February 22, 2014toFebruary 23, 2014

AERA will be exhibiting at the 7th Annual Race & Performance Expo, February 22-23, 2014 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. This expo will feature racing retailers, race engine builders, race car builders, race tracks, race sanctioning bodies, race car fabricators, race car trailer sales and performance parts manufacturers. For more information, go to: http://www.raceperformanceexpo.com



March 15, 2014

AERA Tech & Skills Regional Conference
Hosted by Liberty Engine Parts
March 15, 2014 • Louisville, KY

Download 2014 LIBERTY Brochure and Registration Form


WHEN: March 15, 2014

WHERE: Liberty Engine Parts
3865 Produce Road, Suite 213A, Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 653-4165


7:00 – 7:30 am Exhibitor set-up

8:00 – 9:00 am Coffee and rolls, visit exhibitors

9:00 – 9:15 am Host and exhibitor introduction

9:15 – 10:30 am Technical Session #1
Duane Boes, Callies Performance Products
“Minimizing failures in crankshafts, connecting rods and engine bearings”
As director of sales, marketing and product development at Callies Performance Products, Duane brings a broad scope of the performance market into view. His experience spans a wide variety of manufacturing processes, having over 15 years of manufacturing experience with Cummins Engine Co. prior to joining Callies in 1990.  While being well known for crankshafts, Callies is also a manufacturer of premium connecting rods. With years of metallurgical evaluation and fatigue testing experience Callies has the means to examine component failures at a scientific level.  We will discuss where to look for problems, their causes and ways to avoid them.

10:30 – 10:45 am Morning Break

10:45 – 12:00 pm Technical Session #2
Richard Maskin, Dart Machinery
“Engine 101: Blocks and Heads are the Heart of Your Engine”
Richard Maskin founded Dart in 1981 in a two-car garage in Oak Park, Mich. In the years since Maskin started his business, Dart has become the leader in aftermarket cylinder heads, intake manifolds and engine blocks. Maskin is well known to drag racing fans as a mechanical mastermind whose engines have won NHRA Pro Stock championships and dozens of national events. He developed raised intake runners, offset pushrods, and sheetmetal intake manifolds for his innovative Pro Stock engines in the mid-’70s – breakthroughs that were quickly imitated by rival racers. Eventually Maskin learned how to produce complete cylinder heads from scratch. This hands-on experience laid the foundation for Dart Machinery.

12:00 – 1:15 pm LUNCH (meal provided on-site by the host), tech topics at tables, visit exhibitors

1:15 – 2:30 pm Technical Session #3
David Clinton, Darton Sleeves
“Modern Day Sleeves and the Technology Behind Them”
Darton is the primary sleeve supplier of choice for small engine shops and OEM’s alike, including the Ford SVO aluminum engine program. To accomplish this task, Darton continues its research and development and utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to continually market new products such as their latest invention, “Modular Integrated Deck (MID)” sleeve kits. Darton is world renowned and a major supplier to the automotive industry in Europe. Darton’s cylinder sleeve material is from their Portugal foundry or an ISO 9000 firm in India, a leading supplier to the Indian OEM market. All of Darton’s iron is to their chemical specifications and not “off the shelf” ductile iron. Darton is the primary supplier to most NHRA Top Fuel and Funny car teams and continues to advance in the performance racing industry market.

2:30 – 2:45 pm Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm Technical Session #4
Steve Fox, AERA
“PRO-SIS SA Engine Specification Software”
Steve Fox will introduce you to PRO-SIS SA engine specification software. This new and improved version of PRO-SIS will now allow you to search for engines, specs and bulletins more effectively and efficiently. A new “special search” section (bulletins, rods, blocks and casting number) is just one of many new features which will be demonstrated in this session.

4:00 – 4:15 pm Acknowledgements and door prizes


    2850 Crittenden Dr, Louisville, KY 40209 • (502) 753-5555
    800 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 • (502) 366-8100
    700 W Riverside Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 • (812) 284-6711



June 20, 2014

AERA Tech & Skills Regional Conference
Hosted by EPWI
June 20, 2014 • Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele (Salt Lake City), UT

Download the EPWI Conference Brochure and Registration Form


Conference and Exhibits will be held at the Club House – Legends Hall, Miller Motorsports Park

