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

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

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.

Nakamichi Announces Successful SEMA Showing

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.15.2019) – Nakamichi Car Audio has announced a successful showing a the recently completed SEMA Show held November 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV.

L to R: Guillermo Mendez, Diplomat Trading; Kiyokazu Igarashi, President Nakamichi Japan; Robin McNeal, National Sales Manager-Nakamichi Car Audio; and Sheamson Yeo, Nakamichi Director of Worldwide Sales.

Earlier this year Nakamichi Car Audio announced a return to the U.S Market through an exclusive agent, Diplomat Trading. More recently, Diplomat appointed Robin McNeal as the National Sales Manager for the U.S. Domestic Market. “Last week’s SEMA Show was the first time many of the reps and potential customers has seen the Nakamichi products in person,” noted McNeal.

Hot items included the Nakamichi NA3605 double DIN multi-media player that contains both Android Auto and Apple Car Play, NDS6120 stand-alone Digital Signal Processor and ND790 car DVR 7-inch rear view mirror monitor.

NA3605 Double DIN Touch Screen
6.8-inch capacitive screen
Android Auto voice control for Google maps
Apple CarPlay with Siri for real time directions
HD DVD media player
High power 4x50W
MSRP: $469.95

NDS6120 Stand-alone Digital Signal Processor
6-in/12-out
31-band parametric EQ
Optional Bluetooth module
Optional wired controller with 2-inch OLED screen
MSRP: $659.95

ND790 Rear View Mirror Monitor
7-inch touch screen with intuitive interface
Front and rear cameras
1080P resolution
Starlight Night Vision
MSRP: $219.95

“We had a very busy booth for 4-days and now we begin with post show follow-up,” McNeal said. “In just over 60 days we will be right back here in the North Hall for CES.”

Visit www.nakamichicaraudio.com for more.

Radenso Radar Announces “Theia” Radar Detector

CINCINNATI, OH (11.14.2019) – Radenso Radar has announced their new halo product “Theia,” the world’s first and only radar detector that uses artificial intelligence.

Powered by “Rai,” Radenso’s patent pending AI “electronic warfare” platform, Theia is the first detector in the world to completely eliminate false alerts from vehicle safety systems such as blind spot monitors and radar cruise control. Theia also delivers desirable features such as directional arrows, a premium metal case, WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity, and another world first: the ability to specifically identify police radar guns by name.

“We are doubling-down on the radar detector category,” President and CEO Jonathan Dandrow states. “Our multi-million dollar investment in this project, including the construction of a complete microwave R&D lab in Cincinnati, demonstrates the lengths we are willing to go to create the best products and innovate in the field we are deeply passionate about. We appreciate our retailers and partners that have helped us grow, and we look forward to supporting them for the long run with this new platform and our expanded engineering capabilities.”

In addition to providing Theia with the most sensitivity of any radar detector in the world, another benefit of using artificial intelligence is rapid updates. Radenso states that if a new “false positive” radar emitter is found, the AI can be “trained” to filter it out in less than one hour. This speed of updates is revolutionary; currently humans must try to filter false alerts with complicated mathematical algorithms that take months or years to develop. Dandrow points out that this is a bonus for installing dealers, who no longer will have to worry if a car’s safety systems will interfere with the customer’s new radar detector.

Theia will be shipping in 2020.

Visit radenso.com for more.

IASCA Enters a New Chapter with Travis Chin at the Helm

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (11.13.2019) – IASCA Worldwide President Paul Papadeas announced today that the Premier Sound-off Association is changing hands in ownership.

Long time IASCA competitor, Certified Judge, Judge Trainer and Event Producer Travis Chin assumes the mantle as leader of the car audio marketing organization formed in 1987.

Travis Chin

“Travis has been a competitor since 1994, and is an IASCA Certified Judge and Judge Trainer, participating and producing events nationally and traveling, training IASCA Judges internationally,” said Papadeas. “He has demonstrated the posture of a leader and a professional, befitting of the industry’s premier Sound-off organization, and is well respected among his peers.”

