Auctions America Shines Spotlight on Television Cars and Stars at Auburn Fall Event

21 08 2014

Rolls-Royce used in award-winning series “Boardwalk Empire” appears alongside an exciting list of celebrities at the Auburn Auction Park

AUBURN, IN – August 21, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Saloon used in the acclaimed HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire” will bring star power to the historic Auburn Auction Park next week as it crosses the block during Auctions America’s annual Auburn Fall weekend, August 27-31. A Labor Day tradition spanning more than four decades, the multi-day event offers fun for the whole family, including a 1200-car auction alongside a car corral, swap meet, celebrity appearances and thrill-seeking automotive activities.


Boasting an outstanding provenance from new, the screen-worthy Rolls-Royce was originally owned by Frederick Alton Powers of Houlton, Maine, who served on the Supreme Judicial Court of the State of Maine, as well as in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and as Attorney General for two terms. In recent years, Cars for Films acquired the car and it played a starring role in the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning television series “Boardwalk Empire”. In this Prohibition Era drama, the car was utilized by the main character, corrupt Atlantic City politician Enoch “Nuckey” Thompson, portrayed by Steve Buscemi.

Among other highlights set to go under the gavel next week is a complete Auburn Cord Duesenberg lineup along with a 1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible, offered by founder of Auburn-based Rathburn Tool & Manufacturing and Vietnam veteran, Jerry Rathburn. All proceeds from the Impala’s sale will benefit Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana, a nonprofit organization created to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC to reflect at their memorials.

A highlight of the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Auburn Fall’s diverse range of auction vehicles, celebrity sightings, and exhilarating activities bring collectors and their families home to the Classic Car Capital of America for the ultimate celebration of the collector car hobby,” says Donnie Gould, Auctions America. “We’re excited to see more and more enthusiasts make Auburn Fall their Labor Day tradition each year.

Beyond the auction excitement, the weekend will feature appearances by Frank Fritz, star of the History Channel’s “American Pickers”; Courtney Hansen, star of the new automotive programming block “PowerNation” on NBCSN, CBS Sports and Spike TV; and Rick and Kelly Dale, stars of the History Channel’s hit series “American Restoration”. In addition, enthusiasts can enjoy ATV, dirt bike and monster truck shows, onsite helicopter rides and a visit from the 2014 Dodge Power Rallye Tour.

For those unable to be part of the fun, NBCSN will put the Labor Day tradition on a national stage, bringing four days of select Auburn Fall highlights to more than 80 million homes across the U.S.

For further information visit or call 877-906-2437.

About Auctions America

Founded in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs.



Cox Enterprises Announces Formation of Cox Automotive

21 08 2014

Brings Together its Global Span of Products and Services to Simplify the Exchange of Vehicles and Maximize Value for its Customers

ATLANTA, GA – August 21, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Demonstrating its industry leadership and goal of transforming the way cars are bought and sold, Cox Enterprises announced today the formation of Cox Automotive. This move brings together more than 20 leading wholesale and retail automotive brands, including Manheim, and Kelley Blue Book. The creation of Cox Automotive further strengthens the company’s investment in the automotive industry and provides end-to-end global solutions for customers throughout the vehicle lifecycle.

Cox Enterprises Cox Automotive LogoCox Automotive companies have relationships with more than 40,000 dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers. Sandy Schwartz, who until now has held the dual roles of president of Manheim and AutoTrader Group, will serve as president of Cox Automotive.

“Cox is the industry leader in marketing and remarketing vehicles, and this move reinforces our company’s confidence in the global automotive industry,” said Cox Enterprises’ President and CEO John Dyer. “Over the past several years, we have invested in different segments of our auto business, from dealer services to our top-rated consumer brands. Under Sandy’s leadership, our wholesale and retail automotive brands have thrived and we are committed to leveraging opportunities to better serve and add value to our customers.”

While Cox Automotive will be the banner company for the diverse portfolio of global automotive businesses, each business will retain its individual brand. The newly formed Cox Automotive businesses will be organized around five core areas providing both domestic and global presence.  The core areas are below and include:

  • Auto Auctions and Wholesale Services: Manheim North America,, DealShield, Go Auto Exchange, Ready Auto Transport
  • Financial Services: NextGear Capital, Go Financial
  • Media:, Kelley Blue Book
  • Software: HomeNet Automotive, Haystak Digital Marketing, vAuto, VinSolutions
  • International: Manheim International,, BitAuto,, Jingzhengu, Manheim Retail Services, RMS Automotive, Modix

Each area will continue to focus on their respective products and services expertise, while working to identify ways that its collective offerings can better serve customers.

