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screen shot 2014-09-24 at 10.21.56 pmLove them, hate them or idolize them, gorgeous models or Women Auto Show Ambassadors Beneficial to Industry as we like to call them are here to stay. Here they are in no particular order as captured by our eagle eyed lensmen.

semaresurgenceDiamond Bar, CA (November 12, 2013) -- The 2013 SEMA Show is history and has left no doubt that the automotive specialty equipment industry is stronger than ever.

While final attendance figures are being audited, organizers report that more than 126,000 credentials were issued prior to the event, with thousands more processed onsite. The numbers represented a 7 percent increase over the previous year, and the highest in SEMA Show history.

"A trade show is a reflection of the industry it serves," said Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO. "The unprecedented participation levels this year indicate the industry is moving into growth mode. This was a record-breaking year and we're seeing companies ready and eager to do business."

semalogoLAS VEGAS, NV. (Nov. 5, 2013) - SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, today announced the winners of the New Products Showcase Awards held at the 2013 SEMA Show. The event recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market. This year, more than 2,000 new products were submitted for consideration. 

Criteria that ranked high on the judges' selection for the New Product Showcase Awards included superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability.

The 2013 New Product Award Winners are:   

Collision Repair & Refinish Product    
Winner: 3M, 3MTMBody Protection System (BPS)

Runner Up: Creative Autobody Solutions, ABS plastic spray out cards
Runner Up: Shelwes Tools & Body, ShelWes Automatic Contour Sander

Engineered New Product    
Winner: Viking Performance Inc., Viking Berserker ASM (Active Shock Management)

Runner Up: Aeromotive Inc., Aeromotive A3000 Fuel Pump
Runner Up: McHitch Automatic Trailer Couplers, McHitch Automatic Trailer Coupler

sema2013hottestcarsLAS VEGAS (Nov. 5, 2013) -- This year's SEMA Award for the top trending vehicle models in four categories were announced today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, the Scion FR-S took the Hottest Sport Compact honors, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler received the Hottest 4x4-SUV award.

"The SEMA Show has always been the annual event where the newest and most innovative products are seen first," said Chris J. Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. "The SEMA Award celebrates the industry's unique ability to identify and set the trends that influence consumers worldwide."

Words by Carl Trocio|Photo by www.jeepcollection.com

screen shot 2013-10-28 at 2.40.03 amOMIX-ADA, the world’s largest manufacturer of Jeep parts and accessories, decides to do a throwback Thursday for this year’s SEMA show to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company plans to showcase a couple of wartime jeeps and dusted-off prototypes to go with their patriotic theme.

The company’s collection includes historically significant Jeeps accounting for the brand’s history spanning 7 decades, from pre-World War 2 up to the current Wrangler JK (1941 to 2013).

Words & Photo by Leslie Sy

manila city traffic cam 01The City of Manila will soon be installing cameras at major road intersections as part of it's non-contact apprehension approach in the updated Traffic Management Code. As a result, there would be less traffic enforcers on the streets and violators of traffic rules will be monitored and recorded on video cameras. This is inline with Mayor Joseph Estrada's previous announcement to rid his city of “kotong” (extortionist) cops and traffic enforcers

Counselor Letlet Zarcal said the Manila City government is in discussion with the Land Transportation Office for access to their vehicle registration database. Among the items discussed are the terms of agreement for enforcement and the penalties. Initially, five major intersections will be installed with cameras which are: Quirino Avenue-Osmeña Highway, España Boulevard-A. Lacson Avenue, Dimasalang-A. Lacson Avenue, Pedro Gil-Taft Avenue, and Tayuman Street-Rizal Avenue.

Words by Beeboy Bargas | Photos by Christopher Kho

mitsubishi mirage race carStaging an auto test drive for a new vehicle entails an enormous risk for any vehicle manufacturer or distributor. There are so many variables that come into play. An accident can happen, which is to some degree may be unavoidable in such an activity. Like a game of chance, the risk just gets higher and higher as more test drives are done - be it the motoring press or a special group like the brands club or a big fleet client. It’s a numbers game. The more they are out being driven the higher the risk.

I liken it as, at least the emotional part, Imagine You being the Distributor/manufacturer as a new car owner as in its your 1st brand new car you have ever purchased and someone asks to try driving it. Ask yourself, How would you feel? Now imagine a line of 50 people just waiting to get their turn at the wheel. Are you starting to get nervous now? Are you worried that your newly purchased and prized possession is going to end up like a run down and ruined by the time the 50 people are done.

Photo & Video by Honda Japan

sound of hondaWhether your a Honda fan of not, you'll agree that Ayrton Senna is one of the best, if not the best Formula One driver that ever lived. Here is a video of the story of Honda's Ayrton Senna Tribute video. Be sure to click closed caption tab on the bottom right of the video to get a the full story and a better insight on what can be considered as one of the critical secrets in racing. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Video after the jump.

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