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MPG meets the all-new 2015 Ford F-150

MPG got a private look at the 2015 F-150 at the Ford Design Studio in Irvine.

With limited appearances after its unveiling at the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit, MPG members got an in-depth look at the all-new Ford F-150 on June 17th. Marketing Manager, Eric Peterson, was on-site at the Ford Design Studio to give a detailed presentation, and the truck was available for members to touch, feel and photograph. 

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F-150 Marketing Manager, Eric Peterson with MPG President, Joni Gray
MPG members getting a look at the 2015 F-150 — photos by Carrie Kim

Peterson shared that the Military-Grade Aluminum Alloy used on the 2015 F-150 enabled a reduction in weight by 700-lbs. The truck remains durable and capable with the new materials, but its drastic weight loss makes it much more fuel efficient. The interior of the truck was just as impressive; at two inches wider than the previous model, the cabin is roomier and more luxurious. The truck can come equipped with upgrades like a 360-degree camera, heated and cooled leather seats, push button start and the MyFord Touch system.

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L-R: AutoPacific analysts George Peterson and Ed Kim examine the F-150 / F-150: Built tough —photos by Carrie Kim
Edmund Jenks gets an up-close look —photo by John Bellah

In addition to the short program, Ford hosted a tasty BBQ dinner and provided their elegant space for plenty of networking time. Also on-site that evening was Debra Hotaling, Ford’s Western Region Leader and Michael Levine, Truck Communications Manager.

Watch the video recap by Right Track Motoring:

(Click here if the video does not appear in your browser)

Click here to see more photos by John Bellah and Carrie Kim

Click here to listen to an audio recording of the presentation.

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irwindale-dragstripMPG Night at Irwindale Dragstrip

Just for fun – come hang on the roof with your MPG colleagues and enjoy a night at the dragstrip. The hot dog, chips and cokes are on us. Bring a guest for just $10 and register/pay online!

Please arrive and check in anytime between 5:00-7:00pm. The dragstrip is open until 10:00pm that evening.

What: MPG Night at Irwindale DRAGSTRIP
(not the oval, but an official NHRA 1/8 mile dragstrip on the same property)

Where: Irwindale Event Center
500 Speedway Drive
Irwindale, Calif. 91706

When: Thursday, July 31st.

Why: Because it’s fun!

Advance ticket orders are required. Tickets can be purchased through the event page on Eventbrite by clicking here, or using the order form below. MPG members are FREE, Guests are just $10.00.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome Alaia Williams — MPG’s new Business Consultant

Alaia Williams has joined the MPG team and we encourage you to introduce yourself to her at one of our upcoming summer events. She’ll be working the registration desk and taking all business-related calls for the guild and we’re so lucky to have found her. Alaia has unique skills as a professional organizer and operations consultant, helping small businesses and entrepreneurs have more efficient strategies using all the latest technologies. She also happens to be an event professional, putting on national seminars and professional workshops.

Still looking for a MPG Director
The MPG Board of Directors would like to extend their search for a Guild Director (we had advertised “Executive Director” in a previous newsletter). The hope is that we can find a known industry professional who is available to telecommute at a range of around $50K per year. This is a contracted, full time position for someone to lead our staff and run our guild from a business standpoint. If you have interest, please send a resume to MPG President, Joni Gray – joni@motorpressguild.org.


 

The 2014/2015 Media Guide is coming

Get ready! The new 2014/2015 MPG Media Guide should be arriving in your mailboxes during the first week of August. All material in the new Media Guide is fresh, completely updated, and includes new information and categories in an effort to continually expand the contents of the guide. We think it’s well worth the wait.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

YOU’RE INVITED

SEMA GarageSEMA to Host Curators of Car Culture
at So-Cal HQ Facility Opening

WHAT: The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the organization representing the $31 billion specialty automotive industry, is celebrating the opening of the recently-completed SEMA Garage, a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility designed to help thousands of small businesses develop quality products that feed millions of consumers’ insatiable desire to accessorize, personalize and customize their cars, trucks and SUVs. A collection of rare, custom and exotic cars will be on display including the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang and F150, as well as TV’s iconic Batmobile built by Barris Kustom.

WHO: In attendance/available for interviews will be Chris Kersting, CEO, Mike Spagnola, VP of OEM & Product Development Programs, as well as a plethora of high profile industry luminaries and business leaders who helped shape car culture over the past 50 years.

WHERE: SEMA Headquarters – 1575 S. Valley Vista Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

WHEN: Thursday July 17, 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm

WHY: Whether it’s a $100 set of fog lights or a $10,000 engine upgrade, aftermarket parts must fit and work properly. Designing and developing them can be costly and require specialized tools, labs and equipment usually available only to big corporations or government organizations. So how do the more than 6,000 small, family-owned companies that make up most of the specialty industry get their products to market?

The SEMA Garage.

The only facility of its kind, the SEMA Garage helps auto parts manufacturers develop products in as little as six weeks. Members are able to gain access to new vehicle models to have final products available for sale before the vehicle is in showrooms. Tools in the SEMA Garage include a portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM), a 3D printer, digital race car scales, a dyno and emissions lab, a training center, and a photo cove stocked with an abundance of lights, strobe kits, umbrellas and more.

CONTACT: Space is limited. Reserve your spot today with Monika Earle (monikae@sema.org) or Russell Datz (russelldatz@gmail.com), and visit the SEMA Garage website to learn more.


 

all-american-soap-box-derby-logoThe Queen’s Cup – Soap Box Derby Races Come to Long Beach

The very first All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD) and California Family Soap Box Derby Association (CFSBDA) sanctioned rally race in Long Beach, Calif. makes its formal racing debut, Aug 23-24 alongside the Queen Mary.

