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Over the past 53 years, SEMA has developed a track record of assisting members in a variety of areas related to industry and business development. The mission of “helping members’ business succeed and prosper” is steeped in history and first grew out of a need for consistency and community among racing industry members. In the beginning, SEMA exclusively served suppliers of performance equipment for hot rods, and the association accomplished its purpose of uniting the industry. Members helped develop standards for racing competitions and the association continued to grow, putting the industry firmly on the map.

Business

  • Over the past 53 years, SEMA has developed a track record of assisting members in a variety of areas related to industry and business development. The mission of “helping members’ business succeed and prosper” is steeped in history and first grew out of a need for consistency and community among racing industry members. In the beginning, SEMA exclusively served suppliers of performance equipment for hot rods, and the association accomplished its purpose of uniting the industry. Members helped develop standards for racing competitions and the association continued to grow, putting the industry firmly on the map.

Business Technology

Chris Kersting

  • Chris KerstingA surprising number of SEMA-member companies know their association for only one thing—the SEMA Show. True, producing a world-class trade show is one of SEMA’s most important functions, as the Show enables tens of thousands of buyers and sellers to come together to do business. But in addition, the association is working on many fronts, to deliver programs and information in response to the needs of our members and the industry as a whole.

From The Hill

  • SEMA Rallies BusinessesIf you ask average Americans what they love about auto racing, you’ll find a striking similarity in the responses: speed, teamwork and passion. Since the invention of the automobile, Americans have been converting their street vehicles into race cars. Powered by this passion, most professional motorsports leagues, including NASCAR, were founded on that concept. More than a century later, the very core of this tradition is under attack.

Government Affairs

  • Law & OrderMaryland Historic Vehicles: A proposal that originally appeared to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections was amended and approved by the Maryland House. The amended bill now specifically excludes historic vehicles from the requirement that they receive an inspection certificate prior to titling and registration. The bill subjects only historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment repair orders. The measure will next be considered by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Industry News

  • ’17 Camaro ZL1: This version of the Camaro should be able to make the most of its lighter and smaller platform in both coupe and convertible versions.

    F-350 Single-Cab Dually: Like the new four-door Super Duty trucks, the F-350 gets styling more in line with the F-150 that was shown nearly two years ago.

    911 GT3: Here are a few images that highlight the GT3's makeover.

    ’18 Audi Q5: Audi is working on a new generation of the Q5, likely to hit the market in 2017 with a new chassis, new look and new engines.

  • Industry news from SEMA-member companies, including Hellwig Products, Baer Brakes, CRP Industries Inc., Wilwood Disc Brakes and more.

  • The Travel & Lodging page at www.SEMAShow.com/travel-and-lodging has launched an updated, real-time listing of the hotel deals and discounts available for the 2016 SEMA Show.

Internet

  • Dodging Spam FiltersWhile e-mail spammers are about as popular as a carnival barker at a wedding, too many of us are being unfairly characterized as spammers simply because our e-mails “look like” spam.

Member News

  • SEMA Aftermarket CommunityA love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind SEMA. This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, auto restorers, vehicle builders, restylers and more. SEMA’s mission statement is, “To help our members’ businesses grow and prosper.” This statement was adopted by the SEMA Board of Directors in 1992 and has driven the association ever since.

  • SEMA Aftermarket CommunityA love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind SEMA. This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, auto restorers, vehicle builders, restylers and more. SEMA’s mission statement is, “To help our members’ businesses grow and prosper.” This statement was adopted by the SEMA Board of Directors in 1992 and has driven the association ever since.

Required Reading

  • MOPAR MuscleThe SEMA Show is the industry’s premier automotive gathering, bringing every market segment together in one place. Included in the mix are media representing all the different niches. Take a look at some of the coverage that resulted from last year’s SEMA Show. If you haven’t seen the coverage on the newsstands, take a look below. We recommend that you visit the websites of these publications and get your hands on them!

Retail Store Review

  • Cap WorldCap World is a SEMA-member company specializing in truck caps, truck trailers and other truck accessories—or, as the company’s website proclaims, “everything but the truck.” Alongside a recent 30-year anniversary milestone came recognition from the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA), as Cap World was named Retailer of the Year for 2015. Each of those accomplishments explains how Cap World has stood out as a retail success story.

SEMA Heritage

  • SEMA HeritageWe recently came upon a fascinating article in the September 1966 issue of Hot Rod Industry News, Petersen Publishing Company’s aftermarket trade magazine. In it, Bob McVay questioned several “leaders in the field of high performance and custom equipment” about what lay ahead in the aftermarket.

SEMA Technology

  • SEMA Tech TransferSEMA’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) CAD data sharing program, known as Tech Transfer, has seen rapid growth in the past year as the industry moves toward a more digitally driven, rapid prototyping process. From its initial launch in 2013, the program has added hundreds of members and is accumulating OEM data.