GC Cooling Partners With Fluidyne For Sales And Distribution Of High-Performance Automotive Cooling Fans

Des Moines, IA - GC Cooling, maker of high-performance automotive cooling fans, has entered a partnership with FLUIDYNE High Performance (FHP) for the sales and distribution of GC Cooling products for race applications. Through the arrangement, FLUIDYNE will offer GC Cooling fans as an extension of the company's lines of high performance radiators, oil coolers and related accessories.
GC Cooling fan technology offers best-in-class performance, weight and price. For extreme high-performance applications, its BMF (Big Motor Fan) series creates the most airflow on the market, outperforming competitive products. Design features of the powerful yet slim fan include an extra flat shroud that produces 2,469 CFM to meet virtually any cooling requirement. The BMF and other GC Cooling fans are made to fit the highly aerodynamic front-ends of racing and other performance vehicles.
"Our company is proud to partner with FLUIDYNE. Our Italian cooling fans for extreme racing and high-performance applications are an ideal fit for their high-quality endurance applications," said Bob Folkestad, president of GC Cooling.
Gary Johnson, owner of FLUIDYNE, added, "I'm impressed with the technology of GC Cooling fans and believe we have gained a technology partner through our new national sales and distribution arrangement. This partnership is a growth opportunity for FHP that involves access to highly engineered fans that our NASCAR, motorsports and other high performance customers will greatly appreciate."
About GC Cooling
Since May 2016, GC Cooling has been the North American importer of General Cab high-performance fans and accessories. General Cab of Asti, Italy has made high-performance cooling fans, blowers and assemblies for electric motors and other automotive parts since 1982. The company is well known throughout Europe as a leading supplier to OEMs, including IVECO, Ferrari, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Denso and Textron Off-Road (formerly Arctic Cat). To ensure exceptional quality, cost and delivery, General Cab complies with international quality, environmental and manufacturing process standards and maintains ISO 9001:2008, ISO TS 16949:2009, and ISO 14001 certifications.
In the North American market, GC Cooling offers General Cab's high-performance fans, blowers and other electrical parts to fit automotive, specialty vehicle, truck, bus, motorcycle, heat exchanger, mobile cooling and off-highway applications. For more information, visit www.GCCooling.com or call 515-645-5908.
About FLUIDYNE High Performance
Originally located in Ontario, Calif., FLUIDYNE was established in 1993 by Thermal Dynamics Corp. to supply its THERM-Hx brand of high-performance air-to-oil and water-to-oil coolers to the automotive performance aftermarket. The company developed auxiliary transmission coolers for Ford's highly successful Enduro Off-Road Race Team, previous winners of the Baja 500 and Baja 1000. In 2008, the owners of FLUIDYNE consolidated operations in Mooresville, North Carolina under the leadership of founder Gary Johnson. FLUIDYNE is known for its 3-row and 5-row Slim-Line and Thin-Line radiators that support over 100 factory-fit applications. The products are available direct or through a nationwide network of dealers and distributors. For more information, visit www.fluidyne.com or call 888-358-4396.

SEMA Hall Of Fame Names Three New Members For 2017

2017 inductees include GiGi Carleton, Doug Evans, and Barry Meguiar
Diamond Bar, CA, May 5, 2017 -GiGi Carleton, Doug Evans and Barry Meguiar will receive the industry's highest honor and be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame. The new members will be recognized as part of the festivities during the SEMA Installation Gala on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, Calif. They represent an accomplished group of leaders who have shaped and inspired the automotive specialty-equipment market.
GiGi Carleton
Many in the industry are familiar with Robert E. Petersen, the 1981 SEMA Hall of Fame inductee who is responsible for launching many of the largest and most successful automotive magazine titles, such as Motor Trend and Hot Rod. What few people realize is that, for nearly 50 years, GiGi Carleton worked side-by-side with Petersen and his wife, as the trio went on to create the Petersen empire. Today, Carleton serves as the president of the Robert E. Petersen Foundation, where she is committed to and responsible for carrying on Petersen’s legacy in the automotive industry and philanthropic activities.
Doug Evans
Doug Evans has an impressive career in the automotive industry, having spent more than 30 years as a senior executive at various publishing houses. It is, however, his leadership and activism that distinguish him from many others. As the current SEMA Chairman of the Board, Evans guides the association on initiatives focused on youth outreach and legislation. He’s also served as chairman of the Save the Salt Coalition, is an advisor to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, and volunteers as a judge for the SEMA Launch Pad competition.
Barry Meguiar
Barry Meguiar is the president of the car care company that was founded by his grandfather in 1901. With a passion for cars, Meguiar grew the company to attract mainstream consumers. Through fun, family-oriented car shows and the launch of "Car Crazy" TV, Meguiar’s signature smile and infectious excitement for vehicles spread across the country. In addition to being one of the earliest exhibitors of the SEMA Show, Meguiar gave viewers a taste of the trade-only Show by filming "Car Crazy" TV from the annual event. Meguiar interviewed iconic Showgoers and is responsible for spreading the "Car Crazy" bug throughout the world.
For additional details about the SEMA Hall of Fame and the inductees over the years, visit www.semahof.com. For more information about the SEMA Installation Gala, visit www.sema.org/gala.
About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $39.2 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com or www.performanceracing.com.