Racers can compete in three divisions:

  • Stock Division – For racers age 7–14 years old. A lean-forward design, stock cars can accommodate a racer up to (approx) 5’3” tall and 125 pounds.
  • Super Stock Division – For racers age 10-17 years old. Super stock cars, also a lean-forward design, can accommodate a larger racer up to (approx) 6’0” tall and 150 pounds.
  • Masters Division (also known as Scottie) – For more experienced racers age 10-17 years old. A lay-back design, it can accommodate a racer up to (approx) 6’0” tall and 160 pounds.

Each driver will attend a pre-race clinic, be presented with a helmet and introduced to their machine as it sits atop an elevated platform. When the two-car raceway is set the starter will release the both cars – gravity does the rest and will rocket the competitors to about 12MPH out of the blocks and towards the checkered flag.

For more information please visit www.queenmary.com/events/all-american-soap-box-derby.  Complete Derby and rules information can be found on the All-American Soap Box Derby website at www.aasbd.com.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Greetings,

Summer is in full swing here in Southern California, and the warm weather, drought conditions and fireworks of Independence Day made it official. This summer, the Motor Press Guild has turned up the heat on making some positive and lasting changes that you soon will experience in the coming months.

A new member of our team, Alaia Williams, (pronounced uh-lay’-uh) has begun to work her magic on MPG’s inside operations and with her keen eye toward small business management and event planning, we hope to bring MPG at least into the year 2014 and beyond. In fact, you better watch for the year 2015, because it’s going to be one of our best. I’m happy to report that in the one-month transition time following Larry Rusznak’s departure, we’ve used our limited resource to keep the organization running smoothly and I want to personally thank board Treasurer, Darryll Harrison and our Communications Web Manager, Carrie Kim, for taking on extra work while Alaia gets up to speed.

Summer is shaping up to be tons of fun for MPG. This month’s gathering will be a special get together at the Irwindale Event Center for “Thursday Night Thunder” – Irwindale’s NHRA Street Legal Test and Tune. We will get a rooftop view at the end of the 1/8 mile strip courtesy of our beloved board member, Doug Stokes. We are offering this night of merriment to members for free and their guests will only pay $10 per person and you can register them and pay for their credential online – a first for MPG!

Another first will happen in August when we will begin a new series we’re calling  “Media in the News.” On August 12th (The Enthusiast Network) Chief Content Officer, Angus MacKenzie will take part in an in-depth interview regarding the creation of the new brand and Automobile Magazine’s new home in Southern California. When our automotive media makes noteworthy news, it’s a great time to get an insider’s view of what the thinking was behind the headlines and our favorite moderator, Eric Noble will facilitate this first of this series of one-on-one interviews. A video of the interview will be posted one day later on social media and YouTube, but you don’t want to miss the chance to participate in the Q & A at this historic luncheon.

There’s so much more to cover, but you’ll be receiving the usual communications from us with details as the events unfold. I hope you had a fantastic holiday and that your summer travels – whether by plane, train or automobile – find you healthy, wealthy and wise.

All the Best,

— Joni Gray
President, Motor Press Guild

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NEW MEMBERS

Public Relations

  • Whitney Standring-Trueblood, Allison+Partners — whitneyt@allisonpr.com

 


ALL MEMBERS:
Note that you alone are responsible for managing your profile and contact info in MPG’s database. Log-in to your account at www.motorpressguild.org: Find the “Profile” tab and then click on “Edit.” Make sure to click the “Save” button (bottom left) when you’re done. This is the data published in MPG’s annual Media Guide/Membership Roster and you are the only one that checks its accuracy.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR MilePost

Any member is welcome to submit items to this monthly newsletter that are of specific interest to fellow members:

  • Member Chronicle stories
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Job Openings

Acceptance and revision are at the discretion of the Editor. MilePost does not publish general industry PR or paid ads. Member Chronicle stories can be adventures you’ve had, special talents you possess, what you drive, your first car, a car you crashed, one you lived in, epic (or not so epic) drives, etc. In other words, think freely and keep things in good taste. Shoot for 400-800 words and include some images if you have them.

Deadline is seven days before the end of the month. Send both words and pictures (small JPEGs, please) to: milepost@motorpressguild.org

NOTE: Members who wish to publicize non-MPG events or announcements may do so themselves on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/motorpressguild. And be sure to “like” our page while you’re there.

Motor Press Guild, P.O. Box 4215, Redondo Beach CA 90277 • 323-374-3674[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1431038828070{padding-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”milepost-sidebar” css=”.vc_custom_1437681073247{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”]MilePost is the monthly online newsletter of the Motor Press Guild

CONTENTS

MPG meets the all-new Ford F150
MPG Night at the Irwindale Dragstrip
Announcements
You’re Invited
President’s Message
New Members
Contribute to MilePost

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joni Gray, President
Jason Fogelson, Vice President
Darryll Harrison, Treasurer
Jeff Glucker, Secretary
Mike Antich
Shad Balch
Brendan Flynn
Michael Harley
Deb Pollack
Doug Stokes
Chris Woodyard

MPG STAFF

MPG Business Operations Manager
Alaia WIlliams

MPG Web/Communications Manager
Carrie Kim

Media Guide Manager
Pete Evanow

ABOUT MPG

The Motor Press Guild is the largest automotive media association in North America. This exclusive, non-profit organization is dedicated to upholding the highest ideals in automotive journalism and promoting education and information exchange within the motoring press. Members include print journalists, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals, as well as public-relations representatives, consumer groups, and governmental bodies tied to the automotive industry. Student memberships are available as well.For more information, please visit www.motorpressguild.org.

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