Video: Proform in Las Vegas

Stephanie Lynn, gearhead, racer and YouTube series host, introduces Booth Platt of ProForm, who discusses Proform’s valve covers, shifters and carburetors.

Winter Storage Tips



By Mike Mavrigian

Tips your customers should know about protection during long-term storage.

Those of us who reside in areas of the country that experience cold and snowy winter periods are all too familiar with the need to safely store our hobby cars. Depending on where you live, the storage period can begin around mid-October and can last until mid-April, depending on the whims of Mother Nature.

In this article, I’ve tried to offer a number of tips to help you optimize your storage plan, in order to best protect the vehicle.

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PPG Refinish Unveils New Website

PPG Refinish Website

Strongsville, Ohio-based PPG Refinish recently launched a new website, which features organizational and product information enhancements for paint and collision center professionals.

The website offers access to PPG’s Automotive Refinish and Commercial Coatings divisions. Improved features include simpler and faster navigation, enhanced connectivity from mobile devices and redesigned product catalogs, according to PPG Refinish.

“We based our redesign on input from our customers as well as our brand managers, trainers, IT people and other key sources,” said Greg DeCamp, general manager of sales and marketing for PPG Refinish in the U.S. and Canada. “We wanted to make sure we provided the information customers required in as easy and comprehensive a manner as possible.”

To visit the website, visit

Reminder: Submit your Dick Dixon Legacy Award Nomination

Dick Dixon

Nominations are now being accepted for the first recipient of the Dick Dixon Legacy Award.

Dick Dixon was an educator, a driver, a writer and an industry promoter. Anyone who knew him knew that Dixon was dedicated to the automotive industry and its future because he influenced and inspired a new generation to pursue careers in the automotive industry. Before his untimely passing on November 15, 2012, his time was spent making friends, building connections and advising small businesses and advancing the interests of hot rods, motorsports and the aftermarket.

In his memory, the Dick Dixon Legacy Award has been established to honor individuals who today actively encourage and inspire others – as Dixon did – to pursue excellence in the automotive industry. The first recipient of the award will be honored during the Grand Opening breakfast, at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 27, 2014.

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Registration Opens for the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show

BrakeQuip demonstrated its newest products for show attendees.

Registration is now open for the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in March.

The Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show and the new Restyling & Truck Accessories Trade Show, which are scheduled for March 26-28 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, will offer attendees three days of education and two days of exhibits.

More than 150 companies have already reserved booth space at the trade shows, and the exhibitor lists are still growing.

Click here to claim your free registration.

Team Moroso Wins Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Championship


Team Moroso from Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center in Choctaw, Okla., recently won this year’s Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Championship at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis.

The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow program is designed to encourage high school teens to take an interest in the performance aftermarket. Each Hot Rodder team, which consists of five students and one instructor, competes to disassemble and reassemble an engine with aftermarket components in the shortest amount of time.

Team Moroso, sponsored by Guilford, Conn.-based Moroso Performance Products, came in first place with an average time of 19:15 minutes, according to the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow. Each student on the first place winning team will receive a $10,000 scholarship to continue their automotive careers at the University of Northern Ohio, Ohio Technical College or School of Automotive Machinists.

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MAHLE Restructures RTI Division Sales Force

MAHLE logo

York, Pa.-based MAHLE Clevite recently announced plans to restructure the sales force of its RTI division to better serve aftermarket customers, according to Max Dull, general manager of the division.

The MAHLE RTI division specializes in the development, manufacturing and distribution of automotive maintenance equipment, including air conditioning service, fluid exchange and nitrogen tire inflation systems.

In addition to providing overall leadership, Dull also will direct the company’s sales force. Keith Korchma, director of eastern regional sales, and William (Bill) Hetzel, director of western regional sales for MAHLE’s RTI division, will now report directly to Dull, according to MAHLE.

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Hot Rod Brands Acquires MSD

Hot Rod Brands, an affiliate of Z Capital Partners, recently acquired El Paso, Texas-based MSD Performance Group (MSDP), which sells products under the MSD, Racepak, Powerteq, Edge and Superchips brands.

MSDP filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection petition in September, according to a press release from the company.

“Our restructuring allows us to be positioned for substantial growth through an even greater ability to serve our customers with new, innovative product offerings and a higher level of customer service,” said Ron Turcotte, MSDP’s CEO.

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Shop Profile: M&M Hot Rod Interiors

By Naseem Muaddi

Hot Ring 

Since 1982, M&M Hot Rod Interiors in Holly Pond, Ala., has been transforming car interiors into stunning works of art. Their expert craftsmanship has drawn the attention of the finest hot rod shops and car enthusiasts across the nation, and has even been featured on hit television shows like Muscle Car, Horsepower TV and Search & Restore.

M&M Hot Rod Interiors is a three-person shop, run by owners Wayne and Pam McGriff, along with employee Jeremy Callaway. On average, it takes them two to three weeks to complete the interior of a roadster or small coupe. Larger vehicles, like a Tri-Five Chevy or full-size sedan, take about four to six weeks to complete. That’s pretty quick for such a small team – especially when you consider the caliber of work they’re producing.

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Video: Stage 8 in Las Vegas

Robert Ahern of Stage 8 Locking Fasteners discusses the company’s new products with Cammie Wright, Performance & Hotrod Business‘ Midwest account executive.

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