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Breaking news from SEMA members, including Meyer Distributing, CTEK Group, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, RealTruck.com and more.

SEMA News—January 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

Collector Car Appreciation Day Scheduled for July 11, 2014

SEMA and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization and Hot Rod Industry Alliance have announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated July 11, 2014. The date will mark the fifth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. The industry endeavors to preserve the nation’s automotive heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide. Collector Car Appreciation Day is a singular tribute to the collector-car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.

SEMA News—January 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

SEMA Cares Launches Bike Drive for Children in Need

SEMA Cares has teamed up with Childhelp to purchase bicycles for the children of Merv Griffin Village. Childhelp is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. Funds raised through the SEMA Cares Bike Drive will go toward the purchase of bicycles for each of the children at the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village.

SEMA News—January 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

2014 SEMA Town Hall—First Stop: Flowmaster, B&M & Hurst Warehouse

SEMA invites industry professionals to the first stop of the 2014 Town Hall tour, where members and prospective members will gather at Flowmaster, B&M & Hurst Warehouse in Sacramento, California, on Wednesday, January 29, from 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., for an evening of networking with local industry leaders and SEMA staff. The panelists for the Town Hall include SEMA Chairman Nate Shelton, B&M Racing and Performance Products Inc.; Joel Ayres, Bedslide/Tākit Inc.; and John Hotchkis, Hotchkis Performance LLC.SEMA’s Town Hall Meetings offer members and prospective members an in-depth look at SEMA programs and services offered to all businesses, whether they are manufacturers, retailers, media representatives or service providers. In addition, the event provides members with an ideal networking opportunity with professionals from...

SEMA News—January 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS 

2013 SEMA Show New Product Awards

16 Categories Yield 48 Honors From Among More Than 2,000 EntriesMore than 2,000 parts, tools, assemblies and packages were submitted for judging at the New Products Showcase during the 2013 SEMA Show. The displays encompassed items from every segment of the industry, and all were reviewed by a panel of expert judges who ranked them for superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability. The judges then awarded honors to products in 16 categories, including two runners-up in each division. Congratulations are due to all those who conceive and create the innovations that drive the industry.

SEMA News—January 2014

EVENTS
Compiled by Steve Campbell

Press Registration Open for SEMA’s Media Conference

Media registration for the 2014 Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference (MTC) is available online. Through the annual event, journalists—including freelancers, bloggers, TV reporters and magazine writers—participate in private, uninterrupted meetings with executives from manufacturing companies. Reporters are able to select representatives from the companies they wish to meet so that they visit only with companies that are relevant to their outlets. Early registration ensures that reporters receive the best possible schedule in advance of the event, which will be held January 21–23, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Orange County Airport North in Santa Ana, California.

SEMA News—January 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS

Putten der Growl in der Beetle

At first glance, it would seem that hot-rodding magazines in the ‘60s were all about high-horsepower, big-cubic-inch stuff—drag racing, Bonneville, Indy and the explosion of a new-car segment that we now know as musclecars. But every once in a while, the magazines would branch out into foreign territory (pun intended) and check in with what was happening on the VW tuning front. After a rocky start in the United States—probably too soon after World War II—Volkswagen sales had really taken off by the mid-’60s, with millions of the little Bugs on the road. There was a growing aftermarket for the cars by then as owners looked for ways to get more performance out of their wheezing, flat-four motors.

SEMA News—January 2014

HERITAGE

By Drew Hardin
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NEW PRODUCTS

New product announcements from SEMA member companies, including Astro Pneumatic Tool, Cloud-Rider Designs, BedRug, DefenderWorx and Escort.

SEMA News—January 2014

NEW PRODUCTS

Astro Pneumatic Tool Co. announced a new addition to its product line: the Worn/Damaged Hex Bolt Extractor T-Handle Set (PN 1045).
Astro Pneumatic Tool Co.

The Hottest Vehicles of the SEMA Show

The Hottest Vehicles of the SEMA ShowDuring the 2013 SEMA Show, the SEMA Award for Hottest 4x4-SUV went to the Jeep Wrangler. This well-deserved honor was the result of the Wrangler's dominant presence throughout the Show. Here now are some examples of builders turning stock Wranglers into rolling, rugged masterpieces. Take time to scroll through each entry and notice that in every writeup, there are direct links to manufacturers with 2013-2014 Jeep Wrangler accessories.“The SEMA Show has always been the annual event where the newest and most innovative products are seen first,” said Chris J. Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “The SEMA Award celebrates the industry’s unique ability to identify and set the trends that influence consumers worldwide. It also underscores the cooperative relationship between the automakers and SEMA-member companies.”
EVENTS

By Steve Campbell

Heard on the Floor

SEMA Show Exhibitors Share Their PerspectivesThe 2013 SEMA Show was the biggest in the event’s 47-year history, with more than 126,000 people converging on the Las Vegas Convention Center to do business at the world’s largest annual automotive trade show. We visited a few random exhibitors to ask how the Show was going from their perspective, and this is what we heard.

SEMA News—January 2014

EVENTS
By Russell Datz

Heard on the Floor

SEMA Show Exhibitors Share Their Perspectives

The 2013 SEMA Show was the biggest in the event’s 47-year history, with more than 126,000 people converging on the Las Vegas Convention Center to do business at the world’s largest annual automotive trade show. We visited a few random exhibitors to ask how the Show was going from their perspective, and this is what we heard.

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