Putting the “Network” in SEMA Action Network
Are you active on a social network such as Facebook or Twitter? Since 2009, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) has used these properties to quickly disseminate and further expand the reach of legislative news as it happens. Discussions by fellow car enthusiasts often evolve as hot topics such as ethanol fuel, registration fees and license plate requirements are mentioned. In fact, each Action Alert is posted and linked at www.facebook.com/SEMAActionNetwork and www.twitter.com/semaSAN. This method allows the issues to be easily shared with fellow car enthusiasts and rally support quickly. If you or your friends are active online and have not yet followed either of these pages, please take a moment to look us up and connect.
An image gallery featuring shots of SAN members at the 2015 SEMA Ignited event (the SEMA Show’s official “after-party”) is live on the SAN Facebook page in a dedicated photo album. Attendees posed with automotive media personality and SAN member Courtney Hansen along with Vernon Slone’s beautiful Hemi-powered ’34 Ford Tudor Sedan at the SAN display. Shown above are two West Virginia lawmakers from the SAN-supported State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus: Delegate Gary Howell (left), national Caucus Chairman, and Senator Mark Maynard (right).
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The Chevy Camaro has long played an important role in Trent Raley’s life. His first car was a Camaro similar to the one pictured above but, according to Trent, “in worse-looking condition.” The car piqued young Raley’s interest as it was a gift from his father. However, the engine was in great need of an overhaul. So Trent says he “spent a summer working with dad to tear it out, rework it and get that car running like a scalded cat. Unfortunately, it also looked like one—it wasn't the prettiest thing on the road, but it sure was fast and fun to drive.” Since then, Raley has had a lot of experience with first generation Camaros, although he enjoys working on just about anything from the muscle car era. His favorite project has been the recent ‘68 Camaro project with his wife Kari. It’s special because the couple met in high school, with his first car playing an important part in the relationship’s development. The new build has allowed them to relive their youth without the limitations of a shoestring budget. “She probably drives it to more shows than I do!”