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Hot Rod Power Tour Coming to Chattanooga
The ingredients for the ultimate performance-car fan experience are combined to perfection every first week of June as the legendary Hot Rod Power Tour makes its seven-cities-in-seven-days journey. For 2013, Chevrolet Performance Presents the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire is set to kickoff June 1st in Arlington, Texas and make a stop in 5 other car-crazy towns before it comes to a close in N. Concord (Charlotte), North Carolina on Friday, June 7th. Chattanooga State Community College will host the Coker Tire Cruise Night of the Hot Rod Power Tour, Thursday, June 6th from Noon – 7pm.
The tour brings to life the pages of Hot Rod Magazine, and embodies all that the magazine has stood for in its 65-year history. Over 5,400 enthusiasts will participate in the trip driving their beloved hot rods, street rods, custom trucks, muscle cars, and street machines of every make, model and vintage. Over the 7 tour stops, over 85,000 spectators will be admitted free to take in the daily show of thousands of “to die for” machines and the traveling exhibits of over 50 top aftermarket manufacturers. Along the carefully-chosen tour route in towns big and small, thousands more will stake out roadside viewing spots for this ultimate performance parade.
When the Hot Rod Power Tour descends upon each of the seven host cities, they will leave a massive economic impact on the local economy. Hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, bars and more will play host to the tour participants who are relaxed and enjoying the hot-rodding lifestyle. Participants come from around the world to take part in the Hot Rod Power Tour. They plan for months or even years for the trip, and they come prepared to spend money at each stop.
“We’re very excited to be hosting a return visit of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour,” said Bob Doak, President & CEO of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Chattanooga hosted the Power Tour in 2010 and watched as thousands of hot rodders from all over the country and the world descended on the city for the one-day event. We’re anticipating the 2013 Power Tour to bring more than 6,000 participants who will leave an estimated economic impact of more than $1 million. This impact will be felt throughout the community and will benefit our hotels, attractions, restaurants and other businesses. We’re looking forward to seeing the 3,500 hot rods this June.”
Locally owned & operated, Coker Tire Company is the Cruise Night sponsor for the festivities in Chattanooga on Thursday, June 6th. Coker Tire is the world's largest distributor of antique and classic tires for automobiles, trucks and motorcycles and is located in historic downtown Chattanooga.
“I am delighted that Hot Rod Magazine has chosen to visit the Tennessee Valley once again”, said Corky Coker, owner of Coker Tire Company. He continued to say, “I know that it is rare for the Power Tour to re-visit the same cities it has been through before, but I know that the city of Chattanooga will roll out the red carpet once again for this power house event and this incredible group of people who follow this annual cross-country tour. The Power Tour is my kind of event. It’s about getting out and driving your car-a celebration of the open road. We’re excited to be a part of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour once again and hope all of those registered Power Tour participants will come by the Coker Tire headquarters in historic downtown Chattanooga for a Tour of our facilities in June.”
The Hot Rod Power Tour begins in Arlington, TX at the University of Texas at Arlington on Saturday, June 1. The kickoff sponsor is Ft. Worth-based Painless Performance Products. On Sunday, June 2, the tour moves to the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, AR for a stop sponsored by Edelbrock Performance. The next stop takes the tour the Arkansas Fairgrounds in Little Rock on Monday, June 3. From there, the route goes to Memphis, TN for a stop at the Memphis International Raceway on Tuesday, June 4 sponsored by locally owned & operated industry leader, Comp Cams. On Wednesday, June 5, the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium will host a stop sponsored by Holley Performance Products in Hoover, AL near Birmingham. Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, TN will host the Thursday, June 6 stop sponsored by Chattanooga-based Coker Tire. The Grand Finale for the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour will be at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord (Charlotte), NC.
“The Power Tour is truly the ultimate hot rodding adventure,” said Jeff Dahlin, Publisher of Hot Rod Magazine. “The event began 19 years ago as a road trip from Southern California to Detroit for a few of the editors and some of their friends who had built magazine project vehicles. 19 years later, it’s amassed over 5,400 vehicles, over 85,000 spectators, 50 of the nation’s premier automotive aftermarket manufacturers and becomes the center of a worldwide buzz in the automotive aftermarket industry every June. We can’t wait to bring the Power Tour, Hot Rod Magazine’s flagship event, back to Chattanooga this June.”
The Hot Rod Power Tour is free to spectators however there is a cost to register a vehicle for just one day or the entire event. Vehicle registration is open to any year, make or model of vehicle. Pre-register for $80 plus $3.50 handling fee or register on-site for $90. Pre-registration runs through Thursday, May 23, 2013 at www.HotRod.com or by calling (877) 413-6515. You can also join the Tour one day only for just $30. One-day registration is available on site only.
For more information, follow the Hot Rod Power Tour at www.hotrod.com, or by calling (877) 413-6515.
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NEW HOME SALES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. sales of new homes were essentially flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.
The Commerce Department says new-home sales edged up 0.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000. The report also revised down the August sales rate to 466,000 from 504,000.
