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SEMA Heritage: L.A. Roadsters Make a Hollywood Rod Run Circa '59

"The old familiar sight of several roadsters at a Southern California drive-in is fast fading away," wrote Tex Smith in the July 1959 issue of Hot Rod magazine. Even 50 years ago, rodders were concerned about the changes in their hobby.

Hot Rodders Unite to Confront Industry Challenges

Find out the current direction and focus of the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) during the council's Long-Range Planning meeting, Saturday, February 6, at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

SEMA and California Agencies Solve Titling Dilemma for Hobbyist Vehicles

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Working on behalf of California enthusiasts of specialty vehicles (street rods, custom vehicles, kit cars and replicas) and in cooperation with the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Bureau of Automotive Repair, the Air Resources Board and the attorney general’s office, SEMA has resolved a complex and threatening issue to this market segment and the industry it serves. “This breakthrough procedure allows owners of certain specially constructed vehicles (SCVs) to avoid the pitfalls of a previously muddy process for legally registering and titling such vehicles in California,” said Steve McDonald, SEMA vice president of government affairs. “Under this process, vehicle owners can avoid a situation that could have led to confiscated SCVs and law enforcement action.

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Hot-Rod Market Update

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Despite the reports of a down economy and economic woes, the hot-rod market is alive and well. Just ask the SEMA members who manufacture and install the parts or who build the hot rods. Enthusiasts are still adding to their collections, working on their project vehicles and purchasing upgrades for their hot rods.

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