Writer, educator and industry speaker Dick Dixon passed away November 15 after battling cancer. A three-time SEMA Ambassador of the Year and Motorsports Legends Hall of Fame inductee, Dixon lived by the philosophy that life was a sandbox from which to learn, work and play.
SEMA has finalized an agreement to purchase the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS)—the racing trade show that has been held annually in Indianapolis since 2009.
The IMIS will be consolidated with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, which returns to Indianapolis for 2013 and beyond. The 2013 PRI Trade Show will occupy the entire Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 12–14, 2013, as the show days.
Despite talk about vehicles becoming uniform from market to market, some of the hottest global vehicles are currently not sold in the United States. Examples include the HiLux, new Ford Ranger T6, Chevy Trailblazer and VW Amarok, which are all widely available on every continent but are not sold in the United States or Canada.
SEMA recently established the Leo Kagan Scholarship as part of the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which promotes industry leadership by supporting the educational efforts of current and future automotive professionals.
The annual Media Trade Conference, which features companies from SEMA’s MPMC, brings together members of the working press with motorsports parts producers for face-to-face private meetings. Media reps have the opportunity to meet with up to 14 exhibitors each day of the conference, for a total of 42 quality meetings throughout the event’s three days.
SEMA News—December 2012
Media Registration Open for 2013 Media Trade Conference
Media registration for the 2013 MPMC Media Trade Conference is open and available online through www.sema.org.
“SEMA is always looking for ways to add value to our members’ benefits, and our strong partnership with UPS provided a great solution,” said Gary Vigil, SEMA membership director. “The discounts and benefits offered by UPS can make all the difference to a business trying to grow in these tough economic times.”
The SEMA Technology Transfer program recently received a series of new computer-aided design (CAD) files, including new files for the ’13 Jeep Wrangler and the ’12 Scion FR-S. The Technology Transfer program was developed with the intent of minimizing or eliminating the necessity for manufacturing members to produce products through reverse engineering.