Dragzine.com – the world’s leading drag racing publication owned by Power Automedia – has competed with a “Drag Radial” project car for the last four years nicknamed “BlownZ”. Driven by company CEO James Lawrence, BlownZ regularly raced in NMCA competitions, and has traveled as far east as Georgia, Chicago, and Memphis, competing in the Limited Drag Radial and Street Outlaw classes.
Power Automedia is excited to announce that BlownZ will be featured in the Mickey Thompson Tire exhibit (booth #43035) at this years’ 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This incredible 4th Gen Camaro, built by Power Automedia’s shop crew at the magazine’s facility, is a proven drag strip winner, competing in NMCA Limited Street and Outlaw Drag Radial. The car won the 2016 NMCA West Limited Street Championship, going undefeated with fourteen straight round wins, and an overall “perfect season”.
The BlownZ Camaro features a vast array of high-performance racing components, including Mickey Thompson Pro 5 Drag Wheels wrapped with with ET Pro Drag Radials and ET fronts. Before the SEMA show, the car will be completely re-wrapped with a new “carbon fiber” theme.
The 2016 SEMA show takes place November 1st through 4th, showcasing the industry’s hottest and newest products and drawing top industry professionals from all over the world. Power Automedia’s exhibit will be located at booth #21707 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Mickey Thompson will be at booth #43035.
Power Automedia is pleased to welcome Ed Zinke to lead their sales team as the company’s National Sales Manager. Zinke will oversee business development and sales leadership for all digital automotive media products, including display advertising, video, SpeedVideo live broadcasts, and sponsorships. He will be working alongside Power Automedia’s Vice President, Jason Snyder.
Zinke brings a rich background in the automotive aftermarket, beginning his career in retail sales and marketing before moving into product development and brand marketing at manufacturing firms. He then transitioned to automotive media, contributing nearly 15 years of publishing experience to such brands as Car Craft, Popular Hot Rodding, and Super Chevy. Zinke also lead the team responsible for the creation of new brands, including Camaro NOW and Elapsed Times. In addition, he helped lead the efforts on special events that included the Engine Masters Challenge, Suspension & Handling Challenge and Project American Heroes builds with The Enthusiast Network – TEN. Zinke joins Power Automedia directly from his most recent endeavors in broadcast and OTA television with Rev’n TV.
“Ed Zinke is a person I have great respect for,” states Jason Snyder, Power Automedia’s Vice President. “I’ve had the fortune of working with Ed over the years in a past company, and as a client, he always treated me with great care and respect. Ed truly understands the value of relationships and has a high desire to deliver for his clients. When we combine Ed’s professionalism and passion for cars with his unique leadership abilities, we believe he is the perfect fit for Power Automedia and our customers.”
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Power Automedia family and begin working with their professional team of enthusiasts on the many compelling digital initiatives and brands it provides the automotive industry and its followers,” said Zinke. “I look forward to the opportunities to meld the creative thinking of this group with past experiences to offer unique and creative customer experiences in the future. There is a lot going on in the future at Power Automedia and I am thrilled to be a contributing part of it.”
For over ten years, Power Automedia’s video production team has been building beautiful content for the automotive industry. For 2017, they’ve got a fresh name that reflects their commitment to take the company to the next level: Alloy Studios.
Alloy Studios combines creative passion with a pragmatic approach to building efficient and effective videos of every flavor. From lifestyle videos, editorial, social, educational, corporate, to viral videos, they will apply the same formula.
“We are very proud to be a part of the Power Automedia family, but the time has come to have our individual identity so there is no confusion that we work for all types of clients,” explained Alloy Studios General Manager, Steve Grein. “In the past, some had the impression that we exclusively produce video for our internal projects and that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are excited for our new name, new look and fresh start. An alloy is multiple metals that come together to make one strong force, and that is exactly what we do here.”
