SEMA eNews Vol. 20, No. 51, December 21, 2017

What Has SEMA Done for You Lately?

  • By Jenny Galvan

      SEMA Research ADAS
    SEMA’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Opportunity Study covers the retrofit opportunities for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Connected Vehicle Technologies (CVT).
       

    While technologies such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Connected Vehicle Technologies (CVT) are becoming common on new vehicles, SEMA developed the Advanced Vehicle Technology Opportunity Study to help members produce and sell these products for vehicles not originally equipped with the technology. The study can be used as a resource to guide product and service planning and entry strategies into a burgeoning market.

    Download the “SEMA Advanced Vehicle Technology Opportunity Study.”

    The developing growth potential for this market is predicted to increase from $977 million to $1.5 billion between now and 2021—a 9.1% annual compound growth rate. With the technological changes happening in the automotive market, these systems represent a significant new opportunity developing in the marketplace.

    Visit www.sema.org/market-research to see all of the reports and studies available.

Breaking News

  • By SEMA Editors

      SEMA Show Speaker
    Speakers with experience in marketing and sales, customer service, business management, automotive trends, social media and vehicle customization are encouraged to submit an application to host a seminar during the 2018 SEMA Show.
       

    SEMA Show Education is now accepting applications for industry professionals interested in hosting a seminar during the 2018 SEMA Show. Of particular interest to the industry are speakers with experience in marketing and sales, customer service, business management, automotive trends, social media, and vehicle customization.

    To learn more, access the application and read the criteria.

    The educational seminars make up an essential component of the SEMA Show. In addition to connecting automotive manufacturers with professional buyers from all over the world, the four-day SEMA Show is the leading venue for industry experts to network in person and learn new business strategies.

    The 2017 SEMA Show education program featured more than 60 sessions. While topics address basic business practices, such as customer service, marketing and social media, the 2018 program will emphasize issues that are of greatest concern to businesses in the automotive aftermarket.

    All speakers should be able to focus on industry issues and not a specific company position or agenda.

    Applications for speaker submissions are available until Monday, February 12, 2018. Speaker entries will be answered no later than April 20, 2018. For more details, contact Zane Clark at zanec@sema.org, 909-978-6743.

  •   SEMA Board
    This year, the SEMA Board of Directors has openings for two seats in the Manufacturers category, two seats in the Distributors/Retailers category and one seat in the Services category.
       

    The following is a message from SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting:

    As a member of the association, your recommendation is needed for industry leaders to serve on the SEMA Board of Directors. Our industry has many individuals who would be an asset to the SEMA Board, but oftentimes those individuals aren’t immediately apparent to the Nominating Committee when selecting the final candidates.

    Please take a moment to tell us about whom you would recommend as a potential nominee for a board member position. We also ask that you include information to help the Nominating Committee know more about the nominee’s qualifications, such as background, experience and achievements from a leadership standpoint.

    For this year’s election, the following seats are open:

    • Two seats in the Manufacturers category
    • Two seats in the Distributors/Retailers category
    • One seat in the Services category

    Nominations for the 2018 SEMA Board of Directors are due Thursday, January 4, 2018. Please complete and submit the nomination form, and be sure to include the qualification information noted above.

    A strong board means wise leadership and an association that serves its members well. We urge you to take part in the nominations process.

    Thank you for your attention to this important request.

    Chris Kersting, CAE
    SEMA President and CEO

  • By SEMA Editors

      Scholarship
       

    SEMA is now accepting applications for the 2018 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the auto or auto-parts industries at www.sema.org/scholarships.  

    New this year, high-school and part-time students can apply for a scholarship. The change is part of an effort by SEMA’s Scholarship Committee to start students down the automotive path and support their efforts at an earlier stage.

    “SEMA is dedicated to activating the next-generation automotive workforce by providing financial support and career resources to students enrolled in various high schools, universities, colleges and/or vocational schools in the United States,” said SEMA Chairman-Elect Tim Martin.

    The SEMA Memorial Scholarship program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 to help foster the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Students can apply for the scholarship at www.sema.org/scholarships. The deadline for the program is March 1, 2018.

    Scholarships are available in a variety of categories, such as accounting, sales and marketing, and engineering. Dozens of awards ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 will be given out, with a $5,000 award going to the top student.

    The program also includes a loan-forgiveness aspect that offers financial awards to employees of SEMA-member companies who are paying off a loan for a completed program of study at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical program within the United States.

    For more information, contact SEMA Manager of Student Programs Juliet Marshall at 909-978-6655 or julietm@sema.org.

Business Tools

  • In today’s business landscape, upping your game on video marketing has never been more important.

    With more than a billion users on YouTube now (according to the company’s statistic page at www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html), upping your game on video marketing has never been more important.

  • By SEMA Editors

      Ford
    Project vehicle proposals for Ford's project vehicle program must be received by March 1, 2018. 
       

    Ford Motor Co. has announced its project-vehicle program for 2018. 

    2018 Ford Project Vehicle Program

    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018
    Award Recipient Notification Date: by May 1, 2018

    All project vehicle requests must be submitted in two parts and meet the following Ford Aftermarket Project Vehicle Program criteria:

    Part 1

    Email a one-page project summary—must be received by March 1, 2018. Include bullet points for:

    • Vehicle/theme
    • Vehicle modifications
    • New-product development
    • Promotional plan
    • Vehicle display location at the 2018 SEMA Show

    Part 2

    Mail a detailed project proposal—must be received by March 1, 2018. Include details supporting the one-page project summary on company letterhead, a color rendering and past project vehicle examples.

    Information on Ford vehicles is available at: www.ford.com.

    Ford Aftermarket Project Vehicle Program Criteria

    Aftermarket companies requesting project vehicles should be:

    • A manufacturer or designer/restyler dedicated to supporting new-product development.
    • Financially capable and willing to spend promotional dollars.
    • Actively promoting the vehicle with their product(s) through an established marketing plan.
    • A current SEMA member.

    Aftermarket companies receiving project vehicles must:

    • Feature the vehicle in a booth at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
    • Use Ford accessory products as specified and provided by Ford Motor Company.
    • Register and keep the vehicle in your company name during the entire contract period.
    • Purchase and maintain $3 million in general liability, $3 million in automotive liability, $1 million in employer liability and demonstrate worker's compensation coverage. An umbrella policy may be used to achieve coverage limits.
    • Commit to feature the vehicle with the Ford logo intact and visible.
    • Order a California-certified vehicle if you intend to register or use the vehicle primarily in California or any other state that has adopted California emissions standards. Failure to do so may subject you to a state fine.
    • Make vehicles available to Ford or its dealers for display, at the owner's discretion.
    • Submit written quarterly status reports for a period of 18 months, as specified in the contract, stating:

    1. Product development
    2. Modifications to the vehicle
    3. Events (including dates, location and type of event)
    4. Media exposure (originals or color copies)
    5. Company advertising featuring the vehicle
    6. Social media exposure
    7. A copy of your current vehicle registration

    Information on the specific vehicles Ford plans to emphasize at the 2018 SEMA Show will follow in January. Details will be provided to allow you to research those products and find high-resolution images for renderings.

    Submit Ford Project Vehicle proposals to:

    Ford Motor Co.
    21175 Oakwood Blvd., PDCDC MD579
    Dearborn, MI 48124
    Attn: Mike Nicopolis & Rob Fridenberg
    semainfo@ford.com

  • In partnership with KIA, the SEMA Garage has announced it will host the ’18 KIA Stinger measuring session. Ushering in a new dynamic era for KIA Motors, the all-new ’18 Stinger is a five-passenger sportback poised to redefine a segment currently populated by European automakers. The Stinger promises to be the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history, and is backed by KIA’s industry-leading warranty. The Stinger is offered in five trim levels (Stinger, Premium, GT, GT1, GT2) and luxurious accommodations.

  • By SEMA Editors

    Latest Jobs Added to SEMA Career Center

    Are you hunting for a new job? The SEMA Career Center has a comprehensive listing of automotive-related job openings around the country. Here are some of the latest classifieds posted to the website.

