SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 4, January 25, 2018

Breaking News

  • By Luis Morales

      SEMA Garage
       

    The SEMA Garage has officially launched its Instagram page, where visitors can stay up-to-date and follow the latest activities taking place at the SEMA Garage. The page features OEM CAD data, measuring sessions, 3D printing, 3D scanning, emissions lab testing and many other SEMA Garage benefits.

    Follow @semagarage via your smart phone or computer.

     

     

     

  • The SEMA Garage is hosting a Measuring Session for the Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited V6 3.6L, January 24–31.

  • By Jenny Galvan

      SEMA HOF
    (L–R): Doug Evans, GiGi Carleton and Barry Meguiar were inducted into the 2017 SEMA Hall of Fame.
       

    SEMA Hall of Fame nominations are now open. As a SEMA member, you have the chance to nominate an exceptional candidate for the 2018 SEMA Hall of Fame. By nominating a candidate, you will participate in recognizing the contributions and achievements of people who have helped shape the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

    The SEMA Hall of Fame Award honors outstanding individuals in the automotive specialty-equipment industry whose creativity, dignity, integrity, industriousness and accomplishments have significantly contributed to the industry's growth.

    When making your confidential nomination, please provide a brief statement that explains why the individual deserves this prestigious award. Feel free to mention previous accomplishments and notable industry contributions. This will help the Hall of Fame Committee choose the most deserving candidates. 

    Before you submit your nomination, take a moment to review the SEMA Hall of Fame website, and review the award criteria as well as prior inductees. Last year’s Hall of Fame inductees were GiGi Carleton, Robert E. Petersen Foundation; Doug Evans, High Performance Advisors; and Barry Meguiar, Meguiar’s.

    Submit your 2018 SEMA Hall of Fame forms before the March 9 deadline.

    To learn more, visit www.sema.org/hof or contact Lindsay Bianco at lindsayb@sema.org or 909-978-6692.

     

Business Tools

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Sales and Marketing Representative: R&R Marketing Consultants Inc. is hiring a sales and marketing representative to help champion its brands throughout distribution in the south-central territory, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Responsibilities include positioning products, identifying new sales opportunities and providing the highest level of service to clients and their customers. Candidates will be able to execute at the tactical level in the field. The position is home-based with extensive travel (70%–75%). A bachelor’s degree or 5–10 years of industry experience is required.

    Senior Calibration Engineer: Derive Systems is hiring a senior calibration engineer responsible for managing specific projects from design to completion, working closely with product leads and engineering management. This position will research and develop new calibration methodologies across multiple vehicle platforms. The ideal candidate will clearly deliver proven calibrations to the team, effectively communicate progress to stakeholders and identify areas for improvement. A high-school diploma and eight years of vehicle calibration or similar automotive experience, an associates degree and six years of vehicle calibration or similar automotive experience or a bachelors degree in technical discipline and more than four years of vehicle calibration experience are required.

    Technician/Mechanic: Franjo Speed LLC is hiring a technician/mechanic to replace/upgrade auto manufacturer components with aftermarket performance parts and systems, such as intake/exhaust systems, wheels/tires, suspension components, brakes, power adders, appearance products and more. The successful candidate will have experience with aftermarket parts installation, adaptation, and customization; engine, suspension, brakes, exhaust modifications; and wheels/tires mounting/balancing. Both EFI and carburetor experience are preferred.

    Car Builder: Outlaw Kustoms Inc. is hiring an experienced car builder responsible for disassembly and assembly of vehicles from scratch, test and tune, overall fitment of body panels/trim and organizing and setting up timelines on complete builds. Candidates must be experienced in the custom car/hotrod industry (pre-’72). Attention to detail, fit and finish is a must.

    Mechanic/Fabricator: Cinema Vehicle Services LLC is hiring a mechanic/fabricator with great mechanical skills and a history of automotive experience. Duties include performing custom fabrication utilizing the latest in machinery and technology; MIG, TIG and ARC welding; tube bending and custom tubular frame fabrication; and custom suspension fabrication. Experience in full restorations is a plus. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license with a clean record and be able to drive both manual and automatic. A bachelor’s degree and Spanish fluency are pluses.

New Products and Technology

  • Spy Shots

    The Jeep Renegade is up for its first makeover, and spies in the Arctic Circle just snagged the first shots of it in Trailhawk guise.

    Judging from the amount of camouflage, the Renegade will receive modifications to the bumpers, grille, headlights, taillights and a slight update to the cabin and dash. Changes are not expected under the hood. The facelifted Renegade should hit dealers in 2019.

    Spy Shots

    Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde

Law & Order

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

      West Virginia
    A bill has been introduced in the West Virginia State Legislature to provide owners of all motor vehicles registered in the state with an exemption from property taxes.
       

    A bill has been introduced in the West Virginia State Legislature to provide owners of all motor vehicles registered in the state with an exemption from property taxes. The bill is pending in the House Roads and Transportation Committee for consideration. 

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

     

     

     

     

     

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

      Virginia
    Legislation was introduced in Virginia House of Delegates to allow military surplus off-road vehicles to be registered as antiques.
       

    Legislation was introduced in Virginia House of Delegates to allow military surplus off-road vehicles to be registered as antiques. A “military surplus off-road motor vehicle” is a high-mobility, multi-purpose wheeled vehicle manufactured by or under the direction of the United States Armed Forces and subsequently authorized for sale. 

    Under current Virginia law, “antique” vehicle registration is available for vehicles that are at least 25 years old and not used for general transportation. The bill has been assigned to the House Transportation Committee. 

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

     

     

     

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

      Rhode Island
    Rhode Island introduced a bill to provide a courtesy plate for vehicles 25 years old or older.
       

    Rhode Island introduced a bill to provide a courtesy plate for vehicles 25 years old or older. In addition, the state introduced a separate bill that provides a courtesy Year-of-Manufacture plate to vehicles 25 years old or older. Under the current law, “Antique” plates are available for vehicles that are at least 25 years old and used only for exhibitions, parades and car club activities. Vehicles currently registered as “Antique” may purchase and display replica Year-of-Manufacture plates with DMV approval.

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

     

     

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

      New Jersey
    A version of SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica custom vehicles and provide for special license plates was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly.
       

    A version of SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica custom vehicles and provide for special license plates was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1948, and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. The bill allows kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model-year designation the body of the vehicle most closely resembles. The bill is currently in the Assembly Transportation Committee. 

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN). For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

     

     

     

     

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

      Nebraska
    A version of SEMA-model legislation to ease the process by which replica, assembled, kit and reconstructed cars are titled and registered has been introduced.
       

    A version of SEMA-model legislation to ease the process by which replica, assembled, kit and reconstructed cars are titled and registered has been introduced. The bill is currently awaiting a hearing in the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. 

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

     

     

     

     

     

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

      Maryland
    Legislation has been introduced in the Maryland State Senate to require the issuance of only a single license plate for all motor vehicles.
       

    Legislation has been introduced in the Maryland State Senate to require the issuance of only a single license plate for all motor vehicles. The legislation would bring Maryland in line with other states that have moved to a single-plate requirement while protecting the aesthetic appearance of the automobiles. The bill has been referred to the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. 

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

     

     

     

     

     

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

      Iowa
    A bill was introduced that allows for window tinting if it meets the minimum standard of 35% light transmittance.
       

    A bill was introduced that allows for window tinting if it meets the minimum standard of 35% light transmittance. SEMA supports advancement of the industry standard of not less than 35% light transmittance on all windows other than the windshield. The bill has been introduced and referred to a transportation subcommittee. 

    For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

     

     

     

     

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has requested the public to help identify roadway infrastructure, which will need to be modified or enhanced to eliminate barriers to motor vehicles with Automated Driving Systems (ADS). Examples include a greater uniformity in lane markings, signage and other traffic control devices. Conversely, installation of digital infrastructure and data may better enable ADS vehicles to exchange information with roadside infrastructure. Comments are due by March 5. 

