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BADGES AND BADGEHOLDERS IN THE MAIL FOR SEMA SHOW ALUMNI

SEMA Show exhibitors, your badge and badgeholder for the 2007 SEMA Show could be on its way to you as early as the second week of August. 
That's right!  If you're a SEMA Show alumnus, registered and approved, your badge and badgeholder will be sent to you before the Show. No waiting in line! Simply step off the monorail or shuttle bus, wear your badge and badgeholder and walk directly into the Show. It's our thank you for being an important part of the Show's success through your consistent attendance.

TODAY'S WEBCAST, 10 A.M. (PST)—FACING THE CHALLENGES OF TIRE-PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS

According to a federal government ruling, 100% of new motor vehicles will need to have a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) by 2008. While tire-pressure monitoring systems represent an important development in car safety, they also pose challenges for our industry. Improper dismounting, for example, can break sensors, costing you time and money.

U.S. SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS 100-YEAR-OLD RULE MAKING MINIMUM RESALE PRICE AGREEMENTS AUTOMATICALLY ILLEGAL

On June 28, 2007, the Supreme Court decided to shift the playing field and overrule 100 years of legal precedent banning agreements between manufacturers and their resellers to set the minimum price charged by the resellers to their customers. The decision of the Court was very close—5 to 4—and the opinion makes clear that setting a minimum resale price is not now automatically legal. 

GALA AUCTION PREVIEW—VEGAS PACKAGES, NASCAR COLLECTIBLES, SEMA SHOW PERKS

In addition to its charity golf tournament, the SEMA Installation Banquet and Gala Fundraiser will feature an auction to benefit the Petty Victory Junction Gang Camp and Childhelp children's charities. Among the impressive roster of items to be offered at the upcoming charity auction are exotic resort and cruise vacations, one-of-a-kind prints and photography, performance driving school certificates and NASCAR collectibles are up for bid.

The Gala Auction begins at 6 p.m., Friday, July 27, at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, in Irvine, California.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR 2008 CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP MEASURING SESSION

Attention SEMA manufacturer members! This Friday, July 6, is your last day to register for the Chrysler Group's July 11 measuring session in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The session will feature the newest Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep sheetmetal that enthusiasts will soon clamor to accessorize. Cameras ARE allowed at the all-day session, which is open from 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m.

2008 vehicles featured at the session include:
-Jeep Liberty 4x4
-Jeep Patriot (new)
-Dodge Avenger (new)

GET UP CLOSE AND TECH-PERSONAL WITH THE 2008 FOCUS AT FORD MEASURING SESSION

Attention SEMA manufacturing members! Get an up-close preview of the new 2008 Ford Focus coupe and sedan at an exclusive members-only July 24 measuring session in Diamond Bar, California. The deadline to register is Friday, July 20. Cameras ARE permitted at the session. This is a California measuring session only!

E-mail response with name(s), company name, address, phone and e-mail address(es) to: measuringsession@sema.org.

Location:   
AAA - Southern California

LATEST LINEUP FOR CHARITY GOLF TEAMS

SEMA's councils and committees are set to tee off on the greens of the Strawberry Farms Golf Club as part of the Council Cup - Cash for Kids, a friendly game of golf to benefit the Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp children's charities. The Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) has even formed an affiliate team, the "SAC" Team, made up of members from Shur-Co., American Technology Components and Cap World.

Council teams include:

U.S. SENATE APPROVES COMPROMISE CAFE HIKE

The U.S. Senate approved sweeping energy legislation last week that includes a provision to dramatically increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Passenger cars and light trucks would be required to meet a combined fuel economy average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020. That represents an increase of about 40% over the current standard of 27.5 mpg for passenger cars and 21.6 for light trucks and SUVs. Lawmakers rejected an alternative pushed by the auto industry, including SEMA, for a more moderate and technologically realistic CAFE increase.

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