    Jobber Engagement Territory Manager: Iddea California LLC is hiring a jobber engagement territory manager for its Go Rhino and Big Country brands. This position will be responsible for driving sales by developing new, and growing existing, relationships with jobbers and dealers in the Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico territories. Focus activities include identifying key jobbers and dealers in each market who are capable and interested in actively promoting and selling Go Rhino/Big Country brands, deploying point-of-purchase displays, product education and collaboration with distributor partners. Extensive travel within the territory will be required, as field-work is the primary responsibility. A college degree is preferred, along with a minimum of three years of related experience in automotive accessories.

    OEM Sales Manager: ComeUp USA Inc. is hiring an OEM sales manager. This position will require extensive sales experience within the industrial sector, specifically on the tow truck, fire truck, utility truck and trailer market segment. This role includes but is not limited to managing assigned accounts and prospecting new business opportunities. Off-road industry/product knowledge is required. 

    Technical Sales Consultant: Air Flow Research is hiring a technical sales consultant focused on the sales of performance automotive cylinder heads for domestic push-rod V8 engines. Responsibilities include recommending and selling performance products, and communicating effectively locally, online and on social media with customers through various means. The ideal candidate must have proven customer support experience or experience as a client service representative. A college degree and at least five years of experience in high-performance engine parts sales are preferred.

    Automotive Collision Repair/Welding Instructor: The College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, has one tenure-track faculty position available that would have joint responsibility teaching in the auto collision repair and welding programs. Assignments will emphasize teaching in the automotive refinishing or structural repair areas of the collision-repair industry. Candidates are required to have an associate’s degree, five-year collision repair or related fieldwork experience within the last 7 years and a current ASE-Collision or I-CAR certification.

    Product Development Supervisor: Classic Industries is hiring a product development supervisor responsible for coordinating the gathering of OEM samples, working directly with factories and testing fit samples for quality assurance and approval. Management experience is essential. Some travel may be required occasionally. Candidates must have extensive knowledge and experience with vehicle restoration and all aspects of vehicle parts manufacturing. The ability to speak, read and write in Mandarin is a plus.

New Products and Technology

  • Ford Ranger

    This is the ’19 Ford Ranger FX4, finally caught testing in production metal and with its production face. Up until this point, the FX4 was testing in mule form.

    The Ranger FX4 will get added ground clearance and styling tweaks to make it unique from the standard Ranger. On this prototype, the grille appears to have an Explorer-ish feel to it.

    In other markets, the current FX4 can be had with a 3.2L diesel engine found in the Transit. It’s unclear if it will be offered on U.S. models, but the Ranger could be offered in a number of configurations to compete with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

    Expect a full complement of Ecoboost four and six-cylinder engines, and perhaps a diesel. Ford may use the direct-injected twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 as the premium choice. Ford’s new 10-speed automatic, co-developed with GM, is also expected.

    The ’19 Ranger FX4 will be revealed next year, more than likely in Detroit.

    Ford Ranger

    Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde

Law & Order

  • The RPM Act of 2017 needs your support. Even if you wrote to Congress in 2016, SEMA urges all race fans and businesses to take action again. Go to www.sema.org/RPM to support the RPM Act of 2017 and secure the future of racing today!

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

    President Trump will sign a Republican-supported bill into law that overhauls the U.S. tax code and reduces taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. The U.S. Congress passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1), which provides the most sweeping changes to the federal tax code in decades. 

    The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” permanently reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% while scaling back deductions for corporate interest expenses, moves the U.S. to a territorial tax system where only income generated from within the U.S. is taxed, and implements a one-time tax on overseas profits brought back to the U.S.  

    For individual taxpayers, the new law reduces marginal tax rates, which will be in effect through 2025: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% and 37%. Prior to enactment of the new law, taxes rates are 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, and 39.6%. H.R. 1 eliminates the personal exemption and doubles the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly while eliminating many credits and deductions that complicate tax preparation. 

    Of particular note, the new law eliminates a provision in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that requires individuals to either purchase health insurance or pay a fine, doubles the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000, reduces the mortgage interest deduction from $1 million to $750,0000, caps write-offs for state and local property taxes at $10,000 and expands the medical expense deductions.

