SEMA News—February 2012

By John Stewart

Generous Sponsors Team Up to Benefit Scholarship Fund

Customized Dodge Charger and Avenger Sold on eBay

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Hurst, Street Scene Equipment, Dodge and SEMA teamed up with a group of industry-leading companies to build two custom Dodges—a Charger and an Avenger. Both vehicles were auctioned on eBay, generating proceeds that will benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF). The Charger sold for $45,001, while the Avenger sold for $21,605.

Each year, the SMSF distributes between $100,000–$150,000 in scholarships to deserving students who plan to pursue careers in the automotive industry. The distributions include awards for vocational schools and two-year, four-year and post-graduate work, with a percentage designated for the families of employees of SEMA-member companies. There is also a Loan Forgiveness Program to help repay student loans for employees of SEMA-member firms. This year, the two eBay auctions contributed record-breaking awards to the SMSF. In addition, a premium engine was displayed at the SEMA Show and then auctioned, further enhancing this year’s fundraising activities.

The Avenger features best-in-class V6 fuel economy (19/29 mpg) and is one of the most affordable V6 midsize sedans available today. The Charger features all-new modern, heritage-inspired design and a best-in-class combination of power and fuel efficiency from its 5.7L V8 Hemi, which boasts 370 hp while achieving 16-/25-mpg fuel efficiency. The Charger was built in the Hurst/Aria facility, with Aria Design serving as the design engineers and artists for both vehicles. 

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The Avenger is personalized via a custom paint scheme by Aria, a Street Scene Speed Grille, embroidered Hurst-logo headrests and Star West mats with a Hurst logo design.
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Lorenzo Wheels and Nitto Extreme ZR tires are among the many upgrades on the Dodge Avenger.
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The Scholarship Fund Dodge Charger was the only Hurst Charger built in 2011. It is shown here in the paint booth.
The Charger was the only Charger that Hurst customized this year. The vehicle features a custom paint scheme by Aria. Hurst supplied the wheels and tires, and a Katzkin Leather interior features red-and-black Hurst logos in the headrests. The suspension is an Eibach setup, plus the car has a Flowmaster exhaust, Hurst shifter and badges for the interior and exterior, Hurst floor mats from Star West and a Grant steering wheel. 

Mike Spagnola at Street Scene Equipment built the Avenger. It features a custom paint scheme by Aria, a Street Scene Speed Grille, Nitto tires, Lorenzo wheels, embroidered Hurst-logo headrests and Star West mats with a Hurst logo design.

“Dodge, Hurst, Street Scene Equipment, eBay and the other sponsors provided their products and services at no charge,” said Joel Ayres, chairman of the SEMA Scholarship Committee. “That means 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the fund. Those contributions will go a long way toward helping deserving students to achieve their goal of working in the automotive and specialty-equipment industries. All of the participating companies deserve our thanks and the recognition that they are helping to build our future.”

For more information about the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit here. Members are urged to encourage qualifying students to apply for a SEMA scholarship.

404hp Ed Pink 302 V8 Auctioned

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This Ed Pink 302 was displayed at the 2011 SEMA Show. Eighteen sponsoring companies contributed to its successful build and subsequent eBay auction benefitting the SEMA Scholarship fund.
Also to benefit the SMSF, legendary builder Ed Pink assembled a very special engine using premium-quality, high-performance components from leading manufacturers in the automotive aftermarket. All are SEMA members. The engine sold for $8,200 at auction, and the proceeds will be added to the fund, which provides assistance to students seeking careers in the automotive industry.

This is not your ordinary crate engine, as absolutely no factory-stock parts were employed. The engine was based on the popular small-block Ford design, and a roster of the components includes:

  • Dart 302 Ford block and Pro 1 aluminum cylinder heads
  • COMP Cams hydraulic roller camshaft, lifters and valvetrain components
  • Scat 4340 forged-steel crankshaft and H-beam connecting rods
  • ARP chrome-moly head and main studs, rod bolts and polished stainless-steel fasteners
  • Milodon oil pan, oil pump, drive and dipstick
  • ATI Super Damper and flexplate
  • Crane Cams distributor, coil and ignition box
  • Moroso “Blue Max” sparkplug wires, separators and hold-down
  • Fel-Pro high-performance gaskets
  • Champion sparkplugs
  • Edelbrock intake manifold, carburetor, valve covers, water pump and air cleaner
  • Speed Pro bearings
  • Joe Gibbs Driven lubricants
  • Manley Performance valves and pushrods
  • Powermaster alternator and starter
  • Mahle pistons
  • Total Seal piston rings
  • Hedman Exhaust headers

The engine, meticulously blueprinted and assembled by “The Old Master” and technicians at Ed Pink Racing Engines, produced 404 hp at 5,900 rpm and 403 lb.-ft. of torque on the dyno under Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) testing parameters.

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