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Chanhassen Autoplex to Host Final Cars and Caves Event of the Season

Saturday, Sept. 28 – Benefitting the Chanhassen Fire Department

Chanhassen, Minn. (September 17, 2019) – The Chanhassen Autoplex will be hosting its final Cars and Caves series event of the year on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. until noon.
This free and family-friendly auto activity will feature a variety of cars, including classics, hotrods, muscle cars and exotics. Voluntary donations for the Chanhassen Fire Department
will be accepted at the door.

Guests are encouraged to drive to the AutoPlex in their collector, classic or exotic car in the designated exhibition space. All guests are encouraged to arrive early due to limited on-site
parking. Coffee, beverages and food will be provided by local food trucks.

Cars & Caves events feature collector, classic and exotic cars and motorcycles displayed all throughout the AutoPlex’s 120 garage condominiums. These nationally-known “man caves”’
are themed to reflect the owners’ specific interests along with their personal car and automobilia collections.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
8 a.m. – noon
Gates open at 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: Chanhassen AutoPlex
8150 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minn. 55317


SPONSORS: LaMettry’s Collision, Unique Mankato, Hatzung Insurance, Floyd Security, Garage Floor Coating MN, Premier Pool & Spa, and Anderson Photography.

MORE: The Chanhassen AutoPlex is a private garage condominium community located in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The 120 owners use their garage condos to store,
showcase, and restore their collector, classic and exotic car and motorcycle collections. The Chanhassen AutoPlex is nationally recognized for its exquisite man
caves filled with car and automobilia collections.

CONTACT: Molly Steinke, Nemer Fieger, 612-309-1677,


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Los Angeles (September 17, 2019) – On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum will open a special exhibit, located in the William E. Connor Penthouse, honoring the life and accomplishments of Jessi Combs, also known as “The Fastest Woman on Four Wheels.” Jessi tragically passed on August 27, 2019, while attempting to set a land speed record. Admission to the temporary exhibition is by suggested donation with proceeds benefitting The Jessi Combs Foundation.
The “Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed” exhibition will feature objects from Combs’ workshop and studio in Long Beach, California. Items on display will include several of her motorcycles, personal notebooks and memorabilia, original Chip Foose drawings from her time on “Overhaulin’,” personal notebooks, welding jackets and racing helmets, as well as various accolades including her Baja and Great Race medals.
“Jessi Combs was an inspiration to the entire automotive community,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “This exhibit is an opportunity to move people, especially the future generation of women builders and enthusiasts, through Jessi’s incredible life story.”
Throughout her life, Combs sought to explore the relationship between women and machine, as a means to continually push and break stereotypical boundaries. As one of the few prominent female fabricators of her era, she endeavored to create programs and safe spaces that encouraged education and dialog about the industrial arts for women. “Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed” seeks to further that effort, establishing a base for which The Jessi Combs Foundation can grow. The mission of the foundation is to educate, inspire and empower the next generation of female trailblazers and stereotype-breakers. Its guiding principle is the simple question, “What Would Jessi Do?”
“Jessi was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know,” said Jessi Combs’ boyfriend Terry Madden. “Her appetite for living life on the edge and pursuing her dreams to the fullest is an inspiration to me and all who knew her. The Jessi Combs Foundation will motivate young women who looked up to Jessi, empowering them to uncover their inner confidence and abilities so they, too, can achieve their dreams.”
“Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed” will run through Wednesday, September 25, 2019, and is free to the general public. Visitors are still required to pay standard general admission prices if they would like to view other Petersen Museum exhibitions. For more information, please visit

About Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under four are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information call 323-930-CARS or visit .

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DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (March 22, 2019) -- Recognizing that auto part manufacturers invest in, and rely heavily on, the SEMA Show for their marketing promotions, SEMA Show organizers are hosting the 10th annual SEMA Show Exhibitor Summit on June 17-19, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the two-and-a-half day training, exhibitors learn how to get the most out of the automotive industry’s premier trade event taking place November 5-8, 2019, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

With sessions focused on best practices for building and marketing a booth, taking advantage of free value-added programs and exploring promotional opportunities, the Exhibitor Summit is geared toward new, first-time exhibitors and to new staff members from returning companies. While space is limited, participation is free to all exhibitors.

“Exhibitors will be able to learn from experts and network with other exhibitors,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA VP of Events. “Our hope is that exhibitors leave the Summit with a solid plan that will help them get the greatest value from their investment.”

Similar to freshman orientations that many colleges offer to new students, there is no cost for exhibitors to register and meals and hotel accommodations are included. Exhibitors simply need to arrange for transportation to and from the event.

“As a long time participant of SEMA, the Exhibitor Summit gave us an opportunity to rethink our booth strategy and how we are connecting with our customers and future partners,” said Brian Moyer, Sr. manager marketing & sales from Steele Rubber Products. “With so much happening at SEMA it can become a challenge to capture all that is in front or available to you. The Exhibitor Summit provided us with insightful information on daily activities and expectations, which enabled us to create a clear and concise strategy for our booth and team.”

