Emcee Dave McClelland hosts proceedings at the 2007 SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser.
Classic Instruments hired Bill Mullins as national sales manager. Mullins, along with his wife Judy, built the well-known Mullins Steering Gear Company into a respected manufacturer of top-quality street rod products. The company was sold to Borgeson Universal in 2001, and since then Mullins has served as sales manager for RB’s Obsolete Automotive.
LAWSUIT: While launching its investigation into the allegations of former employee Mauricia Grant in a $225 million sexual and racial discrimination lawsuit, NASCAR has suspended two NASCAR Nationwide Series officials. NASCAR Chairman Brian France stressed that it is an ongoing internal investigation.
WORLD WINNER: The Audi R10 outran its competition from Peugeot to win the 76th 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance classic. Lead driver Tom Kristensen won for the eighth time, while teaming with Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello.
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Proponents of the latest version of climate change legislation (S. 3036) failed to get the 60 votes necessary for passage in the U.S. Senate, effectively ending any further consideration this year. Supporters plan to make it an election-year issue to lay the groundwork for a new climate debate in 2009. There is a growing consensus in Congress that there is a need to limit and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG).
SEMA has been successful in configuring and obtaining ARB approval for an engine dynamometer testing protocol to demonstrate that diesel aftermarket performance parts and systems comply with ARB emissions requirements. Compliant products are eligible for an E.O. (Executive Order) under this protocol. Olson Ecologic Inc. (Fullerton, California; contact Don Olson at 714/774-3385) is committed to providing emissions testing services using this protocol. At some point, other testing facilities may also elect to provide such services.
Spy shooter Brenda Priddy tells us that this BMW M3 prototype, caught here in blinding, law-enforcement baiting red, shows us that a minor facelift is in store for the 414-hp 3 Series alpha male. Priddy says a new set of taillights is in order, while other changes may lurk beneath the sheetmetal. Look for the freshened M3 to debut sometime in the next six to 12 months.
During this SEMA webinar session on aftermarket industry trends, SEMA Market Research Analyst Ty Michael will help you spot, stay ahead of and profit from changes in today’s specialty aftermarket industry. Michael will highlight aftermarket trends from the last decade, discuss which direction the market is going, sales opportunities within niche markets, and how to stay ahead. Additional topics include: