IRVINE, Calif. (March 18, 2004) — Joseph “Corky” Coker, president of Coker Tire Co. and current chairman of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), has been chosen to receive the 2004 Meguiar's Award.
Sponsored by Meguiar's Inc., an Irvine-based maker and marketer of vehicle surface care products, the award honors the Collector Car Hobby's Person of the Year. Recipients are chosen by a panel of 21 automotive journalists from across the country.
Candidates are evaluated on their contribution to the growth, quality, visibility and respectability of the hobby, plus their assistance with federal, state and local legislation affecting the hobby and their overall community involvement.
Mr. Coker, whose Chattanooga, Tenn.-based company distributes antique and classic auto tires, was the founding member and former chairman of SEMA's Automobile Restoration Market Organization arm. When he assumed SEMA's chairmanship last year, he became the organization's first chairman to come from the restoration/street rod segment of the automotive aftermarket.
“Corky is the ultimate car guy,” said Barry Meguiar, president/CEO of Meguiar's. “His overwhelming enthusiasm and tireless efforts have impacted almost every segment of the collector car hobby. He has also proved to be one of our most effective speakers for protecting hobbyists' rights in the face of 'clunker bill' legislation.”
Mr. Coker will receive the award June 19 at a gala event at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif.