SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 27, July 8, 2010

What Has SEMA Done for You Lately?

  •   National Collector Car Appreciation Day
      A U.S. Senate resolution has declared July 9 a day to celebrate classic automotive iron and muscle.

    Marked by U.S. Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513), the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day is being celebrated on July 9, 2010, by car lovers and enthusiasts throughout the country. Thousands of individuals will join together at events scheduled in cities and towns across the United States and Canada. View a list of all Collector Car Appreciation Day events.  

    “We’re pleased that our elected officials in Washington recognize the positive impact that the automotive industry has made,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “The resolution and special day give car collectors an opportunity to celebrate their passion for cars and trucks of every era. It also reaffirms the important role that automobiles have played in our cultural heritage.”

    The resolution was the result of an effort undertaken by SEMA and its councils as a means to raise awareness of the vital role the collector car hobby plays in American society. Restoration businesses help save our nation’s heritage while providing well-paying, high-skill jobs nationwide.

    The resolution was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that recognizes the integral role collector cars have played in fostering our nation’s appreciation for motorsports. 

    Americans are encouraged to celebrate the inaugural event by finding and attending a Collector Car Appreciation Day event or organizing their own events.

    “Go to an event and you’ll see just how integral classic cars and trucks are in American society,” said Kersting. “It will be evident that these historic vehicles serve as the inspiration for everything from music and photography to cinema and fashion. On top of that, they’re a lot of fun!”

Breaking News

  •   discounted airfare to the 2010 SEMA Show
      Continental is one of four carriers offering discounted airfare to the 2010 SEMA Show.

    SEMA Show organizers have been working with major air carriers to secure discounted airfare for 2010 SEMA Show attendees. Continental, American, Delta and United are among the first airlines offering up to 10% off on round-trip airfare to Las Vegas.

    2010 SEMA Show travelers using American Airlines can save 5% off
    published fares during valid travel dates (October 26–November 10,
    2010). Call a travel professional or American Airlines Meeting Services
    Desk at 800/433-1790 for reservations. Refer to Promotion Code: 39H0BC.
    Some restrictions apply. Contact American for complete details.

    Save yourself the $20 service fee applied to phone reservations by booking your own reservations at www.aa.com. Choose your flight times and access your meeting discounts by inserting 39H0BC in the Promotion Code box.

    [NOTE: As of July 6, 2010, a problem with the aa.com website may cause
    an error message if you select show results by "Price & Schedule"
    instead of "Schedule." Should you receive an error message, you can
    call the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 800/433-1790 and
    tell the agent of the error. They will waive the $20 service fee or you
    can resubmit your online request and select the "Schedule" as the "show
    results by" option.]

    Continental Airlines offers discounts ranging between 2%–10% off published fares or Zone fares. Valid travel dates run from October 30–November 8, 2010. Call a travel professional or Continental MeetingWorks at 800/468-7022 for reservations. Refer to Z Code: ZJ8X and Agreement Code: 345550.

    You can also save an additional 3% off by booking your own reservations at www.continental.com. Choose flight times and access meeting discounts by inserting ZJ8X345550 in the Offer Code box. By booking online, you'll also save the $20 service fee normally applied to phone reservations. Some restrictions apply. Contact Continental for complete details.

    Delta Airlines is offering discounted airfares ranging from 2%–5% on already discounted fares and 5%–7% on full/unrestricted airfares to 2010 SEMA Show travelers. Valid travel dates run from October 25–November 9, 2010. Discounts are applicable to United States-/Canada-originating passengers only. Individuals and meeting planners call 800/328-1111 for reservations and ticketing assistance. Use Account Code: NM5RP when purchasing your tickets to receive the discount. Some restrictions apply. Contact Delta for complete details.

    Finally, receive discounts of 5% or more with United Airlines. Valid travel dates run from October 25–November 12, 2010. Call United toll-free at 800/521-4041 or book online at www.united.com for reservations. Refer to Promotion Code: 584VJ. Some restrictions apply. Contact United Airlines for complete details.

  •   George Barris & Linda Vaughn SEMA Installation Banquet
      George Barris and Linda Vaughn at the 2009 SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser.

    Tickets to the 2010 SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser are now available online. But hurry—time is running out to reserve your seat. The Banquet, which serves as the industry’s biggest celebration for honoring individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to the industry, takes place Friday, July 23, 2010, in Pasadena, California.

    Among the individuals recognized during the event are the 2010 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees, the newly elected SEMA Board members and the outgoing SEMA Board members. The new Hall of Fame members are Richard “Dick” McMullen, Chuck Schwartz and Van Woodell.

    With hundreds of leaders and volunteers in attendance, the annual gathering is the industry’s premier social and networking event.

    Proceeds from the gala will be contributed to two organizations that have become favorites of SEMA-member companies: Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp. Tickets and details for the Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser are available here, or for additional assistance, contact Lisa Moreno at lisam@sema.org, 909/978-6684.

  •   SAN banner ads
      Here's one way to show your support or opposition towards legislation affecting the automotive hobby: place a SAN banner ad on your website and direct enthusisats to the SAN site.

    The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is a partnership between enthusiasts, vehicle clubs and members of the specialty automotive parts industry in the United States and Canada who have joined forces to promote hobby-friendly legislation and oppose unfair laws.

    With nearly 40,000 members, 3 million contacts and an ability to reach 30 million enthusiasts through print and press, the SAN is the premier organization defending the rights of the vehicle hobby.

    Here’s an opportunity for you to support the SAN and do your part to protect the automotive hobby. Simply place one of these promotional banners on your website to help raise awareness of the SAN with your customers and encourage them to join (if the link doesn't work, download from www.martincoadvertising.com/clients/sema/san/051410/)

    To learn more about the SEMA Action Network, visit www.SEMAsan.com.

  • View All the Great Cars and Trucks Entered in the Show 'N Shine

Business Tools

  •   SEMA Mentoring Program
      The SEMA Mentoring Program is powered by the SEMA Businesswomen's Network (SBN).

    High-potential employees can become high-performance assets. All it takes is active support, encouragement and feedback—a process known as mentoring. Learn how to unlock the talents of your employees in a free SEMA webinar to be held on Thursday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. (PDT).

    “Mentoring for Success” will be presented by Dr. John Passante, president and CEO of Organizational Development Group and president of Brenton Productions Inc.

    Dr. Passante espouses a system anchored in mutual trust, goal setting, motivation and focus combined with accelerated learning for life and career planning.

    Successful organizations ensure that the professional development of their employees is foremost in their strategic planning. Mentoring provides support, understanding and the development of skills. It can unlock the employee’s own capacity for growth and fulfillment, providing inspiration, motivation and vitality. Use this new webinar to build better employees, better people and a better organization.

    Participate live or download the webinar when it’s convenient. Simply visit www.SEMA.org/events/webinars to register. Take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen, improve and develop your workforce through the proven process of mentoring.

    Remember: SEMA webinars are free to SEMA members and only $29 for non-members.

    To learn more about the SEMA Mentoring Program, Powered by SBN, click here. The Mentoring Program's mission is to provide confidential guidance and advice from
    dedicated, experienced members in order to cultivate the talents and
    attributes of future SEMA leaders who will in turn continue
    the growth and prosperity of the automotive aftermarket.

  •   YEN Logo
      Nicholas Gregson is a member of the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN). Visit the committee's website at www.sema.org/yen.

    In the automotive aftermarket today, working effectively with coworkers of every generation is becoming more difficult. The automotive aftermarket has a large number of Baby Boomers and Gen X in its ranks, and the number of Gen Y employees and executives is growing every year as more young people come of working age. The problem here is that generational differences and points of view are becoming an obstacle to getting business done. With more and more Baby-Boom generation employees reaching retirement age, it is more important than ever that businesses effectively manage the generations of their employees.

    As a young professional born after 1981, you’re a part of Generation Y, as is this article's author. We see things differently than those from other generations. This can either work for us, by allowing ideas from different generations to build on one another, or stand in our way as the generations butt heads. The problem is not just between Baby Boomers and Gen X anymore—Generation Y sees things differently than Generation X, and the Baby Boomers do not agree with either Gen X or Gen Y. It’s no secret that Baby Boomers often feel that Gen X and Gen Y do not have as strong of a work ethic as they do, and many Gen X professionals also feel that Gen Y has a poor work ethic, whereas many Gen Y professionals may feel that members of other generations “don’t get them” and are “out-of-date” and out of touch.

    While many boomers' attitude of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” works most of the time, in today’s changing economy and constantly evolving aftermarket, companies must adapt to changing business conditions or go out of business. The “status quo” often just isn’t good enough. Sure, things may work the way they are now, but for how long?

    Generation Y up-and-comers who see the need for change are more prepared and determined to bring change to the workplace environment. The unfortunate reality, however, is Generation Y is mostly known for its negative aspects, such as sense of entitlement, technological sophistication and outspokenness, and it is up to you to minimize the impact of these traits on the progress of your career. So, the question becomes, how can you, the young professional, not only break free of the negative stereotypes of your generation and work more effectively with your older colleagues?

    It is only natural that friction is bound to occur with so many attitudes and generational differences in play. In my own experience as a member of Gen Y, the view held by many members of the Baby Boom and Gen X of Gen Y is that Gen Y is lazy and inexperienced. These negative attitudes have affected my own workplace interactions and have likely had an impact on your experiences. To advance in the workplace, I have found myself consistently countering these perceived behaviors to work more effectively with my team members, regardless of age. Here are just a few suggestions to help you work more effectively with Gen X and Boomer colleagues.

