Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:32

Strengthen Your Company Through Community

No matter what niche you're in—rods, restoration, racing, restyling, reps, trucks or wheels and tires—there's a SEMA council or professional network that's right for your company. SEMA councils and networks offer members a variety of market-specific programs and activities designed to provide educational and networking opportunities while promoting their particular industry segment.


YEN Logo

Visit YEN's website  

YEN’s Hot Rod Power Tour 2015: Recap

SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN) kicked off the month of June with the Hot Rod Power Tour, where eight YEN members reached out to young professionals regarding the variety of career paths and opportunities available to them in the industry. Starting off in Madison, Wisconsin, on June 5, members traveled though Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana where the tour concluded.

Over the course of seven stops and 1,500 miles, participants had the opportunity to highlight the efforts of SEMA and YEN in person and through more than 1,000 posts on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Members connected with fellow enthusiasts and professionals, gaining valuable insight and a variety of helpful perspectives on the state of the industry, having conducted more than 50 interviews with event attendees.

“Thanks to the Power Tour, I now have connections across the SEMA family of companies and have lifelong friends in different niches of the market,” noted participant Keith McWilliams of COMP Performance Group.

The Tour included visits to schools with education programs dedicated to automotive research and technology, and included the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Ranken Technical College, Lawson State Community College and the Tuscaloosa Center for Technology. YEN members were delighted to meet and engage with 250 students, finding their enthusiasm for the industry affirming and inspiring to their own career goals and achievements. Participant Matthew S. Davis, director of marketing at Premier Performance Products, was particularly delighted to share his insight with the students he met on the tour.

“The connections I made on this trip with the other YEN members were very valuable to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed networking with the upcoming generations at the school stops. I very much enjoy networking and helping others realize their dreams; it brings me a lot of joy.”

For more information on upcoming events and how to get involved with SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN), please visit www.sema.org/YEN.


HRIA Logo
 
Visit HRIA's website

Connect with Hot Rodders at HRIA’s General Membership Meetings

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) will hold two open general membership meetings in July. These events give HRIA members the chance to connect with each other, meet the council leadership and learn more about industry developments. Included on the agenda for both meetings is the presentation of the HRIA Annual Report and a discussion about the state and direction of the hot-rod industry. Attendees will share and hear from other members about strategies for the future.

Council members and those interested in exploring group membership are invited to attend one of the following:

Thursday, July 9, 2015
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
18th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals
Ohio Expo Center, Celeste Building
Columbus, Ohio
Visit www.good-guys.com for more information.
Register now.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
NSRA National Street Rod Nationals
Louisville, Kentucky Fairgrounds
Visit www.nsra-usa.com for more information.
Register now.

For more information, contact Council Director Jim Skelly.

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Visit TORA's website.  

Past Chair Melanie White Thanks TORA

Thank you Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA) membership for allowing me the opportunity to serve the TORA as your chair. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience to volunteer for our industry. I've been lucky to work with an incredible select committee that serves this community very well.

One of the accomplishments I'm most proud to have been a part of was the TORA Media Preview. Monday of the SEMA Show will be the second annual event. This is a great benefit that helps highlight light-truck products for the consumer market before the Show even opens! Also, it's a great place to really engage with the media; it allows them to be more effective with the participating manufacturers.

I feel very fortunate to have followed a great leader of the TORA, George Lathouris, and am excited to leave the leadership in the hands of Lee McGuire. She has an incredible passion and great experience to share with the light truck market.

Thank you for the opportunity and your support!

Melanie White
Hellwig Products


mrn  
Visit MRN's website.  

Earn Up to $600 in Two Easy Steps

Manufacturers’ reps have a new opportunity to partner with the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) for a special incentive. Between now and September 2, 2015, reps who refer new suppliers to the SDC can earn a cash reward of anywhere between $150–$600.

The first step for reps is to start a conversation with their manufacturer clients about the benefits of selling more parts with data and the solutions that the SDC offers to help them manage and distribute great product data. Next, visit the SDC incentive page and complete the form by September 2. An SDC employee will follow up with each supplier to begin the on-boarding process.

As long as the supplier is referred during the incentive period and on-boarded by November 27, 2015, the referring rep will receive a check in the amount of that supplier’s first month’s dues. These checks are issued to individual reps, not SEMA-member companies.

For reps who need a little preparation for these discussions, training is available through the MRN Certification Program. The web-based educational series helps manufacturers’ representatives learn more about what the SDC offers through courses designed to build confidence in discussing the data-management system with customers. Contact SDC Director of Membership Jim Graven at jimg@SEMAdatacoop.org to sign up.

Visit www.sema.org/mrn to learn more about the MRN SDC Incentive program and start earning rewards today.

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Visit PRO's website.  

Steps to Maximizing Every Sales Opportunity

By Amanda Gubbins

Generally speaking, people don’t like to be “sold.” However, they do like to buy, provided, of course, they perceive value and understand the benefits. That’s where skills and know-how come into play. If restylers can give a good reason why their products and services are a perfect fit for the dealership, they are far more likely to gain attention and ultimately earn business. Facts like this can go a long way—the average gross profit on dealer-installed accessories that restylers provide is 50%–75%, versus 10%–20% from the factory.

