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January/February '13

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n n n n INDUSTRY NEWS continued from page 8 New Scholarships Added to SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund Two new scholarships have been established as part of the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, which helps to promote industry leadership by supporting the educational efforts of current and future automotive professionals. The Leo Kagan Scholarship was established in late 2012 in honor of Kagan, who helped to found the SEMA Scholarship Program, served as SEMA's president from 1975-1979 and played a key role in moving the SEMA Show to Las Vegas. Kagan's scholarship will be presented annually to a female who wants to pursue a career in the restyling market. "I'm glad that this SEMA scholarship will ensure that females receive support and encouragement to pursue careers in the automotive restyling market," Kagan said in a press release. "Such diversity in our industry is what contributes to the excitement and innovation of the specialty-equipment market." A scholarship was also recently added in memoriam of Nat Danas, founder and publisher of Auto Trim & Restyling News magazine and one who was instrumental in the development of the Professional Restylers Organization (PRO). Danas passed away in May 2012. The Nat Danas Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students pursuing or advancing careers in the auto trim and restyling segments of the industry. Complete criteria for the new awards, in addition to the existing awards, are available at www.SEMA.org/scholarships. Laws & Legislation News Maine: New legislation has been introduced into the Maine State Senate that will affect the state's current tire size restrictions. The bill, S.B. 13, will remove a provision in the law that requires the overall diameter of a vehicle's tires to be within 2 inches of the sizes recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer. Under S.B. 13, a vehicle must still comply with applicable frame height requirements, which vary according to gross vehicle weight rating. This will help to regulate inappropriate tire size. The bill is currently being referred to the Joint Committee on Transportation for consideration. New York: A bill has been reintroduced in the New York Senate that will allow owners of historical vehicles to pay only a one-time $100 registration fee upon initial registration of the vehicle. The bill, S.B. 1899, was approved by the full senate during the last session, but did not make it through the Assembly. The reduced registration fee would be available to owners of historical vehicles that are owned or operated as an exhibition piece, or used occasionally for parades, exhibits, etc. Currently, historical vehicles, which are described as having been manufactured over 25 years ago or having unique characteristics that make it have historical, classic or exhibition value, must pay an annual fee. Wyoming: A new bill, H.B. 70, has been introduced into the Wyoming legislature that, if passed, will increase the annual vehicle registration for passenger vehicles (cars designed to carry 10 persons or less) by $10. Under the bill, non-commercial trucks will be charged double the registration fee based on unladen vehicle weight. Personal pickup trucks would also be subject to the doubled registration fees. There will be no special exception for antiques, custom vehicles or street rods, even if they are infrequently operated. 126 Anniversaries & Milestones Crane Cams has announced that 2013 marks its 60th year in business. Harvey Crane Jr. started the company, which manufactures camshaft, ignition and valve train products, in 1953 under the name Crane Engineering Company. Crane Cams was the first to patent mechanical roller lifter technology, as well as the first fully digital ignition for the speed industry in 1994. The company is located in Daytona Beach, Fla. Hot Rod magazine is also celebrating a major anniversary in 2013. The iconic magazine will mark its 65th year with a weekend celebration called the "Hot Rod Homecoming" at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. on March 23-24. The anniversary party will include a display of vehicles that were featured inside or on the cover of the magazine over the past 65 years, as well as an additional display of show cars, a pin-up contest, burnout contest, celebrity autograph sessions and more. HRR HOTROD & Restoration January/February 2013 HRR_Jan/Feb13_Pages64-128.indd 126 1/24/13 2:52 PM

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