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SEMA Heritage—Paul Schiefer: A Look Back at SEMA's First Hall of Fame Inductee

When Petersen Publishing Company photographer Eric Rickman took this photo in October 1958, Paul Schiefer's involvement in developing a safe, "slipper" clutch for drag racers was still a decade away. So was the honor of being the very first inductee into SEMA's Hall of Fame, a milestone that took place in 1969. Instead, what drew Rickman down to Schiefer Manufacturing in the San Diego area on that fall day was an assignment to photograph an assortment of Schiefer's products as part of a lengthy review of competition clutches and flywheels that Bob Pendergast was putting together for Hot Rod magazine's April 1959 issue. [Read more]