Motorsports Industry Heads To DC For Sema’S 2018 Washington Rally

Washington, DC, May 21, 2018 - More than 110 representatives from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) descended on the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2018 Washington Rally on Wednesday, May 16. Industry leaders stormed the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of the automotive specialty equipment industry and motorsports.
During the event, SEMA members urged Congress to pass H.R. 350/S.203, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act. The bipartisan bill would protect Americans’ right to modify street vehicles into dedicated racecars and industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete. The RPM Act now has 145 cosponsors in the House and 38 cosponsors in the Senate, and the number continues to grow. Members also raised awareness for other issues facing the specialty equipment industry, including harmful tariffs, preventing higher ethanol content in gasoline and saving the Bonneville Salt Flats.
"I thank the SEMA members who took valuable time away from their businesses to fight for the issues that matter most to our industry, including the RPM Act," said SEMA Chairman of the Board Wade Kawasaki. "This year’s turnout makes one thing certain-our industry is committed to getting the RPM Act across the finish line in 2018. Passage of this bipartisan bill is the only way to ensure it is legal to modify a street vehicle into a racecar used exclusively at the track, now and into the future. It’s time for Congress to act. We urge Members of the House and Senate to pass the RPM Act and protect motorsports for generations to come."
This year’s event, which was one of the largest SEMA rallies to date, marks the 15th time representatives from SEMA have held a fly-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event raises SEMA’s profile in our nation’s capital and plays a pivotal role in the association’s advocacy efforts. To learn more about the SEMA Washington Rally or the association’s other legislative efforts, contact san@sema.org.
About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $41.2 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com, or www.performanceracing.com.

2018 SEMA Show Registration Now Open

Attendees, exhibitors, and media can register online at www.semashow.com/register
Diamond Bar, CA, May 14, 2018 - Registration for the 2018 SEMA Show is now open at www.semashow.com/register. The annual trade show for the automotive aftermarket is set for Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2018, in Las Vegas. Registration is offered in three categories: Attendee, Exhibitor, and Media.
Attendees
Distributors, retailers, installers, buyers, and those in public relations and marketing should register using the "Attendee" link. Applicants may be required to submit proof of employment in the industry. Additionally, approved domestic attendees who register and choose the "Click To Confirm" link in the emailed confirmation before Oct. 12 will receive their badges in the mail. Approved international attendees who register before Sept. 14 will receive their badge at the international address provided in their application. Attendees may sign up for special events and seminars during the application process or by using the "Special Events Tickets Only" link at www.semashow.com/register. Among the special events are those offered by the Society of Collision & Repair Specialists (SCRS), Tire Industry Association (TIA), Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), and the SEMA Show Education program, adding up to over 100 sessions addressing all aspects of small business, industry trends and opportunities, collision repair, professional development training, Advanced Vehicle Technology, and more.
Exhibitors
The "Exhibitor" registration link is for company personnel working in the booths of exhibiting companies. The primary contact at the exhibiting company may register the entire staff at one time quickly and easily using the unique password and user ID that was provided via email. Exhibitor badges are not to be used for non-employees, including contest winners, contractors, customers, and vendors. Exhibitors from the USA and Canada who register before Oct. 12 will receive their badges in the mail. International exhibitor badges will be available for pickup on-site upon presenting a matching government-issued photo ID, such as a passport or driver’s license. During registration, exhibitors will also be able to order complimentary tickets to the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, which is attended by 3,000 Showgoers and considered by many to be the industry's premier celebration.
Media
Journalists covering the SEMA Show can register for complimentary media credentials using the "Media" link. Applicants may need to supply proof of media affiliation, such as bylined articles or other published work. All approved media will be able to pick up their credentials on-site in the SEMA Show Media Center, a fully functional pressroom with all the tools necessary to assist with reporting from the event.
"The SEMA Show is the world's leading automotive trade event and where the $41.2 billion specialty aftermarket industry gathers every year to conduct business," said SEMA Vice President of Communications & Events Peter MacGillivray. "Registering early for this year's SEMA Show will expedite the registration process and can save applicants money and keep them up-to-date on Show news and developments."
For more information about the 2018 SEMA Show, log on to www.semashow.com. To register for the 2018 SEMA Show, visit www.semashow.com/register.
About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or www.sema.org, 909/396-0289.

