Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

Exhibitors with celebrities at the 2007 SEMA Show are invited and encouraged to submit details about the celebrity appearances to Lisa Schafer at lisas@sema.org.

Approved appearances will be promoted to buyers, media and other attendees through SEMA publications and signage at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Details should include:

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

 The latest news from SEMA councils and committees:

Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)

A message from ARMO Vehicles Sub-committee Chairman, Marshall Giorgi:

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

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Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

American Autowire announced that it hired Lance Packard to its management team. Packard most recently served a number of roles for Painless Performance, including manager of the technical support call center and communications specialist. Packard also served as a media liaison for Painless at major industry events. He is currently the chair-elect for the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN).

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

DANCING: IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves will be among the celebrities competing in this year’s edition of "Dancing with the Stars," which airs on ABC.

USAC AT BRISTOL: A pair of new-generation USAC Silver Crown cars tested at Bristol Motor Speedway last week with eyes on the series competing at the unique .533-mile oval next season. Drivers Brian Tyler and Cameron Dodson and series officials were happy with the 10-lap exhibition.

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

NEWS NUGGETS

PLAYOFF FIELD READY TO BATTLE IN COUNTDOWN TO FOUR: The world’s fastest drivers are headed to Indianapolis, where the biggest stage in NHRA POWERade Series drag racing waits for them—the 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. Drivers remaining in playoff contention include (the number in parenthesis, wins at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis):

Top Fuel: Rod Fuller; Tony Schumacher (5); Larry Dixon (3); Brandon Bernstein; J.R. Todd; Bob Vandergriff Jr.; Whit Bazemore (2, FC); Doug Herbert.

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

Carl Sheffer, Vice President – OEM Relations for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced his resignation from the association effective August 31, 2007.  Sheffer will continue with the organization in a consultancy role.  John Waraniak Vice President of Vehicle Technology and Bill Wolf, Sr. Manager of OEM Relations will assume his duties on an interim basis.

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

It has come to SEMA's attention that some SEMA members have received a one-page notice offering a "free" listing in The FAIR Guide operated by Construct Data Verlag (also known as Construct Data AG) based in Austria. However, the small print at the bottom of the page notes that by signing and returning the document, you have entered into a three-year, non-retractable contract to pay as much as $981 a year for the listing. 

Example of Fair Guide solicitation:

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From Brenda Priddy & Co.:

"A late day of shooting means a late night filing stories, but the views of this Jeep pickup are worth the wait!

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

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