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Join the Racing Fun, Support a Great Cause at SEMA's Pinewood Drag Races


All SEMA members are invited to join the children of Childhelp in building pinewood dragsters for the upcoming Pinewood Drag Races.

Held in conjunction with the annual SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, the SEMA Cares Pinewood Drag Races, presented by eBay Motors, will return July 29, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, California. The finals will take place during the cocktail reception shortly before the banquet begins.

This year, SEMA members can race either a car or a truck in two classes: Stock and Unlimited. Council members can either sponsor child-built cars and trucks in the Build it For Me (BIFM) Stock Class or they can build and enter their own SEMA-supplied stock car or truck. Stock-Class racing usually garners the most entries with a typical speed of 3.2 seconds on a 50-ft. track.

For hardcore speed enthusiasts, the Unlimited Class has only one rule—that one item from the stock kit be used. Cars in this class run sub-3 seconds and the current record holder is past SEMA Chairman and one-time YEN member Mitch Williams.

Come out and challenge your peers for the opportunity to win the coveted Council Cup. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit two worthwhile children’s charities—Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp. The more cars or trucks fielded by each council member increase their chances of winning.

And if you're the hands-on type, SEMA invites you to help the children of Childhelp sand, paint and assemble the cars for the annual races. Each child will build two cars: one to keep and one reserved for sponsorship by a caring SEMA-member company or individual. The build day will take place at Childhelp Village West in Beaumont, California, Saturday, June 4. Members interested in participating are invited to contact or visit the Pinewood Drag Races and SEMA Cares Facebook pages.

At last year’s award ceremony, the child-built car winner from Childhelp traded smack talk with Williams for building a Stock car that ran consistent 2.99 heats all day and advancing to take the title in his class. Will anyone besides an 11-year-old challenge Williams this year? The SEMA Cares committee hopes you will and thanks you in advance for your support of these two great charities.

Click here to register for the upcoming SEMA Cares Pinewood Drag Races.

Winners of the 2010 Pinewood Drag Races

Build It for Me

Travis White and Janette Hale, 
Paramount Restyling 

Hot Rod Industry Alliance

Tricel Honeycomb


Justin Hoffend, Freeman

Joel Ayres, SEMA Cares Committee

Chris Kersting, SEMA

Council Cup Challenge

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network

People’s Choice

Travis White, Janette Hale, Paramount Restyling


Melanie White, Hellwig Products
Nicolas Hoffend, Freeman
Chuck Schwartz, ConvExx


Famous Rhodes, eBay Motors
Todd Ryden, MSD Ignition
Eric Hoffend, Freeman

Grand National Trophy

SEMA Businesswomen’s Network