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Racers get ready to go for the biggest purse in drag racing history this weekend

GREENWICH, OHIO – Aug. 8, 2018: With more than three decades as the premier source for heat and sound issue solutions in street performance and racing, Thermo-Tec joins the list of sponsors for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod (WSOPM), the highly anticipated, invite-only drag race Friday and Saturday at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, CO.

The first-of-its-kind, winner-take-all event will feature the 32 of the best Pro Modified drivers and teams in the world. The champion will walk away with a $100,000 grand prize.

And with stakes that high, Thermo-Tec knew it had to get in on the action. As the original heat insulation company for the aftermarket industry, Thermo-Tec provides top heat control solutions for high-performance cars, from street to strip. 

“Thermo-Tec understands how important it is to remain cool under demanding circumstances, which is exactly what these drivers are going to need to do to win the biggest purse in drag racing history,” said Nick Helms, sales director of the Ohio-based company. “We’re proud to partner with WSOPM to bring this exciting event to life.”

In addition to on-site support at WSOPM, Thermo-Tec is also offering fans a 20 percent discount on Thermo-Tec products by using the code WSOPM at checkout on www.thermotec.com. The offer is only valid Friday and Saturday.

“This is the greatest spectacle in drag racing, so partnering with top-quality companies like Thermo-Tec to bring the magic to our fans just makes sense, ” said Wes Buck, founder of the World Series of Pro Mod and publisher of Drag Illustrated. “By making the WSOPM an invite-only deal, by essentially ‘casting’ our field with colorful, energetic and competitive drivers, then drawing the first-round pairings a month ahead of time, we can build rivalries and develop a compelling story around the race. There is absolutely zero make-believe here. There’s no staged antics or staged outcome. We do, however, want to pour as much gasoline on this fire as is possible, lean on racers who share our vision for changing the trajectory of drag racing and taking this sport to the next level, and we believe the World Series of Pro Mod is where it begins.”

For more about the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, including a complete schedule, rules and ticket sales, visit www.WorldSeriesofProMod.com.

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CORONA, CALIFORNIA—Off-road enthusiasts continue to install LED lighting and other electrical accessories as important aftermarket additions to aid them when traversing extreme terrain and tackling tough elements. But controllers for electrical accessories often use complicated wiring; and installation is often problematic, even for experienced installers. 
Until now.

New from Advanced Accessory Concepts (www.aacbrands.com), the TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER Wireless Accessories Controller adds convenience to the typically arduous process of wiring 12- to 24-Volt accessories by eliminating the need to run wires under the vehicle dash or through the firewall.

Time saved on installation means more fun on the trail. The TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER’s six solid state channels—including two 30 amp, two 10 amp, and two 5 amp solid state circuits—accommodate up to six accessories. The durable and water-proof controller makes it possible to cut costs when installing LED and conventional lighting, E-Lockers, race radios, compressor systems, whips, cooling fans, and more.

The accessories can be controlled from inside or outside the vehicle with the convenient RF Remote, or with a mobile device using the TRIGGER ACS Plus app for iOS and Android phones or tablets. The RF Remote assembly included with every TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER features a sturdy mounting base, detachable back-lit toggle switch assembly, and is programmable for security or use with additional remotes. The App can control dimming and flashing functions for installed lighting, and the controller itself utilizes LED indicators to notify of an active switch (blue) and blown fuses (red), and has its own set of switches for controlling each channel.

Switch location is no longer dictated by existing dash mounted switch panels—the TRIGGER RF Remote universal mount system allows for flexible mounting locations throughout the vehicle. The remote attaches to its mounting base with strong rare-Earth magnets. Once detached, the remote provides accessory control from up to 20 feet away.

When mounted to the roll bar of a UTV, the RF Remote buttons are easier to reach compared to dash switches—no more straining against the seatbelt to reach the dash!

The complete TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER package also includes all necessary wiring harnesses, mounting and wiring accessories, and a decal sheet for specific switch identification.

The functionality of the TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER can also be expanded with several add-on accessories from Advanced Accessory Concepts, including under hood mounting brackets for Jeep JK, the Trigger ONE, individual 40 amp Bluetooth relay, TRIGGER VOLT Bluetooth Battery Voltage Monitor, JK Jeep Wrangler overhead remote mounts, 6- and 36-inch 12 gauge Y harnesses, 8-foot M/F extension, and connector kit. Several Trigger control boxes and remote’s can be used together to control up to 24 accessories.