“Power Automedia has produced video content from day one,” explained Power Automedia CEO James Lawrence. “The time has come for Alloy Studios to stand alone. We have an amazingly creative team here at Alloy Studios including Justin Jones, Brandon McCray, Vu Pham, Paul Huizenga, Eric Schumacher, and Jon Fraser who are our lead videographers and producers. If all of our clients could see the quality of the filming work these guys do, I’m convinced we’d be working twenty four hours a day. The quality of the work is one thing, but we’re efficient. That’s something you couldn’t traditionally say with quality video production and filmmaking.”
Power Automedia will be announcing this change and rebrand at the 2016 SEMA Show. The new website will be www.alloy-studios.com and is expected to launch in Q1 2017.
SpeedVideo is excited to announce they have entered a multi-year broadcast partnership with the popular automotive event “TX2K” to live stream TX2K in 2017 and beyond. SpeedVideo’s series of HD livestreams for TX2K will kick off March 16 through 19 with coverage of TX2K17 at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Texas.
TX2K is the original “2K” event in the United States, and one of the largest racing events in the entire country, drawing over 20,000 fans each year. TX2K grew from a Toyota Supra-specific meet; and now, other than hundreds of Supras, you can spot anything from supercars to turbocharged daily drivers. What makes TX2K unique is the event has many dimensions – roll racing, drag racing, dyno runs, and the “after dark” car meet full of bikinis, burnouts, and beer.
“TX2K was created 18 years ago with the sole purpose of having an event strictly focused on fast street cars,” said Peter Blach, founder of TX2K. “It started as a Supra-only event and has grown to feature Lamborghinis, GTRs, Supras, Vipers, ‘Vettes, Porsches, and more. Our goal is to grow the event into the largest single gathering of fast street cars in the world. SpeedVideo’s live broadcast will bring TX2K to those who can’t attend in-person and will add to our fan base even more.”
“TX2K is an absolutely enormous event – probably the largest supercar and fastest street car race in the world,” said Aaron Hahn from SpeedVideo. “To broadcast this to the world is a unique opportunity that we are incredibly excited about.”
So far, the racer list for TX2K17 consists of many 1,500+ horsepower cars, including multiple noteworthy platforms such as the almighty Nissan GTR, twin turbo Lamborghini, Toyota Supra, twin turbo Viper, and multiple 1000+ horsepower street cars – this is just a glimpse of what TX2K is all about.
“We are very proud to bring this unique event into every home, computer, tablet and phone with an internet connection,” said Steve Grein, General Manager of SpeedVideo. “Thanks to cutting edge technology, we plan on showing every round of racing combined with feature stories for the viewing audience to feel the live experience in high definition. Bringing the biggest and best to our viewers is important and there is no question that TX2K is one of the best events out there!”
Power Automedia has announced plans to expand its popular all-Ford magazine StangTV into two new magazines: FordMuscle and FordNXT. To lead the new titles, Power Automedia has also hired magazine industry veteran Steve Turner as Executive Editor.
“I’ve known Steve Turner for more than 15 years, and you’re not going to find a more experienced, dedicated editor,” said James Lawrence, Power Automedia CEO. “He has invested a good portion of his working life in knowing the Ford and Mustang market inside and out, and we couldn’t be more proud than to have him on the team.”
“Power Automedia is expanding our modern Ford and Ford musclecar performance offerings so readers can see more of what they want, and less of what they don’t,” explained Scott Parker, Power Automedia’s Director of Content & Strategy. “Power Automedia’s existing magazine, StangTV.com, will expand into FordNXT.com—a magazine targeted to the next generation of Ford Performance, including Coyote, 2011-up Mustangs, Ecoboost, Raptors, and more. It’s for today’s Ford technology.”
FordMuscle.com, on the other hand, will cater to traditional Ford performance—Fox Mustangs and earlier, more traditional Ford hot rods. It will feature engine tech ranging from pushrod 5.0-liters to Three-Valve and earlier Modulars. Both magazines will be go-to sources for all things Ford; tech articles, car features, event coverage, the latest industry news, and the scoop on the newest and hottest products.
Turner is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and has over 20 years of experience in the industry, most notably working for Super Ford, Focus Fanatic, and as the editor of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords. Most recently, he helped create and launch a digital content platform for SVTPerformance.com, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for the last two and a half years.