    Technology has become a major barrier for younger professionals to work around with more senior colleagues. Many Gen Y professionals prefer to interact through technology-based methods of communication, such as social networks, instant messaging, text message or e-mail, rather than face-to-face or over the phone—methods traditionally preferred by X’ers and Boomers. While some of your colleagues may be up-to-speed and are constantly Twittering on their Blackberries about every little detail of their day, not everyone you work with may be on the same page.

    Take this into account when interacting with other members of your team—a direct face-to-face conversation or a phone call can have a far greater impact than just sending an e-mail, or worse, a text message. Texting generally isn’t a great way to conduct business or build relationships with clients. Furthermore, though professionally written and clear e-mails may work well sometimes, in other instances you may be better served just having a conversation over the phone.

    Another factor to consider is the appearance of your work ethic. Work ethic is one of the biggest gripes amongst Gen X and Baby Boomers about Gen Y, so it only makes sense that we address it. In today’s society, constant connection is almost expected, however, at some point we need to put the Crackberry down and buckle down. Your colleagues aren’t likely to take you seriously if you are seen texting or on Facebook or Twitter during work hours, and these things could likely even hurt your job security. While that should be obvious, some members of Gen Y have a tendency to forget that. The exception here is managing your company’s social networking page, which is fine. In addition to simply watching yourself and your level of unnecessary connectivity during work hours, there’s also the question of how willing you are to do things. Are you a hand-raiser, always ready to volunteer for what’s next, or do you simply wait for things to come across your desk? Making yourself available and involved gives you more value and builds a reputation as being a hard worker.

    Something else to take into account is generational sensitivity and how you react to your coworkers. I’m sure that you have likely been in a situation with an older person when explaining some technology-related feature and were frustrated by their lack of understanding on the topic. Yes, it may be frustrating, but the key here is to be patient and avoid engaging in condescending behaviors or saying things that imply that someone is "out of date" because it likely will not end well for either party. Even in the best-case scenario, this is hurtful to the other person and it’s especially not a good idea to act this way towards more senior superiors.

    The last tip I have to offer is to carefully think about how you are presenting new ideas to more senior superiors—owners, for example. Don’t discount their firsthand business experience. If you need to effect change, the key is to present it in a non-threatening way, building on benefits and laying out the cost and amount of effort making your change will require. Be realistic and professional with your presentation. This will break down resistance and open the door—the first step towards making things happen. Of course, we also have to realize that we are adults and we’re not always going to have things our way—compromise is a key component here.

    Amongst all the talk and generational buzzwords, it’s easy to potentially forget that these are simply generalizations based on age. Age simply defines a demographic, not the individual. This works both ways, with Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. Get to know who you’re working with and tailor your interactions to best compliment their personalities and you will likely find that more doors are opened and your path is smoother. — Nicholas Gregson, public relations coordinator of Classic Industries

New Products and Technology

  • Spy shots-Audi S7

    Brenda Priddy's spy-cam crew caught a 2011 Audi S7 four-door coupe mule
    attacking the bends at The Ring. Larger air intakes, sportier wheels
    and tires, bigger brakes and rotors, along with the typical "S" quad
    exhaust, indicate that this is no ordinary A7 prototype! Riding on a
    version of the next-generation A6 platform, the S7 should go into
    production towards the end of 2010.

    There are a few possibilities for what may be lurking under the hood of
    this S7 prototype. The first is a tweaked version of the 4.2L V8 found
    in the current Audi S5. Another motor Audi may be considering is the
    supercharged V6 from the S4.

    To see use in the S7, however, that blown
    V6 would need some upgrading to move the S7's mass. There are also
    rumors of an all-new 4.0L V8 that could debut in the S7. This new motor
    is supposedly good for almost 400 hp.

    The S7 should debut sometime in early 2011.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Spy shots-Audi S7

    Photos copyright Brenda Priddy & Company. Reuse or reproduction without copyright holder's consent is prohibited.

Law & Order

  •   collector car
      Declared "Collector Car Appreciation Day" by the U.S. Senate, this Friday, July 9, industry professionals and enthusiasts across the country will gather to celebrate collector cars.

    This Friday, industry professionals and enthusiasts across the country will gather to celebrate collector cars. The U.S. Senate declared July 9, 2010, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day” when it passed Senate Resolution 513 (S. Res. 513) at the request of SEMA and the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) council.

    S. Res. 513 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus members Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Senators Tester and Burr have been strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, and S. Res. 513 reaffirms their understanding of the cultural importance of collector cars. The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan group that pays tribute to America’s ever-growing love affair with the car and motorsports.

    The resolution recognizes the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. Restoration businesses help preserve our nation’s heritage while providing well-paying, high-skilled jobs nationwide. Car cruises, club gatherings and other educational events have been scheduled for July 9 nationwide.

    Here is a current list of events taking place nationwide.

  • Small-business owners and consumers shopping for health insurance have a new tool to learn more about the health care options in their area. The site, www.healthcare.gov, provides information on coverage options, health care providers and important dates for the implementation of the new health care law.

    The website identifies available insurance options for small-business owners and, beginning in October 2010, will allow users to compare prices between insurance companies tailored to their individual needs. The site currently provides information on 3,531 small-employer health insurance options and 2,030 individual health insurance plans. In addition, users can compare hospitals, access information on Medicaid and learn more about the new health care law.

    To access the site, click on www.healthcare.gov. For questions about the health care law, contact Dan Sadowski at dans@sema.org.

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a study that examines the types of credit used by small businesses, namely bank credits (loans or lines of credit) and trade credits (from suppliers). The study compares companies that use credit (leveraged) with those that do not (unleveraged).

    The report found that the two types of credit are complements, with many small firms using both types simultaneously. The study also found that small firms that use no credit are significantly smaller, more profitable and have better credit quality, but hold fewer tangible assets. Firms that use credit tend to be larger, and the amount of credit used as a percentage of assets is positively related to the firm’s liquidity.

    Trade credits are used by about 60% of the leveraged firms. Credit use varies by industry. Firms avoiding credit are generally associated with the service and retail sectors, while the manufacturing sector is more likely to borrow bank loans or use trade credits.


    Click here to download the [PDF] report.
     

    Questions may be directed to Stuart Gosswein stuartg@sema.org.

  • SEMA-supported legislation to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles five model years old or newer has been signed into law by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The new law acknowledges the relatively minimal environmental impact of the vehicles targeted for this exemption and that it is senseless to test newer vehicles, the results of which demonstrate no significant air-quality benefits.

    The idea behind exempting any class of vehicles is to reduce costs while not losing appreciable emissions reductions. This strategy builds support for emissions-inspection programs, but also directs finite resources to where they will be most valuable in cleaning the air. New Jersey already exempts historic (at least 25 years old) and collector (driven no more than 3,000 miles per year and insured for limited use) vehicles from emissions testing. The logic for this trend is clear—such vehicles do not contribute in significant ways to air-quality problems. This logic applies equally to newer cars.

    For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

Global Update

  •   SEMA CIAPE Business Development Conference
      SEMA members participating in the SEMA-CIAPE Business Development Conference will be paired with relevant Chinese buyers in up to a dozen private, pre-scheduled meetings.

    Light-vehicle sales in China rose 53% in the first five months of the year to nearly 7.2 million units, according to J.D. Power and Associates. It’s hard to ignore that kind of momentum. Some SEMA members aren’t. They are headed to Beijing in late September for the SEMA-CIAPE Business Development Conference. Many see it as a good opportunity to learn more about the China market.

    The July 16 deadline to register for the event is fast approaching. SEMA members who register by
    July 16 can take advantage of a low-cost, high-impact networking
    opportunity for top Chinese buyers and leading SEMA-member
    manufacturers. Rates increase 25% after July 16.

    High-performance suspension product maker Eibach Springs will be in Beijing. “Eibach has always supported the growth of potential and emerging markets," said Gary Peek, senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Corona, California-based company. "We see both of those in capital letters in China."

    Participating SEMA members will be paired with relevant Chinese buyers in up to a dozen private, pre-scheduled meetings. One-on-one meetings with potential Chinese partners at this ground-breaking event will allow you to get to know them and the market.

    Holley Performance Products of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is taking part in the conference. “Our primary goal is to test the water, gauge the China market and how much interest there is in the performance market,” said Gang Chen, the chief China representative for Holley Performance Products.

    The company is on a “fact-finding mission,” said Lisa Mitchell, director of corporate purchasing. Holley makes a wide variety of aftermarket automotive engine parts. It already sources from China; now it is considering selling there, too.

    “We want to grow the business," Mitchell said. "We haven’t gone after export; now we’re in a growth mode."

    Getting to know the China market better is one of his goals at the conference, said Kirk Miller, vice president of sales and marketing for SEMA-member AEM Performance Electronics. AEM makes engine management systems, sensors and fuel-delivery systems.

    “We want to get a better lay of the land, know where the hotspots are, what our pricing strategy in China should be and how to get products to consumers,” said Miller.

    Two hot growth segments with promise for SEMA members are luxury cars and SUVs. Sales remained strong for both in the first five months of this year. Luxury car sales rose 64%, according to J.D. Power, to 169,593 units. SUV sales shot up 128% in the first five months compared to the same period in 2009 to more than 600,000 units.

    Those numbers point to future sales in China, said SEMA Chairman-Elect Paul "Scooter" Brothers of Comp Performance Group. “Our philosophy at all of our Comp companies is to keep an eye on the future markets,” he said.

