Given the lengthy schedule of events put on by the NHRA today, it’s hard to imagine a time when the drag-racing sanctioning body had just one national event on its calendar: The National Championships—or “The Big Go,” as Hot Rod magazine liked to call it. So when a second national meet was added in 1961, it was a very big deal.
The annual Global Tire Expo (GTE), powered by the Tire Industry Association (TIA) and held in conjunction with the recent 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, again drew large crowds as it continued to build on its three-pronged mission of education, industry advocacy and professionalism.
The Bonneville Salt Flats is a unique land formation in northwestern Utah that beckons visitors from around the world. For racers, its surface is unequaled. The hard salt crust is perfect for both speed and safety. But there is a problem. The once 13-mile racetrack is now less than eight miles long due to salt erosion.
It has been four years since SEMA made the commitment to acquire, preserve and support the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show and magazine. At the time, SEMA leadership recognized an opportunity to build a strong relationship with the racing and performance segment—a group that was not much represented within the SEMA membership. Some questioned how the PRI world could benefit from what SEMA had to offer; others doubted that the two organizations could coexist without compromising one identity or the other.
The SEMA Show is home each year to the Global Tire Expo (GTE), put on by the Tire Industry Association. The GTE is a centrally located display of the latest in tire and tire-related products, featured in the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The other major display of tire new products is the New Products Showcase, located in the convention center’s Skybridge. The following pages contain many of the tire and tire-related products that were displayed at the 2016 SEMA Show.
The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition has grown by leaps and bounds, and interest in this year’s edition was at an all-time high, thanks in part to more than 250 vehicles that were entered and the new Young Guns distinction for builders who were 34 years old and under.
Kyle Tucker turned an all-steel Willys that has been a drag race car all of its life into a SEMA Battle of the Builders contender.
SEMA will showcase its third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition in a one-hour TV special premiering 10:00 p.m. (PST/EST), February 6, on the Velocity Network.
The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for an off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA).
President Obama used his power under the Antiquities Act to unilaterally expand Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and the California Coastal National Monument.