Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

A version of SEMA model legislation to create a registration category for replica motor vehicles was approved by the Nevada State Legislature.   Under the bill, replicas are defined as vehicles manufactured after 1968 to resemble vehicles manufactured before 1968. Replicas would be exempted from all emissions inspection requirements applicable to other vehicles in the state.  Registration as a replica vehicle would be open to 100 such vehicles each year and use would be limited to occasional transportation and other hobby-related activities.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

President Bush signed into law a SEMA-supported measure that balances a minimum wage hike with $4.8 billion in small-business tax breaks. The wage will increase to $7.25 per hour over two years in three $.70 increments. The wage will rise to from $5.15 to $5.85 on July 24, 2007, followed by yearly increases to $6.55 and $7.25.

The tax-relief package increases the tax code’s annual expensing limits to $125,000 through 2008. The current limit is $112,000. Other provisions include incentives to hire disabled veterans and welfare workers. 

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

Brenda Priddy & Company reports:

We've seen two different concepts: one in 2003, and another in Paris in 2006, but here's the production version of Alfa's all-new 8C. This latest Alfa Romeo jewel, which will be produced in a limited edition of just 500, has been photographed while testing at the German Nürburgring.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

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Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

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Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

What constituted a light truck 15 or 20 years ago might qualify as an ultra-light truck today. Little haulers like the '80–'86 Nissan 720 (and the Hardbody successor) seem positively featherweight compared to the Rams and Silverados of today. As the definition of light truck continues to shift, we wanted to look at the specialty parts market for some of the quintessentially American “light” trucks, the ones that gave rise to the name and category.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

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Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

SEMA's eight councils and two committees are set to tee off on the greens of the Strawberry Farms Golf Club as part of Council Cup - Cash for Kids, a friendly game of golf to benefit children's charities. All groups will compete in teams of four. The teams are:

Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)

Ernie Silvers, Egge Machine Co. Inc.
Jim Barber, Classic Automotive Restoration
Dave Mihalko Jr., Restoration Specialties
Alex Tainsh, SoffSeal Inc.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

SEMA Show exhibitors that would like to build a Nissan-based project vehicle are reminded that the deadline to submit project-vehicle proposals to Nissan is Thursday, June 15. Proposals based on all current Nissan models will be accepted. Nissan's 2007 SEMA Show strategy will focus primarily on the 2007 Sentra and the 2008 Altima Coupe.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 7:00am

American drivers continue to embrace the notion of customization and personalization, having purchased a record $36.72 billion worth of specialty automotive products in 2006. The number represents a 7% increase over 2005, when sales reached $34.28 billion.

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