    Comp Performance Group companies make products ranging from cams and valvetrains to driveline components and electric fuel-injection boxes. Getting into the China market early can give Comp companies a competitive advantage there, said Brothers.

    “We want to begin to establish some visibility among the high-performance crowd,” Brothers said. “If you can establish a relationship with players in the high-performance world, it will be easy to cultivate those along the way."

    If a company waits until the market is more developed, it could be too late, Brothers added. “Overnight it is going to develop and just be there,” he said. “Those of us who have products ready will be able to take advantage of that.”

    The SEMA trip offers the kind of hands-on opportunity that is vital to developing a new market, said Eibach’s Peek.

    “We see and hear statistics,” he said. “[But] when you hear and talk to the people, you find out what the market is made of. We want to observe first-hand the actual growth and condition of the market, to ensure our product applications and distribution channel is effective.”

    Other SEMA members can do the same.

    For more information, visit www.sema.org/china or contact Linda Spencer lindas@sema.org.

People, Places, & Racing News

  • MPMC Logo  
    Visit MPMC's website.  

    Media Trade Conference Exhibitor Registration Now Open

    MPMC-member companies may now register for one of the 100 available
    exhibitor suites at the 2011 MPMC Media Trade Conference. Exhibitor
    registrations must be submitted using the online registration form [here].

    The 14th annual MPMC Media Trade Conference takes place on January
    25–27, 2011, at the Embassy Suites LAX South in El Segundo, CA. A
    maximum of 100 MPMC manufacturers are assigned a suite in the hotel and
    host as many as 42 one-on-one, 30-minute meetings with editorial staff
    from national and international automotive media.

    Exhibitor registration is open until August 20, 2010. If more than 100
    registrations are received by the deadline, then the 100 available
    suites will be assigned via lottery. See event Rules and Regulations or via the online registration form.

    MPMC Hall of Fame Nominations

    MPMC is proud to announce the formation of the Motorsports Parts
    Manufacturers Council Hall of Fame. The MPMC Hall of Fame will
    permanently acknowledge those who have made a significant contribution
    to the motorsports manufacturing segment of the aftermarket and/or the
    Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council.

    Nominations are currently being accepted online from the MPMC website at www.sema.org/mpmc.

    The following criteria should be used when considering a nomination:

    1. The individual must be, or have been, an employee of a member
      company or a member of the MPMC. (Under special circumstances, non-MPMC
      individuals may be considered.)
    2. The individual must have made
      a significant contribution to the MPMC through support of, or personal
      effort in council activities or by their contributions to the motorsports marketplace as a whole.
    3. The individual must have demonstrated their effort over a period of not less than 10 years.
    4. The individual must be of the highest integrity, character and respect in our industry
    5. The individual may not be a sitting member of the MPMC select committee.
    6. The individual may not be on the current year’s Hall of Fame Task Force.

    There are many individuals who deserve a place in the MPMC Hall of
    Fame. Of course, only so many can be inducted each year. The online
    form is quick and easy to use, so don’t delay. Get your nomination or
    nominations in now.

    MPMC Welcomes New Select Committee Members

    MPMC welcomes six brand new members to the Select Committee as a result of recent elections. They are:

    • William Baty, Centerforce Clutches
    • Todd Gartshore, Baer Inc.
    • Scott Hall, Moroso Performance Products
    • John Sonnefeldt, Holley Performance
    • Steve Williams, K & N Engineering
    • Gary Wright, Painless Performance Products.

    “This year saw quite a turnover in the Select Committee,” said newly
    installed Chairman Kyle Fickler of Weld Racing. “We have an interesting
    mix of returning incumbents and fresh faces which should make for a
    dynamic group. Vic Wood (newly installed chair-elect) and I are looking
    forward to working with everyone.”

    The MPMC Select Committee, with member profiles, can be seen on the MPMC homepage at www.sema.org/mpmc.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? MPMC Is!

    Be sure to follow MPMC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/mpmc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    Take a Friend to a Race Fan Page

    The MPMC Motorsports Awareness campaign, highlighted by the Take a Friend to a Race program, now has its very own Fanpage on Facebook. If you’re not a fan yet, you should be!

    MPMC Column in SEMA Member News

    Read MPMC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about MPMC, contact Jim Skelly.


     

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    Visit ARMO's website.  

    National Collector Car Appreciation Day is Here!

    The United States Senate recently passed Senate Resolution 513 at the request of SEMA and ARMO, designating Friday, July 9, 2010, as Collector Car Appreciation Day. The day is meant to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

    To help collector car enthusiasts celebrate, ARMO and SAN have compiled the following list of events.

    National Collector Car Appreciation Day events as of 7/7/2010

    ALASKA:
    25th Anniversary Bear Paw Festival Car Show, Downtown Eagle River, July 9, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

    ARIZONA:
    National
    Collector Car Appreciation Day Event by Nancy Perry Productions,
    Discover Classic Cars, and Chilly Bombers, Glendale, AZ, at Chilly
    Bombers, 4917 W. Bell Rd., from 5:00–9:00 p.m., Friday, July 9

    CALIFORNIA:
    Egge Machine and Speed Shop, Sante Fe Springs, CA, July 9, 2010*

    * Post a photo or video on Egge’s Facebook page, and the top-five
    posts with the most comments win a $100 Egge Machine and Speed Shop
    gift certificate!

    Sid Waterman Classic Auto and Art Show, Gualala, CA, July 9–August 1, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.*
    * In
    celebration of Collector Car Appreciation Day, the Gualala Arts Center
    pushed the opening of the Art Show a week earlier than originally
    planned!

    Hot San Jose Nights, San Jose, CA, July 9–11

    Ruby’s Cruise at the Beach, Redondo Beach, CA, July 9 (and every Friday March through October)

    Cruisin’ Grand, Escondido, CA, July 9 (and every Friday April through September)

    Ruby’s Cruise, Whittier, CA, July 9 (and every Friday May through October)

    CAL-RODS Cruise In for Collector Cars, Covina, CA, held at the IN-N-Out on 1371 Grand Ave, Covina, CA, starting at 5:00 p.m. Contact: Jack Ferguson, president, CAL- RODS Car Club, calrodjack@gmail.com

    Auburn Cruise Night, Auburn, CA, July 9 (and every second Friday through September) 5:00–10:00 p.m.

    Stoneridge
    Towne Shopping Center Cruise-In, Moreno Valley, CA, Friday, July 9,
    from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., includes music, raffle, and 50/50 awards

    Rims & Ribs Car Show, Livermore, CA, Saturday, July 10, from 10:00
    a.m.–2:00 p.m., at the Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 248 North Canyons
    Parkway, Livermore CA. $10 for lunch from Bonehead’s Texas BBQ.
    Information: Bob, 1bobis@comcast.net

    Chevrolet
    E-Rod Tour @ Jims Chevrolet Parts, Rancho Cordova, CA, Friday, July 9,
    from 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Jims Chevrolet Parts is located at 2235 Cemo
    Circle, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. Lunch is provided, Please RSVP.
    Info: Jim Matus jim@jimschevroletparts.com

    Giant Collector Car Rally, Simi Valley, CA, Friday, July 9, at Chuy’s
    Restaurant located at 1397 E. Los Angeles Ave. from 6:00 p.m.– 9:00
    p.m., discounts on food and special awards.
    Contact: Skeeter at 805/915-7188 or skeeterrader@gmail.com

    Classic
    Industries Celebrates Collector Car Appreciation Day with a 20% off
    sale! Classic Industries is offering a 20% off sale July 9–11, with
    Promotion Code CCAD610, some limitations apply.

    COLORADO:
    Colorful Colorado Car Truck and Rod Show, Montrose, CO, July 9–10

    Friday Night Cruise In at Sonic Restaurant, Aurora, CO, Friday, July 9,
    located at the intersection of Hampton and Tower Road in Aurora. Over
    100 cars are expected.
    Info: John Curtis, jcurtis28@comcast.net

    CONNECTICUT:
    Classic Nights Car Club Friday Night Cruise Celebration, Monroe, CT, Friday, July 9, beginning at Route 111 in Monroe

    Info: Pete Kodz, photogs189@aol.com

    FLORIDA:
    Cruise In at the Quarterdeck, 3301 North Lake Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    Music, raffles and prizes. For information call 561/753-3279.

    Gators Dockside Cruise, 4349 W. Lake Mary Blvd, Lake Mary, FL, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

    GEORGIA:
    Do It Big Motorsports Georgia Chapter Cruise, Atlanta, GA, Friday, July 9
    For Information, contact Robert Lovelle Rooks' cell: 512/902-1227, toll-free: 866/619-DIBM (3426) ext. 3

    Day’s Chevrolet Cruz In, 3693 North Cobb Pkwy, Acworth, GA, July 9, 6:00 p.m.

    IDAHO:
    Northwest Motorfest, Boise, ID, July 9–11
    Governor Butch Otter has proclaimed July 9, 2010, as “Northwest
    Motorfest Collector Car Appreciation Day” in Idaho! All attendees on
    Friday night will receive an official proclamation signed by Governor
    Otter.

    ILLINOIS:
    Annual Porsche Parade, St. Charles, IL, July 3–July 9

    28th Annual Thunderbird Bloomington Rendezvous, Taking place at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Normal, IL 61761, July 9,
    6:30 p.m. and on.

