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3M announces celebrity lineup for SEMA 2018

Automotive legends Richard Petty and Chip Foose join car stars Ringbrothers, Charley Hutton,  Mark Oja, Kyle Morley, Ryan “Ryno” Templeton, Javier “Shorty” Ponce to headline 3M Automotive’s Aftermarket Outdoor Showcase. The  2018 SEMA showcase is to take place October 30-November 2nd at The  Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. The 3M D.E.M.O. trailer...

SAN Secures Congressional Resolution Recognizing July 13th as “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution (H. Res. 980) at the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) recognizing July 13, 2018 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD).” H. Res. 980 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus House Co-Chairs Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Rep. Sanford D. Bishop,...

Old car hobby win in Nebraska

Nebraska Bill to Ease Titling and Registration of Specially Constructed Vehicles Becomes Law Good News! A version of SEMA model legislation (L.B. 909) to ease the process by which replica, assembled, kit, and reconstructed cars are titled and registered was signed into law. This bill will help clarifies the process and...

Update: WV License Plate Bill (S.B. 589) concludes in victory

West Virginia Bill to Allow Personalized Antique Plates Becomes Law Another victory in West Virginia! Governor Jim Justice signed into law legislation (S.B. 589) that allows for personalized license plates on antique vehicles. The plates will be available for an annual fee of $40. Antique vehicles are vehicles that are more...

South Dakota Special Interest Vehicle Bill signed into law

South Dakota’s legislation (H.B. 1116)  amending the law for Special Interest vehicles to increase the mileage limitation from 6,000 to 7,500 miles per year and to allow the option of personalized plates for these vehicles has been signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Currently, a “special interest vehicle” is a...

Congress Introduces Bills to End Corn Ethanol Mandate

Legislation (H.R. 5212/S. 2519) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to cap the amount of ethanol that’s required to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply at 9.7% (E10 gasoline).  The bills phase out the federal government’s ethanol mandates by reducing the amount of corn ethanol...

South Dakota Historic Vehicle Bill signed into law

Legislation (H.B. 1117) allowing Historic vehicles to display a single license plate for certain vehicle model years has been signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Currently, a “historic car” is a motor vehicle more than thirty years old and is not used for daily transportation. The new law also sets...

Steve McDonald, SEMA activist, dies at 56

Steve McDonald, SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs, passed away unexpectedly September 26 at the age of 56. Steve was SEMAs lead advocate on legislative and regulatory issues affecting the multi-billion dollar specialty automotive industry, encompassing everything from auto manufacturers to performance and restoration parts. McDonald presided over and was the...