SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 24, June 14, 2018

What Has SEMA Done for You Lately?

  • By Katie Carson

      Council and Network AwardsAward winners are announced and honored at the council and network receptions at the 2018 SEMA Show.
       

    SEMA’s councils and networks awards nominations are now open! This is an opportunity for your company or an outstanding person at your company to be recognized at the SEMA Show for their amazing accomplishments during the past year. If you’re a SEMA council or network member, or know someone who is, we want to hear from you. All you have to do is fill out a quick nomination form.

    The winners will be announced and honored at the SEMA council and network receptions taking place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the 2018 SEMA Show. The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Hall of Fame winner(s) will be honored at the PRI Trade Show in December.

    Nominate for the following segments:

    • Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)
    • Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN)
    • Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)
    • Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA)
    • Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN)
    • Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)
    • Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)
    • Wheel & Tire Council (WTC)
    • SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN)
    • Young Executives Network (YEN)

    View the awards, criteria and past winners on the new SEMA council and network awards website and nominate a worthy candidate! Nomination period ends July 9.

    Note: Nominees must be a member of the council or network they are being nominated for. If you are unsure, please contact our SEMA customer service specialist at 909-610-2030 for assistance.

Breaking News

  • By SEMA Editors

      NHRA BreakfastTom “The Mongoose” McEwen (far right) on stage during the NHRA Breakfast at the SEMA Show.
       

    Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, who was voted No. 16 on the NHRA's Top 50 Drivers list in 2001, died June 10. He was 81.

    Nicknamed The Mongoose in 1964, as part of a campaign to reel rival Don "The Snake" Prudhomme into a high-exposure match race, McEwen won five NHRA national events during his 35-plus-year career that included time in Funny Cars and Top Fuel dragsters.

    Always the promoter, McEwen earned a reputation for being one of the sport's most colorful figures.

    https://www.sema.org/sites/default/files/web-Tom-McEwen.jpgMcEwen won five NHRA national events during his 35-plus-year career that included time in Funny Cars and Top Fuel dragsters.  
       

    Through his long association with Prudhomme, a friendship that survived their racing careers and sometimes bitter rivalry, McEwen helped blaze the trail toward the sponsored drag-racing team. Their Mattel sponsorship, which gave way to "Snake" and "Mongoose" Hot Wheels toys, and backing from big names like Coca-Cola and Carefree sugarless gum, were of major significance, but McEwen was a drag racer first.

    McEwen made regular SEMA Show appearances throughout the years. One of the more memorable moments was when he took the stage with Prudhomme during the Show’s annual NHRA Breakfast, and the two legends entertained the audience with stories about their well-known rivalry.  

    Read more about McEwen through the PRI Newsletter.

     

     

     

     

     

  • By SEMA Editors

      Battle of the BuildersBuilders can enter the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition at www.semashow.com/botb.
       

    Builders who have a car or truck displayed at the 2018 SEMA Show can bring added exposure to their vehicles and the products that make their builds unique by entering the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition at www.semashow.com/botb.

    The fifth annual contest shines a spotlight on the amazing talents and craftsmanship of builders who have already proven themselves by being a part of the premier automotive trade event in the world.

    New for 2018 is the recognition of a winner in each of the four different categories—Hot Rod, Truck/Off-Road, Sport Compact and Young Guns. In addition, SEMA has expanded the Young Guns regional program, which will award 14 builders age 27 and younger the opportunity to participate in SEMA Battle of the Builders.

    This year, SEMA has partnered with AutoCon, Bonnier and Goodguys to award a SEMA prize package at select regional car shows. Designated regional winners will receive a prize package that includes an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2017 SEMA Show, transportation of the winner’s vehicle, and a designated feature spot at the 2018 SEMA Show. To find a full list of the participating regional car events, log onto www.semashow.com/botb.

    “The SEMA Battle of the Builders competition allows us to showcase to the world the talented builders who display their extraordinary vehicles at the SEMA Show every year,” said SEMA President & CEO Chris Kersting. “The Young Guns regional program enables us to bring attention to younger car builders, and this year’s expansion will provide more up-and-coming designers and builders the opportunity for national exposure.”

