Oracle Lighting Gains Four Awards During 2022 SEMA Show

METAIRIE, LA (12.01.22) – Oracle Lighting walked away from the 2022 SEMA Show with four more awards to add to its impressive showcase. The 2022 SEMA Show was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. from Nov. 1-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“ORACLE Lighting is proud to have been awarded the SDC Data Excellence Award, Runner-Up for Best New Off-Road/4-Wheel-Drive Product 2023 for the Integrated Bronco Windshield Roof LED Light Bar, a Global Media Award for the Jeep JL/JT Skid Plate with Integrated LED Emitters, and a Global Media Award for the Jeep JK Flush Mount LED Tail Lights,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “We had a great show with terrific traffic in our booth whereas we featured many of our award-winning products. We are thankful for all those who supported us with these awards!”

L to R: Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting Director of Development, and Danny Talbot, Oracle Lighting Sales Representative, during the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV

Hartenstein added, “Our Bronco LED Light Bar System was a huge project for us over the past year and to have this product named as a finalist for the Off-Road Product of the Year was a real honor. We appreciate the judges recognizing this design innovative approach we have applied to the off-road industry. The category of Off Road and 4-Wheel Drive is always a super competitive category, and we are really happy to be a finalist among some of the best in the industry. The award in recognition of innovative design achievement in a newly developed product for the off-road or 4 wheel drive vehicles will hang proudly on display in our headquarters.”

Since 2004, the SEMA Global Media Awards Program has been a staple of the SEMA Show – the premier automotive accessories trade event in the world. It involves journalists from throughout the world coming to the SEMA Show, with the purpose of identifying and discovering what new products are likely to succeed in their home countries. The participating media represent some of the industry’s top magazines and the editors are amongst the most respected in the world. Their opinions are highly regarded. Given the knowledge and expertise about the automotive markets in their countries, there is a high probability that the products they identified truly will resonate with consumers in their respective markets.

Louisiana-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle, and marine markets since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today’s world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, please visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.

Old School Pro Audio Was on Display in the Memphis Audio Booth at the SEMA Show

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.21.22) – A new SR Pro audio enclosure made it to the market courtesy of the team at Memphis Audio. This 500/1000 Watt enclosure featured Memphis Audio’s brand new SR Pro 10” mids paired with dual SR Pro horn tweeters making it one of the loudest pro audio boxes available. The SRXPE10D4F showcased a stunning display of RGB LED lights which included a center illuminated dust cap and rear mounted ring lights on the mids and fully translucent illuminating tweeters creating an awesome lightshow. An incorporated handle in the body of the box allows for easy transportation in and outside of vehicles making this an awesome accessory for anyone wanting the ability to fill a space with an absurd amount of sound.

“The popularity of these enclosures is huge in the Northeast and we decided that if anyone should be making an excessively loud pro audio enclosure, it should be Memphis! We built the prototype and began showing it off and it was clear that we had a winner on our hands and people loved the old school concept of the box. People couldn’t believe how impressive the performance was and the LED’s really just set it apart from anything else out there,” stated Nick LoMonaco President of Memphis Audio.

The Memphis SRXPE10D4F enclosure debuted at SEMA 2022. Memphis is also making the 10” SR Pro Speakers (SRXP10) available individually for anyone looking to add powerful mids to any installation. 

Visit memphiscaraudio.com for more.

SEMA Show Exhibitors Win Global Media Awards

More than 130 companies were recognized by a panel of esteemed international journalists for having a product that would resonate with consumers in their home countries. Twenty-three judges from 16 countries participated in the 2023 Global Media Awards Program that took place during the 2022 SEMA Show.

Glad to return to the iconic Show following the pandemic, the international judges carefully reviewed and evaluated the items on display in the New Products Showcase to select the award winners. Winning exhibitors received their awards and spoke with the journalists who selected their products at the International Happy Hour on Wednesday, November 2.

Below, in alphabetical order by country, publication and participating journalist, are the winning exhibitors and products from the 2023 Global Media Awards Program.

ARGENTINA

Judge: Luis Zschocke
Media Outlet: New Tune Up

  • FiTech Fuel Injection, 30013 Go EFI 8 1200 HP Power Adder Bright Aluminum Finish System
  • MAHLE Motorsport, Ford 5.0L Modular Coyote Gen 3 Direct Injected (’18+) PowerPak Piston Set
  • AAD Performance, S550 Mustang Front Lower Control Arms
  • Dana Incorporated, Ultimate Dana 60 Semi-Float Rear Axle for Ford Bronco
  • Vintage Air Inc., ’64–’66 Ford Mustang Gen 5 SureFit system
  • AAD Performance, S550 Mustang Front Lower Tension Arms
  • Speedmaster, Ford SB 289 302 351w Aluminum Complete Serpentine Belt Drive System Kit [Polished]
  • TRAC LLC/Tire Cart and Tire Jack, TRAC Tire Jack
  • Holley, Hooker Small-Block Chevrolet Exhaust Manifolds
  • Speedmaster, GM 4L80E Aluminum Transmission Pan with Silicon Gasket

