Current Press Releases

Post on: 08/03/2016 - 8:56am

Diamond Bar, CA (August 3, 2016) -- The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $168,000 to 61 individuals this year. This includes 50 SEMA scholarships presented to current students, and 11 loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of SEMA-member companies.

Post on: 08/02/2016 - 9:00am

Diamond Bar, CA (August 2, 2016) – Hundreds of motorsports manufacturers, racers, celebrities and supporters gathered at the SEMA Garage’s annual Open House on July 28, where they got a firsthand look at SEMA’s state-of-the-art facility. The Industry Innovation Center gives auto parts manufacturers a convenient way to test their cars and products to ensure they meet state and federal regulations. In fact, this year’s Open House featured the Garage’s emissions compliance center.

Post on: 07/26/2016 - 8:57am

Diamond Bar, CA (July 25, 2016) -- Actor Sung Kang is rooting for "The Underdog" and is partnering with Shell, featuring Pennzoil, and SEMA for a winning edge. Kang, along with a team of aspiring young automotive technicians from Alhambra High School in Alhambra, CA, will work together to transform a 1972 Ford Maverick to debut at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

Post on: 07/11/2016 - 10:54am

Diamond Bar, CA (July 11, 2016) - Nominations for the esteemed SEMA industry awards are being accepted now through August 1, 2016 at

Post on: 06/23/2016 - 3:31pm

Washington, DC (June 23, 2016) – The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 507 (S. Res. 507) designating July 8, 2016 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils.  The date marks the seventh commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. 

Post on: 06/14/2016 - 11:31am

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2016) - With a recently remodeled training/conference center, an upgraded emissions lab and new state-of-the-art equipment, the SEMA Garage is hosting an industry Open House on July 28, 2016, from 5:00-9:00 pm, with details at Located adjacent to the association’s headquarters in Diamond Bar, CA, the product develop center is an industry resource that helps manufacturers of automotive parts and accessories develop products quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

Post on: 05/31/2016 - 8:53am

DIAMOND BAR, CA (May 31, 2016) - Results of the 2016 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Chris Douglas from COMP Performance Group, Kyle Fickler of Aeromotive Inc. and Les Rudd from Bob Cook Sales elected to serve on the board. While Fickler is a current SEMA Board member who was re-elected onto the group, Douglas and Rudd will join as the newest members of the group.

Post on: 04/18/2016 - 10:22am

WASHINGTON (April 18, 2016) – A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision has done little to protect the future of American motorsports and the racing industry. Despite Friday’s announcement, the EPA continues to claim that it has the authority to regulate street cars modified exclusively for the track. The racing industry cannot live with this doubt and uncertainty.  The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is the only solution that would make it clear now and in the future that the law allows emissions-certified street vehicles to be modified and converted for competition use.

Post on: 04/15/2016 - 3:54pm

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2016) – Today, SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting released the following reaction to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it would withdraw its proposed regulation on modified racecars:

Post on: 04/15/2016 - 9:09am

DIAMOND BAR, CA (April 14, 2016) – Matt Agosta, Chip Foose and Gary Hooker will receive the industry's highest honor and be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame.