SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 33, August 19, 2010

What Has SEMA Done For You Lately?

  •   exhibitor invites
      Exhibitor Invites offer 2010 SEMA Show exhibitors another way to reach buyers with discounts, incentives and company news.
    Looking for another way to connect with buyers? A free, new tool called Exhibitor Invites enables 2010 SEMA Show exhibitors to create their own customized e-mail campaigns, allowing them to send up to three e-mails to an unlimited number of buyers and prospects. Program features include:

    • Discounts, incentives, company information and new-product announcements.

    • Upload buyer and prospect files to Exhibitor Invites' bonded and licensed third-party e-mail service, Global IntelliSystems. Each list is 100% secure and will not be shared with anyone (not even SEMA).

    • Company name, logo, booth number and customized message is included as part of the three separate HTML e-mails. Exhibitors approve the message and the schedule while SEMA pays for the whole thing.

    • Boost awareness about each exhibitor’s company and help ensure that all key customers and prospects attend the 2010 SEMA Show and stop by the exhibitor’s booth.

    The exhibitor who generates the most qualified buyers by October 1, 2010, receives $25,000 worth of on-site signage for the Show. SEMA will host a webinar on Thursday, September 2, 2010, to bring exhibitors up to speed on the Exhibitor Invites system (look for a webinar registration e-mail shortly). To get started, click here. Your username is your e-mail address and your password is sema2010.

    Contact Shelly Purcell at 319/521-3340 with any questions about using the Exhibitor Invites program. If you have any problems using the system, send an e-mail to services@exhibitorinvites.com.

Breaking News

  •   Local Motors' Rogers
      The 2010 SEMA Show New Products Awards Breakfast will feature Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers.

    John B. Rogers Jr., CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, will discuss how open sourcing will change automobile production during his 2010 SEMA Show New Products Awards Breakfast keynote, “Open Innovation, a 21st Century Advantage," on Tuesday, November 2.

    Rogers launched Local Motors three years ago based on the concept of open-source co-creation and local manufacturing, a business practice and philosophy highlighted in the August issue of SEMA News. Attendees at the annual awards breakfast will not only learn how this company is changing the way vehicles are being built but will also be among the first to see which products the industry has deemed most innovative.

    All exhibitors are invited to enter the awards competition and are entitled to one free entry (additional entries cost $75 if received before October 8, $150 after). Use the form located here to get started.

    Tickets to the New Products Awards Breakfast are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't wait—reserve your tickets now!

    Click here to save your seat.

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    Gary Nash
    Nick Hodel  
    Inductees for the Tire Industry Association's (TIA) 2010 Tire Industry Hall of Fame include Gus Hawkinson, owner of Hawkinson Tire Consulting; Nick Hodel, former CEO of Portland Tire Factory; retired industry veteran Russell MacCleery; Gary Nash, Yokohama Tire's director of OTR sales; Jerry White, chairman of White Tire Supply; and Don Blythe, former executive director of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association.

    TIA will recognize its latest class of inductees during the Tire Industry Honors event, scheduled Monday, November 1, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

    Prior to establishing his consultancy in Las Vegas, Hawkinson was the third-generation owner of Paul E. Hawkinson Co. He is credited with many developments in the retread industry, including primary responsibility for developing the industry-standard non-directional tire (NDT) beginning in 1980, with the initial patent issued in 1981.

    With 45 years of experience in the retail tire sector, Nick Hodel co-founded Northwest Tire Factory and also served as CEO of Portland Tire Factory. He is also a past board member of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association and past president of the Tire Association of North America (TANA), a predecessor organization of TIA.

    MacCleery has years of experience working for various trade associations and created the government affairs program for the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA), a predecessor organization of TIA.

    Nash's 45 years of experience in the tire industry include 35 years spent in the Off-the-Road (OTR) tire sector. Currently the director of OTR sales for Yokohama Tire Corp., he has also worked for Goodyear, Purcell Tire and Bridgestone.

    White has more than 60 years of experience in the tire industry and is currently the chairman of White Tire Supply. He has served on several boards, including the NTDRA, and was a founding board member of the Texas Tire Dealers Association.

    Blythe is the former executive director of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association (WCTDA), where he helped guide WCTDA to become one of the most successful tire organizations in the country.

  •   Manadarin Oriental Las Vegas
      The new Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas is offering SEMA Show attendees room rates for $199 a night.
    Opened in Las Vegas earlier this year, the Mandarin Oriental recently joined the 2010 SEMA Show partner hotel program and is offering rooms for $199/night for reservations made by August 31 (after which rates increase to $220/night). Located within the City Center complex, the 47-story Mandarin Oriental offers guests a relaxing atmosphere free of casino and gaming but is also just a short walk to the ARIA Resort & Casino.

    The Mandarin Oriental is the latest hotel to sign on as a SEMA Show partner hotel, joining Mandalay Bay, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara, and returning partners SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Renaissance Hotel, Marriott Suites, Bluegreen Club 36 and Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino.

    SEMA will keep Show attendees apprised of changes to hotel rates in the SEMA Housing Block. Any reductions made to rates are retroactive to anyone already booked in that hotel. Take advantage of these early-bird rates now! If you have questions about booking hotel rooms for the SEMA Show, please contact the 2010 SEMA Show Official Housing Bureau at 800/967-8852 or aapexsema@experient-inc.com.

Market Snapshot

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      Car Town is the latest Facebook application where users can collect and customize their rides, race against friends or showcase their vehicles.

    Following in the footsteps of the popular Facebook social games, FarmVille and Mafia Wars, is the release of Car Town, created by Cie Games that aims to satisfy the user’s passion for automobiles while helping automakers and specialty-equipment manufacturers to reach a new audience via social media and online advertising. Cie Games is also the creator of another automobile game called Nitto 1320 Legends.

    In Car Town, players use virtual currency to purchase, customize and collect hundreds of vehicles, including classic cars, ’60s musclecars, trucks, luxury and exotic vehicles, and store them in their customizable virtual garages, which serve as their home base. Owners can take road trips, race against their friends and perform tasks, such as delivering pizzas or servicing their friends’ cars, which earns them the points they need to purchase additional cars or car-related products and services. For instance, players can personalize their vehicles by altering their cars' wheels, tires, chassis, body kits, paint scheme and graphics.

    The game includes banners featuring specialty-equipment manufacturers, such as HRE, which players can hang in their garage, and hundreds of custom template designs for their rides from companies such as K&N. Players can even design and upload their own graphics schemes. SEMA also has decided to get in on the action by launching a template for Racers Against Street Racing.

    Automakers earn a licensing fee each time a player buys one of their virtual cars using cash or points. Cie Games also has partnered with several businesses where players can accumulate points and earn rewards by signing up for offers from companies such as Netflix. Honda will innovatively utilize the game to introduce a custom CR-Z sport hybrid and advertise via a virtual billboard and custom CR-Z showroom before the car is actually available to the public.

    Other Car Town licensing partners include DeLorean, Dodge, Fisker, Ford, General Motors, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lotus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Opel, Ram Truck, Scion, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. According to Justin Choi, president and CEO of Cie Games, Car Town is the first major Facebook game to integrate real-world automotive brands into social gaming play. And, with the popularity of Facebook (which now numbers 500 million global users), Car Town’s reach extends beyond the typical gearhead.

    “The great thing about Car Town is that it opens up our industry and its products to a potential pool of customers who don’t know anything about cars or specialty equipment,” added Tom Myroniak, SEMA vice president of marketing and member services. “If Car Town can expose our industry to even half the audience that FarmVille draws, it would be a huge success.”

Business Tools

  • While hackers once delighted in bringing down gargantuan computer networks like those of the Pentagon or multinational corporations, the latest breed is more apt to harass and bully much smaller businesses—including those in the automotive specialty-equipment market. Scott Brickey, a data systems analyst for Advanced Clutch Technology, learned this cruel fact the hard way when ACT's website was maliciously attacked for no discernible reason and immediately rendered inoperable.

    Read on for the seven tips to strengthen your site's defenses against today's hackers.

  • Looking for a new gig? The “Positions Available” section in the SEMA Member Classifieds lists 141 job openings around the country.

    Adept at the whole FaceTwitVirtualFriend thing, have some IT skills and like motorsports? Publishing and events company ProMedia Publications is looking for someone to wear a few different hats, including that of webmaster, IT troubleshooter and social media Jedi. They’re located in Southern California and will need you to travel to some of their events.

    Westin Automotive in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley is seeking a Regional Sales Manager to handle the Southeastern United States. Candidates will need a minimum five years automotive aftermarket sales/sales management experience, specifically including automotive parts sales to large automotive retailers, experience managing automotive manufacturer’s representatives, and excellent negotiating and closing skills.

    If you know transmissions inside and out, Superflow in Des Moines, Iowa, needs a transmission specialist, someone who can design, consult and select components for transmission-specific harness/cable development, and a host of other solenoid and valve body design and assembly duties. Candidates should have five or more years' related experience, some CAD skills and the ability to read transmission control information and apply it to test hardware requirements.

    Follow this link for a full list of available positions.

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    Gart Sutton will moderate a free webinar previewing his consultancy group's Powersports Dealer Update Workshops at the 2010 SEMA Show.

    Powersports dealers, don't miss the chance to preview unique, high-level training from the industry experts at Gart Sutton and Associates (GSA) (including renowned powersports educator, author and president of GSA, Gart Sutton). GSA will present eight workshops dedicated to powersports dealers at the 2010 SEMA Show, November 1–2, at the Renaissance Hotel, covering topics such as parts and accessories, finance and insurance, sales, service and dealership management.

    These same experts will preview their SEMA Show sessions during an exclusive free webinar next Thursday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m. (PDT). The “Powersports Dealer Update Preview” will feature workshop speakers, including Steve Jones, a 30-year industry veteran who develops training programs for several major OEMs and conducts in-dealership consulting and training; Mike Brunken, a 20-group moderator, trainer and a lead instructor of the Service Management Development Program; Tony Gonzalez, management development teacher and moderator of the lion's share of 20 Clubs for GSA; and GSA trainer and on-site consultant Steve Dodds, who spent nearly 10 years working in finance and insurance and has helped numerous multi-line and single-line dealers meet and exceed their goals.

    Sutton will moderate this FREE webinar.

    Powersports Dealer Update Workshops are open to all powersports dealers, include two industry keynote speaker lunches and an additional state-of-the-industry powersports panel discussion that dealers can’t afford to miss.

    Click here to register for this exclusive preview of these valuable SEMA Show sessions. Unable to tune in at the scheduled time? No problem. Visit www.SEMA.org/events/webinars after the event to download and review the webinar at your convenience.

    For more information on the SEMA Webinar Program and to view a list of all upcoming SEMA webinars, go to www.SEMA.org/webinars.

  •   Online Marketing Conference
      The SEMA Online Marketing Conference will offer tips and tools for both marketing experts and novices.

    Marketing online is essential to a company’s growth and future success, and with technology and tactics changing by the minute, a strategy that worked yesterday may not be the best way to do things today. The SEMA Online Marketing Conference at the 2010 SEMA Show will help novices and veterans alike to navigate the dynamics of this shifting landscape.

    Experts will present on a number of subjects, including the essentials of search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), landing page optimization, local search, pay-per-click (PPC), social media marketing, website analytics, forums and blogs, video and more.

    This year, the conference will offer two tracks; a fundamentals track for businesses and marketers just getting started and an intermediate/advanced track for those more experienced. The 2010 Online Marketing Conference has been custom-built to meet the needs of the specialty-equipment market, giving participants practical tips and tools that will immediately impact their businesses.