But that’s not all; products won’t fly off the shelves by themselves. Simply “selling” the dealer doesn’t necessarily make for success. It’s important to build a relationship with the dealership, earn management’s commitment to supporting an accessory program and convince the salespeople on the floor to follow through and sell the products.

Whether working with existing accounts or making cold calls to prospect for new business, there are a few steps restylers can take to maximize every sales opportunity. The “PRO Sales Training Manual” walks restylers and installers through these techniques—from what to wear and how to set goals, to how to structure a sales call and start building relationships with key dealership players.

The “PRO Sales Training Manual” is available as a hard copy, bound in a three-ring binder or for the first time in electronic format for easy use on a tablet. While it can be purchased by anyone for $149.95, PRO (and TORA) members receive the special discounted price of $24.95 for the printed copy. The digital edition is free for PRO members. Contact Clayton Drescher to place your order today.

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Visit SBN's website.
 
  karen
Karen Vielkind
  

SBN Member of the Month—Karen Vielkind, Girls ‘N Garages

Karen Vielkind is the owner and editor-in-chief of Girls ‘N Garages, based in Plympton, Massachusetts.

What does your company do?

Girls ‘N Garages is a women’s automotive magazine that is currently published four times per year.

What is your position?

Editor-in-chief and owner.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?

Getting to talk to women about their experiences being in the automotive world.

How long have you been involved with the automotive aftermarket?

About five months, creating and developing the magazine.

What brought you to the industry?

My fiancé, and wanting to see more women in it.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

What would someone meeting you for the first time be surprised to learn?

I am a quadruplet.

What is your dream car?

A ’55 Chevy 3100 pickup.

What is your favorite pastime?

Cruising in my truck and reading/writing.

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Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:32

Strengthen Your Company Through Community

No matter what niche you're in—rods, restoration, racing, restyling, reps, trucks or wheels and tires—there's a SEMA council or professional network that's right for your company. SEMA councils and networks offer members a variety of market-specific programs and activities designed to provide educational and networking opportunities while promoting their particular industry segment.


YEN Logo

Visit YEN's website  

YEN’s Hot Rod Power Tour 2015: Recap

SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN) kicked off the month of June with the Hot Rod Power Tour, where eight YEN members reached out to young professionals regarding the variety of career paths and opportunities available to them in the industry. Starting off in Madison, Wisconsin, on June 5, members traveled though Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana where the tour concluded.

Over the course of seven stops and 1,500 miles, participants had the opportunity to highlight the efforts of SEMA and YEN in person and through more than 1,000 posts on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Members connected with fellow enthusiasts and professionals, gaining valuable insight and a variety of helpful perspectives on the state of the industry, having conducted more than 50 interviews with event attendees.

“Thanks to the Power Tour, I now have connections across the SEMA family of companies and have lifelong friends in different niches of the market,” noted participant Keith McWilliams of COMP Performance Group.

The Tour included visits to schools with education programs dedicated to automotive research and technology, and included the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Ranken Technical College, Lawson State Community College and the Tuscaloosa Center for Technology. YEN members were delighted to meet and engage with 250 students, finding their enthusiasm for the industry affirming and inspiring to their own career goals and achievements. Participant Matthew S. Davis, director of marketing at Premier Performance Products, was particularly delighted to share his insight with the students he met on the tour.

“The connections I made on this trip with the other YEN members were very valuable to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed networking with the upcoming generations at the school stops. I very much enjoy networking and helping others realize their dreams; it brings me a lot of joy.”

For more information on upcoming events and how to get involved with SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN), please visit www.sema.org/YEN.


HRIA Logo
 
Visit HRIA's website

Connect with Hot Rodders at HRIA’s General Membership Meetings

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) will hold two open general membership meetings in July. These events give HRIA members the chance to connect with each other, meet the council leadership and learn more about industry developments. Included on the agenda for both meetings is the presentation of the HRIA Annual Report and a discussion about the state and direction of the hot-rod industry. Attendees will share and hear from other members about strategies for the future.

Council members and those interested in exploring group membership are invited to attend one of the following:

Thursday, July 9, 2015
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
18th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals
Ohio Expo Center, Celeste Building
Columbus, Ohio
Visit www.good-guys.com for more information.
Register now.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
NSRA National Street Rod Nationals
Louisville, Kentucky Fairgrounds
Visit www.nsra-usa.com for more information.
Register now.

For more information, contact Council Director Jim Skelly.

Back to Top


TORA Logo
 
Visit TORA's website.  

Past Chair Melanie White Thanks TORA

Thank you Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA) membership for allowing me the opportunity to serve the TORA as your chair. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience to volunteer for our industry. I've been lucky to work with an incredible select committee that serves this community very well.

One of the accomplishments I'm most proud to have been a part of was the TORA Media Preview. Monday of the SEMA Show will be the second annual event. This is a great benefit that helps highlight light-truck products for the consumer market before the Show even opens! Also, it's a great place to really engage with the media; it allows them to be more effective with the participating manufacturers.

