SEMA Garage Is Your One-Stop Shop

SEMA News—December 2016


SEMA Garage Is Your One-Stop Shop

By Becca Butler

Over the last year, the SEMA Board of Directors—working closely with SEMA members and other industry leaders—has made it a priority to engage the next generation of automotive professionals. The aftermarket has joined together to give today’s youth hands-on experience with vehicle modifications, thereby igniting the passion that many of them already have. The excitement of these programs is capturing the attention of many in the industry and making headlines across the nation.

Take a look at some of the recent coverage and what the industry is doing to inspire the next generation.

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune

The North American Council of Automotive Teachers Award honors instructors who lead thriving and innovative automotive programs, such as the one led by high-school professor Jordan Engelhardt.

The Chicago Tribune reported on Engelhardt’s recent recognition and how he’s influencing the future of the automotive industry.

The first-ever SEMA Custom Car Camp was unlike anything SEMA had ever done before. took notice, covering the week-long event where kids were introduced to the world of aftermarket customization at the SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, California.

The article told about the hands-on experience that kids had modifying and rebuilding Traxxas RC cars.
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Many magazines feature SEMA Show project vehicles. The Shop took notice of actor Sung Kang’s “Project Underdog,” a ’72 Maverick built by the actor and a team of aspiring automotive technicians from Alhambra High School in Alhambra, California.

The vehicle debuted at the 2016 SEMA Show and will be auctioned off to raise money for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students who want to pursue careers in the automotive industry.
Heard in Social Media

“Sung Kang is starting his next build! ’72 Ford Maverick. The project recruited three kids from East L.A. high-school automotive programs to be mentored along the way.”—Engineering Explained via Facebook

“WVU student receives $3,000 SEMA Scholarship, given to students pursuing careers in automotive-related industries!”—WVU Student Alumni via Twitter

“SEMA, and some of the best in the business, will completely tear down and then custom rebuild a ’72 Ford Maverick. “Underdog” is the name of the car. Once completed, Underdog will be auctioned off, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward providing scholarships for the three kids.”—Sung Kang via Facebook


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