AUSTRALIA

Judge: Ben Davidson
Media Outlet: Jeep Action Magazine

  • Diode Dynamics, Stage Series LED Rock Light
  • Eaton Performance, Jeep Detroit Truetrac
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON Alloys 17-in. Recon Pro with Innerlock Technology
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Cooper Discoverer Rugged Trek
  • Addax Overland/Hinckley Overlanding, Jeep X Addax Overland Trailer
  • TRAC LLC/Tire Cart and Tire Jack, TRAC Tire Jack
  • Quadratec, Lost Canyon Truck Bed Tent for JT Gladiator
  • Mach Built, M1 MachLight
  • Rock Slide Engineering, Gen 3 Step Slider

Judge: Peter Ronis
Media Outlet: All Torque Podcast Pty. Ltd.

  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries MICRO-START XP20 Lithium Jump Starter
  • Smartop, Smartop Platform Truck Bed cover
  • I-CAR, Hands-On Electric Vehicle Training
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound Europa Radio
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • WARN / FAB FOURS / FABTECH / FACTOR 55, Fabtech 2022 Ford Bronco Heavy Duty Tie Rods
  • ADRO Inc., Adro Tesla Model Y carbon-fiber rear diffuser
  • Lippert: CURT, Ranch Hand, UWS, LUVERNE, ARIES, CURT Echo In-Line Trailer Brake Controller
  • Mile Marker Industries, Inc., Customizable Mission Series Winch

Judge: Simon Christie
Media Outlet: 4WD TV

  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Cooper Discoverer Rugged Trek, Tire and Related Product
  • Project X, DR.03
  • Diode Dynamics, Stage Series LED Rock Light
  • Project X, LB.24
  • Go Rhino Big Country Truck accessories, Xventure Gear Recovery Winch Hook
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON ALLOYS 17-in. RECON PRO W/INNERLOCK TECHNOLOGY
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • Go Rhino Big Country Truck accessories, Xventure Gear Shovel Kit
  • HitchLocker LLC, HitchLocker Drop Hitch

BRAZIL

Judge: Eduardo Bernasconi
Media Outlet: Revista Fullpower

  • Quadratec, Lost Canyon Truck Bed Tent for JT Gladiator
  • International Industry LLC, Fuel tank laser sensor/sender
  • OPTIMA Batteries, ORANGETOP HYPERCORE Lithium
  • Integrated Engineering, IE Drag-Race Performance Brake Kit For Audi B9 S4 & S5
  • AlphaRex, AlphaRex ’21+ Ford F150 LUXX-Series LED Tail lights (Alpha-Black)
  • Papp Plastics and Distributing Limited, Aira FreePower
  • Black Horse Off Road, RGM Styline Mustang Aero Kit
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • Spyder Auto, ALT-YD-FF15021-LED-BK
  • Dakota Digital, GRFX-55C-PU 1955-59 Chevy Truck Grafix Series Gauge System

Judge: Ludmilla Kruppa
Media Outlet: Revista Garagem Old School

  • Dakota Digital, GRFX-55C-PU 1955-59 Chevy Truck Grafix Series Gauge System
  • Flaming River Industries Inc., Custom Microsteer Integrated Column Program
  • CVF Racing, Chevy Small Block Compact Serpentine Kit
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound Europa Radio
  • IDIDIT, LLC, Push To Start Ignition with Smart Entry Exit Recognition
  • Speedway Motors Inc., Speedway Motors Aluminum Aero Shield, Hairpin Cover
  • Old Air Products, ’68 Mustang – Control Bezel & Louver Set
  • Ridetech, ’65-’79 F-100 Front Suspension System
  • New Vintage USA, ’94–’99 Dodge Ram Truck
  • Universal Air Suspension, Ford Mach E Air Suspension Conversion

CANADA

Judge: Adam Gordon
Media Outlet: PASMAG

  • Garrett Advancing Motion, Garrett Vent External Wastegates | 40mm 45mm 50mm
  • HERITAGE WHEEL, Heritage Wheel KOKORO Lug Nuts
  • Horizon Brands, TYPE S Formula DRIFT Pro Series Exterior Smart Lighting Kit
  • Victor Racing Inc., Smart Canards
  • Design Engineering, Inc (DEI), Sensor Covers
  • MaxxHaul Towing Products, 3 in 1 Drain Pan, Tool Creeper and Tool Tray
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound SUB8100 8-in. Powered Subwoofer
  • All-Fit Automotive, All-Fit Lip Kit
  • Powerbuilt and Caterpillar, Big Wheel Rolling Mechanic’s Seat
  • HKS USA Inc., HIPERMAX R SERIES