    Friday Night Cruise, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, at the old Dominicks
    Shopping Center at the cross roads of Kirchoff Road and Meadow Drive,
    5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
    Contact: neilatsaw@yahoo.com

    INDIANA:
    2010 Haynes Apperson Festival Cruise In/Car Show, Kokomo, IN, July 1–3
    www.haynesappersonfestival.org; www.acc-indiana.org

    Arnolds Fabulous Fifties Drive-In CCAD Cruise Night, Decatur, IN, July
    9, 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Door Prizes and food/drink specials to
    celebrate the day. 222 North 13th Street (Hwy. 27), Decatur, IN
    46733; phone: 260/728-4740

    IOWA:
    20th Century Car Club Friday Night Cruise, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Friday, July 9
    Information: Ed Kropa, ekropa@iwc.edu

    KANSAS:
    Collector Car Cruise-in Show, Wichita, KS, July 9 (and every Friday) West Street and Central, 5:00–10:00 p.m.

    Contact Frank Upton at 316/371-3000 or frank@motorntv.com

    KENTUCKY:
    National
    Corvette Museum Discount for Collector Car Appreciation Day, Friday,
    July 9, $2 dollar discount to the National Corvette Museum and all
    classic cars can park in the Corvette Circle

    MAINE:
    Hole
    in the Wall Garage Collector Car Day BBQ, at the shop Located in
    Auburn, Maine, Friday, July 9, from 4:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. There will be
    free hot dogs and burgers for those that come with their collector car

    MARYLAND:
    Lowes Cruise, Bel Air, MD July 9, 2010 (and every Friday, weather permitting)

    Celebrate Damascus Cruise-In – Heart of Maryland Classic Chevy Club, Damascus, MD, July 10, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    Street
    Survivors of MD Cruise In, Glen Burnie, MD, Friday, July 9, 5:30
    p.m.–9:00 p.m., at the Glen Burnie Mall located at Ritchie Hwy. and
    Ordnance Road.

    MASSACHUSSETS:
    Wal Mart Cruise, 295 Plymouth St., Halifax, MA, July 9, (and every 2nd Friday, weather permitting)

    MICHIGAN:
    Be Cool Cruise-in and Car Show, Essexville/Bay City, MI, July 9–10

    Roam’N’Chariots Friday Night Cruise, Lincoln Park, MI, July 9 (and every Friday through summer)

    16th Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show, Ann Arbor, MI, July 9, 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

    Vintage Car Club of Holland Special Event, Holland MI, July 9, 2010, at John’s Classic Cougars, 11522 E. Lakewood Blvd.
    Contact: jc-cougars@egl.net

    MISSOURI:
    Clean Cut Creations Collector Car Appreciation Day Celebration, Webster Groves, MO, Saturday, July 10, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Lunch will be provided from noon–2:00 p.m.

    NATIONWIDE:
    The Meguiar’s “Automotive Handshake”
    This Collector Car Appreciation Day, Meguiar’s encourages hobbyists
    to come together and take part in a nationwide “automotive handshake”
    in recognition of this special day. Turn on your headlights and blink
    them when you see another collector car on July 9.

    NEBRASKA:
    Nebraska Rod and Custom Association CCAD BBQ, North Platt, NE, Friday, July 9, at the Car Doctor, starting at 7:00 p.m.
    Details: The Car Doctor, 308/532-1382, or Pat Smith, 308/532-8214

    Rt 385 Cruisers Hang Out, Alliance, NE, July 9, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., at Kees Parking lot, bring your lawn chairs and coolers
    Contact: Penaluna, penaluna@premaonline.com

    NEVADA:
    National Automobile Museum Two for One Admission on Collector Car Appreciation Day, Reno, NV, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

    NEW HAMPSHIRE:
    34th Annual Fun Day Rod Run at Canobie Lake Park, Salem, NH

    NEW JERSEY:
    American Collectors Insurance/Hemmings Motor News Celebration, Cherry Hill, NJ, Friday July 9, from 4:00 p.m–7:00 p.m.

    South Jersey Region AACA Cruise to the Cape, starting in Woodstown, NJ, and cruising to Cape May.

    Natural Glass Corvette Association Car Display, West Caldwell, NJ,
    on Saturday, July 10, taking place at Konner Chevrolet, 950 Bloomfield
    Avenue.
    Info: David Capuano djc97vette@hotmail.com

    Antique
    Truck show at the Freedomfest State Fair, Upper Freehold, NJ, Saturday
    and Sunday, July 10–11, at the Horse Park of New Jersey, County Route
    524

    Info: Jon Szap 609/888-5566

    Antique Motoring Club of Monmouth County Ice Cream Run, Monmouth County, NJ, Friday, July 9, in the evening
    Info: Rick, RicksKlassics@aol.com

    NEW MEXICO:
    1st Annual American Mettle Car Show, Albuquerque, NM, July 7, at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park
    Info: 505/235-7067

    NEW YORK:
    Northern Chevelle Gathering, Grand Island, NY, July 9–11

    38th Van Nats, Greenwich, NY, July 8–11

    Rockland Rodders Friday Night Cruise, Central Ave. Field, Pearl River New York, Friday, July 9

    Paddock Chevrolet 13th Annual Super Cruise – Kenmore, NY (Buffalo), Friday July 9

    Tappet Twirlers Super Summer Cruise-Ins, St. Johns Church, W. Dominick St., Rome, NY, Friday, July 9

    Historic
    Richmond Town Wednesday Cruise Night for CCAD, Richmond Town, Staten
    Island, NY, Wednesday, July 7, starting at 5:15 p.m. and going until
    dusk

    Northeast
    Classic Car Museum CCAD Celebration, Norwich, NY, July 9–11, $1.00 off
    adult admission by mentioning Collector Car Appreciation Day

    Info: info@classiccarmuseum.org

    Harlem
    Valley Car Club Cruise, Wassaic, NY, July 9. Special Cruise night at
    Frankie’s Pizza on Rt 22, starts at 6:00 p.m. Regular cruise night is
    Wednesday, this is a special event to celebrate Car Collector
    Appreciation Day!

    NORTH CAROLINA:
    Steele Rubber Products Employee Car Show, Denver, NC, July 9, from 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Public is welcome!

    Foothills Chevy II Nova Club Sonic Drive in Show, Sonic Drive in Restaurant in Newton, NC, July 9.
    For Info contact Al Smith: 828/465-1943.

    Wayne County Cruisers Collector Car Day, Bojangles Restaurant in Goldsboro NC, Friday, July 9
    Information: Ed Yahnker; edyahnker@coastalnet.com

    AACA North Carolina Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise to Floyd, VA, via scenic Hwy. 8, Friday, July 9
    Info: ra_ronchetti@usa.net

    27th Annual Fiat Freak Out, Ashville, NC, July 8–11
    Details: www.flu.org/ffo/(S(2a3kdwnbgqfagk453heq2p55))/Default.aspx

    OHIO:
    Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise In, Metro Place in Dublin, OH, July 9–10

    GoodGuys PPG Nationals, Columbus, OH, July 9–11, 2010

    8th Annual Fostoria Car Show, Fostoria, OH, July 9, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

    1st Annual Ohio Valley Reunion, July 10, Presented by Ohio Valley Dragway
    Information: Terry Huff 502/773-6176 or Travis Miller 502/287-7052

    OREGON:
    Graffiti Weekend, Mulitple Events throughout Oregon, July 3–10, 2010

    Pacific Northwest Shelby Dodge Auto Club CCAD Breakfast, Portland, OR,
    Friday, July 9, at the Gateway Breakfast House on 11434 N.E. Halsey
    road, 8:00 a.m.
    Contact: Mark Leon, markscrescent@hotmail.com

    PENNSYLVANIA:
    Carlisle All Chrysler Nationals, Carlisle, PA, July 9–11, 2010

    PennMustangs – Mustang Muscle at Montana West, Quakertown, PA, July 11, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

    AACA Antique Auto Museum, Hershey, PA, July 9, 2010. Admission only $7

    York Reunion and Nostalgia Nationals, York, PA, July 9–10, 2010

    SOUTH CAROLINA:
    Low Country Model A Ford Club Gathering and
    Cruise around the Battery, Charleston, SC, Friday, July 9, at
    Brittlebank Park from 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. with a cruise after

    SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Black Hills Rod Run, Rapid City, SD 57709, July 9–11

    TENNESSEE:
    Music City Chevy Show, Nashville, TN, July 8–11

    Murfreesboro
    Hot Rod Club Friday Night Cruise-In, Murfreesboro, TN, Friday, July 9,
    5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., located at The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical
    Center Parkway. All Makes and Models welcome.

    TEXAS:
    Dallas
    Area Classic Chevys Cruise Night, Friday, July 9, at Kellers Drive-In,
    6537 East Northwest Highway, Dallas, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

    Morning
    Maniacs Celebrates Collector Car Appreciation Day, McKinney, TX,
    Saturday, July 10, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., in La Madeleine’s parking lot.

    Castroville
    Friday Night Fever Cruise, Wommack Automotive (formerly Lundquist
    Chevrolet), 1955 Hwy E., Castroville, TX, 6:00–10:00 p.m. No fee, all
    makes and ages of cars.

    Friday Night Car Show at Biff Buzby’s, Live Oak, TX, Friday July 9,
    6:00–10:00 p.m., in the parking lot at Biff’s, located 12702
    Toepperwein Road.
    Info: CaminoKid@CaminoKid.com

    UTAH:
    Northern Reality Cruise Night, Layton, UT, July 9
    Contact: 801/682-8330

    July Jamboree Car Show, Cedar City, UT, July 9–10

    Bo Huff’s Rockabilly Car Show, East Carbon, UT

    VERMONT:
    Hemmings
    Cruise In, Bennington, VT, Thursday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., in
    the parking lot behind the Sunoco Filling Station, 216 Main Street,
    Bennington, Vermont

    VIRGINIA:
    Bull Run Street Rods Manassas Applebee’s Cruise, Liberia Ave., Manassas, VA, July 9, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

    Fredericksburg Car Club BBQ Night, Virginia Barbeque in Fredericksburg VA, July 9, 5:00–9:00 p.m.

    Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise to Pierces Pit BBQ, 447 East Rochambeau Drive, Williamsburg, VA, Sunday, July 11
    Information: dave.jean.baker@verizon.net

    Rescue Squad Car Show, Colonial Beach, VA, Friday July 17
    Info: John Conaty, bloomsman@verizon.net

    WASHINGTON:
    Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise-In, Olympia, WA, July 9 Corvette & High Performance on Lake Blvd, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 pm.
    Contact: Larry Johnson at 360/754-7890 or at lwjohnson@corv.hp.com

    42nd Oldtimers NW Rod Run, Port Angeles, WA, Friday–Sunday, July 9–11
    Info: Ron Perkerewicz, perk120@aol.com or 360/731-8398

    CANADA:
    Atlantic Nationals, Moncton, New Brunswick, July 8–11

    ARMO Welcomes New Select Committee Members

    As a result of the recent elections, ARMO has four new members on the Select Committee. Todd Bidwell of Parts Unlimited and Camee Edelbrock of Schiefer Media each began their first term as a Select Committee member last Thursday, July 1. Matt Agosta of Steele Rubber Products, while “new” for this year, is actually beginning his second round on the Select Committee. Agosta is a former ARMO chair, and former SEMA Board of Directors member. The complete ARMO Select Committee roster for 2010–2011 may be found on the ARMO website at www.sema.org/armo.

    ARMO Industry Award Nominations Open

    Nominations for the annual ARMO Industry awards are now open. Nomination forms are completely electronic this year, simple click on the “Nominate Your ARMO Top Performers Today” link in the upper left corner of the ARMO homepage at www.sema.org/armo. Each form takes just a minute or less to complete and submit, and all ARMO members are encouraged to participate.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? ARMO Is!

    Be sure to follow ARMO on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/armo and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    ARMO Column in SEMA Member News

    Read ARMO's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For more information about ARMO, contact Jim Skelly.


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    HRIA Releases Agenda for Open Meeting

    Join the HRIA Select Committee at the open meeting taking place on
    July 8, 2010, during the Goodguys 13th Annual PPG Nationals in
    Columbus, Ohio, from 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what HRIA is working on and to
    get your voice heard. Guest speakers include Ethan Landesman from the
    SEMA Action Network, Bob Knechel with the Collectors Foundation and a
    guest from Championship Auto Shows.

    Come out for the meeting and enjoy the show, which boasts more than
    6,000 ’72 and earlier rods, customs, classics, musclecars and street
    machines. The Goodguys 13th Annual PPG Nationals will also be
    celebrating the first-ever Collector Car Appreciation Day. Get
    Involved. It matters!

    To learn more, contact Zane Clark at zanec@sema.org or 919/978-6696.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? HRIA is!

    Be sure to follow HRIA on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/hria and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    HRIA Column in SEMA Member News

    Read HRIA's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For more information about HRIA and how to join, contact Zane Clark or call 909/978-6696.

     


     

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    LTAA Award Nominations Are Open

    Each year, the LTAA recognizes industry achievements through its annual awards program. The winners of these prestigious awards will be recognized at the 2010 SEMA Show LTAA Awards reception taking place on November 3, 2010, at the Las Vegas Renaissance Hotel.

    Online nomination forms are available on the LTAA website at www.sema.org/ltaa.

    Nominations are currently being accepted for:

     

    • 2010 LTAA Retailer of the Year Award
    • 2010 LTAA Hall of Fame Award
    • 2010 LTAA Ron Webster Memorial Award for Engineering Excellence

    The new online nomination forms are quick and easy to use. Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a person or company that deserves recognition.

    LTAA Welcomes New Select Committee Members

    As a result of recent elections, LTAA welcomes two brand-new Select Committee members. David Crocket of Rolling Big Power and Isaac Ronquillo of Big Country/Go Rhino Products began their first terms as select committee members last Thursday, July 1. The election results also included returning incumbents Tom Brooks of Truckin’ Thunder, Bill Cole of Yankee Customs Inc., Fred Snow of Hella Lighting and Melanie White of Hellwig Products.

    The complete 2010–2011 LTAA select committee may be found on the LTAA homepage at www.sema.org/ltaa.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? LTAA Is!

    Be sure to follow LTAA on all of your favorite social networking sites.

    To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/ltaa and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    LTAA Column in SEMA Member News

    Read LTAA's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For more information about LTAA, contact Jim Skelly.


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    MRC Long-Range Planning Meeting

    MRC will host its annual Long-Range Planning meeting at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, from 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Dinner will be served. All reps are welcome and encouraged to participate in this open and interactive forum.

    Participate in the meeting: Be part of the present—be part of the future—address issues faced daily by reps in all segments of the automotive industry.

    For meeting coordinators to be able to accommodate food and beverage, attendees are asked to take a moment and download the RSVP form, call 909/978-6693 or e-mail stacib@sema.org by September 15, 2010.

    MRC Rep Conference Coming to Vegas!!

    The 9th annual MRC Rep Conference moves to Las Vegas at the 2010
    SEMA Show. Bryan Shirley, president and CEO of the Manufacturers’
    Agents National Association will host an open and interactive session
    titled “Survival of the Fittest! Is that You?” The economy has redefined the new automotive aftermarket…now it’s time to redefine yourself!

    The MRC Rep Conference will convene at the Las Vegas Hilton on Sunday,
    October 31, 2010, from 4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. The early-bird price for
    SEMA members is $49 ($69 for non-members). Online event registration is now available! For additional information, contact SEMA Council Liaison Staci Bostock at 909/978-6693 or stacib@sema.org.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? MRC is!

    Be sure to follow MRC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/mrc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    MRC Column in SEMA Member News

    Read MRC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about MRC, contact Staci Bostock.


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    Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) Council?

    What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year. Each Select Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year, and some volunteer even more. Some share their experience and vision, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their PRO efforts, and for that we say, “thank you,” to those companies!

    The leaders of the PRO gathered earlier this year in Lima, Ohio, for its annual Long-Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the PRO-member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies, and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each PRO member.

    Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “address the challenges facing the restyling segment of the automotive aftermarket and to develop effective strategies for dealing with industry-specific issues.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

    Education Task Force
    Brian Champa (Check Corporation) and Bill North (Webasto Product North America) co-chair this task force and can be reached at bchampa@checkcorp.com or bill.north@webasto-us.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. The Technical Skills & Training Conference (TSTC) recently launched, and the group is tasked with expanding the number of events each year to ensure that training and education become primary drivers for our industry.

    NovemberFest Task Force
    Mike Stanifer (Innovative Creations Inc.) chairs this group and can be reached at mike@icionline.com. The SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides the backdrop for critical networking functions. This group focuses on making PRO’s awards reception the place to be and offering a fun forum to bring passionate members with common interests together.

    Membership Task Force
    Joey Johnston (Tops & Trends) chairs this group and can be reached at joey@topsandtrends.com. The success of any council or initiative is dependent upon its members. This task force focuses on growth, promotion and retention. It is important that we mentor new members on council activities, events, meetings and benefits.

    ProPledge Task Force
    David Stringer (Insignia Group) chairs this group and can be reached at dstringer@insigniagroup.com. The purpose of this group is to promote industry standards and to improve the perception of aftermarket installations throughout the restyling industry. ProPledge offers dealers a warranty program and is committed to delivering quality products and services.

    There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our PRO events. Our hope is that if you haven’t been a part of PRO yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? PRO Is!

    Be sure to follow PRO on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/pro and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    PRO Column in SEMA Member News

    Read PRO's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about PRO, contact Zane Clark or call 909/978-6696.


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    Discover the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by the SBN

    “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends…” - Joe Cocker

    Everyone needs help or expert advice from time to time, and SEMA’s
    Mentoring Program is an excellent resource to get answers to all your
    questions. Whether you need to know more about SEMA, market information
    for a start-up company or advice on how to approach your boss about a
    new position, the SEMA Mentoring Program can help.

    “Ask A
    Mentor” is perfect for one-time questions. You can expect multiple SEMA
    mentors to provide online guidance and answers to your industry-related
    questions.

    Short-term Assistance/Guidance is for help with a
    specific project or task. A SEMA council/committee mentor with the
    expertise you seek will be paired up with you to provide guidance with
    your project.

    Long-term Relationship is helpful for developing
    your professional career. In this program segment you will be paired
    with a SEMA council/committee mentor who will provide guidance and
    assistance for ongoing career development or a long-term project.

    So whether you just need an answer to a question or you want to
    cultivate a mentoring friendship, the SEMA Mentoring Program—Powered by
    the SBN is available to help. After all, we can all use a little help
    from our friends.

    Visit the SEMA Mentoring Program now.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? SBN is!

    Be sure to follow SBN on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/sbn and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    SBN Column in SEMA Member News

    Read SBN's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about SBN, contact Angela Lee.


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    The following is a message from SPC Chairman Tracie Nuñez:

    Have you ever wondered what exactly do the council leaders do
    throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by
    the members of the council to serve a two-year term.

    Each Select
    Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year
    and some volunteer even more. Each Select Committee member is supported
    by their company in their Street Performance Council (SPC) efforts, and
    for that we say, “thank you!"