    "We've gathered some of the top Internet marketing experts in their respective fields for this unprecedented conference,” says Tom Myroniak, SEMA vice president of marketing and member services. “Not only are they amazing presenters, but they are also top-rated educators with proven strategies and hidden secrets for online marketing success.”

    Last year’s conference was a huge success and the limited seating sold fast. Don’t miss the 2010 SEMA Online Marketing Conference–REGISTER NOW and save $100!

    SEMA Online Marketing Conference
    Monday, November 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Las Vegas Convention Center,

    Pre-Registration* (by October 17, 2010)

    • SEMA Member: $99
    • Non-Member: $199
    On-site Registration* (after October 17, 2010)
    • SEMA Member: $149
    • Non-Member: $249
    *includes lunch. Does NOT include required SEMA Show registration of $25 by October 17, 2010 or $75 after October 17, 2010. For more information, visit www.SEMAomc.com.

New Products & Technology

  • 2012 Acura TL

    The Acura TL, controversially redesigned in 2009, appears due for a mid-cycle redesign for 2012. Brenda Priddy’s photographers caught the first sightings of a mule with its controversial “Power Plenum” grille tightly masked.

    Modest powertrain enhancements may also be in store, possibly to include Acura’s new six-speed automatic transmission to replace the aging five-speed. Another possibility is that the TL could receive one of the new family of V6s that Honda is working on.

    Sources say that production has been bumped up to September in order to have models available in showrooms by late spring/early summer 2011, which might provide a boost to a model that has seen sales dip 4.5% from last year.

     

     

     

     

     

    2012 Acura TL

    Photos copyright Brenda Priddy & Company. Reuse or reproduction without copyright holder's consent is prohibited.

Law & Order

  • Under a SEMA-supported “jobs bill” enacted into law last March, private employers can claim tax credits if they hire someone in 2010 who has been out of work for at least 60 days. The federal government estimates the credit already applies to 4.5 million new workers hired between last February and May.

    All businesses that hire an unemployed worker between February 5, 2010, and January 1, 2011, will be exempt from paying the 6.2% employer share of Social Security payroll taxes. The new worker must have been unemployed for at least 60 days and cannot replace another employee. If the business retains the newly hired worker for one year, the employer is then entitled to a one-time, $1,000 tax credit for each eligible worker.

    The law also extended the “Section 179” expensing provision, allowing small businesses to write-off up to $250,000 of capital expenditures made during 2010 rather than recovering the costs over time through depreciation. The law also increases the investment cap to $800,000 for 2010 rather than $500,000 indexed for inflation.

    For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

  • As the political climate continues to evolve in advance of the 2010 elections, SEMA members arrived in Washington, D.C., for the biennial SEMA Washington Rally. On May 12, Rally participants met with the senators and representatives to discuss critical issues facing their businesses and the industry.

    Read more about how the SEMA Washington Rally helps members of Congress better understand the specialty-equipment industry and provides SEMA members the opportunity to provide recommendations on how to address touch issues facing businesses and employees.

Exhibitor Update

Global Update

  •   Luxury automotive brands in China
      Luxury auto sales are on the rise in China, up 34% in June. BMW expects its market share to grow more than 30% and Audi projects selling more than 200,000 autos this year.

    BMW expects its sales in China in 2010 to grow by 30% to 120,000 units. Mercedes-Benz aims to sell more than 100,000 passenger vehicles in China in 2010, according to the company's vice president of sales and marketing. Audi, the top-selling luxury brand in China, is on course to sell more than 200,000 units in 2010. Those aren’t pipe dreams. Luxury-vehicle sales in China rose 34% in June to 35,445 units, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

    Owners of those luxury cars are target customers for T.K. Lee, president of Rennen International, manufacturers of Donz Wheelz. Custom-forged wheels are a fast-growing business segment for Lee in the United States. He figures Chinese luxury owners will have the same desire as U.S. enthusiasts to flaunt their cars. Lee sources wheels from China, and his sourcing team is already selling a small volume of wheels domestically. He just started putting together an actual sales team and says he'd like to find a regional distributor.

    That's one of Lee’s goals when he participates in the SEMA-CIAPE China Business Development Conference in Beijing in late September. Rennen International is one of 20 SEMA-member companies taking part in the conference, where participating SEMA members will be paired with relevant Chinese buyers in up to a dozen private, pre-scheduled meetings. One-on-one meetings with potential Chinese partners at this groundbreaking event will allow SEMA members to get to know the Chinese companies and the market.

    Nitto Tires USA wants to get a feel for hot tire styles in China and meet potential partners, says Tyler Tanaka, account director at Cie Studios, the marketing and advertising firm handling Nitto’s advertising. Tanaka and Nitto marketing manager Gloria Miyamoto will be in Beijing.

    “The trip is a wonderful opportunity for us to do some market research and find out what the current climate is,” Tanaka says. “The bonus is to meet with Chinese distributors.”

    China’s economy grew by more than 11% in the first half of 2010. Sales in the luxury car segment surged by 55% to more than 205,000, according to J.D. Power and Associates. A locally produced stretch version of the Audi A6 sedan led the luxury pack in number of units sold at nearly 60,000. The imported Lexus ES series also sold well.

    Although accessories made for U.S. cars don’t fit all locally produced models, many do, especially when the locally produced models are foreign brands. All are target customers for SEMA members. In Nitto’s case, its team of engineers and designers can produce model-specific and even one-off wheels, says Tanaka.

    SEMA members in Beijing can ask potential Chinese partners about their product’s suitability for locally produced foreign models and even local models. The members signed up to attend the conference, scheduled September 23–26 in Beijing, include:

    • AEM Performance Electronics
    • American Eagle Wheel Corp.
    • AMSOIL
    • BDS Suspension
    • Bushwacker
    • COMP Performance Group
    • DELTA TECH Industries
    • eBay Motors
    • Eibach Springs Inc.
    • Holley Performance Products
    • Injen Technology
    • K&N Engineering
    • Mr. Gasket/Prestolite Performance
    • NITTO Tires
    • Performance Motorsports
    • Rennen International
    • SCT Performance
    • Sheen Coatings
    • ThyssenKrupp Bilstein
    • Wheel Pros

    Don’t get left behind. Register for the SEMA-CIAPE China Business Development Conference by contacting Linda Spencer at lindas@sema.org or online at www.SEMA.org/china.

People, Places & Racing News

  • The Advanstar Automotive Group named long-time editorial director Larry Silvey editorial director emeritus. Silvey is leaving Advanstar to become the new chair of the automotive aftermarket management program at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. Silvey will continue to be affiliated with Advanstar Automotive, writing a monthly column on aftermarket topics and serving as a member of the organization's editorial advisory board. Web Director Michael Willins will take over Silvey's responsibilities. Willins has been involved in the automotive industry since 1997, as the former publisher and editor-in-chief of Automotive Body Repair News (ABRN) and a former senior editor of Aftermarket Business.

    Gary Jurick was named the new vice president and general manager of ROUSH Performance. He was previously the director of ROUSH Performance product development where he headed up the engineering, testing and validation areas of vehicle and parts programs. Jurick has 21 years of experience at ROUSH.

    Martin & Company Advertising hired Brian Zembrycki as marketing and administrative assistant to president and owner Zan Martin. Zembrycki has 28 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket, serving in numerous management capacities, specializing primarily in the racing sector.
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    Directed Electronics appointed David Richardson to the new position of director of auto dealer sales. Richardson has more than 30 years of professional experience holding senior management positions with leading automotive businesses, including AutoNation, EDS, General Motors, Johnson Controls and Toyota. According to Glenn Busse, senior vice president of sales and customer care, “Although Directed has catered to the needs of expediters and the car dealer channel for more than 20 years, David will lead our charge to innovate, improve and leverage technical prowess building partnerships with Automate customers nationwide.”

    G-Force Racing announced that it has a permanent business office location in the Charlotte Motor Speedway's main office building. Don Stodola, executive account manager, has relocated to the new office from the G-Force corporate building located in the Atlanta area. The office at the speedway was originally established in 2009 for the research and development of new opportunities with local, area and national competitors and regional businesses.

    Federated Auto Parts and Standard brand launched its Dream Car Sweepstakes, where one professional technician or counterperson has the chance to attend the Mecum High Performance Car Auction with $15,000 to spend on the car of their choice. The auction is set for January 27–30, 2011, in Kissimmee, Florida. Other prizes include Apple iPads and Dell Inspiron laptops. Read more about the Dream Car Sweepstakes and requirements.

    The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) named Mobil 1 as the "Official Oil of the SCCA." All SCCA members will receive a 20% discount on purchases at www.mobilracingstore.com, as part of the agreement, and competitors using Mobil 1 products are eligible for a sizable contingency program at the 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presnted by Subway at Road America.

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    “Networking: Making Personal Contact” – Part 2 of 5

    In part one, we kicked things off with “A Strategy for Every Stage of Career Development” and a focus on the different types of networking. Now, let’s get started with “Making Personal Contact.”

    Before you actually begin making personal contacts, do some homework. Begin with yourself. What is your purpose? Do you have a career or industry focus, or are you seeking contacts who might serve as resources to help you discover your interests and desires?

    Follow your hunches about the industries and work functions that you think would most interest you and do some background research that might enrich any conversation or exchange you will have with the people who are actually in that line of work. Continue your homework after defining your purpose and researching industries or work functions by beginning to build your network of contacts, which includes learning as much as you can about the people you will be contacting.

    Start to build your network by listing your natural acquaintances and contacts. Ask yourself, “Who do I know?,” and add anyone who comes to mind to your list. Your goal at this stage is to connect with your natural network to discover not only if they have direct advice, but also if they know of others more closely affiliated with your interests. Those individuals might be found through:

    • The SEMA Young Executives Network
    • Other industry professionals
    • Family and their friends
    • Friends and their families
    • Professors, advisers, coaches
    • Former or present work colleagues

    Before your list is complete, have you consulted your social networks? That’s right, have you looked at those connected to you through LinkedIn, Facebook, Plaxo, MySpace and MySEMA? Have you used these tools to seek out individuals from your past? Your high school? College? Former places of employment? You’ll find a wealth of knowledge using these online resources.

    Reach out to those contacts. Let them know your interests and aspirations. The more people who know of your interests, the greater the chance those doors will open for you. Your chances of being in the right place at the right time are increased when you are attentive to this fact. It’s sometimes called “managing your luck.”

    Before you make contact (with either your natural network or new people discovered through them), prepare your introduction or “elevator speech.” Your elevator speech is that 30-second introduction that provides others with just the essentials they’ll need to know about you and your interests. This step will also be useful for those unpredictable moments when you are presented the opportunity to connect with someone new (e.g., on the flight home or at a social function).

    Your elevator speech should include such essentials as:

    • Your name
    • Why you are in contact
    • What you are seeking

    So, what’s your elevator speech and how will you use at your next event? Next week, we’ll focus on part three – “Expanding Your Network.”

    Join YEN

    Did you know that the SEMA Young Executives Network has more than 500 members networking in the industry and is the largest SEMA committee? If you are employed by a SEMA-member company and are under the age of 39, then you can join the SEMA Young Executives Network for FREE. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please visit our website at www.sema.org/yen.

    YEN Member of the Month Spotlight


    Did you know that YEN has a Member of the Month Spotlight on the SEMA website and that anyone can be nominated? To view previous selections or to make a nomination, visit www.sema.org/yen.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? YEN is!

