SEMA and the Manufacturers' Rep Council (MRC) cordially invite you to participate in the SEMA/MRC Interactive Town Hall Dinner—a new component of the SEMA MRC Rep Conference that is designed specifically for manufacturers, WDs and reps. The MRC Rep Conference Town Hall Interactive Dinner takes place immediately following the close of the Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) Conference on Wednesday, September 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the famed MRC-sponsored cocktail hour. Dinner service will begin at 6:20 p.m. and the Town Hall discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m.
The Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) will be hosting a SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN) Silent Auction at the Annual PWA Conference, September 24–26, at the Point South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The SEMA Show is loaded with innovative resources, merchandising tools, marketing strategies and networking opportunities to help auto dealers create new profit centers with fast-selling accessories in every department: new car, used car, parts, service and F&I. Gain the knowledge and expertise you need to capture your share of the $36.7 billion accessory market at these dealer-exclusive special events.
Grant Brothers Sales Ltd. announced that Terry Bax of Tribax Sales Inc. will join Grant Brothers effective September 1 as district manager for southwestern Ontario. Bax has run a successful agency for the last 15 years and has the experience needed to service and support customers in the traditional automotive aftermarket, the company says.
The latest news from SEMA councils and committees:
Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)
DIED: Veteran modified racer John Blewett III was killed in a crash during the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson International Speedway on August 16. Tragically, Blewett’s brother Jimmy was also involved in the crash and was the first on the scene. Blewett was 33 years old. Former Goody’s Dash driver Christian Elder died in his home last week. He was 38.
BACK TO IOWA: After drawing a huge crowd in June, the IRL IndyCar Series will return to Iowa Speedway in 2008 and 2009.
RAIN DELAYS TOYO TIRES NHRA NATIONALS AND COUNTDOWN HOPEFULS: For the second day in a row, rain has delayed the final rounds of the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania. Action resumes Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. (EST) at Maple Grove Raceway. Though rain has kept the finals from finishing up, the new Countdown to the Championship playoff system has proven to provide big-time thrills as the last race in the 17-race Countdown to 8 comes to a close.
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The United States and Canada have similar motor-vehicle safety standards. When they are not the same, manufacturers and registered importers are permitted to import Canadian-certified vehicles and bring them into compliance with U.S. standards. In recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued new safety standards, but Canada has not yet taken similar actions. These standards include FMVSS No.