In January, the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) transitioned to new leadership, with John McLeod leading the charge as chair. McLeod is the owner of Classic Instruments in Boyne City, Michigan, a manufacturer and seller of custom instrumentation for automobiles and boats. Before entering the automotive industry, McLeod was a police officer for 16 years.
HRIA Member News
Members of the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) often discuss how to engage the next generation, but sometimes a single individual can be the catalyst. A few up-and-coming builders recently reflected on the lessons they’ve learned so far and confirmed what HRIA members have been saying for years: community-building is a huge priority.
Randy Bolin is an independent builder from Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, a metal fabricator, was the first to spark his interest in building vehicles, but many other mentors have also...
In 2014, HRIA once again collaborated with the Automotive Restoration Market Organization to showcase the artistry of their members in a Hot Rod Alley booth. This was a destination point for members who needed a break or wanted to reconnect with old friends. The booth featured three display vehicles representing the hot-rod niche and three others representing the restoration market. Throughout the week, members visited to enjoy the cars, rest their feet and share information about the council with other visitors to the booth.
Each year at the SEMA Show, a walk through Hot Rod Alley gives attendees a snapshot of the market’s artistry. For the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), the week is a chance to highlight a few creations by members displayed in the council booth and at the organization’s annual reception. It’s an initiative that’s much more than just eye candy, according to HRIA Chair Rick Love.
This year, the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) joins the Posies Driven Dirty Tour with the goal of connecting a new generation to opportunities in the industry. The route will run October 25–November 2 from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The tour is a natural fit with HRIA’s Futures in Hot Rodding initiative, which is an effort to encourage the industry’s next generation by identifying, communicating and promoting hot-rod-specific educational resources and career opportunities.
The hot-rod market is reminiscent of a time gone by, but it’s really an industry committed to giving new life to time-tested vehicles. The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) continues to break new ground for the niche in the resources it offers and approaches it tries. While 2014 has already been a year of fresh ideas, there’s more excitement in store.
By Todd Ryden
Much of the country is past the point of dealing with cold, damp, wintery weather, which means that we’re all getting a little antsy to fire up our hot rods. Most big cities in the snow-belt offer a couple of indoor shows and even swap meets to break up the winter storage blues, but that just fuels the fire of what we’re missing out on due to a choice of regional residence.
What really fans the fire of not being able to drive our rods several months out of the year is reading about the shows, races and events taking place in the fair-weather states...
The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) kicked off its annual industry reception on Wednesday, November 6, with Mike Kinney of Moonlight Auctioneering Services leading the way through the council’s live auction to benefit the two charities supported by SEMA Cares: Childhelp and Victory Junction.
The live auction featured three award-winning participants from HRIA’s Pinewood Builder’s Challenge. These cars first appeared at the annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races as a part of the Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser last summer. Prior to the reception, the cars were displayed in the HRIA booth so that all Show attendees who walked through Hot Rod Alley could enjoy the creativity and craftsmanship of each one.
Hot Rod Alley in the Central Hall
One of the SEMA Show’s premier sections, Hot Rod Alley spotlights the craftsmanship and creations of a market that many consider the cornerstone of the specialty-equipment industry. Located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Hot Rod Alley showcases some of the industry’s brightest manufacturers displaying their latest innovations and products alongside top-notch show vehicles. Attendees will also find great examples throughout Hot Rod Alley that showcase the history of hot rodding.
For the first time, Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Education Day will be held in conjunction with Detroit Autorama, the 60-year-old custom-car show that takes place each March at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The Education Day program will consist of 24 sessions, each led by an executive from a hot-rod parts manufacturer who will educate attendees about products features, benefits and installation guidelines.