Join Gearhead for some hair-raising racing fun Sept. 4, 2018 at KYLE LARSON'S OUTLAW KART SHOWCASE. Presented by Brandt , the event features the World of Outlaws winged sprint cars with the largest purse and biggest kart count of any event in the country! Gearhead will have a booth at The Cycleland Speedway during the races, so come out for some fun and pick up a shirt or two from Gearhead! Gates open at 5 pm
CYCLELAND SPEEDWAY 47 Nelson Road Oroville, CA 95965 530.342.0063
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Kickoff car week with this free welcome party! Gearhead will join Classic Motorsports on Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove to gather together with amazing cars, cool music, fun prizes and more. The local SPCA will be there with information and cute animals available for adoption.
Tuesday, August 21st, 3–7 p.m.
525 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
by Juan Torres
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018) -- The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $297,000 to 102 individuals this year, including scholarships for current students and loan-forgiveness awards to employees of SEMA-member companies.
"This year’s pool of scholarship winners represents the diversity of interests and disciplines that the automotive industry attracts," said SEMA Board of Directors Chairman Wade Kawasaki. "SEMA is committed to offering support to the next generation of young men and women that will drive this industry for years to come."
More than $2.5 million has been awarded to over 1,400 deserving students since the program's establishment in 1984. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund and the SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program are dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators by helping them get off to a successful start in their education and automotive aftermarket careers.
Online applications for next year's awards will be accepted Nov. 1, 2018, through March 1, 2019, at www.sema.org/scholarships.
For questions or additional information, contact SEMA Student Programs Manager Juliet Marshall at 909-978-6655 or julietm@SEMA.org.
SEMA Scholarship Award Winners
Recipient (Institution Name, Major)
Emily Acs (Kettering University, Industrial Engineering & Design)
Blake Adams (North Iowa Area Community College, Automotive Technology)
Gabriel Anderson (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Trevor Andis (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Elizabeth Avitia (School of Automotive Machinists, Applied Science-Automotive Machining)
Sarah Beardsley (Lake Superior State University, Mechanical Engineering)
Julia Berger (McPherson College, Automotive Technology)
Taylor Bostick (Oklahoma State University, Mechanical Engineering)
Alexandra Broom (Kettering University, Mechanical Engineering)
Bradley Brown (University of North Dakota, Mechanical Engineering)
Arthur Cartwright (Clemson University, Automotive Technology)
Jakub Celinski (University of Iowa, Business Management)
Cole Cerull (University of Colorado at Boulder, Computer & Information Sciences)
John Clark (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Ian Clark (University of Wyoming, Mechanical Engineering)
Rene Coddens (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott, Mechanical Engineering)
Nathaniel Colena (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mechanical Engineering)
Houston Comer (Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
Christian Crow (University of Colorado at Boulder, Mechanical Engineering)
Jeremy Curley (University of Northwestern Ohio, Business Management)
Sophia Dancel (Kettering University, Mechanical Engineering)
Justin Davis (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Automotive Engineering & Tech.)
