On the evening of Wednesday, November 6, the Gran Turismo Awards put on its 11th annual award ceremony at the Haze Nightclub inside the Aria in Las Vegas. Held during the SEMA Show, the 2013 GT Awards sought to find the best cars from five different categories (Best Truck or SUV, Hot Rod, Domestic Automobile, Asian Import and European Import) by calling on experts from the automotive media and industry professionals.
The 2013 SEMA Show is history and has left no doubt that the automotive specialty-equipment industry is stronger than ever. While final attendance figures are being audited, organizers report that more than 126,000 credentials were issued prior to the event, with thousands more processed onsite. The numbers represented a 7% increase over the previous year, and the highest in SEMA Show history.
The 2013 SEMA Industry Awards Banquet at last week's SEMA Show was a celebration of the commitment and contributions of the professionals that comprise the $30 billion specialty-equipment market.
The New Product Awards Winners represent the best of more than 2,200 entries submitted by exhibitors at the 2013 SEMA Show.
George Lathouris of Keystone Automotive Operations was named the 2013 SEMA Person of the Year. The award was presented to Lathouris—a 36-year marketing veteran and current senior category manager for Keystone in Scranton, Pennsylvania—during the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet at the 2013 SEMA Show.
The WD-40/SEMA Cares Foose Ford F-150 off-road truck that was revealed at the 2013 SEMA Show last week is now available through a raffle at $50 per ticket.
A council and network tradition at the SEMA Show is to recognize individuals and businesses who have contributed significantly to their industry niche. This year, the councils and networks celebrated a wide range of achievements.
The 2013 Mothers Shine Award was presented to George Poteet of Memphis, Tennessee, for his ’69 Ford Torino Talladega "GPT Special." Aftermarket industry veteran John Naderi hosted the ceremony this year, which was held last week at the Mothers Polish SEMA Show booth.
General Motors presented the automaker's Chevrolet Design Awards at the 2013 SEMA Show. The awards are bestowed annually and recognize specialty-equipment companies for creativity and innovation, as well as performance styling and product design.