HRIA Builders Challenge

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The annual HRIA Pinewood Builders Challenge is an opportunity to showcase the skills of nationally known hot rod builders, and also raise money for SEMA Cares charities benefiting Child Help and Victory Junction facilities. Invited participants build small - scale pinewood cars to be raced at the annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races. The vehicles are also placed on display and auctioned off during the HRIA Industry Awards Reception at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Hot rod builders being who they are, these are not your typical pinewood racers. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that the auction proceeds go toward helping children, or perhaps they just want to build the best car they can, regardless of the scale. Whatever their motivation, the HRIA Pinewood Builders Challenge seems to bring out their best.

The challenge is complete when attendees of the HRIA Industry Awards Reception at the SEMA Show bid on each of these unique cars in live and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit SEMA Cares charities.

2016 Builders:

  • Alex Benevides - Hot Company Brasil
  • Josh Henning - Goolsby Customs
  • Ty Hauer - Reisinger Custom Rebuilding
  • Blake Meaux - Mo’ Muscle Cars
  • Tom Farrell - Farrell Creations & Restorations
  • Craig Darpino - American Auto Wire
  • Jeff Wehr - Ridetech
  • John McLeod - Classic Instruments, Inc.
  • Brent Vandervort - Fatman Fabrications
  • Brady Basner - XS Power

To participate in the HRIA Builders Challenge, contact Jim Skelly at (909) 978-6690 or


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