Whether or not you realize it, there’s an organization out there whose focus is protecting our rights as classic auto/truck buffs. That’s right, a large contingent of dedicated folks spend a huge amount of time sticking up for our hobby in legislative halls all over the country. “Who are these people, and why do they do what they do?,” you ask. Well, they’re part of an organization called SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), and they do it because they’re enthusiasts, just like us.

And, just like us, a love for cars and trucks is the motivating force behind their efforts. The association is made up of a diverse group consisting of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, truck/auto restorers, street rod builders, restylers, car and truck clubs, race teams, and more.

Today, the organization performs many services for its members and for the hobby as a whole. Perhaps most importantly, SEMA works hard to protect a consumer’s right to build and drive accessorized, customized vintage cars and trucks. SEMA keeps close tabs on legislators in Washington, DC, and also in each state so SEMA members and anyone who loves cars and trucks can protest pending legislation that might harm our hobby, as well as endorse legislation that’s good for automotive enthusiasts.

One of the things I find extremely beneficial (though everything the association does is a benefit to all) is the effort they expend to combat ridiculous legislation that endangers our beloved hobby. I strongly suggest that if you have access to the internet you checkout the SEMA Website at www.sema.org or at www.enjoythedrive.com, you’ll find it enlightening as well as entertaining.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the SEMA Action Network (SAN). It’s a nationwide partnership between vehicle clubs, individual enthusiasts and the specialty auto parts industry designed to help stamp out legislative threats to the automotive hobby and pass favorable laws. The SAN is a “grapevine” for sharing information and linking hobbyists. It is also a great opportunity for individual enthusiasts and car clubs to receive timely updates of legislative and regulatory developments. CT