Good news from California

California Bill to Expand Vehicle Retirement Program Fails Senate Committee Passage Legislation (A.B. 1965) to require the Air Resources Board to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light and medium-duty trucks was not approved by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. The bill had previously been approved...

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Chip Foose 2016 SEMA Hall of Fame inductee

Huntington Beach, Calif. –  Internationally acclaimed automotive designer and master fabricator Chip Foose has been selected by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) as an inductee into the organization’s prestigious SEMA Hall of Fame. Foose will be honored July 29 at the SEMA Installation Gala in Pomona, Calif. for his outstanding career and contributions...


N.H. emissions bill a win for the hobby

  New Hampshire legislation (H.B. 351) to exempt rare or historically significant vehicles from emissions control requirements has been signed into law by Gov, Maggie Hassan. Under previous  law, only vehicles 20 or more years old were exempt.  The new law becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017.

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Second NEW Motorama Takes the Cake

  About a year ago, a fellow named Rick Paulick came to visit us at Gunner’s Great Garage. Rick worked at a small Chevy dealer near Green Bay and sold more Corvettes than anyone else in the state. He said he was going to work the same kind of magic with a new indoor...


New legislation to protect modified motor vehicles

Bill seeks to overturn threat to modified racecars and parts suppliers   SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting has praised Congressional members for their introduction of a bipartisan bill that would protect thousands of American racecar enthusiasts from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. “The EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Air Act would...


‘Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day’ approved in Wisconsin

WISCONSIN — Wisconsin Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR 79) to annually designate the second Friday in July as “Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day” in the state was recently approved by the legislature. Six years ago, in an effort to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society, the SEMA Action...

SEMA submitted comments in opposition to a regulation proposed by the EPA that would prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. (PRNewsFoto/SEMA (Specialty Equipment...)

EPA seeks to prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars

SEMA to oppose action as threat to modified racecars and parts suppliers WASHINGTON, PRNewswire — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation...

According to the sign at SEMA, Woody’s Hot Rodz built my dream car for the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals and Larry Burns of Greenup, Ken., won it.

Teen-age Dream Machine

  The Danchuk giveaway car built for the 2015 Tri-Five Nationals was at SEMA and it was my teen-age dream machine come to life. When I saw the metallic blue “post coupe” on display, I couldn’t believe how closely it resembled the car I wanted to make when I was 18 and got my...


SEMA SAN Strike Force victory in Wisconsin

SEMA Action Network (SAN) – Wisconsin’s Paul Underwood explains that he was “sort of dragged into the whole ‘old car scene’ by misfortune. I bought ’em to use ’em.” Growing up on a farm in Mt. Horeb, the idea of owning a hobby vehicle seemed pretty remote in a family where vehicles were merely practical...

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The history of SEMA

SEMA started when Revell model company needed permission to print miniature decals for its car-model kits. At that time there was no organization to deal with auto aftermarket trade problems. Revell suggested using a model makers association as a model for a trade group. That group became known as the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Assoc....