SEMA Inducts Four Industry Icons into Hall of Fame

DIAMOND BAR, CA (05.20.2020) – Rich Barsamian, Jack Chisenhall, John Gaines, and Joe St.Lawrence will receive the specialty-equipment industry’s highest honor as the newest members of the SEMA Hall of Fame. The four are the latest representatives of an esteemed group of industry icons who have influenced and inspired the $44.6 billion automotive specialty-equipment industry.

Rich Barsamian has been actively volunteering and helping to improve our industry since he joined the Young Executives Network (YEN) in 1995. He has helped bring many educational programs to SEMA members and worked tirelessly as an ambassador to help other SEMA members. Over the years he has earned numerous recognitions for his continued work in our industry, including SEMA Person of the Year in 2014, and exemplifies the SEMA Hall of Fame criteria with regard to professionalism, dignity, integrity, stature and growth of the industry.

Jack Chisenhall is credited with making climate control systems accessible by founding the San Antonio company Vintage Air, and also helped create what is now the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), among other innovations and contributions. His work made enthusiast cars more comfortable, easier to drive and that meant more miles logged behind the wheel, more money spent on modifications and more time on the road wrenching, driving, building and enjoying these cars. It was a cultural shift and a game changer.

John Gaines was an early pioneer in the automotive aftermarket warehouse distribution. His company, G&M Performance Parts was one of the first warehouse distributors in the country for the automotive aftermarket, and his distributorship was one of the first in the country to utilize a fleet of vehicles to distribute product direct to the local speed shops, truck accessory stores, car dealerships, machine shops, creating a much quicker and more streamlined process from manufacturer to end user. Gaines is credited with forward thinking early on that helped many manufacturers grow to where they are today.

Joe St.Lawrence started RTM, the industry’s first production company for auto how-to shows in the mid-1980s. He created PowerBlock, television’s first two-hour auto theme-block featuring how-to shows that introduced SEMA member products to million of viewers. His shows sparked parts buying on Monday, and gave DYIers the confidence to bolt on aftermarket parts and customize their vehicles. He introduced broad audiences to cool cars and helped change the image of the backyard mechanic into a tool-wielding expert.

For additional information about the SEMA Hall of Fame, visit www.semahof.com.

MECA Car Audio Restarts the 2020 Season with the 14th Annual “The Vinny” Event

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (05.19.2020) – The 14th Annual ‘The Vinny’ Event 2020 was held in 2 locations on Sunday, May 17th. The SQL event took place at Audio Specialists in Clarksville TN and the SPL competition took place at the Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland, TN. At each venue there were 11 MECA members competing. XSPower sponsors MECA events in Tennessee.

The Audio Specialist location in Clarksville TN was the site of the MECA SQL competition.

Steve Stern, MECA Commish, stated “We wanted to get back to sensibly and safely providing venues for our MECA Club members. With the COVID-19 crisis finally easing it seemed now was the right time for a ‘Restart’ of the 2020 MECA season. Starting to get back on track, with ‘The Vinny’, seemed like the thing to do. Rob Bess has a great location in Clarksville that was ideal for the SQL Competition. We were mindful of restrictions for SPL and chose the Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland, TN that offered a wide open venue with plenty of space bass and for social distancing.”

This group is pictured at the MECA SPL competition at Cheatham County Fairgrounds in Ashland TN. On the left MECA Commish Steve Stern, Judge Malani Puni and Ethan Stern along with a number of MECA SPL competitors.

Rob Bess, Audio Specialists owner stated “It was so great to see MECA competitors showcasing their systems. We provided ample space for social distancing during the event and judging. We had a competitor drive from Atlanta and one from South Carolina. Everyone that came was so happy to get out in the world and be among fellow MECA members.”

Competitor Doug Hyden wiped out the windshield in his ride and had to drive carefully back to Newport, TN… over 150 miles away. He did win “Best of Show” in the SPL competition.

Bess added “We brought in pizza for lunch which everyone enjoyed. In fact a couple of competitors mentioned this was the first food they had eaten outside of their home in a couple weeks. We all had a really good time.”

MECA’s Ethan Stern behind the meter in the SPL lane.

Continuing Stern offered “I drove the 40 miles to the SPL event at the Cheatham County Fairgrounds with the event setup gear in the MECA van with my son Ethan. It was terrific to see the competitors plus hear and judge their rides. Team American Bass had 2 vehicles that were really loud. Doug Hyden, Team High Voltage, topped 152 and shattered his windshield. He then drove, very carefully, over 150 miles back to Newport TN. It was a good trip for him because he had the Best of Show trophy in his back seat. Hyden runs MECA Manufacturer Member gear…Sundown subs, Stinger wire and accessories and has 3 Mechman alternators in his ride.”