I feel very fortunate to have followed a great leader of the TORA, George Lathouris, and am excited to leave the leadership in the hands of Lee McGuire. She has an incredible passion and great experience to share with the light truck market.

Thank you for the opportunity and your support!

Melanie White
Hellwig Products


mrn  
Visit MRN's website.  

Earn Up to $600 in Two Easy Steps

Manufacturers’ reps have a new opportunity to partner with the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) for a special incentive. Between now and September 2, 2015, reps who refer new suppliers to the SDC can earn a cash reward of anywhere between $150–$600.

The first step for reps is to start a conversation with their manufacturer clients about the benefits of selling more parts with data and the solutions that the SDC offers to help them manage and distribute great product data. Next, visit the SDC incentive page and complete the form by September 2. An SDC employee will follow up with each supplier to begin the on-boarding process.

As long as the supplier is referred during the incentive period and on-boarded by November 27, 2015, the referring rep will receive a check in the amount of that supplier’s first month’s dues. These checks are issued to individual reps, not SEMA-member companies.

For reps who need a little preparation for these discussions, training is available through the MRN Certification Program. The web-based educational series helps manufacturers’ representatives learn more about what the SDC offers through courses designed to build confidence in discussing the data-management system with customers. Contact SDC Director of Membership Jim Graven at jimg@SEMAdatacoop.org to sign up.

Visit www.sema.org/mrn to learn more about the MRN SDC Incentive program and start earning rewards today.

Back to Top


PRO Logo
 
Visit PRO's website.  

Steps to Maximizing Every Sales Opportunity

By Amanda Gubbins

Generally speaking, people don’t like to be “sold.” However, they do like to buy, provided, of course, they perceive value and understand the benefits. That’s where skills and know-how come into play. If restylers can give a good reason why their products and services are a perfect fit for the dealership, they are far more likely to gain attention and ultimately earn business. Facts like this can go a long way—the average gross profit on dealer-installed accessories that restylers provide is 50%–75%, versus 10%–20% from the factory.

But that’s not all; products won’t fly off the shelves by themselves. Simply “selling” the dealer doesn’t necessarily make for success. It’s important to build a relationship with the dealership, earn management’s commitment to supporting an accessory program and convince the salespeople on the floor to follow through and sell the products.

Whether working with existing accounts or making cold calls to prospect for new business, there are a few steps restylers can take to maximize every sales opportunity. The “PRO Sales Training Manual” walks restylers and installers through these techniques—from what to wear and how to set goals, to how to structure a sales call and start building relationships with key dealership players.

The “PRO Sales Training Manual” is available as a hard copy, bound in a three-ring binder or for the first time in electronic format for easy use on a tablet. While it can be purchased by anyone for $149.95, PRO (and TORA) members receive the special discounted price of $24.95 for the printed copy. The digital edition is free for PRO members. Contact Clayton Drescher to place your order today.

Back to Top


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Visit SBN's website.
 
  karen
Karen Vielkind
  

SBN Member of the Month—Karen Vielkind, Girls ‘N Garages

Karen Vielkind is the owner and editor-in-chief of Girls ‘N Garages, based in Plympton, Massachusetts.

What does your company do?

Girls ‘N Garages is a women’s automotive magazine that is currently published four times per year.

What is your position?

Editor-in-chief and owner.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?

Getting to talk to women about their experiences being in the automotive world.

How long have you been involved with the automotive aftermarket?

About five months, creating and developing the magazine.

What brought you to the industry?

My fiancé, and wanting to see more women in it.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

What would someone meeting you for the first time be surprised to learn?

I am a quadruplet.

What is your dream car?

A ’55 Chevy 3100 pickup.

What is your favorite pastime?

Cruising in my truck and reading/writing.

Back to Top

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:32

Strengthen Your Company Through Community

No matter what niche you're in—rods, restoration, racing, restyling, reps, trucks or wheels and tires—there's a SEMA council or professional network that's right for your company. SEMA councils and networks offer members a variety of market-specific programs and activities designed to provide educational and networking opportunities while promoting their particular industry segment.


YEN Logo

Visit YEN's website  

YEN’s Hot Rod Power Tour 2015: Recap

SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN) kicked off the month of June with the Hot Rod Power Tour, where eight YEN members reached out to young professionals regarding the variety of career paths and opportunities available to them in the industry. Starting off in Madison, Wisconsin, on June 5, members traveled though Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana where the tour concluded.

Over the course of seven stops and 1,500 miles, participants had the opportunity to highlight the efforts of SEMA and YEN in person and through more than 1,000 posts on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Members connected with fellow enthusiasts and professionals, gaining valuable insight and a variety of helpful perspectives on the state of the industry, having conducted more than 50 interviews with event attendees.

“Thanks to the Power Tour, I now have connections across the SEMA family of companies and have lifelong friends in different niches of the market,” noted participant Keith McWilliams of COMP Performance Group.

The Tour included visits to schools with education programs dedicated to automotive research and technology, and included the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Ranken Technical College, Lawson State Community College and the Tuscaloosa Center for Technology. YEN members were delighted to meet and engage with 250 students, finding their enthusiasm for the industry affirming and inspiring to their own career goals and achievements. Participant Matthew S. Davis, director of marketing at Premier Performance Products, was particularly delighted to share his insight with the students he met on the tour.

