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South Arkansas Tour Grows

Spectators at the Fordyce event checking out some of the show cars.

Spectators at the Fordyce event checking out some of the show cars.

Fordyce and Hot Springs AR (4 May 2010) – On back to back weekends the 2010 South Arkansas Tour saw crowds grow as retailers organized grassroots events to stimulate 12volt  business activity in the region.

James Halter, who had the idea and spearheads the initiative told 12voltnews.com “The word is definitely getting out in South Arkansas about the tour. In spite of extreme weather conditions the Fordyce and Hot Springs shows were well attended by competitors and spectators”.

USACi competitions and Car Shows are a key element of the tour.  Ralph Randall commented “This type of local promotion brings us back to our roots. These events will certainly create interest in 12volt for the local retailers and that should turn into business”. USACi’s Mike Darville has been in charge of the judging lanes on the tour.

The Tour Stop at the Hot Springs airport drew over 50 vehicles.

The Tour Stop at the Hot Springs airport drew over 50 vehicles.

The Fordyce show was an element of the annual CottonBelt Festival. On April 24th the downtown area of Fordyce was closed. The main drag was filled with a parade, vendors, the South Arkansas Tour and spectators – reported to be around 10,000 from the surrounding area. Noted car builder and sound-off competitor Todd Crowder (TC Audio-Benton, AR) is a Fordyce native and helped promote the tour event. “It was great to see old friends and create interest in our products and industry. The crowd numbered in the thousands for the CottonBelt Festival. Many of those people had a chance to see our work”  Crowder told 12voltnews.com. The Fordyce event, some 60 miles south of Little Rock, drew 23 sound cars for the USACi competition.

These two ski rigs competed in the USACi marine competition.

These two ski rigs competed in the USACi marine competition.

On Sunday, May 2nd, the South Arkansas Tour stopped on the grounds of the Hot Springs airport. This event drew a total of 52 cars, 3 boats and a golf cart.

John Roberts, Innovative Audio – Hot Springs, told 12voltnews.com “This event will have a very positive influence on our business – car audio and marine. People in the area were talking about the event before it took place and we had consumer interest at the event. We made contact with a local car club and that will undoubtedly turn into business”

Ultra Subs, Definitive Audio Designs, Hertz/Audison. Hybrid Audio, Second Skin and Stinger supported the Hot Springs event with prizes. Ultra funded the USACi finals qualifier.

Innovative Audio's John Roberts(L) and Joe Messina(R) with one of the show fliers they used to promote the Hot Springs Tour Stop.

Innovative Audio's John Roberts(L) and Joe Messina(R) with one of the show fliers they used to promote the Hot Springs Tour Stop.

The Fordyce event raised over $1,000 for the Dallas County Like Striders Relay. Cancer research will benefit. Definitive Audio Designs, Second Skin and Hertz/Audison provided products for the raffle.

Marine audio was judged as a class at the Hot Springs event. Two high end ski rigs and a basic fishing boat were in the lanes and judges by certified USACi judge John Sketoe. Basic installation, overall tonal quality and SQ were judged.

Roberts concluded “We used the radio, fliers and internet forums to get the word out about our event. We actually drew competitors from Dallas, Shreveport and Jonesboro – all had drives of 3 to 4 hours. We plan several more events throughout the summer to create interest and traffic for our store”.

The South Arkansas Tour will stop in Pinebluff on May 16th at Music Mart’s location.  The “Finale” will be held in Little Rock.

For more information on the South Arkansas Tour contact James Halter at 903-534-8283.

Log onto 12voltnews.com for coverage of these future events.

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Küryakyn® Named Distributor of New KICKER®Powersports Audio for Motorcycles

Kicker-logo-DDF51015BC-seeklogo.comSTILLWATER, USA –KICKER® Performance Audio and Küryakyn® have joined forces to launch the KICKER Powersports line of products, beginning with the KICKER PS5250 5.25-inch, weather-proof coaxial speakers for 2006-10 Harley-Davidson® fairings. Küryakyn is the world’s leading provider of accessories for cruiser and touring bikes.

Küryakyn fits motorcycle riding needs from comfort to audio and video. Bringing a combination of 145 years of experience and passion, Küryakyn only chooses the top brands to distribute to dealers, making KICKER an elite choice for consumers.

“We see this as very beneficial relationship for both KICKER and Küryakyn,” said Dave Gumienny, KICKER OEM/Powersports Sales Manager. “This partnership will strengthen both brands by providing innovative high-performance products and quality service. We are eager to release more exciting products.”

KICKER PS5250 coaxials are currently available for purchase in dealer stores distributed to by Küryakyn. As products are added to the line, Küryakyn will continue to be one of KICKER’s primary distributors of motorcycle audio accessories. Küryakyn specializes in Harley-Davidson,  Honda® Gold Wing® and other metric bikes.

Authorized dealers carrying KICKER Powersports products are found online at www.kuryakyn.com.