Twenty-five volunteers from the industry will be vying for 16 open seats on the SEMA Board of Directors, as they seek to lead the automotive specialty-equipment market in the 2007–2009 SEMA Board of Directors elections taking place next month. With the voting of the chairman-elect position taking place this year, the 2007 elections will be pivotal.
SEMA has hired Will L. Woods, CAE, to the newly created position of vice president of councils. Woods brings with him more than 25 years of professional experience, including 13 years as executive director of a 2,400-member trade association and seven years with a California-based automotive trade association.
As SEMA’s first vice president fully dedicated to the council department, Woods will oversee and manage the association’s eight councils.
Vehicle technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate and helping SEMA members understand and leverage emerging vehicle technologies is one of the association's top priorities, according to John Waraniak, SEMA vice president, vehicle technology.
Editor's Note: Last week we reported that the NHRA was under new management. To clarify, the NHRA will remain a non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation, will retain all its non-professional racing, safety and educational activities and continue to be the sanctioning body for all NHRA racing activities, including the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
SEMA and Nissan North America have set a measuring session for Tuesday–Wednesday, June 19–20. The session will feature four 2008 Nissan vehicles—the Versa five-door hatchback, the Sentra and Sentra SE-R sedans and the all-new Altima Coupe.
Each company will get 60 minutes with the vehicles, and cameras are permitted. To participate, members must register by Friday, June 15.
The passing of Bill France Jr. this week elicited an outpouring of tribute among motorsports fans, professionals, writers and those in the specialty-equipment industry.
American drivers continue to embrace the notion of customization and personalization, having purchased a record $36.72 billion worth of specialty automotive products in 2006. The number represents a 7% increase over 2005, when sales reached $34.28 billion.
SEMA Show exhibitors that would like to build a Nissan-based project vehicle are reminded that the deadline to submit project-vehicle proposals to Nissan is Thursday, June 15. Proposals based on all current Nissan models will be accepted. Nissan's 2007 SEMA Show strategy will focus primarily on the 2007 Sentra and the 2008 Altima Coupe.
SEMA's eight councils and two committees are set to tee off on the greens of the Strawberry Farms Golf Club as part of Council Cup - Cash for Kids, a friendly game of golf to benefit children's charities. All groups will compete in teams of four. The teams are:
Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO)
Ernie Silvers, Egge Machine Co. Inc.
Jim Barber, Classic Automotive Restoration
Dave Mihalko Jr., Restoration Specialties
Alex Tainsh, SoffSeal Inc.