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6th Annual Omaha Extreme Car & Truck Show Set for May 15th – 16th

Inside the Digz the crowd was wall-to-wall.

Inside the Digz the crowd was wall-to-wall in 2009.

“The Digz” Omaha, NE (May 7, 2010) – A little over 6 years ago Randy Strunk, a veteran independent manufacturer representative, suggested to mobile electronics retailers in Omaha to join together to raise consumer awareness of mobile electronics in the area. Needless to say the initial reaction from the retailers was a high degree of skepticism.

After several meetings a deal was hammered out among four area retailers-Stereo West Autotoys, Inphase Car Audio, Metro Audio Dynamics and Nebraska Furniture Mart’s Mobile Audio Entertainment division. Strunk’s firm, Creative Sales and Marketing, was and remains a driving force as the group readies for the 6th anniversary of the Omaha Extreme Car and Truck Show on the weekend of May 15th and 16th.

During a recent conversation Strunk told 12voltnews.com, “Last year the attendance was nearly 5000. This year we started promotional activities even earlier and we feel the crowds could easily surpass 5000. As a group we are thrilled to see the growth this event has experienced over the past few years.”

"We are all amazed and so happy how this joint effort was grown over the years. It's great for the 12volt business in Omaha and the surrounding area". Randy Strunk pictured at last years event.

"We are all amazed and so happy how this joint effort was grown over the years. It's great for the 12volt business in Omaha and the surrounding area". Randy Strunk pictured at last years event.

Dave Eary -In Phase Audio- told 12voltnews.com “The 12volt business is strong in Omaha and we at inPhase credit this event as a major contributing factor.  We have been busy leading up to the event and anticipate very heavy store traffic after the event. We have a very attractive discount coupon offer to drive consumers to our store after the event. The coupon is printed in English on one side and Spanish on the other side”.

Make A Wish foundation will be a major focus point of the event this year.  Several vendors are teaming up along with area retailers to give away thousands of dollars in door prizes both days to send Alonte and his family to “LEGOland” to complete his wish!  The goal is to collect $7500 in donations to make this wish happen.  The attitude of the retailers has been amazing as they see the possibilities to give back to their community in a special way other than just through a normal store promotion.

In addition to the Car and Truck Show, USACi Sound Off event and world class demo vehicles from leading manufacturers like JBL, Orion, Kicker, Rockford Fosgate, JL Audio, MTX, JVC and Pioneer; a volleyball tournament and a wakeboard demonstration and the Big Dogs Choppers Display will certainly build attendance.

Wake ‘n’ Skateboard House will construct a 25′ x 100′ pool on site. Wakeboarding pros will perform tricks as a powerful winch pulls them through the pool. Wake ‘n’ Skateboard House’ Nick Schroeder told 12voltnews.com “We see this as a real opportunity to add excitement to the show and market our products.”

A ‘rockin’ concert will take place both days of the show in the afternoon. Featured will be the hottest young band out of the Midwest, “Cold Steel”. “These kids can lay it down, Trust me!”  says Jeff Budin of SMS Inc. relayed to 12voltnews.com.

Omaha’s local RC Car Club will host demonstrations and invites anyone to bring their RC car and run it on the fun course that will be set up in a portion of the parking lot at The Digz.

This image shows only a portion of the Digz parking lot filled with demo and competition vehicles.

This image shows only a portion of the Digz parking lot filled with demo and competition vehicles.

Sublime Speed Technology will be providing a Dyno Run to “Test your driving skills” on a provided vehicle for a nominal charge and a chance to win prizes in the parking lot of the Digz both days.

Many other supporting Vendors will be present like Red Bull and their vehicle, the U.S. Army with their H3 Hummer, Omaha Marine with a “Decked –Out“ boat to check out, Meguiar’s Car Care Products and much, much more!

Sponsoring vendors include TREO, Scytek, Skullcandy, Alpine, dB Research, Kenwood, MTX Audio, JL Audio, Kicker, JVC, Rockford Fosgate, Vizualogic, Viper, Pioneer, Audiovox, Orion and JBL.

A portion of the proceeds from the USACi car audio competition will be donated to charity! This year’s recipient again is the “Make a Wish” Foundation.

The event is ABSOLUTELY FREE to the public! This event will be fun for whole family! Lots of FREE goods, prizes and giveaways all day long both days! Show hours 9-5pm Saturday and 9-5pm on Sunday.

For more information see www.omahaextremecarshow.com or contact:  Dave Eary, Inphase Car Audio – 402-896-5825 dave@inphaseomaha.com;  Randy Strunk, Creative Sales & Marketing – 402- 681-1985 hifirnadys@aol.com;   Brian Hampson, Stereo West Auto Toys – 402-393-2100 bhampson@swautotoys.com;  John Henry, Metro Audio Dynamics –  402-991-SUBS john@metroaudiodynamics.com;  Paopao Eliu, Nebraska Furniture Mart/ Mobile Entertainment – 402-255-6308 eliu.paopao@nfm.com.

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Petra Industries 8th Annual Car Audio Expo A Huge Success

Dealers fill the iles in the warehouse at the Petra Show.

Dealers fill the aisle in the warehouse at the Petra Show.

EDMOND, OK (May 7, 2010) – Petra Industries, the nation’s leading wholesale distributor of consumer electronics, custom installation products, mobile audio/video accessories and appliance connection supplies, held its 8th Annual Car Audio Expo over the weekend on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 at Petra’s headquarters in Edmond, Okla.

Throughout the day, the Expo gave hundreds of attendees the chance to meet face-to-face with vendor representatives from the 25 industry-leading manufacturers participating.  These manufacturers gave hands-on demonstrations of their most innovative new products, including speakers, A/V receivers, DVD players, CD head units, navigation systems and accessories, subwoofers and much more. Following the success of last year’s buying show, Petra once again gave attendees the chance to shop exclusive same-day show specials only available from the Expo floor.  In addition, the Expo offered the chance to register for Petra’s 25th Anniversary sweepstakes, which includes fantastic quarterly giveaways and a grand prize of $25,000 plus a trip to CES 2011 in Las Vegas.

Manufacturers in attendance included Clarion, Pioneer, Sirius/XM, Dual, Whistler, Garmin, Atrend, Power Acoustik, Planet Audio, Boss, Scosche, DB Drive, DB Link, Cobra, PAC, iSimple, Bazooka, Roadview, Wilson, Avital, XpressKit, Boyo, Astra, Galaxy, Rocky Mountain Radar, American Terminal, Sound Storm Laboratories, StreetGlow, Steelmate, Pyramid, Pyle, Stanley, Uplink, Jensen and Audiovox.

“Not only does our Expo provide one-on-one opportunities between our vendors and dealers; it also gives them chance to experience the newest mobile A/V products up close, purchase exclusive show-only specials at amazing prices and win some terrific prizes,” said Tate Morgan, Executive Vice President. “This is such a monumental event for our dealers every year, and we’re happy to say that this year’s Expo was another great success.”

Petra continued its annual tradition of the exciting Installer Olympics, which included such games as the woofer toss and a crowd favorite, the creeper races. All Expo attendees were registered for a chance to win raffle prizes including a Viewsonic® 85 Series 42” 1080p HDTV, a Garmin® nuvi® 265T travel assistant, a JVC Blu-ray Disc™ player, an Apple® iPod® touch 8GB MP3 player, a Philips® 9” portable widescreen LCD HDTV, and a Sony® Xplod® CD radio cassette recorder boom box.