    Be sure to follow YEN on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/yen and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    YEN Column in SEMA Member News

    Read YEN's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about YEN, contact Angela Lee.



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    ARMO Welcomes New Select Committee Members

    As a result of the recent elections, ARMO has four new members on the Select Committee. Todd Bidwell of Parts Unlimited and Camee Edelbrock of Schiefer Media each began their first term as a Select Committee member last Thursday, July 1. Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products, while “new” for this year, is actually beginning his second round on the Select Committee. Agosta is a former ARMO chair, and former SEMA Board of Directors member.

    The complete ARMO Select Committee roster for 2010–2011 may be found on the ARMO website at www.sema.org/armo.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? ARMO Is!

    Be sure to follow ARMO on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/armo and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    ARMO Column in SEMA Member News

    Read ARMO's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For more information about ARMO, contact Jim Skelly.



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    HRIA Builds Custom Pinewood Racers for Auction

    The first annual HRIA Builders Pinewood Race was held in Pasadena, California, as part of the SEMA Show 'N Shine car show and Pinewood Drag Races. This new event featured some of the nation’s top hot-rod and custom car builders bending the rules of pinewood car racing to create one-of-a-kind creations for the track. Aside from required dimensions and weights, the only rule for the builders was to use at least one piece of the wood block provided.

    All of the participating builders far exceeded the expectations for the race, creating masterpieces that will eventually be auctioned for Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

    Alan Johnson's Hot Rods and Pinkee’s Rod Shop chose to create their hot rods from billet aluminum, while Rich Evans Designs and Street Vizions went with a more traditional approach of forming their cars from wood. Other builders looked for loopholes in the rules, as Rob Ida Concepts and Cotati Speed Shop entered hot rods with only three wheels.

    The cars built by Clay Smith Cams and Carl’s Custom Cars embodied the spirit of traditional hot rods, while Boerne Stage Kustoms paid tribute to the land speed bullets of the past. The paint skills of these builders was on display with great entries from Hot Rods & Custom Stuff and Fesler Built.

    Finally, Art Morrison engineered the most unique and advanced pinewood car in the race, fabricating an actual chassis and suspension, along with ball-bearing wheels.

    Although some of the cars look much better than they raced, all of these pinewood cars are unique works of art. Derrick White with Street Vizions captured the HRIA Cup by leaving all the other entrants in the dust with his traditional hot-rod pinewood car. But, the true winners of this event will be the kids of Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

    All of these cars will be on display at the SEMA Show in November, and available for bidding on eBay beginning November 1. HRIA congratulates Street Vizions and thanks all of these builders for their time and dedication to this special event. Get ready for next year, as we are sure the cars will be even more unique and wild as we add more great builders to the race. Click here to see photos of the event.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? HRIA is!

     

    Be sure to follow HRIA on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/hria and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    HRIA Column in SEMA Member News

    Read HRIA's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For more information about HRIA and how to join, contact Zane Clark or call 909/978-6696.



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    LTAA Welcomes New Select Committee Members

     

    As a result of recent elections, LTAA welcomes two brand-new Select Committee members. David Crocket of Rolling Big Power and Isaac Ronquillo of Big Country/Go Rhino Products began their first terms as select committee members last Thursday, July 1. The election results also included returning incumbents Tom Brooks of Truckin’ Thunder, Bill Cole of Yankee Customs Inc., Fred Snow of Hella Lighting and Melanie White of Hellwig Products.

    The complete 2010–2011 LTAA Select Committee may be found on the LTAA homepage at www.sema.org/ltaa.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? LTAA Is!

    Be sure to follow LTAA on all of your favorite social networking sites.

    To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/ltaa and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    LTAA Column in SEMA Member News

    Read LTAA's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For more information about LTAA, contact Jim Skelly.



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    Media Trade Conference Exhibitor Registration Now Open

    MPMC-member companies may now register for one of the 100 available exhibitor suites at the 2011 MPMC Media Trade Conference. Exhibitor registrations must be submitted using the online registration form [here].

    The 14th annual MPMC Media Trade Conference takes place on January 25–27, 2011, at the Embassy Suites LAX South in El Segundo, California. A maximum of 100 MPMC manufacturers are assigned a suite in the hotel and host as many as 42 one-on-one, 30-minute meetings with editorial staff from national and international automotive media.

    Exhibitor registration is open until August 20, 2010. If more than 100 registrations are received by the deadline, then the 100 available suites will be assigned via lottery. See event Rules and Regulations or via the online registration form.

    MPMC Welcomes New Select Committee Members

     

    MPMC welcomes six brand new members to the Select Committee as a result of recent elections. They are:

    • William Baty, Centerforce Clutches
    • Todd Gartshore, Baer Inc.
    • Scott Hall, Moroso Performance Products
    • John Sonnefeldt, Holley Performance
    • Steve Williams, K&N Engineering
    • Gary Wright, Painless Performance Products.

    “This year saw quite a turnover in the Select Committee,” said newly installed Chairman Kyle Fickler of Weld Racing. “We have an interesting mix of returning incumbents and fresh faces which should make for a dynamic group. Vic Wood (newly installed chair-elect) and I are looking forward to working with everyone.”

    The MPMC Select Committee, with member profiles, can be seen on the MPMC homepage at www.sema.org/mpmc.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? MPMC Is!

    Be sure to follow MPMC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/mpmc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    Take a Friend to a Race Fan Page

    The MPMC Motorsports Awareness campaign, highlighted by the Take a Friend to a Race program, now has its very own Fanpage on Facebook. If you’re not a fan yet, you should be!



    MPMC Column in SEMA Member News

    Read MPMC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.



    For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly.


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    MRC Long-Range Planning Meeting

    MRC will host its annual Long-Range Planning meeting at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, from 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Dinner will be served. All reps are welcome and encouraged to participate in this open and interactive forum.

    Participate in the meeting: Be part of the present—be part of the future—address issues faced daily by reps in all segments of the automotive industry.

    For meeting coordinators to be able to accommodate food and beverage, attendees are asked to take a moment and download the RSVP form, call 909/978-6693 or e-mail stacib@sema.org by September 15, 2010.

    MRC Rep Conference Coming to Vegas!!

    The 9th annual MRC Rep Conference moves to Las Vegas at the 2010 SEMA Show. Bryan Shirley, president and CEO of the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association will host an open and interactive session titled “Survival of the Fittest! Is that You?” The economy has redefined the new automotive aftermarket…now it’s time to redefine yourself!

    The MRC Rep Conference will convene at the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday, October 31, 2010, from 4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. The early-bird price for SEMA members is $49 ($69 for non-members). Online event registration is now available! For additional information, contact SEMA Council Liaison Staci Bostock at 909/978-6693 or stacib@sema.org.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? MRC is!

    Be sure to follow MRC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/mrc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    MRC Column in SEMA Member News

    Read MRC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about MRC, contact Staci Bostock.


     

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    Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Council?

    What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year. Each Select Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year, and some volunteer even more. Some share their experience and vision, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their PRO efforts, and for that we say, “thank you,” to those companies!

    The leaders of the PRO gathered earlier this year in Lima, Ohio, for its annual Long-Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the PRO-member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies, and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each PRO member.

    Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “address the challenges facing the restyling segment of the automotive aftermarket and to develop effective strategies for dealing with industry-specific issues.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

    Education Task Force
    Brian Champa (Check Corporation) and Bill North (Webasto Product North America) co-chair this task force and can be reached at bchampa@checkcorp.com or bill.north@webasto-us.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. The Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC) recently launched, and the group is tasked with expanding the number of events each year to ensure that training and education become primary drivers for our industry.

    NovemberFest Task Force
    Mike Stanifer (Innovative Creations Inc.) chairs this group and can be reached at mike@icionline.com. The SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides the backdrop for critical networking functions. This group focuses on making PRO’s awards reception the place to be and offering a fun forum to bring passionate members with common interests together.

    Membership Task Force
    Joey Johnston (Tops & Trends) chairs this group and can be reached at joey@topsandtrends.com. The success of any council or initiative is dependent upon its members. This task force focuses on growth, promotion and retention. It is important that we mentor new members on council activities, events, meetings and benefits.

    ProPledge Task Force
    David Stringer (Insignia Group) chairs this group and can be reached at dstringer@insigniagroup.com. The purpose of this group is to promote industry standards and to improve the perception of aftermarket installations throughout the restyling industry. ProPledge offers dealers a warranty program and is committed to delivering quality products and services.

    There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our PRO events. Our hope is that if you haven’t been a part of PRO yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? PRO Is!

    Be sure to follow PRO on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/pro and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    PRO Column in SEMA Member News

    Read PRO's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about PRO, contact Zane Clark or call 909/978-6696.



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    Discover the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN

    “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” - Joe Cocker

    Everyone needs help or expert advice from time to time, and SEMA’s Mentoring Program is an excellent resource to get answers to all your questions. Whether you need to know more about SEMA, market information for a start-up company or advice on how to approach your boss about a new position, the SEMA Mentoring Program can help.

    “Ask A Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related questions.

    Short-term Assistance/Guidance is for help with a specific project or task. A SEMA council/committee mentor with the expertise you seek will be paired up with you to provide guidance with your project.

    Long-term Relationship is helpful for developing your professional career. In this program segment you will be paired with a SEMA council/committee mentor who will provide guidance and assistance for ongoing career development or a long-term project.

    So whether you just need an answer to a question or you want to cultivate a mentoring friendship, the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN is available to help. After all, we can all use a little help from our friends.

    Visit the SEMA Mentoring Program now.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? SBN is!

    Be sure to follow SBN on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/sbn and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    SBN Column in SEMA Member News

    Read SBN's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about SBN, contact Angela Lee.



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    Find the Business Possibilities Through the SPC

    Participate in the automotive aftermarket at a whole new level by joining the SPC.

    The purpose of SEMA councils is to help our member companies succeed and prosper. In the SPC, our mission is to provide market information, education and support to our members concerning new and emerging trends. Whether it’s the latest business technology, forecasting sales, future marketing solutions or up and coming vehicle platforms, we give you and your company the chance to see what’s on the horizon.

    Then we’ll help you understand and acquire the skills, tools and technologies to lead the way. The SPC has the most diverse membership of any SEMA council, and that will allow you to network with other professionals from every facet of our industry and gain insights into areas you may not have previously considered. Find out about the parts, people, technologies, strategies, trends and, most important, possibilities.

    This is your chance to give something back to the industry, your profession and to grow personally along the way. Join the SPC today and become an active member of the specialty equipment and automotive market — Tracie Nuñez, Advanced Clutch Technology, SPC Chairman

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? SPC is!

    Be sure to follow SPC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/spc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    SPC Column in SEMA Member News

    Read SPC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about SPC, contact Angela Lee.


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    Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Wheel and Tire (WTC) Council?

    What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year. Each Select Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year, and some volunteer even more. Some share their experience and vision, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their WTC efforts, and for that we say “thank you” to those companies!

    The leaders of the WTC gathered earlier this year at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, for its annual Long-Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the WTC-member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each WTC member.

    Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “identify common problems and opportunities relating to the wheel and tire industries that the council, as an interested body of companies, can address for the common good.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

    Science and Technology Task Force

    Tim Dietz (Standards Testing Laboratories Inc.) and can be reached at tdietz@stllabs.com. This group focuses on aftermarket and OEM advances that affect our industry. From creating wheel standards to improved processes for tire-pressure monitoring systems and electronic stability control, the Science and Technology Task Force plays a pivotal role in the industry’s advancement.

