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If you couldn't tell from the cover, we're pretty excited about Anthony De Guzman and his one-of-a-kind Supra finally getting their cover. He’s the champ after all. Beating out all other competitors, he’s joins the ranks of Salik Zaki and his Scion xA from last year’s Tuner Battlegrounds Championship tournament. Anthony isn’t the only one who’s eyed or eyeing a championship title in this issue, though. Our Formula Drift feature is Odi Bakchis’s Nissan S14, which is currently propelling him to the leader of the points board. Kendall White and his FR-S named “Stay Minty” by his fans is cleaning up at any and every show it stops at in and around the country within a country, Texas. See what went into making the seafoam green 86 the freshest out there. We also have four Tuner Battlegrounds hopefuls in this issue. Each of them won the #TBGLIVE competition at their respective shows and earned themselves a print feature, too. Will they chase the championship spot at SEMA in Las Vegas?
This is a super exciting issue of Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) in that this very issue will be making its debut at SEMA! That’s right, the largest automotive aftermarket trade show, and birth-giver to three-quarters of the features you’ll see in magazines and online in the next year, will be the big stage our December / January issue will be revealed on. If you’re picking this up on the newsstand or grabbing it out of your mailbox, this may seem overdramatic, but we’re totally stoked. We’re strapped in and suited up to show SEMA-goers who the best tuner magazine really is.
As always, we’ve got the best on offer. Courtesy of our hardworking columnists, we bring you stories from Japan, the sound lab and Formula Drift. Adam Zillin, our man in Japan, has been covering the roots of the Mid Night Club for a while now, and in its fifth part he sits down with Mr. Top Secret himself – Smoky Nagata – to discuss the beginning,
An International Showdown in the 2015 Tuner Battlegrounds: Championship Battle presented by Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG)!
Following an epic final that saw Anthony De Guzman's Toyota Supra (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) capture the 2014 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship Title presented by Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) over Moses Awad's all-carbon Nissan 370Z (Mableton, Georgia, USA) at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Tuner Battlegrounds returns for 2015 with the promise of the biggest and best competition yet. Celebrating its fourth anniversary and the third year of finishing the championship at the SEMA Show, Tuner Battlegrounds will continue to deliver new and exciting competitions to engage enthusiasts across North America.
New for 2015 (and unlike previous years), seeding for the 2015 Championship Battle begins immediately, and inclusion and placement within the Top 32 depends on points earned throughout the season.
2 GREAT WAYS TO EARN POINTS AND MAKE IT TO THE TOP 32
Racing Legends Will Make Personal Appearances at the 2015 ODYSSEY® Battery SEMA Show Booth No. 24875
EnerSys® (NYSE:ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications and manufacturer of ODYSSEY® batteries, has announced that racing legends Richard Petty, Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan and Joey Logano, along with television host Rutledge Wood, will make personal appearances at its ODYSSEY® battery booth no. 24875 at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The SEMA Show will take place Nov. 3-6 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
BFGoodrich® Tires returns to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas to demonstrate its off-road racing leadership and heritage through its partnership with SCORE International Racing and unique interactive activities.
BFGoodrich Tires will host the one-of-a-kind Pit Crew Challenge outside its booth at the SEMA Score Baja Experience in the Silver Lot outside of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, running from Tuesday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 5. Each two-member team will compete against the clock, and other teams, by conducting a controlled pit stop and testing their skills in changing BFGoodrich Baja T/A® KR2 race tires and simulating a fuel stop on a SCORE Baja 1000 Class 10 buggy.
Each day the team with the fastest time will win a set of BFGoodrich Tires. One lucky team selected at random will be rewarded with a trip to the 2016 Bud Light Baja 500 as guests of BFGoodrich Tires.
Auburn Hills, Mich. (Oct. 22, 2015) — TI Automotive, a leading global supplier of fluid storage, carrying and delivery technology, will showcase its high performance fuel delivery systems at its first-ever outdoor exhibit (#61039) at the 2015 SEMA Show. The exhibit, located just outside the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center near the Ford track, will display the race cars, haulers and trophies of the TI Automotive/Viper Exchange sponsored No. 93 Dodge Viper GT3-R’s that competed in this season’s IMSA Tudor United Sports Car Championship series, as well as the No. 53 Dodge Viper GTS-R that was driven in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.
TI Automotive/Viper Exchange drivers Ben Keating and Al Carter will sign autographs at the TI Automotive booth Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Avery Dennison® Hosts Richard Petty and Ryan Friedlinghaus, West Coast Customs, During 2015 SEMA Show
AVERY DENNISON® HOSTS RICHARD PETTY AND RYAN FRIEDLINGHAUS DURING 2015 SEMA SHOW
Mentor, Ohio, October 22, 2015 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today a lineup of new products and celebrity guests that will be featured in Booth 12961 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 3-6.
Former NASCAR driver, Richard Petty, will crown the grand prize winner of the Wrap Like a King Challenge on Wednesday, November 4 and present the winner’s trophy. Fans can receive Petty’s autographed photo from 1-2 p.m. Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs and Wrap Like a King judge, will sign autographs from 2-3 p.m. SEMA attendees can enter to win the Wrap Like a King Fan Favorite Prize by using the hashtag #WrapLikeaKing with a photo on social media.
ROLLING MEADOWS, Il— Oct. 22, 2015—SEMA is right around the corner—and Vendor Network will be there.
Online ordering for automotive parts and accessories will put even greater demand on manufacturers to have rich data in the right places to meet fast-changing customer expectations. Vendor Network is focused on helping automotive companies manage and benefit from this shift.
“With more players, sales channels and marketing platforms than ever, it’s not just what you sell but how you sell it,” says CEO Ken LeBlanc. “Visibility is crucial and everything we do is geared toward strategically placing products online with the information and experience necessary to turn shoppers into buyers.”
Vendor Network partners with automotive parts sellers to broaden their marketplace exposure, pull in buyers and boost sales. The company specializes in data management, promotion and enriched content development with no upfront costs to its customers.
Who is TRI-ACE? TRI-ACE is a ten year old brand developed by Mark Ma and his engineering team from one of the world's largest tire manufacturers. The concept is to produce world class tires in every category at very competitive prices.
Where is the company main headquarters? Engineering is in Japan and current manufacturing is in Shandong, China.
Who is the US manager? Jamie Jiang
Where are the US headquarters? Our US headquarters and distribution center in in Tulsa, OK.
What categories do you have in your offering - Passenger, Light truck, Long Haul truck?
TRI-ACE has passenger, light truck, and snow tires. We pride ourselves on High Rim Diameter UHP, MT and Competition Tires. You'll find commercial and medium truck in our catalog too.
What makes your product different or unique? The Company focus products directed towards Automotive
Aftermarket Enthusiast and specifically Gen-X & Y demographics.
Do you have any MT product currently in competition ?
SEMA Show 2015 - Bartec, the global leader in TPMS tools and solutions again is ahead of the market with another TPMS service first. As anyone who attends SEMA knows, when you change the wheel and tire fitment on a car or truck with TPMS, careful consideration must be given to recommended inflation pressure and load capacity. According to Scot Holloway, Bartec C.E.O., “the Bartec Tech400Pro, is part of the TPMS Pro Series of Tools, and has the capability to reprogram the recommend inflation pressure on cars and light trucks with TPMS. This means the proper TPMS low pressure warning is maintained when plus sizing and up-fitting wheel and tire packages.” This game changing features will be on full display at Bartec’s SEMA Booth.