SEMA-Logo-1-3-13DIAMOND BAR, CA – SEMA Show exhibitors have cast their votes and selected the finalists for the SEMA Award, an honor presented to the hottest trending and most accessory-friendly vehicles on the market. The winners will be revealed on Tuesday, November 1, the opening day of the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Every SEMA Show exhibitor was able to cast a vote in this year’s SEMA Award process.

“When it comes to knowing what trends are emerging and which cars will ignite our passion, SEMA’s manufacturer members have the pulse of the enthusiast nation,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “Who better to ask than the thousands of SEMA manufacturers who bet their businesses on recognizing the hottest new and upcoming vehicles?”


Phil and Jeremy Gerber with their 2015 Chevy Colorado

Diamond Bar, CA – Builders of SEMA Show vehicles will take center stage in the third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition. Introduced in 2014 to recognize and celebrate proven vehicle builders in all market segments, including hot rod, offroad and sport compact, the SEMA Battle of the Builders is considered to be the ultimate builder competition and is open now.


Editor’s Note: SEMA recently announced the 2016 recipients for its SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners. See the list below, along with information regarding how to apply for 2017 awards.

Diamond Bar, CA – Recipients of SEMA scholarships are currently pursuing degrees in Accounting, Automotive Aftermarket, Automotive Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Business Management, Chemical Engineering, Computer & Information Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Graphic Design, Hospitality Industry, Industrial Arts, Industrial Engineering & Design, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Multimedia Journalism, Petroleum Engineering and Sports Management.

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Diamond Bar, CA – Nominations for the esteemed SEMA industry awards are being accepted now through August 1, 2016 at

Regarded as the highest, most prestigious honors presented to companies and individuals in the automotive specialty equipment market, the SEMA industry awards are presented for the Person of the Year, Rep Agency of the Year, Warehouse Distributor of the Year, Gen-III Innovator of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year.

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 507 (S. Res. 507) designating July 8, 2016 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day.”  The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils.  The date marks the seventh commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

S. Res. 507 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).  The Senators are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C.  The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan member organization that pays tribute to America’s ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports.

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13DIAMOND BAR, CA – Results of the 2016 SEMA Board of Directors election are in, with Chris Douglas from COMP Performance Group, Kyle Fickler of Aeromotive Inc. and Les Rudd from Bob Cook Sales elected to serve on the board. While Fickler is a current SEMA Board member who was re-elected onto the group, Douglas and Rudd will join as the newest members of the group.

The complete list of 2016–2017 SEMA Board of Directors are:

2016-2017 SEMA Board of Directors

Powerplant12_Kit-warn-sema-10-15-13CLACKAMAS, OR – As part of this year’s SEMA Show, Warn Industries will be introducing the new PowerPlant. The PowerPlant 9.5 and PowerPlant 12 combine a powerful winch with a high performance air compressor to become the ultimate vehicle-mounted multi tool.

The PowerPlant 9.5 has a pulling capacity of 9,500 lbs., while the PowerPlant 12 will pull 12,000 lbs. Both models are equipped with an air compressor able to fill four 35” tires in eight minutes, and can run air tools as well. With new features such as stainless steel fasteners, a new pressure switch, a revised contactor, a new hose and accessories, and a new flat-black finish, the PowerPlant is better than ever.

Beyond the PowerPlant models, Warn Industries will also have its new line of premium winching accessories and components on display at the SEMA Show. This includes a premium winch hook, shackle, tree trunk protector strap, and snatch block. These items are designed to help you get the most out of your winch, and each features Cerakote™ coating for maximum protection against wear and abrasion.

Every year for the past 49, Tierra Del Sol (TDS) Safari has boasted being one of the biggest Jeep and 4×4 events in Southern California. The off-road gathering takes place at  Truckhaven, which is now part of Ocotillo Wells SVRA, with the three-day event offering everything from trail rides, obstacle courses, vendor alleys and more. Next year marks the 50th running of the event, which will take place Friday, March 2, through until Sunday, Mach 4th. Visit for more information.

For full coverage and photo highlights of the 49th Tierra Del Sol, click here.

Photo by Jaime Hernandez

Think you’ve got the hottest truck, Jeep or off-road vehicle build going? Building a pre-runner or a rock-crawler – what’s in your shop? Want a chance to give it the ultimate suspension with Bilstein off-road racing shocks? When you log on to you’ll get the opportunity to enter Bilstein’s new SHOCKMYRIDE contest.

The GRAND PRIZE is a customized Bilstein 9100 Series Suspension Package, plus an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, and two passes for the exclusive 2011 SEMA Show, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry’s premiere event that is closed to the public. The trip includes: roundtrip airfare to Las Vegas for 2, and two nights hotel accommodations, plus $300 spending money.

FIRST PRIZE is a set of four 5160 Series Remote Reservoir shocks…and we’re giving away five sets!

Entry is easy – just log on, upload your images and videos, along with your story about why we should pick your project!  Log back on often to check out your competition.

Contest open now through August 31, 2011. Log on now to enter:

Also, log on to for complete shock applications.

Bill Caswell decided he needed a break from the adult life. He left his banking job and decided to go racing. In recent years he has tackled rally racing and other forms of car racing, but now he plans to fulfill a dream of competing in the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000. Caswell and crew actually set up shop at Miller Electric’s booth at the 2010 SEMA Show building his signature, early-90s BMW into a Baja-capable race vehicle to compete at the 1000.

The plan of attack was a four-day build at SEMA was this:

Day 1 – Main Roll Cage

Day 2 – Front Cage & Suspension

Day 3 – Rear Cage & Suspension

Day 4 – Main Cage, Accessories & Final Review