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Celebrate as Dave McClelland Emcees His Final SEMA Awards Banquet

Dave McClelland
Dave McClelland will host his final SEMA Awards Banquet, Thursday, November 5.

By SEMA News

Dave McClelland, the renowned announcer who began emceeing the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet in 1976 when the SEMA Show was in Anaheim, California, is stepping down from the podium and will host his final SEMA Awards Banquet, Thursday, November 5, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Many Know McClelland from his years as the golden voice that presided over the NHRA races for decades. He has entertained thousands for more than 40 years as he introduced leaders, legends and icons during the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet.

McClelland stopped announcing for the NHRA in 2003,but he continued to emcee the SEMA Awards Banquet, never missing a single year. As host, he introduced and stood alongside the industry’s most celebrated leaders, including SEMA Hall of Fame members, SEMA Persons of the Year and entertainers, such as Jay Leno, Sinbad, the Beach Boys and Willie Nelson.

More than 3,000 are expected to attend the event, where McClelland will announce, for the last time, the winners of the SEMA Awards, introduce the newest Hall of Fame members and present this year’s entertainer, “Mike & Molly’s” Billy Gardell.

The SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet, Thursday, November 5, 6:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., in the Westgate Hotel, is the annual celebration of the specialty-equipment industry and is highlighted by top-flight entertainment. The banquet also provides the backdrop for the presentation of SEMA’s industry awards that include the Person of the Year, WD of the Year and Manufacturers’ Rep Agency of the Year. In addition, the 2015 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees will be honored for their contributions to the industry.