“The connections I made on this trip with the other YEN members were very valuable to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed networking with the upcoming generations at the school stops. I very much enjoy networking and helping others realize their dreams; it brings me a lot of joy.”

For more information on upcoming events and how to get involved with SEMA’s Young Executives Network (YEN), please visit www.sema.org/YEN.


HRIA Logo
 
Visit HRIA's website

Connect with Hot Rodders at HRIA’s General Membership Meetings

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) will hold two open general membership meetings in July. These events give HRIA members the chance to connect with each other, meet the council leadership and learn more about industry developments. Included on the agenda for both meetings is the presentation of the HRIA Annual Report and a discussion about the state and direction of the hot-rod industry. Attendees will share and hear from other members about strategies for the future.

Council members and those interested in exploring group membership are invited to attend one of the following:

Thursday, July 9, 2015
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
18th Annual Goodguys PPG Nationals
Ohio Expo Center, Celeste Building
Columbus, Ohio
Visit www.good-guys.com for more information.
Register now.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
NSRA National Street Rod Nationals
Louisville, Kentucky Fairgrounds
Visit www.nsra-usa.com for more information.
Register now.

For more information, contact Council Director Jim Skelly.

Back to Top


TORA Logo
 
Visit TORA's website.  

Past Chair Melanie White Thanks TORA

Thank you Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA) membership for allowing me the opportunity to serve the TORA as your chair. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience to volunteer for our industry. I've been lucky to work with an incredible select committee that serves this community very well.

One of the accomplishments I'm most proud to have been a part of was the TORA Media Preview. Monday of the SEMA Show will be the second annual event. This is a great benefit that helps highlight light-truck products for the consumer market before the Show even opens! Also, it's a great place to really engage with the media; it allows them to be more effective with the participating manufacturers.

I feel very fortunate to have followed a great leader of the TORA, George Lathouris, and am excited to leave the leadership in the hands of Lee McGuire. She has an incredible passion and great experience to share with the light truck market.

Thank you for the opportunity and your support!

Melanie White
Hellwig Products


mrn  
Visit MRN's website.  

Earn Up to $600 in Two Easy Steps

Manufacturers’ reps have a new opportunity to partner with the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) for a special incentive. Between now and September 2, 2015, reps who refer new suppliers to the SDC can earn a cash reward of anywhere between $150–$600.

The first step for reps is to start a conversation with their manufacturer clients about the benefits of selling more parts with data and the solutions that the SDC offers to help them manage and distribute great product data. Next, visit the SDC incentive page and complete the form by September 2. An SDC employee will follow up with each supplier to begin the on-boarding process.

As long as the supplier is referred during the incentive period and on-boarded by November 27, 2015, the referring rep will receive a check in the amount of that supplier’s first month’s dues. These checks are issued to individual reps, not SEMA-member companies.

For reps who need a little preparation for these discussions, training is available through the MRN Certification Program. The web-based educational series helps manufacturers’ representatives learn more about what the SDC offers through courses designed to build confidence in discussing the data-management system with customers. Contact SDC Director of Membership Jim Graven at jimg@SEMAdatacoop.org to sign up.

Visit www.sema.org/mrn to learn more about the MRN SDC Incentive program and start earning rewards today.

Back to Top


PRO Logo
 
Visit PRO's website.  

Steps to Maximizing Every Sales Opportunity

By Amanda Gubbins

Generally speaking, people don’t like to be “sold.” However, they do like to buy, provided, of course, they perceive value and understand the benefits. That’s where skills and know-how come into play. If restylers can give a good reason why their products and services are a perfect fit for the dealership, they are far more likely to gain attention and ultimately earn business. Facts like this can go a long way—the average gross profit on dealer-installed accessories that restylers provide is 50%–75%, versus 10%–20% from the factory.

But that’s not all; products won’t fly off the shelves by themselves. Simply “selling” the dealer doesn’t necessarily make for success. It’s important to build a relationship with the dealership, earn management’s commitment to supporting an accessory program and convince the salespeople on the floor to follow through and sell the products.

Whether working with existing accounts or making cold calls to prospect for new business, there are a few steps restylers can take to maximize every sales opportunity. The “PRO Sales Training Manual” walks restylers and installers through these techniques—from what to wear and how to set goals, to how to structure a sales call and start building relationships with key dealership players.

The “PRO Sales Training Manual” is available as a hard copy, bound in a three-ring binder or for the first time in electronic format for easy use on a tablet. While it can be purchased by anyone for $149.95, PRO (and TORA) members receive the special discounted price of $24.95 for the printed copy. The digital edition is free for PRO members. Contact Clayton Drescher to place your order today.

Back to Top


SBN Logo
 
Visit SBN's website.
 
  karen
Karen Vielkind
  

SBN Member of the Month—Karen Vielkind, Girls ‘N Garages

Karen Vielkind is the owner and editor-in-chief of Girls ‘N Garages, based in Plympton, Massachusetts.

