The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to demolish your automobile passion and enthusiasm. Sounds terrible, right?! Alright maybe it’s not that black and white, but let’s see what is really at stake here. With the focus of the Clean Air Act in mind, the EPA wants to make it illegal to modify any manufactured street vehicle’s emission system where its sole purpose is NOT used for racing in organized sports. Ok what is this saying? Basically, modified cars cause an increased amount of air pollution with a tampered emissions system.
On Thursday Matt Haugen from Street Standard stopped by the Car Street Journal conference room at Sema. Matt has been attending Sema for 8 years, and for 7 of those years he has had one of his cars in the Sema show. Matt got into working on cars with his dad when he was young. Helping work on Hot Rods and such at home. Matt’s first Sema he brought his Toyota Tundra. Years later Matt was thinking about starting his own business and build some bad-ass cars. With the help from Cory Hosford, they came up with Street Standard. Street Standard is a car performance go to shop. They can get anything from body kits from Liberty Walk and Rocket Bunny down to Wilwood Brakes. Matt has 2 personal cars here at Sema this year. Which are a 1 of 1 Liberty Walk Lamborghini and a Rocket Bunny Nissan 350z.
February 2016 was a frightful month for automotive racers and enthusiasts when everyone got word of a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seemed like they wanted to ban anyone from turning a road car into a track-only race car.
The craziness all started when Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) started circulating a press release claiming that “the EPA seeks to prohibit conversion of vehicles into race cars.”
The release quickly gained attention and the car community reacted in a panic on social media, news outlets, and petitions with headlines reading “here’s how to fight the EPA ban on building a race car,” “tell the EPA to withdraw its proposal to prohibit the conversion of vehicles into race cars,” and “prevent the EPA from banning vehicle modifications.”
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going a bit stir-crazy about this myself, at the time. I was scouring articles and
All of us that have been to SEMA for the first time have learned the hard way. People will tell you that you will see a lot of cars, products, and that you will walk around for miles, but that is pretty much it. Here is a list of what we recommend to bring to SEMA to make your visit a better first time experience.
Bring comfortable shoes! Bring extra socks! Like you have probably already heard, SEMA is hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center with is over 3.2 million square feet. There is a lot to see.
Bring extra batteries for your phone, computer, and camera’s. If you do not have any extra batteries bring your chargers. There is a lot of outlets arounds the convention center to juice up your battery packs.
Yesterday at the 2014 SEMA show, everything was overwhelming. There was so much to see and I’m not going to lie, I felt the pressure. I spent a lot of time running around and getting as much information as I could, attending press releases, and see as many car unveiling’s as possible. I was frantically taking as many pictures as I could on my phone while my photographer, Hans, snapped thousands.
Day two was a much better experience. I didn’t feel the pressure to see and do everything as I had the day before and was more focused on enjoying the moment and looking for what I wanted to see while I let my staff run wild and write about things they were interested in.
Car Street Journal has been very fortunate to get our own conference room at SEMA and it [...]
Plasti dip, we have all thought about it at one point. Does it look good? No. Does it stay on long? No. Here at the SEMA show we were able to talk to Mathieu Di Veta President of AutoDip -the world’s first premium peelable automotive paint.
“Autodip is a peel-able premium synthetic paint developed specifically for the automotive application” Di Veta told CSJ. Autodip allows you to customize accessories, protect wheels, and even full bodies without damaging the original finish.
When CSJ talked to Di Veta he told us how they had tested this product on a new BMW M3 with over 6 finishes and after peeling the AutoDip off the car, the original paint was still immaculate. This is a new product that has not yet hit the market and it is going to be a game changer. The affordable prices and the variety of colors will [...]