    H.R. 1 provides “pass-through” businesses (sole proprietorships, partnerships and S corporations) that currently pay taxes at the individual rate of their owners with a 20% tax deduction that applies to the first $315,000 of joint income. This deduction ensures that these business owners pay a marginal tax rate of no more than 29.6%. The law allows businesses to write off the full cost of investments for the next five years, doubles the exemption from the estate tax, preserves the research and development credit and allows small businesses to continue to write off interest expenses on loans. 

    In order to expand the voice of SEMA members on Capitol Hill, the association has been a longstanding member of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC). It is a leading advocate on topics that impact small businesses, especially tax issues. The SBLC has prepared the following analysis of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (below). 

    For more information, contact Eric Snyder at erics@sema.org.

    Business Provisions     H.R. 1, The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”
           
    C Corp Rates     21% for C corps and personal service corps. This rate would be effective for tax years after 2017 and would be permanent. Would reduce the 80% dividends received deduction to 65% and the 70% dividends received deduction to 50%.
           
    Bonus Depreciation     Companies would be able to immediately write off the full cost of investments in their businesses, starting with assets purchased and placed in service after September 27, 2017, and before January 1, 2023. Thereafter, the deduction will phase out by 20% each year through 2026.
           
    Section 179     Section 179 deduction would be increased from $500,000 to $1 million with an increased phase-out threshold at $2.5 million. These amounts will be indexed for inflation starting in 2019. The definition of qualified real property would also be expanded to include improvements made to nonresidential real property including roofs, heating and air-conditioning property.
           
    Research and Development Credit     Retained in its current form.
           
    Availability of Cash Method of Accounting     The average gross receipts threshold for using the cash method would be permanently increased from $5 million to $25 million.
           
    Employer Credit for Paid FMLA     A new credit would be added for 2018 and 2019 for wages paid to employees on FMLA if certain conditions are met.
           
    Deduction of Business Interest     Businesses would only be able to deduct net interest expenses up to 30% of their adjusted taxable income. For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2022, adjusted taxable income is computed without regard to deductions allowable for depreciation, amortization or depletion or the Section 199 deduction (domestic manufacturing deduction which is repealed in the bill). Businesses with annual gross receipts of $25 million or less would not be subject to the 30% limit.
           
    Qualified Retirement Plans     Generally not impacted—though some concern that unless language is fixed in technical corrections, retirement plan contributions for pass-throughs may not be as advantageous because contribution would be against the qualified business income, which would have a lower tax rate than the personal income tax rate, but when taken out of the plan would be subject to the higher personal income tax rates.
           
    Capital Gains and Dividends Rates     No change.
           
    Non-qualified Deferred Compensation (409A)     No change.
           
    Contributions to Capital     Added provision providing that capital contributions aren’t excludable from taxable income unless they are made by a shareholder, potential customer or government entity. Provision in House bill dealing with the inclusion in gross income of contributions to capital of a partnership in excess of fair market value of interest received is not included in final bill.
           
    Technical Termination of Partnership     Technical termination rule would be repealed. Partnership would be treated as continuing even if more than 50% of the total capital and profit interests of partnership were sold or exchanged.
           
    Pass Though Provisions     If the individual makes $157,500 or less (or $315,000 or less in the case of a joint return), indexed, the individual taxpayer would receive a 20% deduction on “qualified business income” from a partnership, S corporation or sole proprietorship. If the individual makes more than $157,500 (or more than $315,000 in the case of a joint return), then the deduction from “qualified business income” would be the greater of (i) the sum of 25% of the W-2 wages with respect to the trade or business, plus 2.5% of the unadjusted basis, immediately after acquisition, of all “qualified property” or (ii) 50% of the W-2 wages with respect to the trade or business. Once the $157,500 (or $315,000) threshold is hit, a “qualified trade or business” does not include service businesses. “Qualified business income” would not include reasonable compensation paid to the taxpayer by any qualified business for services rendered with respect to the business. “Qualified property” is defined as tangible property subject to depreciation, held by a qualified trade or business and used in the production of qualified business income. It is the first alternative for calculating the wage limit, which is seen as helping real-estate businesses with large capital investments but few employees to qualify under the pass-through provisions. There would be a phase-in of $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for joint returns. A specified service means those performing services in the fields of health, law, consulting, athletics, financial services, brokerage services or where the reputation or skill of one or more of its employees or owners or dealing with investing and investment management trading or dealing in securities, partnership interests or commodities. Note that this definition excludes engineers and architects. The deduction would be allowed to nonitemizers as well as those that itemize. Trusts and estates would be eligible for the 20% deduction. These provisions would all sunset in 2025.
           
