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How do new steel bodies affect the restoration industry?

How do new steel bodies affect the restoration industry?
A SEMA Press Conference – Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Joe Whitaker of Real Deal Steel, LLC and Nate Miller of Thoroughbred International discuss the current and future impact that new reproduction steel vehicle bodies have on the automotive aftermarket

Position in the marketplace:
• Niche
• Competitors –pricing ($30K for an Experi-Metal body but under $15K for an RDS)
• Keep cost low to introduce as many new bodies as possible to improve reputation for quality, generate excitement among retailers
• Project cars: Chop Cut Rebuild 56, Street Rodder 40 and 55
• Advantage of US-built (stigma, cost, employ US workers, trickle-down to local economy)
• RDS has constructed (102) 55-57 bodies, (10) 1940 Ford coupe bodies and (1) 1969 Camaro coupe body to date

Why a new body?
• Scarcity of originals of certain body styles
• Allows shop or customer to build completely new classic car

JO CODDINGTON TO MAKE CELEBRITY APPEARANCE AT THE INTERNATIONAL AERO PRODUCTS’ BOOTH AT SEMA 2013

Los Angeles, Calif. (Oct., 2013)— International AERO Products, AERO, is excited to announce that television icon, Jo Coddington, will be appearing in the AERO booth, #50322, on November 6th and 7th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM for autograph signings and interviews. Coddington, who has appeared on “American Icon,” NBC’s new show “Bidding Wars with Vicari Auto Auction,” and “American Hot Rod,” has been an automotive enthusiast since she started racing at six years old.

At this year’s SEMA Show, Coddington will be attending with her film crew filming the pilot of her new show, “The Coddington Girls.” The show will revolve around women in the male dominated, automotive industry and their success in the industry. During Coddington’s first day at the AERO booth, she will be interviewing AERO’s Communications Director, Michelle Knight, about being a woman in the automotive aftermarket.

WyoTech to Unveil Custom 1964 Ford Truck on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 1:00pm, Booth #12573 in North Hall

WyoTech is proud to announce the unveiling of a custom 1964 Ford truck that was built by WyoTech students and faculty at the Blairsville, Pa. campus. The truck will be revealed for the first time at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 in the WyoTech booth #12573. Sarah Burgess will be on hand to assist with the unveiling. Burgess races a 750 horsepower Ford Mustang in the Xtreme Drift Circuit and is sponsored by WyoTech.

“This project showcases the skills and training that WyoTech offers at several of our schools across the United States,” said Michael Stiglich, division president of WyoTech. “We’re excited to unveil the truck to the SEMA show attendees.”

American Refining Group, Inc. is First Oil Refinery in the U.S.A. to Become Made in USA Certified®

Made in USA Certified® proudly grants Certification to American Refining Group, Inc. in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the U.S. domestic oil industry more than 100 years ago.

Bradford, PA (Oct. 25, 2013)--- American Refining Group, Inc. has successfully completed the Made in USA Certified proprietary supply chain audit process and is the first oil refinery to be granted license to use the Made in USA Certified® Seal for the following products: Brad Penn® Lubricants, Kensol® Naphthas and Distillates and Kendex® Base Oils, Custom Blends, Waxes and Resins.

American Refining Group, Inc. is First Oil Refinery in the U.S.A. to Become Made in USA Certified®

Made in USA Certified® proudly grants Certification to American Refining Group, Inc. in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the U.S. domestic oil industry more than 100 years ago.

Bradford, PA (Oct. 25, 2013)--- American Refining Group, Inc. has successfully completed the Made in USA Certified proprietary supply chain audit process and is the first oil refinery to be granted license to use the Made in USA Certified® Seal for the following products: Brad Penn® Lubricants, Kensol® Naphthas and Distillates and Kendex® Base Oils, Custom Blends, Waxes and Resins.