    Education Task Force
    Kelly Austin (Ultra Wheel Company) chairs this group and can be reached at kelly@mail.ultrawheel.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. The WTC Task Force is responsible for partnering with the SEMA Educational Institute to create and promote online learning resources.

    Communication and Marketing Task Force

    Doug Frymer (Law Offices of Douglas A. Frymer) chairs this group and can be reached at legal@starshieldarmor.com. This group focuses on membership outreach, growth and retention. It is imperative that councils effectively communicate services provided by WTC and SEMA to our members. Communication and services ensure that there is proper dialogue between leadership and membership.

    SEMA Show Task Force

    David Insull (American Tire Distributors) chairs this group and can be reached at dinsull@atd-us.com. The SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides the backdrop for critical networking functions. This group focuses on making WTC’s awards reception an ideal place to get together, honor one another and network with all those who share a common passion.

    There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year. You are the expert at what your business needs and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our WTC events. Our hope is that, if you haven’t been a part of WTC yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? WTC is!

    Be sure to follow WTC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/wtc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    WTC Column in SEMA Member News

    Read WTC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about WTC and how to join, contact Zane Clark or call or 909/978-6696.

  •   Bob Bode Larry Dixon
         

    NEWS NUGGETS

    BODE RACES TO FIRST CAREER WIN; DIXON TO NINTH FOR THE SEASON IN BRAINERD: It took more than 10 seasons to accomplish, but Funny Car driver Bob Bode was able to hold off some of the top drivers in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Sunday in Brainerd, Minnesota, as he drove his Alard Machine Chevy Impala to his first career win at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Bode held off such highly recognized drivers as former two-time world champion Cruz Pedregon, Bob Tasca, Tim Wilkerson and Jack Beckman in the final round to secure his first career Wally and visit to the Winner’s Circle.

    “All of this is kind of like a dream I’m afraid I’m gonna wake up from,” said Bode. “I didn’t know if it would ever happen, but now that it did, I can’t believe it happened. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me in my entire life in the racing world.”

    Bode was joined in the Winner’s Circle by Top Fuel pilot and current points leader Larry Dixon. Dixon showed once again why he has the dominant car in the category as he drove past Cory McClenathan in the final round to pick up his ninth win of the season, 57th of his career and third at Brainerd International Raceway. Dixon now enters the Countdown to 1 playoffs with a 30-point lead over second place McClenathan.

    “We’ve won finals so many different ways this year, and there are so many variables that if you have just one hiccup, someone else wins,” said Dixon. “I’ve had seasons where I haven’t won one race, so to win nine is overwhelming. These races are so hard to win; to win nine period let alone win nine straight in finals, is something.”

    For more results from Sundays Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, visit www.NHRA.com.

    Jeg Coughlin
    Andrew Hines
     
         

    COUGHLIN SCORES FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON; HINES ALSO GETS FOURTH AND POINTS LEAD IN BRAINERD: Pro Stock driver and former world champion Jeg Coughlin raced to his fourth win of the season Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota. It was Coughlin’s fourth win at Brainerd International Raceway and 52nd career win in Pro Stock. Coughlin held off Auto Club Road to the Future Rookie of the Year candidate Shane Gray in the final round after a red-light.

    “I’d have to say, the Gray family has done an unbelievable job, and they’re getting a program from nothing to several final-round runnings between the two of them,” said Coughlin. “Shane did a heck of a job, and had he turned that thing green by a couple of hundredths, he would have smoked the yellow and black car. We got away with one there because I was late on the Tree in the final.”

    Coughlin was joined in the Winner’s Circle by former Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Andrew Hines. Hines held off up-and-coming rider Jim Underdahl to not only pick up his fourth win of the season, but also move around defending world champion Hector Arana and secure the top spot in the point standings heading into the Countdown to 1 playoffs. Hines will enter the first race of the playoffs, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, with a 30-point lead over Arana.

    “Big win,” said Hines. “I’ve never been No. 1 going into the playoffs, so it’s nice to be in this position. Three or four races ago, we were looking at the points, and Hector had something like a 160-point lead, and we just wrote it off that we wouldn’t make it there. Luck turned to our side, the motorcycle started performing better, and Hector faltered a little bit, and we capitalized on it.”

    For more results from Sunday’s Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, visit www.NHRA.com.

    FINAL SPOTS SECURED AS COUNTDOWN TO 1 BEGINS: As racing came to an end Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, the final spots in the Countdown to 1 playoffs were finally secure, with the Countdown field set for the beginning of the playoffs, the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at historic O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis in three weeks. Top Fuel pilot David Grubnic was able to grab the 10th and final spot in the field with his semifinal-round finish.

    “I’m so proud of the effort that Connie (Kalitta, team owner) and our whole team put forth to get us in the Countdown,” said Grubnic. “Now we’ve made the Countdown and we’ll continue with our goal, and that’s to go out and win every race.”

    Former two-time world champion Tony Pedregon secured the 10th spot in Funny Car when both he and 11th-place Jeff Arend lost in the first round. Rodger Brogdon used his second-round appearance to lock up the 10th and final place in Pro Stock, while Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Eddie Krawiec, LE Tonglet, David Hope, Karen Stoffer and Craig Treble were able to take the final five positions in the category with their eliminations appearances on Sunday.

    “I think we’ve got a fair shot at the title,” said former world champion Krawiec. “I think anything can happen.”

    Of the 40 drivers competing for the Full Throttle world championship in their respective categories, 13 are former world championship winners, with seven of those having two or more titles to their name. In the top two classes, Top Fuel and Funny Car, 15 of the 20 drivers are competing for their first world championship.

    The action and excitement of the NHRA Countdown to 1 playoff begins September 2 at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at historic O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.

    COMING ATTRACTIONS

    MAC TOOLS U.S. NATIONALS PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL, O’REILLY RACEWAY PARK AT INDIANAPOLIS, September 1–6: The famed Labor Day event at historic O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis is the first of six races in the Countdown to 1 playoffs. Defending event winners include Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel); Ashley Force Hood (Funny Car); Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock); and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

    O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS, zMAX DRAGWAY, September 16–19: The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its second stop of the season in North Carolina and second stop of the Countdown to 1 playoffs. Defending event winners include Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel); Robert Hight (Funny Car); Mike Edwards (Pro Stock); and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

    O’REILLY SUPER START BATTERIES NHRA FALL NATIONALS, TEXAS MOTORPLEX, September 23–26: The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its second stop in the Lone Star State and third stop of the Countdown to 1 playoffs. Defending event winners include Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel); Robert Hight (Funny Car); Greg Anderson (Pro Stock); and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

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    HE SAID, SHE SAID

    JOINING THE 500 CLUB: Top Fuel pilot Cory McClenathan on collecting his 500th career round win Sunday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd:

    “Coming in here knowing we had a chance to go 500 rounds, that was pretty cool, but it wasn’t what I was thinking about, obviously. We knew we had to go around Tony (Schumacher) to be able to get in second place. We knew we were going to have to take it away from him and go on to try to win the semis. We completed that, and I got my 500th round win.”

    INSIDE THE NUMBERS

    2: That’s the number of drivers since the Countdown to the Championship began in 2007 that have held the points lead after the regular season and have gone on to win the world championship at the end of the year. Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith did it in 2007 and Top Fuel pilot Tony Schumacher did it in 2009.

    DID YOU KNOW…

    …that of the Top 40 drivers competing in the Countdown to 1 playoffs, only 16 have won the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at historic O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis?

  •   motorhead
      Sam Memmolo (left) and Dave Bowman began hosting their new television series “Motorhead Garage” July 25, 2010.

    Masters Entertainment Group has announced its newest television series, "Motorhead Garage," featuring Sam Memmolo and Dave Bowman, formerly of “Shadetree Mechanic” and “Two Guys Garage.”

    The series debuted on Fox Sports Network (FSN) Sunday, July 25, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. nationwide and repeated on Monday, July 26, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. It will run for 12 consecutive weeks in these time slots for the third quarter of 2010. The series will then return to FSN in January 2011 for an additional 13 weeks.

    “We are extremely pleased to reunite this dynamic duo,” said Butch McCall, executive vice president of Masters. “Sam and Dave were the pioneers and originators of the automotive how-to programs. They developed the concept of step-by-step product installation designed to help automotive enthusiasts utilize the latest in aftermarket products.”

    The series will be archived on Masters Entertainment Group’s Internet television network at motorheadgaragetv.com, where viewers can watch episodes they might have missed on TV.

    “I’m excited about getting back to work with my long-time friend and co-host Dave Bowman and bringing back some 'honest how-to’ for all our friends in the car hobby,” said Memmolo. Bowman added: “I am really looking forward to once again sharing the garage and toolbox with my pal Sam and to bring to our audience the latest in technical information, products and procedures from all the manufacturers.”

    Those interested in having products featured by Memmolo and Bowman on “Motorhead Garage,” can contact Masters Entertainment Group at 423/968-7736 or e-mail Butch McCall.

  • TRAGEDY: Eight spectators were killed and at least a dozen injured when an off-road racing truck plowed into a crowd during a Mojave Desert Racing event in the Soggy Dry Lake Bed near Lucerne Valley, California, Saturday night.

    THIS BUD’S FOR YOU: Budweiser will sponsor Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick for 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point races in each of the next three seasons.

    GOLDEN GO: Tim Shaffer topped four-time and defending race winner Donny Schatz to win the 50th running of the Goodyear Knoxville Nationals sprint-car race at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway Saturday, earning $150,000 in the process.

    IN CHARGE:
    Tony Cotman has been hired by the IZOD IndyCar Series to serve as the project manager for the development of its 2012 technical program.

    NEW BOSS:
    Joie Chitwood III has been named the president of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, replacing former president Robin Braig effective immediately.

    HISTORIC FIRST:
    Brothers Tanner and Kody Swanson became the first brothers in the 40-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Series to finish one-two when Tanner Swanson beat Kody Swanson at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan, August 12.

    LABOR DAY FUN:
    The inaugural IZOD IndyCar Series Baltimore Grand Prix will be held over the Labor Day weekend (September 2–4) next season.

    NEW TEAM:
    Paul Menard will leave Richard Petty Motorsports to join Richard Childress Racing next season, bringing sponsorship from Menards, the home improvement company owned by his father John Menard, with him.

    BUSTED: Tommy Ellis, a former NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for defrauding the Internal Revenue Service of more than $133,000.

    CHEAPER HORSEPOWER:
    Officials from the Northeastern Midget Association and United States Speed Association are independently working with engine manufacturers to create cheaper, cost-effective midget racing engines, ranging from $17,000–$22,000, which should be available in 2011.

    WELCOME TO THE TEAM:
    Marcos Ambrose will drive the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports next year with sponsorship from Stanley Black & Decker.

    SUBSCRIBE: National Speed Sport News has been published weekly since 1934. To subscribe to National Speed Sport News, click here.

Shows & Events

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    SEMA Show exhibitors: Generate more buzz for your company and its products at the 2010 SEMA Show by offering products to builders through the SEMA Products for Project-Vehicle Builders list.

    From now until just days before the 2010 SEMA Show, the latest additions to this list are made available through SEMA eNews. Hundreds of builders access the list looking for the pieces to complete their builds. Product-placement opportunities such as this are so beneficial that many exhibitors offer products for free or at a greatly reduced rate.

    To place your product on the list, send your company name, a brief product description, contact information and a website where the products can be viewed to eNews@sema.org and put “Product List” in the e-mail subject line.