Users who download the free TRIGGER ACS Plus app open up even more possibilities for their TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER Wireless Accessory Controller. The mobile app allows users to control power to all circuits, set a custom master voltage cutoff for the system, monitor vehicle battery voltage and set a low voltage notification, set custom RF Remote background colors, toggle or momen

tary switch functions, and more.

Additional features and details for the TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER include:


TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER Control Box

  • Six solid state channels; two 30-amp circuits, two 10-amp circuits, two 5-amp
  • 12-to 24-volt input/output
  • Water proof connectors on outputs
  • Manual control buttons for on/off on top of case
  • Built in DIN connector for manual control with conventional toggle switches (harness sold separately)
  • User adjustable low voltage cutout to shut down TRIGGER if battery voltage gets low
  • Fuse’s built in
  • 100-amp fuse installed on positive input wire for protection
  • Waterproof cover case withstands temperatures as high as 250 degrees, and as low as below freezing.
  • LEDs indicate when the relay is on (blue), and if the fuse is blown (red)
  • Three wire connection to vehicle: ground, switched positive and battery positive

TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER RF Remote

  • Usable inside or outside the vehicle.
  • 2.4 ghz RF connection to the control box
  • Replaceable battery power and/or 12-Volt hardwired option for backlit switches
  • Back lit with press of button
  • Delayed off for the back light
  • User adjustable color changing background/switch light when hardwired to 12-24 volts
  • Custom switch labels included
  • Weatherproof design

TRIGGER ACS Plus Mobile App

  • Bluetooth control from iOS and Android phone and tablets
  • Simple interface for turning on and off the six channels
  • Allows customized names for each channel
  • User adjustable main power cutoff for low voltage
  • Battery voltage shows in app screen
  • Controls backlight color in the RF Remote switch pad
  • App allows for dimming, strobe, on and off functions
  • Screen switches user selectable between toggle and momentary


TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER Harnesses

  • Kit includes six 8-foot wire harnesses—two 12 gauge, two 14 gauge, two 18 gauge—with the waterproof mating connector to the control box on one end and blank wires on the other
  • Harnesses include sturdy vinyl shroud

For more information visit triggercontroller.com or call Advanced Accessory Concepts at 951-339-1460.

 

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Poway, California, April 20, 2018 –
Ryan Beat wins round one of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. Showing the results of all the hard work he and BILSTEIN have been doing off the track in preparation for the 2018 season, his BILSTEIN Pro Lite truck was in the top 3 every time he hit the track. BILSTEIN’s proven damping technology and precise adjustability allowed Ryan to adapt to changing conditions on the track.
“We made some minor adjustments after practice and qualifying to make us faster every time,” said Beat, “We made major changes to our Pro Lite truck in the off season and BILSTEIN worked with us the entire way to get our program dialed in. We had a game plan, and it worked perfectly. We switched back to General Tire this season and went with the fuel injected engine package. The new motor required changes to our torque converter and gear ratios.”
“Our BILSTEIN shocks completed the package and they helped us to get the power to the ground. It was really cool to be able to work with them to get the most out of our Pro Lite truck; it feels really good to win. It is a huge victory for us, and BILSTEIN, and we are looking forward to the rest of the season. BILSTEIN has given us everything we need to win.”

BILSTEIN’s 50 years of shock development in racing has helped Ryan Beat to come out on top in round one as it has for Darren Hardesty, and Jerett Brooks, who have both won back to back championships in the Lucas Oil series. Recognized for his hard work and determination, Ryan Beat will also be racing under the BILSTEIN banner in 2018.  

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TECUMSEH, MICHIGAN: Classic ignition cable company Vintage Wires (an ididit brand) is proud to annou


nce a new wire set specifically for 426 Hemi applications.

The 7.8mm braided spark plug wires feature a lacquer-covered cotton braid outer casing wrapping a spiral-wound suppression core for high-tech performance and old-school style. Distributor cap ends are not finished so that they can be custom-tailored to length—whether run through a loom or simply over the valve covers.

The cable sets for 426 Hemis are available in six color options: Black with two Orange tracers (PN 4002200100), Red with Black tracers (4002200200), Red with Black and Yellow Tracers (4002200300), Black with Red Tracers (4002200400), Satin Black (4002200500), and Yellow with Red and Black tracers (4002200600).

Retail price is $260, with custom sets available for updated ignition systems.

Vintage Wires are the popular choice for vintage racers and other classic projects, as they mimic the original look of classic fabric wires but use proven spark-carrying technology. Universal Ignition Cable Kits are available for 6- and 8-cylinder engines.