    Estate and Generation Skipping Transfer (GST) Tax     From 2018 through the end of 2025 estate and GST exemptions would double. In 2026, the exemptions would revert back to their current levels, indexed for inflation.
           
    Gift Tax     From 2018 through the end of 2025 the gift tax exemption would double. In 2026, the exemption would revert back to their current levels, indexed for inflation.
           
    Step-Up in Basis     Retained in its current form.
           
    Low Income Housing Credit     Retained in its current form.
           
    ACA     Individual mandate repealed.
           
    Mortgage Interest Deduction     Deduction limit reduced from $1 million to $750,000 and limited to debt incurred on the principal residence or a second home. Starting next year, no deduction will be allowed for interest on home equity loans. These changes would sunset in 2025. Taxpayers could continue to exclude sale proceeds from the sale of a principal residence as under current law.  
           
    Graduate and Undergraduate Tuition Waivers     No change.
           
    Standard Deduction     Increased to $24,000 for joint, $18,000 for unmarried with at least one child and $12,000 for single filers. These increases would sunset at the end of 2025 and revert to current levels.
           
    Personal Exemptions     Eliminated until 2025.
           
    Child Tax Credit     Increased to $2,000 with an increased phase-out of up to $400,000 for married taxpayers. Increase the amount of the credit that is refundable from $1,000 to $1,400. These provisions would sunset at the end of 2025.
           
    Non-Dependent Credit     Added $500 credit for dependents and other children until the end of 2025.
           
    Family Flexibility Credit     No added provision.
           
    Dependent Care Flexible Savings Accounts     No change.
           
    Number of Tax Brackets     Seven
           
    Top Rate     37%
           
    Provisions Covering Individuals and Businesses      
           
    AMT – Alternative Minimum Tax     Corporate AMT repealed. Individual AMT retained with a higher AMT exemption (starting at $109,400 for joint and $70,300 for single) for the years 2018 through 2025. Phase-out of exemption amounts would be increased to $1 million for married taxpayers filing jointly and $500,000 for single taxpayers. This means that the exemption amount is not phased out until the alternative minimum taxable income exceeds these phase-out amounts. The increase in the individual AMT exemption sunsets in 2025. The repeal of the corporate AMT is permanent.
           
    State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction     Deduction for state and local income, sales and/or property taxes capped at $10,000. This provision sunsets in 2025. Cannot pre-pay income tax for 2018 in 2017. Not clear if property taxes can be prepaid in 2017 for 2018. State and local tax deduction maintained for corporations and pass throughs.

People, Places, & Racing News

  • Compiled by SEMA Editors

      Team Meziere
    The AAM Group, through its Parts Pro marketing program, presented the Excellence Cup honoring the Fastest Overall Perfect Engine Build winner to Team Meziere Enterprises from Burton Center for Arts & Tech at the 2017 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Dual National Championships in Indianapolis.
       

    Parts Pro Recognizes Fastest Perfect Engine Builds at Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Championship

    The AAM Group, through its Parts Pro marketing program, presented the Excellence Cup honoring the Fastest Overall Perfect Engine Build winner to Team Meziere Enterprises from Burton Center for Arts & Tech at the 2017 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Dual National Championships in Indianapolis. The team, from Salem, Virginia, was coached by Chris Overfelt.

    During the Elite Eight competition, Team Meziere broke the national record with a total time of 15:33, shattering the previous record of 16:11 set in November 2015. They finished their second run in 15:37; however, during their final run, the team incurred a five-minute penalty and missed repeating as national champions by three seconds.

    As a result, The AAM Group pledged to honor every team building a perfect engine in the Elite Eight competition during the PRI Trade Show. AAM created The Excellence Cup as a perpetual award that will be kept and displayed by the winning school for one year and then transferred annually to the fastest perfect engine-building team among Elite Eight teams. The base will be inscribed with the team’s name and school of all past winners as a perpetual recognition of their accomplishments.