    Remember, builders will contact you directly, so make sure your contact information is accurate. New submissions will be included each week when available.

    Here are the most recent additions to the list:

    Engine/Underhood Components

    ODYSSEY Battery by EnerSys: Sealed, drycell batteries that provide superior cranking power, guaranteed longer service life, deep discharge recovery, vibration resistance and mounting flexibility. We complement these batteries with our line of ODYSSEY Ultimizer Chargers. Contact: April Tomalis, april.tomalis@enersys.com.

    Pypes Performance Exhaust: Wide variety of stainless steel exhaust products for classic, muscle and late-model performance vehicles. Diesel exhaust and stacks also available. Contact Mike Zimmerman, mikez@pypesexhaust.com.

    Moroso Performance Products and Competition Engineering: Moroso and its chassis company, Competition Engineering, has more than 3,500 products, including: oil pans, dry sump pumps/tanks, aluminum coolant/supercharger tanks, ignition wires, distributors, valve covers, tanks, accumulators, traction devices, shocks, roll bars, back half kits, tools and more. Contact: Thor Schroeder, thors@moroso.com, website: www.moroso.com, www.competitionengineering.com.

    Exterior Products/Accessories

    Moroso Performance Products and Competition Engineering: Moroso and its chassis company, Competition Engineering, has more than 3,500 products, including: oil pans, dry sump pumps/tanks, aluminum coolant/supercharger tanks, ignition wires, distributors, valve covers, tanks, accumulators, traction devices, shocks, roll bars, back half kits, tools and more. Contact: Thor Schroeder, thors@moroso.com, website: www.moroso.com, www.competitionengineering.com.

    Interior Products/Accessories

    MAXTRAX: Designer and manufacturer of an Australia-made, aggressive off-road recovery device. Developed to take the place of heavy, cumbersome vehicle-extraction equipment and weighing less than 4kg, MAXTRAX is easy to carry, maneuver and simple to use. Seeking build-ups in the off-road section of SEMA Show. Contact: Benjamin Meddows, benthepi@gmail.com, 443/955-1279. Website: www.maxtrax.com.au.

    Moroso Performance Products and Competition Engineering: Moroso and its chassis company, Competition Engineering, has more than 3,500 products, including: oil pans, dry sump pumps/tanks, aluminum coolant/supercharger tanks, ignition wires, distributors, valve covers, tanks, accumulators, traction devices, shocks, roll bars, back half kits, tools and more. Contact: Thor Schroeder, thors@moroso.com, website: www.moroso.com, www.competitionengineering.com.

    Shining Monkey Corp.: Car care products, wax, tire shine, detailer. Contact: Robert Dipede, 818/441-8550, 866/353-2500 (fax). Website: www.shiningmonkey.com.

    Powersports Products

    MARSHALL MOTOART: 5.5 cage kit for Polaris Rangers and additional accessories. Lift kits, suspension, light bars to transform the stock UTV into the ultimate UTV. Contact Jake, jakemarshallmotoart@gmail.com, 801/791-4616. Website: www.marshallmotoart.com.

    Suspension/Brakes

    Moroso Performance Products and Competition Engineering: Moroso and its chassis company, Competition Engineering, has more than 3,500 products, including: oil pans, dry sump pumps/tanks, aluminum coolant/supercharger tanks, ignition wires, distributors, valve covers, tanks, accumulators, traction devices, shocks, roll bars, back half kits, tools and more. Contact: Thor Schroeder, thors@moroso.com, website: www.moroso.com, www.competitionengineering.com.

    Performance Friction Brakes: High-performance brake kits for all vehicle types, from high-performance armored SUVs to the fastest race cars. Brake pads, discs, and zero-drag calipers. Calipers are available in custom colors. Contact: Nina Burgoon, nburgoon@performancefriction.com. Website: www.performancefriction.com.

    VIAIR Corporation: High-performance 12- and 24-volt air compressors for air suspension and off-road use. Custom dual performance compressor packages for air suspension and onboard air systems based on tire size available for vehicles intended for strictly off-road use. Must provide complete proposal for consideration. Contact: Lance Martz, lancem@viaircorp.com. Website: www.viaircorp.com.

    Wheels & Tires

    Konig Wheels: Wheels. Contact: Scott Weiss, sweiss@konigwheels.com, 516/822-5700, ext. 205. Website: www.konigwheels.com.

    Other Products & Accessories

    MARSHALL MOTOART: One Cool Stool and the One Cool Caster. Perfect shop stool and the only shop stool you will ever need to buy, the One Cool Stool, Heirloom Stool. Replace your casters with the One Cool Caster or replace your casters on any item you have. Patent-pending design. Contact: Jake, jakemarshallmotoart@gmail.com, 801/791-4616. Website: www.onecoolstool.com, www.marshallmotoart.com.

    Here are the previous additions to the list:

    Engine/Underhood Components

    aFe - advanced FLOW engineering: High-performance air filters, air intake systems, exhaust systems, manifolds and intercoolers for late-model car, SUV and powersport applications. All aFe product categories are available for approved SEMA projects. Contact: Jason Bruce, jbruce@afepower.com, 951/493-7147. Website: www.afepower.com.

    AIRAID Filter Company:
    Full line of cold air intakes, replacement filters and PowerAid throttle body spacers. Available for most trucks, SUVs and many new musclecars (Camaro, Charger, Challenger, Corvette and 2011 Mustang). Contact Brian Paravicini, brian@airaid.com, 800/498-6951, ext. 724. Website: www.airaid.com.

    AEM Induction: Full line of high-performance air intake systems and air filters for sport/compacts, modern-day musclecars, trucks and SUVs. Gas and diesel applications available. Contact: Lucio Tapia luciot@aemintakes.com.
    Website: www.aemintakes.com.

    ANSA: Silverline exhaust products. Performance stainless steel exhaust systems and stacks for light-duty diesel pickups. Exhaust systems for European exotics and proto-typing for project and custom cars. Contact: Robert Diotte, bobd@ansaautomotive.com. Website: www.Ansaautomotive.com.

    Ansen USA: Valve covers, air cleaners and breathers. Contact: Ariel Rider, Ariel@ansenusa.com, 310/534-1837. Website: www.AnsenUsa.com.

    ATS Diesel: Performance products for diesel trucks. Contact: Matt Bozarth, matt@atsdiesel.com, 866/408-7916. Website: www.atsdiesel.com/SEMA.

    Bully Dog Technologies: WatchDog and GT tuners for gas and diesel cars, trucks and SUVs. The GT adds power and economy and drive train and vehicle tuning/adjustability in one unit. The WatchDog also serves as a multi-function digital gauge, diagnostic tool and performance tester. Also offering enclosed cold air intakes for gas and diesel trucks. Contact: Mike DeFord, mike@bullydog.com, 208/226-2500. Website: www.bullydog.com.

    CFMPlus LLC: Intake manifolds for Dodge 5.9L and Ford 6.0L/7.3L diesel trucks. Contact: John Moore, 760/598-2478, ext. 1. Website: www.cfmplus.com.

    DeatschWerks: High-flow, high-performance, drop-in fitment fuel injectors offered in flow-matched sets. Contact: David Deatsch, 405/217-0701. Website: www.deatschwerks.com.

    Dynojet Research: Automotive performance products (piggyback EMS) for select vehicles. The CMD is designed to optimize the power of your OEM forced induction vehicle while retaining the factory engine management system and allows the user to precisely alter the fuel and boost, working in parallel with OBD2. Also available, the universal Wideband 2 air/fuel ratio monitor with gauge. Check the website for available vehicle applications. Contact: Keith Lockliear, klockliear@dynojet.com, 800/992-4993. Website: www.dynojetcmd.com.

    DynoMax Performance Exhaust: DynoMax Performance Exhaust dyno-proven, power-enhancing exhaust systems and components and a complete line-up of mufflers for a full range of domestic and import passenger cars, light trucks, Jeeps and SUVs. Contact: Christine Bowser, chrissy@pinnmedia.com, 330/688-3515.

    Eaton: Eaton Aeroquip Performance AQP and StartLite hose, fittings and adapters for hot rods, race cars, light trucks and musclecars. Contact: Beth Mooney, bethmmooney@eaton.com, 419/891-7619. Website: www.eaton.com/aeroquipperformance.

    Flowmaster Inc.: Complete exhaust systems and individual Flowmaster and Hushpower mufflers. Contact Cam Benty, cam.benty@flowmastermufflers.com, 707/694-1863.

    Gibson Performance Exhaust: Performance stainless steel and aluminized exhaust and street legal headers in chrome, stainless steel and ceramic. Contact: Robert, Gibsonperformance1@gibsonperformance.com, 800/528-3044, ext.112, or visit www.gibsonexhaust.com/sponsorship for the sponsorship form. Website: www.Gibsonperformance.com.

    HP Tuners: Chips and tuning. If your SEMA project needs tuning, HP Tuners wants to help you out. Contact Jay Payson, Jay@HPTuners.com. Website: www.HPTuners.com.

    Innovate Motorsports: OT-2—a simple device that wirelessly connects your iPhone, iPod Touch or PC to your OBDII compliant vehicle. When used with the free Logworks Mobile app, the OT-2 transforms your iPhone/iPod Touch into a wireless gauge, OBDII Scan Tool, Data Logger, Dyno and performance meter and efficiency meter. Contact: Sean Crawford, scrawford@doverpmi.com, 714/372-5910, ext. 4273. Website: www.ot-2.com.

    K&N Engineering Inc.: High-flow intake systems, OE replacement air filters and high-performance oil filters for most vehicles and powersports applications. Contact: Lucio Tapia, luciot@knfilters.com, 951/826-4000, ext. 4350. Website: www.knfilters.com.

    Linear Logic: ScanGaugeII compact, multifunction automotive computer. It is a trip computer, digital gauges (four simultaneous) and also a scan tool for reading and clearing trouble codes. Contact Joey Snyder, joey.snyder@linear-logic.com, 888/433-5664. Website: www.scangauge.com.

    Maradyne High Performance Fans: High-performance electric cooling fans with sealed motors. Molded from glass filled nylon, single- and dual-shrouded fans available. Contact: Susan Robinson, 817/428-3636, ext. 655. Website: www.maradynehp.com.

    Painless Performance Products: Dual fan controllers, dual battery controller, vehicle convenience module, fuel injection harnesses, integrated fuel injection/chassis harnesses, chassis harnesses. Specific models of interest to Painless: Digital Power Manager (Dual Battery Controller, part # 40120); Painless Convenience Module (part # 63040); Perfect Flow Fuel Delivery System (part # 65100); F5 Dual Fan Controller (part # 30140); F5 Single Fan Controller (part # 30141); Integrated LS1-4L60E EFI and 26 Circuit Chassis Harness (part # 60608); Integrated GM Gen III 4.8, 5.3, 6.0L – 4L60E EFI and 26-Circuit Chassis Harness (part # 60617); 2003-06 GM Gen III 4.8, 5.3, 6.0L Electronic Throttle– 4L60E Fuel Injection Harness (part # 60221); 1997-04 GM LS1 Electronic Throttle – 4L60E Fuel Injection Harness (part # 60522); 2006-08 GM LS2, LS3, LS7 Electronic Throttle– 4L60#, 4L65E, Manual Transmission Fuel Injection Harness (part # 60524). Contact: Gary W. Wright, 817/244-6212, ext. 1026. Website: www.painlessperformance.com.

