The 15th annual Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show roared into Indianapolis, March 14-16, bringing with it a crowd-pleasing mix of exhibits, education, display vehicles and special events.
SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) and Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) presented the show’s extensive education program, which featured more than 45 seminars and workshops.
Classes began on Thursday, March 14, with a fully-packed “Education Day,” and ran through the end of the show on Saturday, March 16.
On Friday, more than 500 industry professionals packed the Grand Opening Breakfast, sponsored by Meguiar’s and Car Crazy, and then flooded into the exhibit hall along with the first wave of attendees.
Foot traffic in the hall was brisk on both Friday and Saturday, with many exhibitors reporting that the show topped their expectations.
“We were very pleased with the turnout,” said Fred Militello, who handles Tech Support and Marketing for Be Cool Inc., Essexville, Mich. “It was the best Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show that we’ve attended.”
Kyle Neal, the Motorsports/Event Coordinator for Royal Purple LLC, Porter, Texas, was also impressed with the floor traffic, and added “It’s always a touch of home when you’re hanging out with friends in the industry, as well as customers who share the same passion for cars that you do.”
In addition to a wide array of exhibits, show attendees also got an up-close look at more than 80 submissions for the New Product Innovation Awards, showcased in the center of the hall.
However the undisputed stars of the show were the 50 fantastic creations in the Featured Vehicle Display program, sponsored by Steele Rubber Products, Denver, N.C.
“This was by far the most diverse group of vehicles we have ever assembled for this show, including cars from the 20’s through the 80’s, representing everything from traditional hot rods to totally customized restomods,” said Eric Saltrick, vice president of marketing for Steele Rubber Products. “This year, 12 vehicles debuted at the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show. This event has now become one of the premier spots to showcase a car for builders, as many are targeting this show specifically for their debuts.”
On Friday night, attendees and exhibitors alike enjoyed drinks, snacks and plenty of car talk at the show’s 15th Annual Celebration and Industry Reception, sponsored by Flaming River Industries Inc., Berea, Ohio, and Lucas Oil Products Inc., Corona, Calif.
Next year’s Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show will be held Wednesday, March 26, to Friday, March 28, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
The event will be co-located with the Restyling & Truck Accessories Trade Show, which will showcase customization products and equipment for late-model vehicles.
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