CHILE

Judge: Felipe Joui
Media Outlet: UHP Magazine

  • BOOSTane Fuel Solution, RACE FUEL
  • GIG Performance, Thunder Rod
  • K&N Engineering Inc., 63-1591 AIRCHARGER; RAM 1500 TRX V8-6.2L F/I, ’21-’22
  • Borla Performance, Active Performance Sound
  • Specialty Auto Parts/Proform, PROFORM LS Oil Pump Primer Tool
  • Atturo Tire Corp., AZ850DR
  • K&N Engineering Inc., AEM-21-879C C.A.S. BMW 330i L4-2.0L F/I; 2019-2021
  • Integrated Engineering, IE High-Flow Charge Pipe Kit For Audi B9 S4 & S5 3.0T
  • Advanced Fuel Dynamics, ProFlex DX Flex Fuel System for ’18–’23 Mustang GT and Mach 1
  • AMS Performance, AMS Performance Nissan Z VR30 Intercoolers

FINLAND

Judge: Tomi Eronen
Media Outlet: Amerikan Rauta

  • MAHLE Motorsport, LS 5.3L (Gen 4) Flat Top Drop-In PowerPak Piston Set
  • Scat, Procar, AFR – Air Flow Research, AIR FLOW RESEARCH “ENFORCER” CYLINDER HEAD – 5.3L LS
  • Comp Turbo, CTR8890R Patented Aircooled Oil-Less 1850HP Turbocharger
  • The Wheel Group/Wheel-1, RIDLER 610
  • Classic Industries/OER, ’85–’92 Camaro Tail Light Assemblies
  • Speedway Motors Inc., Speedway Motors Steering Wheel And Horn Assembly, Chevy Pickup
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound Europa Radio
  • Kontio Tyres, Kontio WhitePaw Classic
  • CFR Performance, Gen-3 Hemi Finned Valve Covers
  • Speedmaster, Chevy LS 2pc Finned Vintage Hidden Coil Aluminum Valve Cover – Black

FRANCE

Judge: Jerome Andre
Media Outlet: Generation 4×4 Magazine

  • Victor Racing Inc., Smart Canards
  • ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON ALLOYS 17-in. REBOUND SLX
  • Hypercraft, HyperPack
  • Hellwig Products, ’17–’21 Tesla Model 3 Rear Sway Bar
  • ADRO Inc., Adro Tesla Model 3 carbon fiber front lip
  • Quadratec, Axle-Back Exhaust System for JK/JL Wrangler
  • Project X, 41QT Blizzard Box
  • Rock Slide Engineering, Bronco Cinch  Strap
  • APP EV Systems, APP EV Systems Battery Conversion Kit
  • Papp Plastics and Distributing Limited, Aira FreePower

HONDURAS

Judge: Edmundo Pazzetti
Media Outlet: Piloto Y Maquina

  • SeaSucker, Monkey Bars (Ridge Ready)
  • Cell Phone Seat, Cell Phone Seat
  • Turbosmart, Pneumatic StraightGate50 Butterfly Style External Wastegate
  • Victor Racing Inc., Smart Canards
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • International Industry LLC, Fuel tank laser sensor/sender
  • OPTIMA Batteries, ORANGETOP HYPERCORE Lithium
  • Madico, Inc., ClearPlex by Madico Nano-Ceramic Windshield Protection Film
  • Sagola by Elcometer/Elcometer, Sagola Spray VR training
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery

Judge: Juan Carlos Cuellar
Media Outlet: Sobre Ruedas

  • CARCAPSULE USA, SC1 Indoor ShowCase,
  • Key Technology, 7 AI FUNCTIONS ADAS DUAL DASH CAMERA
  • KNIPEX Tools, Pliers Wrench XS
  • Horizon Brands, TYPE S Wireless Power Bank Jump Starter + USB-C Cable
  • Cedar Electronics, Escort MAX 360c MKII
  • Cedar Electronics, Cobra 75 All Road
  • MouseBlocker, MouseBlocker 1000X Garage Rodent Deterrent
  • ActionTrax, ActionTrax
  • Lincoln Electric, POWER MIG 211i MIG Welder
  • Powerbuilt and Caterpillar, Big Wheel Rolling Mechanic’s Seat

ITALY

Judge: Pierluigi Mancini
Media Outlet: Elaborare GT Tuning Magazine

  • Top Speed Auto Accessories, Inc., Titanium Exhaust for Lotus Elise Exige S2 05-06 Dual Canister with resonator,
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • EGR Inc., EGR RollTrac
  • AGS Company, Plastic Bumper and Trim Restorer
  • Sprint Booster/JRP, Sprint Booster V3 Ultimate Control
  • MAHLE Motorsport, SBC 23° USRA Factory Stock PowerPak Piston Set
  • Design Engineering, Inc (DEI), Titanium Knitted Sleeve
  • K&N Engineering Inc., 63-1591 AIRCHARGER; RAM 1500 TRX V8-6.2L F/I, ’21–’22
  • Holley, ’64–’67 Pontiac GTO Direct Fit Gauge Set
  • ProCharger, ’22 Mustang GT & Mach 1 5.0l ProCharger High Output Intercooled Supercharger System w/Factory Airbox

