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AFTERMARKET FAREWELLS TWO LONG-TERM INDUSTRY MEMBERS
AAAA was saddened to farewell two
lifelong members of the aftermarket industry
whom have died in recent months, including
one who helped form the Association.
Bruce Peters, who was dubbed an industry
pioneer by his peers, died aged 61 in
Queensland in July.
He joined Repco aged 17 and quickly
became a branch manager for the company
and by the age of 26 he owned his own
In the late 1970s Mr Peters headed up a
group of retailers in Queensland under the
Automart group banner.
When 14 stores had joined the group, Mr
Peters thought the time was right to change
the structure to franchises rather than
running as a co-op and the stores became
known as Bumpa T Bumpa Automart.
This operation was later taken over by
Autobarn which at the time was looking to
branch out from Victoria into Queensland.
Mr Peters was an early and very active
member of the AAAA National Council and
served on a number of committees over the
He later started a wholesale business and
also authored the book Between the Bumpas:
The aftermarket industry also farewells
Keith Russell, who worked in the industry for
more than 40 years and died on December 29
Mr Russell, who started his automotive
career with drag racer Eddie Thomas' Eddie
Thomas Speed Shop, stayed with the
company when Brian Sampson bought it in
The company became known as Speco
Thomas in 1969 and Mr Russell was the
general manager for many years.
AAAA AT PRI 2012
The PRI Trade Show, held from November 29 to December 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida, featured the latest product lines of
more than 1000 manufacturers of racing and high performance automotive components.
More than 38,000 racing business people
from across the United States and
stakeholders from more than 72 countries
The 25th annual Performance Racing
Industry (PRI) Trade Show attracted more
than 20 Australian businesses seeking export
opportunities within the North American
The National Australian Pavilion was the
largest international pavilion at the show for
the second year in a row, spanning over 360
"This was our fourth mission to the PRI
Show and was one of the largest and most
successful trade missions ever run by AAAA,"
AAAA Government Relations and International
Senior Manager, Ben Bartlett, said.
"The success of this mission shows the
strength of the industry on a global scale.
"The feedback I have been getting from
both exhibitors and visitors to the National
Pavilion has been outstanding.
"The products on display at PRI are world
class and buyers seek out the 'Australian
made' label specifically, proving Australian
manufactured products are among the top in
PRI Trade Show producer, John Kilroy,
said exhibit aisles were jammed at the 2012
"But most important was that throughout
the hall there were all manners of business
being conducted. The serious buyers were
here," he said.
Both the Victorian Government and
Business SA recognises the importance of
these types of missions, and their assistance
allows small and medium sized businesses
the opportunity to enter into and compete in
the US market.
Davies, Craig Sales and Marketing
Manager, John Benson, said the PRI Show was
a must for any Australian automotive
aftermarket manufacturer wishing to showcase
its products in the North American region.
"We are indebted to the Baillieu
Government for their continued support of the
(Victorian) manufacturing sector which
enabled companies like Davies, Craig to make
the trip and be involved with showcasing
innovative Australian products to the huge US
automotive aftermarket," he said.
King Springworks Managing Director, Mark
King, said King Springs enjoyed returning to
the PRI show again after a five-year break but
this time the company was part of the team
AAAA trade mission.
"Taking the time out to catch up with many
of our existing customers and mixing and
meeting with new buyers to discuss the
development of new product presents a
fantastic opportunity that is only ever
achievable being present in person."
The Victorian Government offered a
comprehensive support package to local
companies through business matching,
financial rebates and promotional videos,
while Business SA offered local companies
financial assistance, on the ground support
and market information.
Harrop Engineering General Manager,
Heath Moore, said Harrop was proud to exhibit
its world class performance products at the
Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.
"Harrop has been engineering performance
since 1955 for the aftermarket and a
multitude of motorsport categories; the
opportunity to exhibit facilitated by AAAA is a
perfect fit for our market segment," Mr Moore
Preparation is already underway for the
2013 PRI Trade Show, which will see the
event return to the Indiana Convention Centre
from December 12-14, 2013.
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