One of the most highly anticipated council receptions is the one hosted by HRIA on Wednesday evening of the SEMA Show. The lively, fun-filled event, held at the Westgate Paradise Center, brought together more than 500 hot rodders for a night of celebration and good fellowship.
Car builder and television personality Tim Strange emceed the event this year. By all accounts his knowledge of the industry and personal relationships with many in the room couple to his natural ability to ad lib injected a different energy into the ceremonies. SEMA made all of the production facilities used in the big SEMA Banquet available to HRIA, and Tim utilized all of them. A runway jutting out from the stage allowed him to interact with the crowd and with each of the five builders and owners whose hot rods were on display surrounding it.
In addition to industry partners NSRA, Good Guys and Championship Auto Shows presenting their own awards, HRIA presented winners for HRIA Industry Recognition, Business of the Year and Hall of Fame. John McLeod of Classic Instruments was voted the Industry Recognition award winner, American Autowire received Business of the Year and Troy Trepanier was inducted into the HRIA Hall of Fame.