KAZAKHSTAN

Judge: Olzhas Oqas
Media Outlet: KOLESA.KZ

  • International Industry LLC, Fuel tank laser sensor/sender
  • ProCharger, ’22–’05 Toyota 4Runner and Tacoma 3.5l & 4.0l 50-State Legal Intercooled Supercharger System
  • Borla Performance, Active Performance Sound
  • CARCAPSULE USA, SC1 Indoor ShowCase
  • TRAC LLC/Tire Cart and Tire Jack, TRAC Tire Jack
  • SeaSucker, Classic Ski Rack
  • Vintage Air Inc., Gen-5 Super Magnum heat/cool/defrost system
  • TRUE SPIKE, AR15 RIFLE BULLET ANTENNA
  • 3D Printing Your Plugs! Fast. Little Labor. Always Symmetrical., MAKEiT2x4 Large Format 3D Printer
  • EZ Universal Wheels, EZ Roller-Spinner 26.5-in. Universal Wheel with Interchangeable Hub Sizes with wedge nut system

MEXICO

Judge: Angel Gonzalez
Media Outlet: Mas Motor

  • AlphaRex, AlphaRex ’21+ Ford Bronco NOVA-Series LED Projector Headlights (Alpha-Black)
  • Design Infini, Fittipaldi Street 362
  • Spyder Auto, ALT-YD-FS2020-LED-RD
  • Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels, 35×15.50R24 Baja Boss A/T
  • K&N Engineering Inc., 77-9042KP PERF. INTAKE KIT; TOYOTA TUNDRA V6-3.5L F/I, 2022
  • Maxxis Tire, VICTRA SPORT EV
  • Impact Wheels, 904 BLACK MILLED OFF-ROAD WHEEL
  • Project X, DL.70
  • ORACLE Lighting, ORACLE Flush Mount (Lensless) LED Tail Lights for ’07–’17 JK Jeep Wrangler
  • Attica 4×4, 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Full LED high/low-beam Sequential Head light

Judge: Daniel Garcia Solis
Media Outlet: Trocas/V8 Muscle Cars

  • Classic Industries/OER, ’73–’74 Dodge Dart Grill
  • Fanttik, Fanttik X8 Portable Tire Inflator Mini
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Project X, GHOST BOX
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries Lithium Powerstation
  • Intellitronix, Aurora (part of the White Lightning series)
  • VAIS Technology, Push Button Start with Passive Entry, Proximity Based
  • Retro Manufacturing, RetroSound Europa Radio
  • Dakota Digital, GRFX-55C-PU ’55–’59 Chevy Truck Grafix Series Gauge System
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit

Judge: Salvador Castillo
Media Outlet: Television Del Pacifico

  • Cell Phone Seat, Cell Phone Seat
  • CVF Offroad, CVF Offroad Legion Front Bumper—’17–’22 Ford F-250/F-350
  • ORACLE Lighting, ORACLE Lighting Skid Plate with Integrated LED Emitters for Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator JT- Package Design
  • Nitro Innovations—Nitrogen Plastic Welder, Nitro Innovations Nitrogen Plastic Welder
  • Sagola by Elcometer/Elcometer, Sagola Spray VR training
  • Scangrip, Scangrip UV-Extreme Plus
  • CVF Offroad, CVF Offroad Legion Front Bumper—’20+ Chevy 2500/3500
  • Truck Hero, Havoc EVOC Fender Flare
  • Bestop Premium Accessories Group, Ford Bronco Fender Flares
  • All-Fit Automotive, All-Fit Gap Trim

SOUTH AFRICA

Judge: Graham Erasmus
Media Outlet: Automotive Business Review

  • MAXTRAX, MAXTRAX RECOVERY SYSTEM
  • Speedway Motors Inc., Speedway Sway Bar Kits, ’70–’81 GM F-Body, Splined
  • Borla Performance, Active Performance Sound
  • Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, B8 6112
  • TRAILFX, Traction Boards
  • Inspired Overland, Lightweight Rooftop Tent
  • Kleinn Air Horns, USTL-734
  • Mile Marker Industries, Inc., Customizable Mission Series Winch
  • GREEN FILTER / Ground Force, Green Filter BMW/Mini Cooper ’14–’22 #7372
  • GIG Performance, Thunder Rod

