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SEMA Battle of the Builders premieres Feb. 6th

  DIAMOND BAR, CA — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) will showcase its third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition in a one-hour TV special premiering February 6th at 10 p.m. (PT/ET) on the Velocity Network. This unique program makes it possible for consumers to connect with manufacturers and see the great...

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Update on the Rhode Island Year of Manufacture Plate Bill

UPDATE: Rhode Island bill to require state to issue year of manufacture license plates Introduced     In 2014, legislation to allow the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue replica year of manufacture plates for antique vehicles was enacted into law.  This year, a bill (H.B. 5068) has been introduced to require that the state issue...

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Montana single license plate bill considered on January 23rd

Montana Bill to Provide Single License Plate for Certain Motor Vehicles to be Considered on Monday, January 23, 2017     Montana legislation (H.B. 213) to provide for the issuance of a single rear mounted license plate for motor vehicles that were originally equipped without a bracket, device or other means to display and secure a...

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Chapouris made bold tracks through hot-rodding world

Famed hot-rod builder Pete Chapouris died Jan. 6 at age 76 following a stroke. Chapouris grew up in the California hot rodding scene in the 1950s and began building and customizing his own cars. In 1971, he went to work at  Blair’s speed shop and built a chopped ’34 Ford coupe that gained wide...

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Vermont bill to provide single plate for pleasure cars introduced

Vermont legislation (H. 16) was introduced to provide that motor vehicles registered as pleasure cars may display only a single plate on the rear of the vehicle. Under Vermont law “pleasure cars” are defined as most all power propelled vehicles, except for many work vehicles including farm tractors, vehicles running only upon stationary rails...

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Historic motor vehicles single plate bill introduced

New York legislation (S.B. 832) was introduced to provide that a historical motor vehicle which was not manufactured with a license plate display area on the front of the vehicle may display only a single plate on the rear of the vehicle. The bill will be considered by the Senate Transportation Committee.   You Can Shape...

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2016 in Review – Trucks

Haulers getting their due on show circuit In 1998, the automotive world underwent an historic change. According to figures complied by Wards Auto, that was the year that the production of trucks in North America exceeded the production of passenger cars. It was the first time automobile factories built more trucks than cars and...

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Jeep part counterfeiters raided

LAS VEGAS _ U.S Marshals marched into the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) recently to seize parts, shut down booth displays, and serve court-ordered subpoenas to eight Chinese aftermarket companies. A complaint filed by Jeep aftermarket parts maker Omix-ADA in U.S. District Court claimed patent...

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American Graffiti Impala unveiled at SEMA

LAS VEGAS _ TV host and former NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham had an opportunity to realize a lifelong dream at the 2016 SEMA Show – unveiling a car that he pursued for more than 40 years – the 1958 Chevy Impala featured in American Graffiti in front of hundreds of guests. Evernham...

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SEMA now accepting scholarship applications

DIAMOND BAR, CA — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 to help foster the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry...