SEMA News—August 2011
SEMA Action Network Celebrates 15 Years as Premier Grassroots Hobbyist Organization
The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is a partnership of vehicle clubs and enthusiasts who unite to protect their hobby. With the support of 21,000-plus car clubs, more than 60,000 individual contacts and 217-plus publications, the SAN has an estimated reach of 36 million enthusiasts in the United States and Canada.
The SAN reaches out to millions of enthusiasts through regular action alerts, informative ads in magazines, websites, Internet forums, social media sites and its own monthly newsletter, Driving Force. In its 15-year history, the effect of the SAN on shaping government policy has been enormous. Among other successes, the SAN has successfully:
- Enacted registration and titling laws in 22 states for street rods and custom vehicles (including kit cars and replicas).
- Protected classic vehicles waiting to be restored on private property from confiscation.
- Safeguarded legal off-road nitrous-oxide use with SAN-model legislation.
- Defended enthusiasts’ rights to use more durable aftermarket exhaust systems.
- Junked state-level “Cash for Clunkers” legislation.
- Enacted legislation to lower taxes and fees for hobbyist vehicles.
The current economic and legislative environment is emboldening governments to become more aggressive with their anti-auto-hobby legislation. States are seeking new avenues for generating revenue and new ways of dictating what you can and cannot do with your vehicles. The message government is sending is clear: The hobby and industry need the SAN now more than ever. Enlist in this fellowship of auto enthusiasts and automotive specialty-equipment industry members by joining the SAN free of charge at www.SEMASAN.com.
“Thanks to the SEMA Action Network for all you do to help our hobby (or obsession, as the case may be!).”
“Keep up the great work, SAN! I’ll be registering my ’71 GMC truck as a vintage vehicle thanks to a bill you supported! Thanks for keeping us informed.”
“You at SAN do a great service for all of us ‘car people!’ Please keep up the great work keeping this hobby and passion alive.”
“We all have to work hard to protect our hobby. It’s our American heritage!”
“This is a great organization that needs our support.”
“Thanks for your work. I work on old sports cars and rods, and we need SAN so that all of us gearheads will be able to continue in the future.”
“Every day, new laws are enacted unjustly. SEMA Action Network is here to keep our hobby alive.”
“Dagmar, the world famous Indiana Bad Cad, wears her SEMA Action Network sticker with pride! Thanks for all you do for the hobby!”
“What motorhead doesn’t love the SEMA Action Network?”
“Thank you from your Canadian
“Thanks for the support of auto hobbyists. Without it, I am sure that the government would eliminate the hobby altogether.”
“I’m happy we have a great organization like the SEMA
Action Network supporting the car hobby as well as keeping
our ‘collectible’ cars on the road and the politicians out of our
hair! Thank you for all your work and efforts!”
—Phillip L Kolter
“Thanks for all your work to keep our cars on the street and letting us enjoy our hobby!”
—Bruce and Linda Hoffmann
“I’m working on an ’84 Z28, and it’s good to know that, thanks
—Charles E. Herr
“Having been into musclecars since 1967, it’s in my blood,
“Thanks very much for the great job you guys do for all of us.”
“I’ve been a car guy all my life. Thanks for keeping the Washington bureaucrats at bay so we can continue to enjoy our rides.”
“Love this organization and what it does. Keep up the great work!”
—Jerry T. Kendall
“All you car guys and girls, join the SEMA Action Network! It is a great organization!”