    The leaders of the SPC gathered together earlier this year at SEMA
    headquarters in Diamond Bar, California. This meeting focused on
    bringing value to the SPC-member companies and utilizing SEMA’s
    resources to further benefit each SPC member. Guiding the group’s
    effort was the council’s mission statement “to provide market
    information, education and support to members concerning new and
    emerging trends.”

    If you are passionate and have interest in being involved, there are
    plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited
    investment of time. Please reach out to the task force chair if you
    want to participate or have comments.

    Membership Task Force
    Ed “Blake” Burgy from Mr. Gasket chairs this task force and can be reached at eburgy@mrgasket.com.
    The importance of knowing our members and what industry challenges each
    member has is very important. The SPC membership task force is
    responsible for communicating directly with our members, keeping them
    up to date on SPC happenings and making sure that we are meeting their
    needs.

    Communications Task Force
    Baadal “Bottle” Deliwala from Titan Motorsports chairs this group and can be reached at bottle@titanmotorsports.com. Regular submissions to SEMA Member News and eNews
    will contain relevant street performance market information written or
    researched by the SPC council membership. If you want to contribute
    your ideas, drop an e-mail to Bottle. Better yet, draft an article on a
    topic pertinent to the mission and focus of the council and we’ll see
    that it gets published with your byline.

    Research Task Force
    Albert Reda from Vibrant Performance chairs this group and can be reached at areda@vibrantpower.com.
    Several key factors are changing significantly due to the economy:
    consumer buying habits, distribution channels and vehicles. The council
    has hosted several focus panels in the past with jobbers and consumers
    answering questions about current trends. The data is compiled and
    distributed to members, illustrating the differences between what is
    perceived as current buying trends and what is actually happening.

    RASR (Racer’s Against Street Racing) Task Force
    Regis Finn at B&M Racing and Performance Parts chairs the groups and can be reached at rfinn@bmracing.com.
    RASR is an SPC initiative that exists to provide leadership and support
    to promote the anti-street racing message. We need plenty of industry
    support and passion to reignite this message to our local communities.

    Technology Task Force
    Gigi Ho at Digital Performance chairs this group and can be reached at gigiho@digitalperformance.com.
    The Business Technology Symposium has been successfully developed and
    hosted by the SPC for the last three years as the Internet Symposium.
    The 2010 SPC Business Technology Symposium will be held on July 23, in
    Pasadena, California, as part of the 2010 SEMA Leadership Days with
    some very exciting educational sessions. The group will also define and
    develop relevant educational webinars and articles to help our members
    take advantage of new opportunities.

    There are many other things the council leadership does throughout the
    year: host the annual SPC Mixer at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, present
    industry awards to our street-performance colleagues and elect council
    leadership. You are the expert at what your business needs, and this
    council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to
    one of our SPC events. My hope is that if you haven’t been a part of
    SPC yet, you will be in 2010.

    Find the Business Possibilities Through the SPC

    Participate in the automotive aftermarket at a whole new level by joining the SPC.

    The purpose of SEMA councils is to help our member companies succeed
    and prosper. In the SPC, our mission is to provide market information,
    education and support to our members concerning new and emerging
    trends. Whether it’s the latest business technology, forecasting sales,
    future marketing solutions or up and coming vehicle platforms, we give
    you and your company the chance to see what’s on the horizon.

    Then we’ll help you understand and acquire the skills, tools and
    technologies to lead the way. The SPC has the most diverse membership
    of any SEMA council, and that will allow you to network with other
    professionals from every facet of our industry and gain insights into
    areas you may not have previously considered. Find out about the parts,
    people, technologies, strategies, trends and, most important,
    possibilities.

    This is your chance to give something back to the industry, your
    profession and to grow personally along the way. Join the SPC today and
    become an active member of the specialty equipment and automotive
    market — Tracie Nuñez, Advanced Clutch Technology, SPC Chairman

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? SPC is!

    Be sure to follow SPC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/spc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    SPC Column in SEMA Member News

    Read SPC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about SPC, contact Nathan Ridnouer.


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    Visit WTC's website

    Have you ever wondered how to get more involved in the SEMA Wheel and Tire (WTC) Council?

    What exactly do the council leaders do throughout their term? Very simply, the Select Committee is elected by members of the council to serve a two-year term. They participate in monthly conference calls and meetings that are held at various trade events throughout the year. Each Select Committee member volunteers for at least 20 hours throughout the year, and some volunteer even more. Some share their experience and vision, others provide creative solutions to challenges our member companies are facing and others get their hands dirty and get it done. Each Select Committee member is supported by their company in their WTC efforts, and for that we say “thank you” to those companies!

    The leaders of the WTC gathered earlier this year at SEMA headquarters in Diamond Bar, California, for its annual Long-Range Planning meeting. This meeting focused on bringing value to the WTC-member companies. The past 18 months have been extremely challenging for all of our companies and the council is dedicated to utilizing SEMA’s resources to further benefit each WTC member.

    Guiding the group’s effort was the council’s mission statement to “identify common problems and opportunities relating to the wheel and tire industries that the council, as an interested body of companies, can address for the common good.” A handful of exciting objectives are being developed for the council over this year and next. If you are passionate and have an interest in being involved, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for a task force with a limited investment of time that provides a great way to network and share your ideas. Please reach out to the task force chair if you want to participate or have comments.

    Science and Technology Task Force

    Tim Dietz (Standards Testing Laboratories Inc.) and can be reached at tdietz@stllabs.com. This group focuses on aftermarket and OEM advances that affect our industry. From creating wheel standards to improved processes for tire-pressure monitoring systems and electronic stability control, the Science and Technology Task Force plays a pivotal role in the industry’s advancement.

    Education Task Force
    Kelly Austin (Ultra Wheel Company) chairs this group and can be reached at kelly@mail.ultrawheel.com. The education task force is charged with developing successful programs for members to enhance their businesses. The WTC Task Force is responsible for partnering with the SEMA Educational Institute to create and promote online learning resources.

    Communication and Marketing Task Force

    Doug Frymer (Law Offices of Douglas A. Frymer) chairs this group and can be reached at legal@starshieldarmor.com. This group focuses on membership outreach, growth and retention. It is imperative that councils effectively communicate services provided by WTC and SEMA to our members. Communication and services ensure that there is proper dialogue between leadership and membership.

    SEMA Show Task Force

    David Insull (American Tire Distributors) chairs this group and can be reached at dinsull@atd-us.com. The SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides the backdrop for critical networking functions. This group focuses on making WTC’s awards reception an ideal place to get together, honor one another and network with all those who share a common passion.

    There are so many other things the council leadership does throughout the year. You are the expert at what your business needs and this council wants to deliver. Feel free to get in touch with us or come to one of our WTC events. Our hope is that, if you haven’t been a part of WTC yet, you will be in 2010 and beyond.

    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? WTC is!

    Be sure to follow WTC on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/wtc and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    WTC Column in SEMA Member News

    Read WTC's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about WTC and how to join, contact Zane Clark or call or 909/978-6696.


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    Visit YEN's website.  

    Join YEN

    Did
    you know that the SEMA Young Executives Network has more than 500
    members networking in the industry and is the largest SEMA committee?
    If you are employed by a SEMA-member company and are under the age of
    39, then you can join the SEMA Young Executives Network for FREE. If
    you are interested in becoming part of the team, please visit our
    website at www.sema.org/yen.

    YEN Member of the Month Spotlight

    Did you know that YEN has a Member of the Month Spotlight on the SEMA
    website and that anyone can be nominated? To view previous selections
    or to make a nomination, visit www.sema.org/yen.


    Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? YEN is!

    Be sure to follow YEN on all of your favorite social networking sites. To find these sites, go to www.sema.org/yen and use the links in the top right-hand corner.

    YEN Column in SEMA Member News

    Read YEN's column featured in the July/August issue of SEMA Member News.

    For information about YEN, contact Angela Lee.

  • Holley Performance Products Inc. has significantly improved its capital structure and liquidity through a successful voluntary bankruptcy reorganization that became effective on June 22, 2010. As a result, the company has reduced its debt by more than $59 million and obtained new credit arrangements, including a revolving credit facility, which provides the company with substantial flexibility to pursue its growth initiatives.

    Originally founded in 1903 by brothers George and Earl Holley, the company provides automotive aftermarket products that enhance vehicle performance through increased horsepower, torque and drivability. Holley products have provided the flow of fuel and air to notable vehicles, including the original Model T, World War II fighter aircraft, factory performance cars of the musclecar era, every NASCAR Cup Series race car and the majority of winning NHRA Pro Stock race cars.

    “Holley has emerged with an extraordinarily strong balance sheet, which provides us with the flexibility to reinvest in our business and positions us well for continued growth,” said Tom Tomlinson, Holley's chief executive officer. “We have accomplished a true restructuring in a cooperative, efficient and timely manner, and we are deeply grateful for the support and loyalty we received from our customers, dedicated employees, suppliers, lenders and shareholders. We have an exciting array of new products slated for introduction in the immediate future, and we are dedicated to the execution of our mission to provide the most highly sought-after products in the high-performance automotive aftermarket. With our new balance sheet, we now have the financial strength to create value through long-term sustainable organic growth and appropriate strategic acquisitions while continuing to enhance the reputation and reach of our core stable of brands.”

    Holley’s reorganization converted principal and interest associated with its former second lien notes into equity and established new credit facilities with its existing senior lenders. Also during the reorganization, Holley successfully completed the sale of its diesel OEM business.

