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SEMA Program Inspires Next Gen Automotive Enthusiasts Through Customization

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2019) -- SEMA is partnering with five high school auto shop programs throughout the country to introduce students to and create excitement for the automotive aftermarket through real-world, hands-on experience. The partnerships, which follow a successful pilot program model between SEMA and Santa Fe Early College Opportunities (ECO) High School’s automotive program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, involve students working alongside industry professionals on vehicle builds that will be auctioned off to raise money for ongoing, sustainable student customization builds.

SEMA Appoints Tom Gattuso VP of Events

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2019) -- Tom Gattuso has been named SEMA VP of Events and will have primary management responsibilities for the SEMA Show and other association events. With nearly 25 years of event management experience, including eight years as SEMA Director of Trade Shows, Gattuso will lead the events team, guiding day-to-day planning, operations and execution, while working with all departments to support the association’s strategic vision.

Go Behind-the-Scenes of the World’s Premier Automotive Event in SEMA: Battle of the Builders on the MotorTrend App and MotorTrend TV Network

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. & SILVER SPRING, Md. (Dec. 12, 2018) – Get a rare inside look at SEMA Show 2018, the world’s leading automotive event, in the all new SEMA: Battle of the Builders premiering Monday, January 7, 2019, at 10 PM ET/PT exclusively on the MotorTrend TV Network and MotorTrend App. Hosted by Tanner Foust and Adrienne “AJ” Janic, the one-hour special takes audiences behind-the-scenes of SEMA Show, provides an up-close look at some of the top vehicles on site, and delivers exclusive interviews with the automotive industry’s leading experts and builders as they share personal stories about their journey to SEMA Show 2018.

SEMA Tells NHTSA to Quit Stalling Replica Vehicle Production

WASHINGTON, DC (November 1, 2018) – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is prepared to challenge the agency in court if it fails to take immediate action to implement the low volume replica car law. Under the 2015 law spearheaded by SEMA, small automakers (5,000 or fewer vehicles produced globally) may sell up to 325 turn-key replica cars a year in the U.S., vehicles that resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago. 

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