The dB Drag Racing Association Gives Back to the Community with Toys for Tots Competition Series

AUSTIN, TX (11.20.2019) – The dB Drag Racing Association, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps “Toys For Tots” program, is proud to announce the 13th Annual dB Drag Racing Association “Toys for Tots” competition series. As an incentive to retailers that have hosted a dB Drag Racing event during the 2019 season, the dBDRA will waive the listing fee for qualifying 1X events that are scheduled during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The entry fee for the competitors must be a new unwrapped toy, and no other money will be accepted in conjunction with the event. There is no limit on the amount of toys that can be donated, however, the minimum suggested toy should be $20+. The event promoter or retailer must take a photo of the toys collected and submit to the dBDRA. In addition, the toys must be dropped off at a local “Toys for Tots” drop off location before the drop off date in the community.

Image from Nov 16th event at Audio Concepts in Fresno, CA.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys to be distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. According to Wayne Harris, President of the dBDRA. “Our goal is to provide dB Drag Racing competitors and retailers the opportunity to get involved with their local communities by providing shiny new toys to children who otherwise might have gone without.”

To participate in the Toys for Tots competition series, retailers and promoters will need to contact the dB Drag Racing Association. Auto sound manufacturers are also welcome to participate. To learn more about the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program, please visit the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation at: www.toysfortots.org

While the Toys for Tots program is a US based program, many of the international dBDRA affiliates will be offering similar toy drives in their respective countries as well.

To schedule your Toys for Tots dB Drag Racing event, contact: marketing@dbDragRacing.com

Alpine Shipping New Navigation Receiver with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

TORRANCE, CA (11.20.2019) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is now shipping the 6.5-inch INE-W970HD Universal Navigation System. The INE-W970HD has reliable, built-in navigation as well as added infotainment features for a drive that’s exciting from the start of the engine to the destination.

The INE-W970HD has a 6.5-inch WVGA display and Swipe Graphical User Interface that’s optimized for in-vehicle smartphone use so drivers can access Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for music, messages, and navigation while keeping their eyes on the road. A built-in Bluetooth external pre-tuned microphone is also available so you can answer phone calls or play your music hands-free using voice commands.

Use your smartphone navigation to get you to your next adventure, or when you lose service, rely on built-in navigation with 3D mapping and Turn-By-Turn driving directions delivered by Text-To-Speech (TTS) technology. For added driving assistance, add front and rear-view camera systems with the INE-W970HD’s two composite camera inputs.

Play your music from your smartphone or the built-in HD Radio Tuner for AM/FM radio stations. If CDs are your style, use the built-in CD mechanism to listen to your favorite artists. For more music options, the INE-W970HD is SiriusXM Satellite Radio-Ready to give you the entertainment you crave (tuner and subscription sold separately). Various music file formats include FLAC / WMA / AAC / OGG / APE / MP2 playback via USB.

Control the bass, mid, and treble levels of your music without skipping a beat or taking your eyes off the road with the convenient sound button with balance and fader choices displayed on the touchscreen of the INE-W970HD.

Need a power boost? Alpine’s 4-Channel KTA-450 Power Pack Amplifier (sold separately) is small enough to install behind the INE-W970HD yet packs a big power boost that doubles your sound system’s power during powerful music passages using Alpine’s exclusive Dynamic Peak Power technology. It’s the perfect power addition for vehicles that don’t have space for a traditional amplifier.

Put it in park after a long drive and use the built-in DVD mechanism for a personal drive-in movie experience or use the included HDMI input to bring up the entertainment on your smartphone. When plugged into the HDMI cable, your smartphone’s app layout is mirrored on the INE-W970HD’s touchscreen, so you can view the content on your phone on the 6.5-inch screen.

The INE-W970HD is available now at Alpine Authorized retails or online at http://www.alpine-usa.com through Crutchfield for $799.95. Installation options can be found on the Alpine-USA website through the store locator.

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.

Stinger Releases 2 New Lighting Solutions for Powersports and Marine

CLEARWATER, FL –  November 19, 2019 — Today,Stinger Electronics, designer and manufacturer of high-performance audio accessories and components, has expanded its line of Universal LED Pods, SPXULED, to now include green, amber, blue, and red. With limitless possibilities from function to style, Universal LED Pods are great for marine, powersports, and on-road vehicles of all types.