    PerTronix Inc.: Performance ignition products—distributors, coils, spark plug wires. Doug's Headers—Exhaust headers for musclecars, and trucks; electronic exhaust cut outs. Patriot Exhaust Products—Exhaust headers for street rods, musclecars and trucks, Smithy Mufflers, VaraFlow tunable mufflers, side pipes and exhaust products. JBA Performance Exhaust—Exhaust headers and performance exhaust systems for classic and late-model performance cars. Contact: Don Lindfors, dlindfords@pertronix.com. Websites: www.pertronix.com; www.dougsheaders.com; www.patriotexhaust.com; www.jbaexhaust.com.

    ProCharger (ATI): Superchargers and complete intercooled supercharger systems. Contact Cary Pangrac, cpangrac@procharger.com. Website: www.procharger.com.

    Pure Power! Lifetime Oil, Fuel and Transmission Filters: Cleanable billet and stainless steel lifetime filters offers green plus performance in more than 30,000 direct spin-on applications for foreign, domestic, gasoline, diesel, bio-diesel engines ranging from motorcycles to big-rigs. Drop-in cartridge and remote designs are also available. Contact: Fran Cyrus, fran@gopurepower.com, 800/750-0827. Website: www.GoPurePower.com.

    SLP Performance Parts Inc.: Performance and appearance products for late-model musclecars and GM Trucks and SUVs. Contact: Kevin Woodruff, kwoodruff@slpnj.com, 732/349-2109. Website: www.slponline.com; www.slponline.com/slp_sema_show.asp.

    Spectre Performance: High-performance air intake systems, air filters and chrome engine detailing accessories for musclecars and modern-day musclecars, trucks and SUVs. Contact: Julie Wright, juliew@spectreperformance.com, 909/673-9800. Website: www.spectreperformance.com.

    Superchips Inc.: Flashpaq performance programmer—high-performance, hand-held tuners for most Ford, GM, Dodge/Chrysler, Nissan and Jeep applications. Tuning available for high-performance, heavy load, off-road, fuel economy and diesel racing. Contact: Brian Fletcher, bfletcher@superchips.com, 407/585-7000. Website: www.superchips.com.

    TechAFX: Underhood, engine dress-up products for 2010 and later V8-powered Camaros—the Hose Relo kit, EVAP Hider Hose and more—that release the true beauty of the LS V8 engine. Contact: Larry Filipczak, larry@techafx.com, 248/925-8314. Website: www.techafx.com.

    Thrush Exhaust: Wide range of header-back exhaust systems for musclecars, a complete array of stainless steel mufflers and several options of its legendary red hot Glasspack mufflers. Contact: Christine Bowser, chrissy@pinnmedia.com, 330/688-3515.

    XS Power: High power AGM and lithium batteries for all forms of racing and high-end mobile audio and marine installations. Sealed, non-spillable, non-corrosive, vibration-resistant design. Contact: Scottie Johnson, scottie@xspowerbatteries.com, 888-4XS-POWER, ext. 1209. Website: www.4XSPOWER.com.

    Exterior Products/Accessories

    Advantage Truck Accessories: Advantage tonneau covers. Contact: Jeff Fink, 574/293-0979. Website: www.AdvantageTruckAccessories.com.

    Al’s Liner Do-it-Yourself Coatings: Al’s Do-it-Yourself Bed Liner is an 86% solids content urethane/acrylic blend. The simple batch system allows users to apply in any color, texture or thickness and is ideal for automotive undercoating, interior sound deadening, trailer flooring and much more. Contact: Dana Mitchell, dana@alsliner.com, 800/999-6841. Website: www.alsliner.com.

    A.R.E.: Fiberglass tonneau covers and truck caps custom made to fit today’s most popular trucks. A.R.E. caps and covers are painted to match using the OEM paint code for a high-quality appearance. Contact: Casey Milano, casey@mcculloughpr.com. Website: www.4are.com.

    BASF Refinish: A full range of waterborne and solvent-borne basecoat systems from Glasurit, R-M and Limco. Also a full line of custom products including Carizzma Colors, Foose Signature series, Flat Paint and Candy's. Contact: Brian Fox (Fox Marketing), brian@foxmarketing.net, 717/718-5505. Website: www.basfrefinish.com.

    BedRug Inc.: Molded, closed-cell polypropylene foam bedliners. BedRug liners are durable, comfortable and versatile. Contact: Ryan Herman, rherman@bedrug.com, 734/434-3524.

    Bedslide:
    Bedslide cargo management system offers easy access to your truck's, van's or SUV's load. Contact David McInturf for qualification sheet and to discuss your plans. Contact: David McInturf, 888/807-0099 (toll free), 541/842-2771 (direct). Website: www.bedslide.com.

    BOLT Series Locks:
    Padlocks, receiver locks, cable locks and spare tire locks that work with the vehicle's (GM, Ford, Chrysler or Jeep) key. Contact: Erika Garcia, ggarcia@strattec.com, 414/247-3552. Website: www.BOLTlock.com.

    California Pony Cars: Premium-quality products for '64–'73 classic Mustangs and 2005–2011 Mustangs. Contact: Jamiel George, Jamiel@calponycars.com, 909/923-2357. Website: www.calponycars.com.

    Cequent Performance Products: Towing and trailer accessories. Contact: Carol Doney, cdoney@cequentgroup.com.
    Website: www.cequentgroup.com.

    Eagle Enterprises Inc.: Striping and vinyl graphics. Contact: Wayne Casimir, 800/874-9564, 316/945-8500. Website: www.eagleict.com.

    EGR Incorporated: Full line of exterior plastic accessories for trucks, SUVs and cars. Products include, but are not limited to, No Drill Fender Flares, No Drill Hood Protectors, Side WindowVisors and Bed Rail Caps. Contact: info@egrusa.com, 909/923-7075. Website: www.egrusa.com.

    Extang: Extang tonneau covers. Contact: Renee Dettling, renee@extang.com, 734/434-3508. Website: www.extang.com.

    Finishlinewest: Stonehenge Series hard parts for Jeeps—various products for the two- or four-door Jeep Wrangler JK. Contact: 760/885-6054, stonehengeseries@gmail.com. Website: www.stonehengeseries.com.

    Go Industries Inc.: Big Tex and Rancher grille guards. Nerf bars, tailgates and rack systems. Contact: Scott Covelli, scott@goindustries.com, 800/527-4345. Website: www.goindustries.com.

    Go Rhino! Products: Nerf bars, grille guards, steps, bed bars and hitch steps. Contact: Kathryn Gallagher, kathryn@gorhino.com, 888/427-4466. Website: www.gorhino.com.

    Husky Liners: Custom-molded floor and cargo liners—vehicle specific automotive carpet protection products; available for trucks, SUVs, cars and vans. Custom-molded mud guards—vehicle-specific applications for trucks and SUVs. Gear box, an interior vehicle storage system; vehicle-specific applications that fit under back seat of extended/crew cab trucks. Headlite Guard—vehicle specific applications, available for trucks, SUVs and cars. Husky Shield clear, paint protection film designed to protect your vehicle’s leading edge from road debris; vehicle specific-applications, available for trucks, SUVs and cars. Contact: Bennett Jackson, bjackson@huskyliners.com, 620/221-2268 Website: www.huskyliners.com.

    Innovative Vehicle Solutions: Chevy Camaro 2010 and up, IVS Havoc full aero kit, consisting of lower front chin spoiler with brake cooling openings; side rockers featuring accent lines that tie-in with the front chin spoiler; aggressively styled rear spoiler; rear two-piece diffuser with a paintable outer section and optional carbon fiber hydrogrpahics on the center section, designed to provide a performance look and hide the low hanging factory exhaust cans. All of the parts are hard tooled and made from urethane, not fiberglass. The kit was designed and developed for an OE fit and finish, with minimal install time. There is no drilling into metal, and most parts use the stock attachment locations. Note: The front chin spoiler only fits the SS models, all of the other components fit both the SS and six-cylinder models. IVS Havoc Wheels designed around the OE Staggered fitment (20 X 8 front, 20 X 9 rear); PVD coated (the new chrome); will not chip or peal and is fully validated for OE applications; available in black or bright finish; center cap bore dimension is the same as the OE wheels, so the end user can keep the heritage look with inserting the OE bowtie center caps. IVS Havoc stripe package, manufacturer and material is the same as the OE rally stripe package offered by GM; rear spoiler stripe extension allows the customer to continue the OE rally stripes onto the Havoc spoiler. IVS rear vision systems for Dodge full size truck, Ford fullsize trucks. Contact: Adam Moore, 248/298-3112. Website: www.ivsauto.com.

    Little Boys Offroad Toys LLC: The GEARSAFE—a versatile, steel, lockable toolbox inconspicuously disguised as a spare tire carrier for Jeep, SUV or trailers with vertically mounted spare tires. No drilling and no welding required for factory JEEP JK applications. Vehicles with aftermarket swing away tire carriers and trailers can use the specially designed GEARSAFE mounting plate to bolt on The GEARSAFE with the enclosed hardware. The GEARSAFE comes in various diameters, widths and lug patterns. Contact: Matt Little, 866/604-8021. Website: www.thegearsafe.com.

    Mile Marker Inc.: Self-recovery electric and hydraulic winches. Contact: Susanne Krentz, susannemk@milemarker.com, 800/426-8646.

    Owens Products: Made in the U.S.A. custom running boards, tool boxes and UTV boxes. Contact: Kathy Knautz, kathy@owensproducts.com. Website: www.owens-pro.com.

    Penda Corporation: Bedliners: Penda Skid Resistor, Pendaliner and Duraliner. Penda Venture tonneau cover. Penda Hide-A-Hook tie downs. Contact: Thyra Jean Ludwig, thyraludwig@penda.com, 608/742-5301, ext. 7838. Website: www.penda.com/automotive.

    Poly Performance Inc.: High-end Jeep, truck and buggy accessories. Jeep JK Wrangler (2007–current) Synergy Suspension line and additional JK accessories. Contact: Dave Schlossberg, 805/783-2060, ext. 203. Website: www.polyperformance.com.

    Räv Design: Custom design, digital printing and vinyl graphics for any car, truck or SUV. Contact: Nikki Hess, 714/743-3199. Website: www.ravdesign.com.

    RealWheels Corp.: Billet, stainless steel and black trim accessories for the 2010+ Chevy Camaro. Products include grille kits, billet pedals, shift knobs, fuel doors and additional race-inspired accessories. Smart Car accessories (interior and exterior). A complete line of stainless steel accessories including bumper bars, grille kits, roll-bars and more. Billet, stainless steel and black trim accessories for the 2007+ Jeep Wrangler JK. Aggressive brushguard designs, light-grilles and taillight guards. Interior replacement pedals, shift knobs and air vents. Contact: Jhan R. Dolphin, jdolphin@realwheels.com, 800/982-1180. Website: www.realwheels.com.

    RETRAX Truck Bed Covers: RETRAX retractable truck bed cover; silver RETRAX retractable truck bed cover. Contact: Andy Nephew, marketing@rolltopcover.com, 701/746-5596. Website: www.rolltopcover.com.

    Retro USA: Retro-styled chrome bumpers, trim and moldings for the ’05–’09 Mustang, ’08–’10 Challenger and ’10 Camaro. CHROME-TECH products feature chrome film laminated to TPO plastic. Other products include paintable retro-styled moldings using TPO plastics and graphics. Contact: Gary Green, garygreen@frontiernet.net, 612/202-8422. Website: www.retrousa.net.