    As in previous years, one builder will be named the contest’s overall top winner during the SEMA Show, and all competitors could be featured in a one-hour, nationwide television special that will air on the Velocity Network.

    To enter or for more information on how you can showcase your car and parts through the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, log on to www.semashow.com/botb.

  • By Kyle Cheng

      SEMA Indicators ReportThe monthly SEMA Industry Indicators reports offer a high-level snapshot of the overall U.S. economy with an emphasis on economic data affecting the automotive aftermarket industry.
       

    Overall, the U.S. economy continues to look strong. Despite rising gas prices and ongoing political uncertainties in international trade, consumer confidence remains high. Consumers have room to maintain, and even increase, their spending in the near-term. Another 223,000 new jobs were added in May, pushing the overall unemployment rate down to 3.8%. This exceeded expectations and is the lowest jobless rate since April 2000. Additionally, businesses look well positioned for growth and sentiment looks strong.  

    To learn more, download the June Industry Indicators Report, now available from SEMA Market Research. This monthly report provides a high-level snapshot of the overall U.S. economy, with an emphasis on economic data that directly or indirectly affects the automotive aftermarket industry and your business. This month, the report also highlights last year’s SEMA Show.

    To view the new Industry Indicators Report, visit www.sema.org/market-research.

  • By Katie Carson

      Council and Network AwardsAward winners are announced and honored at the council and network receptions at the 2018 SEMA Show.
       

    SEMA’s councils and networks awards nominations are now open! This is an opportunity for your company or an outstanding person at your company to be recognized at the SEMA Show for their amazing accomplishments during the past year. If you’re a SEMA council or network member, or know someone who is, we want to hear from you. All you have to do is fill out a quick nomination form.

    The winners will be announced and honored at the SEMA council and network receptions taking place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the 2018 SEMA Show. The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Hall of Fame winner(s) will be honored at the PRI Trade Show in December.

    Nominate for the following segments:

    • Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)
    • Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN)
    • Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA)
    • Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA)
    • Manufacturers Representative Network (MRN)
    • Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC)
    • Professional Restylers Organization (PRO)
    • Wheel & Tire Council (WTC)
    • SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN)
    • Young Executives Network (YEN)

    View the awards, criteria and past winners on the new SEMA council and network awards website and nominate a worthy candidate! Nomination period ends July 9.

    Note: Nominees must be a member of the council or network they are being nominated for. If you are unsure, please contact our SEMA customer service specialist at 909-610-2030 for assistance.

  • By Zane Clark

      Jeep BuildThe proceeds from the auction of the ’15 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will help fund the next vehicle build for the purpose of creating a self-sustaining program.
       

    A fully customized Jeep built through a unique student program that launched in late 2017 is now complete and set to go on the auction block. With 100% of the proceeds raised from the auction to be used to fund another student project, the goal is to provide a sustainable program that educates students about vehicle builds and careers in the automotive industry. The ’15 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited auction will be from Tuesday, June 19–Tuesday, June 26.

    “The industry has really supported this project,” said Zane Clark, SEMA Senior Director of Education. “Their generosity has elevated the build beyond our expectations and created a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for the students.”

    With upgrades and product donations from nearly two dozen manufacturers, the modified four-wheel-drive Jeep includes:

    The school also received donated Jeep products from:

    View the complete list of product sponsors.

    “The Jeep build gave me hands-on experience that I would have never been able to get anywhere else,” said Prince William DeMent, recent graduate from the Santa Fe Eco.  “I learned more during the six months of the project than I did in my entire high school career.”

    The Jeep auction will kick off Tuesday, June 19, through Bring-A-Trailer. Details about the auction will be announced at www.sema.org/jeep-build. Interested buyers are encouraged to create an account on Bring-A-Trailer in advance so there are not delays or glitches once bidding opens.