“I am looking forward to working with the dynamic and innovative team at Power Automedia,” Turner said. “The team is driven by a passion for cars and they are always looking for a better way to spread that enthusiasm via online magazines, social media, and video. We will develop FordNXT and FordMuscle into the number-one sources for Ford performance enthusiasts to get their fix.”
With over a quarter million views to date, SpeedVideo’s live broadcast of the NMRA Drag Racing World Finals delivered on its promise as the largest live stream video in NMRA history.
This event took place at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and is the most popular all-Ford drag race and car show of the year, where you can spot everything from 3,000+ horsepower turbocharged beasts to street legal racecars. Spectators enjoyed all-day entertainment thanks to the races, burnout contest, car show, swap meet, vendor booths, and even special appearances from TV star BoostedGT and 14-time drag racing champion Mike Murillo.
This year, four records were broken at the World Finals and it drew over 450 racecars and 490 show cars, resulting in the largest NMRA event in over 18 years- and it needed a video crew of equal capabilities to stream it to multiple media outlets.
“We were delighted to get the opportunity to work with the NMRA…it’s a first-class organization,” said Steve Grein, General Manager, SpeedVideo. “With the support of ProCharger, we did the live broadcast with a five-camera shoot, including dual wireless starting line cameras, and the broadcast went off without a hitch. Not only did we broadcast it live to SpeedVideo.com and StangTV.com, but also simultaneously on Facebook. It’s great to see hundreds of thousands of Ford fans all over the world that enjoyed watching the event.”
“SpeedVideo’s live broadcast was a huge promotional tool for the event. They provided great coverage of the event the entire time, and great follow up videos afterward,” said Rollie Miller, NMRA General Manager. “It really helped build the NMRA brand and spread awareness to the public of the NMRA.”
Up next for SpeedVideo is the of the 21st Annual World Cup Finals: Import vs. Domestic which will be streaming live November 4th through the 6th on speedvideo.com.
Power Automedia has recently been using Facebook’s new live stream video feature, Facebook Live, to explode the audiences of SpeedVideo and it’s twelve online magazines.
There has been a 616 percent growth in mobile video consumption since 2012 and, studies show, people watch videos three times longer when they are being recorded live. There’s no denying this media trend will only increase in popularity from this point.
SpeedVideo.com – Power Automedia’s live broadcast division – has utilized Facebook live to “stream” automotive events to success – reaching over 200,000 viewers on Facebook alone with the 2016 Outlaw Armageddon No-Prep Drag Race at Thunder Valley Raceway Park. In addition, they received over 15,000 shares just on Facebook alone within a week of the event.
Power Automedia employee Dave Cruikshank, Editor of Corvette Online, has leveraged Facebook Live with recent show coverage, some reaching over 4,000 viewers at a time.
“I utilized Facebook Live at two of the biggest Corvette shows in the world and had fantastic results,” Cruikshank said. “The best part about Facebook Live is that it really engages the audience and lets them interact with what they’re experiencing. The comments section literally comes alive with feedback and emoticons. It was great to be able to tailor my shoot to what people wanted. Traffic to CorvetteOnline.com and Facebook boomed as a result.”
Just recently, the editors of Turnology, EngineLabs and LSX Magazine have seen the impact. Trevor Anderson of Turnology gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Bruce Meyer’s private car collection in Los Angeles. “I have a goal of using Facebook Live to establish relationships with my readers and to provide a face to associate with my magazine,” Anderson said. This gives great opportunity to businesses like Power Automedia to connect with their fans, have engaging conversations, and get to know their audience on a personal level– all while reaching new audiences as well. Plus, we get a lot of referral traffic to our magazines as a result of the live experience.”
One thing is clear – the use of Facebook live has been a hit for Power Automedia and SpeedVideo.
Power Automedia has acquired the assets of long-time Ford magazine FordMuscle from its founder Chirag Asaravala, and is preparing an ambitious expansion in the Ford market. A new FordMuscle logo has been designed by Power Automedia reflective of the power of the FordMuscle brand and a modernization of the magazine.