SPL Competitor Matt Holloran and his son relax between runs in the SPL lane.

Concluding, Stern stated “The Vinny” is named for MECA Charter Member and SQL Coordinator and Judge Vinny Taylor from Franklin TN. Vinny is still active and helps with Rules and Ethics Committe, Judge training and larger events including the Finals.”

Lood for more coverage of the MECA Car Audio events from 12volt News.

For information on the 2020 MECA event schedule, visit mecacaraudio.com

Ultra Start Intros Ultra Safety PPE Products

LOS ANGLES, CA (05.19.2020) – Ultra Safety products are a collection of essential protective products in high-demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis around the world and across the U.S.

John Kelly pictured, with an Ultra Safety mask in place, in his East Coast office.

John Kelly, JCK Sales, represents Ultra Start and the new Ultra Safety line. Kelly stated “The Ultra Safety collection is comprised of PPE products that will assist 12volt retailers, along with staff and customers, to meet mandates related to the COVID-19 crisis. Every store, when they start opening, will have to make sure all in the store have a mask in place. If customers don’t have a mask, dealers will need to have a mask available to offer the customer. All employees will need to wear masks also. The Ultra Safety line offers several models of face masks including low cost masks to provide to customers.”

Tim Choi, Ultra Start President, pictured with a selection of Ultra Safety products at the company’s Los Angeles HQ.

Hand sanitizer, infrared thermometers and a UVC handheld wand are also included in the Ultra Safety lineup.

Ultra Start has offered a full line of remote starters, keyless entry and vehicle security systems to 12volt dealers and distributors for over 20 years.

See the Ultra Safety lineup at www.ultrastarters.com/ultra-safety for more.

Maxxsonics USA Receives ISO 9001 Certification

LIBERTYVILLE, IL (05.19.2020) – ISO 9001 Certification involves certifying company department processes from the Master organization flow chart, down to the individual processes, and even to their respective forms and outputs.

Maxx Stiefel, Vice President General Manager at Maxxsonics USA commented, “I feel that this was an incredible learning experience for the company as a whole and believe that the ISO 9001:2015 standard will help Maxxsonics provide its customers with the best quality products on time and consistently. Certifying the Quality Management System on Monday was a milestone for Maxxsonics and the results from the ISO certification audit epitomize the successful future for the company and its customers!”

Through non-conformity and corrective action documentation, the company is now better equipped to enhance its Quality Management System (QMS), quality policy, quality objectives, and continual improvements.

Brian Sherman, Vice President of Product & Marketing for Maxxsonics USA said, “We’re excited to gain our ISO certification. It represents a significant evolution in our processes and has us poised to better serve all of our customers, especially our OEM clients. The team at Maxxsonics all joined forces and willingly embraced the changes required to make this happen. I’m proud of what we’ve done here and we’re excited to show the world the great products that are a result of this evolution. Hats off to Maxx Stiefel for making this happen!”

In addition, ISO 9001 Certification also promotes interdepartmental cross-functionality in regards to communication and job responsibilities, as well as encourages Advance Product Quality Planning (APQP) within its master flow chart and quality planning process. APQP drives the Plan-Do-Check-Act procedure advancing the checks and balances (2-step verifications) within the organization.

Visit maxxsonics.com for more.

Call Totals Surging for KICKER Technical Support Team

STILLWATER, OK (05.18.2020) – Stress levels tend to increase when consumers seek product information from manufacturers through email, chat services or over the phone.  Callers ultimately require immediate answers, and show very little patience. These unusual days, with the country in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, the KICKER Tech Support team has seen a massive increase in the number of callers seeking quick answers.

“We’ve been averaging around 700 calls and emails per week (since the pandemic),” reported Trevis Rakey, KICKER’s technical support manager. “With so many people working on DIY projects, that number has been on the rise.”

John Myers is pictured at Kicker’s Stillwater OK HQ conducting a Tech Team session in pre-social distancing days.

Rakey estimates his department fields more than 50 enclosure-building requests per week. The team’s recommendations vary based on complexity and available space.

“Typically, when a customer calls for a box design, we ask them what measurements they have to work with, and what their goals are,” Rakey explained.  “From there we can determine air space, port specs and outside measurements of what the enclosure needs to be built to. We use FINEBox™ enclosure design software, which is the same quality as our R&D (research and development) department.”      

When a consumer wants to work on their own project, the KICKER Tech Support team also refers customers to the useful KICKER U app. Available as a free or premium purchased version, the app provides cut sheets, subwoofer specifications, response curves, wiring diagrams, test tones and more.

KICKER’s Tech Support team fields these calls from the company’s Stillwater, Oklahoma world headquarters.  Armed with more than 40 years of product specifications, box-building software, vehicle wiring information and a mountain of acoustic reference materials, KICKER’s Tech Support is among the most well-informed in the industry. 

