Rancho-Logo-7-22-14Monroe, MI – Rancho, a leader in the performance off-road industry, has become an official sponsor of Tread Lightly!.

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting and enhancing recreational access and opportunities by promoting responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs.

“Tread Lightly! aligns perfectly with the Rancho brand and the absolutely critical need to educate enthusiasts who are using recreational trails and areas throughout the United States,” said Chris Gauss, director, performance brands, Tenneco. “Tread Lightly! provides materials, programs and services within our industry that promise for a sustainable future for off-road driving. Their focus on education and stewardship is unmatched in the industry and by any other nonprofit organization.”

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Toyo Tires will launch its all-new Open Country R/T in the first part of September 2014. It will be the first Toyo tire fully made in North America at its plant in Georgia.

Toyo Tires pulled the cover off its new off-road tire recently – but only a little bit. Off-Road.com was recently invited to get an early look at its newest off-road tire, the Open Country R/T, which won’t be available in dealers until September of this year.

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The AGM Shock Shaft Jaws are designed to work with any vice, acting as a clamp to hold the shaft of the shock absorber during servicing to help prevent shaft rotation.  The tool’s precision machined design provides a very firm and secure grip, and the firm hold help protect the shaft surface from scarring.

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DETROIT
– Chevrolet and Manchester United fans worldwide today are celebrating Chevrolet’s debut on the football club’s 2014-15 season shirt. Fans are invited to upload photos of themselves wearing a digital version of the new shirt at www.chevroletfc.com, and share it via their social channels.

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 493 (S. Res. 493) designating July 11, 2014 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 fifth 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. 493 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK).  The Senators are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 493 reaffirms their understanding of the cultural importance of collector cars.  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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San Juan Capistrano, Calif
— Preserving a significant discovery from one of Hollywood’s most iconic names, the production group behind the new film Baja Social Club today announced their acquisition of previously unseen footage from action sports legend Bruce Brown. The director of such groundbreaking films as “Endless Summer” and and “On Any Sunday,” Brown is credited with influencing generations of surfers and motorcycle riders around the world through these unique theatrical masterpieces.

Toyo-Open-Country-AT-II-7-8-14Osaka, Japan – 08 July, 2014 – Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. (Akira Nobuki, president) announces that the company’s OPEN COUNTRY AT II (“OPAT II”) SUV tire produced by U.S. subsidiary Toyo Tire North America Manufaacturing, Inc. (“TNA”; Jim Hawk, president) has
been adopted as an original equipment tire for the Ford F-250 & F-350 pickup trucks. This is the first time a TNA-produced tire has been adopted as OE by an American car maker.

U.S. tire sales subsidiary TOYO TIRE U.S.A. CORP. launched sale of the OPAT II as a replacement tire in August 2012, and in less than one year the tire became a hit product with sales in excess of one million units. Renowned for its significantly improved tread life and bold,
aesthetically pleasing design, the OPAT II continues to enjoy enormous popularity in the replacement tire market.

Read our Toyo Open Country A/T II Review

TNA, which manufactures the OPAT II, was established in 2005 as a tire production base for the North American market and is currently undergoing its fourth production expansion.

TNA is a state-of-the-art plant that delivers high-quality, high added-value products to the marketplace using Toyo’s highly automated and proprietary A.T.O.M. (Advanced Tire Operation Module) tire production system designed for multi-product, small-lot production with reduced lead times.

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CHARLOTTE, NC
– REDLYNER Racing (#4550) places 2nd in the 2014 Ultra4 Badlands 4500 Class race on June 28, 2014, in Attica, IN.  Competing in a two and a half hour endurance race, Ultra-4 racer, Jay Callaway, battled the elements and pushed his daily-driven Jeep through one of its toughest tests to date.

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This August 7-10 near Truckee, California, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) will host the 47th Annual Sierra Trek, one of the West’s premier four-wheel drive events. Sierra Trek offers some of the best four wheeling in the country and has a long-standing reputation for great family fun.

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Signing ceremony in 1990 establishing Tread Lightly! as a non-profit.

Salt Lake City, Utah – July 7, 2014 – Tread Lightly!, the nation’s leader in promoting responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs, is kicking off its 25th year anniversary celebration as a non-profit in conjunction with a historic Land Rover charity auction fundraiser on eBay.com.