Exhibitors can sign up for the SEMA Show Exhibitor Summit at

About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at or, 909/396-0289.


Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund Received $30,699 Donation from GMADA

Minneapolis (March 20, 2019) --- Last week, the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA) hosted its 5th annual Military Appreciation Day at the Twin Cities Auto Show. Free admission, compliments of Toyota, was given to those currently serving in the military and veterans with discounts for their families.

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Presented by Speedway®
Names 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class ‘Car of the Show’

One Lucky Show Attendee May Win Their Own 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Minneapolis (February 14, 2019) --- The Twin Cities Auto Show presented by Speedway® has named the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class “Car of the Show.” The 46th annual Twin Cities Auto Show will roll into the Minneapolis Convention Center March 9 – 17, 2019. It is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA).

Feldmann Imports, Mercedes-Benz of St. Paul, Sears Imported Autos and the Twin Cities Auto Show will award one lucky Show attendee with a lease for their own 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan. The public may register to win at the Show in the Main Entrance lobby and at the Mercedes-Benz display from March 9 to 13, 2019. The winner of the car will be announced on Friday, March 15, 2019.

This four-door car is the newest addition to the Mercedes-Benz lineup. The A-Class compact sedan is perfect for those looking to purchase a premium sedan at an affordable price point, with all the features you look for in a new car, including the all-new MBUX (Mercedes- Benz User Experience multimedia system). Models for the A-Class include the Front-Wheel Drive A 220 and the All-Wheel Drive A 220 4MATIC.

“They call it ‘A-Class’ for a reason – because it is so Advanced,” says Scott Lambert, president of GMADA. “With this new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), the A-Class drives a new generation of user-friendly tech complete with voice recognition. All you have to do is ‘say the word’ and it listens to you. It is definitely the most high-tech Car of the Show the Twin Cities Auto Show has ever had.”

The MBUX infotainment system changes the game with a completely new user interface, natural speech recognition, touchscreen capabilities, and a new Touchpad. It incorporates artificial intelligence to improve the user experience, learning your habits over time and adapting to changes in patterns of behavior. The 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and the 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display are also equipped with standard Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto.

Under the hood, buyers will find a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine that produces 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, with shift paddles on the steering wheel, pairs the power of the engine with fuel efficiency, allowing for both fun and practicality.

Safety is a top priority in every Mercedes-Benz vehicle, and the A-Class is no exception. The new A-Class comes standard with Active Brake Assist, which can help to effectively mitigate or avoid the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead. Other safety features are available with the Driver Assistance Package, such as Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Emergency Stop Assist and the intuitive Active Lane Change Assist.

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC is an adaptive cruise control system that is able to provide route-based support to the driver in numerous situations and predictively adjust the speed when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Active Emergency Stop Assist will apply the brakes to stop the A-Class in a controlled manner when the system recognizes that the driver is inactive for a long period of time. Once the vehicle comes to a stop, the parking brake will be applied and the emergency call system will activate. Active Lane Change Assist assists the driver by steering the vehicle when it detects that the lane is unoccupied.

The Twin Cities Auto Show is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA). The GMADA is an organization of 130 new car and truck franchised dealers in the Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The 2019 GMADA Chair is Mike Roeder of Sears Imported Autos. GMADA President is Scott Lambert and the Auto Show Director is Mary Velline.

