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HRIA Feature Vehicle Program—Kicking Careers Into High Gear

Each year at the SEMA Show, the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) partners with the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) to have a booth in Hot Rod Alley in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This area gives both councils a place to gather and speak to companies and individuals about each group as well as the status of issues within the industry.

HRIA Reception and Award Recipients

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) reception, held at the 2016 SEMA Show, was attended by more than 500 hot-rod professionals and enthusiasts. The annual reception serves as an evening of networking for current and aspiring HRIA members who discuss the latest industry trends with others who share their passion for hot rods. Rick Love of Vintage Air emceed the reception, and six hot rods were on display, highlighting the works of up-and-coming builders. Chris Kersting stopped by to greet attendees, and influential businesses and individuals were honored at an awards ceremony.

Tips for Success From Talented Young Builders

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilHot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilMembers 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...

Honors and Accolades for Hot Rodders at the SEMA Show

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilIn 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.

How a Car Can Launch a Career: HRIA’s Feature-Vehicle Program

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilEach 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.

Driven Dirty Tour Models Futures in Hot Rodding

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThis 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.

Winter Means Progress for Your Project

By Todd Ryden

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilMuch 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...

An Evening of Celebration and Recognition for Hot Rodders

Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) - SEMA CouncilThe 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.

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