Business Tools

  • While pursuing his biochemistry degree, car enthusiast Tyler Copenhaver worked his way through Arizona State University by part-time bartending and scavenging, restoring and reselling classic cars.

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  • The ninth annual Exhibitor Summit will take place in Las Vegas, Monday, June 25–Tuesday, June 26.

  • 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 jobs posted to the website.

    Director of Sales: Motorsport Marketing Inc. is hiring a director of sales to build and lead the three-person sales team and sell advertising and sponsorship for two print publications, digital platforms and growing events business. This person will directly report to the company president and will be immediately added to the company’s seven-member management team. The ideal candidate will have an interest and knowledge of the automotive performance world, a history of exceeding in media sales management and a strong background of building revenue from digital products.

    CNC Machine Operator: JMS is hiring a CNC machine operator responsible for machine warm up, loading raw materials onto pre-built fixtures, loading pre-built CNC files that control the machining operations, inspection of machined parts, normal daily maintenance and cleaning the machine. This position will report to the production manager and will interact with the person who performed the original CNC programming and setup for the machine.

    Product/Data Specialist: MagnaFlow is hiring a product/data specialist responsible for all tasks related to creating and maintaining application data and managing the priority of development. Responsibilities also include working on application data cleanup and competitive interchange assignments. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or five years of automotive data experience, automotive experience and experience working with large data sets.

    Merchandising Director: Turn 5 is hiring a merchandising director to own the company’s store P&L, including providing detailed reporting and analysis relating to both revenue and costs to help make key business decisions and drive process/reporting improvements. This position will also be responsible for developing the store and merchandising strategy and executing a plan to achieve overall product growth and profitability for each store. Candidates must have 7–12 years of experience leading and managing a team in a retail environment, and more than five years of experience strategizing, running, analyzing and improving supplier and product strategies.

    Automotive Accessory Installer: Custom Vehicle Outfitters is hiring an automotive accessory installer in the Rochester/Buffalo, New York, area with basic working experience in the automotive accessories field and the willingness to learn. Prior experience installing automotive accessories and/or leather interiors and a valid driver’s license are mandatory.

  • By SEMA Editors

      SEMA Show BanquetNominations are now open for SEMA’s prestigious industry awards, to be presented at the Industry Awards Banquet at the SEMA Show.
       

    Nominations are now open for SEMA’s prestigious industry awards, to be presented at the Industry Awards Banquet at the SEMA Show. The awards are Manufacturer of the Year, Person of the Year, Representative Agency of the Year, Warehouse Distributor of the Year and Gen-III Innovator of the Year. All SEMA members are invited to nominate individuals and companies who have made a significant impact on the specialty-equipment market.

    The 2018 SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet takes place Thursday, November 1, from 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., at the Westgate Garden Patio & Paradise Event Center in Las Vegas.

    Nominate now!

    Person of the Year: The SEMA Person of the Year Award was established in 1969 to honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to the association and the automotive aftermarket as a whole. During the selection process, the task force takes into consideration the nominees’ service beyond their normal job functions over the past year. Full criteria is available on the SEMA Awards webpage, along with a listing of past honorees. In order to assist the Person of the Year Task Force in making its selection, a brief statement, including the nominee’s accomplishments, is required at the time of submission.

    Manufacturer of the Year: The SEMA Manufacturer of the Year Award has been established to honor a manufacturer for their outstanding contribution to the industry during the past 12 months corresponding with the SEMA fiscal year, July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

    GEN-III Innovator of the Year: SEMA is also seeking nominations to recognize young innovators who exhibit the same pioneering spirit as the original industry founders, and whose work is changing the way the automotive aftermarket does business. He or she may have been the first to act on a new trend, invented an original product or devised and implemented ideas that better suit the current marketplace. Qualifying nominees must be younger than 40 as of December 31, 2018.

    Rep Agency of the Year: The SEMA Rep Agency of the Year Award honors a manufacturers’ rep agency for its contribution to the industry for the past 12 months. Considerations include product-line knowledge, communication of critical information between supplier and the client network, updated catalogs, databases and price sheets and continuous training and education programs.