Miller Motorsports Park– 2901 Sheep Ln, Tooele, UT 84074
Miller Motorsports Park is located approximately 25 minutes west of the Salt Lake City airport off I-80. Directions from Salt Lake City airport using I-215 or from Salt Lake City using I-15: Drive west on Interstate 80 for 26.5 miles, take exit 99 (Hwy 36) and drive for 3.2 miles and turn right on Hwy 138 and drive for 4.8 miles. Turn left on Sheep Lane and drive for approximately 2 miles to Miller Motorsports Park facility. www.millermotorsportspark.com


7:00 – 7:30 am Exhibitor Set-Up

7:30 – 8:20 am Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibitors

8:20 – 8:30 am Host and Exhibitor Introduction

8:30 – 9:30 am Technical Session #1
Bill McKnight, Mahle – “Understanding Piston Rings”
This seminar will cover different ring designs including radial faced and taper faced rings, torsional twist, non-twisted and Napier style rings. Other topics that will be discussed include ring dimensions and how they’ve changed, materials (carbon, steel and stainless steel rings), ring coatings – not all Moly is the same, gas nitriding and uncoated steel rings. Bill will conclude the seminar with understanding ring end gap and dispelling common myths.

9:30 – 9:45 am Morning Break

9:45 – 10:45 am Technical Session #2
Ron Rotunno, FEL-PRO – “How and Why Things Aren’t What They Used to Be… and Why That’s Good”
This seminar will cover materials used to seal today’s engines. Ron Rotunno, FEL-PRO Product Manager for Performance and Specialty Products, will discuss a material development timeline, design for aftermarket vs. OE criteria, cost vs. benefits and installation practices. How materials and design criteria differ based on engine application/vehicle usage in stock replacement, high performance, marine and commercial applications. Ron will conclude the seminar with an overview of product testing and validation and discuss the different types of testing that are in use today.

10:45 – 11:45 am Technical Session #3
David Page, FAST – “Today’s Camshafts and Fuel Injection: How They Work Together”
This seminar will cover understanding what the camshaft in an engine has to do with fuel delivery and the explanation of why manifold vacuum is important and selecting the best camshaft for an EFI application. Dave will conclude the seminar explaining how to deal with a marginal to aggressive camshaft in an EFI engine.

11:45 am – 1:45 pm LUNCH and Visit Exhibitors (meal on-site presented by host)

1:45 – 2:45 pm Technical Session #4
Dave Hagen, AERA – “PRO-SIS SA Engine Specification Software”
Dave Hagen will introduce you to PRO-SIS SA engine specification software. This new and improved version of PRO-SIS will now allow you to search for engines, specs and bulletins more effectively and efficiently. A new “special search” section (bulletins, rods, blocks and casting number) is just one of many new features which will be demonstrated in this session.

2:45 – 3:45 pm Technical Session #5
Ron Sledge, King Engine Bearings – “Racing High Performance Bearings”
Performance and Technical Manager Ron Sledge will cover the ins and outs of technology in the design and development process of racing bearings. Improved materials and geometric features that are required to meet the ongoing demand for higher bearing load capacity will also be addressed.

3:45 – 4:00 pm Afternoon Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm Technical Session #5
Lake Speed Jr., Driven Racing Oil – “Ethanol and Oxygenated fuels and the effects on carburetors”
This seminar will cover the explanation of what is referred to as “white death” found in carburetors using these fuels. You will learn about what effect these fuels have on fuel pumps and fuel cells. Lake will cover what can be done to prevent “phase separation”. He will conclude the seminar with a discussion about fuel additives.

5:00 – 5:45 pm Exhibitor Move Out


  • Free tour of Larry Miller’s car collection
  • Group Go Kart racing after Friday show ends (fee and sign-up required)
  • Lucas off road truck series Saturday and Sunday (25% discount for show attendees)
  • For Lucas tickets or information on Miller Motorsports Park, visit their website:


Hotels in Tooele

  • American Inn and Suites 491 S Main St Tooele, Utah 84074 (435) 882-6100
  • Best Western Inn 365 N Main St Tooele, Utah 84074 (435) 882-5010
  • Hampton Inn 461 S Main St Tooele, Utah 84074 (435) 843-7700
  • Oquirr Motor Inn 8740 Utah 36 Lake Point, Utah 84074 (801) 250-0118
  • Holiday Inn Express 1531 N Main St Tooele, Utah 87074 (435) 833-0500
  • Comfort Inn** 8580 N Hwy 36 Tooele, Utah 87074 (801) 250-3600

Hotels in Salt Lake City

  • Radisson** 2177 W North Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 (801) 364-5800
  • Hyatt Place** 52 Tommy Thompson Rd Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 (801) 363-1400

** Hotel partner of Miller Motorsports Park, ask for their special rate.