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One Member’s Odyssey From Business Dream to Reality

   
   

Invis-A-Rack is a new company, is a new SEMA/LTAA member and has a brand-new, innovative product. The Invis-A-Rack is a collapsible rack that can be used to transport construction material for a job or a canoe for a camping trip when needed. When not in use, the Invis-A-Rack folds out of sight to return the truck to a personal-use vehicle. SEMA Member News recently spoke with Donny McCall, the company’s president.

Take a Kid to a Car Show on the Web!

   
   

First unveiled in 2002, the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) Take a Kid to a Car Show (TKCS) program has consistently delivered a simple message to restoration enthusiasts the world over: Take a Kid to a Car Show. Through the program, car show promoters, organizers and enthusiasts may download public service ads (PSA) and announcements in various sizes and with various images and messaging.

When Classic Cars, Beach Boys and Networking Collide!

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If you’re in the know, you were definitely one of the 130 people in attendance at the first SEMA Town Hall meeting held February 4 in Phoenix, Arizona. The first in a series of similar events to be held around the country, the “in” crowd networked beside vintage vehicles, provided SEMA with direction on how to better serve the automotive aftermarket and enjoyed entertainment by an a cappella group who specialized in singing classic Beach Boys songs.

MRC Chair-Elect Chris Fairless Has an Idea How to Strengthen the Role of Manufacturers' Reps: Get Involved!

Chris Fairless has been involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry for 32 years, combining 10 years in retail and wholesale for Van Iderstine Speed Centers with five years in manufacturing for Russell Performance and 17 years as a manufacturers' representative. He recently became a principal with SS Sales & Marketing. Fairless joined the Manufacturers Rep Council (MRC) 17 years ago, serving on many task forces and subcommittees as well as the MRC Select Committee. He was chosen as the council's chair-elect in July 2010.

LTAA New Products Showcase a Big Hit

The inaugural Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) New Product Showcase event, held at the All Truck Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on August 6–8, 2010, proved to be a hit with both the LTAA participants and event attendees. The brand-new LTAA-member benefit gave participating companies the opportunity to display products in front of one of the largest gatherings of truck enthusiasts in the country. Each product was placed for display, and an information sign was prepared for each one, providing enthusiasts with a product description, suggested retail price, company contact information and All Truck Nationals booth number (if the company was displaying at the event). Carlisle Events located the LTAA New Products Showcase tent strategically at the entrance to the manufacturer's midway, ensuring that every midway visitor would pass through the area. Thirty-five products from 15 LTAA-member companies were on display inside the tent, and A.R.E. and Undercover each provided a fullsize truck to display their products on. The trucks made perfect bookends on either side of the tent.

MPMC Hall of Fame: New Recognition for Motorsports Veterans

The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) inducted four inaugural members of its Hall of Fame during a casual breakfast gathering at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, December 10, 2010. The four inductees were recognized not only founding members of the MPMC, but also as active members of SEMA, the council and the industry. The affair began at 8:00 a.m., but upward of 100 people had no problem with the early call to share the special moment with the inductees.

Annual New Products Showcase for Resto Industry Returns to Spring Carlisle

Spring is in the air, which means time is running out for Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) member companies to register products for the ARMO New Products Showcase. This annual event is held each year at the Spring Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The New Products Showcase affords member-companies the opportunity to display their product(s) in front of one of the single-largest gatherings of automotive restoration enthusiasts in the world. The 2010 Spring Carlisle event featured 2,000 collector and special-interest vehicles for sale and 8,100 vendor spaces.

A Few Words With the Chair-Elect

   
   

Chris Fairless has been involved in the automotive specialty-equipment industry for 32 years, combining 10 years in retail and wholesale for Van Iderstine Speed Centers with five years in manufacturing for Russell Performance and 17 years as a manufacturer’s representative. He recently became a principal with SS Sales & Marketing.

LTAA New Products Showcase a Big Hit

   
   

The inaugural Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) New Products Showcase event, held at the All Truck Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on August 6–8, 2010, proved to be a hit with both the LTAA participants and event attendees. This brand-new LTAA member benefit gave participating companies the opportunity to display products in front of one of the largest gatherings of truck enthusiasts in the country.

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