    Warehouse Distributor of the Year: The SEMA Warehouse Distributor of the Year Award recognizes a warehouse distributor that operates with the integrity and business practices that set the company apart as an industry leader. Over the last year, the ideal candidate will have been involved in industry events, serviced and communicated with suppliers and resellers with excellence and provided development opportunities for clients and staff.

    All SEMA members are invited to nominate the companies and individuals that conduct business in a way that furthers the interests of the entire industry. The SEMA awards website provides photos from previous banquets and information regarding the rich history of award winners, award criteria and how to nominate industry leaders for awards in multiple categories.

    For questions regarding the SEMA Awards program, contact Lindsay Bianco at lindsayb@sema.org or 909-978-6692.

  • By SEMA Editors

      2017 SEMA Show FloorThe SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) is offering $10,000 in marketing outreach to participating SDC Suppliers exhibiting at the 2018 SEMA Show that achieve or maintain Platinum status.
       

    The SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) is offering $10,000 in marketing outreach to participating SDC suppliers exhibiting at the 2018 SEMA Show that achieve or maintain Platinum status. You need to enroll now—the July 13 deadline is less than 30 days away! The SDC is an industry-owned and -operated project that provides full product data management capabilities to participating suppliers at the lowest possible cost.

    Participating SDC suppliers exhibiting at the 2018 SEMA Show that achieve or maintain SDC Platinum status (prior to July 13, 2018) will receive $10,000 in marketing exposure, including:

    • Carpet/floor ad near booth location
    • Meter-panel listing in the SEMA Show’s lobbies
    • Ad listing in the 2018 September, October and November issues of SEMA News magazine
    • Ad listing in each of the four SEMA Show Daily magazines

    While there is still time to take advantage of this promotion, we urge you to enroll now so our Data Lab can assist you with achieving Platinum status.

    If you have not joined the SDC yet, please reach out to us for a one-on-one consultation.  The East Coast/Midwest contact for SDC is Jim Graven, 888-958-6698, ext. 4, email: jimg@semadatacoop.com. The West Coast contact for SDC is Tim Stewart, 888-958-6698, ext. 9, email: tims@semadatacoop.com or you can visit www.semadatacoop.org for more information.  Success Starts Here!

New Products and Technology

  • Dodge Charger

    This is the ’19 Dodge Charger Scat Pack completely undisguised.

    Last month, Dodge teased the new Charger SRT Hellcat. Now we’re seeing a Scat Pack-equipped model with the same modified grille intake that was earlier teased. Dodge is expected to give the Charger one more refresh before a redesigned version appears early next decade.

    Power may be modified a little and there could be minor tech additions, but don’t expect too many other changes for the elderly model. The ’19 Chargers should appear later this year.

    Dodge Charger

    Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde

Law & Order

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

    Several bills introduced in Minnesota in 2018 failed to be approved by the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session. However, the bills are eligible for consideration in the 2019 session.

    This includes a bill to allow certain decommissioned military vehicles to be registered as regular motor vehicles and not as “collector military vehicles.” Currently, all military vehicles must be registered as “collector military vehicles.” 

    The bill failed to pass out of the House Transportation Committee. House and Senate bills to appropriate $200,000 for statewide planning and development of off-road vehicle trails also died when the bills did not receive committee consideration. 

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network website.

    For details, contact Christian Robinson at stateleg@sema.org.

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

    Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law a bill allowing for military surplus motor vehicles to be registered and operated on roads and highways in Louisiana. 

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network website.

    For details, contact Christian Robinson at stateleg@sema.org.

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

    Newfoundland and Labrador Minister Shery Gamin Walsh has again issued a proclamation designating July as Automotive Heritage Month in the Province, thanks in part to encouragement from the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada.

    In the United States, since 2010, the U.S. Senate has passed resolutions at the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) to recognize Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD). The day serves to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

    This year’s CCAD celebration is scheduled for Friday, July 13. In the previous eight years, thousands of hobbyists in the United States and Canada have gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our shared automotive heritage. 

