Performance & Hotrod Business February '14

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n Performance & HOTROD BUSINESS News What's new with you? Email your company news to Show Preparations in Full Swing Preparations are in full swing for the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indy. The show's exhibit halls are filling fast; builders are vigorously reserving space for project vehicles and manufacturers are solidifying plans to offer new products, educational seminars and networking opportunities for hot rod and performance professionals. The trade show, which will be held side-by-side with the inaugural Restyling & Truck Accessories Trade Show March 26-28 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, will feature three days of educational seminars and two days of exhibits. Hot rod builders have submitted a record number of project vehicle proposals for the Hotrod & Restoration Display Vehicle Program, according to Denver, N.C.–based Steele Rubber Products, which is sponsoring the program for the fifth consecutive year. The program is on track to feature 50 diverse vehicles, including several debut builds, according to Eric Saltrick, vice president of marketing at Steele Rubber and the program's coordinator. Meanwhile, manufacturers are preparing to show off their best products as part of the New Product Showcase and Innovation Awards, an annual event at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show that's dedicated to the latest advances in technology and design. A panel of industry professionals has been invited to evaluate the new products and select the top entry in each category for the show's Innovation Awards. The Hotrod & Restoration and Restyling and Truck Accessories Trade Shows have joined forces to present more than 50 free seminars for aftermarket professionals. Most of the 2014 seminars will be held on March 26, the designated Industry Education Day, while some will also be offered March 27-28. Seminar topics include instrumentation, wiring, suspension, wheel selection, lubrication, fuel injection, weatherstripping and more. Free registration for the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show includes entrance to the exhibit hall both days (March 27-28), access to all educational seminars and admission to the Restyling & Truck Accessories Trade Show. Admission to the Grand Opening Breakfast and the Thursday evening reception are also included with registration. The Grand Opening Breakfast will highlight Innovation Award winners and the recipient of the inaugural Dick Dixon Legacy Award. 8 n Performance & Hotrod Business PHBFEB.indd 8 n Aeromotive Fuel Systems Recognized Aeromotive, Lenexa, Kan., recently received a "Best New Product" award in the Street Rod/ Custom Car category the SEMA Show for its new Phantom Fuel System. Aeromotive's A3000 Fuel Pump also was recognized as a runner-up in the Best New Engineered Product category. The company's two products were selected from more than 2,000 product entries, according to a press release. "We are extremely proud of these awards," said Steve Matusek, Aeromotive founder and president. "These were really collective efforts by our entire team. We knew we had something special with the Phantom Fuel System… It's cool to see it get some well-deserved attention." Wilwood is ACES And PIES Capable Camarillo, Calif.-based Wilwood Disc Brakes has announced the availability of ACES (vehicle data) and PIES (price level) digital documentation in-house capability. ACES (Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced Standard) enables Wilwood to publish its product inventory with standardized vehicle attributes to be compatible with Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) standards. PIES (Product Information Exchange Standard) allows Wilwood to exchange product attribute information in the automotive aftermarket industry, according to the company. Both ACES and PIES are now available in the AAIA proprietary XML format for use in exchanging pricing and vehicle information electronically. Wilwood also offers a non-ACES product vehicle cross-reference list in an EXCEL spreadsheet file for organizations that do not use the AAIA ACES proprietary format. "The capability to be synchronized with other organizations within the automotive aftermarket industry will help increase sales not only for Wilwood, but our trading partners as well," the company stated in a press release. February 2014 1/3/14 11:44 AM

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