Vintage Wires was acquired in 2017 by custom steering column maker ididit, blending the two companies’ missions to bring modern technology and convenience to classic vehicles while maintaining the original aesthetics.

More information can be found at www.vintagewires.com. For model applications and ordering information, contact ididit at (517) 424-0577 or email sales@ididit.com

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BILSTEIN Shock Absorbers continue to affirm the brands expertise across the world of motorsports – showcasing new talent and technology for 2018 with Dodge Hellcat Campaigned by Wesley Motorsports. 


Poway, California, April 12, 2018 
– After forging long-standing partnerships across the European performance and premium automotive market, BILSTEINcontinues to expand its sphere of influence to the domestic market, partnering with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and SRT as an OEM supplier of suspension components.

Motorsports and racing provide the proving grounds for technology that ultimately trickle down into shocks that provide performance, safety and comfort to your daily driver. Because BILSTEIN recognizes the importance of this exchange of knowledge, the industry leader has partnered with the innovative and exciting talent at Wesley Motorsports and their aggressive 2018 race calendar.

Competing in illustrious events such as the historic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), Global Time Attack, and #GRIDLIFE, Kevin Wesley is expected to drive the Hellcat to victory in multiple arenas of competition.

“The Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody is an amazing platform that handles unbelievably well,” foreshadows Wesley.

The preparations and modifications that go into transforming this already over-the-top muscle machine into a thoroughbred road racer are extensive. Paramount to the transformation were the BILSTEIN MDS double-adjustable dampers, a hardcore motorsports suspension engineered to provide the utmost in tuneability and dynamic chassis control over the demanding hill climbs and circuits on which the Hellcat will be campaigned.

As an OEM supplier of suspension systems to such premium brands, BILSTEIN has access to an un-paralleled exchange of technology and resources when it comes to development and innovation for the consumer aftermarket. As the proven expert in all shock absorbers, offering applications that span the gamut of marques and demands, BILSTEIN is the one-stop-shop for suspension.

When it comes to providing the best suspension for the racetrack, luxury road-car or daily driver, BILSTEIN is a passionate group of enthusiasts who understand the demands of the market and strive to provide cutting-edge solutions.

To explore BILSTEIN offerings for your application visit https://www.bilstein.com/us/en/.

For a complete list of modifications, specs and sponsors on the Wesley Motorsports, BILSTEIN-liveried Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, visit:  http://wesleymotorsports.com/wesley-motorsports-to-campaign-2018-dodge-challenger-srt-widebody-hellcat/


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The team behind the show-stealing C30 Camper is going even bigger and bolder – but where will it land at SEMA this year?

 
The next project for Piggott and the River City Rods team is a completely rebuilt 1976 Ford GTB100.

DAVENPORT, IOWA: All eyes are on builder Craig Piggott and River City Rods and Fabrication.

The custom rod shop based in Davenport, Iowa was behind one of the most popular project builds at SEMA this year, a converted 1968 C30 camper that quickly captured the attention enthusiasts and media alike. With prime placement in the AccuAir project vehicle corral, the C30 camper stole the show and soon went viral after photos and videos showcasing the incredible detailsof the build circulated online.

 
The River City Rods converted 1968 C30 camper.
 
The River City Rod team at the Lone Star Throw Down 2018 in Conroe, Texas.

 

But the past is only prologue for Piggott and the River City Rods team, and the next project is proving to be the most daring: A completely rebuilt 1976 Ford GTB100 designed to defy expectations.

Plans for the GTB100 include a complete Roadster Shop chassis with a retro-influenced Coyote engine many old-school aesthetics.

The clean, rich-looking custom red interior will be designed by Auto Kraft Upholstery, with a touch of modern thanks to the expertise of Dakota Digital.

 

The exterior of this Ford “unicorn” is planned to have the modern look of flush-mounted glass and Mustang mirrors and a complete facelift with a 2-inch chopped top and a laid back windshield.

Completing the package on any vehicle are the wheels and tires… and the GTB100 is no different. Teaming up with Delmo and Curtis Speed for the design work and machining, Falken Tires wraps it up for the perfect trio.

“We have a long way to go on the GTB100, but we are determined to make it our most impressive project yet,” Piggott said. “With support from partners like AccuAirididitDakota Digital and Currie, our vision for the build is coming together.”

