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  • 2/9/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • John Spaulding

Exeter, PA (February 2, 2018) The iconic 1968 Mustang fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt (1968) will be on display during the Keystone BIG Show February 23-24, 2018 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. The Bullitt Mustang came out of hiding after 40 years of being one of the best kept secrets in automotive folklore.  It’s unveiling occurred at the North American International Auto Show this January in the Ford booth during the company’s announcement of a special edition 2019 Bullitt Mustang celebrating the 50th anniversary of the movie.

Sean Kiernan, the car’s owner, had this to say, “I’m really looking forward to showing Bullitt at the BIG Show. Being a Keystone cousin – I’m an LKQ employee – it’s fantastic that the timing of the event and the attention the car is getting are so well aligned. I think it will be awesome for our customers while creating a real buzz in Holley’s booth.”

Sean has said that his family kept the car a secret over the years with plans to eventually restore it as a father-son project. It was used as a daily driver after the Bob Kiernan (Sean’s father) purchased it in 1974 from an ad that ran in Road & Track Magazine. Auction estimates place the value of the vehicle between $4-5 million – comparable to other iconic cars like the Batmobile and James Bond’s original Aston Martin.

Two 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the award-winning film. One was sold to a private buyer and the other one, due to its condition after being thrashed around the streets of San Francisco, was destined for the salvage yard. “This original Bullitt Mustang is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time,” said Mark Gessler, president of the Historic Vehicle Association. “It’s one of the most important artifacts of the 21st century in terms of automotive history. It is a national cultural treasure.” (as quoted in USA Today).Bullitt Mustang

 “We are really excited to be bringing Bullitt to the BIG Show and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of Holley. To give our customers the chance to see this very rare piece of American automobile heritage in person is thrilling,” said Bill Rogers, VP and General Manager for Keystone. “For most of our guests this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and definitely worth the trip to Texas to see.”

The work of the Historic Vehicle Association with support from partners such as Ford Motor Company, Hagerty, Shell, Pennzoil, LKQ Corporation, American Fuel and Petrochemical manufacturers, and The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage have resulted in Bullitt being the 21st vehicle listed on the National Historic Vehicle Register.

To learn more about the Mustang Bullitt visit Details about the BIG Show can be found at

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  • 2/5/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • John Spaulding

Gaylord Texan and Convention Center, Grapevine, TX

KEYSTONE AUTOMOTIVE OPERATIONS, Exeter, PA.  -  Keystone Automotive Operations is pleased to announce the addition of Erik Qualman as keynote speaker to the 2018 BIG Show lineup, Friday, February 23rd at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM prior to show opening at 6:00 PM. “Our BIG show is bigger than ever this year and we wanted to add a Keynote Address as a new component to our program,” commented Fred Petrivelli, VP Sales for Keystone Automotive Operation. “We are always looking for ways to help our customers and believe that delivering thought provoking content and solutions that can expand the way they think about their business is important.”   He adds, “We are very grateful of Warn’s sponsorship of Erik Qualman and helping us provide an educational and entertaining jumpstart to our event,”


#1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in 49 countries and reached 25 million people this decade. His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling.

What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube helped Qualman be listed by Forbes and Fortune as a Top 100 Digital Influencer. His business books are used in over 200 universities and he has received an honorary doctorate for his groundbreaking work.

His book How to Sell on LinkedIn is becoming mandatory reading for sales teams. Qualman was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs. “The digital age has brought an unprecedented focus on branding, especially social reputation. We feel Erik’s remarks will strike a chord with our customers as they look for new ways to connect with their consumers,” says Petrivelli.

For more information, attendees and suppliers should visit or contact their Keystone representative.

Keystone is the leading distributor and marketer of aftermarket automotive products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offering to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

  • 2/5/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • John Spaulding

Gaylord Texan and Convention Center, Grapevine, TX

Join us and WEATHER GUARD to welcome Tim Montana for a LIVE concert before the BIG Show in Dallas, Texas on February 23rd at 8:00 p.m.. Protected by WEATHER GUARD.

* You must show your convention badge for entry.
* Must be 21 to attend.



It’s easy to see why Montana’s music connects with so many people far and wide. Dubbed as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need to Know,” his musical influencers range from Merle Haggard to Guns N’ Roses. Montana’s passion for music has not gone unnoticed by his fellow musicians. “Tim is the real deal. He’s a little bit country with lots of hard rocks — or maybe he’s a rocker in touch with some serious country roots,” says ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. 

Tim grew up in Butte, MT in a household that did not support his musical career. He quickly learned if he wanted to make a reality of out his passion to sing and play guitar, he had to escape Big Sky Country. He packed his bags and made his way to the heart of country music, Nashville, TN. 

Soon after living in Nashville, a rodeo performance caught the attention of David Letterman. David was so impressed by Tim’s music, he personally invited Tim to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman. 

Montana continued to write and record which earned him a worldwide publishing deal with the Spirit Music Group. This led to an introduction with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. The two of them collaborated on multiple different tracks including, “This Beard Came Here to Party” which was the anthem for the Nashville Predator’s 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tim followed up with writing on Kid Rock’s current single, “Tennessee Mountain Top” and “Greatest Show On Earth” as well as Mac McAnally’s current hit, “Amarula Sun.” 

In September 2017, Tim released his single, “Hillbilly Rich.” Rolling Stone called the song an, “an ode to fantasies about telling off your boss, making it rain, and having everything all at once.” Shortly after the song was released, Tim performed the single live on Fox & Friends.

