RealWheels takes GM award at SEMA's Spring Expo in Indy
GURNEE, Ill.-RealWheels Accessories drove away with the ``Best of Show'' trophy at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Spring Expo, held recently 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.
Honda is featured vehicle maker for '05 SEMA Show
CHICAGO-The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has chosen American Honda Motor Co. Inc. as the featured vehicle manufacturer for the 2005 SEMA Show this fall in Las Vegas.
The announcement came at the recent Chicago Auto Show.
``It has been quite some time since SEMA has had the pleasure to announce a new Vehicle Manufacturer of the SEMA Show,'' said Christopher J. Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. ``American Honda Motor Co. has been a long-time participant in various SEMA initiatives that help increase the variety and ready availability of specialty parts and accessories for Honda vehicles. We are predicting the synergy between Honda and our 2005 exhibitors will be extremely powerful.''
Historically, three original equipment manufacturers have supported the event through what SEMA has termed ``Vehicle Manufacturer of the Show''-a role that demonstrates a heightened awareness, heightened commitment and heightened partnership with the specialty products industry, the Diamond Bar, Calif.-based trade association said.
``We're thrilled at the opportunity to play a larger part in the 2005 SEMA Show as Vehicle Manufacturer of the Show with the 2006 Civic as Vehicle of the Show,'' said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. ``The performance aftermarket has played a big part in the image of Honda with young buyers and performance enthusiasts. SEMA is the perfect venue to highlight our company's commitment to the market and the exciting new products we're building, including our all-new Civic and the new Ridgeline truck.''
The 2005 SEMA Show, Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, which attracts more than 100,000 showgoers from more than 100 countries. Last year's SEMA Show drew more than 50,000 domestic and international buyers.
Ivor J. ``Ike'' Evans was elected to the board of Troy, Mich.-based ArvinMeritor Inc., an $8 billion global supplier of a range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry.
Currently an operating partner of Thayer Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Evans is the retired vice chairman of Union Pacific Corp. and Union Pacific Railroad.