    Rhino Linings Corporation: Sprayed-on truck bedliner. Contact: Jenny Clifford jclifford@rhinolinings.com, 858/410-6020. Website: www.rhinolinings.com.

    Rocky Ridge Products: Stainless steel roof rack systems for Jeep Wranglers, JKs and TJs. Contact: David Barnard, dbarnard@rockyridgeproducts.com, 440/241-3638. Website: www.RockyRidgeProducts.com.

    Smartwax: SMARTONE product for all featured vehicles. Contact: Jeff Maldonado, 800/295-8070. Website: www.smartwax.com.

    SilverHorse Racing: Tru-Billet interior and exterior products for '94–'11 Ford Mustangs as well as patented Honeycomb trunk panel, grille inserts and flush-mount louvers for the '05–'11 Mustang. Contact: Marcello Canitano, info@silverhorseracing.com. Website: www.SilverHorseRacing.com.

    Steele Rubber Products: Rubber parts and weatherstripping for American-made cars, trucks and street rods, primarily GM-based vehicles. Please provide information on vehicle at www.steelerubber.com/showcar. Contact: Eric Saltrick, esaltrick@steelerubber.com. Website: www.steelerubber.com.

    T-Rex Grilles: Traditional billet grilles, mesh grilles, luxury grilles, and X-Treme studded mesh grilles for cars, trucks, SUV and exotics. Grille series include billet grilles, Upper Class Series mesh grilles, Sport Series mesh grilles, HEX Series grilles and Dresden Auto luxury grilles. We also manufacture and design various styles of direct fit and universal side vents, hood vents and trim accessories. Contact: Victor Casillas, victor@trexbillet.com. Website: www.trexbillet.com.

    TruXedo: Soft roll-up tonneau covers for any make or model of truck. Contact: Rachel Fernandez, rachelf@truxedo.com, 877/878-9336, ext. 287. Website: www.truxedo.com.

    UnderCover Truck Bed Covers: UnderCover SE smooth, ready-to-paint tonneau covers. Contact: Jason Hutchens (jhutchens@undercoverinfo.com) or Sally Goldberg (sally@undercoverinfo.com). Website: www.UnderCoverInfo.com.

    Westin Automotive Products: Rear step bumpers, front-end products, step-up products, off-road products and body trim products. Contact: Gaby Cortes, gcortes@westinautomotive.com, 626/960-6762, ext. 451. Website: www.westinautomotive.com.

    Interior Products/Accessories

    Bedslide:
    Bedslide cargo management system offers easy access to the load in your truck, van or SUV. Contact David McInturf for a qualification sheet and to discuss your plans. Contact: David McInturf, 888/807-0099 (toll free), 541/842-2771 (direct). Website: www.bedslide.com.

    California Pony Cars: Premium-quality products for '64–'73 classic Mustangs and '05–'11 Mustangs. Contact: Jamiel George, Jamiel@calponycars.com, 909/923-2357. Website: www.calponycars.com.

    NRG Innovations: The Gen 3—the newest edition to the quick-release family—making it even easier on the driver to be able to take off the steering wheel. Available colors: red, blue, green, gold, orange, gun metal, black and bronze. Website: www.getnrg.com.

    Pecca Leather: Offering customized leather seat covers for domestic and import cars and trucks. Contact: Jeff Cater, jeff@pecca.us, 562/623-0781. Website: www.peccaleather.com.

    RealWheels Corp.: Billet, stainless steel and black trim accessories for the 2010+ Chevy Camaro. Products include grille kits, billet pedals, shift knobs, fuel doors and additional race-inspired accessories. Smart Car accessories (interior and exterior). A complete line of stainless steel accessories, including bumper bars, grille kits, roll-bars and more. Billet, stainless steel and black trim accessories for the 2007+ Jeep Wrangler JK. Aggressive brushguard designs, light-grilles and taillight guards. Interior replacement pedals, shift knobs and air vents. Contact: Jhan R. Dolphin, jdolphin@realwheels.com, 800/982-1180. Website: www.realwheels.com.

    SilverHorse Racing: Tru-Billet interior and exterior products for '94–'11 Ford Mustangs, as well as patented Honeycomb trunk panel, grille inserts and flush-mount louvers for the '05–'11 Mustang. Contact: Marcello Canitano, info@silverhorseracing.com. Website: www.SilverHorseRacing.com.

    Speed Dawg: Shift knobs. Contact: Chris Figdore, 717/741-2665. Website: www.speeddawg.com.

    US Speedo Exotic Gauges: OEM-quality gauge restyling products. Variety of restyling options that include stainless steel kits and Daytona edition to limited-edition packages, such as the Aqua Mariner edition and Presidential edition. US Speedo Exotic Gauges are available for most popular cars, trucks and SUVs. Contact Nick McLanahan nickm@motorcityproducts.com, 810/244-0909. Website: www.usspeedo.com.

    Powersports Products

    Dynojet Research: Powersports performance products for fuel-injected vehicles. Dynojet’s Power Commander fuel-injection modification module is available in hundreds of motorcycle, ATV and UTV applications. Popular accessories include the Quick Shifter, AutoTune and LCD. Contact: Dusty Schaller, dusty@dynojet.com, 800/992-4993. Website: www.powercommander.com.

    Suspension/Brakes

    BDS Suspension: Complete suspension systems—from leveling kits to 8-inch lifts—available for most all U.S. manufactured vehicles. Contact: Mike Maloney, mmaloney@bds-suspension.com. Website: www.bds-suspension.com.

    Daystar Products International: Truck, Jeep and SUV suspension leveling kits, lift kits, Scorpion shock absorbers, body lifts, Jeep interior dash panels, winch accessories, motor and transmission mounts, bump stops, and suspension bushings. Contact: Trent McGee, 623/215-0459. Website: www.daystarweb.com.

    Eibach Springs Inc.: High-performance sport springs, sway bars, motorsport springs and hub-centric wheel spacers for late-model car, truck and SUV applications. Contact: Ryan Hoegner, rhoegner@eibach.com, 951/256-8300. Website: www.eibach.com.

    Energy Suspension: Polyurethane suspension and drivetrain components. Contact: Mike Papazian, mpapazian@energysuspension.com. Website: www.energysuspension.com.

    Hellwig Products Co. Inc.: High-performance sway bars for street performance cars, musclecars, trucks, Jeep TJ and JK and custom applications. Materials include DOM tubular, solid bar and alloy heat-treated solid sway bars for most applications. Air suspension and helper spring kits for load-control applications. Contact Nancy Souza, nsouza@hellwigproducts.com, Melanie White, mwhite@hellwigproducts.com or David Wheeler dwheeler@hellwigproducts.com. Website: www.hellwigproducts.com.

    MGP Caliper Covers: Disc brake caliper covers officially licensed by Ford and GM. Custom engraving and paint available. Applications available for domestic and import vehicles. Contact: Ben Wong, ben.wong@calipercovers.com, 619/754-4099. Website: www.calipercovers.com.

    Rancho Suspension: Entire line of performance suspension and off-road accessories, including award-winning suspension systems, shock absorbers, tuning systems, wireless controllers and a brand-new line of off-road protection gear. Available for 4WD and 2WD trucks, SUVs, and Jeep applications. Contact: Christine Bowser, chrissy@pinnmedia.com, 330/688-3515.

    Superlift Suspension Systems: Lift and leveling kits for trucks, Jeeps and SUVs. Please allow for a four- to six-week delivery time when requesting products for newly introduced vehicles. Contact: Joey Arbogast, jarbogast@superlift.com, 318/397-3024. Website: www.superlift.com.

    Wheels & Tires

    PDK Wheels: Custom wheels from Greed Wheels, Von Max Luxury Alloys and Mamba Offroad Alloys ranging in sizes from 15 to 26 inches. Contact: Amber Kliest, amber@pdkwheels.com. Websites: www.greedwheels.com, www.mambawheels.com, www.vonmaxwheels.com.

    Vossen Wheels: High-end one-piece wheels with sizes ranging from 19-inch to 22-inch and widths up to 12.5 inches. Contact: Jav, jav@vossenwheels.com, 305/463-7778.

  •   Chuck Schwartz
      SEMA Show Manager Chuck Schwartz of ConvExx will co-present a webinar highlighting services that will help exhibitors maximize their SEMA Show investment.

    Exhibiting at the SEMA Show is a major investment. Studies have consistently shown that exhibitors who engage buyers prior to an event will have a more successful Show. Don't just wait for buyers to find you—connect with them now!

    The SEMA Show has FREE tools and resources available to exhibiting companies to maximize exposure and connect with buyers. This free webinar session will highlight the following FREE exhibitor tools:

    • Exhibitor invitations (to buyers) - customizing a SEMA Show e-mail campaign in just 20 minutes
    • Listing in official online SEMA Show Directory and printed SEMA Show Directory and Pocket Guide
    • Display your product in the New Products Showcase
    • Distribution of your press releases/kits at the SEMA Show Media Center
    • Scheduled press conferences
    • And more...

    The webinar will be co-presented by Shelly Purcell (Exhibitor Invites) and Chuck Schwartz (ConvExx). Participate in the live presentation or download the webinar when it's convenient. Visit www.SEMA.org/events/webinars to register.

    For more information on the SEMA Webinar Program and to view a list of all upcoming SEMA webinars, visit www.sema.org/webinars.

  • Following are dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows, webinars and activities. Click on an item for more details.

    For association-related travel, contact Manya Petropaki (manya.p@travelstoreusa.com) at Travel Store USA, 949/930-9268.

    SEMA Show Exhibitor Deadlines

    SEMA Show Exhibitors: Listed below are important deadlines for the 2010 SEMA Show, including deadlines to receive the advance rate for services, such as telephone and Internet orders, utilities, audio/video and more. Click on the link for each item to access more information or the relevant forms.

  •   signage
      The 2010 SEMA Show exhibitor generating the most qualified buyers by October 1, 2010, will receive $25,000 worth of on-site signage for use at the Show.
    The newly launched Exhibitor Invites program allows exhibitors to create their own customized e-mail campaigns by sending up to three e-mails to an unlimited number of buyers and prospects of the 2010 SEMA Show. The exhibitor who generates the most qualified buyers by October 1, 2010, will receive $25,000 worth of on-site signage for the Show.

    Currently, there are seven users who have completed the process, sending or scheduling a grand total of 70,878 e-mails. Fifty companies have logged on to the system. Alientech Srl, the umbrella company for $2.95 Guys, 3A Venture Ltd. and Alea Leather Specialist, is leading with 14,261 e-mails sent or scheduled.

    Program features include:

    • Discounts, incentives, company information and new-product announcements.

    • Upload buyer and prospect files to Exhibitor Invites' bonded and licensed third-party e-mail service: Global IntelliSystems. Each list is 100% secure and will not be shared with anyone (not even SEMA).

    • Company name, logo, booth number and customized message is included as part of the three separate html e-mails. Exhibitors approve the message and the schedule while SEMA pays for the whole thing.

    • Boost awareness about each exhibitor’s company and help ensure that all key customers and prospects attend the 2010 SEMA Show and stop by the exhibitor’s booth.

    SEMA will host a webinar on Thursday, September 2, 2010, to bring exhibitors up-to-speed on the Exhibitor Invites system (look for a webinar registration e-mail shortly). To get started, click here. Your user name is your e-mail address and your password is sema2010.

    Contact Shelly Purcell at 319/521-3340 with any questions about using the Exhibitor Invites program. If you have any problems using the system, send an e-mail to services@exhibitorinvites.com.

