The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show is regarded as the world’s premier automotive specialty products event. The show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, networking opportunities and more. Each year, the show draws visitors and exhibitors from around the world. Attendance is open exclusively to members of the industry. This event attracts nearly 100,000 people from more than 100 countries every year.
The lone T&T representative at Car Crazy’s booth, Jeremy’s Gayadeen’s Range Rover Sport, turned a couple of heads at SEMA 2012. However it was a long journey for the local vehicle and its team (mentally and physically) from the shores of the Caribbean island of T&T to the bright lights of Las Vegas, and ultimately the globally acclaimed – SEMA SHOW. The journey started a couple years ago for Jeremy in bringing the Ranger Rover together. When Jeremy heard of the Meguiar’s Car Crazy show in Centre of Ex-
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cellence earlier this year, he was elated that his Range project had a strong shot at winning the exclusive trip to SEMA 2012. It was a combination of long days and nights to get the right paint scheme and aftermarket body kits and accessories for the Range. Even the black 24 inch Ashanti Rims were special selected to compliment the burnt orange look with custom interior. After a local team of judges inspected the vehicle at the Car Crazy show in T&T, Jeremy was given the nod for first place and snatched the exclusive spot to exhibit the vehicle at the Meguiar’s Car Crazy booth at
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SEMA 2012. The local competition was very keen but Jeremy felt that the team’s hard work was rewarded. SEMA had a variety of vehicles from across the globe and it was refreshing seeing a T&T vehicle among the lineup. T&T is very passionate about carshows and the Caribbean flavoured Range Rover Sport attracted many onlookers including the popular television series Car Crazy host, Barry Meguiar. Meguiar’s Car Crazy booth also featured special winning vehicles from other regions such as England, Central America and South America.
CarTalk is celebrating fifty issues with this publication (hooray...we are jumping around the office). By continuing to lead the nation in this niche market we have splendid highlights via pics and stories from the globally popular SEMA 2012 exclusively from Las Vegas. This special edition also includes our Caribbean team –John Powell (TRI), Mike Fennell (JAM) in WRC action at Rally de Espana 2012. Remember to ARRIVE ALIVE, don’t drink and drive, stay off the cell phones while driving and of course... continue to keep reading!
Ken shows his legendary skills at SEMA 2012
Ken Block (born November 21, 1967, in Long Beach, California) is a professional rally driver with the Monster World Rally Team. Block is also one of the co-founders and recently appointed Chief Brand Officer of DC Shoes. Block has also competed in many action sports events including skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. Ken is no ordinary guy as he is the first American to compete in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and has several millions of fans following his viral Gymkhana motorsport videos on youtube. (Warning: the video may excite you… just watch, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDN2bCIyus). His demos at FORD Out Front special event at SEMA 2012 alongside World Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr. were well received. He shared an exclusive interview with CarTalkTT:-
also get to come out here and be able to throw it around and enjoy myself. RG: What advice do you have for young people wanting to get into motorsport especially drifting or rally like yourself? KB: I started in rally and there are really a lot of good rally schools out there that can help teach you to drive on loose surfaces and control the car when sliding. I think that is the easiest way for someone to do instead of trying to go out and figure it out yourself because you can make a lot of mistakes. You can really go to a good school like here in America, Dirt Fish and Team ONeil are very good rally schools. That’s my best advice. PHOTOS: Narend Sooknarine – ZORCE MAGAZINE
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RG: Ken Block what are doing out in SEMA? KB: I have been out here since Monday because we actually had a global rallycross race here for Monday and Tuesday. That’s finished so I’m actually doing some demos for FORD with Vaughn Gittin Jr and I have a bunch of autograph signings for people like GoPro, Pirelli and Shining Monkey… a bunch of my great sponsors. SEMA is a lot of fun out here and seeing all the fans and being able to come out here and play. RG: How was it breaking barriers doing WRC as the first American? KB: I have always liked rally since I was a very little kid so for me being able to race in WRC was an absolute dream come through. It is racing at the absolute highest level of the sport so I know if I had to push my skills somewhere to the top I had to go there to race. I have struggled a bit, crashed a few times but being able to finish in the top ten in a couple of races I’m quite happy. RG: Millions of views on youtube with the popular Gymkhana series, tell us when is the next one coming out? KB: I get that question a lot but when I grew up watching rally it was the groupie days of the 80’s and 90’s and watching cars sliding around on the tarmac was just the biggest inspiration for me. Especially someone like Colin McRae, so for me nowadays when we get around in the rally car we have to drive so smooth, clean and straight and that is what is quick. Gymkhana is for me, the fun time when I get in the car and get to throw it around in a fun way. I’m very lucky though that I get to do the racing side very clean, very straight and have fun doing that and compete. However, I