Katherine Dooley (Northwood University, Automotive Aftermarket) *top student
Blake Dunkleberger (University of San Diego, Mechanical Engineering)
Adrianna Dunlap (University of Akron, Electrical Engineering)
Benjamin Falconer (McPherson College, Automotive Restoration / Communications)
Robert Fisher (University of North Florida, Marketing)
Candelaria Flores (California State University, Long Beach, Chemical Engineering)
Liron Fridman (University of Illinois at Chicago, Mechanical Engineering)
Paige Garbett (University of Colorado Denver, Mechanical Engineering)
Spencer Gerren (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Alton Henry (North Georgia College & State University, Physics / Mechanical Engineering)
Andrew Hettinger (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Kali Holt (The University of Tennessee, Business Management)
Nicholas Huey (University of Northwestern Ohio, Diesel Mechanics)
Almambet Iskakov (Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
Andrew Jackson (York College Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering)
Andrew Jefferson (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Engineering)
Alec Jobbins (University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering)
Brent Jones (Brigham Young University-Idaho, Automotive Technology Management)
Trevor Jones (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technician)
Allen King, II (Prairie View A&M University, Mechanical Engineering)
Dillon Kovar (University of Oklahoma, Mechanical Engineering)
Kenton Kyger (Kettering University, Mechanical Engineering)
Angela Lee (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Engineering)
Alexander Lehn (McPherson College, Automotive Restoration Technology)
Zachary Mans (Michigan Technological University, Mechanical Engineering)
Derrick Martin, Jr. (San Diego State University, Business)
Andrew Masters (University of New Hampshire, Mechanical Engineering)
Richard Mauge (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mechanical Engineering)
Alejandro Mejia (The University of Texas at El Paso, Mechanical Engineering)
Bethany Moler (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Dudley Moore (University of Alabama, Mechanical Engineering)
David Nary (University of Akron, Mechanical Engineering)
Thomas Nelson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
Brooklyn Noell-Baba (Clemson University, Mechanical Engineering)
Dominic Norko (Northwood University, Automotive Aftermarket)
Hunter O'Gorman (SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome, Mechanical Engineering Technology)
Connor Osbourne (Purdue University, Electrical Engineering)
Jennifer Oseguera (Santa Barbara City College, Business)
Hunter Pauloski (Minnesota State University-Mankato, Automotive Engineering & Tech.)
Aversa Prentosito (Miami University, Computer Science)
Andrew Rampersaud (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Matthew Rippen (Northwest Kansas Technical College, Automotive Technician)
Christina Schneider (Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Automotive Technology)
Blake Serpa (Universal Technical Institute-Houston, Autobody Collision)
Daniel Shanebrook (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Andrew Shaw (Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Automotive Technology)
Jordan Sloss (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Josiah Smith (Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering)
Kyle Sonnen (University of Northwestern Ohio, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology)
Ethan Stockbridge (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Electrical Engineering)
Dakota Szalony (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology)
Robert Taylor (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Technology - High Performance)
Nicholas Tolan (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Marketing)
Jesse Toombs (Pittsburg State University, Automotive Technology)
Dylan Turnbow (Brigham Young University-Idaho, Automotive Technology)
Maxwell Urquhart (Michigan Technological University, Electronics Engineering)
Nathan VanWagnen (Cleveland State University, Journalism)
Mark Vaszary (Pikes Peak Community College, Automotive Technology)
Austin Vawser (Idaho State University, Automation Technology)
Michael Wagner (University of Northwestern Ohio, Automotive Aftermarket)
Shane Walker (Brigham Young University-Idaho, Automotive Technology)
James Watson, Jr. (Coastal Pines Community College, Autobody Collision)
Ethan Wayman (Palomar College, Welding)
Trevor Wells (Ferris State University, Automotive Engineering & Tech.) *top student
Joshua Wilhelm (Kansas State University, Mechanical Engineering)
Aaron Wimmer (NASCAR Technical Institute, Automotive Technology)
Chad Workman (University of Arkansas, Electrical Engineering)
SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners
Recipient (Employer, Institution Name, Major)
Cynthia Bullion (Competition Cams, University of Mississippi, Journalism)
Nicholas D'Orazio (FOX Factory Inc, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
Collin Gentry (Meyer Distributing, University of Southern Indiana, Education)
Christopher Harubin (University of Northwestern Ohio, University of Northwestern Ohio, Marketing)
Steven Kester (Summit Racing Equipment, University of Phoenix, Business)
Jennifer LaFever (Roush Yates Engines, NASCAR Technical Institute, Automotive Technician)
Reuben Latigo (Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Automotive Engineering & Tech.)
Kaylie Null (Truck Accessories Group, LLC, Indiana University-Bloomington, English)
Angel Scharklet (Holley Performance Products, University of the Cumberlands, Business Management)
Sarah Spoto (General Motors, University of Rochester, Marketing)
Justin Steller (Diode Dynamics, Lindenwood University, Business Management)
Kirstin Stone (Radians, Inc., University of Redlands, Business Administration)
Heather Wilson (Kahn Media, California Lutheran University, Graphic Design)
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $43 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com, or www.performanceracing.com.
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But most importantly, tickets are now on sale for Gearfest! Read on….
