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Monday, December 4, 2017

Why is the PRI Show different from SEMA? DIESEL Motorsports!

The PRI Show (Performance Race Industry) is starting this week in Indianapolis Indiana and will attract many shop owners from the Midwest and beyond. Even though SEMA now owns the PRI Show it is a totally different show since it is strictly for the performance and race industry.

Yes it is a trade show not open to the public, however if you compete with your vehicle with one of the sanctioning bodies you can attend the show. All shops, garages, speed shops and automotive businesses are welcome to attend. 



For three days downtown Indianapolis is packed and parking is at a premium along with hotel rooms. Parking last year was as far away as 10 blocks from the Convention Center. It is a well attended show if the weather cooperates which it looks like it will this next week.

DIESEL Motorsports (Booth #1837) has had a booth with the PRI Show since it moved to Orlando and back to Indianapolis which is many years! For many years we were with just a handful of diesel related businesses displaying, currently you can find many diesel performance part manufacturers along with tooling for our industry.

I actually encourage many of our sponsors to display at the PRI show over the SEMA Show since it is in the middle of our diesel performance market. Many shops and competitors come to the PRI Show because it relates more to them over the accessory aftermarket like SEMA in known for in the industry.

The past shows have been packed and since we are in the main performance hall our booth is quite busy for all hours of the day. It helps we have daily promotions we are known for such as free DM tees (limited daily supply) and free decals/swag.

The main purpose for being there is to not only provide information about our next year's schedule and events but also to obtain new sponsors and events from track owners.

DIESEL Motorsports is about branding and selling diesel pickup parts and accessories to the crowds at our events, finding areas with new or larger concentration of diesel trucks and promote the sport of diesel performance with street trucks.




Thursday, November 30, 2017

When will the schedule and sponsors be announced for 2018??? DIESEL Motorsports

I get asked every year the same questions, plus I hear the same humors about us from our competition - for 10 years! It never changes so we ignore the remarks and keep doing what we do best - promote the diesel pickup market and sport.

Every year we release the next year schedule during the month of January, and every year we release the sponsors at the same time.



Diesel Motorsports sponsor's agreements run to December 31st of each year so technically I cannot release new sponsors till after January 1st. It would not be fair to existing sponsors to overlap the spots since some change during the years.

Some companies don't even release their new budgets until February so it does take a while to get approval so we want to include everyone.

The schedule changes every year since we constantly look for new opportunities with events and the market changes yearly as to where the truck market is strong.

Plus DIESEL Motorsports gets many offers from tracks during the PRI Show and it takes us a while to go through those proposals.

The normal events we have done every year has already been posted and those we already have agreements on for 2018.

So yes, everything is business as usual sine we started over 10 years ago, can you believe 2018 will be our 11th year!

We look forward to seeing everyone again this next year!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

What Pulling Classes will be used for 2018??? DIESEL Motorsports

It will be about the numbers for each class as we see more and more trucks drop back to street classes in pulling but there are a lot of powerful trucks. Plus there are still a lot of 2.6 trucks out there with some killer setups for pulling, however we will make a smoothbore class if enough trucks show up for the classes ( min 8 trucks).



Work Stock changed last year to pure OEM turbo for a stock truck pulling for those who want to get started. Same rules as before but with the exception of turbo rule.

Hot Work Stock will be the NEW class with OEM appearing type turbo, however there is a limit being plugged at 2.65! These trucks can make modifications and it needs to be a licensed street truck with DOT tires.

2.5/2.6 smoothbore - Again as we see more trucks make the switch/or not we will split the classes for a more fair pull between the trucks the rules remain the same as last year for both classes.

2.6/3.0 smoothbore - Same as above with the rules remaining the same for both classes. It is different in parts of the country where smoothbore has not come into effect or used as much. We will split the classes as the numbers increase but in many parts last year there were not enough smoothbore for a class. Same rules as 2017 for both classes.

3.0/3.6 smoothbore - Same as above in all aspects - see rulebook for class rules.

Modified - Same rules as 2017, unchanged.

As an association it is our job to make sure there is a class for all trucks who want to pull in all parts of the country. We get asked by many NHRA/IHRA tracks to sanction pulls on their property because we are a sanctioning body with our own ruleset and insurance. Our insurance is at the same level as NHRA events so it covers all liabilities during the the event.

It seems the past economy has kept many from making the changes or other obligations in life has made many keep their trucks the same as before or many being sold. On the bright side, the economy is picking up for many and we see many enthusiasts making the changes either up or down so they can still enjoy the sport of pulling.

DIESEL Motorsports was started over 10 years ago because at the time diesel pickups were not favored by the tractor classes/pullers and many fairs would not let them pull. Still I hear many diesel truck classes are left toward the very end of the late night.

You can count on DIESEL Motorsports for putting the diesel trucks first at every event! No matter what you have on your truck as long as you have the safety equipment on your truck we will find a class for you to compete.

That is why we have so many variables in the classes listed above. For a complete set of rules go to our web site - www.DIESELmotorsports.US! they are free on the left side menu.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

What did I find at SEMA - Christmas for DIESEL Motorsports!

I normally don't get excited about accessories for the glovebox/toolbox but these items defiantly got my attention!

How many times did I find myself away from the garage and needing a bright light while working on the truck. Even during the day it gets dark under the hood but mostly at night I need a bright light!

