Newly Minted 18-Year-Old Fabricator with J. Auston Fabrications Celebrates Adulthood with a Brand New Custom Camaro Courtesy of GEARWRENCH at SEMA 2018

LAS VEGAS – When John “Jack” Auston, III, became an official adult on Oct. 3, 2018, little did he know that less than 30-days later he’d be the winner of the GEARWRENCH Win A Camaro Challenge at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. He did, in fact, receive the birthday gift of a lifetime – a brand new, custom Chevy Camaro.
Auston, 18, lives in Highlands Ranch, Col., just outside of Denver, and was participating in the 2018 SEMA Show, an annual gathering of 160,000 auto industry professionals and technicians. He works as a fabricator for his father, John Auston, Jr. at J. Auston Fabrications and is a senior at Highlands Ranch High School.
The GEARWRENCH Challenge is designed off the side profile of the No. 1 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race car, driven by Jamie McMurray. It includes four timed activity stations using GEARWRENCH tools. GEARWRENCH is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group


Salt Lake City, Utah – Nov 1, 2018 – The PowerWiper team was recognized with the 2019 Global Media Award this week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas for its revolutionary windshield cleaning product the PowerWiper.

"What a great debut for the PowerWiper at the SEMA show! Our invention, the PowerWiper, was just chosen for a Global Media Award. To be recognized in this manner is a true and humbling honor!" said James Nelson, the founder and Director for

The SEMA Global Media Awards Program recognizes those companies that manufacture specialty equipment products and accessories that would have mass appeal to consumers in countries outside the United States. The products are voted on by a prestigious group of international journalists who serve as judges.

Toyo Tires® Announces the Winners of the Toyo Tires® SEMA Top Build Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires®) announces the winners of the Toyo Tires® SEMA Top Build Awards at the 2018 SEMA Show. Two prizes have been awarded, a Best Toyo Tires SEMA Car Build and a Best Toyo Tires SEMA Truck/SUV Build. Each winner received a check for $5,000 and a Toyo Tires trophy.

Tony Arme from American Legends in Phoenix, AZ walked away with the award for the Best Toyo Tires SEMA Car Build. His 1968 Ford Mustang has extensive modifications including a Ferrari 430 engine with a Ferrari California intake. The paint finished in a specially mixed BASF Magnetic Metallic color. Arme did extensive work on the interior with a custom formed dash along with 3D printed components and carbon fiber work. Wilwood six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers clamp 14-inch rotors. The 18-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are wrapped with Toyo® Proxes® R888R™ DOT competition tires.


Tom Burden, Founder and Inventor of the Grypmat and previous SharkTank and SEMA Launchpad Winner, is debuting a groundbreaking, student-made Electric Race car at Booth #10005 at this year’s SEMA show.

After winning SEMA Launchpad last year as well as the Global Media Award for Best New Product, Grypmat has returned to this year’s show with the debut of an Electric Hybrid Race Car in collaboration with Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR.)

Grypmat is a SharkTank company in proud partnerships with Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, and Lori Greiner. Grypmats are used by organizations such as Google, NASA, Virgin Orbit, and NASCAR and the company has received awards such as the Gold Edison Award, Unique Design at the National Hardware Show, Core77 Design award, Best New Product award at the Good Guys car show, and is in consideration for TIME’s Invention of the Year Award.


Pirelli’s P Zero and Plus tire lines for North America take center stage, including the newest Scorpion All Terrain Plus

Brantley Gilbert’s Ford F-150 truck equipped with P Zero tires; Pirelli’s booth to feature the Karma Revero, 1964 Porsche 365 “Emory Special” and Dodge Demon custom build, plus new Pirelli IXOOST Speakers on display with a Big Machine Records playlist

Hunter to participate in SCRS Repairer Driven Education series at the 2018 SEMA Show

LAS VEGAS – Hunter Engineering is pleased to participate in SCRS Repairer Driven Education: The Importance of ADAS System Resets When Performing Wheel Alignments During the Collision Repair Process (RD13) at the 2018 SEMA Show on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Upper North Hall, N233.

Led by Hunter Engineering technical trainer, John Shewbridge, the presentation will benefit repair professionals by increasing their understanding of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and how they interact across various vehicle systems, and offer insight into future ADAS developments.

The session is recommended for shop owners, managers, repair technicians, shop estimators, as well as estimators from insurance companies.

New Sizes of Atturo AZ850 Tires Debut at SEMA 2018

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More Applications Available for Today’s SUVs, Crossovers and Sport Trucks

(LAS VEGAS) – There’s now more to Atturo’s AZ850 tires than ever before.

During the 2018 SEMA Show, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Atturo Tire will debut six new sizes of its ultra high-performance AZ850 – now available in 275/50R20, 285/40R20, 285/45R20, 295/45R20, 285/40R21, and 305/35R22 – providing new excitement for drivers of today’s SUVs, crossovers and sport trucks.

Toyo Tires® Offers Limited-Edition Collector Pins During the 2018 SEMA Show

CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tires® has plenty to see at next week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, both in its display located at the South Hall entrance (Exhibit #62122) and at the Toyo Tires® Treadpass™ located between the Central and South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. See some of the show’s top vehicle builds up-close-and-personal, meet celebrities and have a chance to collect limited-edition pins.

Limited-Edition Toyo Tires Vehicle Pins

Every day, at the top of each hour, Toyo Tires will give away limited-edition pins in their booth outside the entrance to the South Hall and in the Toyo Tires Treadpass,. Ten pins in all, each one represents a custom vehicle on display with Toyo Tires at the show. Make sure to check back often to collect the entire set of these limited-edition pins.

Special Appearances by Ken Block and Courtney Hansen

Swisstrax announces its “Lifetime Limited Warranty” at the 2018 SEMA Show.

Flooring designed to last a lifetime!

STRENGTH AND DURABILITY NOW BACKED BY AN INDUSTRY LEADING WARRANTY. Las Vegas, NV. SEMA, October, 2018 – Confirming its commitment to the flooring industry, Swisstrax, a leading designer and manufacturer of modular flooring, has announced its “Lifetime Limited Warranty” program. The program goes into effect *November 1, 2018* and covers Swisstrax premium tile products for the original owner.

“Swisstrax has earned its reputation as the “Worlds Finest Modular Flooring” and after more than 20 years of experience, they are now standing behind the strength and durability of their tiles like never before,” said Founder and CEO of Swisstrax Randy Nelson. “This venture is adding value for the consumer and exceeding their expectations, allowing them to shop with confidence.”

Hunter Engineering’s Quick Check DriveTM approved by various OEMs

LAS VEGAS - Hunter Engineering’s unmanned alignment inspection system, Quick Check DriveTM, has been approved by 12 leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Toyota, Porsche, KIA, Hyundai, Volkswagen/Audi, Fiat Chrysler, and Lexus. The company expects additional approvals this year.

Live demonstrations of Quick Check DriveTM will take place at the 2018 SEMA Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in South Hall, Booth #41013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Released in July 2018, Quick Check DriveTM provides instant alignment readings and requires no human involvement. The system can scan a vehicle every 3-5 seconds, measuring total toe and camber autonomously and providing unmatched accuracy on every vehicle it inspects.

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