SEMA News

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Cover Story

Performance enthusiasts are never satisfied. Engineers, retailers and shade-tree mechanics all want more.

Here are just some of the racing and performance products that debuted at the 2009 SEMA Show.

The automotive specialty-equipment industry was born in the racing and
performance segment. In fact, the original name of SEMA, now the
Specialty Equipment Market Association, was the Speed Equipment
Manufacturer’s Association.

Business

  • Performance enthusiasts are never satisfied. Engineers, retailers and shade-tree mechanics all want more.

  • A properly executed catalog is more than just a list of products accompanied by pretty pictures.

  • The automotive specialty-equipment industry was born in the racing and
    performance segment. In fact, the original name of SEMA, now the
    Specialty Equipment Market Association, was the Speed Equipment
    Manufacturer’s Association.

Chris Kersting

  • Automakers spent a good deal of effort at this year’s auto shows
    focusing on electrics, plug-in hybrids and a range of alt-technology
    hopefuls.

From The Hill

  • California Assemblymember Tony Mendoza, born in South Central Los Angeles, is the second youngest of nine children.

Government Affairs

  • Law and Order is an update of some of the most recent federal and state legislative and regulatory issues that could potentially impact the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

Industry News

  • SEMA members, it’s once again time to recognize your mentors, colleagues and competitors and nominate them for the SEMA Hall of Fame—one of the highest honors the industry can bestow on individual members.

  • BMW 1-Series Five-Door Hatch, Ford’s High-Performance Raptor, 2011 Dodge Charger

International

  • For the sixth year, a panel of top automotive journalists from 15
    countries throughout Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America
    served on the SEMA Global Media Awards (GMA) panel.

  • To highlight the customization possibilities of the just-released Chevy
    Cruze in the United Arab Emirates, GM Middle East and SEMA partnered to
    customize two of the all-new compact global cars.

  • Here is a roundup of proposed or recently enacted legislative and
    regulatory developments affecting the specialty-equipment industry in
    key overseas markets.

Internet

  • In a move that is raising eyebrows in the online marketing world, Google is intimating that companies with websites that download faster than those of competitors could soon be given preference in Google search-engine returns.

Racing And Performance

Required Reading

  • The 2009 SEMA Show’s Tire, Wheels & Equipment—Sponsored by TIA section included 290 exhibitors, making it one of the most prominent areas at the event.

SEMA Heritage

  • The specialty-equipment industry lost of one of its most dedicated and active volunteers, Dick Wells, who died January 18 from complications following heart surgery in November.

  • Don Garlits’ accomplishments in drag racing are literally the stuff of legends.