The pressure is on to follow-up the C30 camper with an equally-impressive vehicle, and initial renderings of the GTB100 definitely indicate another show-stealing build. The team at River City Rods is currently sourcing products from aftermarket and performance manufacturers while finishing fabrication work on the body.

The scope of the GTB100 build is a big undertaking for any builder. Add running a busy construction company and fabrication business to the picture and a snapshot of Piggott’s dedication and determination becomes clear.

In fact, Piggott’s first SEMA vehicle was only the result of his tenacity to grind out the impossible. With just weeks until SEMA 2016, AccuAir had a prime spot open up unexpectedly in its corral right outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. After seeing River City Rods’ projects trending on social media, the company reached out to Piggott. Always up for a challenge, Piggott installed AccurAir suspension and got his flagship build, a 1968 Chevrolet C10 with a utility bed, SEMA show ready in just two weeks.

After the making quite the impression at SEMA 2016, Piggott further solidified his status as the builder to watch when the C30 Camper stole the show last year. Now, all eyes are on Piggott and River City Rods to create another unforgettable SEMA vehicle.

Manufacturers interested in participating in the GTB100 build are encouraged to contact Michael Murray at michael@performancebusinessmedia.com
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EATON Detroit Spring can make these unavailable first-gen parts like new again.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN: If your first-generation Corvette rear springs are looking a little worn out, it might be time for some R&R, courtesy of EATON Detroit Spring.

Original C1 Corvette rear springs were made with spring steel that had a groove in the bottom side of each spring leaf. This grooved steel has not been produced since the mid-’60s, so the original-style springs with the groove can no longer be made.

This predicament could bring many restorations to a standstill. However, for springs that are not fatigued, EATON offers an R&R process that can make them as close to new as possible.

R&R stands for Re-temper & Re-arch:

  • The re-temper process removes the temper from each leaf, then puts it back in;

  • To re-arch, while red-hot and before they are re-tempered, each leaf is formed back to its original shape.

They then go into an oil bath after being annealed and reshaped. The next step is to go through the second heat-treat furnace that finalizes the re-tempering process. Once through the second heat-treat furnace, the leaves are shot peened to relieve the inherited stresses caused by the heat-treating process before being assembled.
Does it work? Mike Eaton points to a successful job for a prominent client.

“We had a customer in this morning who happens to be the designer of the original Corvette suspension who I have known for years,” he said. “He brought in a couple of sets of C1 rear springs to be reconditioned. Even though we do a lot of these, there are a lot of ’Vette owners who don’t know we offer it.”  


This is fatigued leaf.  If your springs look anything close to this, they are not candidates for reconditioning.

These are good leaves before re-tempering and shot peening.

Leaf coming out of the first heat-treat furnace.

Re-shaped leaf going into oil bath after being annealed and re-shaped. Next step is to go through the second heat-treat furnace that finalizes the re-tempering process.

Once through the second heat-treat furnace the leaves are shot peened before being assembled.

Before and after.
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New isolators added to leaf & coil spring offerings from EATON Detroit Spring.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN: Ford Fairlane owners can recapture their vehicles’ factory stance and ride with new suspension components from EATON Detroit Spring. The company provides leaf and coil springs manufactured according to the original factory blueprint using North American made SAE5160 spring steel.

New to the line are front coil spring isolators (FRI300) and rear spring top and bottom isolators (FRI26) for 1962-’65 Ford Fairlane models. Both are now available for shipment.
1962 – ’65 Ford Fairlane front coil spring isolators. (FRI300)
1962 – ’65 Ford Fairlane rear spring isolators. (FRI26)

“Our leaf and coil springs are trusted by professional restoration artists and hot rod builders the world over,” said Mike Eaton of EATON Detroit Spring. “Why? Because we manufacture our leaf springs true to the original blueprint right here in Detroit.”

EATON Detroit Spring offers Fairlane suspension parts for 157 year, body style and engine size combinations, available for online ordering. Stock, raised and lowered ride heights can be selected for most applications, and the pros at EATON will also help choose the proper shocks for every setup, ensuring a smooth ride with the proper stance.

Every spring install also needs fresh attaching parts to finish the job right. EATON supplies bundled installation kits for models including the Ford Fairlane that feature the proper bushings, shackles, U-bolts and more.

The company’s complete line of replacement and custom leaf and coil springs are designed from the original factory blueprints, and customizable to meet special needs. They are made with SAE 5160 high-alloy spring steel and shot-peened for longer life.

EATON Detroit Spring has been manufacturing springs in Michigan since 1937, with a catalog of more than 150,000 stock applications plus a full custom design staff.


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