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2015 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show
Peoria, Illinois; February 6-7, 2015


2015 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show

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Trucks, Trailers & Informative Programs

 Mid-West Truck Show

The 2015 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will be held February 6 & 7, 2015 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois.  The 2015 Show, held in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the Mid-West Truckers Association, will continue its phenomenal growth with more exhibitors and the wildly successful Trucker’s Pride Truck Beauty Contest, held indoors for work and show trucks.

The 2015 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show includes expanded displays, programs and space for 200 exhibitors to help truck operators move ahead in a complex market while facing the challenges of changing regulations, an uncertain economy and increased costs. 

The 2015 Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show is at the Peoria Civic Center, 201 S.W. Jefferson Street, located just off I-74 in downtown Peoria, Illinois, and provides ample truck access and parking.   Truck Show attendees will see displays of the newest tractors, trailers, engines, parts, accessories, communication and computer equipment, tires, lubricants, services and much more. Plus, representatives of all state and federal government agencies that deal with the trucking industry will be available. There will be product demonstrations, many door prizes and special show prices for all in attendance.

The Truckers Pride Truck Beauty Contest includes an antique truck category and a People’s Choice Award, voted by all attendees. The 2015 Show promises prizes, trophies and recognition for its winners.  Truck entries will be accepted at  Back for a return engagement is the Trucker’s Pinewood Derby, where big truckers and little truckers can build their own racing rig and run on a certified Pinewood Derby track.   All entry fees go to Special Olympics.

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Show hours will be:     Friday, February 6th             9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

                                    Saturday, February 7th        9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Admission is free with promotional tickets available from most Midwest industry suppliers or online at

For more information contact Don Schaefer at (217) 525-0310.

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blank 12/15/14 09:43AM 1934 Ford Pickup, Auction, Barrett-Jackson, Live TV, Pickups, Trucks

on Discovery Channel Tuesday-Sunday 1/13-1/18/2015

 –Entire, Famed Ron Pratte Collection and Jeff Gordon’s 1999 No.24 Pepsi Chevrolet Highlight the Scottsdale Auction Block–

The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama concept car, one of only two designed by GM styling icon Harley Earl, is just one of 142 cars in the Ron Pratte Collection crossing the block at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January.

(Silver Spring, Md.)Velocity and Discovery Channel recently announced 36 hours of live, world premiere coverage of the 44th annual BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION beginning Tuesday, January 13 from 6-8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and continuing through Sunday, January 18 from 2-7 PM ET on Velocity. The networks’ broadcast of the Scottsdale auction kicks off an agreement to air 100 hours of live coverage of BARRETT-JACKSON, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, across Discovery Channel and Velocity in 2015.

“January’s Scottsdale auction is the most buzzed about in Barrett-Jackson’s storied history,” said Robert Scanlon, General Manager, Velocity. “We pride ourselves in delivering world-class automotive content and our broadcast of this auction represents the very best of Velocity. There is no more exciting way to start off 2015 than partnering with Discovery Channel to bring audiences inside BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE live as it happens.”

For the first time ever, the BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION will air live internationally on Discovery Channel and Discovery World in Canada, and on Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo in Latin America throughout the week. In addition, the Spanish language broadcast will be available to U.S. viewers on Discovery en Español on Saturday, January 17 from 8-10 PM ET.

“We’re excited to take Barrett-Jackson to a purely automotive network again,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We’re also thrilled to mark another first in our history by going live to all of North America and Latin America, and broadcasting bilingually to bring the world of collector cars to a whole new audience.”

The highlight of the BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION will be Ron Pratte’s world-renowned collection of 142 cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as more than 1,500 pieces of automotive memorabilia. The collection includes the only remaining 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake and a striking 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama concept car, one of only two designed by GM styling icon Harley Earl. The collection’s very rare 1950 GM Futurliner (one of only 12 ever built) will be auctioned off with 100-percent of the proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families and veterans.

Another highlight of the Scottsdale auction block is NASCAR championship driver Jeff Gordon’s fully restored 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The historic stock car was rebuilt to “as new” condition by Ray Evernham, and last used by Gordon and his then crew chief Evernham in their final season competing together. Now on display in the Barrett-Jackson Collection Showroom in Scottsdale after its multi-city unveiling, the car is scheduled to cross the block during the Scottsdale auction with proceeds going to benefit The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

Other highlights of BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE include the 1955 Chevy used in the counterculture-era cult classic film “Two-Lane Blacktop” starring James Taylor and The Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, and a 1952 Woodill Wildfire, the first complete fiberglass car ever available and the star of three films: “Johnny Dark” with Tony Curtis; “Written on the Wind” with Rock Hudson; and “Knock on Wood” with Danny Kaye. Viewers can also expect an incredible line-up of customs and Hot Rods, including a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera Ringbrothers Custom created in collaboration with Nike, and Jimmy Shine’s 1934 Ford Custom Pickup, considered by many to be a “turning point” Hot Rod of the 20th century.

BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE U.S. Broadcast Schedule (All Times ET):

Tuesday, January 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM on Discovery Channel
8:00 – 11:00 PM on Velocity

Wednesday, January 14
6:00 – 11:00 PM on Velocity

Thursday, January 15
6:00 – 11:00 PM on Velocity

Friday, January 16
4:00 PM – Midnight on Velocity

Saturday, January 17
4:00 – 8:00 PM on Discovery Channel
8:00 PM – Midnight on Velocity
8:00 – 10 PM on Discovery en Español

Sunday, January 18
2:00 – 7:00 PM on Velocity

BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE is produced for Velocity and Discovery Channel by Discovery Studios. For Velocity, David Lee and Peter Neal are executive producers and Robert Scanlon is general manager.

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blank 11/17/14 10:27AM Awards, Ford F-150, KBB, Kelley Blue Book, Readers Pics, Texas Auto Writers Association

All-New Ford F-150 Wins Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards
in Overall Best Buy and Truck Best Buy

2015 Ford F-150 KBB Award

  • *Kelley Blue Book’s, The Trusted Resource® for car buyers, named the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 Overall Best Buy and Truck Best Buy in its inaugural Best Buy awards
  • *All-new Ford F-150 – the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever – beat out all other manufacturers’ 2015 trucks now on sale
  • *F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds; 2015 model’s fuel economy ratings projected to be at least 5 percent and up to 20 percent higher than current lineup (EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings will be announced later this month)

The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is the big winner of Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy awards – earning both Overall Best Buy and Truck Best Buy prizes.  

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy awards is an all-new, premier awards program designed to provide a significant service to American new-car buyers by identifying the cream of the crop of all available vehicles for a specific model year. 

“These awards from Kelley Blue Book reflect our continuing commitment to truck leadership and building the best trucks for our customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “The all-new F-150 sets new standards in durability, capability, technology and efficiency, and I’m proud our new truck has been recognized by the automotive experts at KBB.”

The all-new Ford F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever. F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds, and will have fuel economy projected to be at least 5 percent and up to 20 percent higher than the current lineup. (EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings will be announced later this month.)  

“The 2015 Ford F-150 is a revolutionary vehicle in a segment in which even evolutionary change is viewed with skepticism,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editor, Kelley Blue Book. “The bold decision to lighten the vehicle’s structure radically was not just of value in itself, but also was the key enabler to an innovative line of powertrains that will result in significantly better capability than the prior F-150. What so impressed us at Kelley Blue Book was the fact that the new technologies incorporated into the 2015 F-150 all offer obvious and substantial consumer benefits. We believe that is the key reason the new F-150 will cement its place as the No. 1 vehicle in its segment.”

Award criteria
The award finalists were chosen on a set of criteria intended to identify overall vehicle quality and value, based both on proprietary Kelley Blue Book metrics and the expert evaluations of the editorial staff. The awards are the culmination of a yearlong regimen of expert vehicle evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in America, along with analysis of a broad swath of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing/transaction prices, five-year cost-to-own data (which includes depreciation, insurance, maintenance, financing, fuel, fees and taxes for new cars), consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales information. 

  • The 2015 Ford F-150 has won the following awards and accolades:
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy – Truck
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy – Overall
  • Popular Science Automotive Grand Award Winner – Best of What’s New
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Luxury Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Full-Size Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Best Technology Feature – high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy
  • New England Motor Press Association – Yankee Cup
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Popular Science: Ford F-150 named 'Grand Winner'

2015 Ford  F-150 Popular Science Award

The 2015 Ford F-150 is Grand Winner in the automotive category in Popular Science’s 2014 “Best of What’s New” honors. The all-new F-150 is the reinvention of America’s favorite pickup – the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient model ever, with 11 class-exclusive features. F-150 can claim the best towing and payload capability among full-size pickups, towing 12,200 pounds and hauling 3,300 pounds, all with improved fuel efficiency thanks to 700 pounds in weight savings over the 2014 model. Click here for more information on the Popular Science award.

