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The core mission of SEMA is to help its members succeed and prosper, and a spirit of volunteerism permeates that mission. To grow the automotive specialty-equipment industry and address the broad range of issues facing association members, SEMA continues to rely on the vision and leadership of dedicated individuals from every industry segment who give freely of their time and energy for the benefit of all. In that spirit each year, SEMA bestows its highest honor—the Person of the Year Award—on an individual who embodies the association’s mission. For 2016, that person is Tim Martin of K&N Engineering.

Business

  • Wheel and Tire TrendsThere’s a reason why the tire and wheel section remains one of the largest display areas of the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. For consumers, tires and wheels continue to be one of the first, best and most basic ways to personalize a passenger car or light truck. Whether enhancing looks and stance from the get-go or breathing new life into a well-traveled vehicle, consumers love their wheel-and-tire packages. And through a variety of performance and style options aimed at every taste, the specialty-equipment industry stands readier than ever to fulfill their custom desires.

Business Technology

  • SDC Logo“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” We’ve all heard that famous quote, and many of us have used it when trying to impress upon people the value of learning how to do something themselves rather than relying on someone else to do it for them. Credited as far back as the 12th century, this simple but elegant phrase has endless applications, including many in our daily business activities.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris KerstingIt has been four years since SEMA made the commitment to acquire, preserve and support the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show and magazine. At the time, SEMA leadership recognized an opportunity to build a strong relationship with the racing and performance segment—a group that was not much represented within the SEMA membership. Some questioned how the PRI world could benefit from what SEMA had to offer; others doubted that the two organizations could coexist without compromising one identity or the other.

Events

  • GTE ContinuesThe annual Global Tire Expo (GTE), powered by the Tire Industry Association (TIA) and held in conjunction with the recent 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, again drew large crowds as it continued to build on its three-pronged mission of education, industry advocacy and professionalism.

  • Battle of the BuildersThe SEMA Battle of the Builders competition has grown by leaps and bounds, and interest in this year’s edition was at an all-time high, thanks in part to more than 250 vehicles that were entered and the new Young Guns distinction for builders who were 34 years old and under.

Government Affairs

  • Saving Salt FlatsThe Bonneville Salt Flats is a unique land formation in northwestern Utah that beckons visitors from around the world. For racers, its surface is unequaled. The hard salt crust is perfect for both speed and safety. But there is a problem. The once 13-mile racetrack is now less than eight miles long due to salt erosion.

  • New Jersey Street Rods

    New Jersey Street Rods/Customs: 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 for those vehicles remains pending 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 a kit car or replica vehicle to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model-year designation that the body of the vehicle most closely resembles.

Industry News

  • ’19 Toyota Supra: Toyota is reintroducing its Supra sports car through a collaboration with BMW and its Z4 roadster replacement, the Z5.

    ’18 F-150 Raptor: The new Raptor is about to go on sale, but Ford appears to be making some changes as it expands the variants and offers buyers more choices.

  • Industry news from SEMA-member companies, including Hunter Engineering Co., Tenneco, Raybestos, VP Racing Fuels, Air Lift Co. and more.

  • Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) announced the addition of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Dragster Series. HROT will partner with Protect the Harvest Midwest Jr. Super Series (MJSS), which is run by Dave Beimfohr and is currently scheduled to feature nine events in 2017.

International

  • 2017 Global Media AwardsA contingent of 29 leading global journalists, tapped as members of the Global Media Awards (GMA) panel, was charged at the 2016 SEMA Show with selecting products from the New Products Showcase that would resonate best with consumers back home. The diverse group—journalists from 18 countries and covering niches from off-road to street performance, vehicle restoration and motorsports—made their selections on the opening day of the Show after reviewing more than 3,000 products in 16 categories.

Member News

  • The Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) brings value to its membership, comprised of engineering and techno-charged professionals, by providing resources, education and events throughout the year. Join ETTN at www.sema.org/ettn to take advantage of the benefits listed below.

New Products

  • Tire MatThe SEMA Show is home each year to the Global Tire Expo (GTE), put on by the Tire Industry Association. The GTE is a centrally located display of the latest in tire and tire-related products, featured in the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The other major display of tire new products is the New Products Showcase, located in the convention center’s Skybridge. The following pages contain many of the tire and tire-related products that were displayed at the 2016 SEMA Show.

  • R716 WheelWheels are one of the foundational elements of any car due to their importance in performance, style and functionality. The wheel segment is constantly evolving—propelled forward by advancements in usable materials and the need to address worldwide competition. Carbon fiber and magnesium are being used to increase strength and durability while also reducing unsprung weight and adding new stylistic touches. The following pages showcase the new designs and innovations within the 2016 Wheels & Accessories new products at the 2016 SEMA Show.

People And Places

  • The core mission of SEMA is to help its members succeed and prosper, and a spirit of volunteerism permeates that mission. To grow the automotive specialty-equipment industry and address the broad range of issues facing association members, SEMA continues to rely on the vision and leadership of dedicated individuals from every industry segment who give freely of their time and energy for the benefit of all. In that spirit each year, SEMA bestows its highest honor—the Person of the Year Award—on an individual who embodies the association’s mission. For 2016, that person is Tim Martin of K&N Engineering.

Required Reading

  • Tire ReviewNearly 3,000 products were entered in the New Products Showcase at the 2016 SEMA Show. Products were entered in 16 different categories, and awards were given to the most innovative and cutting-edge automotive aftermarket products based on a variety of factors that included quality, marketability, innovation, technology, consumer appeal and more. As part of the program, every product submitted was displayed in the New Products Showcase and promoted to hundreds of media outlets. Below are some of the publications that have given the products additional media exposure beyond the SEMA Show floor.

SEMA Heritage

  • SEMA Heritage WinternationalsGiven the lengthy schedule of events put on by the NHRA today, it’s hard to imagine a time when the drag-racing sanctioning body had just one national event on its calendar: The National Championships—or “The Big Go,” as Hot Rod magazine liked to call it. So when a second national meet was added in 1961, it was a very big deal.