Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:00am

Dates and locations for several upcoming SEMA-sponsored shows and activities have been announced. Details are:

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:00am

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation will host its second annual Racing to Recovery Golf Tournament Monday, October 29, 2007, at the exclusive South Shore Golf Club at the Lake Las Vegas Resort. The 18-hole "SouthShore" course in Henderson, Nev., was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features 6,917 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. It has been recognized as a Golf Digest Top 10 course nationally on several occasions.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:00am

The annual SEMA Show Silent Auction, hosted by SEMA's Young Executives Network (YEN), raised more than $70,000 for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2006. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to students pursuing careers in automotive-related fields.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:00am

Richard Schroeder: A special online forum has been created in honor of the late Richard Schroeder, who passed away August 13 after a brief bout with cancer. The forum is located at http://schrodo.com/tinc?key=NsDOvKiY&start=-1&reverse=1.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:00am

Edmunds Inc. announced that veteran automotive journalist John O'Dell has joined its editorial team as senior editor. O'Dell reports to Editorial Director Kevin Smith and works in Edmunds' Santa Monica office. O'Dell was previously with the Los Angeles Times as a reporter and occasional editor since 1980. His 35-year career as a journalist has been marked by numerous awards for professional excellence in writing, research and project development.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:00am

NEW RIDE: Kyle Busch has officially been named to replace J.J. Yeley in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 NASCAR Nextel Cup car next season.

OVERSEAS: Three-time Champ Car World Series titlist Sebastien Bourdais will leave the series at the end of the season and go Formula One racing with the Toro Ross team.

NEW WRENCH: Rahn Tobler has joined Cruz Pedregon Racing as crew chief for the NHRA Funny Car operation.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:00am

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring educational and media events throughout the Los Angeles area focusing on the costs and safety threats of counterfeiting and piracy. Each day's events will address a specific topic including the impact of this growing problem on California's small- and medium-size businesses. For more information and to register to participate, visit www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=143270.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:00am

From the spy shooters at Brenda Priddy & Company:

Mercedes is preparing its SL sports-roadster for the last half decade before its replacement arrives in 2013. While it underwent a minor facelift last year, modifications for this major overhaul seem to be quite radical and will include an all-new front with a new bumper, air intakes, grille and headlights—the latter reminiscent of those on the CLS four-door coupe.

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