Judge: Victor Pardal
Media Outlet: IgnitionTV

  • DeatschWerks, 415LPH DW400s Fuel Pump
  • Comp Turbo, CTR8080H Patented Aircooled Oil-Less 1350HP Turbocharger
  • NRG Innovations, FIA BUCKET SEAT
  • Integrated Engineering, IE Suspension System For VW & Audi MQB (GTI, Golf R, A3, S3)
  • Kicker, L7X 12-in. High Output Subwoofer
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries Lithium Powerstation
  • Turbosmart, Pneumatic StraightGate50 Butterfly Style External Wastegate
  • ActionTrax, ActionTrax
  • Race Winning Brands, MGP Connecting Rods—Toyota 2JZGTE Aluminum Connecting Rods
  • Bubba Off-Road Recovery Gear, Bubba Off-Road Truck Recovery Gear Set

SOUTH KOREA

Judge: Young Jun Yu
Media Outlet: Car and Tech

  • SATA Spray Equipment, SATAjet X 5500 FUTURE
  • Horizon Brands, TYPE S Wireless Power Bank Jump Starter + Lightning Cable
  • Horizon Brands, TYPE S Wireless Power Bank Jump Starter + USB-C Cable
  • Horizon Brands, Tiny Traveler HD Baby Car Monitoring System with Add-On Camera & Travel Kit
  • 3M, 3M Perfect-It Random Orbital Polishing System
  • Milwaukee Tool, M12 Underbody Light
  • NotcHead, NotcHead AN Wrenches with Inserts
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries Lithium Powerstation
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Fanttik, Fanttik X8 Portable Tire Inflator Mini

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Judge: Nabil Moustafa
Media Outlet: Strive Middle East

  • Victor Racing Inc., Smart Canards
  • Quadratec, Lost Canyon Truck Bed Tent for JT Gladiator
  • GlueTread- Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • Borla Performance, Active Performance Sound, Electric Vehicle Product
  • EGR Inc., EGR RollTrac
  • Ark Corporation, Ark XOTech Power Distribution Hub
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Horizon Brands, Tiny Traveler HD Baby Car Monitoring System with Add-On Camera & Travel Kit
  • AudioControl, SRK-JK11H
  • MGP Caliper Covers, MGP Caliper Covers—Artist Series by Scotthattoxartwork on ig

UNITED KINGDOM

Judge: Mike Rysiecki
Media Outlet: Auto Italia Magazine

  • Garrett Advancing Motion, Garrett Club Line | GBC35 GBC37 Turbocharger
  • Centerforce Clutches, a Division of Midway Industries, Centerforce DYAD DS Clutch and Flywheel Kit for Late-Model Ford Mustangs
  • AAD Performance, S550 Mustang Front Lower Control Arms
  • Opus  IVS, Test Drive CoPilot
  • TRAC LLC/Tire Cart and Tire Jack, TRAC Tire Jack
  • Universal Air Suspension, Ford Mach E Air Suspension Conversion
  • AIR DESIGN, ’22+ MACH-E CARBON-FIBER REAR DECK SPOILER
  • CTEK, CS FREE: 4-in-1 multi-functional charger, maintainer, adaptive booster and powerbank
  • Speedway Motors Inc., 3 in 1 Digital LED Gauge, Water Temp, Oil Pressure, Volts, 2-1/16
  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery

VENEZUELA

Judge: Henry Pierini
Media Outlet: AutoZulia International

  • Antigravity Lithium Batteries, Antigravity Batteries “RE-START” Lithium Starter Battery
  • Thor’s Lightning, Thor’s Lightning Bolt True Dual Air Compressor
  • VAIS Technology, Push Button Start with Passive Entry, Proximity Based
  • GlueTread – Sidewall Repair, GlueTread 4×4 Sidewall Repair Kit
  • Stoner Car Care, Hybrid Ceramic Detailer
  • Quadratec, Lynx Whipsaw Wheel for Bronco
  • CVF Offroad, CVF Offroad W-5000-S Winch
  • Fanttik, Fanttik X8 Portable Tire Inflator Mini
  • MITO Corporation, NAVPRO+ GPS Navigation Module with Wireless Carplay & Android Auto
  • Bantam Tools, Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine

To learn more about the Global Media Awards Program, visit www.sema.org/gmawinner

Behind the Scenes at the First SEMA Show

DIAMOND BAR, CA (11.17.22) – Fifty-five years ago, during a cold and blustery week in early January 1967, 120 members of the performance aftermarket manned 98 booths on the Stadium Club level of Dodger Stadium for what was billed as the First Annual High Performance and Custom Trade Show.

More than 3,000 people attended the show and took part in numerous activities set up to complement the event, from an exhibitor’s banquet held at the famous Coconut Grove nightclub inside the Ambassador Hotel to guided tours of the area’s many performance parts manufacturers.

The Shelby American booth featured a prototype GT40, speed parts for the Cobra and GT 350 hanging on the wall, and a Paxton-supercharged 302 on an engine stand.*

Today the SEMA Show is a fixture in the performance industry. In 1966, it was just an idea.

