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The SEMA Hall of Fame was established in 1969 to honor the contributions of leaders in the automotive aftermarket industry whose creativity, diligence, generosity and industriousness have significantly contributed to the industry’s growth. The award is the automotive aftermarket’s highest honor, and the Hall celebrates the legacies of a pantheon of automotive legends from the racing, manufacturing and media sectors.

Business Technology

  • SDCAugust is finally here. Summer vacation is coming to an end, and both parents and kids are eager for everyone to go back to school. At first, it’s all new and exciting, but things start to bog down somewhere around October. You know, just about the time grade cards are sent out.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris Kersting

    Throughout this spring and summer, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you through our regional town hall meetings. These informal meetings allow industry members to have personal interactions with SEMA senior leadership, to share information about business concerns, and to learn more about the association’s programs and objectives.

From The Hill

  • TrumpAt this time last year, we suggested that politics as usual was a thing of the past. The 2016 election was a few short months away, and conventional wisdom had been turned on its head by the man we now know as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. A brash candidate such as Trump had shaken up political contests before, but win a national election? Forget about it.

Government Affairs

  • clubs A platinum anniversary is an occasion not to be taken lightly. Significant measures are required to craft a fresh concept from nothing and make it last for two decades. To remain relevant, a new program must be built with enough purpose, stamina and heart to hold ongoing relevance. Changes in technologies can render obsolete even the most well-intentioned projects.

  • SEMA Washington RallyMore than 115 SEMA members and staff gathered in the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2017 Washington Rally. Attendees joined in more than 80 meetings, where they reminded members of Congress of the cultural and economic importance of motorsports and the automotive specialty-equipment industry.

  • woodallWe’ve all heard the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” While there’s a good bit of truth to it, representing the interests of the automotive specialty aftermarket is a team effort. SEMA members and staff work together to build relationships with lawmakers in Washington and across the country, amplifying the industry’s voice.

  • legislativeWe live in a mobile society and a nation networked by millions of miles of roads and trails. Our industry provides tools to help Americans seek adventure and commune with nature, whether they’re visiting a national park or venturing off the paved roads. Our industry’s products enhance a vehicle’s comfort or increase its performance capabilities to guarantee a quality ride.

  • prop 65 Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is a California law that gives consumers and their attorneys the ability to sue businesses that do not include warning labels on products containing chemicals associated with cancer and birth defects.

  • californiaCalifornia Labeling: A bill was approved by the Senate and referred to the Assembly to require cleaning-product manufacturers to disclose all ingredients and “contaminants of concern” on the product label and the manufacturer’s website.

Industry News

  • Subaru BRZ STI Undisguised: Subaru has promised a version of the BRZ STI concept for two years now, and it seems destined for the United States at the end of the current car’s life.

    ’19 Camaro Lineup: The ZL1, 1LT, SS coupe and the SS convertible. All appear to be receiving a midcycle refresh that includes revised front and rear ends—perhaps extensively so.

    GMC Sierra Denali 1500, Sierra/Silverado 1500 Double Cab: Like the Silverado, the Sierra will get a major redo with an aluminum-intensive body to save weight, as the Ford F-150 has already adopted.

    Chrysler 300 SRT HellCat: This Chrysler 300 SRT has the same rims and tires (P315/40R18) seen on the earlier Dodge Demon mules and is most likely packing a HellCat.

  • Industry news from SEMA-member companies, including Wes-Coast Marketing, Avery Dennison, Covercraft Industries and VP Racing Fuels.

  • Vic Edelbrock Jr., 80, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, at his home in Rolling Hills, California, due to complications from a cold.

International

Internet

  • internet While chatbots—computer programs that conduct conversations via audio or text—have captured the imaginations of businesses hungry to automate conversations on the web, it will still be a while before any “digital friend” inside your computer can truly mimic human conversation. Even so, businesses which ignore chatbots do so at their peril, given that there is a great deal of money betting chatbots will emerge, sooner or later, as conversational charmers.

New Products

  • Wood Grain S83 Rim Blow Steering Wheel Bringing exceptional cars from past years back to their full potential is a revered automotive practice that extends deeply into the specialty-equipment market. Restoration trends and methods are in a constant state of evolution and progression—something that was well evidenced in the restoration category’s new products at the 2016 SEMA Show.

  • Tire Inflator New tools for new jobs—and better tools for the same old jobs—were on display at the 2016 SEMA Show in the Tools and Equipment section. That area, which covered more than 63,800 net sq. ft. of the North Hall, also included shop equipment, uniforms and a variety of specialized supplies. Notable products from the New Products Showcase awards were a trailer storage system, a handheld fire extinguisher and a ratcheting flare nut wrench—all fresh takes on tools that have been around for a long time.

People And Places

  • The SEMA Hall of Fame was established in 1969 to honor the contributions of leaders in the automotive aftermarket industry whose creativity, diligence, generosity and industriousness have significantly contributed to the industry’s growth. The award is the automotive aftermarket’s highest honor, and the Hall celebrates the legacies of a pantheon of automotive legends from the racing, manufacturing and media sectors.

  • Tim MartinResults of the 2017 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Tim Martin of K&N Engineering Inc. chosen as chair-elect, Greg Adler of Transamerican Auto Parts selected to represent the distributor/retailer category, and James Lawrence of Power Automedia elected to represent manufacturers.

Required Reading

  • Motor 1Since its inception in 1967, the SEMA Show has remained a trade-only event open exclusively to industry professionals. To give the general public a chance to share in the excitement, the association hosts SEMA Ignited at the conclusion of the final day, featuring a parade of the hundreds of cars and trucks displayed at the Show in the SEMA Cruise.

SEMA Heritage

  • heritage It’s November 1974 in Anaheim, California, and Robert E. Petersen (left) and Vic Edelbrock Jr. are cutting the ceremonial ribbon to mark the opening of the eighth SEMA Show. Both men had been deeply involved with the forming of the trade show since its beginnings in the drafty corridors of Dodger Stadium in January 1967. But smiles on their faces aside, both were staring down an uncertain future in the mid ’70s.