Even those shop lights are bulky and the cord gets in the way all of the time. I found two lights that are so simple I can't believe someone had not thought of these before now. Mychanic came up with a number of different lighting solutions for the shop or on the road.



I checked out two of them called the Pod Light and the Blade Light.  Both are magnetic and stick to any metal surface for mounting plus the Blade light has a retractable hook.


The Pod light is battery powered with AA batteries but packs a lot of light using LED lights in two different modes. It mounts on a circle magnetic base which can swivel in any direction. Plus it easily detaches if you want to point it some where hard to see. This little light is a must have for us garage mechanics.

The Blade light is multi function and is rechargeable with a usb plug-in and lasts for about 5 hours. The light has four different settings bright white, low white, flashing red and running flashing red for emergencies. So I can use it for under the hood during repairs or attach it to the tailgate with the magnetic mount and turn on the flashing emergency lights.

Using LED lights both lights are unbelievably bright for finding those dark places bolts and nuts tend to be hiding!

These make great Christmas gifts and for a limited time they offer 10% off with a "Mychanic10" coupon code!

I already ordered a couple for my kids!

https://mychanic.com/collections


Check out their products along with the lights!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Why should diesel shops visit SEMA?

If you have never been you should plan a trip even for a couple of days! Yes, it is expensive, SEMA and Las Vegas raise their rates three times the normal rates for this week - on everything! Hotels are expensive, cabs/uber, restaurants, etc and it is congested surrounding the Convention Center and the Strip. Just fore warning you about the expenses!











About 5% relate to diesels and the rest is gas performance, restoration, services, OEM, tires, wheels and electronics! However the show is so big you will see many new items and wild truck builds outside, it is a great show to view and walk.

Also if you are a shop you should visit the AAPEX show just down the road at the Sands Convention Center, it is open Tuesday thru Thursday. AAPEX is mostly automotive OEM hard parts and liquids plus the bottom floor is all Asian imports. It is worth spending a half a day there or more.

You normally walk about 7 or 8 miles a day so bring your comfy shoes, normal wear is dockers slacks and company shirt, polo or dress shirt. Bring plenty of business cards and register as a buyer if you want the vendors to talk to you. 

It can be too much for those who are not use to these type of shows, go online and find manufacturers you want to visit and plot out the daily walk through. You can view others by viewing on the way to your chosen few. 

It is beneficial to view new products and see what others are doing to their trucks. However most of the trucks are done for show to draw attention and not for everyday use like most diesel trucks in the Midwest. 

I hear all the time when shops go they really enjoyed it but then they voice it will be a while before they come back. You cannot buy direct because many of the manufacturers require pretty large buy-ins but they will tell you where to buy through distributors.

It is still good to talk to them and find out information about their products so you can do a better job selling and installing their products. If you have never been it should be a trip to plan.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Looking into expanding into larger markets and fan base - DIESEL Motorsports!

Next year will be DIESEL Motorsports 11th year of doing business as a sanctioning body for diesel 3/4 and 1 ton pickups. We are constantly evaluating where to take the sport in the next year(s) in order to remain aggressive and new in the market. We have everyone copy our different directions and follow what we do differently and this has been seen as a compliment. 






The marketplace changes constantly and it is up to DIESEL Motorsports to keep the excitement alive like announcing and launching our NEW Hot Work Stock Class across the country. Street trucks with large street turbos that can drive to the pulls and compete with high horsepower trucks without being held back.

Next year DIESEL Motorsports will be about mixing with some new market shows and larger crowds so they too can become interested in the diesel lifestyle rural market along with our normal successful shows that have been held over the past years.

It is time to include many new people who are interested into our diesel market and we can both watch it continue to grow.

More info will be provided after the first of the year.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Finding the right track, venue, area for a diesel event . . .

We just returned from North-east Ohio near Cleveland and Wooster holding an event at Dragway 42 in West Salem. This track has been considered for over three years and we really wanted to check it out soon as the facility opened.

The one way to do this is hold a smaller diesel event and establish if the facility has everything for a larger event. There are many things that make an event work for everyone including DIESEL Motorsports, vendors, fans, competitors and supporting businesses such as hotels, restaurants and service stores.



Diesel Motorsports evaluates the track for space for trailers/trucks, quality of track drag or pulling and the track personnel. Are they a good fit for our truck owners, I like to remind people that the customer is always right and spending their hard earned monies to be here. So I expect track personnel to treat our people well, doesn't mean I want them not to do their job in directing people but do it nicely and happy.

DIESEL Motorsports is here to put on a show for entertainment and the track helps us do just that for the fans. Dragway 42 had an excellent drag strip along with plenty of space. True they just opened and they have not yet built brick and mortar concessions or bathrooms but they will over the winter months. I was told they plan to build a quality pulling track on the backside of the property with bleachers and lights.

The area is near a major highway running North to South in Ohio with many towns and hotels close by for the competitors and fan base. We stayed just 10 mins from the track in Seville but other close towns was Ashland, Medeni, Lodi and Wooster. This area was very well supported by local diesel shops such as Firepunk, Redline Diesel, Reusch Diesel, G&R Diesel and many more who brought trucks.

Even though we should not have opened for the day because of Hurricane Harvey leftover weather was making it a very cold miserable day it was worth it for us to get the event in to evaluate the track and area businesses.

Can we build it for a much larger event and monies invested for the future? It definitely has the potential and right positive checkpoints for now.

Need a warmer date and during the Summer months so people have time to get to this location.