What does your company do?

Girls ‘N Garages is a women’s automotive magazine that is currently published four times per year.

What is your position?

Editor-in-chief and owner.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?

Getting to talk to women about their experiences being in the automotive world.

How long have you been involved with the automotive aftermarket?

About five months, creating and developing the magazine.

What brought you to the industry?

My fiancé, and wanting to see more women in it.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

What would someone meeting you for the first time be surprised to learn?

I am a quadruplet.

What is your dream car?

A ’55 Chevy 3100 pickup.

What is your favorite pastime?

Cruising in my truck and reading/writing.

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Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:31
 mustang

This is the ’16 Ford Mustang Ecoboost with the new Pony Package caught running the streets of metro Detroit.

Ford has revived the Pony Package for the ’16 Mustang with the 2.3L Ecoboost engine. It's long been an appearance package that this time joins a long list of new exterior enhancement options for the just-redesigned pony car.

The ’16 version adds over the standard Ecoboost Mustang these 19-in. polished wheels, a chrome grille that looks more in line with such Ford car offerings as the Fusion, some chrome surrounds along the windows, stripes along the sides of the car and a tri-color pony in the grille.

It's not clear that there are any changes to the interior, and it's also uncertain how many colors and trim options from the regular car will be offered with the Pony Package. However, it doesn't seem as restrictive as other packages offered on ’16 Mustangs.

The ’16 Mustang Pony Package goes on sale at the end of 2015.

 mustang

Photo credit: SpiedBilde, Brian Williams

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:31
 mustang

This is the ’16 Ford Mustang Ecoboost with the new Pony Package caught running the streets of metro Detroit.

Ford has revived the Pony Package for the ’16 Mustang with the 2.3L Ecoboost engine. It's long been an appearance package that this time joins a long list of new exterior enhancement options for the just-redesigned pony car.

The ’16 version adds over the standard Ecoboost Mustang these 19-in. polished wheels, a chrome grille that looks more in line with such Ford car offerings as the Fusion, some chrome surrounds along the windows, stripes along the sides of the car and a tri-color pony in the grille.

It's not clear that there are any changes to the interior, and it's also uncertain how many colors and trim options from the regular car will be offered with the Pony Package. However, it doesn't seem as restrictive as other packages offered on ’16 Mustangs.

The ’16 Mustang Pony Package goes on sale at the end of 2015.

 mustang

Photo credit: SpiedBilde, Brian Williams

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:31
 mustang

This is the ’16 Ford Mustang Ecoboost with the new Pony Package caught running the streets of metro Detroit.

Ford has revived the Pony Package for the ’16 Mustang with the 2.3L Ecoboost engine. It's long been an appearance package that this time joins a long list of new exterior enhancement options for the just-redesigned pony car.

The ’16 version adds over the standard Ecoboost Mustang these 19-in. polished wheels, a chrome grille that looks more in line with such Ford car offerings as the Fusion, some chrome surrounds along the windows, stripes along the sides of the car and a tri-color pony in the grille.

It's not clear that there are any changes to the interior, and it's also uncertain how many colors and trim options from the regular car will be offered with the Pony Package. However, it doesn't seem as restrictive as other packages offered on ’16 Mustangs.

The ’16 Mustang Pony Package goes on sale at the end of 2015.

 mustang

Photo credit: SpiedBilde, Brian Williams

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:21
 SEMA Show Project Vehicle
To participate in the list of exhibitors offering products to builders, access the Products for Project-Vehicle Builders form located in the SEMA Show Exhibitor Manual.
  

By Jason Catullo

Exhibitors of the 2015 SEMA Show are invited to expand their reach, product exposure and Show-floor presence by offering products to builders through the list below. New submissions will appear in SEMA eNews when available, and the information and product offers are provided by this year’s confirmed exhibitors. Builders interested in obtaining a product can contact the exhibitor directly.

With all project vehicles required to be supported by a current 2015 SEMA Show exhibitor, all product-placement decisions, negotiations and agreements are the responsibility of the exhibiting manufacturer and the builder. Participation in the list does not guarantee product placement at the 2015 SEMA Show.

Exhibitors: To participate in the list, access the Products for Project-Vehicle Builders form located in the SEMA Show Exhibitor Manual. Once submitted, the listing will appear in the next available issue of eNews.

Note: For verification purposes, the Project-Vehicle Builders form must be used to participate in the program; email submissions will not be included in the list.

The list is open to exhibitors of the 2015 SEMA Show only. For questions or additional information, contact Jason Catullo at jasonc@sema.org.

Latest Submissions

Engine Components/Accessories

Flowmaster, B&M, Hurst: Starters, flex plates, automatic transmissions, torque convertors, aluminum finned diff covers and trans pans, oil/trans coolers, roll control/line locks. Contact: Dale Dotson, dale.dotson@dpbrands.com; 707-544-4761 x450. Websites: www.flowmastermufflers.com, www.bmracing.com, www.hurst-shifters.com.