“It was Mr. Petersen who had the idea in the first place,” recalled GiGi Carleton, longtime executive assistant and personal manager to publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen (and now President of the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation). In the fall of 1966, Petersen launched Hot Rod Industry News (HRIN), a trade magazine devoted to the business of automotive performance and a sibling title to his then-nearly-20-year-old Hot Rod magazine. He believed a trade show “was a ‘must’ activity for the new magazine,” as he said in HRIN’s January 1967 issue. In charge of the endeavor was Dick Wells, who was then working in Petersen Publishing’s Special Events department. He was aided by Carleton and Alex Xydias, Publisher of HRIN and, years before, the founder of the original SO-CAL Speed Shop.

“I believe we had six months, or possibly less, to plan for that first show,” Carleton said.

In the B&M booth, Bob Sparr talked transmission adapters with Oscar Karamanian and Ed Stone from New England Speed Equipment of Boston.*

Selling the show “fit me to a T,” said Xydias, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. “When I was at the speed shop, I knew every manufacturer in town. I bought stuff from all of them, so it was easy for me to talk to them about a booth in the show.”

Dodger Stadium wasn’t so much chosen for the venue as it was inevitable. “It was the only venue available at the time in early January with a big parking lot,” Carleton said. “The Anaheim Convention Center was in the process of being built. We looked at the Hollywood Palladium and even the Great Western Arena near downtown L.A. The idea was to have it in Los Angeles near the two airports, LAX and Lockheed,” as the Burbank Airport was called then.

As for the show itself, “we just kind of patched it together,” Xydias recalled. “Booths were pretty much a card table and two chairs, with an eight-foot drape behind. We gave them a sign with their name on it, and that was pretty much it for everybody. Nobody had much experience with it.”

Dodger Stadium’s Club level turned into a trade show January 10–12, 1967. That’s Vic Edelbrock Jr. manning the Edelbrock booth, which is next to a large display for Ansen Automotive.*

That lack of experience was evident when Xydias walked the show’s aisles and found the exhibitors sitting in their booths. “I told them, ‘Stand up! You’re not here to rest. This is your business. If you’re sitting down, nobody is going to come over and make you get up to talk about your product.’ Those were the kinds of things we tried to do in the first show, to educate ourselves and also our exhibitors and the people who came to the show.”

Nevertheless, “the show did pretty well, under the circumstances,” Xydias said. Coverage in the February 1967 issue of HRIN called the show “a complete success.”

“We were so surprised at the attendance, which far surpassed what we had hoped for,” Carleton said. “I remember driving to Dodger Stadium on the first day of the show after our set-up day. I saw so many cars parked in the stadium parking lot, I thought there must be another event taking place. I was wrong. All those cars were there for the first SEMA Show.

“Many of the first exhibitors were leery about this show and wondered if they would meet their expenses for airfare, hotel, and so on,” she added. “But they all went home with a fistful of orders, more than they had ever anticipated.”

“Was it a success?” Xydias asked. “It was a success because we had the second one.” The following year, the show moved to the newly opened Anaheim Convention Center, where some 3,800 attendees did business among nearly 200 booths.

“And look at it now,” Carleton said. “Wow.”

Article written by Drew Hardin for sema.org.

*Photography Credit: Bob D’Olivo, Petersen Publishing Company Archive

Race Sport Lighting Released NEW Jeep Wrangler Lighting Stage Kits at SEMA

RINGWOOD, IL (11.11.22) – Race Sport Lighting released their NEW Stage Bundle Kits for the Jeep Wrangler JK at their SEMA Booth last week in Las Vegas. Their Stage 1 Road Runner Kit features 5 major external lights in a kit that takes 2-4 hours to install in the bay.  The Stage 2 Trail Runner Kit includes 8 popular LED Jeep lights that install in about 6-8 hours. And lastly, the Stage 3 Zombie King Kit packages a whopping 11 interior and exterior Jeep lights that shops can bill out 8-12 hours of labor to install. These are the perfect solutions for resellers who upfit Jeeps or who are looking to keep it simple and offer lighting packages.

JJKS1K (p/n# 1007635) is the Stage 1 Kit

JJKS2K (p/n# 1007645) is the Stage 2 Kit

JJKS3K (p/n# 1007655) is the Stage 3 Kit

This is a dealer driven product and Race Sport Lighting has already been getting amazing feedback. Dealers who upfit Jeeps communicated, whether it’s a lift kit, an exhaust kit, or alike, that it’s easy for their sales counter guys to sell a 1-2-3 option to the customer instead of putting together a lighting system piece by piece. The sales counter person will simply show the 3 options, give them the 3 prices for package + labor, and the customer will make a choice.