Wired For Success: ididit’s Acquisition Of Vintage Wires Connects Today’s Customizers With The Past


Vintage Wires give restoration projects an old school look with new school safety.
Tecumseh, MI - Custom steering column company ididit has made further inroads with fans of unique hot rods and customs with its acquisition of Vintage Wires, a Holland Michigan-based business offering classic ignition cable sets.
Vintage Wires Ignition Cable Sets include 7.8mm spark plug wires featuring a lacquer-covered cotton braid. They are EPDM silicone insulated, with a spiral-wound suppression core. Boots, terminals and installation instructions are included. The wires are popular choices for vintage racecars and other classic projects as they have the appearance of classic fabric wires but the safety of modern wiring systems.
The acquisition adds a complementary product line to go with ididit’s renowned steering columns and accessories, allowing customers to outfit their projects with vintage spark plug wires that give engines a classic hot rod appearance using proven spark-carrying technology.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer these lacquered-covered cotton wires that mimic the old-school look of the fiber/fabric wires people used to use,” said Marty Waterstraut, ididit sales manager. “This acquisition of Vintage Wires really supports ididit’s stated mission of providing top-quality products found in the finest street rods and specialty cars in the world today.”
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.
About ididit
Born out of the American entrepreneurial spirit, ididit emerged out of a small garage in 1986 and has grown into the leading aftermarket steering column manufacturer you see today. ididit has been making the finest quality steering columns and related accessories for the hot rod & muscle car enthusiast since 1986 and continues to expand on that tradition. Located in Tecumseh, MI, ididit manufacturers top quality, American-made steering columns for the automotive aftermarket, as well as steering systems for industrial, commercial and government vehicles. ididit also produces specialty columns for a multitude of applications such as golf cars, ATV/UTV, tow vehicles and driving simulators.

