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    Jul 01 2015
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 SEMA Battle of the Builders, the association’s build competition that debuted last year and was the focus of a Velocity TV special viewed by more than one million fans.
    SEMA News—July 2015

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Jul 01 2015
    Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry. These include issues affecting small-business owners and their employees.

    SEMA News—July 2015

    LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS

    By Fast Facts

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    Jul 01 2015
    Breaking news from SEMA member companies, includingAP Exhaust Technologies LLC, Meyer Distributing Inc., Holley Performance, WELD Racing and more.
    SEMA News—July 2015

    FAST FACTS

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    Jul 01 2015
    The restyling market traditionally consists of interior and exterior accessories and includes products used to personalize vehicles that are not clearly assigned to other automotive specialty-equipment market niches.

    SEMA News—July 2015

    BUSINESS

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    Jul 01 2015
    Staying up-to-date on the latest motorsports parts can be a challenge, especially since manufacturers in that segment are constantly innovating and developing new products.

    SEMA News—July 2015

    REQUIRED READING

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    Jul 01 2015
    GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado FaceliftsFullsize prototypes for the Silverado and Sierra were caught running on the streets of Milford, Michigan, sporting new facelifts and additional visual changes.’16 Mustang Shelby GT350RThis red Mustang Shelby GT350R prototype was seen testing on the streets of Dearborn, Michigan.Ford GT PrototypeThe Ford GT has hit public roads with an early, undisguised prototype revealing its carbon-fiber weave and a sleek, show-car shape.
    SEMA News—July 2015

    INDUSTRY NEWS

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    Jul 01 2015
    As of June 2015, telecommunications and cable companies were knocked back on their heels when new government regulations took effect prohibiting those companies from allowing some company websites to download faster than others. The move restores what has commonly become known as net neutrality—or equal access to the Internet.

    SEMA News—July 2015

    INTERNET

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    Jul 01 2015
    The Ford Mustang, Jeep Wrangler and Chevrolet Silverado pickup were winners of the 2014 SEMA Awards, recognizing the year’s hottest vehicles. Does your company make products for those vehicles? Do you sell your products primarily in the United States? If you answered yes to both of these questions but want to expand your sales outside the United States, SEMA’s make/model data can help you get started by giving you easy-to-use information that will help you identify the best markets in terms of vehicle registrations. Through a joint program with the U.S. Department of Commerce and IHS Automotive, SEMA has complied the data into a user-friendly resource.

    SEMA News—July 2015

    INTERNATIONAL

    By Li

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    Jul 01 2015
    Believe it or not, one of the most common excuses for business people to put off change is to simply declare, “We’re too busy.” Too busy to hire more help, too busy to evaluate internal systems, too busy to change a simple process that will pay for itself many times over.If you are part of the “too busy” crowd, it’s time to stop and take a breath. Spend some time looking around the company, listen to feedback from the folks who are actually doing the work, then take some sort of positive step forward to implement bits of efficiency, no matter how small.
    SEMA News—July 2015

    SEMA DATA CO-OP

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    Jul 01 2015
    Not content with launching just a publishing empire, Robert E. Petersen put on a series of car shows in the early ’50s that he called Motorama. The first one was held in 1950 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, but later shows were staged at the art deco palace that was the Pan Pacific Auditorium. Hot rods, Bonneville race cars, drag racers and custom cars straight from the pages of Petersen’s magazines made up a big portion of these Motorama shows, but they also included new cars, antiques, motorcycles and classics from the ’30s and ’40s.

    SEMA News—July 2015

    HERITAGE

    Motorama Milk Truck

    By Drew Hardin