Jack Chisenhall, founder and owner of Vintage Air, was presented with the 2011 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award Friday at the 2011 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in front of nearly 800 friends, fans and colleagues.
Chisenhall joins a prestigious group of industry icons and pioneers that have also received this award, including Carroll Shelby, George Barris, Wally Parks and Jack Roush.
Barry Meguiar kicked off the breakfast by giving attendees an update on his health (he contracted a nearly fatal bug while traveling overseas in August). Meguiar said he’s feeling better than ever and was excited to once again act as master of ceremonies for the Grand Opening Breakfast.
Meguiar called to the stage Buddy Pepp, director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, who talked about why Chisenhall was chosen to be honored with this award.
Chisenhall was joined on stage by longtime friends Roy Brizio, Alan Budnik, Rick Love and “Cadzilla” designer Larry Erickson.
The group regaled the crowd with tales from Chisenhall’s early days in the industry, as well as stories about his impact on some of the industry’s most noted cars and events, including the time Chisenhall ran 219.585 mph at Bonneville in his street-driven 1953 Studebaker with the air conditioning on to demonstrate the reliability and performance of his company’s air conditioning systems.
He then changed the car’s tires and took it across the country on the Hot Rod Power Tour. (To read more about Jack Chisenhall’s career, click here.)
After the Grand Opening Breakfast, Chisenhall was on-hand inside the Petersen Automotive Museum booth on the show floor to sign autographs and meet with fans.
Hotrod & Restoration congratulates Jack Chisenhall on this prestigious honor!