To learn more about Tim Montana you can click here to visit his website.

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Keystone ONLINE BIG Show June 1-5
BIG Show Online

EXETER, PA – The 2020 Keystone BIG Show is going online, Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 5. While The BIG Show in Grapevine, Texas had been canceled due to conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Keystone Automotive Operations is delivering The BIG Show to participating jobbers via the online transactional website. This virtual BIG Show will feature the same great deals, show-only specials, new products and product features from many of the automotive industry’s leading suppliers.

Registered participants will be welcomed to the Online BIG Show by Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers along with a special message from Chris Kersting, president and CEO of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

“These are interesting times and while we’re all facing challenges these days, Keystone is excited to present this event and help get things moving and back to a more normal state,” says Rogers. “While we’d prefer to be with our customers in person, we are proud to be presenting our first-ever Online BIG Show as a safe alternative to the in-person show. We are grateful for so many of our supplier partners who have come alongside us to present this event which is providing jobbers with once-a-year show deals while showcasing an extensive product offering to the audience that sells and installs them to consumers.”


Overlanding Bound

The Online Experience

Accessed through the, The Online BIG Show is a unique experience providing participating jobbers access to deals and discounts that can be added directly to their BIG Show carts along with real-time interaction with supplier representatives and product specialists. Participants will have access to the full event schedule, along with all BIG Show promotions at their fingertips with the dedicated Keystone BIG Show App. Keystone will also be providing notifications of promotions and Power Hours electronically. Easy-to-navigate landing pages from participating suppliers will showcase their brands with featured products, how-to’s and new products demonstrated through custom dedicated content.

While on the site, visitors will have the opportunity to review the “Overland Bound” overlanding experience, providing them exciting ideas to expand their business with this emerging market.

Training Sessions

In offering more than exclusive pricing and promotions, the 2020 Online BIG Show will feature Virtual Training Sessions from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers throughout the week. Each event day, a schedule of Virtual Training Sessions will be made available allowing jobbers to choose what products to learn more about through demonstrations, installation training and selling tips while having the ability to engage directly with manufacturer representatives and product specialists. Once the Online BIG Show has concluded, these training sessions will be made available to view on-demand.


From vehicle performance, wheels, tires, cargo and storage, overlanding, suspension systems, truck accessories, interior products, OE parts and more, the Online Keystone BIG Show is the perfect opportunity for jobbers to stock up and save while connecting with the industry’s leading automotive aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers.

“We appreciate our customers and like them, are anxious for things to return to normal.  We are looking forward to their joining us for this year’s unique online event,” concluded Rogers.

About The BIG Show:

The Keystone BIG Show is the industry’s largest distributor event in North America, drawing thousands of attendees from Canada and the United States. Hosting more than 250 exhibiting companies, more than 75 show vehicles and an agenda packed with special events and networking opportunities, the BIG Show is the place to be.

About Keystone Automotive Operations:

Keystone Automotive Operations is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them everything they need, when they need it.

Virtual BIG Show Postponed


March 25th, 2020

Last Friday, we communicated our intent to transition The BIG Show to an online event to be hosted on, from Tuesday through Friday, March 31 – April 3.  Since then, more than twenty states have implemented “shelter in place” orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic with seemingly more to come.

This is a fluid situation and as you can imagine, we have given these latest developments much thought as well as solicited feedback from our Customers and Suppliers. Based on these discussions, we have concluded that it is in the best interest of all involved parties that we postpone the online BIG Show. As we continue to monitor the developments in this situation over the next few weeks, we will decide on the best course of action to present an online version of The BIG Show.

Our team is hard at work developing unique content and sections of eKeystone dedicated to the event.  This decision allows us more time to collaborate with our suppliers on content and video presentations that will enable us to deliver a first-rate Customer experience.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and support as we alter our approach based on the environment in these challenging times.  Please look for further communication over the next week or so that will include details and updates on our BIG Show Online efforts.

The Keystone Team

2020 BIG Show Cancelled due to COVID-19 Concerns

Due to escalating concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and in following the guidance of numerous organizations and government officials, the decision has been made to cancel The BIG Show scheduled to be held in Grapevine, Texas March 27 -28, 2020.

Our priority as an organization is the health and safety of our customers, suppliers, and employees so it has been determined that taking this step will reduce the opportunity for exposure to the virus.

We understand that there are questions and concerns regarding participation and attendance at The BIG Show. We are in the process of developing answers to address many of these issues along with additional updates that will be available via email and The BIG Show homepage.

Given that another date was not available, we are planning on moving the show to a virtual environment. While the details are still in development look for a further communication on our plans for the Virtual BIG Show.

We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

The Keystone Team

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As the 2020 BIG Show approaches, Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. is aware of the questions regarding safety and travel concerns pertaining to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for those who will be attending the event March 27-28 in Grapevine, Texas.

As of March 10, 2020 we are continuing to receive registrations and will be proceeding with The BIG Show as scheduled.  Our priority is the safety of all event participants and we continue to monitor organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as regional and national government agencies and organizations.

We are in close contact with the venue and our partners to ensure appropriate precautions are in place which include but are not limited to training, additional cleaning measures and increased sanitation units throughout the event.

We will continue to provide updates via email and The BIG Show homepage and look forward to welcoming you to Texas for The BIG Show. 

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