GURNEE, Ill. (March 1, 2005) —RealWheels Accessories drove away with the “Best of Show” trophy at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Spring Expo, held last month in Indianapolis.
SEMA's Spring Expo is the first gathering of the year for firms that produce and sell automotive and truck aftermarket accessories.
Gurnee-based RealWheels' “Race Rescue”-themed Hummer, called “an outrageous example of customization” by SEMA, got the top award in General Motors Corp.'s “Creative Styling & Trim Competition.”
“This amazing vehicle represents the ultimate in imagination, customization and craftsmanship,” said Bob Kern, GM's SEMA relations consultant.
Jhan R. Dolphin, RealWheels vice president of marketing, said the company is “absolutely thrilled with the response that this project vehicle has received. We challenged our project team to build a vehicle that could properly represent our line of chrome accessories, while giving tribute to the not often recognized men and women in motorsports safety. Our involvement with people in the fire industry made this an enjoyable project.”
RealWheels has been in business since 1980, producing chromed billet aluminum parts and stainless steel accessories for fire trucks, motorcoaches and a wide variety of vehicle brands and styles. Other vehicles created by the company that SEMA said have raised eyebrows in the automotive aftermarket industry include a Hummer H2 with tank treads and modified Dodge Vipers.