We are in the dog days of summer here in the Sacramento Valley. Smoke fills the air from multiple wildfires plaguing the state. It is hot and hard to breathe, so activities outdoors are limited. My daily joy of walking the Gearhead Shop Dogs Dooly, Twix, and Luci is confined to the early mornings when it is still relatively cool.
Vending has been stressful due to the extreme heat but it is also the only way to meet you, the loyal Gearhead customers, face to face, so I pull on my tank top, slather on the sunscreen and head out each weekend to set up a tent and show off the cool Gearhead Brand Merchandise that is available for sale.
There’s a bunch of cool new stuff, including thee limited edition Kustom Kulture poster created and signed by tattoo artist extraordinaire Mike Adair from Electric Boogaloo Tattoo, as well as the new All in Ones (onesies) featuring the Gearhead Logo and the Sparkplug Logo for the littlest Gearhead.
August also means Gearfest 2018 is right around the corner. Tickets are now on sale for perhaps one of the most fun events of the year. Saturday Sept. 29, 2018 from 12 noon-7 pm at The Blue Lamp (Sacramento, CA) we’ll take over the club and the surrounding parking lots to celebrate and rock out. This year, the fundraiser is for the Sacramento SPCA Behavior Dept., who work with dogs and their owners to rehabilitate the animal rather than surrender it.
The Woolly Bandits headline the event this year; you can count on an eye-popping, jaw-dropping show when Christa and band take the stage. Gearhead recording artist TILLI will also be performing, as well as Color TV from LA (check out their track on the Rodney On The Rock Christmas Album), The Infamous Swanks featuring Jen Long from The Merry Widows (and our very first Ms. Gearhead) and the youngest band ever to perform at Gearfest, School of Rock Elk Grove’s house band Public Eye, featuring a revolving cast of enthusiastic youngsters learning how to tap into their inner rock stars.
The whole shebang will include a Blessing of the Cars (bring your favorite ride for a blessing, hot rods, cool customs, traditionals and bikes get rock star parking) and a Ms. Gearhead contest, honoring and validating the women who work hard in this scene but are often overlooked. Proceeds this year go to the Sacramento SPCA Behavior Dept. who to work tirelessly to teach humans how to work with their dogs unwanted behaviors to keep them from being surrendered. Culinerdy Cruiser food truck will be on hand to feel the hungry crowd with gourmet sliders, fries and their mouth watering balsamic glazed Brussel sprouts.
We’re still looking for sponsors so please get in touch if you are interested or have something really cool to donate for the raffle!
Gearfest 2017 t-shirts are on clearance now for the low low price of $10; these way, cool 2-sided garments commemorating last year’s event feature the bold word GEARFEST on the front, and the list of bands and venue on the back. If you forgot to pick one up, or weren’t able to attend to get one in person, now’s yer chance to snag one at this discounted rate while supplies last!
Make sure to follow Gearhead on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest for show and product updates as well as cool pics from the past and live video. Don’t be the last one on the block to one to get the behind the scenes scoops!
Finally, mark your calendar for other upcoming events where the Gearhead pop-up store will be: Cruise-in Monterey, Beers and Gears in Davis, and Grudge Fest at Sacramento Raceway.
Till next time, keep the rubber on the road,
Rev. Michelle Haunold Lorenz
Join Gearhead for the monthly Beers and Gears meet up at Sudwerks Brewing in Davis, CA! The 4th Thursday of each month, DJ Mikki Riff will be spinning the best of Gearhead Records as well as selling Gearhead merch. Sudwerks Brewery has a rotating tap line up each week, as well as a great place to show off your ride, meet up with friends and kick back for a cool one. Kid and dog friendly, this monthly event is free and open to all. Please drink responsibly.
The second Saturday of every month, you can smell the fuel, feel the rumble and taste the thrill of the drag strip. Sacramento Raceway hosts Grudge Fest, open to all types of vehicles to test their skills on the track if they pass an NHRA safety inspection. 1/4 mile Grudge Racing without display boards, just a time slip. Gates open at 4 pm, racing from 6-10 pm. Come out for the fun and while you're there, pick up a shirt from the Gearhead Pop Up Shop.
Old and New Friends Gathering for FREE Fun in Pacific Grove
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