“Having been involved with IASCA for close to 20 years and in the last decade as its Director, the feeling is bittersweet, but I’m very excited for the future of the organization under Travis’ leadership” said Moe Sabourin, Director of Operations for IASCA Worldwide. “I’m quite confident that Travis, along with IASCA’s group of colleagues nationwide and internationally, will keep the IASCA mission moving forward. We at the current IASCA office will work closely with Travis and his team to make the transition as seamless as possible.”

“I’m excited to take over the IASCA mission” said Travis Chin, “it’s been one of my passions for a long time. Over the next several weeks, I plan to work with Moe and Kim Sabourin to become acclimated. I look forward to upholding the principles and traditions that IASCA has established over the last 32 years. I will also enjoy connecting with industry leaders and work with the other associations to further the promotional efforts that are most important to the industry.”

Papadeas commented, “Throughout the last three decades, industry has benefitted in many ways from Sound-off events; they are the best grass roots efforts to promote consumer exposure and are worthy of manufacturer support. At this phase of my career after close to 50 years, I feel it important to pass the association on to a new generation, to a person as passionate about our industry as I have been; Travis is that person. I personally implore all car audio manufacturers and enthusiasts to support Travis in IASCA’s continuing mission.”

“I would like to thank all the competitor, dealer and industry supporters, as well as our international affiliate nations, for their commitment to IASCA during our tenure” Papadeas continued to say, “It has been an honor to serve you for close to 20 years.”

Official transfer of IASCA ownership will take place December 1st, 2019.

For more info on IASCA Worldwide, contact Travis Chin at travis@iasca.com, Moe Sabourin at moe@iasca.com or Kim Sabourin at memberservices@iasca.com

2019 dB Drag Racing Australian Championship – Nov 23-24

(11.12.2019) – The 2019 dB Drag Racing Australian Championship will take place 23-24 November 2019 in Albion Park Rail, NSW. Competitors from all around Australia will compete in this invitational event hosted by Frankie’s Auto Electrics and Car Audio. There is an opportunity to compete in 4 different formats of competition including: dB Drag Racing, Bass Race, Psychlone and Top Dog for a total of 19 classes available. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st – 3rd place winners in each class, along with Championship Rings for 1st place winners.

The 2019 Australian Championship will be officiated by a team of Australian judges along with Wayne Harris (USA) and Ray Choy (Canada). The event sponsors include: Frankie’s Auto Electrics and Car Audio (Event Host and Trophy Sponsor), Pioneer (Ring sponsor), DD Audio, Sony, Aerpro, Hertz, Audison, Vibe, Kenwood and Rockford Fosgate.

2019 Australian Championship:
Frankie’s Auto Electrics and Car Audio
69 Princes Highway
Albion Park Rail, NSW 2527

For more information regarding the event, contact marketing@termpro.com

DS18 at SEMA 2019… “We Like It Loud”

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.11.2019) – SEMA 2019 was once again an amazing experience for all the DS18 team and everyone who attended this very exciting yearly event. Sasha Susterman (CEO) was attendance with the strong DS18 Team that consisted of some of the company’s most experienced staff to help the large crowd with info about the newest tech from DS18. The large new booth was a spectacle to behold with Rob Ferro’s Big Bad Wolf Jeep taking center stage. The Big Bad Woof was filled with a plethora of DS18’s newest and best-selling products.

Owner (Middle) Sasha Susterman, with the DS18 Team Rob, Diego, Luis, Kenny, Jason, and Hery. Photo by Rob Ubilla.

Large 4k TVs spanned throughout the booth showing videos, music, and DS18 gatherings to bring perspective to all the passers by to experience why DS18’s motto is “We Like It Loud!”

The DS18 booth was a highlight on the North Hall floor at SEMA 2019.

Many vehicles throughout SEMA, in various booths, had DS18 gear to show off and bring even more glamour to their builds. DS18 representative’s Hery’s Intruder Jeep, which features more than 30 large speakers, was a sight to see while the crowds gathered outside to hear what exactly this monster could do for a large audience. Diego Narvarro’s Red Mustang was a sight to see and was one of the most photo friendly tuner cars on the lot with its aggressive stance, DS18 Red paint and full custom DS18 sound system.