The bright CREE LED pods come in pairs; these powerful lights cut through the darkness to provide safety and flair, and their aluminum housing is waterproof and dustproof, making them ideal for off-road use when conditions are less than ideal. These LED pods mount reliably and securely on both flat and tubular surfaces so that they can be used with confidence in powersports vehicles’ underbodies, engine compartments, and interiors. Multiple cable routing options are available, and mounting pads and hardware are included.

Stinger’s 8-light universal underbody, SPXRGBUBKIT8, joins the 4-way SPXRGBUBKIT. This RGB LED kit allows users to add extra dazzle to their boats and off-road powersports vehicles. Bluetooth controls make for easy use via an iPhone or Android smartphone with an app available to choose dynamic modes and colors, or music fans can even put on a light show by syncing LEDs to change with the music.

Installation is easy thanks to the plug-and-play design that does not require any soldering or crimping, so, powersports aficionados can add RGB illumination anywhere they want it.

Visit stingerelectronics.com for more.

SSV Works Walks Away From the 2019 SEMA Show with Two Industry Awards

OXNARD, CA (11.19.2019) – SSV Works has announced that during the recent 2019 SEMA Show, the new WP3-RZ3O65 overhead weatherproof audio solution for two and four seat Polaris RZRs won the Best New Powersports Product Award as well as a 2019 SEMA Global Media Award. The WP3-RZ3O65 is scheduled to be available early Q1 2020 with an MSRP of $799.99.

“With these two awards, we couldn’t have asked for a better product launch than this,” said Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “Listen to your music via Bluetooth, AM/FM, or Aux-In through four 6.5-inch powersports speakers pumping out 200 watts of internal power with the new rugged SSV Works WP3-RZ3O65. This system also offers the capability to add more speakers and amplifiers by utilizing two additional high level and or low level outputs.”

The WP3-RZ3O65 tucks neatly overhead into the cage tubes of the Polaris RZR allowing great visibility and helmet clearance. The unit also works with both metal and the plastic factory roof option. Installation time is under 30 minutes to both mount and wire, and the rugged UV stable polymer enclosure protects from the harsh elements.

For more information, visit www.SSVWorks.com, call 818-991-1SSV (1778), or email sales@SSVworks.com

Rockford Fosgate Introduces Next Generation of Marine Speakers And Subwoofers featuring Color Optix RGB LED Lighting

TEMPE, AZ (11.19.2019) – New Color Optix loudspeakers deliver loud, clear, accurate sound and light the way for your journey.

Rockford Fosgate the industry leader in high-performance audio systems, is excited to announce the launch of the new M1 and M2 Series speakers and subwoofers. The full line of Element Ready products are designed to pair with the just introduced Color Optix Controller and RF Connect App for complete lighting command on your vessel.

To further customize the sound experience black and white grille options are available on both M1 and M2 products. M2 takes customization a step further by also including a stainless-steel grille insert so you may choose black with stainless or white with stainless as well.

“We didn’t just re-design an existing line of products. We spent time on the water, with boating enthusiasts, with boat manufactures in order to create loudspeakers that not only perform well, but also integrate as a true marine ecosystem” explained Jake Braaten, Rockford Vice President of New Product Development and Engineering.

To achieve industry leading plug and play connectivity Deutsch and Amphenol connectors are integrated into the design on all the M1 and M2 drivers. This combined with their IP67 certification make these speakers and subwoofers Element Ready and truly purpose built for marine applications.

M2 speakers are available in 6.5 inch and 8-inch coaxial configurations. The line also includes a standalone, high efficiency tweeter as well as 10-inch dual 2 ohm and dual 4-ohm subwoofers.  M1 speakers come in 6-inch, 6.5 inch, and 8 inch sizes complimented by 8 inch, 10 inch and 12 inch subwoofers offered in dual 2 ohm and dual 4 ohm varieties.

To compliment the plug and play connectivity and streamline installation, Rockford equipped all M1 and M2 subwoofers with a VersaSwitch to make changing impedance between 1 and 4 or 2 and 8 ohms as easy as flipping a switch.

Rockford Fosgate Marine Color Optix™ Speakers and Subwoofers (M1 Series and M2 Series shown)

For more information on the complete line of Color Optix products, click here.

