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At the same time, Pirelli has also extended its agreement with SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) for the same period as the ‘Official Street Tire of SVRA’. SVRA, the largest vintage racing organization in the United States open to virtually any vintage or historic race car, will share a number of key dates with the Trans Am Series as part of the ‘Speed Tour’.
The recent five-year extension between Pirelli and the Trans Am Series comes off the back of the current three-year agreement that lasts until the end of this year. As a result, Pirelli will continue to be the presenting sponsor as well as official tire supplier to one of the best-known road racing championships in the United States, which is rooted in popular culture as well as motorsport.
The Trans Am Series has been thrilling fans and drivers alike since 1966, with a range of classes that include production-based entries up all the way up to the iconic 850 plus horsepower TA Class. This complements Pirelli’s road to track philosophy perfectly, in which the lessons learned on circuits are put into practice on road car tires. Pirelli will continue to supply the entire Trans Am field, including a purpose-built competition tire for the TA and TA2 classes, enabling the drivers to get the very most out of their cars while spectators enjoy a magnificent show that highlights the very best of American racing.
Ultra-high performance and competition is at the very heart of Pirelli, which celebrates more than 110 years of motorsport and recently renewed its exclusive partnership with Formula 1. In addition to supplying more than 220 car racing championships worldwide, Pirelli is one of the companies that invests most into research and development through motorsport in order for the competition product to be as closely aligned to road car tires as possible.
Consequently, Pirelli and Trans Am are currently testing 18-inch tires for the headlining TA class, which may be adopted from next season, bringing the tires used on the track even closer to those on the road. In a similar move, Pirelli is introducing 18-inch tires to F1 in 2021.
Pirelli North America Chief Executive Officer, Marco Crola, said: “We’re delighted to renew this relationship for a championship that’s at the heart of American automotive culture, with extremely close racing and very high standards of driving. As well as providing great entertainment, this agreement enables us to reinforce our links with iconic American car manufacturers, and further enhance the connection between road and track with our high-technology P Zero products. This same technology is also seen in our Pirelli Collezione tires for classic cars, which combine classic looks with modern know-how, underlining the importance of the SVRA series to our portfolio as well.”
Trans Am Series President John Clagett added: “It’s a pleasure for us to extend the partnership with Pirelli, which is an extremely popular move among drivers and teams as well. Pirelli is an iconic brand that stands for performance and style, with a commitment to competition and technical excellence that fits in perfectly with our own.”
Tony Parella, SVRA President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The renewal of the partnership with Pirelli is an ideal match for SVRA, given our mutual commitment to support and promote vintage racing by providing our drivers with tires that are perfectly suited to the needs of their classic cars that are still driven flat-out in close competition.”
On the road, the Pirelli Collezione range features high-technology tires for classic cars, which are specifically designed to enhance the original driving dynamics of these cars.
This week, Marvel rolled out the next monumental chapter for the X-Men with HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X – the upcoming series penned by critically acclaimed creator Jonathan Hickman!
To celebrate the X-Men’s all-new phase, Marvel is proud to unveil variant covers for HOUSE OF X #1 and POWERS OF X #1, coming to comic shops this July. Check out these snapshot moments covering 50+ years of X-Men history, all captured by a lineup of premiere talent!
For more information on HOUSE OF X, visit Marvel.com.
HOUSE OF X #1 (of 6)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ
Cover Art by PEPE LARRAZ
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Former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi and physical medium Amy Allan are back on the case with a brand-new season of Travel Channel’s hit series, “The Dead Files,” premiering on Thursday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In each of the 10 one-hour episodes, the duo joins forces to help frightened property owners suffering from unexplained and dangerous paranormal activity. From their unique viewpoints, DiSchiavi and Allan work to uncover the truth behind their clients’ startling claims – and ultimately decide if it’s safe for them to stay.
