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Nominations Open for SEMA Hall of Fame

Nominations for the SEMA Hall of Fame—the most prestigious honor presented to an individual by the association—are now being accepted. The deadline to submit nominations is March 16, 2012.

Created in 1969, the SEMA Hall of Fame is designed to honor outstanding persons in the industry who have enhanced the stature of, or significantly contributed to, the industry and/or the association’s growth.

SEMA Scholarship Application Available Online, SEMA Hall of Fame Member Dick Van Cleve Passes Away

Students preparing for careers in the automotive industry may be eligible to receive financial awards ranging from $1,000–$4,000 through the 2012 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF). Scholarship applications require college transcripts and letters of recommendation and are now available here.

Dick Van Cleve passed away on October 20, 2011, at the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administration Hospital after a long illness. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday, surrounded by family, approximately two weeks prior.

SEMA Fast Facts

Midwest Truck & Auto Parts Inc. has acquired the assets of Richmond Gear from Regal Beloit Corp. for an undisclosed amount. Richmond Gear manufacturers ring-and-pinions, transmissions and traction-control devices for the racing and high-performance off-road aftermarkets. Midwest’s acquisition also includes the Powertrax and Lock-Right product lines. Midwest Truck & Auto Parts Inc., Chicago, IL; 800-934-2727.

Fast Facts

Gregory Parker joined the team at Perfect Equipment Inc. as North American marketing manager. According to a recent announcement from Perfect Equipment, Parker has worked with many of the industry’s top brands, helping with market research, branding, media placement and online consultation. Parker is also involved with SEMA, having served as the SEMA’s Young Executives Network chairman, SEMA Silent Auction Committee chairman, SEMA Pinewood Derby Committee chairman and as a member of the SEMA Cares and SEMA Scholarship Committee. Perfect Equipment Inc., Murfreesboro, TN; 615-916-3791.

Radiator Specialty Co.—makers of Liquid Wrench, Gunk, TiteSeal and MotorMedic brands—changed its name to RSC Chemical Solutions. In addition to its separate website for Liquid Wrench (, the company announced a new website for the Gunk brand ( RSC Chemical Solutions, Indian Trail, NC; 704-821-7643.


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