    Car clubs and business owners are encouraged to register their gatherings to be listed on the SAN website. Let’s get those cars and trucks out of the garage and onto the road! For more information, to register, and to download the official CCAD logo and flyer, visit the SEMA Action Network website.

    For details, contact Colby Martin at san@sema.org.

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

    The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed SEMA-supported legislation sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) to create the Apple Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area. HR 2365, the “Desert Community Lands Act,” would transfer 4,630 acres of federal land from the U.S. Department of the Interior to the town of Apple Valley, California, and provide the public with opportunities for OHV recreation.

    The bill also provides 80 acres of federal lands to the city of Twentynine Palms, California, that will make race events at 29 Palms Motorsports Arena more accessible to the public. HR 2365 now awaits consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives.

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

  • The RPM Act needs your support. SEMA urges all race fans and businesses to continue to take action. Go to www.sema.org/RPM to support the RPM Act and secure the future of racing today!

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

    A bill was introduced in the Vermont state legislature to extend the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles that have not yet reached their fourth model year. Current law does not provide for a new vehicle exemption. The bill would have also exempted “pleasure cars” and “exhibition vehicles” from emissions inspections.

    The bill failed to receive a hearing in the House Transportation committee before the legislature adjourned; however, it will be eligible for consideration in the 2019 session.

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network website

    For details, contact Christian Robinson at stateleg@sema.org.

People, Places, & Racing News

  • By Lindsay Bianco

      Industry CupThe Industry Cup Challenge pits company versus company in a SEMA Pinewwod Drag Race benefitting charity.
       

    The SEMA Pinewood Drag Race's annual Industry Cup Challenge takes charitable giving to the next level.

    Sponsoring companies are divided into five divisions, where they race with high-quality, child-built pinewood cars. Each division crowns a winning company, which then goes on to represent that division in an all-out industry race to No. 1.

    Everyone is a true winner as the charities continue to help those in need, the disadvantaged children have fun building toy cars, and the industry engages the community in an overwhelmingly positive way.

    The industry challengers each have a limited number of entrants in the following divisions:

    • Warehouse Distributors
    • Manufacturers
    • Media Groups
    • Rep Agencies
    • Service Providers

    The champion can display the impressive trophy for a year with its company name boldly engraved among the winners. It must then be returned, in a Stanley Cup-style tradition, as it will be up for grabs again at the next Pinewood Drags, when the company will have a chance to defend the title.

    The donation cost is $1,000 per sponsoring company. The standard pinewood build rules apply to all competing vehicles. Vehicles are randomly assigned and the race is officiated by SEMA Cares volunteers.

    2017 Industry Cup Challenge Winners

    1st Place: Allied Exhaust (WD), 2.462 sec.
    2nd Place: LGE-CTS (Service), 2.466 sec.
    3rd Place: RTM (Media), 2.474 sec.
    4th Place: Mothers (Manufacturer), 2.482 sec.
    5th Place: Bob Cook Sales (Manufacturers’ Reps), 2.484 sec.

    Enter the Industry Cup Challenge today!

  • By SEMA Editors

    Turn 14 Distribution Car Show, June 16

      Turn 14 Cars ShowTurn 14 Distribution will host its 2nd Annual Car Meet presented by KW Suspensions Saturday, June 16.
       

    Turn 14 Distribution will host its 2nd Annual Car Meet presented by KW Suspensions Saturday, June 16, from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., at the company’s warehouse located at 3035 Campus Dr., Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Turn 14 Distribution has partnered with well-known event promoter Canibeat for the event, and visitors can expect to see dozens of tastefully modified vehicles of all makes and models, for both the street and track.

    Turn 14 Distribution will also present awards for the best vehicle in one of four categories: Modern Performance, Domestic Performance, European Performance and Truck & Off-road. The day will include RaceRoom driving simulators, live entertainment courtesy of two DJs on-site, a hospitality tent with seating and shade, and food trucks offering food and refreshments for purchase. The meet is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Vendors for the event include Akrapovič, AWE Tuning, BBS, Edelbrock, Hawk Performance, KW Suspensions, Mackin Industries, Mishimoto, Rigid Industries, Vorsteiner and Wilwood Engineering.