Through these companies, Cox Automotive is able to leverage its extensive data assets, knowledge and industry-wide insights to help customers make better decisions for their businesses.

Cox’s industry-leading and web sites attract more than 32 million unique monthly visitors, with 67 percent of all car buyers relying on these sites when shopping for a car. And, as a leading global provider of remarketing services, Manheim registers nearly seven million used vehicles annually, facilitating transactions representing nearly $46 billion in value.

“Over the past few years, I’ve been excited to be a part of an industry that is taking a leading role in driving economic growth, innovation and greater efficiencies,” said Schwartz. “We formed Cox Automotive because we know that the automotive space is not one where any of us can go it alone.  Our goal is to pave the way for our customers by offering them unique perspectives, industry insights and end-to-end solutions that deliver greater business value.”

About Cox Enterprises

Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of nearly $16 billion and approximately 50,000 employees, the company’s major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms); and Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions). The company’s major national brands include, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, and Valpak.

About Cox Automotive

Cox Automotive is a leading provider of vehicle remarketing services and digital marketing and software solutions for automotive dealers and consumers.  Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, includes Manheim,, Kelley Blue Book, vAuto, NextGear Capital, and a host of global businesses and brands serving customers such as auto dealers, manufacturers and financial institutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Cox Automotive employs nearly 24,000 employees in over 150 locations worldwide. The company partners with more than 40,000 dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, and touches over 67 percent of all car buyers in the U.S. with the most recognized brands in the industry. Cox Automotive unites more than 20 brands in this space, providing an end-to-end solution to transform the way people buy and sell cars every day.

SOURCE: Cox Enterprises



Rigid Industries LED Lighting Shines in 2nd Consecutive Inc. 500

20 08 2014

Rigid Industries LED Lighting Continues as one of Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Privately Held U.S. Companies

PHOENIX, AZ – August 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rigid Industries LED Lighting, a world leader in forward projecting LED lighting has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies list for 2014, the second consecutive year it has received this honor. Rigid, the fastest growing LED lighting manufacturer and the seventh fastest growing in overall manufacturing in the U.S., is proving to be one of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in existence.  From 2010 – 2013, Rigid experienced an exponential growth rate of 1,464%, reaching $40 million in 2013.


Rigid Industries, like many companies who began in a garage, started in 2004 and by 2009 still only had 6 employees. Today, its three locations in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona has a workforce of more than 226 today and ships to over 43 countries around the world. The toughest conditions on Earth are no match for the superior lighting and long lasting performance Rigid Industries provides. Rigid, well known for rugged Torture Tested durability, is also highly regarded for their world-renowned warranty program and outstanding customer service.

“For the second year in a row, Rigid Industries LED Lighting has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies list. It is a privilege to receive this recognition. Rigid owes this all to its loyal customers that comprise the Rigid Nation and its distributors, dealers, manufacturers representatives, vendors, and suppliers who have all stepped up to turn out better products faster to meet the demand,” said Jason Christiansen, President/CEO of Rigid Industries.

“The continual innovation of new and ever increasingly better technology is our mission and we reinvent ourselves every day. Recently, we released five new LED Grilles for the Toyota® Tacoma®, Chevrolet® Silverado® and Ford® F-150, F-250 and F-350. With the addition of more LED grilles, we will be able to expand our product offerings in the automobile manufacturer market. We are already planning for next year and striving for even greater success,” stated Christiansen.

The Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014, and have revenue of no less than $2 million in 2013. Additionally, they must be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent. For complete results of the Inc. 500, visit

Last year, Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Awards recognized Rigid Industries LED Lighting as #10 in manufacturing job creation in the United States. Rigid Industries LED Lighting experienced 55% growth in new jobs, placing it among the top 6 private business job creators within Arizona and top 10 in manufacturing in the U.S.

Due to its unparalleled patented optics and torture-tested housings, Rigid Industries® is a world leader in forward-projecting LED lighting. Rigid LED lighting products are used in aviation, agriculture, construction, emergency response, industrial, marine, military, mining, off-road and power sports. Rigid Industries® is committed to providing innovative technologies, and guarantees a quality product designed, engineered and assembled in the USA. For more information and a list of products, please visit or follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.