Maradyne High Performance Fans:
High-performance cooling fans. Contact: Shari Arfons, McCullough Public Relations, shari@mcculloughpr.com; 330-244-9980. Website: www.maradynehp.com

MagnaFlow: Performance headers, cat-back exhaust systems, motorcycle exhaust systems and slip-on mufflers, universal mufflers and builder’s kits for fabricating custom exhaust systems. Contact: Jim Cates, jcates@magnaflow.com; 949-858-5900. Website: www.magnaflow.com.   

Exterior Components/Accessories

BASF: Glasurit paint products (factory on all Maybach, Mercedes, Bentley, Roles Royce, and Tesla) and R-M (Factory Ford, GM supplier). Both products are available in waterborne as well as solvent bases. Custom painters may choose Carizzma Candy Paint as well from R-M. All vehicle chosen will be supplied primer, color, and clear. Contact: Brian Fox, brian.fox@basfpaintnews.com; 717-577-6449. Websites: BASFRefinish.com; CarizzmaColor.com; RMPaint.net; Glasurit.com.

Flowmaster, B&M, Hurst: Hurst wheels, Hurst logo fender decal sets, Hurst badges. Contact: Dale Dotson, dale.dotson@dpbrands.com; 707-544-4761 x450. Websites: www.flowmastermufflers.com, www.bmracing.com, www.hurst-shifters.com.

JMS: JMS Avenger and Savage street and drag wheels for ’10-’15 Mustang, ’10-’15 Camaro and ’10-’15 Challenger and Charger. Contact: Brad Grissom, brad@jmschip.com; 386-314-6573. Website: www.jmschip.com.  

Go Rhino! Products/Big Country Truck Accessories: Front and rear bumpers, side steps, racks, bed rails and exhaust tips. Contact: Evan Medley, Evan.medley@gorhino.com; 888-427-4466. Website: www.gorhino.com

HornBlasters Inc.: At HornBlasters, we are known for providing obnoxiously loud horns and the best pneumatic accessories available anywhere in the world. Our main product lines are surrounded around air horn and train horn kits, but we also offer a variety of on-board air systems with DOT rated tanks, fittings, valves and airline. Our Conductor’s Special kits are built of mostly made in the USA parts and stand out from any and all other horns on the market. As the manufacturer of most of our products, we can customize any kit to fit your build. Contact: Manny Rizzo, media@hornblasters.com, 877-209-8179. Website: www.hornblasters.com.

NRG Innovations: Lug nuts. Contact: Steven Anderson, 626-396-2668, ext. 107. Website: www.getnrg.com.

Rhino-Rack USA: Vehicle specific base racks, aluminum platform racks, Jeep JK and Toyota FJ BackBone systems, baskets, cargo boxes, 4x4 and heavy-duty parts as well as an assortment of sport accessory mounts. Contact: Robert Close, rclose@rhinorack.com; 303-706-9700. Website: www.rhinorack.com.  

TRIMAX: Adjustable RAZOR hitches in five styles, keyed alike receiver and coupler locking pins, universal unattended trailer locks, ultra-max wheel locks, and a full line of powersports cables and locks. Contact: Jim Sentz, jim@trimaxlocks.com; 866-796-8500. Website: www.trimaxlocks.com.

Interior Components/Accessories

Flowmaster, B&M, Hurst: Auto and manual shifters, shift sticks, shift handles, Hurst floor mats for late model muscle. Contact: Dale Dotson, dale.dotson@dpbrands.com; 707-544-4761 x450. Websites: www.flowmastermufflers.com, www.bmracing.com, www.hurst-shifters.com.  

NRG Innovations: Steering wheels, quick release, hub adapters, shift knobs, pedal covers and seat belts. Contact: Steven Anderson, 626-396-2668, ext. 107. Website: www.getnrg.com.

Suspension/Brake Components

Flowmaster, B&M, Hurst: Lowering/handling springs, sway bars and two-piece racing brake rotors for late-model muscle. Contact: Dale Dotson, dale.dotson@dpbrands.com; 707-544-4761 x450. Websites: www.flowmastermufflers.com, www.bmracing.com, www.hurst-shifters.com.

Prothane Products: Polyurethane-based suspension, chassis and driveline components. Contact: Rick Sadler, rick@prothane.com; 714-979-4990. Website: www.prothane.com.

Wheels & Tires

WTW Inc.: Aluminum wheels for cars, trucks, and SUVs. One-piece cast and three-piece forged available. Full and partial sponsorships available at WTW’s discretion. Contact: Fernando Guzman, marketing@wtwcorp.com; 562-941-8411. Website: www.wtwcorp.com.

Other Products/Services

Flowmaster, B&M, Hurst: Flowmaster and Hurst exhaust systems, mufflers and exhaust accessories. Contact: Dale Dotson, dale.dotson@dpbrands.com; 707-544-4761 x450. Websites: www.flowmastermufflers.com, www.bmracing.com, www.hurst-shifters.com.

Prothane Products:
Polyurethane-based engine and transmission mounts. Contact: Rick Sadler, rick@prothane.com; 714-979-4990. Website: www.prothane.com.

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Engine Components/Accessories

Aero Exhaust: Stainless Steel mufflers, tips and resonators. Silicone hoses for intakes and cooling systems. Contact: Jordan, sales@aeroexhaust.com; 801-301-0408. Website: www.Aeroexhaust.com.