    AAM Program Sales Manager Jerry Simpson presented the awards at the season-finale event conducted in Indianapolis. Teams that achieved at least one perfect engine build during the Elite Eight competition were awarded a plaque, while the team that clocked the fastest overall perfect engine was awarded with the Excellence Cup.

    Elite Eight Perfect Engine Build honorees:

    • Team Meziere, Burton Center for Arts & Tech, Virginia (Instructor: Chris Overfelt) (Excellence Cup winner) 
    • Team Aeromotive, Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center, Oklahoma (Instructor: Jim LaFevers)
    • Team Fragola, Fremd High School, Illinois (Instructor: Steven Elza) 
    • Team Fel-Pro, Tulsa Technology Center, Oklahoma (Instructor: Greg Gilliam)
    • Team K&N Filter, Burton Center for Arts & Technology, Virginia (Instructor: Steven Hoback)
    • Team QA1, Forsyth Central High School, Georgia (Instructor: Jacob Cochran)
    • Team Howards Cams, Lakeshore High School, Michigan (Instructor: Doug Haygood)
    • Team Derale, Forsyth Central High School, Georgia (Instructor: Marlo Miranda)
    Centric Parts
    Centric Parts has received the “Outstanding Shipping Performance Award” from the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance.
     
       

    Centric Parts Receives Outstanding Shipping Performance Award from Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance

    Centric Parts, a division of APC Automotive Technologies, has received the “Outstanding Shipping Performance Award” from the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. This is the second consecutive year that Centric Parts has received the honor, which was given in recognition of the 95% or greater fill rate that Centric Parts was able to deliver throughout the calendar year for all product lines, including drums and rotors, friction and hydraulics. The award was presented during the annual Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Winter Supplier/Membership Meetings in Miami, Florida, December 3–6.

    Wes-Coast Marketing to Represent Insane Audio

    Insane Audio, a U.S.-based manufacturer of in-dash stereo, multimedia and navigation solutions for the off-road aftermarket, has chosen Wes-Coast Marketing Inc. to represent the company.  

    Tow Brothers Joins VIPAR Heavy Duty Network of Distributors

    Tow Brothers Company Ltd., based in Amarillo, Texas, is the newest company to join the VIPAR Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder. Tow Brothers is a family-owned and -operated independent truck and trailer parts distributor and maintenance shop that began business in Amarillo in 1958, and has expanded to include locations in Longview, Texas, and St. George, Utah.

    Have some company news you would like to share? Let us know and the news may appear in an upcoming issue of SEMA eNews. Send your items for consideration to editors@sema.org.

  • By SEMA Editors

      Bob Glidden
    Bob Glidden
       

    Bob Glidden, 73, a 10-time NHRA Pro Stock champion and one-time IHRA series champion, passed away December 17, following a brief illness. He was joined at his bedside by his wife of 54 years Etta, and their sons Billy and Rusty.

    Glidden had battled heart issues since 1994 when he underwent a six-way bypass surgery in which doctors initially gave him two to four years to live. However, Glidden returned to drag racing and drove an NHRA Pro Stocker in competition more than a decade later.

    A Ford campaigner from the beginning, Glidden’s success in Pro Stock stemmed from his apprenticeship in Stock and Super Stock. He campaigned a series of 427 Fairlanes before switching to the more potent 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs in 1968. With sponsorship from Ed Martin Ford, where he worked as a line mechanic, Glidden became one of Division 3’s most prolific winners before turning Pro in late 1972.

    Known as “Mad Dog” for his work ethic, Glidden dominated the class in the late ’70s and ’80s, winning back-to-back season championships in ’74–’75, three in a row (’78–’80) and five straight (’85–’89).

    Glidden retired in February 1997 to concentrate on engine development for some of Ford’s NASCAR Winston Cup teams, which he ended after just two races into the 1997 season. He came out of retirement to drive occasionally through the 2010 season.

  • Compiled by SEMA Editors

      Casey Folks
    Jason Cobb accepting his surprise Casey Folks Perseverance Award at the Best in the Desert year-end awards ceremony.
       

