Becoming a Builder

Another high-profile HRIA tradition is the ever-popular Hot Rod Builder’s Panel. For those who dream of one day having their rod featured at the Show, or competing in the Battle of the Builders, the event, held on Thursday afternoon, is a good place to get insider tips, learn about trends and interact with the experts. 

The panel was moderated by Rick Love and included some of the industry’s top builders: Bobby Alloway of Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop, Kyle Tucker of Detroit Speed and Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy, as well as veteran street-rod journalist Brian Brennan of Street Rodder magazine. As always, the event was well attended and the guests eagerly soaked up all the stories and information that was shared.