M2 Series Includes:

•  M2-65 / M2-65B 6.5″ coaxial  150 watt RMS, 600 Watt Peak
•  M2-8 / M2-8B  8″ coaxial 550 watt RMS, 1000 Watt Peak
•  M2-TS   1″ tweeter    200 watt RMS, 800 Watt Peak
•  M2D2-10I / M2D2-10IB 10″ subwoofer 400 watt RMS, 1600 Watt Peak
•  M2D4-10I / M2D4-10IB 10″ subwoofer  400 watt RMS, 1600 Watt Peak
M1 Series Includes:

•  M1-6 / M1-6B 6″ coaxial 75 watt RMS, 300 Watt Peak
•  M1-65 / M1-65B 6.5″ coaxial  75 watt RMS, 300 Watt Peak
•  M1-8 / M1-8B 8″ coaxial  150 watt RMS, 600 Watt Peak
•  M1D2-8 / M1D2-8B 8″ subwoofer   150 watt RMS, 600 Watt Peak
•  M1D4-8 / M1D4-8B  8″ subwoofer  150 watt RMS, 600 Watt Peak
•  M1D2-10 / M1D2-10B 10″ subwoofer   300 watt RMS, 1200 Watt Peak
•  M1D4-10 / M1D4-10B 10″ subwoofer 300 watt RMS, 1200 Watt Peak
•  M1D2-12 / M1D2-12B     12″ subwoofer  300 watt RMS, 1200 Watt Peak
•  M1D4-12 / M1D4-12B    12″ subwoofer  300 watt RMS, 1200 Watt Peak


•  2 Year Warranty

To view the product page, click here.

Visit rockfordfosgate.com for more.

ROXOR Increases Passenger Capacity with Release of Side Facing Rear Seat Option

AUBURN HILLS, MI (11.19.2019) – ROXOR continues to increase passenger capacity with additional seating options and tops to include all passengers. ROXOR also hits the trail to Las Vegas, NV for the World Series Team Roping Finale where consumers will engage in a full ROXOR ride-and-drive experience.

Expand the use of your ROXOR with these Side-Facing Rear Seats. Mahindra’s side-facing bench seats have been designed, developed and patented by our engineers to maximize the rear cargo area to seat additional passengers.

With this kit, your ROXOR will become a fun multi-passenger vehicle built for adventure. The kit comes with lap belts, seat cushions, frames and all required hardware. This will enhance transporting your crew around the worksite or to their favorite hunting spot.

Visit www.roxoroffroad.com for more.

Ring Brothers Overcome Competition at 2019 SEMA Battle of the Builders

DIAMOND BAR, CA (11.18.2019) – Mike and Jim Ring of Ringbrothers in Spring Green, WI, took the top prize in the sixth-annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, which concluded at SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after-party designed to celebrate the builders and showcase products from the trade-only Show.

For the second year in a row a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro beat out nearly 300 entrants in the internationally recognized competition that has unfolded during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Top 4 finalists for 2019 came down to Jim and Mike Ring with their 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (Hot Rod), Randy Borcherding with a 1955 Chevrolet truck (Truck/Off-Road), Louie Shefchik and his 1968 Iso Rivolta (Sport Compact), and Young Guns winner Brad Swaney with his 1971 Chevrolet C-10. Each and every builder brought their A game this year and was recognized with trophies in their respective classes.

Mike and Jim Ring and their 1969 Chevrolet Camaro beat out nearly 300 entrants to win the sixth-annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.

The four finalists of this years’ competition will be highlighted along with other featured builders in a new TV special SEMA: Battle of the Builders, scheduled to debut on A+E Networks’ FYI and HISTORY’s DRIVE block in January 2020 (time and date to be announced).

The 2019 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition included submissions from seasoned builders as well as new customizers representing an elite group of individuals who demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs. The Young Guns (builders 27 years and younger) category continues to evolve and expand, providing the next generation of builders with an opportunity to get their vehicles into the Battle of the Builders competition.

Industry experts RJ DeVera (Meguiar’s), Cam Miller (HS Customs), and Jeremiah Proffitt (Proffitt’s Resurrection Land Cruisers) were the competition’s judges and narrowed down the field of nearly 300 entries to the Top 10 in the remaining categories before selecting the Top 12 builds overall. The 12 finalists then took over judging duties and named the Ring brothers the overall winners.

For more information about the 2019 Battle of the Builders competition or the SEMA Young Guns program, visit www.sema.org/botb, www.semayoungguns.com or SEMA’s YouTube channel.