    Mitchell 1 Launches “Thank You Thursdays” Sweepstakes

    Mitchell 1 continues the celebration of its 100th anniversary with a special edition of its “Thank You Thursdays” sweepstakes on Facebook. Running now through July 12, one lucky winner will be chosen each week to receive a $100 Visa gift card. The winners will be announced on Facebook on Thursdays, with two winners to be named on the final Thursday. Facebook users can enter the sweepstakes on the Mitchell 1 page.

    University of the Aftermarket Foundation Mourns the Loss of Former Chairman Tim Lee

    Tim LeeThe University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees is mourning the loss of its former chairman Tim Lee, who passed away June 3 at the age of 68, and has pledged that donations made in his memory will be used to advance industry education.  
       

    The University of the Aftermarket Foundation board of trustees is mourning the loss of its former chairman Tim Lee, who passed away June 3 at the age of 68, and has pledged that donations made in his memory will be used to advance industry education.

    “Tim Lee had a tremendous impact on our industry. He was a terrific leader and was actively involved in every facet of the auto care industry,” said Bob Egan, MAAP, chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Tim’s passion for the aftermarket was evident, and he was generous with his time. One of his many leadership roles was serving as chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Under his guidance, the foundation greatly expanded its ability to provide more scholarships to deserving students pursuing a career in the industry he loved."

    An active industry participant, Lee held the roles of treasurer and chairman of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (now Auto Care Association) and as a governor, treasurer and chairman of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA). He received many honors during his distinguished career, including the Leader of the Year Award, Martin Fromm Lifetime Achievement Award, Pursuit of Excellence Award and Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship Award. He also received the Industry Service Award from Northwood University.

    To make a donation to the University of the Aftermarket, visit www.UofAFoundation.com.

    Tony Solano Joins Work Truck Solutions VP of Sales

    Tony Solano has joined Work Truck Solutions as the company’s vice president of sales. According to Work Truck Solutions, Solano's previous experience in Automotive DMS, SaaS and CPQ (Configure, Price, Quote) makes him highly qualified to lead the growth of the company.

    Solano will be responsible for leading in-house sales managers and field representatives in building relationships with dealerships, OEMs, body manufacturers, distributors and other industry contacts. He has held a number of executive sales positions over the past 28 years at Cincom Systems, Coresystems Software, Advantage Business Consulting Group, WS Technologies, Automotive Risk Management, and ADP, where he was the National Strategic Accounts Director of Sales.

    AVS and Lund Accessories Join Hot Rod Power Tour as Exterior Accessories Sponsors

    Lund International’s AVS and LUND Accessories divisions are the Official Exterior Accessories sponsors of the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour, which began Saturday June 9, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. At the tour’s final stop, AVS will announce the winner of its custom 2018 Dodge Challenger SCAT Pack, and the two LUND support trucks will travel with the tour participants providing assistance for anyone that has mechanical trouble.

    The “AVS Supercharged All-American Car Sweepstakes” was announced at the 2017 SEMA Show and ran through March 31, 2018. Three randomly selected finalists have been chosen to make the trip to the final stop of the tour in Concord, North Carolina where the finalistsdetermine who wins the Challenger and runner-up prizes.

    Covercraft Announces GT Covers Expansion

      GT CoversGT Covers, a division of Covercraft Industries, has completed a move into a new facility located in Aurora, Colorado.
       

    GT Covers, a division of Covercraft Industries, has completed a move into a new facility located in Aurora, Colorado. Covercraft acquired GT Covers in the Fall of 2017 and has invested in the expansion of the Division while incorporating strategic manufacturing processes to increase efficiency. Expanding from 18,500 ft. to 43,800 ft., the new GT Covers facility will allow for significant manufacturing growth to include not only the GT Covers product lines but also introduce new capacity for Covercraft product lines.

    Currently, GT Covers is producing exact-fit seat covers that are crafted to fit consumers’ make, model and year of vehicle, including seat belt cutouts, gear shifts, armrests and headrests. Many fabric options are available, including Endura, Carhartt, Genuine Leather, Neoprene and more. To learn more about the GT Covers product offerings, visit www.gtcovers.com.

    Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation Launches eBay Charity Program

    The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) has made it easier than ever to support aftermarket families in need with the new AACF eBay for Charity program. Are you already selling items you no longer need or want on eBay? Now you can select AACF as one of your favorite eBay Charities, and donate automatically when you sell any item.

    The program is simple. Log in to your eBay account, and photograph and list your item as you normally would. Then find and select AACF as a favorite charity: www.charity.ebay.com/charity/Automotive-Aftermarket-Charitable-Foundation/1482978. Next, select the percentage of the sale you’d like to donate (between 10% and 100%). This video explains in detail: http://bit.ly/eBay-for-Charity-Sellers.

    The program also benefits each eBay seller in a variety of ways:  

    • Charitable listings increase the probability your item will sell
    • 100% of your donation goes to AACF
    • PayPal Giving Fund transfers your donation without a fee
    • The eBay Listing Fee is discounted in the amount equal to percentage donated

    “This new program makes it easy to help industry families in need,” said Joel Ayres, AACF executive director. “Whether selling a couch or a Camaro, a mountain bike or a Mustang, a heater or a Harley, now folks can support AACF with the sale of unwanted items. And, the donation amount can be customized for each item sold.”

    Visit http://bit.ly/AACF-eBay-for-Charity to learn more and download a guide.

    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.

  • Melanie Hellwig White, president of Visalia, California-based suspension manufacturer Hellwig Products, discusses the impact of steel tariffs on small- and mid-size American manufacturing companies—even those dedicated to buying domestically produced raw materials.

  • Compiled By SEMA Editors

    15th Annual NMRA Ford SuperNationals Results

    The NMRA Drag Racing Series presented by Keystone Automotive kicked off the second half of a six-race series with the 15th Annual NMRA Ford SuperNationals, June 7-10 at National Trail Raceway.

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    In VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw, Andy Manson was looking to secure his fourth-straight, final-round appearance in 2018. He slid into the field with a 4.439 at 167.55 mph, which was just .001-second slower than the top qualifier, Manny Buginga, who posted a 4.438 at 165.56 mph. Manson defeated John Urist in the semifinals on his way to the final round with low ET of the meet, a 4.402 at 167.09 mph, while Urist posted a 4.451 at 166.19 mph. Buginga advanced past Nick Bacalis with no results due to a computer malfunction. In the final, Manson unleashed a 4.437 at 167.36 mph to top Buginga’s 4.484 at 165.46mph effort.

    The Edelbrock Renegade category had a bunch of turbocharged cars ganging up on a couple of supercharged entries. Brian Mitchell found himself as the number-one qualifier once again thanks to a 7.465 at 183.09mph run in Adam Arndt’s Mustang. After a bye-run in the first round, he faced Tony Hobson in round two. Mitchell drove into the final with a 7.472 at 183.29 mph. He ran unopposed when Frank Varela had issues on the starting line and timed out. It is Mitchell’s first trip to the Aerospace Components Winner’s Circle in 2018.

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    Daniel Pachar pulled off a 7.771 to lead ProCharger Coyote Modified qualifying, but hot on his heels was Haley James with a 7.779 hit. James, who came to this race as the points leader was as cool, calm, and collected as could be on her way to the final, where she broke the beams to earn the win when her opponent wasn't present.

    Steeda Limited Street, a new category that has been steadily picking up steam, saw Michael Ciborowski catch an 8.74 to lead qualifying, and he made it to the final where he faced Sondra Leslie, who’s been on a hot streak. It was anybody’s race as the tree dropped, but Ciborowski got to the stripe first and won with an 8.72 to Leslie’s close 8.81.

