Wanaka based automotive and marine accessories company Tallon has received a Design Award from General Motors (GM) at the recent SEMA Show 2011 in Las Vegas for the Most Innovative Chevrolet Accessory.
Described by GM as the ‘Oscars’ of SEMA, the award was presented to Tallon and partner company Ram Mount, for the installation and showcase of the Tallon Elite Socket and Ram Smart Phone and iPad mounts in the Chevrolet Sonic custom built by LDRSHIP Designs in California.
Held every year in Las Vegas, The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s hottest new products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is the ideal opportunity for accessory companies like Tallon to demonstrate their products in front of the worlds leading automotive manufacturers.
The partnership between Tallon and US Company – RAM Mount, enables any tablet or phone model, including the widely popular iPad, to be easily attached to the Tallon Elite Socket, while also providing power to the device using the 12V socket or USB port, also giving the opportunity to communicate with other electronic devices such as computers, stereo’s and DVD players.
When the Tallon is not in use for electronics, users have the option to mount a vast range of RAM Mount or Tallon accessories in its place, or simply close it up to leave a clean finish.
Tallon General Manager, Duncan Good says interest in the new Elite Socket and iPad Mount has been immense. (more…)
The NZ Import Industry and Showcar Championship Awards are on later this month and voting has just begun with plenty of V8 related categories, so have your say now.
The awards ceremony will be a lavish affair, taking place on Saturday 30th of April, 2011 and the best part is anyone can attend. But it is a black tie event, that means you better dust off your Sunday best and be looking sharp. To find out more about attending the awards through general admission or about getting a table for your crew go to the 4 & Rotary website.
There are plenty of V8 categories to vote for including NZV8 Car Club of the Year, Drag Car of the Year, NZV8 Race Team of the Year even Shop of the Year. The public vote counts for 50% of the total nominees score and the other 50% is decided by the panel of industry experts. So it’s vital that you vote and make sure those who deserve it most, get some recognition.
To check out the categories and get some voting done, click here to check out our Industry Awards voting page.
Finalists for the MotorSport New Zealand premier awards have been announced by president, Steven Kennedy.
“The sport has three supreme awards covering the different disciplines of racing, rallying and classic competition and a fourth that recognises the outstanding under 21 driver,” he said.
“These awards, which are open to any New Zealand driver, whether competing in New Zealand or overseas, are not based just on competition results, but also on driver’s attitude of sportsmanship toward their fellow competitors and officials.
The quality of the finalists shows the current very high standard of motorsport in New Zealand. We are seeing the benefits of the New Zealand MotorSport Academy and other initiatives to help young drivers achieve at the top levels of the sport nationally and internationally,” he said.
“The quality of the nominees for the Steel Trophy for the outstanding under 21 racing driver of the year is an indication of the challenge the judges have in sorting a winner.”
The finalists from a nomination list of 12 drivers are:
Earl Bamber, (Wanganui) second in this year’s Toyota Racing Series and last year was first rookie to win the Formula BMW Asia championships.
Brendon Hartley, (formerly Palmerston North) winner of this trophy in 2004, currently competing with distinction in the British Formula 3 championship, winner of last year’s European Formula Renault championship and the first winner of the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand.
Shane Van Gisbergen, (formerly Auckland) trophy winner in 2005 and 06 , who swapped from Toyota Racing Series to V8 Supercars earlier this year and immediately stamped his mark on the class.
John Whelan, (Dunedin), winner of the 07-08 Formula Ford championship in his first year in the class.
From eight nominees for the Rally Founders Trophy the finalists are:
- Haydon Paddon (Geraldine), winner of the NZ Junior Rally Championship in 2006 and 2007 and an outstanding and talented young driver.
- Dave Strong (Auckland), a champion exponent in the Kiwi 2WD class rally who has won his class title twice already, campaigning a Honda Civic.
- Mark Tapper (Auckland) Group N 2WD champion and a tireless competitor with 2WD or 4WD.
Finalists for the Lupp Trophy for classic competition and contribution to the sport are:
- David Abbott (Christchurch), a tireless organiser and competitor in helping lead the resurgence of the F5000 class as an historic class over the past five years and in promoting classic racing.
- Dennis and Debbie Chapman (Christchurch), for their work in organising and competing in classic events in the North and South Islands including the Skope Classic and Southern Festival of Speed.
- Alan Woolf (Auckland), a long time competitor and organiser in the classic scene, always willing to share advice and ideas.
There were 11 nominations for the Jim Clark Trophy for the outstanding racing driver for 2007/08. Finalists are:
- Craig Baird (Brisbane), champion Porsche GT3 driver on both sides of the Tasman, former winner of almost every racing title in New Zealand, international competitor for Porsche teams and who won a recent Bahrain meeting against Porsche GT3 factory drivers.
- Jonny Reid (Auckland), number one driver for the NZ A1GP team, competing very successfully on circuits around the world and who finished second in this year’s competition.
- John McIntyre (Nelson), V8s champion in 07/08 for the second year and winner of the Hamilton 400 NZ V8s trophy. He won the trophy in 2007.
Winners will be announced at the annual MotorSport Awards Dinner in Wellington on May 24.