“We have already started selling these kits to Jeep up-fitters nationwide and they love it because their lives just got a whole lot easier, and they actually sell more lights as a result. Essentially, the resellers drove this product to the marketplace to make the checkout experience much easier. It also makes it easier to quote labor and make sure their shops make a lot of profit selling a Jeep Lighting Stage kit. says Steven Jergensen, President of Race Sport Lighting.

The Race Sport Lighting Jeep Stage Kits are in stock and shipping now out of their warehouse. The current packages are for the JK model, but they will be releasing the Wrangler JL Stage packages by the end of the year just in time for 2023 kick off. A Jeep Gladiator and Ford Bronco Kit package is also in the works for a 2023 release.

Visit www.racesportinc.com for more.

Nakamichi Wraps Up Successful SEMA Showing

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.10.22) – The SEMA week kicked off Monday, October 31 for Nakamichi with a National Sales Meeting attended by over 30 people at Gordon Biersch restaurant and brewery just down the road from the Convention Center.

Sheamson Yeo, Sales Director for Nakamichi Car Audio, kicked off the National Sales Meeting with a product overview before the busy week started.
The new Nakamichi NA-3625-WUX was showcased at SEMA and is Nakamichi‘s first floating face receiver.

A brewery tour, dinner and a 2023 product overview were part of the festivities. The product overview as presented by Sheamson Yeo, Sales Director for Nakamichi Car Audio who flew in from Singapore for the event. A significant amount of time was devoted to company’s new NA3625 Series wireless CarPlay/Android Auto models. The new receivers were a major focus of the meeting; the NA3625-W6 (6.8-inch double DIN) and NA3625-WUX (10.1-inch floating screen) both scheduled for delivery in late Q4 feature a MAP of $359.95 and $529.95 respectively.

Alan Wojtas Associates received the Nakamichi Sales Rep of the Year Award.
The new Nakamichi NA3625-W6 wireless CarPlay/Android Auto double DIN receiver as seen in the New Product Showcase at SEMA 2022.

Also during the meeting, Alan Wojtas was awarded the Sales Rep of the Year for achieving the best overall sales in 2022.

On the Convention Center floor the Nakamichi booth in the North Hall was busy for all four days, beginning Tuesday through the shows conclusion on Friday. New receivers and DSP categories created the most excitement among dealers.

For more information on the new Nakamichi product introductions contact Robin McNeal: robin@usa-nakamichi.com

Visit www.nakamichi-usa.com for more.

Shuriken to Launch Lithium Series Batteries at SEMA

HOLLY HILL, FL (11.07.22) – Shuriken by Metra Electronics will introduce a new line of Lithium batteries at the 2022 SEMA show, November 1st-4th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. On display will be more than a dozen different products from this new line, designed to fit numerous applications, including audio, motorcycle, marine, auto racing, powersports, solar energy storage, and more. These Lithium Iron and Lithium-ion batteries are an excellent choice for situations where the power source needs to be lightweight and compact, with a quick energy discharge. They weigh much less than other batteries while remaining long-lasting, reliable, and vibration-resistant. Their internal components are sectioned into independent cells that make them safer and prevent them from shorting out if damaged. Products on display at SEMA will include:

Lithium Iron Batteries
Shuriken’s new lithium iron (LiFePO4) batteries are a great choice for providing reliable power for numerous applications. They are designed to recharge quickly and hold a charge longer than conventional batteries. These batteries have an overcurrent detection circuit to protect them from damage and can be charged using Constant Current or Constant Voltage. This product line will offer a wide range of battery sizes and amperages, including one with a slim design that easily fits in confined spaces, such as behind interior panels.

Lithium-ion Batteries
The new lithium-ion batteries from Shuriken are ideal for providing reliable power for similar applications, as listed above. However, they are also designed to recharge extremely quickly, with 90% recharge in less than 6 minutes! They also have a longer shelf life during storage and operate through many more cycles than conventional batteries. They feature built-in short circuit protection and are dry cell batteries, which eliminates the risk of spills. These batteries are available in a variety of sizes, types, and amperages, including starting batteries.

Lithium Battery Chargers
Along with its line of new Lithium Series Batteries, Shuriken is introducing 3-Amp and 15-Amp chargers that keep these products fully charged and ready to perform. These reliable battery chargers are specifically designed to work with lithium technology and will recharge the power cells quickly and safely. Positive and negative battery terminal clamps are included for easy connection.

These new products and more will be on display at Metra’s SEMA booths. The manufacturer’s main booth will be #11139 in the North Hall, and its off-roading and powersports products will be on display at booth #60031.

More product details will be available at ShurikenOnline.com soon after the show.

New Harley Davidson Bag Lid Audio Solutions Debuted in the Memphis Audio Booth at SEMA 2022

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.07.22) – Memphis Audio is doubling down on Harley Davidson motorcycle audio solutions with the introduction of a new bag lid that will make riders glow with excitement. The new MX14HDLIDKIT is a complete 6×9” bag lid audio solution designed for 2014 and newer Harley Davidson hard-shell bags.