    “The sale of our diesel OEM business yielded excellent value that we are reinvesting in our performance business,” Tomlinson said. “Our team is excited that we are now able to focus 100% of our energy on our very successful high-performance automotive aftermarket business.”

    “We initiated Holley’s voluntary bankruptcy case in September 2009 after carefully evaluating the effects of the economic recession and related collapse of the credit markets,” said David G. Elkins, chairman of Holley’s Board of Directors. “Our goal was to significantly reduce Holley’s corporate debt and overall leverage and thereby establish a sustainable, long-term capital structure that would allow the company to carry out its growth and product expansion plans.”

  • A CLARIFICATION: The June 21 hearing in United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana in the case of SFI Foundation Inc. vs. Impact Racing LLC, kept SFI from terminating SFI’s Contracts of Participation until Impact officials have afforded Impact with “some meaningful opportunity to be heard either in writing or by personal appearance.” The hearing had nothing to do with the certification of products. Products in question manufactured by Impact in 2009 and 2010 were certified April 1.

    WHAT CURSE?: Will Power put an end to the “Penske Curse” at
    Watkins Glen (New York) International Sunday, giving car owner Roger Penske
    his first IZOD IndyCar Series triumph at the historic facility.

    NOMINEES: The NASCAR Hall of Fame has revealed the 25 nominees for the 2011 class, of which 20 are repeats from 2010. The five new nominees are T. Wayne Robertson, Jack Ingram, Jerry Cook, Fred Lorenzen and Dale Inman.

    NEW HORSEPOWER:
    Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines has worked out an agreement to supply engines to the No. 99 Gainsco Daytona Prototype Grand Am Rolex Series team.

    POSTPONED: The USAC K&N Silver Crown Series race scheduled for July 8 (Thursday) at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Indiana, was postponed because of scheduling conflicts. A reschedule date will be announced later.

    PENNSYLVANIA BOSS:
    For the second-straight year Greg Hodnett claimed the eight-race Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek crown.

    REPAVING BEGINS: Daytona International Speedway officials began tearing up the old asphalt at the 2.5-mile oval immediately after Saturday’s Coke Zero 400, which was won by Kevin Harvick. The track will be completely repaved in time for the 2011 Daytona 500.

    CHANGES: IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard said last weekend that there will be several changes to the 2011 series schedule. One confirmed change is that Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway will no longer host the season finale.

    STICKING AROUND:
    Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport have collected enough sponsorship dollars to keep Hunter-Reay in the No. 37 entry for the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series season.

    HONORABLE TRIBUTE: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driving the No. 3 Wrangler-sponsored Chevrolet in honor of his late father, drove to victory Friday during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

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      Wilkerson and Crew
       

    WESTWARD BOUND! DRIVERS PREPARE FOR WESTERN SWING AND FINAL COUNTDOWN PUSH: The 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will make its 14th stop on the schedule this weekend in Seattle, the first stop of the famed Western Swing, a grueling stretch of three-races-in-three weeks. For the first time ever, Seattle, not Denver, will be the first stop on the Swing. From there, drivers will head to Northern California for the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway, then over to Denver and the Rocky Mountains for the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, the final stop on the Swing. But weighing heavily on the minds of drivers aren’t the three different stops in the Western end of the United States, but the fact that these three stops, along with the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, just a few weeks following, are the final four races of the regular season. Following the Lucas Oil Nationals, only the Top 10 in the point standings will have the opportunity to battle for a championship in the Countdown to 1 playoffs, a six-race playoff round to determine the world champion in each of the four NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. With that in mind, a slip up during the famed Western Swing could mean the end of many drivers’ world championship hopes. “Don’t let up,” said Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson when asked what his strategy will be for the final four races. “We picked up seven rounds right at the time when those last three or four spots in the Top 10 were really getting tight, and we were literally one bad day away from falling right to 11th. That’s great timing, and we earned every bit of that, so the key now is to just focus on each round and try to avoid any shutouts in the next four races. If we can win round one, we’ll be in good shape.”

    Top Fuel pilot Cory McClenathan has a similar approach planned for the Western Swing. “Yeah, I’d like to throw down some more wins before we get into the Countdown and move up in the standings, but when it really comes down to it, I would save it all for the Countdown. I have no problem with that. But these semifinal finishes are a little anti-climactic. At the same time, I know guys who have won the championship by going to a whole lot of semis, and that’s what we’ve been doing here lately.”

    Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon feels the stress and rewards will lie with the crew chiefs, and not necessarily with the drivers. “The Western Swing is more of a challenge for the teams and crew chiefs than the drivers. It has a lot of different track conditions and elevations. Add to that it’s a lot of miles, and they still have to arrive every Wednesday to set up; it’s tough. All of the teams try to go into Seattle and win because whoever wins that race is the only guy that can sweep the swing. The big thing for our team is that we really want to go into the playoffs as the number one seed. The 30 extra points that you get over No. 2 would have come in handy last year.”

    To follow your favorite driver during the Western Swing, visit NHRA.com.

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    SCHUMACHER IN MIX FOR ESPY BEST DRIVER AWARD: For the fourth straight year, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher has been nominated for the ESPY Best Driver award. The ESPY Awards, distributed for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, were created by ESPN in 1993. Fans can vote for Schumacher at espn.com/espys or the ESPN Facebook page, facebook.com/espn. The ESPYs will be hosted by Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers Wednesday, July 14, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The awards show will be televised live by ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. Joining Schumacher on the Best Driver ballot are NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Ron Hornaday as well as open-wheel standout Dario Franchitti. Schumacher will be looking to become the first drag racer to win the ESPY Best Driver award. Other NHRA drivers who have been nominated in the past include John Force, Tony Pedregon, Greg Anderson and Melanie Troxel.


    HYATT REGENCY CENTURY PLAZA TO AGAIN HOST NHRA FULL THROTTLE AWARDS CEREMONY:
    The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on the posh Westside of Los Angeles will again host the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony. The 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony will take place Monday, November 15, and be broadcast on NHRA.com and NHRA’s YouTube home page beginning Wednesday, November 17. Last year, the full event was available to fans via the Internet with considerable fanfare and success. The invitation-only black-tie event, where NHRA will crown its Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world champions in all four professional categories, will feature a pre-event cocktail reception, a formal sit-down banquet and an afterparty. The property also will play host to the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony, scheduled for earlier in the day.


    COMING ATTRACTIONS


    NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS, PACIFIC RACEWAYS, July 9–11:
    The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to the Pacific Northwest for the 14th of 17 races in the NHRA Countdown to 10 and the first of the grueling three-races-in-three-weeks Western Swing. Defending event winners include Antron Brown (Top Fuel); Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car); and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock). For tickets, call 253/639-5927 or online at ticketmaster.com. For media credentials, please contact Director of Public Relations Michael Padian at mpadian@nhra.com.

    FRAM AUTOLITE NHRA NATIONALS, INFINEON RACEWAY, July 16–18:
    The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to Northern California for the 15th of 17 races in the NHRA Countdown to 10 and the second race of the three-race Western Swing. Defending event winners include Antron Brown (Top Fuel); Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car); Jason Line (Pro Stock); and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle). For tickets, call (800) 870-7223 or online at infineonraceway.com. For media credentials, please contact Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal at avestal@nhra.com.

      David Grubnic
      Top Fuel pilot David Grubnic


    MOPAR MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS, BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY, July 23–25:
    The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to the Rocky Mountains for the 16th of 17 races in the NHRA Countdown to 10 and the third and final race of the grueling three-races-in-three-weeks Western Swing. Defending event winners include Antron Brown (Top Fuel); Ron Capps (Funny Car); Allen Johnson (Pro Stock); and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle). For tickets, call (800) 664-UWIN or online at ticketreturn.com. For media credentials, please contact Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal at avestal@nhra.com.

    HE SAID, SHE SAID


    STILL FLYING HIGH!:

    Top Fuel pilot David Grubnic on finding out that team owner Connie Kalitta announced that he would keep the Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, which is currently in the 11th-place spot, in full-time competition as the team fights for that Top-10 spot and a Countdown to 1 playoff berth:

    “I have the utmost respect and admiration for Connie, and I would’ve supported his decision either way, but I must say I’m really glad he chose to keep going. I’m very optimistic about our chances of getting in the Top 10. Our Kalitta Air car has been getting much more consistent of late, and we’re going to need that consistency to get in the Countdown. We’re all confident we can do it.”

     

    Antron Brown and Crew  
    Only seven drivers in 21 years have swept the Western Swing. Antron Brown and his crew did so in 2009.   

    INSIDE THE NUMBERS


    7:
    That’s the number of drivers in 21 years that have swept the Western Swing. Top Fuel pilot Antron Brown was the last to do so, sweeping the Swing in 2009. Below is a list of the drivers who have swept and the years they did so:

    Joe Amato, Top Fuel, 1991
    John Force, Funny Car, 1994
    Cory McClenathan, Top Fuel, 1997
    Larry Dixon, Top Fuel, 2003
    Greg Anderson, Pro Stock, 2004
    Tony Schumacher, Top Fuel, 2008
    Antron Brown, Top Fuel, 2009

    DID YOU KNOW…

    …that current Funny Car points leader John Force holds the most wins in the class at all three races of the Western Swing? Force has seven wins at Pacific Raceways in Seattle (and is the only active Funny Car driver to have more than one at the track), seven wins at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California and five wins at Bandimere Speedway in Denver. As mentioned above, Force is also the only Funny Car driver to have ever swept the Western Swing (1994).

