Vic Edelbrock Jr., 80, passed away June 9, 2017, at his home in Rolling Hills, California.
SEMA Charter Member and Hall of Famer Vic Edelbrock Jr. Passes Away
Vic Edelbrock Jr., 80, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, at his home in Rolling Hills, California, due to complications from a cold.
In 1962, at the age of 26, he became president and CEO of Torrance, California-based Edelbrock Corp. following the death of his father, Vic Edelbrock Sr., who founded the company in 1938. When Edelbrock Jr. took the reins, the company had just 10 employees, and annual sales of $450,000.
He built Edelbrock Corp. into a multi-million-dollar enterprise with its own foundry, development labs, ad department and assembly lines, employing 700 people in three shifts. Edelbrock Jr. was at the helm until 2010, and remained the corporation’s chairman of the board after stepping down as president
Edelbrock Jr. was one of SEMA’s charter members in 1963 when it was determined the industry needed a partnership for manufacturers to create specifications and legitimize their products. He served on the SEMA Board of Directors from 1967–1989, and was president from 1971–1975.
During his first SEMA presidency term, Edelbrock Jr. formed the first group of committees dealing with environmental issues, and served as chairman of SEMA’s Emissions Task Force in 1978. He was inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame in 1989, named to the PWA Hall of Fame, and was its Person of the Year in 1982–1987. He was also a recipient of the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
With his ’69 Camaro, Cam Miller was the winner of the 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders and featured in the March 2017 issue of SEMA News.
Casting Call Issued for SEMA Show Builders
This year brings an expansion to the Young Guns category—a program introduced in 2016 to provide heightened exposure for up-and-coming builders. SEMA has partnered with AutoCon, Bonnier and Goodguys to award builders age 27 and younger (as of November 3, 2017) who do not have a vehicle at the Show an opportunity to participate in SEMA Battle of the Builders.
All Battle of the Builders competitors, vehicles and sponsoring exhibitors receive increased exposure at the SEMA Show and the possibility of being featured in a television special that will air on the Velocity Network.
n With his ’69 Camaro, Cam Miller was the winner of the 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders and featured in the March 2017 issue of SEMA News.
Ten Launch Pad finalists, as determined in a Facebook voting competition, will present their products to a panel of industry experts at the 2017 SEMA Show.
Vote Now to Determine the 2017 SEMA Launch Pad Finalists
Voting is open from July 18 to September 4 for the 2017 SEMA Launch Pad competition. A Facebook voting campaign will determine which 10 of the semi-finalists will move on to the final live presentations at the SEMA Show.
Now in its fifth year, Launch Pad has helped young and emerging entrepreneurs in the automotive aftermarket launch their new products or services into the marketplace through expert guidance and increased brand exposure that has resulted in business growth of up to 300% for participants.
The competition gives innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 a platform to present their products to industry veterans and experts for evaluation and feedback. The program offers various prize packages, with opportunities to receive a $10,000 award for use toward the benefit of the business, a free SEMA Show booth and a one-year SEMA membership as well as face time with key industry influencers and access to business tools and resources.
To view the semi-finalists’ pitch videos and vote, visit at www.facebook.com/semayen.
To view an updated floorplan of the 2017 Show, visit www.SEMAShow.com/floorplan, and click on any section to view the layout.
Next Steps for Registered Exhibitors
The 2017 SEMA Show Priority Selection Process was purported to be the most successful to date, and more exhibitors continue to be added daily. To see an updated floorplan of the 2017 Show, visit www.SEMAShow.com/floorplan and click on any section to view the layout. Manufacturers that would still like to participate can secure booth space at www.SEMAShow.com/buyabooth.
SEMA Show management has a few suggested next steps for exhibitors that have already bought their booths.
Access the Exhibitor Services Manual (ESM) at www.SEMAShow.com/esm. The ESM includes all quick-reference guides, forms, instructions and deadlines needed to enhance return on investment and execute Show plans.
Reserve hotel rooms for Show week at www.SEMAShow.com/travel. Booking through OnPeak, the Show’s official housing partner, means that exhibitors receive guaranteed low rates and benefit from added perks.
Exhibitors are also encouraged to register staff members for the Show at www.SEMAShow.com/register. Completing registration early ensures that exhibiting staffs have their credentials prior to the Show’s opening and helps to avoid registration lines on-site.