    For additional information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

  • By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested the public to assist in identifying any regulatory barriers within the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to the testing and certification of motor vehicles with Automated Driving Systems (ADS) or unconventional interior designs. The agency’s primary focus is on ADS vehicles without manual driver controls, such as the steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedals. For example, many safety standards include references to “driver” and “driver’s seating position,” and the test procedures assume that there will be a human driver. 

    Further, there may be instances in which the safety standard includes requirements unnecessary for ADS vehicles, such as telltale driver displays. These vehicles will incorporate new or improved technologies, such as sensors, cameras, lidar and radar. Nevertheless, NHTSA wants to maintain current FMVSS performance requirements while permitting the incorporation of ADS. Comments are due by March 5. 

    For additional information, contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

People, Places, & Racing News

  • Compiled by SEMA Editors

      Bill Garoutte
    Bill Garoutte
       

    Chuck Sulkala Scholarship Fund to Honor Retired Founder of National Auto Body Council; Bill Garoutte Selected to Take Helm

    The Chuck Sulkala NABC Appreciation Scholarship Fund has been established to honor the 50-year career and legacy of the retired founder and executive director of the National Auto Body Council (NABC). The Sulkala scholarship fund, which will be administered by the Collision Repair Industry Foundation (CREF), was announced at the National Auto Body Council’s Annual Member Reception in Palm Springs, California.

    Bill Garoutte, a veteran business development, marketing and collision industry executive, has been selected to take the helm at the organization, succeeding Sulkala. In his new position, Garoutte will be responsible for developing and executing NABC’s strategic plans and fiscal objectives, membership development, marketing and administration. Garoutte served on the NABC Board of Directors from 2007–2012, Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) from 2005–2009 and as a business and marketing consultant for Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) for the past four years.

    Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge and Austin Hatcher Foundation Partner for One-Off Hurst Edition Wrangler JK Build

    Omix-ADA has announced it has partnered with the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer on a Jeep build to help raise awareness and increase support for their cause. The inspiration for the build comes from one of the rarest Jeeps ever produced—the ’71 Jeep Hurst Edition Commando. Based off of a basic two-door wagon, the Jeep Commando was treated to a host of styling upgrades by Hurst Performance, including a hood-mounted tachometer, air scoop, dual-gate shifter, special Hurst badging and Champagne White paint with red-and-blue striping. The base for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and Omix-ADA’s Hurst recreation is a brand-new ’17 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited, donated by Mountain View Chrysler Jeep of Ringgold, Georgia. Omix-ADA will provide both design guidance as well as build support backed by the company’s parts catalog. The physical transformation from stock Jeep to Hurst Commando will take place at Truck ‘N Trailers USA in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The ’17 Jeep Wrangler “Hurst Commando” Edition will make appearances across the country at various motorsports and automotive events. The goal is to not only raise awareness for the charity, but also to auction the Jeep off with the proceeds benefitting the Austin Hatcher Foundation.

    Transamerican Wholesale Opens New Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Distribution Center

    Transamerican Wholesale (TAW) has announced that operations have commenced at its newest of six national distribution centers located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This brand-new facility encompasses more than 200,000 sq.-ft. of warehouse space while housing millions of dollars in new truck, Jeep, SUV and UTV aftermarket parts and accessory inventory. The new Carlisle distribution center will offer TAW customers significant benefits, including reductions in freight costs and more attractive shipping rates, according to Victor Gonzales, director of wholesale operations. Next-day delivery will also be expanded with three new delivery routes to the Philadelphia and Baltimore regions.

    APC Automotive Technologies Launches New Diesel and Power Generation Program for Light, Medium and Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles

    APC Automotive Technologies LLC has launched its new replacement parts category program for light-, medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. The complete offering, covering all classes of commercial vehicles, now includes a range of manufactured components from APC’s DieselTech (exhaust and emissions), recently acquired DuraFit (aftertreatment) and Centric Parts (brake systems) brands. The announcement was made during 2018 Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week by APC Automotive Technologies CEO Hugh Charvat.

