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HRIA Honors Leaders and Builds Community

HRIA LogoThe Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) reception was attended by more than 550 hot-rod professionals and enthusiasts, making it the second-largest event at the SEMA Show. The 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. The reception was emceed by Dave McClelland, “The Voice of SEMA,” and six hot rods were on display, highlighting the works of up-and-coming builders. SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting stopped by to greet attendees, and influential businesses and individuals were honored at an awards ceremony.

Celebrating Leadership

Each year, the SEMA Installation Gala gathers the industry together to thank outgoing SEMA Board of Directors members, install newly elected leaders and celebrate the association’s latest Hall of Fame inductees. In addition, daytime events leading up to the banquet include high-level Board and council discussions along with a heavy dose of fundraising for SEMA Cares, the association’s charity initiative. This year, the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles played host to the July 24 events, with the evening’s gala emceed by the legendary “Voice of the NHRA,” Dave McClelland.

HRIA Booth at the SEMA Show

HRIA LogoThe shared Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) and Automotive Restoration Market Association (ARMO) booth at the SEMA Show is sometimes referred to as Central Park because it’s a gathering point, but it also serves to showcase the entries in the annual HRIA Builders Challenge. Hot-rod builders (and now manufacturers) spend hours creating pinewood drag race cars that compete and then are auctioned off Wednesday night, November 4, at the HRIA reception.

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