BOOSTane Octane Engineering: High-performance octane additive capable of transforming pump fuel from 93 octane to 94 or all the way up to 110 race-fuel equivalent. Giving engine builders the opportunity to create higher performance engines while maintaining the convenience of filling up at the gas station. Protection, stability, and performance in 1 bottle. Contact: Ian Lehn, ian@boostane.com; 513-265-8216. Website: www.BOOSTane.com

Mishimoto: Cooling Products — Mishimoto offers aluminum performance radiators, air intakes, intercoolers, engine accessories, fans and fan shrouds, silicone hose kits, and much more for your Sport Compact, Diesel, Jeep, or custom build. Contact: Sarah Albright salbright@mishimoto.com; 302-762-4501 x119. Website: www.mishimoto.com.

Performance Distributors (D.U.I.): DUI Distributors, Live Wires, SOS Coils, Dyna-Battery. Contact: Steve Davis, Steve@PerformanceDistributors.com; 901-396-5782. Website: www.PerformanceDistributors.com.

ProCharger: Superchargers and intercooled supercharger systems and kits. Contact: Cary Pangrac, cary.pangrac@procharger.com; 913-338-2886. Website: www.procharger.com.

XS Power Batteries: Engine starting batteries. Contact: Chris Miller, chris@xspowerbatteries.com; 865-688-5953.

Exterior Components/Accessories

AnzoUSA: Projector U-Bar headlights, LED tail lights, LED 3rd brake lights, Universal lighting,5 function LED Tail gate spoiler. Contact: Shaun Callaway, shaun@anzousa.com; 909-590-8618. Website: www.anzousa.com.

Dee Zee Inc.: Toolboxes, cab racks, Running boards, Invis-A-Rack, Tonneau covers, tailgate assist, mud flaps, combo transfer tanks, auxiliary/ transfer tanks, poly toolboxes, bed mats and tailgate mats. Contact: Tyler Coplea, tcoplea@deezee.com; 800-779-2102 x1415. Website: www.deezee.com.

Defenderworx: Ford & GM licensed billet emblems, fuel doors, grilles, trim, window louvers, spoilers, fender flares, body styling kits. Contact: Joe, joe@defenderworx.com; 714-630-9700. Website: www.defenderworx.com.

Extreme Dimensions: Fiberglass and carbon fiber exterior body panels. Hoods, trunks, bumpers, wide body kits, etc. Contact: Dan Vo, Danv@extremedimensions.com; 714-278-8000. Website: www.ExtremeDimensions.com

Fastway Trailer Products: Aluminum adjustable ball mounts, dual-locking adjustable aluminum ball mounts, anti-rattle aluminum adjustable ball mounts, weight-distributing hitches with built in sway control, locking hitch pins, trailer locks and trailer accessories. Contact: Trevor Millar, tmillar@fastwaytrailer.com; 877-523-9103. Website: www.fastwaytrailer.com.

J.W. Speaker Corp.: American-made LED headlights, fog lights, taillights and auxiliary lights. Contact: Ryan Mayrand, Mayrandr@jwspeaker.com; 262-532-2105. Website: www.jwspeaker.com.

Lazer Star Lights: LED light bars; 10-watt, 3-watt double row, 3-watt single row, variety of shapes/sizes/wattages also available. HID lights. Contact: Suzi Scott, suzi@lazerstarlights.com; 805-226-8200, ext. 202. Website: www.lazerstarlights.com.

Ranch Fiberglass: Fiberglass Truck Caps and Lids. Contact: Alan Kuehl, akuehl@ranchfiberglass.com; 760-219-1508. Website: www.ranchfiberglass.com.

Raptor Series: Raptor Series step bars. Contact: Jesse Brown, jesse@raptorseries.com; 877-769-3765. Website: www.raptorseries.com

Rok-Tek: Stainless steel grilles for trucks. Contact: Brian Arnold, Brian@Rok-Tek.com; 503-303-8113. Website: www.Rok-Tek.com.

SNUGTOP: Tonneau covers and truck caps. Contact: Thomas McGervey, tmcgervey@snugtop.com; 562-432-5454. Website: www.snugtop.com.

TigerLights: Custom billet light bars. Contact: randy@tigerlights.com; 877-928-1646.

T-REX Truck Products: Grille Replacements and Bolt-On LED Light Bracket Kits (No Drilling / No Cutting / No Welding). Contact: Micah Anderson, micah@trexbillet.com; 951-270-5388. Website: www.trexbillet.com.

Westin Automotive: Nerf bars and running boards, grille guards and bull bars, light bars, winches (limited), winch mount trays, winch mount grille guards, wind deflectors, bug shields, tool boxes and headache racks. Contact: Gaby Cortes, Gcortes@westinautomotive.com; 626-960-6762. Website: www.WestinAutomotive.com.

Interior Components/Accessories

American Pacific Corp. - Halotron Division: Premium clean agent fire extinguishers and mounts. Contact: Eugene Chizhov, echizhov@h3rperformance.com; 800-249-489. Website: www.H3RPerformance.com.