    Hunter
    Hunter Engineering will be featured by Masters Entertainment: Perfomance TV and Brenton Productions: Velocity through February.
       
         

    Hunter Engineering at 2017 SEMA Show Featured on Performance TV and Velocity

    Hunter Engineering will be featured by Masters Entertainment: Perfomance TV and Brenton Productions: Velocity through February. Hunter Engineering showcased 20 new and enhanced product offerings at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Hunter’s SEMA TV segments (times are EST) for Masters Entertainment: Performance TV include:

    • January 23: 7:00 p.m. on Rev’n
    • January 27: 1:00 p.m. on Rev’n
    • January 28: 1:00 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Rev’n
    • February 2: 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on MAVTV

    Brenton Productions: Velocity:

    • February 2: 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Velocity
      Power Automedia
    Power Automedia has announced the official debut of a completely redesigned next-gen platform across 12 of its digital automotive magazine properties.
       

    Power Automedia Launches New Design and Platform For Digital Magazine Network

    Power Automedia has announced the official debut of a completely redesigned next-gen platform across 12 of its digital automotive magazine properties. The fresh new look and user interface were introduced to the magazines’ 2 million monthly readers this week. The new Power Automedia next-gen platform optimizes the reader, content and advertising experience across desktop, tablet and mobile devices. The following Power Automedia titles are launched on the new platform: Ford Muscle, Next-Gen Ford Performance, Chevy Muscle Cars, Corvette, LSX GM, Hot Rods & Muscle Cars, Drag Racing, Street Rods, Off Road, Diesel Trucks, Engine Performance and Performance Driving.

    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.

  • Compiled by SEMA Editors

    Irwindale Speedway Opens Under New Leadership

    Beginning February 1, Tim Huddleston, Bob Bruncati and Justice Brothers will commence the start of a new era at the Irwindale Speedway. This group of race enthusiasts will continue to produce Thursday Night Thunder on the dragstrip and Weekly Racing Series events on the Half-Mile Speedway. Weekly Racing Series will take the green flag March 10, with a full-season schedule. The full racing schedule is available at www.irwindalespeedway.com. The facility also remains available for studio and private rental. Additional events will be announced in the coming weeks. Thursday Night Thunder takes place February 1, at 5:00 p.m. (gates open at 4:00 p.m.). The first 500 attendees will receive a special promotional gift to celebrate a new beginning.

      SpeedVideo
    Power Automedia has announced a multi-year agreement with Flying A Motorsports as the official trailer/motorcoach of SpeedVideo and Dragzine.com.
       

    Flying A Motorsports Joins SpeedVideo And Dragzine As Official Trailer/Motorcoach

    Power Automedia has announced a multi-year agreement with Flying A Motorsports as the official trailer/motorcoach of SpeedVideo and Dragzine.com. Pairing with SpeedVideo and Dragzine.com, Flying A’s general promotions and some of its showcased equipment will be featured throughout Dragzine’s editorial articles, social media sites and SpeedVideo live broadcasts. Flying A will be an official sponsor of SpeedVideo, being featured on SpeedVideo broadcasts throughout 2018 and 2019. In addition, Flying A will be a marketing partner of Dragzine, and a “Rig of the Month” will be featured in Dragzine and on Dragzine’s social media.

    Motovicity Introduces Its Newest Event, Never Lift

    Motovicity Distribution is bringing another racing event to life in the form of a half-mile top-speed airstrip battle called Never Lift, which will take place at the New Coalinga Municipal Airport, April 28–29. In collaboration with Shift-S3ctor, which has held events in Coalinga since 2012, Never Lift will cater to the engagement of all aspects of the grassroots racing community. Manufacturers, dealers, shops, racers, enthusiasts and the media will come together for an event that embodies aftermarket performance. Within years of selling to import and modern muscle shops, Motovicity has identified that the growing half-mile airport events remain popular with its customer base. During the last weekend of April, the runway in Coalinga will host some of the country’s fastest import and domestic side-by-side top speed racing.

