This GH Wheels Auttoman, donated by The Sketch Farm, is one of several great items up for bid in the SEMA Show Silent Auction.

The SEMA Show Silent Auction is celebrating its 15th year at the 2008 SEMA Show, a span over which the auction has raised nearly $750,000 to provide financial assistance to future, current and even past students that are pursuing a career in the automotive industry.

The first auction was the joint vision of SEMA's 1996 Person of the Year and SEMA Hall of Fame member Amy Faulk and the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). The idea was hatched as a way for SBN to further its involvement with the SEMA Show itself, to help train its governing Board members on running SEMA-related activities and, most importantly, to help individuals interested in an education and career within the automotive industry with financial assistance.

SBN remained the sponsoring council for the auction for nearly 10 years until it was then turned over to the SEMA Young Executive's Network (YEN) in 2004.

"The SEMA Show Silent Auction is a chance for everyone to help out the future of our industry," said YEN member and 2008 Silent Auction Task Force Chairman Gregory Parker. "If you are interested in donating an item to the auction to help out, you can. If you are interested in purchasing an item at the auction to help out, you can do that too. You don't have to make a major commitment in order to help.

"And remember—there's a student out there that will really benefit from your involvement, and our industry as a whole will ultimately benefit from that student, so it's a win-win for everyone."

Currently, the Silent Auction has become a don't-miss feature of the SEMA Show featuring collectibles, memorabilia, rare items, industry product and even a new vehicle—all of which are donated by generous companies and individuals. The last two new vehicles auctioned off were a 2006 GMC Yukon and a 2007 Toyota Tundra—both completely customized. This year's vehicle is yet to be unveiled, but trust us, it will be cool!

Here are just a few of the items already donated to this year's auction:

  • GH Auttoman donated by The Sketch Farm: an orange ottoman with an exclusive GH Wheels rim in the center. This exclusive item would look spectacular in any dealership showroom or business lobby.
  • Autographed illustration of singer Kix Brooks: Renowned artist Randy Martin, co-owner of Martin & Company Advertising, created this breathtaking illustration of Brooks and Dunn member Kix Brooks wearing his Cherry Bomb Exhaust jacket, the same jacket he wore during the 50th running of the Daytona 500 pre-race concert.
  • Package for two for Auto Club 500 NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, on February 22, 2009.
  • Reserved seating for two at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
An autographed illustration of singer Kix Brooks is among several great items available in the SEMA Show Silent Auction.

Other items include: a football autographed by NCAA champion and Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson; a LEER fiberglass tonneau cover; a set of Goodyear Classic Radials from Kelsey Tire; and much more. We even have a set of brand-new snow chains for you to bid on! 

To see the entire list of items that have already been donated and to learn more about the 2008 SEMA Show Silent Auction, please visit

The 2008 SEMA Show Silent Auction will once again be easy to find, located on the Skybridge above the South Hall Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. You can place your bids during Show hours, Tuesday through Thursday. Bidding closes at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, and all winners must claim their items or arrange for shipping by 4:00 p.m. Friday.