Ground Zero For Ground Clearance


The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is proud to announce the latest addition in its series of online resources. For the benefit of SAN hobbyists, the SEMA Government Affairs office has compiled all of the state laws impacting altered-height vehicles. The laws include those addressing maximum allowable bumper and frame heights, headlamp and taillamp heights, tire and wheel sizes and other equipment restrictions. That’s right, after years of looking for a definitive answer to your state’s laws on lift limitations, your search is finally over. Here is a direct link to this new resource: semaSAN.com/AlteredHeight.


Make sure to share this new resource with anyone thinking about lifting their vehicle to ensure the finished job is done within the legal confines. And hopefully it will help guide you during your next project build as well.



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SEMA SAN Strike Force


Amid a sea of eye-catching vehicles and exhibitions, the SAN display at SEMA Show 2012 featured a week-long appearance by automotive industry icon Jimmy “Shine” Falschlehner and his '34 Ford hot rod (shown here)—adorned with SAN graphics, of course. A SAN member himself, Shine promoted our grassroots lobbying network in addition to meeting and greeting attendees. His trendsetting pickup served as a symbol of the type of vehicle many states seek to restrict and regulate. As pictured above, it recently crossed the auction block for $236,500 without reserve in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Justin Veazie


Fabricators. Craftsmen. Metal artisans. Call them what you may, car builders are some of the most highly revered individuals within our hobby. They turn ideas and visions into functional, three-dimensional objects. Jimmy “Shine” Falschlehner so happens to be one of these tradesmen. Having grown up among the Southern California hot rod scene, his long-standing affiliation with SO-CAL Speed Shop is most fitting. His father exposed young Jimmy to many forms of racing and car culture, including drag racing, off-roading, motorcycles and even boats. At age 14, Shine began his first car build—a 1940 Willys pickup. The highlight of the project, which was completed on his 16th birthday, was firing it up and driving it for the first time. “It proved to me that with hard work, ambition and having my eye on a goal, anything is possible.” Jimmy has since turned out award-winning vehicles, several television roles and become a household name with a line of merchandise bearing his name. Of all he’s achieved, he proudly gives a date that has been among his cherished moments: August 15, 2006. “Along with friends, family and crew, I set a land speed record of 206.454 that day on the Bonneville Salt Flats in a D/blown Street Roadster,” Shine exclaims. “The only thing that made it better was to be inducted into the 200 MPH Club by Art Chrisman himself later that afternoon on the salt.”

Above all else, Jimmy remains involved with all things automotive for the pure enjoyment that four-wheeled creations bring. “Every car is different, love it or hate it,” says Shine. He believes in having respect for another’s personal statement. “If the car you drive is considered undesirable to others, tell them to kick rocks—it’s yours and you like it . . . . ‘nuff said.” Such words make it easy to see why the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) mission has resonated so clearly. "The SAN is key to our hobby, sport, and industry for a simple reason: the group stops bad laws," he relates. “We need more enthusiasts to go to bat for all of us, via the SAN force, to ensure we have the right to further our automotive desires.”

Jimmy, thanks from us all for sticking up for the cause! We wish you success with your next project build. . .


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