Hot Rod Builders: Gain Recognition for Your SEMA Show Build Through HRIA Awards


Hot Rod builders showcasing a build at the 2022 SEMA Show have an opportunity to gain industry recognition through two new awards presented by the HRIA.

New to the 2022 SEMA Show, the "Design & Innovation Award" will be presented a builder or shop in recognition of a vehicle that exemplifies the meaning of an exceptional hot rod, while the "Evolution of Hot-Rodding Award" will celebrate a vehicle that pushes the boundaries of tradition and embodies the evolving trends in the hot rod industry. 

For the Design & Innovation Award, judges will be looking for details in the design, craftsmanship and engineering that represent the passion and skill of the builder and the creativity of their innovative mind. The Evolution of Hot Rodding Award will be judged off exceptional build quality, creative design, innovative technology and features that advance and expand the definition of a hot rod.  

One winner for each award will be announced at the 2022 SEMA Show HRIA Reception, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5:15 p.m. in the Westgate Pavilions 9 - 11. 

Owners and builders can apply with the following:

The vehicle must be present at the Show. It must be the vehicle's first year at the SEMA Show; however, the vehicle does not have to be debuted at the SEMA Show. Competition entry closes Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT. To apply, post a photo of the vehicle on Instagram using the hashtag #SEMAHRIA2022. Optional but appreciate information in the post: 

  • Year/Make/Model of the vehicle 
  • Builder Name 
  • Shop Name 
  • Booth Number or relative location (ex. Silver Lot) 

Submissions will be visited and judged in person by a committee consisting of three hot rod industry experts serving as judges. Awards for the HRIA Hall of Fame, Industry Recognition and Business of the Year will also be presented during the HRIA Reception. RSVP for the reception here.