Classic Industries Acquires California Mustang Parts And California Muscle Parts

Two Legendary Parts Suppliers Join Forces to Bring Restoration Parts and Accessories to Ford Enthusiasts Worldwide
Huntington Beach, CA, May 4, 2017 - Classic Industries, the recognized leader of automotive restoration and performance parts for classic GM and Chrysler vehicles, is pleased to announce the acquisition of California Mustang Parts, California Muscle Parts, and Highway Classics, which is located in the City of Industry, California.
California Mustang has been serving Mustang enthusiasts with their mail order restoration parts catalog since 1976, and in its 40-plus years of existence has established itself as one of the most trusted sources of restoration parts and accessories for classic Ford Mustangs. California Mustang’s sister company, California Muscle Parts, is the division formed to handle classic Ford Falcon parts, and more notably, an extensive selection of parts, accessories, and restyling components for late model Mustangs. Highway Classics is the wholesale division of the company, handling the sale of a wide variety of classic auto parts and accessories to restoration shops, body shops, parts stores and other businesses across the globe.
“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of California Mustang, California Muscle Parts and Highway Classics,” said CEO of Classic Industries, Jeff Leonard. “California Mustang is one of the original icons in the mail order catalog business having served classic Ford Mustang and Falcon enthusiasts for more than four decades. Classic Industries would like to welcome the customers and employees of the California Mustang Group to the Classic Industries family. California Mustang, California Muscle Parts, and Highways Classics will continue to serve Ford enthusiasts in their facility in City of Industry, CA like they have for several decades. Classic Industries will continue to serve the owners of GM and Chrysler vehicles at the Classic Industries Corporate Headquarters in Huntington Beach, California.”
“Customers of California Mustang and related companies will be happy to know that it will be business as usual as our teams collaborate to add a wide variety of new performance and late model Mustang parts to our expansive restoration part offerings,” said Corporate Director for Classic Industries, Ray Yager. “Our focus moving forward will be on broadening the company’s product lines to cover additional Ford-related makes and models as well. You can expect to see new parts and catalogs coming out for a variety of popular Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles including, but not limited to, Capri, Comet, Falcon, Ranchero, Cougar, Ford pickup, Bronco and other related models. Meanwhile, customers can count on both companies to continue delivering the exceptional customer experience that classic car enthusiasts have come to rely on and that both companies have built their reputations on.”
Classic Industries, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, is the undisputed leader in restoration parts for GM and Mopar vehicles and intends to complete a trifecta with the acquisition of the California Mustang Group of companies. The Ford restoration and performance parts industry is a growing market, and Classic Industries plans for its entry to impact the industry in a very positive way. Classic Industries’ merger with California Mustang Parts and related companies, provides the ability to create an unmatched customer experience. Classic Industries looks to bring California Mustang to new heights of quality, exposure, and customer satisfaction. These two automotive parts powerhouses are poised to raise the bar and set new standards for the rest of the industry.
To contact California Mustang, call toll free 1-800-775-0101 or 1-909-598-3383. Visit California Mustang on the web at www.cal-mustang.com.
About Classic Industries
Located in Huntington Beach, California, Classic Industries is the recognized leader of the restoration parts industry, offering products for classic Camaro, Firebird, Nova, Tri-Five, Impala, Chevrolet/GMC trucks and Mopar A, B, and E-Body models. Parts for GM models span from 1947 to 2017 and include a wide variety of licensed GM Restoration Parts™ products, while the Mopar line offers the most comprehensive selection of licensed Mopar Authentic Restoration Products™ in the industry with parts for 1960-76 Dodge and Plymouth models. The company recently announced plans to expand their GM coverage to include Corvette as well as various Buick models including Regal, Grand National, T-Type, Electra, Wildcat, LeSabre; and Oldsmobile models including Ninety Eight, Eighty-Eight, Starfire, and Toronado among others.
Classic Industries can be reached toll free at 1-855-357-2787 (includes Alaska, and Hawaii); the international phone is 001.714.847.6887 Canada and Puerto Rico). Visit Classic Industries on the web at www.classicindustries.com.

Lund International Announces Candidacy Of President And Chief Executive Officer, Mitch Fogle, for Chair-elect Of SEMA Board Of Directors

Buford, GA, May 1, 2017 - Lund International, a premier manufacturer of functional and stylish automotive aftermarket accessories, proudly announces the candidacy of President and Chief Executive Officer, Mitch Fogle, for Chair-elect of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Board of Directors.
Formed in 1963, SEMA is the professional trade association that represents the automotive aftermarket, the secondary market of the automotive industry focused on the manufacturing, distribution, retailing and installation of all vehicle parts, chemicals, equipment, and accessories, after the sale of the automobile by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to the consumer.
A lifetime automotive enthusiast and long-term SEMA Member, Fogle has led multiple organizations within the automotive industry, most recently serving as President and CEO of Lund International since 2010. His strategic approach and exemplary leadership skills, coupled with his keen business acumen and engaging personal style have created the culture of creative people, innovative products and renowned brands that is Lund International today.
Fogle states, “I am blessed to lead this great organization which employs 1200 Americans and I am honored and excited by the opportunity to lead SEMA in preserving and protecting the interests of automotive enthusiasts, and growing our industry. We have many opportunities in front of us and I will ensure that we realize them while cultivating a new generation of enthusiasts.”
Each SEMA member company has one vote. Voting commences May 10th and runs through May 24th. Results will be announced May 30th. For more information on SEMA Board of Directors Chair-elect Candidate, Mitch Fogle, please visit www.mitch4sema.com or mitch4sema on Facebook.
VOTE Mitch Fogle!
ABOUT LUND INTERNATIONAL®
www.lundinternational.com
Lund International is a U.S. based leading designer and manufacturer of automotive accessories for passenger cars, Jeeps, and light, medium and heavy duty trucks. Offering the industry's broadest range of functional body and appearance products that provide customers with ways to protect, customize, and personalize their vehicles, Lund International products are marketed under the brand names of AMP Research, AVS, Belmor, Bushwacker, LUND, Rampage Products, RoadWorks, Roll-N-Lock, Stampede and Tonno Pro.