s ultimate accolade, the Triple Crown: victory at the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500. Another strong contender for this prestigious feat is Columbia’s Juan Pablo Montoya, racing for United Autosports in the 20-car strong LMP2 category.

As part of a renewed commitment to GT racing, BMW will return to the LM GTE-Pro class, marking its first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2011. The German manufacturer will compete alongside fellow marques Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Chevrolet Corvette and Ford, generating intense competition as the teams push the boundaries of engineering innovation. This year’s elite field is made up of 30 prototype and 30 GTE cars, including 13 entries in the LM GTE-Am class.

The quest for excellence, precision and dedication around the clock unites Rolex with the world’s oldest and greatest endurance race; a partnership which dates back to 2001 when the Swiss watch brand became the Official Timepiece of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As reward for travelling the furthest distance in 24 hours, the winners will receive the 24 Hours of Le Mans trophy and a specially engraved Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona timepiece – the ultimate racing driver’s watch.

Nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex Testimonee, Tom Kristensen, said: “The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a legendary event, demanding the ultimate in reliability and both technical and human performance. Returning to Circuit de la Sarthe as part of the Rolex family is always an honour, particularly given the brand’s close ties with motor sport and endurance racing. With two editions of Le Mans in one season and a rejuvenated calendar, it promises to be an enthralling Championship.”


ROLEX AND ENDURANCE RACING
The FIA World Endurance Championship will race in Belgium, France, UK, Japan, China and the USA during the 2018 – 2019 season. The 12 Hours of Sebring makes a highly anticipated return and both the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and 24 Hours of Le Mans will feature twice, with the 2019 edition of Le Mans staging the finale and the crowning moment of the 14-month Championship. In line with Rolex’s passion for endurance racing, the watch brand is the Official Timepiece of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as Title Sponsor of the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA. Engine speed and reliability, along with driver and team stamina are magnified during these extremely challenging races, which showcase the rich history of motor sport and racing at the highest level.

ABOUT ROLEX
Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports and exploration, and encourages the spirit of enterprise, as well as the conservation of natural environments.

DAN KAHN MAKES SECOND RUN FOR SEMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Southern California-based CEO of PR and digital agency Kahn Media to run as incumbent in 2018 SEMA Board of Directors election with platform focused on youth engagement, combating overseas counterfeiting and increasing SEMA member benefits.


MOORPARK, Calif. (April 30, 2018) – Longtime automotive aftermarket industry veteran and marketing agency principal Dan Kahn will be running as an incumbent in the coming SEMA Board of Directors election, following a successful first term. Kahn has worked in the aftermarket for over 20 years and has served as a SEMA volunteer leader for nearly a decade, with a focus on consumer engagement and the promotion and protection of small and mid-sized businesses.

“I am running for a second term on the SEMA Board of Directors because I want to bring real change to the way the association operates,” Kahn said. “I have a clear and concise plan for what I want to achieve that includes increased protection from overseas counterfeiters, a defined long-term plan to engage new young consumers and working with staff to improve how the association serves and communicates with members – particularly small businesses. SEMA as a trade association and a show must help its members thrive in the face of serious challenges from globalization, government oversight and more; this is why SEMA was founded in the first place.”

Kahn brings a unique perspective to the SEMA Board of Directors, as the CEO of the fastest growing PR and Marketing firm in the automotive aftermarket that services two dozen top brands in the hot rod, restoration, motorsports, tuning, truck and off-road space. His firm pioneered the use of a blended social and traditional media direct-consumer-engagement strategy, which gave him a deep well of knowledge for communicating directly with consumers and engaging the next generation – the primary focus of his first term on the SEMA Board. Kahn and his team work with manufacturers, builders, WDs and retailers – he has his ear to the ground which is what inspired the second run for the board.

“Thanks to a strong economy our industry is booming right now, but I’m worried about the future,” Kahn explains. “Sales are strong and the SEMA Show keeps setting records, but our industry was founded by people in little shops and garages with big ideas, and there are threats on the horizon threatening our innovators – increased federal oversight and environmental regulation, giant overseas factories stepping on our intellectual property rights and even a shift in industry culture as a result of the influx of private equity investment and business conglomeration. I will be a voice for the small business owner on the board, I’ll fight to protect our interests and to keep SEMA focused on helping the small businesses that helped create the association and industry in the first place.”

Voting will take place online between May 8 and May 22, 2018 and is open to current SEMA-member companies. Votes must be cast by each company’s primary contact, who will receive an email with voting instructions on May 8. Winners will be announced by May 25 and formally inducted into the SEMA Board of Directors at the SEMA Installation Gala on July 20, 2018.


ABOUT KAHN MEDIA
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, influencer and digital marketing campaigns that cascade across all forms of media to inform, influence and engage consumers. Clients include The Petersen Automotive Museum, Rolex Watch U.S.A., Jay Leno’s Garage, The Thermal Club, The Mullin Automotive Museum, Phillips 66, APR, Nitto Tire, Dinan Engineering, Superformance, HRE Wheels, Centerforce Clutches, Ringbrothers, MagnaFlow, Coker Tire, Wheel Vintiques, Red Line Oil, Hellwig Products, Lund International, Classic Recreations and more. For more information on Kahn Media’s automotive public relations or lifestyle marketing programs, please visit www.KahnMedia.com.