In every hair-raising episode, DiSchiavi and Allan first investigate each case separately. Utilizing his detective skills, DiSchiavi interviews witnesses and experts, and researches the history and facts behind each location. Allan, a physical medium who sees and communicates with the dead, assesses the property to identify what underlying entities reside there. Keeping their findings hidden from each other, the team avoids all contact with one another – coming together only at the very end to reveal their shocking discoveries to the property owners, and each other. In each episode’s intense conclusion, the team will determine if there’s a way for the clients to stay and fight, or if it’s best for them to leave.
“I’ve seen a lot of things throughout my career, but the cases this season shock even me,” said DiSchiavi. “These families need our help, and for many, we’re their last hope. Amy and I are determined to bring them the answers they need to move forward.”
“I never know what I’m going to encounter when I go into these places, and it can be terrifying,” added Allan. “But providing much-needed information for these homeowners, and giving them the tools to overcome these hauntings once and for all, is the ultimate payoff.”
In the season opener, DiSchiavi and Allan investigate a frightened woman’s claims that decades of paranormal activity in her Tonawanda, New York, the home has now become dangerously violent. During their separate investigations, DiSchiavi uncovers the story of a twisted teenager who poisoned several children, while Allan’s walk reveals a dark entity focused on tormenting the living.
“Demon Seed” – Premieres Thursday, July 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Gatesville, Texas, where a couple is being tormented by demonic entities hellbent on destroying their home and their grandchildren. During their separate investigations, DiSchiavi uncovers the dark and sordid history of a boys’ reformatory turned female prison, while Allan encounters a vicious serpent-like entity that is set on contaminating the souls of all who inhabit the property.
“The Watchers” – Premieres Thursday, July 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Blue Springs, Missouri, where a mother fears for the safety of her children as unseen forces torment them on a daily basis. During their separate investigations, DiSchiavi discovers the property was the scene of a gruesome murder-suicide in the 1960s, while Allan encounters the spirit of a dead man who has a deep resentment towards women and children.
“Not My Child” – Premieres Thursday, August 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan travel to Jefferson City, Missouri, where a family has had to abandon their new home in order to escape the intense paranormal activity inside of it. Even worse, they’re worried their young daughter has been possessed by one of the dark entities tormenting them.
Check out “The Dead Files” on TravelChannel.com for more, including special show extras, behind-the-scenes photos, and exclusive videos. Follow @TravelChannel and #DeadFiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for additional content and updates. Follow the team on Twitter: @stevedischiavi and @amyallantdf and on Instagram: @stevedischiavi and@amyallantdf.
“The Dead Files” is produced by Painless Entertainment for Travel Channel. For Painless Entertainment, the executive producer is Rob Rosen. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Victoria Chiaro Snyder, Matthew Butler is the general manager and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America.
Season finale of “ToyMakerz,” Dean Cain (Dave’s friend) stopped by the ToyMakerz shop in North Carolina to get David Ankin’s advice on a new Camaro build that he’s contemplating and they get into a bit of fun/ trouble out on the open road in this episode. David Ankin stars on A&E’s show ToyMakerz in it’s third season. Batman and Superman unite! True fact, David Ankin started off as a stunt man as Batman at Universal.
There was a cop that pulled them over for pushing the speed limit and wound up getting star struck. The cop asked for a photo also.
David also reveals in this episode his most fierce car build yet.
Here are David’s ideas on the finale car that airs on the final episode as well:
Description- ’41 Willys Coupe Exhibition Car
-Pro-Charged, Nitrous-fed LS with 1300 HP; It’s an assault on your senses.
-44 inches of rear tire, 3 brake systems; She’s one angry, fire-breathing monster right on the edge of out of control.
-It was designed to give fans the experience that I live every day.
As you know, the season finale of ToyMakerz was this last Sunday morning on History! This is the episode-specific teaser.
I first felt “the itch” when I was a kid, growing up in the heart of motor country in Indiana and Michigan. Watching my dad, a skilled car fabricator nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his impressive metalworking skills, I yearned to build my very own custom rides. And so I learned to tinker and create my very first custom Toyz!
