MINI Cooper S, Nissan Pathfinder, BMW i8, Nissan Altima
AP Exhaust Technologies, Crane Cams, Mile Marker, Kahn Media, Speedway Motors, Clean Seal, Katzkin Leather, CargoGlide and more.
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.
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.
U.S. Spec Hyundai Elantra Touring/i30, Ford F-150 Raptor, SEAT Ibiza, Mustang GT500 Convertible
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.
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 (www.liquidwrench.com), the company announced a new website for the Gunk brand (www.gunk.com). RSC Chemical Solutions, Indian Trail, NC; 704-821-7643.
Land Rover Scoop, Ford Taurus Interceptor, Mustang GT, Fiat-Based CUV From Dodge
Aftermarket industry leaders hit the links at the 2011 Aftermarket Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament—held on the eve of the 2011 SEMA Show/AAPEX—to raise awareness of the Aftermarket Foundation. The event, which took place at the Las Vegas Country Club and was attended by more than 144 golfers, set a new fundraising record by bringing in more than $350,000.
Chevrolet Spark. Acura Sedan for 2013, Corvette C7, Subaru BRZ