    Despite wild wheelies, Charlie Booze Jr. blasted to a 10.36 to lead qualifying in G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock, but when the dust settled, it was Darin Hendricks and Tim Matherly in the final. After recording comparable reaction times, Hendricks hauled to the win with a 10.40 to Matherly’s 10.46.

    Focused on holding onto his lead in Richmond Gear Factory Stock points, Dan Ryntz drove to a 10.49 to set the pace and went on to win with a 10.58 over Bart Welte, who wheeled to a 10.65.

    Donnie Bowles went after the tree to the tune of 0.000 to lead qualifying in Exedy Racing Clutch Modular Muscle, but the final round belonged to Becki Cram, who was in her recently debuted Mustang, and Jason Henson. Cram collected her first NMRA event win after running right on her 10.51 dial, while Henson dipped under with a 12.14 on a 12.20 dial.

    Robert Chuhran clocked a 0.001 reaction time to take the lead in qualifying in Detroit Locker Truck and Lightning, but later, reigning class champion Randy Conway cruised to the win with a 10.41 on a 10.36 dial, while Amanda Saad secured a 10.62 on a 10.55 dial in.

    In ROUSH Performance Super Stang, Samantha Moore tackled the tree with a 0.001 to lead qualifying, but the final round featured Marvin Knack and Larry Firestone. While they had comparable reaction times, Knack knocked out the win with an 11.99 on an 11.97 dial to Firestone’s 11.36 on an 11.23 dial.   

    Gordon Harlow leaped off the line with a 0.000 to lead qualifying in ARP Open Comp, and he hung on to take the final-round vicotry with a better reaction time and a 10.29 on a 10.21 dial over Michael Lewandowski and his 9.01 on an 8.95.

    Krystie Wagoner wheeled to a 12.01 on a 12.00 index to lead qualifying in Race Star Wheels Ford Muscle. While she made it all the way to the final, Tom Osterkamp was ready for her on the tree and won with a lifting 10.15 on a 10.00 to Wagoner’s breakout time of 11.98 on a 12.00 dial-in.

    In QA1 True Street, Mike Niehaus motored to the overall win with a 9.58 average, while Neal Alder netted the runner-up finish with a 9.82 average. Rick Lapinski was the 10-second winner, Casey Shotwell was the 11-second winner, Mike Baker was the 12-second winner, Mike Storts was the 13-second winner, Anthony Jager was the 14-second winner and Kevin Flanagan was the 15-second winner.

    Saturday RacePagesDigital.com Bracket action saw David Pagliai defeat Jason Henson in Bracket 1, while John Gregory got the win over Mandi Delarer in Bracket 2, Chuck Tyack took the win over Cory Smith in Bracket 3 and Brian Merrick defeated Don Fotti in Bracket 4.

    In Sunday RacePagesDigital.com Bracket action, Rod Peck picked up the win over Charlie McCulloch in Bracket 1, Tony Schwab defeated Mike Cochran in Bracket 2, Daniel Imhoff wheeled to a win over Melvin Robinson in Bracket 3 and Bryan Parker found victory over Don Fotti in Bracket 4.

    As a special feature of this weekend’s event, the Super Ford Showdown pitted Saturday’s RacePagesDigital.com Bracket winners against Sunday’s RacePagesDigital.com Bracket winners, and in it, Rod Peck picked up the win over Brian Merrick.

    The action is set to amplify as the NMRA and NMCA come together for the 13th Annual Nitto NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing, July 26-29 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.

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  • Dodge Charger

    This is the ’19 Dodge Charger Scat Pack completely undisguised.

    Last month, Dodge teased the new Charger SRT Hellcat. Now we’re seeing a Scat Pack-equipped model with the same modified grille intake that was earlier teased. Dodge is expected to give the Charger one more refresh before a redesigned version appears early next decade.

    Power may be modified a little and there could be minor tech additions, but don’t expect too many other changes for the elderly model. The ’19 Chargers should appear later this year.

    Dodge Charger

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