I’d modify my bike – once I extended the front fork by hammering together two regular bike forks – my very first Chopper! The funny thing is, even though my father is a welder, it didn’t occur to me to ask him to weld the forks together! Trust me, that did not end well… Next up was a motorized dirt bike that I’d tune and modify with any spare dollars I could earn mowing lawns or helping in the garage. Naturally, this road led to fast cars, motorcycles and a passion for driving – aka, playing with (and breaking) my Toyz.
Straight out of high school I scored what I considered my dream job at the time – doing live stunts as Batman for Six Flags in Texas! For 3 years, I performed trick shows 6-days-a-week. It was a blast. But eventually I had to grow up…. just a little!
So I moved to Myrtle Beach , where I discovered a knack for live venues and built up several bars. This career introduced me to a wide array of seriously impressive vehicle builders and designers, further fueling “the itch”, and it allowed me to put away some money for my true passion.
In 2014 I finally made the leap into full-time toy-making. Partnering up with David Young, a sharp businessman who shared my love for motorsports and the manufacturing process, we launched ToyMakerz LLC in Reidsville, NC. After a few years of research and design, we decided to share our rides with the world and launched ToyMakerz the TV show on Velocity. What followed has been a wild, non-stop ride atop a cannonball.
Seasons 1 and 2 were highly acclaimed and featured custom ToyMakerz creations like the GPS (a 3/4 scale chain-driven personal supercar), the SB (a mean, mashed up truck with a NASCAR-level engine) and the Beast (a fully custom, mid-engine formula car, winner of the Magnaflow People’s Choice Award at SEMA). Along the way, we met more and more incredible toymakers, of all types, and continued to grow our skillset .
Now airing on HISTORY Channel and FYI, in partnership with A+E Networks, ToyMakerz Season 3 has allowed us to take our toymaking to another level. Here’s an overview of what we’ve built:
ToyMakerz S3 Episode 1 – ’71 Charger – A Richard Petty Tribute
We take on a project for a Richard Petty mega-fan to overhaul a signature 70’s Charger “Petty Style” and setup the surprise of a lifetime – an appearance The King himself.
ToyMakerz S3 Episode 2 – Capital City Bike Fest and Car Show
Teaming up with Epic Moto Co, We’ll strip weight, and increase horsepower, while converting an American V-Twin bagger into a street fighter to be revealed at the Capital City Bike Fest and Car Show in Raleigh, NC, one of our favorite annual events.
ToyMakerz S3 Episode 3 – ’56 International Shop Truck and GoPro Race Day
Every shop needs a great shop truck. We were stunned to find a perfect ’56 International flatbed truck that somehow still runs.
ToyMakerz S3 Episode 4 – Misfit Toyz Invitational
We invited some of our top fabricator friends and ToyMakerz Nation standouts to create and race their own one-of-a-kind Misfit Toyz. It rained cats & dogs, making for one of the funniest events I’ve ever seen.
ToyMakerz S3 Episode 5 – ToyMakerz Drag Races – VW Style
When my buddy Scott Sain challenged me to a VW Drag Race, at the 2018 VW Germanaire drag race at the South Carolina Motorplex, how could I possibly say no?
ToyMakerz S3 Episode 6 – Challenger Mods for Sarah Edwards
Jet car pilot Sarah Edwards needed a daily driver. A perfect project for ToyMakerz! We’re thinking American muscle…
ToyMakerz S3 Episode 7 – Kraken Monster Truck Debut and Thunder Roadster Road Race
We put the finishing touches on a remarkable new monster truck, The Kraken, and help our good buddy, land-speed record holder Lee Shirts, tune his Thunder Roadster for a race at gorgeous Virginia International
ToyMakerz S3 Episode 8 ’41 Willys Coupe – David’s New Exhibition Car
Now this Toy is truly ridiculous. We envisioned and built a completely out-of-the box , over-the-top, exhibition car based on a ’41 Willys Coupe that can make tracks like no other car out there. To top things off, Dean Cain stops by for a visit, as do our top 3 Show Us Your Rides finalists.
