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SEMA Leadership Commends Senate Introduction of Legislation to Protect Modified Racecars

WASHINGTON, DC (March 10, 2016) – SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting and Chairman of the Board Doug Evans today commended Senate members for introducing legislation that would protect modified racecars from overreaching U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Today’s bill introduction underscores the growing Congressional effort to clarify the law and preserve our nation’s racing industry and pastime.

SEMA Announces New Online Career Center

DIAMOND BAR, CA (February 22, 2016) – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) recently launched the SEMA Career Center, an online employment resource dedicated to the automotive aftermarket industry. Available at www.sema.org/jobs, the SEMA Career Center addresses the employment challenges of automotive companies and facilitates a talent pipeline for entering into the automotive aftermarket industry.

EPA Seeks to Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles Into Racecars

Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

SEMA: Battle of the Builders 2015 World Premieres February 1 on Velocity

Diamond Bar, Calif. & Silver Spring, Md.  – (January 20, 2016) - The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and Velocity announced today the world television premiere of the one-hour special SEMA: BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS 2015 on Monday, February 1 at 10 PM ET/PT. Featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the 2015 trade-only SEMA Show, and in-depth interviews with leading car designers, SEMA: BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS 2015  chronicles the best automotive designers and builders in the world as they prepare to debut their newest creations for thousands of car super fans at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. 

Replica Car Manufacturers, Customers and Suppliers Praise New Law

It’s a new era for the kit car industry.  President Obama signed into law legislation that will permit low volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide.  The SEMA-supported provision is part of a larger highway construction bill.  Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015” in June, legislation that SEMA has pursued since 2011.  It received strong bi-partisan support and was inserted into the highway bill.

SEMA Data Co-op Connects With Industry at 2015 SEMA Show

The number of specialty equipment businesses discovering and leveraging quality product data as a tool for increasing sales is on the rise, with hundreds of companies investing time and connecting with the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) during the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV. The SDC kicked the SEMA Show week off with a dedicated “Education Day” on Monday, followed by four days of one-on-one meetings where companies discovered how to best manage product data in today’s technology heavy marketplace.

Top Ten Finalists in SEMA Battle of the Builders® Announced

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced today the Top Ten builders in the SEMA Battle of the Builders® Competition. They now advance to the next round where showgowers and the public watch as they evaluate and judge one another’s vehicle before the ultimate winner is announced at SEMA Ignited on Friday, November 6.  The Top Ten builders will judge each other on Friday, November 6 from 11:00am to 2:30pm and the Top Three Finalists will be announced at 3:30pm at the SEMA Show Car Crazy Stage. The winner will be announced later that evening at SEMA Ignited.

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