SEMA Member News—November/December 2012
2012 SEMA Scholarship Fund Charity Engine Auction Set
The SEMA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that it will once again be auctioning an engine on eBay in conjunction with the SEMA Show to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF), an organization dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive leaders and innovators. Proceeds will help provide assistance to university, college and trade-school students seeking careers in the automotive industry. Ed Pink Racing Engines of Van Nuys, California, will again be responsible for the build.
The program has been significantly enhanced for 2012, as the winning bidder will have the engine custom built to his or her requirements from a variety of options. Long-time Scholarship Committee member Bill Holland of Holland Communications will again spearhead the program.
“We’ll be opening the bidding for the engine during the SEMA Show and closing it in 10 days,” Holland said. “The winning bidder will receive a packaged trip to Orlando, Florida, for the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show to be held November 29–December 1, including airfare, lodging, ground transportation and full credentials. There, he or she will meet with Ed Pink and key Ed Pink Racing Engines staff to finalize the build.”
Last year’s project suppliers included ARP, ATI, Champion, COMP Cams, Crane Ignitions, Dart Machinery, Edelbrock, Fel-Pro, Hedman Hedders, Joe Gibbs Driven, Mahle, Manley Performance, Milodon, Moroso, Power Master, Scat, Speed Pro and Total Seal, and many of them are expected to return.
eBay Built Project Benefits Fund
eBay also participated in another project to benefit the SMSF. By the time you read this, the auction will be completed, but the details are important to note.
Transforming an undriveable ’66 El Camino into a hot rod of Candy Red perfection is no easy feat. Just ask Rico Duran of Duran’s Quality Painting, who participated in Built—a new web series produced by eBay Motors in association with Source Interlink Media (SIM). The 10-episode series pitted four world-class garages against one another in a vehicle build-off, all in the name of charity, with the base vehicle and parts sourced entirely from eBay.
Launched in July, the web series allowed car junkies to follow each stage of the builds through the eBay Motors Built content hub, www.builtfromebay.com. The winning vehicle was chosen by the viewers, who also voted for their favorite garage following the conclusion of each episode. Fans were also given the opportunity to bid on the one-of-a-kind vehicles in a charity auction in September, with proceeds benefitting four charities chosen by the participating garages. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund was fortunate to benefit from the work of Duran’s Quality Painting, a repair and customization garage based in Baldwin Park, California, which finished the beautiful ’66
eBay Motors will display the finished El Camino and the other unique vehicles from the Built series at the SEMA Show beginning October 30.
Forty SEMA-Member Companies Supply Products for the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women
The all-female vehicle customization project known as the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women, featuring a ’13 Ford Mustang GT donated by Ford Motor Co., is on target for the unveiling of winning design “High Gear” at this year’s SEMA Show on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The customized vehicle, which was built at SIM’s headquarters in El Segundo, California, will be auctioned on eBay immediately following the reveal, with proceeds slated for SMSF.
Forty aftermarket manufacturers, retailers and suppliers provided more than 50 high-performance components for this historic all-female build. Custom installations and vehicle modifications included an E-Force Supercharger System from Edelbrock, front and rear brakes from Wilwood, lowering springs from H&R, a suspension system from Whiteline USA, an exhaust system from MagnaFlow, a stereo system from Kicker, P Zero tires from Pirelli and Forgeline GA1R wheels with a custom finish. In addition to the customization by an all-female build team, many of the products donated came from companies owned by a women.For a complete list of the supporting SEMA-member companies as well as a list of SBN team members and their bios, visit www.SEMA.org/SEMAmustangbuild. The eBay auction will go live the first day of the SEMA Show,