    Jason Cobb Captures the First Casey Folks Perseverance Award

    The Best in the Desert’s “Casey Folks Perseverance Award” was recently announced as a new annual award presented to  someone who encompasses hard work, dedication, integrity and perseverance. Jason Cobb was chosen as the first recipient of this annual award. He has been one of Best in the Desert’s most ardent supporters for years. He went through a series of serious health issues, and is now cancer-free. In the midst of these issues, he lost two jobs within the industry, but persevered throughout it all, and is now the proud owner of Trophy Lite. The next Best in the Desert race is the GMZ UTV Winter Nationals Casey Folks Parker “250” Presented by Polaris, being held January 5–6, in Parker, Arizona.

    SpeedVideo’s Broadcast of “World Cup Finals: Import vs. Domestic” Gets More Than 1.6 Million Views

    With more than 1.6 million views, SpeedVideo’s live broadcast of “World Cup Finals: Import vs. Domestic” has taken position as one of the company’s largest live streams yet. The total audience includes more than 6.8 million minutes of broadcast time and more than 1.6 million video views. North America represented 82% of the total audience. SpeedVideo’s live drag racing broadcasts will continue throughout 2018, covering events from the NMRA, PDRA, NMCA, Shakedown at the Summit, Ultimate Callout Challenge and more. View past and future events at www.speedvideo.com.

    USTCC
    Patrick Chio in his Speed SF/iLap Timer/AutoLogic Nissan 350Z defeated Gary Sheehan in his GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels/Total Lubricants Hyundai Genesis, repeating his double win from last year’s season finale.
     
       

    Chio Victorious at USTCC Season Finale

    Patrick Chio made it two wins out of two at the final weekend of the 2017 United States Touring Car Championship at Thunderhill Raceway Park to leapfrog his way from fourth to second in the Drivers’ Championship. At the end, Chio in his Speed SF/iLap Timer/AutoLogic Nissan 350Z caught Gary Sheehan in his GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels/Total Lubricants Hyundai Genesis, repeating his double win from last year’s season finale at the same circuit. Michael Shawhan finished third in the BTM Motorwerks BMW 330i. In the Sportsman class, Ben Ho’s Aodhan Wheels Honda Civic just edged out Thomas Pitre’s Darwin Machine Acura Integra. Tom Milburn finished third in the Bay Area Drafting Acura RSX. Ali Arsham won the GT class in the GoGoGear.com/Konig Wheels/Total Lubricants Hyundai Genesis with Karl Chicca’s Hawk/CCI/Sparta BMW M3 finishing second and Daniel Rose finished third in the Rose Construction BMW M3. With two wins from Chio in the Touring Car class and two wins for George Kibilov/Mel Meladze in the Super Touring class, Team Speed SF clinched the Cobra Electronics Top Team Championship over Team GoGoGear.com by 50 points in their first year in the competition.

  • By Jenny Galvan

    ETTN Chair Marla Moore recently discussed the benefits of joining the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) at the 2017 SEMA Show. She stressed the importance for those in the automotive aftermarket industry to stay up-to-date on new products and new technologies, and also shed light on resources and services available to SEMA members.

    ETTN is a SEMA council whose primary objective is to identify, understand and communicate emerging trends and technologies to its members.

    Learn more about ETTN

Spy Shots

  • Ford Ranger

    This is the ’19 Ford Ranger FX4, finally caught testing in production metal and with its production face. Up until this point, the FX4 was testing in mule form.

    The Ranger FX4 will get added ground clearance and styling tweaks to make it unique from the standard Ranger. On this prototype, the grille appears to have an Explorer-ish feel to it.

    In other markets, the current FX4 can be had with a 3.2L diesel engine found in the Transit. It’s unclear if it will be offered on U.S. models, but the Ranger could be offered in a number of configurations to compete with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

    Expect a full complement of Ecoboost four and six-cylinder engines, and perhaps a diesel. Ford may use the direct-injected twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 as the premium choice. Ford’s new 10-speed automatic, co-developed with GM, is also expected.

    The ’19 Ranger FX4 will be revealed next year, more than likely in Detroit.

    Ford Ranger

    Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde