SEMA Member News—January/February 2011
Gigi Ho, a member of the SPC Select Committee, presented the Business of the Year Award to John Lambert of Hypertech.
Each year, the Street Performance Council (SPC) honors the industry’s top businesses and individuals for their contributions to the street performance sector of the specialty-equipment market. The winners of these awards were recognized at the 2010 SEMA Show SPC Awards Reception, which took place on November 3, 2010, at the Las Vegas Hilton during the SEMA Show.
Business of the Year
The SPC recognizes a company that has provided innovation and leadership in the street performance scene. The 2010 Business of the Year is Hypertech, which produced the first street-legal, handheld power programmer for the street-performance market in 2010. The Hypertech Max Energy Sport Power Programmer for popular Honda, Infiniti, Mazda, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Subaru cars definitely answered a long-awaited need for a handheld, plug-push-go programmer for mildly modified vehicles. The Sport Power Programmer delivers improved drivability and increased horsepower and torque (up to +68 hp in the Mazda Speed3) in less than 15 minutes with just the push of a button. Since it first introduced the power chip to the domestic consumer market in 1986, Hypertech has been a leader in performance engine tuning products and has won five SEMA Best Street Performance and Best Engineered awards.
Person of the Year
SPC Select Committee Chair-Elect Tyler Tanaka and Chairwoman Tracie Nuñez presented the Industry Icon award to industry veteran Dave McClelland, longtime SEMA emcee and the voice of the NHRA.
SPC Select Committee member Brian Reese (left) and Chairwoman Tracie Nuñez presented the Person of the Year award to Nate Shelton.
The SPC Person of the Year is an individual who has made a significant impact on the street-performance industry and has taken extra effort above and beyond what was asked to complete his or her job. The SPC Person of the Year for 2010 is Nate Shelton. Besides being a true car nut (attending car shows on pretty much a weekly basis), Shelton is the chairman of B&M Racing & Performance and Hurst Shifter, along with being a majority owner in Hurst Performance Vehicles (HPV). From his days with Hooker Headers to his time spent building K&N, Shelton has helped shape and expand the industry into the giant it has become. It was Shelton’s idea a couple of years ago to resurrect Hurst Performance Vehicles, ignoring warnings from his friends and signs that the economy was coming to a halt.
The Industry Icon award is the SPC’s version of its Hall of Fame and was established to acknowledge a person who has positively impacted the image of the street performance industry and the lifestyle that it generates. The Industry Icon for 2010 is Dave McClelland, who has been the voice of the automotive specialty-equipment industry for nearly 50 years, also lending his voice and face to all things NHRA. McClelland’s past includes being a founding member of the popular Super Chevy events, the emcee at numerous SEMA banquets and other functions—and, of course, his heavy involvement with drag racing. He graciously donates his time to so many charities that one couldn’t begin to even list all of them. He doesn’t know how to say no when a request is made for him to lend his voice and personality to one of the many good causes the industry supports. Dave McClelland is truly one of the great icons of the industry.