    Yokohama’s GEOLANDAR M/T G003 Named Spec Tire of the 2018 TrophyLite Series; Named Official Tire of 24 Hours of Lemons

    Yokohama Tire has announced that its GEOLANDAR M/T G003 (size 33X12.50R15) is the spec tire of the 2018 TrophyLite R4 Series. The first race of the season is the Best in the Desert (BITD) Parker 425, February 1–4 in Parker, Arizona. View TrophyLite’s website for the full 2018 race schedule. Yokohama’s other off-road alliances include being the title sponsor of the 2018 Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 and the 2018 Yokohama Sonora Rally, as well as being the official tire of Horsepower Adventures. Yokohama is also sponsoring the GenRight Off Road Race Team in the 2018 Ultra4 series 4400 Class, and sponsored the SsangYong Motorsport team in the recent Dakar Rally.

    Also, Yokohama Tire is now the official tire of the 24 Hours of Lemons, the madcap race series featuring cars that cost $500 or less. Created by longtime auto journalist Jay Lamm in 2006, the just-for-fun 24 Hours of Lemons endurance road-racing series features everything from stretch limos and junked Maseratis to Toyotas, BMWs and Mustangs. Yokohama also has the naming rights to six of the 19 U.S. races as part of the deal.

    Rockford Fosgate
    Rockford Fosgate has announced it has been named the official sponsor of the Rockford Fosgate/TiLUBE Honda Team for the 2018 season.
     
       

    Rockford Fosgate Named Official Sponsor of Rockford Fosgate/TiLUBE Honda Motocross Team

    Rockford Fosgate has announced it has been named the official sponsor of the Rockford Fosgate/TiLUBE Honda Team for the 2018 season, competing in the full schedules for AX and ATVMX, and will compete in the SX East Lites rounds.

    Champion Racing Oil Named Title Sponsor of BAPS Speedway Invitational

    Champion will be the title sponsor of the “Champion Oil Night” BAPS Speedway Invitational, April 28, in York Haven, Pennsylvania, featuring Super Sportsman, PASS/IMCA Sprints & Extreme Stocks feature events. BAPS Speedway (Formerly Susquehanna Speedway) is owned and managed by Scott Gobrecht and Kolten Gouse, who took over the speedway at the end of 2015. The speedway experienced an upgrade in appearance, interest and racing action last year.

      Covercraft
    Covercraft will join the list of vendors exhibiting in the Grassroots Motorsports Experience at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend.
       

    Covercraft Joins Grassroots Motorsports at 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona

    Covercraft will join the list of vendors exhibiting in the Grassroots Motorsports Experience at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend. The Grassroots Motorsports Experience includes VIP treatment, tickets to enter the track, corral parking, pit tours, goodie bags and a catered dinner for 400 ticket holders. The Rolex 24 started Thursday, January 25, with practice and qualifying sessions that continue Friday, January 26. Racing action starts Saturday and concludes Sunday.

    2018 LS Fest West Event Pre-Registration Now Open

    Holley has announced that LS Fest West event preregistration is now open for the May 4–6 event. The LS Fest West event website is currently up-to-date with all available information on the West Coast event, with Bowling Green registration slated to go live later in the year. Holley LS Fest events are a celebration of anything and everything powered by GM’s LS and current-generation LT engine. 

Spy Shots

  • Spy Shots

    The Jeep Renegade is up for its first makeover, and spies in the Arctic Circle just snagged the first shots of it in Trailhawk guise.

    Judging from the amount of camouflage, the Renegade will receive modifications to the bumpers, grille, headlights, taillights and a slight update to the cabin and dash. Changes are not expected under the hood. The facelifted Renegade should hit dealers in 2019.

    Spy Shots

    Photo credit: Brian Williams, SpiedBilde