2005 SEMA Show
It's SEMA time again! The show takes place November 1-4 at the Las Vegas convention center and will feature thousands of aftermarket parts manufacturers displaying their latest wares. Honda will serve as the 2005 vehicle manufacturer of the show. One aspect of the show that has really taken off in recent years is the truck, SUV, and off-road category, which is recognized as the second-largest category of the show to make SEMA the industry's largest off-road trade show. Exceeding 350 companies and 2,000 booths, the off-road category attracts many trade buyers seeking the latest equipment and provides the opportunity to foster future business relationships. The truck, SUV, and off-road parts manufacturing segment contributes the largest amount of market revenue to the $31 billion automotive equipment aftermarket industry. Trucks and SUVs also represent half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S., so it's no wonder why this segment is receiving so much attention. The show will also feature off-road proving grounds on the UROC SuperCrawl IV rockcrawling course where top competitors will display vehicle capability and driving skill. SEMA will further spotlight the truck, SUV, and off-road segment with an off-road-exclusive trade show to be held March 24-26, 2006, in Indianapolis. The SEMA Off-Road Show is designed as a companion event to the SEMA Spring Expo, and will target companies serving the recreational and performance off-road markets. For more information about upcoming SEMA events, check out www.semashow.com.
Tahoe National Forest Seeks Volunteers
The Forest Service is looking for volunteers to help with trail work on many trails in the Nevada City and Downieville Ranger districts. Volunteers can work as individuals or in small groups to complete a wide variety of duties. Volunteers are needed to complete trail condition surveys, trail maintenance, and new trail construction. In most cases, volunteers are left to decide when and what work they would like to take part in. The Forest Service is also seeking persons or groups to adopt portions of popular trails in the area for regular maintenance and surveys. For more information, check out: www.fs.fed. us/r5/tahoe/volunteering/index.shtml, or contact Mary Furney at (530) 478-6263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maxxis Tires Ranking High in UROC
Giving other popular tire manufacturers a run for the money, Maxxis Tire-sponsored rockcrawling competitors have been notching impressive standings throughout the season. Rolling on Maxxis Creepy Crawler tires, Danny Rohrer and Chad Rolfert captured second place at a July W.E.ROCK competition in Columbus, Ohio. In the UROC arena, Dallas and Craig Stump took Third Place in the UROC Modified class, and Allen Ball and Cal Simmons earned Fourth Place at a July UROC event in Cedar City, Utah. The Cedar City event was a qualifying competition for the World Championship SuperCrawl IV. Maxxis served as a sponsor for all UROC events in 2005, including Extreme East and West events, and the championship. For more information about Maxxis Tires, contact: www.maxxis.com.
Advance Adapters to Launch Atlas 4-Speed
Continually catering to the needs of 4x4 enthusiasts and leading the market in 4x4 innovation, Advance Adapters is preparing to release its latest and greatest product. The Atlas 4SP transfer case will incorporate the reliability and ruggedness of the existing Atlas product line but offer increased capability. The new units will fit the same applications as the standard Atlas T-case and will be approximately 16 inches in overall length to make it a perfect fit in most 4x4s. The Atlas 4SP will also offer the same speedometer connections and vehicle speed sensor options as its two-speed counterpart and will be priced below $3,000. For more information, check out www.advanceadapters.com.
New Wrangler for '07
A redesigned Jeep Wrangler dubbed the Wrangler TK is slated for a 2007 release. Rumors also support a four-door version of the vehicle called the TKL, which is said to take styling cues from Jeep's Rescue concept vehicle and to be substantially larger than the current-model Wrangler. Front and rear solid axles are still part of the package, as is a coil suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Powertrain offerings will most likely include the 2.4L four-cylinder and 3.7L SOHC V-6 and either five-speed auto or six-speed manual transmissions.
SuperCrawl IV Lands in Vegas
Being held in Las Vegas in conjunction with the 2005 SEMA Show, UROC's SuperCrawl IV will take place October 28-30 on a man-made course at the Las Vegas convention center. The SuperCrawl event positions top qualifying rockcrawling teams from across the nation against each other in a chase to become number one. For more information about SuperCrawl IV, visit: www.uroc.com.