It was truly an awesome season. But, now that all is said and done and we’ve had a few months to soak things in, I’m starting to feel that itch again.
Veteran actor and legendary horror movie icon Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger of the “A Nightmare On Elm Street” franchise) resurrects the frightening, odd and creepiest stories ripped straight from the headlines of yesteryear in Travel Channel’s new series “Shadows of History” (wt). Newspapers from America’s past document bizarre, mysterious accounts that seem too incredible to be true. With the help of historians and scholars, Englund makes every one-hour episode an immersive experience designed to raise goose bumps and quicken pulses. And every thrill ride is all the more terrifying because it isn’t the work of a science fiction writer, but originally a news article reported in the American press. The six-episode series will air later this year.
“How can you make fascinating and petrifying stories even more scary? Add the genius of Robert Englund,” said Jane Latman, general manager, Travel Channel. “As if tales of flying monsters, zombie cannibals and ghost ships were not enough, we are cranking up the volume for maximum impact. And our fans are going to go nuts for this legendary actor.”
“Shadows of History” (wt) is produced by Workaholic Productions for Travel Channel. For Workaholic, Luke Ellis is the executive producer. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Daniel A. Schwartz, Jane Latman is general manager and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
Excerpt from The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook By Steve Simpson
“The first reason is I know that I could be better in school. I know I mess up at home. The clothes I wear. The way I have my hair. The attitude I have. The trouble that I get in. I bring it on myself. If I were a better person these things probably wouldn’t happen to me. Ever since I can remember, I have been told by my parents that all the problems at home are my fault. People have it worse than I do.” These are the thoughts of many who are being abused and the first reasons why they won’t report it.
What I discovered was that even children who do fantastic in school, never get in any trouble, and do everything “right” still get abused by their parents or abusive adults in their home. Their parents even called them the same names as me and they were model children. I’ve found it has nothing to do with the way I act at all. It has nothing to do with who I was. It has nothing to do with the children. It has to do with the adults. Child abuse and discipline have nothing to do with each other. People who abuse children do it because of their own sickness, be it alcoholism, drug abuse or other problems they have.
“I knew my father or my mother’s boyfriend had no right to abuse me but I always felt that my mother would get in trouble for it.” This is the thought of many abuse victims and the second reason why they don’t report it. Even though they are getting abused they still try to protect the non-abusing/co-dependent parent. What I offer to those children is you would not so much be getting your parent in trouble, but you would be getting them help. Most authorities get them to go to therapy, which would stop that parent from allowing abuse to themselves and others in the future, therefore making their life better. So by protecting yourself you’re actually not getting anyone in trouble but protecting them and getting them help as well. Even the abusive adult could end up getting help as a result of you reporting it. Nobody should abuse you, period!
If you are being abused in any way, sometimes the abuse looks like it’s becoming less frequent. Don’t be fooled by this. It could suddenly pick up again and get worse. It will not stop unless you do something to stop it. Speak to a teacher, guidance counselor, school social worker or psychologist. Counselors from community centers and sometimes even people from local churches will know what to do and how to get you help. You can call Child Protective Services for your local area. Nobody should be abused in any way. You are no exception. You are worth getting help.
Approximately 5 children die a day as a result of child abuse. For those who suspect child abuse whether it be a relative or neighbor, it always amazes me how people will call 911 simply because someone parked in the wrong spot or put the garbage out on the wrong night, yet they won’t get “involved” in possibly saving a child’s life or at a minimum their childhood (not to mention the problems they will have as an adult as a result of their abuse). As responsible people we are already “involved”.
If you suspect child abuse it probably does exist. Don’t make excuses or protect and enable the abuser. Protect who you are supposed to protect, the children.
About Steve Simpson
Steve Simpson is a child advocate, child abuse survivor and media commentator who just released The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook — a small guide that is modestly tucked inside in all four of his YA adventure novels which covers most of the topics plaguing young people today—suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. Simpson was even recognized by President Barack Obama, former New York governor David Paterson and the County Executive of Nassau County for his efforts on behalf of abused children.
Part documentary, part musical performance, all heart. This new style of film delivers powerful, shocking and uplifting stories, told through the lens of music culture. Featuring genre spanning songs from hip-hop to blues, FATHERHOOD follows young people in Memphis, Los Angeles, New York and London as they write and perform songs that address healing, with the goal of closing the gap between children and their fathers.
Directed by Ben Gregor – who worked with APCH in South Central LA, The Door in NYC, STAX Music Academy in Memphis and Homeboy Industries in LA, as well as young people formerly of Kids Company in London – FATHERHOOD explores the reasons why some fathers choose to remain absent, the impact on their kids and families and the discovery of new and innovative ways forward.
BET Networks announces premiere of its original digital series “WIG OUT” starring celebrity hairstylist Cliff Vmir. The eight-episode series follows Cliff and his crew in Atlanta, the “Hair Capital,” as he’s hungrier than ever to continue to take his “Hair Empire” to the next level. From re-launching his famous “hair tours,” to opening a brick and mortar home base for Cliff in Atlanta to expanding his brand, Cliff has gained a new perspective and is feeling the pressure to make some needed changes in his life. All the while, Cliff is secretly planning his entrance into the rap game and all is at stake. As Cliff struggles with personal issues along the way, he also realizes he’s made some amazing connections that will help him rise to the top of hair and rap royalty, but how easy will it be for him to break in? Tune in to the premiere episode of “WIG OUT” Sunday, January 13 across all BET Digital platforms.
“WIG OUT” is Executive Produced by Kristin Shae Pisarcik for Minted Media, and Matthew C. Mills and Chris Vivion for Spacestation. Marni Rothman Ellis Directed, also for Spacestation. Producers include Cliff “Vmir” Watson, Eboyné Jackson, and Monique Jackson.
Autotalks, a world leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communications solutions, was selected by HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, to provide the V2X chipset for its Telematics platform which will be showcased at CES® 2019. Autotalks’ second generation chipsets, which were selected, are mass-market ready and support both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications (PC5 protocol).
HARMAN will showcase an impressive connectivity display of its Telematics platform with C-V2X capabilities. The live demonstration will show a vehicle communicating with a motorcycle using C-V2X direct communications, where the Autotalks chipset is used in both. Harman’s solution consists of a modular TCU (Telematics Control Unit) accommodating a cellular NAD (Network Access Device) side by side Autotalks’ second generation chipset providing C-V2X capabilities. Autotalks C-V2X capabilities consist of a 3GPP compliant PC5 modem, with dual antenna and diversity for both transmission and reception, as well as an optimized closed-loop remote antenna solution for the highest radio performance.
“Autotalks is proud to work with HARMAN on their TCU with our secure and deployment ready C-V2X solution,” said Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks. “We are excited to have our chipset inside HARMAN’s Telematics platform and to demonstrate the flexibility and maturity of our global V2X solution which has been chosen for series production by leading automakers.”
“Together with HARMAN, we will achieve deployment readiness before the mass-commercialization of C-V2X in China and elsewhere.” added Zyss.
“We are pleased to showcase Autotalks’ C-V2X capabilities in our Telematics platform at CES 2019,” said Mike Peters, President, Connected Car division at HARMAN. “The Autotalks chipset provides us with the flexibility, security and performance needed in today’s worldwide market for telematics and V2X.”
Autotalks’ V2X chipset is currently available for customer and partner demonstrations.
To watch Autotalks’ new video: https://youtu.be/_PJR0ZZjxGY