The new Memphis Audio speaker lids were live in the booth at SEMA.

The Memphis HD bag lid kits include everything needed to add impressive audio to hard-shell bags. The dual 6×9” speakers were engineered for maximum output to bring plenty of mid bass to Harley machines. Memphis added a unique tweeter bridge design to accommodate 2 high output tweeters to cut through the engine and road noise for an epic sounding speaker even at highway speeds.

In addition to amazing sound, Memphis stepped the game up with a backlit RGB LED fully sealed translucent cone
which will make any bike shine as well as stylish painted grills.

All MX14HDLIDKIT’s include wire harnesses which integrate seamlessly with 2014+ Memphis Harley Davidson Pro audio kits meaning there is no need to cut or splice wires to add bag lid audio to a current system. These kits feature painted grills, wire harnesses.

Memphis Harley Davidson bag lid kits were introduced for the first time at SEMA 2022.

Visit memphiscaraudio.com for more.

Shaquille O’Neal Partners with Memphis Audio and Underground Autostyling on a One-Of-A-Kind SEMA Build

MEMPHIS, TN (10.28.22) – Memphis will unveil a fully custom Slingshot built for Shaquille O’Neil in the Memphis Audio booth 11039 at SEMA 2022! This custom Polaris Slingshot will feature a slew of Memphis Audio products with over 28 total SR Pro Audio speakers and over 5400W of RMS power making it one of the loudest Slingshots to ever hit the streets. The Insanely talented team at Underground Auto Styling out of Sarasota Florida custom fabricated everything on the build to make it worthy of DJ Diesel himself.

“This build is going to be wild. We’ve got four 10 inch mid’s, eight 8 inch mid’s, four 6.5’s, two 6×9’s and six tweeters integrated into this build, not to mention four 8 inch subs!” Said Jack Polubinski, owner of Underground Autostyling. Along with a plethora of speakers, the build will feature dual VIV1500.1V2 amplifiers and four VIV600.4V2 amplifiers. The entire system is controlled by an MXAZ24MC head unit and all the speakers are digitally tuned using the VIV68DSP Digital Sound Processor.

“This isn’t the first project Memphis has worked on with Shaq, we had the honor of being part of previous custom builds for him but we wanted this one to be special. Shaq aka DJ Diesel knows how to get the crowd going and we know he wanted it loud so Memphis and the guys at Underground Autostyling went with an insane SRX Pro set up to give Shaq the loudest build on the block. I have zero doubt that this will be one of the most insane builds at SEMA 2022,” Said Nick LoMonaco, president of Memphis Audio.

The DJ Diesel V2 Slingshot will be on display at SEMA 2022 in the Memphis Audio Booth #11039 in the North Hall along with a slew of new innovative product offerings from Memphis Audio.

Visit memphiscaraudio.com for more.

Retro Manufacturing to Reveal Three New Products 2022 SEMA Show

HENDERSON, NV (10.28.22) – Retro Manufacturing is set to exhibit three exciting new products for classic car fans at the 2022 SEMA Show. Evolving the robust feature set, the Motor 4HD replaces the current Motor 4 feature set and adds a HD Radio receiver and dedicated subwoofer output to the unit. The Motor 4HD is compatible with all RetroSound Radio Faces (excluding Apache) and will be available in November 2022 from the company’s website and dealer network.

Two new radio faces will be released in 2023 and are making their debut at the SEMA Show this year. The Europa Radio Face, styled after the 1960s-1970s Mercedes vehicles, brings period-correct styling and modern technology to 1960s-1970s European classics. The Dallas Radio replicates the original factory radio in 1985-1986 Ford F-Series trucks and Broncos and includes officially licensed Ford branding to complete the look.

The Motor 4HD, Europa, and Dallas will be displayed in the New Product Showcase and Retro Manufacturing’s booth.

Also in the Retro Manufacturing booth this year will be a classic 1975 Scout II and the team from New Legend 4×4 showcasing a complete RetroSound audio system. Retro Manufacturing’s display will be in Central Hall/Restoration Marketplace, booth 24193.

About Retro Manufacturing: Retro Manufacturing is the industry leader in the manufacturing of radios, speakers, amplifiers, antennas, and audio accessories for the automotive restoration marketplace. Retro Manufacturing is passionate about the classic automotive industry and strives to bring modern audio technologies to classic cars and trucks with respect to OEM styling and official licensing. Their flagship product, the RetroSound Radio, offers consumers the absolute best solution for adding modern audio to classic vehicles without altering the vehicle’s aesthetic. Retro Manufacturing is a proud member of ARMO and SEMA, has received numerous industry awards for its innovative products, and has been an exhibiting member of SEMA for over 12 years.

Visit retromanufacturing.com for more.