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AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS: FORMULA SAE NEEDS YOUR EXPERTISE!

The Formula SAE competition is for SAE student members to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small, formula-style racing cars. The restrictions on the car frame and engine are limited so that the knowledge, creativity and imagination of the students are challenged. The cars are built with a team effort over a period of about one year and are taken to annual competitions for judging and comparison with other vehicles from colleges and universities throughout the world.

SEMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION BALLOTS MAILED

SEMA members are encouraged to watch the mail for the SEMA Board of Directors election ballots that were mailed this week. One ballot was sent to each member company within the voting categories. This year’s election includes voting for the chairman-elect position. Questions about the SEMA Board of Directors or the election process can be sent to Christine Papavero at chrisb@sema.org or 909/396-0289, ext. 123.

HELP CATCH A CAMARO THIEF

While attending the YearOne Experience on May 20, Air Ride Technologies discovered that their '67 Camaro was stolen from the Hampton Inn in Buford, Georgia, between midnight and 6:30 a.m.
 
Says Air Ride, “We know that the chances of us recovering this car are slim to none, but we want to take our misfortune and make a positive out of it. We want to alert you all that this happened and that you need to take any precautions you can to make sure it doesn't happen to you.
 

FOR THE FIRST TIME, SEMA-MEMBER COMPANIES REPRESENTED IN EACH U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

SEMA members are located in each of the 436 Congressional districts (435 plus District of Columbia).

Nine California districts, as well as Rep. Joe Knollenberg's in Michigan, make it on the top ten list of Congressional districts in terms of number of SEMA members. 

Heading the list is Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Cacucus member Dana Rohrabacher's district with one hundred and twelve SEMA members.

ACCESSORIES REMAIN BIG PART OF OEM SALES PLANS

At the recent 2007 Global Automotive Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, John Waraniak, SEMA vice president of Vehicle Technology and Phil Martens, president of ArvinMeritor's light vehicle systems, gave a compelling overview of the OEM and aftermarket industries. Their comments referenced and built on several of the keynote remarks made by Robert Lutz, vice chairman, global product development at General Motors.

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