We had a great time in Colorado with Stiles Distribution at the KBPI Rock and Roll Car Show. Made a few videos while we were there. There were a ton of cool cars in every style imaginable. We also got in on the KBPI Engine Blow. We took two brand new Predator motors and treated one with MC². At the show we drained the oil from both motors and ran them at full throttle until they popped. The motor treated with MC² lasted 46% longer than the motor without.
Great article by Amanda Gubbins about the fourth annual Launch Pad Competition.
I have to say, I am in no way tired of seeing my face and name in SEMA News. Every time it happens it stokes the flames of my passion for this crazy culture of horsepower. If I were a betting man, I'd say the odds are pretty good my fellow competitors all feel the same way.
I'm sure I can speak for all of the competitors in saying we are deeply thankful for the opportunity given to us by SEMA, and the SEMA Young Executives Network. I am also grateful for the love and support I received from all of you reading this blog that helped me make it to the finals in Las Vegas.
2017 is upon us. 2016 is in the history books. Looking back on the last 12 months I can see some of the highest highs and lowest lows in my life. It's been a bit of a roller coaster in both my professional and personal lives. I won't bore you with the details, but I will say that I am grateful for every opportunity that I have been given. Know that I am blessed, and that if I get knocked down seven times I will stand up eight.
Going to SEMA to compete in the Launch Pad Competition was certianly one of the highs. So was our trip to Indianapolis for the PRI Show. We met so many people that were intersted in what MC² has to offer that we ran out of samples. Good problem to have.
MC² is really starting to get rolling. Momentum keeps building as customers make repeat orders and telling their friends and colleagues about their experience with MC². We have some big fish that nibbled on our line in 2016. Now we just need to get them reeled in with some testing so they can become part of the MC² family in 2017.
I'm praying that 2017 will bring peace, joy, and increase to everyone I know, including you.
Happy New Year everybody!
John Paul Gusewelle
Holy cow! It is already December 20th!?! Christmas is only days away, and it seems like PRI was just yesterday.
We certianly had a great time. Got a private course in quick change gears from PEM Racing during one of the set up days. Met a ton of great people who stopped by the booth. Since we are from the Show Me State, that's exactly what we did at PRI. We gave out a ton (actually it was only a few hundred pounds) of samples to custom engine builders and race teams. Everybody seemed to have their own dyno, or an engine going to a dyno ready to put MC² to the test. Can't wait to start getting these results to share with you. Meanwhile, let me share some photos from the fastest tradeshow ever!
If you have $69,995 dollars burning a whole in your pocket, this looks like a fun way to spend it. Superlite Cars Aero turn-key ready-to-race with a nice LS3 from Katech.
Got to see a fellow SEMA Launch Pad finalist, or at least his sweet V12LS.COM engine, at the Haltech booth. But this wasn't the only behemoth in a booth.
The V1200. This thing is CRAZY! It was designed around the Allison-Merlin engine of the 1940's and boasts 1,200 cubic inches and 2,800 horsepower on 15lbs of boost.
Didn't get to see this Devel Sixteen in a booth, but I'm glad I caught a glimpse of it rolling by as everyone was tearing down after the show. Not pictured are the four turbos that boost this thing to over 5,000 horsepower according to the website.
Borla had some cool stuff, including this gorgeous induction kit for the LS3 on display.
These brakes were bigger than the pizza we ate later that night.
Merry Christmas everybody!
We had a great time at SEMA and met more than a few heavyweights in the networking session after the Launch Pad competition. One piece of advice quickly became a reoccurring theme, "You guys need a booth at Performance Racing Industry show in Indy."
Only one problem, the show was only a month away and PRI is the biggest racing industry trade show in the world. Chances of getting a booth - slim to none, they were sold out. This would normally be terrible news except for the fact that I am pretty much the luckiest guy I know. Last week we were informed they found us a spot and got a booth in the front hallway. We're going to be right across from the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow national championships! What a awesome event for these high schoolers.
We are looking forward to a show that is no show, all go! We love horsepower in any and all forms and that's what PRI is all about. Going faster with the latest technologies. MC² can help these teams accomplish their goals for the upcoming season, and we will be there spreading the gospel of more power by way of less friction. Any race teams stopping by the booth will have a leg up on the competitors that don't.
See you further down the road,
John Paul Gusewelle
Wow! What a whirlwind. SEMA 2016 is in the books, and it was amazing! There is no way to properly describe this show with words. The amount of care and attention to detail poured into every single vehicle is stupefying. It doesn't matter what you are into, it was at SEMA. If you like old cars, they had them.
If you like new cars, they had them.
If you like trucks, they had them.
They even had a Tractor for all our trucking friends to enjoy.
But the real reason we were there, the SEMA Launch Pad competition.
We didn't' win, but we gave it our best. And we have to give a hand to all the competitors. The winner, Aaron Aldridge with Any Level Lift, had an awesome product. I want one, and a F-350 to go along with it.
As long as I'm filling out my Christmas wish list for Santa with Launch Pad competitors, let's add a V12LS.com to the mix. Our good friend Matt Cornish and his brother Shane did some serious work to take the world of elite builds to the next level. It's awesome!
I've also wanted to build an Exocet since forever, or at least since the first time I heard of them. So needless to say I had a lot of fun sitting next to Kevin Patrick of Exomotive, at the SEMA Banquet. Wonder if there is a way to squeeze a V12LS in there? Not that you would need to, this thing is a rocket ship with 100 hp let alone 700. And there are already easy answers to stuffing a regular ol' V8 LS in it.
Congratulations to all the competitors, Amanda Holbert of PlasmaGlide, Wes Jurica of Gigabit Games, Bryce Hudson owner of Grip Clean, Sarah Powell with Turnberry Innovations, and Richard Baverstock of Mogol, Inc. I literally want one of everything.
Thank you SEMA for this awesome opportunity, for all the great friendships made, for the networking that was done, and the advice we received. We are a stronger company because of the Launch Pad, and we can't thank you enough.
Nothing but love,
John Paul Gusewelle
Countdown to the SEMA Show is in full effect. We have just about everything wrapped up and ready to go. All that is left is to pack everything into the car and make the 1578 mile trip to the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.
To say I'm excited would be an understatement. I normally fall asleep 13.7 seconds after I close my eyes. Every night for the past week it has been harder and harder to go to sleep. Last night I was in bed by 10:15 and the last time I looked at the clock it was 11:53.
SEMA Launch Pad has given us wonderful opportunities, like the an email I just received inviting me to a fireside chat with Chip Foose. Did you hear me...Chip Freakin' Foose! This is seriously a dream coming true. I hope I don't wake up and find out it is just some random Tuesday and I had an elaborate dream sequence that seemed to last six months.
If I can pull off the win, then the opportunities go from wonderful to amazing. Please wish us luck, send your prayers, love, and good vibes to us on the journey and in the competition.
I want to again thank everyone that helped us get to where we are. We couldn't have done this with out you. God bless you all.
John Paul Gusewelle
We made it, and we couldn't have done it without all your help, love, and support! I want to give a sincere and heartfelt thank you to every single person that voted for us, liked a post, shared a post, or left an encouraging comment. Your simple act has helped us more than you can imagine.
Now that we are in the finals, MC² will receive a kiosk booth in the new products showcase at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November. This will be a huge opportunity to get our name out to everyone attending the show. We will also be competing in a live presentation to a panel of five judges. If we can win, the prizes will be life changing:
We will keep everyone up to date with developments in the contest. Stay tuned.