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How Five Aftermarket Shops Designed the First Ford Transit Customized Vans for SEMA

Vandemonium: You Won’t Believe How Five Aftermarket Shops Designed the First Ford Transit Customized Vans for SEMA

  •  Custom-built project vehicles from five coachbuilders will showcase different expressions of Ford Transit van flexibility and capability
  • The custom Transits will be on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-7
  • A range of concepts will be represented, including Formula DRIFT, off-road adventure and high-end luxury versions

The first-ever all-new 2015 Ford Transit custom vans will debut at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Five Transit project vehicles were crafted to showcase the van’s toughness and flexibility for customers looking for a vehicle that can fit a variety of needs – from high-tech luxury limo to sport exhibitions to off-road adventure.

“Ford Transit vans and passenger wagons are designed to be upfit-ready so customers have an easier time customizing the vehicle to work best for them,” said Yaroslav Hetman, brand manager for Ford Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series. “We are very excited about what our SEMA customizers have done with these vans. They preview the first of what is expected to be a renaissance in custom vans, led by the all-new Ford Transit.”

Customized Transit vehicles on display at the SEMA show Nov. 4-7 include:

Vegas Off-Road Experience Transit

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Vegas Off-Road Experience Transit
Vegas Off-Road Experience in South Boulder City, Nevada, provides the ultimate adventure for those who have always wanted to drive an off-road desert race truck. The VORE group applied its expertise in preparing off-road trucks to the new Transit, creating a vehicle that provides luxury transportation with an off-road theme. This Transit, equipped with off-road wheels and tires, will be used for guest transportation at VORE events.

“Transit offered us so much capacity to work with that we were able to take our plans further than we could with a typical van,” said Mike Self, Vegas Off-Road Experience chief marketing officer. “It will be a great vehicle for taking guests out on course in high-end comfort.”

Off-road and premium features of the VORE Transit include:

  • Custom LED interior lighting
  • Five LED flat screens
  •  60-inch LED flat-screen partition
  • Large-screen TV for external viewing
  • Video gaming station
  • Touch-screen tablet controls
  • LED light bars
  • HID headlamps
  • Extended fender flares
  • Off-road wheels and tires

Designed Travel Transit

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Designed Travel Transit
For long-distance road trips, Forest Lake, Minnesota-based Waldoch Crafts and 3dCarbon and Air Design of Newport Beach, California, customized a long-wheelbase, medium-roof Transit with a solid hickory wood floor and four reclining captain’s chairs with heating, cooling and massage functions, along with power headrests.

“The larger platform of Transit gives us room for creativity,” said Ernie Bunnell, vice president of sales for 3dCarbon and Air Design. “Transit provided us with a lot of capability, so we were able to include more technical features than the average conversion.”

Other features of the Designed Travel Transit include:

  • Integrated front bumper with air dam and fog lamps
  • Side skirts and lower rear skirt with integrated trailer hitch cover
  • 20-inch wheels and tires
  • Rear seat with fold-down sofa
  • Tablet control system
  • 4K ultra-high-definition 50-inch TV
  • LED interior lighting
  • Backup camera with 360-degree capability

Formula DRIFT Transit

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Formula DRIFT Transit
This Formula DRIFT Transit is more than a concept – it is a functional vehicle that will be used at series events in 2015. The Formula DRIFT series, based in Long Beach, California, has taken a medium-roof, short-wheelbase Transit and transformed it into the ultimate track support vehicle. With high-horsepower vehicles sliding around at more than 100 mph in Formula DRIFT events, accidents do occur, and this custom Transit will be one of the first responders to help with fire and safety equipment at the accident site. Complete with a custom interior workspace with TV, LED lighting, a custom entertainment system from Clarion and a matching Kawasaki Mule support vehicle, this Transit will be a standout at the track.

”Track vehicles fulfill a lot of needs, and Transit is able to do it all,” said John Pangilinan, public relations director for Formula DRIFT. “The extra roof height Transit offers really adds a lot of usable space for all of our equipment, including the Kawasaki Mule.”

Formula DRIFT Transit highlights include:

  • Matching Kawasaki Mule track support vehicle that will be housed inside Transit between events
  • Storage bins for fire extinguishers, tools and cleanup equipment
  • Workspace
  • Fire suit and helmet racks
  • Door-mounted flat panel monitor
  • Performance air intake kit
  • Performance exhaust system
  • Performance suspension

Business Class Transit

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Business Class Transit
This sleek, all-black Transit was created by Detroit Custom Coach of Oak Park, Michigan, and offers amenities for VIP travel, whether for business or a night out on the town. This long-wheelbase, high-roof Transit features seating for as many as eight people and a wide array of premium amenities, including cocktail stations.

