HRIA Events at the NSRA Nationals

SEMA Member News – July/August 2016

By Katie Carson

HRIA Events at the NSRA Nationals

  HRIA Education Day
Twelve hot-rod manufacturers will give product presentations and demonstrations to industry members and enthusiasts during HRIA Education Day at the NSRA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) will be hosting three events at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) 2016 Nationals. The industry- and consumer-driven event will take place August 4–7 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville. Those who are attending the nationals also have the opportunity to attend the HRIA Education Day, the alliance’s general membership meeting and the Hot Rod Builder’s Challenge. Full event details are available at

HRIA Education Day

The 2016 HRIA Education Day is taking place Thursday, August 4, coinciding with the NSRA Nationals. Twelve manufacturers will be giving one-hour-long product presentations and demonstrations in a classroom setting. Attendees will gain insight on the hottest new hot-rod products on the market from some of the biggest brands in the industry. The day-long event supports the council’s mission to offer quality educational programs that benefit all aspects of members’ businesses.

The sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m., with the last session of the day concluding at 4:15 p.m. These valuable education sessions are open to the public, and while there is no limit on the number of sessions you can attend, seats do fill up quickly. Be sure to save a seat for the sessions you want to attend by sending your RSVP to

Preview of Education Sessions

American Autowire—Wiring Solutions: Discussions on determining the correct product line for a project along with new-product overviews and technical resources the company offers.

Borgeson—Steering Design: Explanations of the methods and benefits of modernizing a steering system and associated linkages as well as safety concerns.

Classic Instruments—Your Instruments: Sharing tips for proper installation and choices required when equipping a car with modern instruments.

COMP Cams/FAST—About EFI: How to plan an aftermarket EFI system and selecting the right system for a project, plus a list of do’s and don’ts.

Edelbrock—Power Packages: Open discussion on choosing the right combination of street cylinder heads, intake manifolds and carburetors.

Fat Man Fab—Chassis Design: Bring questions to this Q&A session covering different chassis situations.

Flaming River—Steering Systems and Solutions: Coverage of products to improve the steering and electrical systems in classic vehicles.

ididit—Steering Systems: Learn the history of the company, its products, where it’s headed and how its products can integrate into the latest projects.

Lokar—Pass the NSRA Safety 23: Learn tips and tricks to be compliant with a variety of NSRA Safety 23 inspection items.

Painless Performance—Electrical Basics Plus: Become educated on best practices of installing electrical systems and dive into discussions.

RideTech—Suspension Evaluation: Bringing the company’s outdoor evaluation center indoors, attendees will learn tips and tricks from RideTech staff.

Vintage Air—Basics of Air Conditioning: Learn the different components of an HVAC system and how they all work together to perform at an optimum level.

  SEMA Pinewood Races
Top industry builders will use their creativity and innovation to build one-of-a-kind pinewood hot rods and race them at the NSRA Nationals. The cars will later be auctioned off at the SEMA Show to benefit the SEMA Cares charities.

General Membership Meeting

HRIA is hosting a general membership meeting at the NSRA Nationals one day before the event opens. General membership meetings are a great opportunity to learn more about the council and the resources available exclusively to HRIA members. Attendees will hear the latest updates from the select committee and enjoy an open discussion.

With the SEMA Show just around the corner, the select committee will announce opportunities to volunteer at the Show and other opportunities to become more involved in council activities. Enjoy refreshments while connecting with hot-rod professionals. The meeting will take place Wednesday, August 3, from 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. in the Saddle & Sirloin Club, Freedom Hall.

Pinewood Builder’s Challenge

If you are attending the NSRA Nationals, you do not want to miss the HRIA Pinewood Builder’s Challenge, which will take place Friday and Saturday of the Nationals on the show floor. The annual HRIA Pinewood Builder’s Challenge is an opportunity to showcase the skills of nationally known hot-rod builders while raising money for SEMA Cares charities, benefiting Childhelp and Victory Junction facilities. Cheer on the builders as they race their one-of-a-kind small-scale pinewood cars for recognition and a good cause. After the races, the pinewoods are placed on display in the HRIA booth and auctioned off during the HRIA industry awards reception at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

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