Racing & Performance

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.


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.

Fuelab Introduces New Brushless In-Tank Fuel Pump Series

Expanding on the prominent 474xx Series High Efficiency / Twin Screw Pump design, Fuelab developed the 484xx Series in-tank compatible fuel pump. The 484xx Series Pumps do not have an integrated controller like the 474xx Series, making it compact for extra-tight confines with in-tank mounting capability. While modern vehicles are starting to implement DC Brushless technologies, most applications will require separate external controller to operate the fuel pump, such as Fuelab’s Model 720xx Series Controllers (available in speed controllable versions, too). The 484xx Series comes in 250, 350 and 500 LPH versions, for horsepower support capability up to 1250 Horsepower. Also, like the 474xx Series Pumps, all 484xx Series Pumps are compatible with Gasoline, E85, Methanol and Diesel fuels. MSRP: $580-$625 depending on application. For more information, contact Fuelab at (618) 344-3300, or at

Fuelab Produces New Line of Fuel Surge Tank Systems

With over 10 years of experience producing Brushless Fuel Pumps, Fuelab takes another leap forward by integrating their brushless fuel pump design directly to fuel surge tanks. Fuel surge tank systems provide a reserve of fuel for the main pump. This prevents air induction due to fuel sloshing within the main fuel tank from high-g launches, extreme cornering, or hard braking. The 617xx Series FST Systems provide Fuelab’s latest Twin Screw / High Efficiency technology with a 250, 350 or 500 LPH delivery capability to support up to 1250 Horsepower. The fuel surge tank systems come in two different volume sizes to fit your application best. MSRP: $995-$1059 depending on application. To keep the air out, contact Fuelab at (618) 344-3300, or at


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

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.

Custom ’77 Celica GT Drifts into SEMA, Young Guns Contender

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (October 30, 2018) – Swag Custom Rides, an award-winning restoration and fabrication shop and the only non-profit restoration garage in the U.S, will hit the Las Vegas Strip for SEMA 2018 to showcase the team’s latest custom creation – a ’77 Toyota Celica GT drift car. The entire build crew will be at SEMA – booth #61020 in the Silver Lots – to see their custom car to the finish line in the Young Guns category of the Battle of the Builders competition.

“These young builders are seeing the project through from ‘rust to restoration’,” said John Muratori, President and Founder of Swag Custom Rides. “Every young man who contributed to on this build is learning skills on how to construct a vehicle, as well as what can be accomplished in life through hard work and determination.”

3M Hire Our Heroes 500 to Showcase Custom Painted Helmets by Custom Painters with Designs Honoring Military Members and the 3M Hire Our Heroes Scholarship Program

Event to Benefit 3M Hire Our Heroes Program Providing Scholarships and Tool Grants to
Military Veterans and Their Families

ST. PAUL, Minn., (October 29, 2018) – 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, along with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, is putting its effort to provide collision repair education opportunities for military members into high gear this year, launching the 3M Hire Our Heroes 500 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The revolutionary PowerWiper makes its debut at the 2018 SEMA Show

The revolutionary new auto/truck accessory The PowerWiper will make its debut at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Marketer Association (SEMA)show. The SEMA show is known as the largest Automotive Aftermarket Parts show in the world and is the second largest convention in Las Vegas, and accommodates over 100,000 industry leaders from 100 countries.

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