“We are excited to show what the Ford brand can do when it comes to the VIP transportation industry,” said Detroit Custom Coach owner Chris Ramos. “We feel strongly that the new Ford Transit will give other vehicles in its class a run for their money.”

Premium and convenience features of the Business Class Transit include:

  • Actuated passenger entrance step
  • Wood-grain flooringLaptop station
  • Cocktail station with glass holders
  • Reclining, heated and massaging seats
  • Color-changing LED lighting
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Integrated iPad controls
  • Wi-Fi
  • Motorized privacy shades

Galpin Auto Sports Transit Skyliner

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Galpin Auto Sports Transit Skyliner
Transit Skyliner, created jointly by Ford and Galpin Auto Sports of Van Nuys, California, embodies the spirit of premium motor coaches and builds on the heritage of custom vans. The custom vehicle shows how Ford Transit can be transformed to fit the needs of limousines and high-end transportation services, as well as commercial fleets, shuttle providers and small-business owners.

Transit Skyliner features custom-designed “throne” seats that are controlled by a smartphone or tablet.

“We are sincerely excited to work with Ford in creating the future of travel,” said Beau Boeckmann, president of Galpin Auto Sports. “Tapping our history of creating the conversion van segment in the 1960s and ’70s, as well as our recent high-tech work, together with Ford we have brought the modern ultra-premium van to life.”

Premium features of the Galpin Auto Sports Transit Skyliner include:

  • 52-inch retractable movie screen
  • Focal Utopia 7.2 surround sound with custom-made speakers
  • Satellite TVKaleidescape media server
  • Integrated bar
  • Matching luggage
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Tricked-Out All-New F-150 Pickups Seek 'Hottest Truck' Award at SEMA Show

Ford F-Series trucks – specifically, the all-new 2015 F-150 – will vie for a fifth consecutive “Hottest Truck” award this November at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show

Ford collaborated with SEMA builders to help produce the radical F-150 trucks that will be displayed at the annual Las Vegas tradeshow

Shedding up to 700 pounds from the 2014 model, the 2015 F-150 is the smartest, toughest, 
most capable F-150 ever

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 17, 2014 – From off-road prowess to street performance, custom versions of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 – the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever – will vie this November for the “Hottest Truck” award at the Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas.

The SEMA award, won by Ford F-Series trucks for four years running, recognizes the most popular vehicles the organization’s members feature in their displays at the weeklong event.

Custom versions of the all-new F-150 will be displayed on the SEMA floor. They include:

Ford F-150 38 Special SEMA Truck

Deegan 38
The Deegan 38 project built a personal connection between Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan and the all-new F-150 with the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo EcoBoost® engine. Industry leaders including Addictive Desert Designs, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, FOX Racing Shox, KC Hilites, Mastercraft Safety, Rockford Fosgate, Full-Race Motorsports, Leading Edge Tuning, ProEFI and SCT Performance joined forces to provide extreme motorsport enthusiasts with the ultimate example of the world’s most capable truck.

“This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the kick-ass new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine,” said Deegan.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. street truck
Boasting 12 inches of King shock-controlled travel via a Kibbetech custom suspension, this 2015 F-150 purpose-built by Formula DRIFT superstar Vaughn Gittin Jr. is designed to take full advantage of the weight savings and serious torque offered by the all-new F-150. With its unique, aggressive looks and Air Lift Performance air ride, this street truck aims to turn heads and elicit huge smiles, while providing massive amounts of fun and adrenaline for up to five passengers who strap into its Recaro seats.

“I love trucks, and to build one that has daily on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities is something I have always wanted to do,” said Gittin. “I am really pumped to get crazy in this F-150 at SEMA this year.”

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blank 10/17/14 10:21AM Benefit, Dash Plaque, Events, Toy Drive, Truck Show

Christmas Care Car, Truck & Bike Show
November 8, 2014; Ft. Myers, FL

Gulfshore Truck Show

Saturday, November 8th
Sam Galloway Open Car, Truck & Bike Show
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, GulfShore Mustang Car Club will be hosting an Open Car, Truck and Bike Show at Sam Galloway Ford, 1800 Boy Scout Drive, Fort Myers.  All Makes and Models are Welcome!  Music by Tommy Tunes and the FLHRH Sound Machine!  Dash Plaques.  50/50 to benefit Lee Builder's Care.  Florida Hot Rods & Hogs is proud to be a sponsor of GulfShore Mustang Club and Lee Builder's Care.
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