SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle-registration classification for custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles will be considered by the New Hampshire Transportation Committee on Thursday, January 17. Introduced by State Representative Mike Reuschel, H.B. 1358 defines a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.
SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was reintroduced in the Wyoming Legislature. This is the same bill that was approved by the full Wyoming House of Representatives and the Senate Transportation Committee in 2007.
London newspaper The Independent reports that the Dakar Rally, the legendary race across the Sahara deemed one of motorsport's toughest and most dangerous competitions, has been cancelled for the first time in its 30-year history because of security fears.
Race organizers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) made the last-minute decision following the recent murders of four French tourists in Mauritania, as well as threats from terrorist groups against the rally itself, which was due to start in Lisbon on Friday.
DISMISSED: U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman dismissed Kentucky Speedway’s antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR January 7. Kentucky Speedway officials were seeking more than $200 million in damages and a change in the way NASCAR conducts business. Kentucky Speedway attorneys said they will appeal the decision.
COUNTDOWN TO 2008; CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA WINTERNATIONALS A MONTH AWAY: With only 31 days standing between now and the opening race of the 2008 season, many teams and drivers are making their final preparations for the 48th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, February 7–10 at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. For the latest news on team preparations, visit www.nhra.com.
Yokohama Tire Corporation promoted Dan Guiney to director of technical services. According Jim MacMaster, Yokohama executive vice president, business division, Guiney, "is a consummate professional. Dan's engineering expertise will be used in several areas to assist Yokohama, including more involvement in tire testing; quality control and audits; consumer affairs, OE testing; and aftermarket service. Plus, Dan is Yokohama's technical representative to the Rubber Manufacturers Association."
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LTAA members exhibiting at the 2008 SEMA Spring Expo or SEMA OFFROAD are encouraged to enter their products into the council's New Product Awards competition.
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The deadline to enter the 14th Annual Creative Styling & Trim Awards Competition hosted by General Motors during the SEMA Spring Expo (SSE) is next Friday, January 18. The entry form is available online by clicking here.
Open to restylers, installers, truck accessory retailers and SSE exhibitors, the competition showcases and recognizes installer ingenuity, craftsmanship and creativity. The competition will feature five GM divisions—Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hummer and Pontiac.
The SEMA National Education Conference, scheduled April 10–11 in Nashville, is a concentrated, two-day leadership program developed exclusively for automotive specialty-equipment executives. With the knowledge shared at this conference, you'll discover how to lead your company to new levels of success. You'll receive real-world skills for immediate application, targeted information presented specifically for the automotive specialty-equipment industry and inspiration to make the necessary changes to more easily and effectively meet the challenges of a rapidly changing future.