New Awards for Exceptional Hot Rods at 2022 SEMA Show

By Ashley Reyes

The SEMA Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) is presenting two new awards at the SEMA Show to honor amazing hot rods and builders that the push the limits of creativity and innovation.  


SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) is presenting two new awards at the SEMA Show: Design & Innovation and Evolution of Hot Rodding.

New to the 2022 SEMA Show, the “Design & Innovation Award” will be presented to a builder or shop in recognition of a vehicle that exemplifies the meaning of an exceptional hot rod. 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 celebrate a vehicle that pushes the boundaries of tradition and embodies the evolving trends in the hot-rod industry, and judges will be looking for exceptional build quality, creative design, innovative technology and features that advance and expand the definition of a hot rod.

Hot-rod builders showcasing a vehicle at the SEMA Show are invited to submit their build for award consideration by posting a photo of their completed hot rod on Instagram now through October 30. The caption must include the hashtag #SEMAHRIA2022, year/make/model of the vehicle, builder name, shop name and booth number or relative location (i.e., Silver Lot) of the vehicle at the SEMA Show.   

Submissions will be visited and judged in person by a committee of hot-rod industry leaders who will serve as judges, and winners will be announced and honored at the SEMA Show HRIA Reception, November 2, at 5:15 p.m., in the Westgate Ballrooms A-C.