SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 507 (S. Res. 507) designating July 8, 2016 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils.  The date marks the seventh commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

S. Res. 507 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).  The Senators are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C.  The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan member organization that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports.

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Skyjacker is proud to announce its new bolt on Skyjacker LeDuc Series coilovers that have been tuned and tested by Curt LeDuc with application-specific valving for maximum performance, both on and off road. You can purchase as a kit or coilover upgrade, as Skyjacker has options available for the 2007-’16 Jeep Wrangler JK. The kit includes front and rear coilover shocks, as well as front and rear component boxes. As an upgrade, you can purchase the front and rear coilover shocks. Optional air bump stops are also available.

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Acura recently unveiled its updated 2017 MDX SUV, which is now on sale at dealership nationwide. With a starting suggested price of $43,950, the new MDX features an updated exterior, larger wheel and tire options, and additional premium features such as AcuraWatch.

The Acura Precision Concept inspired the exterior styling on the new 2017 MDX. Acura says the highlights of the new exterior include a new “Diamond Pentagon grille,” a more sculpted hood, redesigned front fascia, front fenders and updated “Jewel Eye” headlights. This all combines to provide the new MDX with a more “executive athletic” appearance for Acura’s luxury SUV. Acura says additional styling updates include a new chrome rocker panel trim, a revised rear bumper and skid garnish, and the return of visible dual exhausts.

FCA-Logo-6-21-16Auburn Hills, Mich. – FCA US LLC will cease NAFTA-market production of vehicles equipped with non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate Takata air-bag inflators, by next week. Global production is expected to end by mid-September.

Most inflators used in FCA US vehicles employ alternate propellants. Others use desiccant-enhanced ammonium nitrate. Neither is associated with any inflator ruptures of the kind attributed to certain non-desiccated ammonium-nitrate inflators.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-NEW-Logo-6-21-16According to news release sent over recently from the BlueRibbon Coalition, the San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District in Colorado is extending the public comment period on the draft environmental analysis for the Rico-West Dolores Roads and Trails Travel Management Project. The project area is located north of Dolores, Colorado, and includes the Bear Creek, Taylor Mesa, Calico National Recreation Trail, Bolam Pass, the Divide road and Groundhog Point areas.

A 45-day comment period that began on Friday, May 6, was originally scheduled to end on June 20, 2016.  This date has been extended to July 15, 2016, (an additional 25 days). Copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be obtained at the Dolores Public Lands Office or by visiting the website below. Five alternatives address motor-vehicle use on San Juan National Forest roads and trails.

Royal-Purple-Engine-Break-In-Oil-6-21-16Porter, TX – Premium lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple offers its highest level of protection for new or newly rebuilt high performance engines with its Royal Purple Break-In Oil.

Royal Purple Break-In Oil is formulated with highly refined mineral oil and advanced additives that contain high levels of zinc and phosphorus to optimize protection in flat-tappet and roller engines. With this optimized formulation, Royal Purple Break-In Oil provides superior protection to the engine valve train and rotating components while allow fast and effective seating of the piston rings. The product is fully formulated and does not require the use of other chemical additives.

Treadwright-Claw-II-MT-6-20-16HOUSTON, TX – TreadWright Tires today announced the launch of its new Claw II MT Series of mud terrain tires. The new series combines TreadWright’s signature green manufacturing process with a specially designed mud-terrain tread pattern to deliver enhanced performance on even the most challenging 4×4 off-road terrain. Offering more value and more rugged reliability, the Claw II MT series delivers unparalleled performance. Prices start from only $204.99 per tire.

Jeep_Logos_Core_BrushedSteel-Art_v4Morrison, Colo. – Jeep owners and music enthusiasts are invited to join Bastille and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness to celebrate 75 years of open-air excitement with the legendary Jeep brand and Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the fourth annual Jeep on the Rocks Concert, October 7, 2016.

“We are beyond excited to have Bastille and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness playing Jeep on the Rocks this year. This concert has always been a thrilling evening for the Jeep brand and we look forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of both Red Rocks and the Jeep brand this October,” said Steve Yandura, Director of the Denver Business Center, FCA US LLC.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12Sharetrails.org and BlueRibbon Coalition thanked Congressman Mark Amodei recently in a press release for “working with the OHV community, Washoe County, and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony to preserve important north-south motorized access in transfer lands contained in H.R. 2733.” As BRC noted, these historic routes provide important connectivity to the Greater Hungry Valley/Moon Rock Recreation Area.

Congressman Amodei commended his colleagues on helping to pass the bill in a recent statement.

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We expect that the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² will not compete with the Jeep Wrangler JK in terms of price (as it should be far more expensive), but by the look of the supplied press photos it sure looks like it will be able to compete with it on the roughest terrain.