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    Jan 01 2015
    Porsche 911 Race Car, Camaro Convertible, ’80s Camaro Testing With Next-Gen Model, Nissan Maxima
    SEMA News—January 2015

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Jan 01 2015
    Attendees of the 2014 SEMA Show experienced the association’s membership offerings firsthand at SEMA Central, with many even joining on-site. A common question from these new members was “Now what?” Figuring out how to gain the most from association membership can be tricky at first, but there are a few easy ways to get started and a team of people eager to help. Whatever the niche and scope of a company, these instruments can accelerate your business for no added cost.
    SEMA Member News—January/February 2015

    First Steps for New Members: Free Tools to Help You Save and G

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    Jan 01 2015
    A car’s electrical system can be a challenge for a do-it-yourself hobbyist. That’s why car magazines—for about as long as there have been car magazines—have covered the topic to help enlighten shade-tree mechanics. For instance, Hot Rod magazine published an article in its June 1963 issue called “Wiring Made Easy” to illustrate the basic tools, hardware and steps needed to wire a hot-rod project. But the car in the opening photograph wasn’t just any hot rod. The subject car was the XR-6—a futuristic, built-from-scratch roadster that was the brainchild of Hot Rod’s LeRoi “Tex” Smith to “investigate the uses of modern ideas in hot-rod design,” as Smith described it. The XR-6 would go on to appear on the cover of Hot Rod’s August 1963 issue and also nab the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award at that year’s Oakland Roadster Show.
    SEMA News—January 2015

    By Drew Hardin
    Photo Courtesy of the Petersen Archives

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    Jan 01 2015
    Breaking news from SEMA member companies, including Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Aeromotive, The Hybrid Shop, VP Racing Fuels, Royal Purple and more.
    SEMA News—January 2015

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Jan 01 2015
    It will be no surprise to those who attended: The 2014 SEMA Show bounced off the rev limiter like a street machine on nitrous, posting historic levels of attendance, exhibitor numbers and total footprint. Growth is good, but the key measure of success will always be to create a comprehensive marketplace where quality exhibitors can do business with quality buyers. In that regard, it seems that the 2014 Show served well as a springboard for success for most in the industry in the coming year. As usual, we’ll be doing research to quantify what worked and what is changing as well as soliciting new ideas and ways to improve. To those of you who returned our post-Show survey, we extend our sincerest thanks in advance for your thoughts and comments.
    SEMA News—January 2015

    CHRIS KERSTING

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    Jan 01 2015
    SEMA members that have taken advantage of a 2011 Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant of $500,000 awarded to SEMA have reported $52.68 million in export sales. The funds provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce through this program have helped support projects aimed at increasing U.S. exports to key markets overseas.
    SEMA News—January 2015 

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Jan 01 2015
    Journalists are invited to sit down in private, uninterrupted meetings with executives representing some of the top motorsports parts producers in the business during the 2015 MPMC Media Trade Conference. The conference, which takes place Tuesday–Thursday, January 20–22, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Orange County Airport North in Santa Ana, California, features companies that are members of SEMA’s Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC).
    SEMA News—January 2015

    EVENTS

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    Dec 24 2014
    It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention. If you’ve ever been to San Antonio, Texas, in the summer, you know it’s not uncommon for the mercury to push the triple digits.
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    Dec 24 2014
    Eleven of the nation’s premier custom car builders crafted miniature pinewood hot rods raced head to head this summer at the fifth annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Pinewood Builder’s Challenge during the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser.
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    Dec 24 2014
    What do a Toyota HiLux, a Ford Ranger T6, an UAZ Hunter and a Mitsubishi L200 have in common?