For more information on the 2019 Twin Cities Auto Show, please visit

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2019 TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW Presented by Speedway® March 9 – 17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis (January 8, 2019) --- The 46th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by Speedway will roll into the Minneapolis Convention Center March 9 – 17, 2019. The event, the largest consumer show in the upper Midwest, is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA). The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 600 vehicles from 35+ domestic and imported brands side by side - without driving all over town. This year’s display of vehicles will be the largest in years featuring an estimated $21 million in new vehicles and exhibits. Instead of just dreaming about it, the Twin Cities Auto Show is where you can actually sit behind the wheel in a compact, family sedan, SUV, truck, or luxury car. Some of the attractions for the 2019 Twin Cities Auto Show will include: The Luxury Ballroom which will feature more than $2 million worth of lavish vehicles. Included in the Luxury Ballroom is Acceleration Alley showcasing the fastest vehicles offered by the luxury sports car industry --- all with $75K+ price tags! Check out the latest in electric and hybrid vehicles in the Electric Room sponsored by Great River Energy. Drive Electric Minnesota and electric vehicle owners will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss · “Plug in Minnesota,” a service that provides information on charging stations along 1-35 and Highway 61. You have the great vehicle; now make it your own. At Custom Garage presented by Automotive Concepts, you'll be able to explore a wide range of opportunities to personalize your ride. “Ride & Drive” – Just like the phrase suggests - guests can head outside, get behind the wheel and drive their choice of a new vehicle from a variety of manufacturers including Ford, Mazda, Toyota and Volkswagen. The fun and interactive Camp Jeep takes guests on an obstacle course ride that covers over 30,000 square feet on the show floor. Take a 4-wheel drive and experience a Trail Rated off-road adrenaline rush. Troopers from the Minnesota State Patrol will be on hand to answer your questions and conduct a variety of programs throughout the week. Visit The Neighborhood powered by Millz House located just outside hall E. It's a comfy resting space for you and a fun spot for kids featuring play spaces by Millz house. New: Project Car Contest – The top three finalists in this first-ever contest will be on display and up for public vote. The competition was open to auto enthusiasts who worked on, built, or customized their vehicle. New: What’s 10-feet tall, 12 feet wide and weighs over five tons? The RAMINATOR! This Dodge Ram Heavy-Duty based monster truck will roll into the Twin Cities Auto Show’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep area. 2019 Auto Show Special Events · Military Appreciation Night is Tuesday, March 12 - Active military and veterans will receive free admission with valid military credentials courtesy of Toyota. Family and friends will receive $2 off at the gate. A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. to showcase our respect for all branches of the military. · After Dark presented by Minnesota Monthly on Friday, March 15 - Specialty lighting will illuminate the Twin Cities Auto Show to produce a brilliant nighttime experience. The Auto Show will dim the house lights to allow guests to view an extravagant display of headlights, high beams, monitors, and doors lights. WEBSITE: HOURS: Saturdays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 4 – 10 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. TICKETS: $12 for adults, $10 if purchased online in advance $6 for youth ages 11 – 15. Children 10 and under are FREE. All tickets are discounted to $6 on Wednesday, March 13. Discount coupons are available at participating Speedway stores and GMADA metro member auto dealerships. SOCIAL: Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Twitter and Instagram: @TCAutoShow Facebook: TCAutoShow Tag us: #TCAutoShow PRODUCER: The Twin Cities Auto Show is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA). The GMADA is an organization of 130 new car and truck franchised dealers in the Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The 2019 GMADA Chair is Mike Roeder of Sears Imported Autos. GMADA President is Scott Lambert and the Auto Show Director is Mary Velline. SPONSORS: Speedway, Automotive Concepts, Great River Energy, Millz House, Minnesota Propane Association, Floyd Total Security, Twin City Jacuzzi, iHeart Radio, Polaris, Toyota, T-Mobile, Infinite Beauty, Artful Living, Minnesota Monthly, and DirectTV. MEDIA NOTE: Media Day will be held on Day One of the Twin Cities Auto Show from 8 – 10 a.m. before doors open to the public at 10 a.m. Credentialing details will be sent soon. ### Molly Mulvehill Steinke Media Relations Director

Ford’s new $45 million Advanced Manufacturing Facility is up and running and AmericanMuscle’s (AM) Justin Dugan received the VIP tour! In this episode of AM’s Mustang News, Justin gets up close and personal with Ford’s robots, learns the difference between virtual and augmented reality, and even looks at some of the 3-D printed components Ford will be using in future vehicles.

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Minneapolis (December 19, 2018) --- The producers of the Twin Cities Auto Show are seeking entries for its inaugural Project Car Contest. The competition is sponsored by Minnesota Auto Dealers Association Service, Parts & Collision Council (MADA SPCC) and the Twin Cities Auto Show.

Project cars, a popular part of car culture, can be any street legal vehicle that has been altered by the submitter, either an individual or a group. This could be anything from an old classic restored by a father and son duo to an automotive class car project to a brand new “blinged-out” ride with cool accessories, wrap, and a swapped motor.

Entries are now being accepted online at
Here, the entrant will be asked for details on the vehicle and its transformation, current photos and the story behind their creation. The deadline for entry is February 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
fit, finish and quality of the work;
mechanical enhancements to the vehicle; and
the story behind the build.

Three finalists will get to display their Project Car at the 2019 Twin Cities Auto Show to be held March 9 – 17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Auto Show attendees will vote to determine the winner which will be announced on March 15.

In addition to big-time bragging rights, the grand prize winner will receive a trip for two of their choice to either the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction or a 2019 NASCAR event.

The 46th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show presented by Speedway, the largest consumer show in the upper Midwest, is produced by the Greater Metropolitan Automobile Dealers Association of Minnesota, Inc. (GMADA).

The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 600 vehicles from 35+ domestic and imported brands side by side - without driving all over town. This year’s display of vehicles will be the largest in years featuring an estimated $21 million in new vehicles and exhibits.

For information on the Twin Cities Auto Show as well as Project Car Contest rules and regulations, please visit

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July 12, 2019

10th Annual “Collector Car Appreciation Day” to be Celebrated on July 12, 2019

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be celebrated on July 12, 2019. The date will mark the tenth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.