Formula Drift 2013 Champion, Michael Essa, and his BMW “Ultimate Drift Machine” in BILSTEIN Booth #23361 at SEMA Show: Two autograph sessions scheduled on Wed., Nov. 6 at 3pm & Thurs., Nov. 7 at 11am

When Michael Essa was crowned 2013 Formula Drift Champion in front of a sold out crowd at Irwindale Raceway on October 12, he made history as the first privateer and first European car to win a Formula Drift championship. BILSTEIN is proud to be the shock absorber of choice for Essa’s team as well as one of his product sponsors. On hand during the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Essa will be available to sign autographs and answer questions about his amazing season. His GSR Autosport BMW E46 M3 will also be on display in the BILSTEIN booth #23361 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Michael Essa and the GSR Autosport team are a perfect fit for BILSTEIN,” said Scott MacDonald, BILSTEIN director, marketing and product management. “We both have the desire to win and an extensive background in motorsports. We look forward to working with GSR and Michael in the future.”

Formula Drift 2013 Champion, Michael Essa, and his BMW “Ultimate Drift Machine” in BILSTEIN Booth #23361 at SEMA Show: Two autograph sessions scheduled on Wed., Nov. 6 at 3pm & Thurs., Nov. 7 at 1pm

Poway, Calif. (October 23, 2013) – When Michael Essa was crowned 2013 Formula Drift Champion in front of a sold out crowd at Irwindale Raceway on October 12, he made history as the first privateer and first European car to win a Formula Drift championship. BILSTEIN is proud to be the shock absorber of choice for Essa’s team as well as one of his product sponsors. On hand during the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Essa will be available to sign autographs and answer questions about his amazing season. His GSR Autosport BMW E46 M3 will also be on display in the BILSTEIN booth #23361 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Michael Essa and the GSR Autosport team are a perfect fit for BILSTEIN,” said Scott MacDonald, BILSTEIN director, marketing and product management. “We both have the desire to win and an extensive background in motorsports. We look forward to working with GSR and Michael in the future.”

Popular custom fabricator, Austin Weiss joins Pro Spot at SEMA 2013

Pro Spot and Austin Weiss Team Up for SEMA 2013

Carlsbad, CA (October 23, 2013)- Pro Spot is proud to announce their continued attendance at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV, November 5-8th. Pro Spot will be displaying their full product line of welders, tools, accessories, new products as well as a featured special guest! This year the popular custom builder, Austin Weiss of The Garage by Austin Weiss will be performing live demonstrations in the Pro Spot booth!

“We are excited to continue to be a part of SEMA. We have doubled space, we are introducing NEW products that answer to changes in the industry and have the talented Austin Weiss. Austin knows our welders, he will be a great addition to show what else our products can do,” explains Ron Olsson, President of Pro Spot International.

Six time Drag Racing Champion Holly Clarke signs on with Torklift International

Drag racer Holly Clarke signs on with Torklift International
Champion racer

For immediate release

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Champion Drag Racer Holly Clarke is attending SEMA with her newest sponsor Torklift International.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11:30 a.m. Clarke is available for interview during her press conference located in Media Center N110.
Clarke caught the racing bug at an early age.
“My first race, I was 8 years old,” she said. “I was up at about four or five in the morning in my parents room trying to wake my dad because I couldn’t control my excitement. I was the slowest car and I was out first round but I hardly cared. I had waited for what felt like forever I was just thrilled to go down the track.”
Twelve years later, the British Columbia native has several championships under her belt including six annual championships in a row.

Mattei Air Compressors Inc., to introduce revolutionary new product at SEMA 2013

Baltimore, Maryland., Oct. 22, 2013—Mattei Compressors Inc., the North American arm of Ing. Enea Mattei S.p.A., the leading global manufacturer of rotary vane air compressors, will introduce their newest series of compressors designed to provide small air users with the quality and durability legendary among larger compressed air users.

Nobody makes an air compressor like the BLADE, and there is no better venue to introduce Mattei’s latest product than at the 2013 SEMA Show.

Each BLADE features Mattei’s proprietary and unrivaled rotary VANE technology first introduced by this family owned business in 1958. BLADE Series is designed and priced around the needs of smaller air users yet it incorporates many of the same features found in Mattei’s legendary bigger industrial class machines.

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