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      SEMA Board Member Doug Evans (left), seen here with 2008 Person of the Year Patrick Judge, was presented with SEMA's Person of the Year award in 2009.

    It’s that time of year—awards nominations! As a SEMA member, you have the opportunity to select a nominee for the 2010 SEMA Person of the Year Award. The SEMA Person of the Year Award was established to honor a person for his/her outstanding contribution to the industry, above and beyond their normal job function.

    Please review the Person of the Year Award criteria included in the online nomination form before completing your nomination. Nominations must include comments as to why, based on the award criteria, the person of your choice is deserving of this award.

    All nominations are confidential. Please submit your 2010 SEMA Person of the Year Nomination Form by Friday, July 30, 2010.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cindy Booher at 909/978-6706 or via e-mail cindyb@sema.org.

    Past Award Winners:

    Year Name
    1969 Bob Spar
    1970 Keith Jackson
    1971 Doug Thoms
    1972 Robert E. Petersen
    1973 Wally Parks
    1974 Harvey Crane
    1975 Don Smith
    1976 Els Lohn
    1977 Dick Wells
    1978 Donna Imrie Foulger
    1979 Linda Vaughn
    1980 John Simmons
    1981 Nile Cornelison
    1982 Dennis Holding
    1983 Jim Davis
    1984 W.A. "Butch" Lahmann
    1985 Jim McFarland
    1986 Tom Cepek
    1987 Joe Amato
    1988 Murray Diamond
    1989 Charlie Van Cleve
    1990 Bob McJannett
    1991 Bob Patteri
    1992 Bob Vandergriff
    1993 Bob Keller
    1994 Leo Kagan
    1995 Brian Appelgate
    1996 Amy Faulk
    1997 Ronald Coleman
    1998 Nate Shelton
    1999 Jeffrey L. Thompson
    2000 Douglas Mergenthaler
    2001 Mitch Williams
    2002 Paul "Scooter" Brothers
    2003 Steve Bolio
    2004 Jim Cozzie
    2005 Jon Wyly
    2006 Joel Ayres
    2007 Wade Kawasaki
    2008 Patrick Judge
    2009 Doug Evans

     

  • YEN member Famous Rhodes speaks about bringing the aftermarket online, how to determine your goals when launching your business online, and what the aftermarket can learn from other industries like consumer electronics.

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      Tony D’Acquisto

    Tony D’Acquisto was named sales manager for the automotive aftermarket channel for the Valspar Corp. D’Acquisto will have national account responsibility, serving key retail and commercial accounts in the North American automotive aftermarket. He will focus on working with customers to provide solutions and optimize sales as related to the automotive paint category, further establishing the PlastiKote brand of products in the marketplace.

    For the fifth consecutive time, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima took the overall victory in the 88th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a win he claimed one day prior to his 60th birthday. Tajima continues to hold the current overall record for reaching the peak, besting hill-climb veterans Paul Dallenbach and Rhys Millen in the Unlimited Class. With his new car—a 910hp Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special—he finished with the time of 10:11.49, a few seconds faster than the winning time he posted last year.

    Monster at Pikes Peak  
    Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima  

    Nitro pilot James Day will return to the NHRA Nitro Funny Car ranks behind the wheel of John Lindsay’s “Impulse” funny car with the support of CleanBoost performance motor oils during this year’s Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado, July 23–25. Day’s last NHRA national event appearance was behind the wheel of the DLS Motorsports Top Fuel Records sponsored flopper at the 2008 NHRA Winternationals.

    Three Motor State/Lane Automotive publications were awarded Gold Medallions at the 19th Annual International Automotive Media Awards. In addition, Lane Automotive's website also received a Best of Division award. Winning Gold Medallions were: The Hot Rod Parts Catalog for cover design, public relations and marketing; Lane Automotive.com for Internet reference; and The Motor State Performance Report for newsletter, less than 16 pages, public relations and marketing. The ceremony was held at the Automotive Hall of Fame headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, in June.

    Pirelli Tire North America announced that it will expand its sales and marketing operations with a new office in New York to complement its North American headquarters in Rome, Georgia. The company reports that the expansion will assist with its aggressive sales growth and will only involve the outward-facing parts of the sales and marketing departments.

    The Ohio Technical College was named one of Northeast Ohio’s Top 75 Workplaces of 2010. The Top Workplace honor was awarded by The Plain Dealer and Workplace Dynamics after they conducted employee surveys regarding their jobs and workplace environments at the college and its branch campus (the PowerSport Institute). Over the past three years, Ohio Technical College has received 2008 and 2009 Weatherhead Awards; the 2010 NEO Success Award; and been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The school was also named the 2009 School of the Year Award in an annual competition by Babcox Publications' Tomorrow's Technician magazine and Chicago Pneumatic.

    Mitchell 1 received the 2010 “Hall of Fame” award from AAA during the AAA/CAA Automotive Services Conference held recently in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The award was presented to Mitchell 1 in recognition of outstanding commitment, dedication and success as an AAA Automotive Preferred Supplier. David Boyington, senior account manager, corporate sales, Mitchell 1, and Ken Young, vice president sales and marketing, Mitchell 1, accepted the award from Marshall L. Doney, AAA Automotive vice president.

Market Snapshot

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      Businesses, including specialty-equipment manufacturers, are feeling confident enough in economic recovery to begin investing in machinery and equipment again.

    A Commerce Department report released two weeks ago showed capital spending plans rose 2.1% in May from April, and was 18.4% above its level a year ago. And despite jitters that some measure of economic recovery has slowed, The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports that companies including 3M and Cummins have stepped up equipment and manufacturing spending in anticipation of increased demand.

    3M will spend an additional $3 billion on manufacturing this year, including a new Singapore plant to make films for solar panels, while engine manufacturer Cummins plans to spend an additional $400 million this year, up 30% from 2009, to meet demand from rising truck sales in China and India, and for its fuel-injection and emissions-control systems. Analysts attribute the increases documented in the Commerce Department report to more available credit, as well as businesses balancing the risks of being left behind during a recovery with prudent financial practices.

    Large enterprises aren’t the only ones investing in manufacturing. Some specialty-equipment companies are also building out in anticipation or reaction to demand. ARB 4x4 Accessories, an Australian manufacturer of differential lockers, suspension, racks, bars and other off-road equipment, is adding infrastructure due to rising worldwide demand.

    “We’re buying new machinery, we’re hiring and we’re having a hard time keeping up with worldwide demand,” says ARB President Jim Jackson. The company’s U.S. headquarters near Seattle is responsible for sales in the Americas, which Jackson says was down 9% last year.

    “But the last six months, it’s like someone flipped a switch here in North America,” Jackson adds. “Australia and the rest of the world [market] is growing. We had 25% growth worldwide last year.”

    Jackson notes that the company’s heavy-duty suspensions for Toyota, Jeep and Nissan trucks have also created demand in rugged war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Grant Products, maker of specialty steering wheels, is also ramping up for increased demand. Rich Barsamian, vice-president of sales, says the company has been acquiring new machinery to speed production and product to market. Grant plans to boost capital spending by about 9.5% for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    "This is based on us seeing an increase in business and bringing new airbag replacement steering wheels to market rapidly," Barsamian says. "We have a 7% increase over what we budgeted for incoming orders."

    Barsamian adds that Grant is also in the process of buying companies that will help build its core business and access to OEM partnerships, company leadership is playing it conservative.

    "We do think there will be a second round of recession," he says. "How bad it will be is anyone's guess. We haven't seen an increase in credit in the last six to eight months, and seems it's still pretty tight."

    Todd Gartshore, Baer Brakes vice-president of marketing, says his company is approaching any signs of recovery cautiously, despite an already heavy investment in new equipment.

    “We’ve significantly added to our machine capability over the last four years as an initiative to become self-sufficient and manufacture more than 90% of our own calipers by 2010,” Gartshore says. Baer has achieved about 75% of that goal and expects to reach it by 2012.

    Gartshore adds, however, that he doesn’t see anything in the near-term that inspires great hope for his company. He says Baer plans to “entrench” and begin focusing investment in R&D and new product, “to be positioned to grow our market share when a cyclic improvement does come."

    High-end racing and custom car builder markets are two bright growth areas, Gartshore says, adding that autocross racing at Goodguys events and track days are encouraging enthusiasts to go beyond the quarter-mile.

    “This makes our segment in braking and handling more relevant,” he notes.

    To contain costs, Gartshore says Baer “continues to look for creative solutions within U.S. manufacturing companies to bring iron castings and other forms of industry lost to China over the last 15 years back home." —Dan Frio

Spy Shots

  • Spy shots-Audi S7

    Brenda Priddy's spy-cam crew caught a 2011 Audi S7 four-door coupe mule
    attacking the bends at The Ring. Larger air intakes, sportier wheels
    and tires, bigger brakes and rotors, along with the typical "S" quad
    exhaust, indicate that this is no ordinary A7 prototype! Riding on a
    version of the next-generation A6 platform, the S7 should go into
    production towards the end of 2010.

    There are a few possibilities for what may be lurking under the hood of
    this S7 prototype. The first is a tweaked version of the 4.2L V8 found
    in the current Audi S5. Another motor Audi may be considering is the
    supercharged V6 from the S4.

    To see use in the S7, however, that blown
    V6 would need some upgrading to move the S7's mass. There are also
    rumors of an all-new 4.0L V8 that could debut in the S7. This new motor
    is supposedly good for almost 400 hp.

    The S7 should debut sometime in early 2011.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Spy shots-Audi S7

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