August 2014 Publisher's Statement

Tomorrow is here and the past isn’t coming back

Of all the current, conversational comments heard while attending shows and events in this industry around the country, the phrase “it ain’t coming back,” was one often expressed.

Yes, welcome to the future!  And we are glad you made it.  But, for those hesitating or searching for their keys, reminders were often made that the past is not coming back, at least in some regards not soon enough for a business model to remain stagnant and expect to flourish.

July 30th

Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown Results; Darren McNamara Takes the Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – July 19, 2014 – Formula DRIFT returned to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA for Round 5: Throwdown. Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan S14 takes his first victory of the season.

Round 5: Throwdown held at Evergreen Speedway showcased intense competition throughout the weekend. The weather held up for the capacity crowd as they were entertained by the action on track, the open paddock and Offset Kings car show.

July 29th

Enerpulse introduces Pulstar PlasmaCore Plugs for bigger spark, more power, longer life

Albuquerque, N.M.—Enerpulse Technologies has added PlasmaCore to its line of Pulstar Pulse Plugs, providing the aftermarket with the next generation of its popular alternative to conventional spark plugs. Representing the fourth generation of the product, Pulstar with PlasmaCore Pulse Plugs benefit from a bigger spark that results in more engine power and extended plug life.

Magneti Marelli grows portfolio and announces new product offerings and product line expansions

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Magneti Marelli Quality Auto Parts Offered by Mopar announced the addition of a new product line of A/C components to its growing portfolio of maintenance and repair parts for all major vehicle makes and models, as well as an expansion of the brand’s existing rotors and drums and filters product lines. The new offerings will stock independent repair facilities with more Magneti Marelli parts to choose from when servicing vehicles during the busy travel season.

APRA and ReMaTec to create new remanufacturing show in U.S.

Las Vegas—The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) and Amsterdam RAI, owners and organizers of ReMaTec, have agreed to organize a new comprehensive show for automotive and heavy-duty remanufacturing in the U.S. The first edition will take place in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-3, at The New Tropicana Las Vegas.

Upgrade your measuring system without worry with free Chief tech support

Madison, Ind.—Learning how to use new collision repair equipment can take time. In order to smooth the process and keep body shops running as efficiently as possible, Chief Automotive Technologies is providing its E-Access technical support package to buyers of its new LaserLock Live Mapping system at no charge. The limited-time offer, available from approved distribution partners, gives LaserLock users direct access to Chief technical support professionals who can quickly help resolve any issues.

ARA announces keynote speakers for 71st Annual Convention and Exposition

Manassa, Va.—The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced that John Van Alstyne, CEO and president of I-CAR, and Christy Wright, a member of the Dave Ramsey Speakers Group, will be keynote speakers for ARA’s 71st Annual Convention and Exposition. The announcement came as online registration opened for the premier event of the professional automotive recycling industry. ARA’s 71st Annual Convention and Exposition will take place Oct. 22-25, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Dry salt laydown program may be key to restoring land speed racing venue

Diamond Bar, Calif.—An estimated 2,000 tons of salt were successfully deposited on the mud surface at the end of the access road to the Bonneville Salt Flats.  It was graded and then dried to a hard concrete-like racing surface and,  although modest in scope, the project demonstrates that it should be possible to deposit dry salt in targeted areas so as to help preserve the site where land speed records have been set for the past 100 years.

New study: Women would rather go to dentist than auto service center

Carson, Calif.—Most consumers (83 percent) continue to ‘feel’ overcharged in the auto repair process and rank the experience of going to the repair shop/dealership to get their car repaired on a par with going to the dentist (with women preferring the dentist), according to a new consumer survey from

July 10th

More Than 300 of the World’s Fastest Off-Road Racers Expected for the 2014 General Tire "Vegas to Reno" Presented by FOX

Casey Folks, director of the World's Leading Off Road Racing organization Best in the Desert, announced that early interest in this year's Vegas to Reno, the Longest Off-Road Race in the United States, indicates this iconic race could feature more than 300 of the world’s fastest off-road racers. Deemed by racers as one of their favorite events, the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX, runs August 14-16, 2014.