To ensure the Tech Support staff has the ability to answer any question, they maintain a non-stop product training schedule and have direct access to the very people that build the product. The department fields questions across every product line KICKER makes, and in every phase of system construction.

KICKER’s Tech Support Department is available weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT at 405-624-8510, and by email at support@kicker.com.

For more information visit www.kicker.com/kickeru or find the KICKER U app on their device’s app store.

NavAtlas Intros ‘ZONE’ Off-Road Audio Systems in a Box

BREA, CA (05.18.2020) – NavAtlas introduces a series Off-Road Audio Systems in a box for the Polaris RZR and CanAm X3. Defined as ZONE, the RZR1ZONE3 is a Polaris system, shown below, that includes the NA30C 3” Screen Media Center and Mounting Bracket, 10” Subwoofer with 500 Watt (RMS) Mono Amplifier, a pair of 6.5” Speakers with Kick pods plus a 2-Channel 300 Watt (RMS) Amplifier.

The Polaris RZR and CanAm X3 systems will include all the mounting hardware needed for a professional install.

Patrick Brooks pictured in the NavAtlas warehouse in Brea, CA.

Patrick Brooks, NavAtlas National Sales Manager, stated “When you define a PowerSports customer they’re fanatical about their vehicles and they want the very best aftermarket products. Audio will be one of the most important purchases they will make over the lifetime of the vehicle. The new NavAtlas ZONE Audio system delivers a complete high-end audio system in a box tailored to their specific vehicle. This is the wave of the future.”

The Zone systems will be available in mid-June. Contact your local distributor and ask for the ZONE System by NavAtlas.

Visit navatlas.net for more.

SCOSCHE Industries Announces Availability of New Scosche / ProClip USA Direct-Fit Device Mounts

OXNARD, CA (05.18.2020) – SCOSCHE Industries has announced the arrival of their new vehicle-specific
magnetic and wireless charging phone mounts.

These new mounts, created through a collaboration between Scosche Industries and ProClip USA Inc.*, are custom fit to the exact make, model and year of a vehicle. They easily snap into the seams of a vehicle’s dashboard and grip the dash panels to provide a solid and secure fit.

Scosche’s multi-award winning MagicMount magnetic
mounting and wireless charging solutions, combined with
ProClip’s direct-fit dash mounts, provide a high quality
solution to quickly, conveniently and securely hold devices
for safer driving.

Scosche Ambassadors: Rockstar Performance Garage,
GenRight Off Road, Camburg Racing, and Carl Jocumsen,
thoroughly road (and off-road) tested and recommend these
new mounts.

Scosche offers the following three mount head options that
are paired with the direct-fit ProClip vehicle mounts:

MagicMount Pro XL SURFACE – Magnetic Device Mount
The MagicMount Pro XL Surface is designed to securely hold XL smartphones, tablets, remotes, radio handsets, and more, with extra powerful 100% device-safe Neodymium magnets. It comes with two interchangeable trim rings (Black and Silver) to coordinate with your phone or vehicle interior.

MagicMount PRO CHARGE – Magnetic Wireless Charging Mount
The Qi-certified MagicMount Charge is designed to hold your Qi-enabled phone securely while charging it at its fastest, safest rate. It’s powerful 100% device-safe Neodymium magnets hold your device securely.

Universal Grip CHARGE – Universal Wireless Charging Mount
The Qi-certified Universal Grip Charge is designed to hold your Qi-enabled device securely while charging it at its fastest, safest rate. Its adjustable arms hold devices up to 3.5 inches wide.

Each of the three mount heads (shown above) are available as direct-fit for the following vehicles:
● Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra 1500 C/K Full-Size Trucks 2014-2018
● Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Series 2015-2019, Chevrolet Silverado 4500/5500/6500 Series
2019-2020, & International CV-Series 2019-2020
● Dodge Challenger 2015-2020
● Dodge Charger 2011-2020
● Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 2019-2020
● Ford F-150/Raptor 2009-2014, and Lincoln Mark LT 2010-2014.
● Ford F-150/Raptor 2015-2020
● Ford F-250/F-350/F-450/F-550/Super Duty 2017-20 & Ford Expedition 2018-2020
● Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011-2020
● Jeep Wrangler 2011-2018
● Jeep Wrangler JL 2018-2019 & Jeep Gladiator 2020
● Subaru Impreza 2012-2016, Subaru WRX 2015-2019, & Subaru XV/Crosstrek 2012-2017
● Toyota 4Runner 2010-2020
● Toyota Tacoma 2016-2020
● Toyota Tundra 2014-2020

Visit scosche.com for more.