  • A photo collection of Kia vehicles on display at the 2009 SEMA Show from Kinetik, B&B Equipment Sales/Ikotec, Sherwood Automotive, Kia Motors America Inc., Street Scene Equipment and Baja Designs/Soltek Light Systems.

  •   truck
      off-road
      The Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road section of the SEMA Show is consistently one of the largest as nearly 50% of all buyers seek products in this market.
    As the world’s premier automotive specialty-products trade show, the 2010 SEMA Show, to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 2–5, 2010, attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries and also provides a unique opportunity for buyers and exhibitors to connect.

    The Show covers the entire realm of the specialty-equipment industry and is comprised of 12 categories: Business Services; Global Tire Expo—Powered by TIA; Hot Rod Alley; Mobile Electronics & Technology; Paint, Body & Equipment; Powersports & Utility Vehicles; Racing & Performance; Restoration Marketplace; Restyling & Car Care Accessories; Tools & Equipment; Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road; and Wheels & Accessories.

    Each will be highlighted separately every week in SEMA eNews. This week’s category is Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road. So far, more than 227 truck, SUV and off-road companies—including 41 first-timers—are exhibiting in the upper level of South Hall, along with the New Products Showcase, registration and the Powersports & Utility Vehicles section.

    Truck, SUV and off-road enthusiasts are among the most passionate consumers, as they continue to personalize their trucks and invest in their hobbies. Despite increasing gas prices, the trucks, SUVs and off-road market generated about $5.6 billion in annual sales in 2009, making the market the industry’s second largest segment.

    With items ranging from tonneau covers and bedliners to toolboxes, trailer hitches and suspensions, the market covers a wide variety of products and accessories. Not surprisingly, the Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road section at the 2010 SEMA Show will be one of the event’s largest sections.

    “The Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road section is one of the most popular at the SEMA Show, with nearly 50% of all buyers seeking products in this market,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of communications and events. “Located just steps away from registration and the New Products Showcase, buyers will be able to get to the area quickly and easily.”

    The New Products Showcase includes two truck, SUV and off-road categories: off-road/four-wheel drive and van/pickup/sport-utility. Other New Products Showcase categories that may feature truck-related products include the interior accessory category and the exterior accessory category.

    “With exhibitors spread out throughout 1 million sq.-ft., the New Products Showcase is a helpful tool for buyers to stop by the Showcase before even hitting the exhibit floor,” said MacGillivray.

    Awards are presented to the best new product in each Showcase category, making it even easier for buyers to identify the hottest products. The presentation takes place at the New Products Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, November 2, right before the SEMA Show officially opens at 9:00 a.m. The breakfast is a great way to kick off the SEMA Show, and tickets are available for free on a limited basis to all Showgoers.

    Also of interest to truck, SUV and off-road professionals is the Off-Road Proving Ground. Prominently located outside on the South side of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the area includes live, daily demonstrations from the Lucas Oil Racing Series. A special networking reception hosted by the SEMA Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) will allow professionals in this market an opportunity to mix and mingle, while more than 140 educational seminars aimed to help attendees to discover new business strategies will take place during the week.

    Click here to view the entire list of manufacturers exhibiting in the Trucks, SUVs & Off-Road section.

  •   Powersports Industry Leaders Roundtable
      Leaders from the powersports and auto performance industries will engage audience members and seek industry synergies during the Powersports Industry Leaders Roundtable at the 2010 SEMA Show.

    Recognizing a shared love of speed, fun and performance among automotive and powersports enthusiasts, SEMA formed the Powersports Advisory Group and its mission to help create business opportunities across the two industries.

    This panel of leading powersports and specialty-equipment industry experts will lead an open-forum roundtable during the 2010 SEMA Show, engaging audience members to explore initiatives and solutions that can benefit both markets.

    Speakers and panelists at Powersports Industry Leaders Roundtable include:

    • Sean Finley, Group Publisher, Motorcycle Group, Source Interlink Media
    • Troy Lee, customizer/owner, Troy Lee Designs
    • Donnie Emler, Director of Marketing, FMF Racing
    • Bart Hayes, owner, PowersportGrafx
    • Glen Laivins, founder, Cycra Racing
    • Carrie Coombs-Russell, Vice President/CFO, MX Sports
    • Justyn Amstutz, Senior Vice President, NPA Auctions
    • Gart Sutton, President, Gart Sutton Associates
    • Wilfried Eibach, CEO/founder, Eibach
    • Charlie Schultz, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Kicker
    • Steve Johnson, President, Tucker Rocky (invited)
    • Coy Gibbs, founder, Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross (invited)
    • Paul Czaplicki, Engagement Marketing Manager, Toyota (invited)
    • John Waraniak (moderator), Vice President, Vehicle Technology, SEMA
    The Powersports Industry Leaders Roundtable is scheduled Thursday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m., in Room N262-N264 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. To view the more than 70 free education sessions offered at the 2010 SEMA Show, visit http://www.SEMA.org/eLearning.
  •   coonradt
      Author and productivity expert Charles “Chuck” Coonradt will speak at the SCRS Repairer Driven Education series at the 2010 SEMA Show.

    Excitement within the collision-repair industry continues to grow as the 2010 SEMA Show approaches, and with it the debut of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education (RDE). This year, the collision repair industry will have a stronger and larger presence at the 2010 SEMA Show, with both an expanded footprint in the Paint, Body & Equipment section and through RDE seminars offered November 4–5 and tailored to collision-repair businesses.

    Kicking off the educational track will be Charles “Chuck” Coonradt, an internationally recognized author, consultant and speaker in the fields of goal setting and profit improvement. In 1973, he wrote The Game of Work to answer the charge that U.S. productivity was not world-class. The Game of Work takes the winning techniques of sports and recreation and applies them to the workplace to increase profitability, productivity, personal satisfaction and success.

    Coonradt's methodology includes teaching the principles that unlock keys to employee involvement, engagement and energy, thereby affecting a company's bottom line.

    SCRS recently had the opportunity to catch up with Coonradt to discuss the upcoming class he’ll be delivering at RDE.

    SCRS: Your seminar opens up a series of more than 21 repairer-driven educational classes being offered by SCRS at the SEMA Show. How does the information you have to present set the tone for the event?

    Chuck Coonradt: Unless you yourself are the one pounding the metal, sanding, painting and detailing, your success and the success of the business depends on the performance of others. The classes being presented within the RDE program deal with the “nuts and bolts” of the day-to-day scenarios facing the industry and the specific skill sets required in the repair of the vehicle. The concepts I will be presenting deal with motivating those who perform those operations. Understanding The Game of Work will help a leader/owner to better absorb and, more importantly, apply the content presented in the rest of the classes.

    SCRS: Our objective in bringing the collision industry into the SEMA Show was to broaden a repairer’s thinking about how they can introduce different revenue streams into their businesses and how they can think outside of the box to better service their customers. Your course content helps them to look within their companies to better service their employees. Explain a little bit about the principles you are looking to discuss.

    CC: There are five principles in the motivation of recreation that drive The Game of Work. First, feedback is more frequent in recreation than it is in work. (Whether a customer or employee, everybody wants to know ‘how am I doing.’) Secondly, the scorekeeping is better in recreation than it is in work. (In baseball, we have hitting streaks or even innings pitched without giving up a hit; in business, we track errors, comebacks and misprints, so no wonder our folks hate ‘tracking.’) Third, the goals are more clearly defined in recreation than they are at work. (Ever been in a shop where, temporarily, we sacrifice quality for speed to complete?) Fourth, the coaching is more consistent in recreation (they don't change the rules in the middle of the game). Consistency is the most desired attribute in a coach. Fifth, there is a higher degree of personal choice in recreation. When people feel choice, you get ownership, and good artisans always ‘sign’ their work.

    SCRS: As repairers from a vast array of different business make-ups, from consolidators and multi-store operators to the mom-and-pop store with five employees, what can attendees expect to leave with after attending your seminar?


    CC: No matter the size, each of us succeeds based on our ability to get energy, engagement and enthusiasm from our people. The Game of Work teaches the secrets to tapping the motivation of recreation and making it a part of the workplace, regardless of the size of the workforce. The attendees can expect to leave the presentation with the basics of engaging the people in the workforce; the application of which will enhance their daily lives and produce great successes.

    SCRS: Your business topics are general practices that all businesses can benefit from. Are there specific areas that relate better to the collision industry?

    CC: There are estimated to be more than 40,000 collision-repair facilities operating in the United States. It is safe to assume that most of them do most things correctly. Most of the cars are repaired correctly. Most of the customers are satisfied. Most of the repairs are conducted profitably. MOST! What differentiates those in the “most” category from those in the “best” category is the energy within the people working in the facility. People’s quality of work is affected by their attitudes about that work, the people around them and mostly by their “coach.” Since collision repair is a combination of science and art, engaged people produce better results. The “specific areas” as you refer to them are the concepts of motivation and feedback coupled with scorekeeping—the core principles of recreation.

    SCRS: You've done a lot of work within the collision industry over the last few decades. What drew you into this industry?


    CC: I met Jeff Hendler in Orlando, Florida, while we were conducting different workshops in the same hotel. We met because he found a fascination in my book and the concepts it entails, and he introduced it to his attendees. Over dinner, he told me there were more collision shops than car dealerships or McDonald’s restaurants put together. The opportunity was vast and compelling and, as a third-generation entrepreneur, I realized that these were my kind of people. The fact that many shop owners and managers adopted our principles and found tremendous successes as a result is the rest of the story.

    SCRS: Explain how this will be a seminar to remember versus just another opening speech for an event. How will the information change the lives and perspectives of the attendees?

    CC: Each and every one of us interacts with people. Whether that is at home, the workplace, church or social clubs, our daily lives are filled with people. The concepts we will discuss in the opening session are about how to enhance these interactions and place empowerment in the hands of those around us. If you are here with a spouse or significant other, you will be told to first practice this at home. Whenever you demonstrate a true principle, you get immediate results. The longevity of the value of my remarks will only come as the audience chooses to apply them. Those inspired enough to try will be rewarded almost immediately with better behaviors from their teams and better results in their lives.

    SCRS: If this were the last speaking engagement of your career, why is RDE the right venue to close this chapter?


    CC: First, understand that I am a third-generation small-business entrepreneur. When we started The Game of Work, I had $1,500 because that was all I could borrow. From there, our success was founded and built upon. I truly understand the principles of operating a grassroots business with “skin in the game,” which is at the very core of the collision industry. Since 1985, this industry has produced some of the finest presentations I can remember, and its members have also been some of the best proponents and practitioners of the concepts we endorse. What better way to go out than be surrounded by supporters and friends?

    SCRS: If you had only one sentence to inspire someone to attend this event, what would it be?


    CC: You can have your people demonstrate the enthusiasm you see as they leave work for a softball game or bike ride, if you will learn and apply these time-tested principles. Let the games begin!

    Registration for the 2010 SEMA Show and RDE are both open through the SCRS landing page. Every participant who registers prior to August 31 will be entered into a drawing to win a suite at the Las Vegas Hilton for the run of the SEMA Show, courtesy of SCRS.

    About SCRS' RDE Series: The Repairer Driven Education (RDE) series will feature more than 20 seminar offerings, many of which are being offered for the first time during its inaugural launch at the 2010 SEMA Show. The series will be offered as a package, and registrants will have the option to attend six seminars, which will be delivered between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday of the Show. Each course has been individually selected or crafted by SCRS because the content specifically focuses on information that is relevant to collision-repair professionals and appeals to the diverse array of marketplace perspectives that exist within the collision-repair industry.

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