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Are you wondering what your next car will be? If you are indeed thinking along those lines, before you make any decisions stop by Mc Enearney Motors for a look at the All New 2012 Ford Focus. It is wonderfully specked, and if you are a fan of European Luxury cars you will be surprised at just how much of that experience you get from this executive looking, smart, environmentally friendly vehicle from Ford. Ford has so much faith in their products that they are currently the only brand in Trinidad and Tobago that is backed by a five year warranty. Additionally you get on the spot financing from the In One package with Ansa Finance and Tatil. For the customer this means: free parts, free service and free insurance for five years. Here are some of the additional highlights you can look out for with this new vehicle: This car has been out selling all others in the world and there is good reason why. The All New Ford Focus delivers a unique balance of outstanding performance, handling, and refinement with style; and is rated above and beyond any other vehicle in its class. Driving the all New Ford Focus goes beyond fun and enjoyability. In it, you’ll discover something more visceral. A dynamic design. An addictive experience. And technology and interior ergonomics that wraps around and plugs you into something that is definitely more than just a car. The Focus introduces some innovative new Sport Technology to enhance the driving thrill. These include: • A variable ratio Sport Steering System, • A three-stage Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) which includes a ‘wide-slip’ mode and a newly-enhanced sound symposer for a sporty engine note.
SAFETY Ford Focus is the world’s best-selling single car nameplate; 489,616 units sold worldwide over the first six months in 2012. Focus became the best-selling single car nameplate in the world, based on global data from IHS Automotive. According to IHS Automotive, the Ford Focus sold 489,616 units in the first half of this year. The nearest competitor, Toyota Corolla, sold 462,187*.
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The all-new Ford Focus has been awarded a 5 Star ANCAP crash safety rating, based on its 5 Star Euro NCAP result earlier this year. Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains, seatbelt reminders and pretensioners are standard equipment. Anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist and electronic stability control are also standard. It’s important to note that Volvo technology goes into every Ford vehicle to ensure its maximum safety.
QUALITY Listed as “one of the hottest cars for 2013” by Forbes.com Under the hood, the front-wheel-drive new Ford Focus has a new 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that puts out 120 hp. Offering a five-speed manual transmission standard, with a six-speed automatic transmission that Ford has dubbed "Powershift" (technically, it's a dual-clutch automated manual) .
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Slip behind the wheel of the new Focus and you’ll feel more loved than ever before. With memory foam seats that hug you, you will never want to get out of your car. The designers gave the next generation Focus a low seating position, door panels seamlessly integrated with the console, and controls within easy reach and exactly where you expect them to be. May it be to locate misplaced items or to mirror the driver’s mood as the lighting is switchable between seven interior accent colours adding colour to the instrument panel, cup holders and foot wells. With a designer interior created by one of the classiest designers in fashion, DKNY, you can announce your arrival with style, confidence and sophistication. The new European look and feel was designed with
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The Ford Focus’ ambient light gave me a broad canvas of colour, showing where everything was located. Room was abundant in the back for both passengers and gear, whether taking a trip to the beach or to mom’s house. The leather-trimmed seats and leatherwrapped steering wheel added a degree of luxury to an already superior vehicle. Mr. John Powell
Las Vegas is known more for slot machines and casinos. However, the SEMA SHOW could best be described as a Disneyland paradise for car lovers. The 2012 edition gave many highlights of top notch custom built, vintage restored, new cars, trucks, SUV’s, 4x4’s, motorsport, automotive tools, parts, paints and basically everything else you could have imagined. In the end SEMA 2012 left one common memory of maintaining top spot for the global automotive industry. With over 100,000 exhibitors and huge crowds trekking the Las Vegas Convention daily from 31/10/12 -02/11/12, the event remains an iconic calendar mainstay for auto industry leaders. The winners of the Hottest Car, 4x4, Truck and Sports Compact were announced early. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S took the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest 4x4-SUV award. "The SEMA Show has always been about innovative products and trends," said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “The SEMA Award amplifies the industry's special ability to identify and set trends that consumers follow." The SEMA Award recognises vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorisation and that showcase the year's coolest products. It also underscores the cooperative relationship be-
tween the automakers and SEMA-member companies. “The SEMA Award helps guide consumers toward the hottest-trending and most accessory friendly vehicles on the market," added Kersting. “Our SEMA Show exhibitors are industry visionaries who determine the winners of the SEMA Award based on the vehicles they showcase in their booths. Each booth vehicle represents a ‘vote' and the most prominent models in each category are the winners." The 2012 SEMA Show features more than 2,000 exhibiting companies that manufacture thousands of products designed to improve performance, safety and convenience, as well as those that enhance appearance and comfort. While products are available for every make and model, exhibitors are investing more in the Ford Mustang, Scion FR-S, Ford F-Series, and Jeep Wrangler than any other vehicles. Consumers, therefore, can expect to find great specialty products for accessorising these vehicles.