QA1 Announces Dave Kass As Marketing Manager


QA1 has named Dave Kass as its new Marketing Manager. A QA1 team member since 2009, Dave started his career with QA1 on the technical support team. He has worked in a variety of sales positions, most recently as the Customer Service Manager, leading the customer service and technical support team. In that capacity, he also worked closely with the marketing department, attending numerous trade shows and media events. Most recently, he championed the conception of QA1's #goDRIVEit campaign, which encourages enthusiasts to get out and enjoy their vehicles.
In his new role, Dave will be responsible for the planning and execution of day-to-day marketing activities, driving corporate and product marketing strategies, and monitoring market trends to keep QA1 at the forefront of the industry. "We have a strong marketing team, and with the right focus, I think we can capitalize on the strength of the QA1 brand as we continue to innovate and grow," says Dave. "Applying what I've learned through thousands of interactions with QA1 users will be a great tool when developing various marketing strategies."
"We are thrilled to have Dave step into the role of marketing manager," says Melissa Scoles, QA1 President. "He has held an active role in a variety of marketing projects since he started his career here and we are excited for him to lead this team. The knowledge he has of our products, coupled with his relationships with our customers and our media and industry friends, will all assist in his success in this role. His experience and leadership will be invaluable as we work to drive forward our future marketing plans."
A past recipient of SEMA's 35 Under 35 award, Dave is an active enthusiast, taking advantage of any opportunity to drive his 1972 C10. Whether it's to the grocery store or to the race track, he embraces the notion that classic vehicles were meant to be driven. He also enjoys spending time with his family and working on his truck throughout the long Minnesota winters.

AACF Launches AACF Champion Donor Program

Six Champions Recognized Including SEMA Hall of Fame Member
Sacramento, CA, May 11, 2018 - The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) has launched an elite donor partner program called the AACF Champion program. “AACF Champions are generous, big-hearted aftermarket brands and individuals that have committed to supporting aftermarket families with a donation of $25,000 or more,” said Joel Ayres, executive director. “And, we simply can’t thank them enough.”
“I can't explain how grateful we are for AACF’s quick response to our situation,” said a recent recipient. “You really have no idea how much this means to us.”
“AACF Champions help us maintain emergency funding,” Ayres continued. “This vital funding helps put the tough times in the rearview mirror for aftermarket employees that face catastrophic illness, injury, accident, or disaster that insurance or savings doesn’t cover.”
“We are blown away by the generosity of the foundation,” said a recent recipient. “We can't thank them enough for reaching out to us in our time of need.”
Current AACF Champion partners include SEMA, Auto Care Association, AASA/MEMA, The Group (Pronto/Federated), Standard Motor Products, and Don Smith.
"The industry has been good to me for 60 years, and I wanted to give back to help others in need," said Don Smith, PWA Founder and SEMA Hall of Fame Member. "No better way than supporting AACF."
Contact Joel Ayres to learn more about the AACF Champion program by calling 916-628-0271. To apply for help, visit http://bit.ly/AACF-get-help.
About the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF)
The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) has been helping aftermarket families turn tragedy into triumph since 1959. Like the industry, AACF is driven by passion and devoted to family. It’s tough to ask for help, but when someone in the aftermarket family faces profound circumstances, AACF is there to help put the tough times in the rearview mirror. As a nonprofit, AACF accomplishes its mission through the support of generous donors, awareness partners and dedicated volunteers. To learn more, visit www.AftermarketCharity.org. To donate, visit http://bit.ly/AACF-Cares. To apply for help, visit http://bit.ly/AACF-get-help.

National Auto Parts Warehouse Adds Ann’s Auto Parts To Their Family Of Stores

National Auto Parts Warehouse (NPW), a leader in marketing traditional, performance and truck accessories in the nation, today welcomes Ann’s Auto Parts to its growing chain of stores in Idaho. Ann’s Auto Parts has been in business for 10 years providing quality auto parts and great service to the local community of Shoshone in Idaho. Ann’s Auto Parts will continue to be led by Anne Eschliman herself alongside NPW. It will have access to a larger and more diverse inventory to provide exceptional service to their existing and future customers.
“I’m looking forward to the merger with NPW. It will give us both the opportunity to expand the business and serve our customers better.” Anne Eschliman, Owner & Operator at Ann’s Auto Parts
This acquisition brings NPW’s total store count in Idaho and Utah to 20. Ann’s Auto Parts will now be serviced out of NPW’s Salt Lake City distribution center. NPW welcomes Anne and Ann’s Auto Parts to the growing NPW Family.
For more information about National Performance Warehouse Companies please visit www.enationalperformance.com.