Utah lawmakers have appropriated $5 million toward a program to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats, contingent upon securing federal funds. The money and funds will be used to create a 10-year, $50-million program to dramatically increase the amount of salt pumped onto Bonneville. The bulk of the monies will come from the federal government, with contributions as well from the motorsports community. Beginning in the ’60s, the salt crust diminished due to historic and current potash mining activities under existing leases from the Bureau of Land Management.
Is today’s younger generation giving up on driving, shunning car culture and turning away from vehicle accessorization? Far from it, says a new consumer study by SEMA’s Marketing Research department. In fact, the recently released “SEMA Young Accessorizers Report” suggests that this demographic is still as car crazy as ever—just in a different way.
For the last five years, top vehicle builders from all over the world have helped SEMA Show exhibitors showcase their products and stand out by entering the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. The sixth annual contest will again shine a spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of these builders, who have already proven themselves by being a part of the premier automotive trade event in the world. All competitors are recognized in SEMA Show publications and on signage at the event, and many are featured in publications like the ones below and in a one-hour, nationwide television special that airs throughout the year. (The next airings of the 2018 competition will be shown June 5 and July 5 on MotorTrend TV Network.)
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (May 30, 2019) -- James Lawrence of Power Automedia has been elected chairman-elect and will help the SEMA Board of Directors lead the association in the next few years. Lawrence fills the position held for the past two years by Tim Martin of Aftermarket Advisors. Martin will begin his term as chairman in July. Melanie White of Hellwig Products and Kathryn Reinhardt of Pilot Automotive were also voted onto the SEMA Board of Directors while Chris Douglas of COMP Performance Group and Les Rudd of Bob Cook Sales were re-elected and will serve another term.
The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) is “data central” for hundreds of specialty parts brands, representing millions of part numbers and tens of millions of vehicle applications.
SEMA projects this growth to continue in 2019, despite ongoing trade uncertainty.
SEMA-member companies have posted several new listings for job opportunities in the Classifieds page of SEMA.org.
SEMA Show Education features more than 100 professional development and industry-focused seminars to benefit both attendees and exhibitors.
The award nomination deadline is August 15, 2019.
All SEMA members are invited to join us in Plymouth, Michigan.