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More than 2,000 journalists from throughout the world converged in Las Vegas last week for the premier automotive accessories trade event, better known as the SEMA Show. While many of the media outlets are putting the final touches on their stories, here’s a small sampling of some of the coverage that has already resulted:
For the fifth time in 28 years, SEMA presented Bob Cook Sales with the SEMA Manufacturers' Rep of the Year Award.
Accepting the award in honor of Bob Cook, company founder who was unable to attend due to injury from a fall, were John Clark, Jeff Bates, Les Rudd, Bruce Harwell, Don Saenz, Chuck Schwam, Mike Oldham, Alex Walker, Troy Hudson, Eddie Hamilton and Mike Katz.
The team of Bob Cook Sales
Keystone Automotive Operations was named SEMA Warehouse Distributor (WD) of the Year. The award, presented annually at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of one WD each year.
The Performance Warehouse Association presented its awards for Person of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year awards during the Industry Awards Banquet at the 2007 SEMA Show.
PWA Person of the Year - Dan Gresham
As a part of its partnership with the 2007 SEMA Show, Hot Wheels awarded four customized vehicles with the Hot Wheels Design Award, recognizing vehicles that embodied the essence of the Hot Wheels, including speed, power, performance and attitude.
Hot Wheels also presented the Best Custom Car and Best Custom Truck awards, both new to the Show, at the annual New Products breakfast.
Winners of the awards included:
SEMA Best Custom Car: Mike Terzich’s '67 Mustang (Copperback) in the BASF booth
Below are the Ford and General Motors Design Award winners from the 2007 SEMA Show.
Ford Design Awards - Awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Design
Best of Show: DeBerti Designs, F-450
Best of Ford Show Stand: CDC, 1967 Mustang
Best Heritage Vehicle: Lakeside Rods & Rides/Doug Hoppe, 1935 Ford Coupe
Three new vehicles and one new Hybrid vehicle were recipients of the 2007 SEMA Vehicle Design Awards announced today at the SEMA Show. The awards honor the most accessory-friendly vehicles of the year in four separate categories: Car, Truck, SUV and Hybrid. The Nissan Titan took top honors in the Truck category, the Cadillac CTS won in the Car category and the Hummer H2 won in the SUV category. The newest award for the most accessory-friendly Hybrid vehicle went to the Chevrolet Tahoe.
Wade Kawasaki, president of Avanche Corporation and long-time SEMA member, was presented with the 2007 SEMA Person of the Year Award.
"I'm very honored to be recognized by SEMA and my peers," Kawasaki said. "This industry has been such a big part of my life and my involvement with SEMA has enabled me to advance important industry initiatives, help guide and develop the growth of the next generation of leaders, and build some great relationships along the way."
Each year the SEMA Show recognizes products that set new standards for innovation and imagination. Following are the winners of the SEMA New Product Awards:
Best New Interior Accessory Product
Winner: PLX Devices Inc. – OBD Organic LED Gauge
Runner Up: Spotlight
Runner Up: Plasmaglow