Ducati North America Names Nathon Verdugo as New Public Relations Manager

20 08 2014

CUPERTINO, CA – August 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Ducati North America today announced Nathon Verdugo as its Public Relations manager, effective immediately. Verdugo will oversee all PR activities for Ducati North America and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., where he will report to the Marketing Director.

140820 Ducati Nathon VerdugoVerdugo comes to Ducati as a lifelong motorcyclist with nearly a decade of experience in the motorcycle industry. Following positions managing PR efforts for the ESPN X Games as well as stints at Dainese and Alpinestars, he most recently served as the Global Brand Manager at Troy Lee Designs in Corona, Calif.

“I have a passion for any and all things on two wheels, and having the chance to align myself with a world-renowned brand while working alongside like-minded industry colleagues whom I respect is a dream come true,” said Verdugo. “I’m looking forward to helping Ducati inspire the same passion in others that it has in me.”

“Ducati is a unique company comprised of fervent professionals with a passion that can only be matched by lifelong Ducatisti,” said Ducati Marketing Director Arrick Maurice. “As a motorcyclist and consummate professional within the industry, we’re confident Nathon will thrive amongst this team and excel in his role as Public Relations Manager for Ducati North America.”

Ducati North America looks forward to what the future holds and its ongoing success with the addition of the newest member to the team.

About Ducati

Founded in Bologna in 1926, Ducati has been building emotions for over 80 years. Ducati is proud to represent Italian the essence of Italian style shows through the design of each bike. Sinuous, seductive and flexible lines with a permanent, timeless quality that sets an unsurpassable standard. Superbike, Monster, Streetfighter, Hypermotard, Multistrada and the new Diavel – in over 60 nations throughout the world these models dominate the dreams of the most ardent motorcycle enthusiasts.



Galfer USA Adds Brake Line Options for 2014 Suzuki GSX-R Lineup

20 08 2014

OXNARD, CA – August 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The GSX-R family of Suzuki sportbikes has an enduring popularity thanks to their performance on both the track and the street, and Galfer has been producing steel-braided brake lines for them for many years. Now, Galfer USA is stocking brake lines for the 2014 Suzuki GSX-R600, 750 and 1000.

From professional and amateur racers to street enthusiasts who insist on the best equipment, Galfer brake lines offer durability and predictability for consistent, smooth braking. The steel-braided lines prevent brake fade, even under hard braking conditions. Installation is easy, and each line comes with pre-positioned banjo fittings. For GSX-R riders who prefer a custom look, Galfer USA has a wide range of colors in stock, too.

The 2014 Suzuki GSX-R brake lines include a front 2-line kit, with retail pricing beginning at $100, and a front GP 3-line kit, which is priced from $130. The GP kit features a clear line with blue banjos and red bolts. The rear line’s retail pricing begins at $55. A front OEM 2-line kit is also available for the GSX-R1000.


2014 Suzuki GSX-R600 and 750
D765-2: Front 2-Line Kit
D765GP: Front GP 3-Line Kit
D765R: Rear Line

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000
D773-2: Front 2-Line Kit
D773OEM: Front OEM 2-Line Kit (Crossover Kit)
D773GP: Front GP 3-Line Kit
D700R: Rear Line


To learn more about Galfer’s performance braking systems, visit Keep up with Galfer USA at and follow @GalferUSA on Twitter and Instagram.



KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE – Confirmed for 2015!

20 08 2014

More power. More torque. More luxury. More KTM.

August 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For model year 2015, KTM will add to its ADVENTURE range and take it even further with the new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE.


As its name suggests, the 1290 builds on the current 1190 ADVENTURE. It will sit alongside in the diverse KTM Street range next year but the high-end machine will add a different dimension and choice for those who want the absolute pinnacle of luxury sport touring riding.

The SUPER ADVENTURE features a bigger engine capacity to increase power and torque. An incredibly large fuel tank will mean long durations before the need to stop; perfect for when the journey is long or so addictive that the rider just doesn’t want to get off the saddle.

As with the 1190, the SUPER ADVENTURE will feature the pioneering Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system. Developed in association with KTM’s technical partner, BOSCH, the ABS and traction control systems are at the forefront of motorcycle safety and have a range of selectable presets as to not remove any riding enjoyment. In addition, the new 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE will feature further absolutely unique electronically supported riding assistance equipment.

More details will be announced when the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE is officially launched at INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, on 30th of September.



2015 Yamaha Watercraft Preview Video

20 08 2014

August 20, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Music video featuring the new 2015 Yamaha Boats and WaveRunner lineup.




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