The Big Bad Wolf, Rob Ferro’s Jeep, loaded with DS18 lights up the night outside the North Hall.

“We would like to thank all our dealers and fans for dropping by and hanging out while we updated them on all the awesome products just released and with much more to come in the coming years” Susterman offered.

Rob Ferro’s Big Bad Wolf was featured in a SEMA Show publication.

Visit ds18.com for more.

SEMA Announces Battle of the Builders Top 12 Finalists

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.08.2019) — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has announced the Top 12 finalists in the sixth annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, the event that determines the builder the aftermarket community considers best.

The 2019 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition began with nearly 300 vehicles entered into the annual competition by vehicle builders and car customizers from across the United States. These builders represent an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated extreme talent, creativity and craftsmanship in modifying cars, trucks, and SUVs.

The 2019 Battle of the Builders Top 12 finalists are:

HOT ROD
Eric Peratt — 1936 Ford roadster
Gary Corkell — 1932 Ford Phantom
Jim & Mike Ring — 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

SPORT COMPACT
Edison Sarkisyan — 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
Louie Shefchik — 1968 Iso Rivolta
TJ Russell — 1991 Porsche 911

TRUCK/OFF-ROAD
Darin Smith — 1972 Chevrolet C-10 shortbed
Erik Barnlund — 1972 Ford Bronco
Randy Borcherding — 1955 Chevrolet truck

YOUNG GUNS
Brad Swaney — 1971 Chevrolet C-10
Kyle Ray — 1988 BMW E30
Luke Merrill — 1940 Chevrolet two-door sedan

Industry experts narrowed the field to select the Top 12 finalists, who will now judge one another on Friday at the SEMA Show and vote to determine who will be named the Ultimate Builder of the 2019 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.

The SEMA Battle of the Builders winner will be announced at SEMA Ignited, taking place after the trade-only SEMA Show closes, on Friday, November 8, from 3-10 pm , in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Platinum Lot, located on the east side of LVCC (on Swenson Street, between Desert Inn Road and Sierra Vista Drive). Hundreds of vehicles will exit the Las Vegas Convention Center after the SEMA Show for the SEMA Cruise and make their way to SEMA Ignited. Formula Drift demonstrations, exhibitors, products and celebrities from the SEMA Show will be on-hand along with food trucks, music and entertainment.

SEMA Ignited is open to the public and allows enthusiasts a chance to see many of the industry’s latest in automotive accessories on many of the 2019 SEMA Show vehicles that were on display during the 2019 SEMA Show.

To secure a ticket or more information about SEMA Ignited, visit www.semaignited.com. For more information on the competition, visit www.semashow.com/botb.

AAMP Global Runner-Up for Best New Mobile Electronics Product at SEMA

LAS VEGAS, NV – AAMP Global was named Best New Mobile Electronics Product Runner-up in the 2019 SEMA Show New Product Awards for the Ford Third Brake Light Camera with Cargo and Side Blind Spot Views.

This industry first solution uses one camera to provide three viewing angles – cargo and side blind spot views. The left and right blind spot views will automatically activate when using your turn signal. The ultra-low LUX video sensor provides superior day and night use.

The Third Brake Light Camera with Cargo and Side Blind Spot Views is currently available for select Ford, General Motors, and RAM trucks:

PCAM-CHMSL2-FD99
1999 – 2016 Ford Super Duty Trucks

PCAM-CHMSL2-FD15
2015 – 2019 Ford F-150 and 2017 – 2019 Super Duty Trucks

PCAM-CHMSL2-GM14
2014 – 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

PCAM-CHMSL2-DR08
2008 – 2018 RAM Trucks and 2019 RAM Truck Classic

For more information on the new Third Brake Light Cameras, visit EchoMaster.com or contact your AAMP Sales Representative.