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SEMA SHOW 2012 in Las Vegas was the ideal spot for popular tyre company, Sailun Tyres, to display their variety of commercial and passenger tyre products to the global automotive community. Once again they continued to attract several visitors to their booth located in the Wheels and Tyres section. Since establishment in 2002, Sailun Tyres has combined its technical expertise with the innovations of its research and development to design and manufacture Sailun Tyres manufactures and distributes various types of tyres: passenger and light truck, medium radial truck, and off-the-road tyres in all major markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Sailun’s international teams have the ability, knowledge and long term strategies to expand in the tyre industry. Sailun produces tyres of several kinds including all steel radial, semi-steel radial, earth mover tyre and retreaded tyre. Besides, their products are exported to dozens of countries and areas of Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Building on real world testing and continuing to develop a motorsports proven product, Sailun will continue to build the most advanced and cost-efficient platform for tyre manufacturing and distribution, while utilising its information technology and substantial research platform to help establish new tyre enterprises.
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Racetrac, formerly Andy’s Wheels, located on the Eastern Main Road in Arouca is committed to adding a new dimension to the tyre and rim sector in T&T. A revamped display is being developed to international standards that would encompass wheel products from various markets such as motorsport, daily drivers, car customizing enthusiasts and special-fit custom orders. The Sailun Atrezzo brand is capturing a lot of attention because of its strong performance in the last couple of years. While Sailun Atrezzo is available in various sizes from 14-24 inches, it is also the only tyre with the most amount of sizes available in any brand with specifications such as Touring, ZS+, Z4+AS, Terramax H/T-SUV and commercial variants. The upcoming brand display will be encompassing innovative elements that will be new to the Caribbean. With the variety of brands being offered, safety and performance seem to be a consistent key feature at Racetrac.
After getting their proverbial feet wet in the World Rally Championship level just a couple of days ago with Rally de Espana 2012, John Powell and co-driver Mike Fennell may have to actually drive in ice come next year at WRC Rally Sweden with FORD M-Sport. According to T&T’s Powell, you may have to mark February 7-10, 2013 on the calendar as he heads to Sweden with FORD M-Sport. Powell added, “I believe this is a Caribbean thing, whether you are from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago or elsewhere. I want to thank everybody, I didn’t get here alone… I never believed for a moment that I got here by myself. It is with good, consistent support from the spectators, my fans, my family, the media, my sponsors, Trinidad’s rally club and marshals that we are here. This is why the decision I had to make was very difficult. However, we are happy to secure a deal with FORD M-Sport to do a few of the championship rounds next year.” The decision by Powell to withdraw from further stages in the competition due to a medical problem was based on the team’s doctor recommendations. Apparently, an inner ear infection had been putting the Caribbean rally icon under physical stress across the long stages and there was the issue of safety first and foremost. Jamaica’s Mike Fennell also agreed with Powell’s decision to withdraw. He said, “WRC has been treating us good but there was the issue of health and safety at all times. Other guys from the CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
Photos courtesy: Narend Sooknarine – ZORCE Magazine, Duane Boodasingh, Gerrard Wilson, Devi Nath –www.trintuner.com, www.devinath.com, Rodney Granado -CarTalkTT
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