Ford Muscle has supplied readers with valuable do-it-yourself editorials and extensive product reviews since 1999. “FordMuscle was established with the simple goal of making technical content available online to enthusiasts,” said Chirag Asaravala, founder of FordMuscle. “It will be in great hands with Power Automedia and I can’t think of a better team to take it to a new level in providing leading content for the next generation of Ford enthusiasts.”
“We are very committed to Ford enthusiasts, and we’ve got some exciting plans in the Ford Market,” said James Lawrence, Power Automedia CEO. “StangTV has been providing incredible editorial content, photos, and videos to Ford enthusiasts for over six years, but we’ve got some big things brewing. We’ve realized the Ford marketplace has a lot of layers – Coyote Mustang, Ecoboost, Ford Raptor, Pushrods, Modulars, Classics, and more.”
Power Automedia will be releasing more information about its plans in the Ford marketplace prior to the 2016 SEMA show.
Mickey Thompson Tires recently contracted Power Studios to create a narrative lifestyle video on Danny’s Thompson’s record-setting efforts at Bonneville.
Brandon McCray, one of the leading videographers from Power Studio’s video team, traveled more than 700 miles to capture this once-in-a-lifetime event: Danny Thompson’s 400 MPH attempt at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah. McCray attended the official “Speed Week” on August 11-14 to capture the Thompson team’s setup, qualifying runs, and return run.
The resulting video is spine-tingling and tells a story about the Thompson family that is a must-watch. Watch it below:
Known for his racing endeavors on the Bonneville salt flats, Mickey Thompson’s name became well known in the ‘60s for being the first American to break into the 400 MPH zone; but he never achieved his dream of officially entering the “400mph club.” Ever since Mickey’s death his son Danny has been chasing that unfulfilled dream of his father’s.
“It was crazy to think I was there to document something that could potentially be historical,” Power Studio’s McCray explained. “Since I was a kid, I’ve taken my dad’s Hot Rod magazines so I could check out the coverage from Bonneville. There is something about the idea of going as fast as you can that attracts a speed freak – attending that event had been something I wanted to do for years! It didn’t matter if you had a streamliner, a ‘30s Ford roadster, or a Honda Civic – people were there for the speed! For new and old car enthusiasts, it’s something you need to see at least once in your life.”
The vast expanse of salt flats includes both three courses and tracks, with the longest being five miles long with a three mile shut down. While many people were there in hopes of personal achievement, it is harder than it seems to hit that 200 mph mark. Danny Thompson made the attempt for more than five years to reach 200-plus mph, leaving the new goal of reaching 400 mph quite an undertaking for him and his team of volunteers.
Danny Thompson executed a 411 mph pass on his first Speed Week attempt with a 402 mph return pass – achieving an official 400 mph+ record at a qualifying average of 406.7 MPH. After 56 years of building, and many attempts, Danny said, “I’m proud to say that this weekend my crew and I were able to take care of my father’s unfinished business.”
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Power Automedia is excited to announce and welcome Steve Grein as Power Studio’s general manager. Grein will oversee Power Automedia’s video production team and the live broadcast division, SpeedVideo, as well as have a leading role in business development and client relationships.
Grein has over 22 years of experience in the automotive videography industry, having founded and owned NeWave Productions – a leading production studio in Chicago, Illinois. NeWave produced thousands of hours of motorsport content, television shows and corporate videos annually, in addition to producing live shows for the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), POWRi Midgets, Lucas Oil On The Edge, and others. Grein most recently was Executive Producer of MAVTV– an all-motorsports television network that covers racing events all over the globe.
“Adding a person of Steve’s caliber to the SpeedVideo and Power Automedia video production team is a big deal,” said Power Automedia CEO James Lawrence. “Steve has extensive automotive video production experience, having produced videos on the largest stages, both live and on-demand.”
“I am looking forward to building off of what has already been started at Power Automedia,” said Grein. “I have been a part of motorsports video and TV production since 1994. The opportunity to work in the automotive world in conjunction with video production was my best case scenario and I couldn’t be happier. The dynamic of the team at Power Automedia is very unique and I am very happy to be a part of it.”
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