Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Learn how much money you can save on shipping through the SEMA Freight Savings Plan by participating in the SEMA Freight Savings Program webcast today (Thursday, May 3) at 10 a.m. (PST). 

By using the collective strength of the association’s membership to secure substantial discounts with specific carriers, SEMA members save an average of $2,000 on shipping costs. Carriers include: FedEx Express, Fed Ex Ground and FedEx Freight, Roadway, Central Freight Lines and New Penn Motor.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

At the recent 2007 Global Automotive Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, John Waraniak, SEMA vice president of Vehicle Technology and Phil Martens, president of ArvinMeritor's light vehicle systems, gave a compelling overview of the OEM and aftermarket industries. Their comments referenced and built on several of the keynote remarks made by Robert Lutz, vice chairman, global product development at General Motors.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Advanstar Communications will be the Gold Sponsor of the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California, on July 27.

The SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser is where outgoing Board members are recognized for their service, newly elected Board members are introduced and the newest selections for the SEMA Hall of Fame are announced. The event includes charitable fundraising activities, and proceeds from the gala will be contributed to two very worthy causes—Childhelp and the Petty Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich is the new chairman of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. The Caucus is supported by SEMA. Reilich succeeds Montana Senator John Brueggeman who served in that capacity since the Caucus’ inception in 2005.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

SEMA’s Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) is currently leading the other councils in raising funds to benefit childrens' charities. 

ARMO and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) are leading the momentum behind the inaugural SEMA Charity Golf Tournament, and they’ve challenged other councils to follow suit.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

With the introduction of the new Lamborghini Murciélago Superleggera, we wanted to check on the most popular parts in the Italian exotic league.

Between March 29–April 27, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati enthusiasts spent $267,000 on parts and accessories via online auction, according to data from Terapeak, a developer of market-focused research software that monitors online sales and auctions (numbers rounded to the nearest hundred).

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Accessories Can Rev Dealer Profits

Editor’s Note: SEMA commissioned Hedges & Company to complete a research project on behalf of its membership on auto dealership participation and interests at the SEMA Show. This article is a summary of various results from that project.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

4Wheel Parts, Colorado Springs, Colorado

It’s clear that the folks at 4Wheel Parts had layout in mind when they set up their store. Introducing a few small changes will give the facility polish, making it more visually stimulating to the customer.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 12:00am

From the spy shooters at Brenda Priddy & Company comes these glimpses of the Lamborghini Murciélago Superleggera.

Here’s what the company had to say:

“Even pushing a reported near-700 hp, our camera crew caught up with this Lamborghini Murciélago Superleggera (so-called "superlight") near the Nurburgring earlier today.

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