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The History of SEMA


Another year has come and gone for automotive industries largest show SEMA. Year after year, SEMA has become the cornerstone of all things representing the automotive industry showcasing new products from every corner of the market. The expectations are high, and vendors who put themselves in the public eye at SEMA are always putting their best foot forward. But have you ever wondered how it all started?

SEMA, like any organization, has a beginning story. Originally called Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association when they started in 1963, the organization comes from humble beginnings during the muscle car days. Originating out of a need to fill a gap in industry trade regulations, SEMA was the born from the Revell Model company and headed by its first president Ed the “camfather” Iskenderian. Other original members came from the same fuel filled genetics and came by way of names like Roy Richter, Willie Garner, Bob Hedman, Robert E. Wyman, John Bartlett, Phil Weiand, Jr., Al Segal, Dean Moon, and Vic Edelbrock, Jr. Each pioneers in their respective areas and each having made their own mark in automotive history. Not long after its beginnings, the organization changed its name to Specialty Equipment Market Association officially in 1970.

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Happy 141st Birthday Canada

Hot Girl wearing Canadian Flag BikiniIt may have been just another weekend of camping, drinking and BBQing for you but today, Canada celebrates the 141st anniversary of Confederation. I guess its not entirely accurate to wish Canada a Happy 141st since technically it is 400 years old as Quebec City was founded on July 3rd, 1608. Quebec doesn’t get much love (especially from us out here in the West) but today marks a special day for them. Let’s hold off the Quebec jokes for today to celebrate the history of Quebec City :)

If you’re looking for something to do, or someplace to celebrate there are quite a few major events going on for Canada Day. At Princes Island Park there will be three stages setup with live entertainment. Fort Calgary has a free pancake breakfast for the first 1,000 people beginning at 8:00am and will also have live entertainment, face painting and a petting zoo. Heritage Park will be serving up a pancake breakfast as well to all those with paid admission before 10:00am. Live entertainment including a magic show will be offered as well.

Today is also the last day that Police will be powerless to pull suspected drug intoxicated drivers off the road as new legistlation targetting drivers under the influence of drugs.

Celebrate Canada’s birthday safely everyone!