The pace of sales for newly built homes has improved a mere 1.7 percent so far this year compared to 2013. Only the South has experienced gains in buying year-to-date.
Housing has struggled to fully rebound since the recession ended more than five years ago. Many potential buyers lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home, causing them to rent or remain in their existing houses instead of upgrading.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford's net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million in the third quarter, dragged down by the cost of launching its new F-150 pickup.
The company closed its Dearborn truck plant for five weeks during the quarter and cut back on truck sales in order to preserve inventories while it readies the new aluminum-sided truck. That hurt pretax profits in North America, which fell 39 percent to $1.4 billion.
Ford earned 21 cents per share, down from 31 cents in the July-September period a year ago. Without one-time items, including separation costs in Europe, Ford earned 24 cents. That beat Wall Street's expectation of 19 cents, according to analysts polled by FactSet.
Revenue fell 2.5 percent to $34.9 billion, better than the forecast of $33.7 billion.
ATLANTA (AP) -- UPS is expecting an 11 percent jump in December shipments as the holiday shopping season heats up.
UPS recently announced that it would hire up to 95,000 people to handle the tremendous volume. That's up from last year when the Atlanta company initially planned to hire 55,000 seasonal workers. Major U.S. shipping companies were overwhelmed by a shift in American shopping habits, namely the success of Amazon.com. with its free shipping, and UPS was forced to hire an additional 30,000 people.
United Parcel Service Inc. also maintained its guidance Friday for 2014 adjusted earnings between $4.90 and $5 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet predict $4.95 per share.
PROCTER & GAMBLE-DURACELL
Procter & Gamble removes the batteries
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Procter & Gamble is removing the batteries and making Duracell a stand-alone company.
P&G, which acquired Duracell in 2005, announced earlier this year that it would shed more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two.
If a split off occurs, P&G said that its shareholders would have the option of exchanging some, none or all of their P&G shares for shares of the newly formed Duracell company.
The Procter & Gamble Co., based in Cincinnati, said Friday that it is also considering a spinoff, sale or other options for Duracell.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.
Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Friday that the shareholders didn't approve a revised transaction agreement between the two companies during a special shareholders meeting.
Chiquita said it now expects to enter talks with investment firm Safra Group and juice company Cutrale Group on their competing offer of $14.50 per share. Chiquita previously rejected buyout bids from the two Brazilian companies.
CHILD SEAT RECALL
DETROIT (AP) -- Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch.
The recall affects Embrace 35/9999 models with an AmSafe QT1 buckle. Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators say that if the buckles don't release easily, it may be difficult to get a child out of the seat in an emergency.
The affected seats were made at various times from December 2011 through May of 2013.
Not all Embrace 35 models are covered by the recall. For others, the company will provide replacement buckles if requested by customers.
The recall comes after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Owners with questions can call Evenflo at (800) 490-7591.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment Thursday against Bill Aossey Jr., who founded the Midamar Corp. in 1974. The Cedar Rapids company grew into the leading U.S. halal brand, selling more than 200 products in the U.S. and abroad.
A 19-count indictment charges Aossey with directing employees to change labels and fabricate documents to make beef products appear that they originated from a slaughterhouse that met Malaysia and Indonesia's strict requirements. Halal meat is supposed to be killed in ritual slaughter.
Aossey's attorney called the indictment unfair Friday, saying the allegations were "a minor regulatory violation" at most.
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows who claim they are owed wages, according to court documents.
The interns claim NBCUniversal wrongly classified them as non-employees in an effort to avoid labor laws. NBCUniversal said in court documents that even though it is settling the suit, it denies the allegations and doesn't admit any wrongdoing.
The average amount that class-action members of the suit will receive is $505, although the main plaintiffs will receive more. The number of class members is capped at 8,975.
The interns had been seeking recovery of unpaid wages, attorneys' fees, interest and liquidated damages. The settlement still has to be approved by a judge. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York.
NBCUniversal is owned by Philadelphia-based cable provider Comcast Corp.
S&P upgrades Cyprus on commitment to bailout deal
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Rating agency Standard & Poor's has given Cyprus a one-notch upgrade to its credit grade, raising it to B+.
The agency cited the country's commitment to the terms of its bailout program and better-than-expected economic growth. It also said the outlook for Cyprus is stable, with good economic progress offset by lingering challenges to its banking system, which is still burdened with a huge amount of bad loans.
LONDON (AP) -- Official figures show Britain's economic recovery is continuing, despite a gloomy global environment.
The Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product grew 0.7 percent in the three months through September compared with the previous three months. That is down slightly from a 0.9 percent quarterly rate in the April-June period but remains among the strongest growth rates among developed economies.
Compared with a year earlier, the economy was 3.0 percent larger.
Treasury Chief George Osborne says the figures show Britain "continues to lead the pack in an increasingly uncertain global economy."
Samuel Tombs, the senior U.K. economist for Capital Economics, says growth in Europe's third largest economy has become broader-based, though recent falls in stock markets, manufacturing surveys and eurozone growth have intensified concerns over the recovery.
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