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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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It was the 25th straight monthly trade deficit for the world's third-largest economy, due mainly to an increase in imports of oil and gas to compensate for idled nuclear reactors following meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in 2011.
Exports rose 3.9 percent from a year earlier to 6.19 trillion yen ($60.2 billion), slightly outpacing a 2.3 percent increase in imports, to 7.15 trillion yen ($69.5 billion). Japan recorded an 822 billion yen deficit in June.
Japan's demand for imports has moderated in recent months as business slowed following an increase in the national sales tax. But a recovery in overseas demand, especially for machinery, buses and trucks, is a welcome relief.
BEIJING (AP) -- China announced today it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.
Beijing has launched a series of investigations of global automakers and technology suppliers under its 6-year-old anti-monopoly law in an apparent effort to force down prices. Officials said earlier that Mercedes Benz, Audi and Chrysler also violated the law.
The Japanese suppliers were found to have colluded improperly, some for up to 10 years, to raise prices of ball bearings and other parts, according to China's main planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission.
Regulators have given few details of their probe but industry analysts say they might have been motivated by complaints about the high price of imported luxury vehicles and replacement parts.
Business groups say China's anti-monopoly law is enforced more actively against foreign companies than against local rivals.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.
Under the agreement signed with New York's attorney general, the company will adopt new policies on police access to its security camera monitors and against profiling, further train employees, investigate customer complaints, keep better records of detentions and report for three years on its compliance.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the settlement should help ensure customers are treated equally regardless of race or ethnicity at the retail giant's 42 department stores statewide.
The attorney general's Civil Rights Bureau said it opened an investigation into Macy's in February 2013 when it received several complaints from minority customers. Since then, the office recorded complaints from 18 African-American, Latino and other ethnic minority customers who claimed they'd been apprehended and detained at Macy's stores between 2007 and 2013, despite not having stolen or attempted to steal any merchandise.
NEW YORK (AP) -- American cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation.
Bloomberg Philanthropies is announcing today that it's putting $45 million into Innovation Delivery grants. The grants are to help cities create teams that use data and other tools to come up with ideas for how to tackle problems.
The team approach that the foundation is championing "is one way mayors can increase the likelihood of generating more powerful ideas more often and reducing the risk of failure," he said.
The foundation initially rolled out the Innovation Delivery model in five cities -- Atlanta; Chicago; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; and New Orleans -- which used the process to come up with ideas on a range of issues, from economic redevelopment to reducing violent deaths.
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UNDATED (AP) -- Fewer U.S. homeowners are falling behind on their mortgage payments, a trend that's brought down the late-payment rate on home loans to the lowest level in six years.
Credit reporting agency TransUnion said Wednesday that the percentage of mortgage holders at least two months behind on their payments fell to 3.46 percent in the second quarter.
That's down from 4.32 percent in the April-June period last year.
All told, the nation's late-payment rate on home loans is down nearly 20 percent from a year ago.
The last time the rate was lower was in the first quarter of 2008, when it stood at 3.39 percent.
The mortgage delinquency rate has been steadily easing over the past two years as U.S. home sales and prices have rebounded and foreclosures have declined.
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The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday that Corrections Corp. of America paid the money to staff at the California City Correctional Center after an investigation found it wasn't paying the rates required of federal contractors.
A department official says in some cases employees were paid 40 percent less than required by pay rate regulations established for contractors. The company also wasn't making required contributions to retirement accounts and health and life insurance.
Many workers will receive more than $30,000.
Messages left with the Nashville, Tennessee-based company spokesmen weren't immediately returned.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. In response, the Justice Department said the U.S. will change the process during the next six months. As of late last summer, about 48,000 people were on the no-fly list.
The government's policy is never to confirm or deny that a person actually is on the no-fly list, citing national security concerns. In most instances, travelers assume they are on the list because they are instructed to go through additional screening at airports or because they are told they can't board their flights to, from or within the United States.
The no-fly list is one of the government's most controversial post-9/11 counterterrorism programs because of its lack of due process, long criticized because people cannot know why they were placed on the list and lack an effective way to fight the decision. Changing how people can challenge their designation could amount to one of the government's most significant adjustments to how it manages the list.
UNDATED (AP) -- PetSmart says it is considering putting itself up for sale after receiving pressure from investors.
The pet supply chain said Tuesday that it will weigh "strategic alternatives" after a board review that included conversations with shareholders.
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The company also says it plans to cut costs and is focusing on pet food, exclusive brands and services, online shoppers and a loyalty program.
The Phoenix-based company in May cut its earnings outlook for the year, citing a challenging consumer environment and competition.
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Plouffe will serve as Uber's senior vice president of policy and strategy.
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