Dee Zee Inc.: Cab organizer, Auto safes, and floor mats. Contact: Tyler Coplea, tcoplea@deezee.com; 800-779-2102 x1415. Website: www.deezee.com

Defenderworx:
Interior trim, door sills, shifters. Contact: Joe, joem@defenderworx.com; 714-630-9700. Website: www.defenderworx.com.

J.W. Speaker Corp.: American-made LED dome lights and compartment lights. Contact: Ryan Mayrand, Mayrandr@jwspeaker.com; 262-532-2105. Website: www.jwspeaker.com.

Wet Okole Seat Covers: Neoprene automotive seat covers. Contact: Steve Grew, steven.grew@wetokole.com; 714-434-9000.
Website: www.wetokole.com.  

Suspension/Brake Components

Hyperco - MW Industries: Suspension Springs. Contact: Kelly Falls, kelly@hypercoils.com; 260-490-9931. Website: www.hypercoils.com.

MaxTrac Suspension: Suspension products from lifting to leveling to lowering full and midsize trucks and SUVs. In particular we have new 2-4-in. lowering kit for the 2015 GM SUV's and a 7-in. lift kit for the ’09–’15 Ford F-150 2WD trucks. Both kits are a brand new design. Contact: Bob Sager, bob@maxtracsuspension.com; 714-630-0363. Website: www.maxtracsuspension.com.

MGP Caliper Covers: MGP Caliper Covers. Licensed Caliper Covers for Ford, GM and MOPAR applications. Contact: Ben Wong, marketing@calipercovers.com; 877-995-0003. Website: www.calipercovers.com.

ReadyLIFT Suspension Inc.: Lift kits, leveling kits, mid- and long-travel kits and Jeep suspension kits. Contact: Landon List, Sponsorship@readylift.com; 800 549-4620. Website: www.readylift.com.

TGC Suspension Systems/Top Gun Customz: Lift kits, leveling kits, rear block kits, suspension components, traction bars. Contact: Tom Capps, tom@topguncustomz.com; 865-681-3008. Website: www.topguncustomz.com.

Wheels & Tires

Raptor Series: Raptor Series Wheels. Contact: Jesse Brown, jesse@raptorseries.com; 877-769-3765. Website: www.raptorseries.com.

Vossen: 19-22-in. Luxury/Sport Concave Wheels. CV wheels and new one-piece lightweight forged Vossen Precision Series. Contact: Mike, mike@vossenwheels.com; 305-463-7778. Website: www.vossenwheels.com.

Other Products/Services

Dee Zee Inc.: Bed tie downs. Contact: Tyler Coplea, tcoplea@deezee.com; 800-779-2102 x1415. Website: www.deezee.com

Defenderworx: See website for all products offered. Contact: Joe, joem@defenderworx.com; 714-630-9700. Website: www.defenderworx.com.

MGP Caliper Covers: Custom logo, engraving and colors available for select vehicles. Contact: Ben Wong, marketing@calipercovers.com; 877-995-0003. Website: www.calipercovers.com.

Recoveri USA: Almost invisible, permanent Recoveri microdots can be placed on all your valuable assets; the presence detected with an ultraviolet ray torch and read with a Recoveri Microscope. Once your assets are microdotted, the assets’ information is uploaded onto a secure online database and is able to be tracked worldwide. Contact: Adam Leonard, aleonard@recoveriusa.net; 719-357-5717; Website: www.usa.recoveri.net.

Transfer Flow Inc.: Larger replacement fuel tanks, in-bed auxiliary fuel tanks, toolbox and fuel tank combos, refueling tanks. Warren Johnson, wjohnson@transferflow.com; 530-893-5209 x 120. Website: www.transferflow.com.

XS Power Batteries: Supplemental batteries and chargers. Contact: Chris Miller, chris@xspowerbatteries.com; 865-688-5953.

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Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:17

SEMA-member companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities (view all here) in the Positions Available section of the Classifieds page of SEMA.org. Working for a SEMA-member company has many advantages. In addition to working for a company that supports and contributes to the success of the overall industry, being employed by a SEMA-member company enables employees to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:

SEMA members: Have a job opening that you need filled? Members are invited to post classified ads on www.sema.org/classifieds free of charge. Categories available are: Positions Available, Positions Wanted, Rep Opportunities, WD Opportunities, For Sale, Items Wanted, Business Opportunities and Internships. Visit the SEMA Classifieds site for details.

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 08:17

SEMA-member companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities (view all here) in the Positions Available section of the Classifieds page of SEMA.org. Working for a SEMA-member company has many advantages. In addition to working for a company that supports and contributes to the success of the overall industry, being employed by a SEMA-member company enables employees to participate in webinars, access free market research, join SEMA committees and more. The newest classified listings posted under Positions Available include:

SEMA members: Have a job opening that you need filled? Members are invited to post classified ads on www.sema.org/classifieds free of charge. Categories available are: Positions Available, Positions Wanted, Rep Opportunities, WD Opportunities, For Sale, Items Wanted, Business Opportunities and Internships. Visit the SEMA Classifieds site for details.