The classics rule at 2013 Hotrod & Restoration Show

Mar 30, 2013

The 2013 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show cruised through the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis March 14-16 wtih more than 40 display vehicles and 70 exhibiting companies.

Although HRR Trade Show has always showcased some restyling-related elements, it’s parent company, NBM Events, announced that next year’s event will be expanded as the Hotrod, Restoration & Performance Trade Show and Restyling & Truck Accessories Trade Show. So, auto accessory dealers should mark their calendars for the ultimate aftermarket experience in Indianapolis, March 26-28, 2014.

Meanwhile, check out these noteworthy sights from this year’s show.

Greg Karpe and Ross Ortman of Dakota Digital presented “Instrumentation for Today’s Hot Rods,” which was one of more than 50 seminars presented at the Education & Traning Program sponsored by SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance.

The 15th annual Hotrod and Restoration Show officially commenced with the Grand Opening Breakfast, which featured announcments of the Golden Builder Award, Innovation Awards and the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award.

Restyling’s group publisher Kent Bradley and Robert Wieber, National Business Media’s president and CEO, listen in at the Grand Opening Breakfast sponsored by Meguiar’s.

The winners of the 2013 Innovation Awards were announced this morning at the Grand Opening Breakfast. Hotrod & Restoration magazine’s senior editor, Ashley Smissen, poses with a representative from Current Inc., which was honored in the Exterior Paint and Body category for Silent Running, a liquid sound and vibration control product.

This year, a record-breaking 90 products were submitted in the show’s New Product Showcase in seven categories and judged by a panel of shop owners and safety experts for award consideration. Classic Industries was honored in the Interior category for its Esquire Series gauges.

Dakota Digital’s VHX Direct-Fit Instrument System for Early Ford Cars won an Innovation Award in the Electrical & Electronic Components category.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of the Robert E. Petersen Award to Dave McClelland, the legendary “Voice of the NHRA.” McClelland is the is the twelfth recipiant of the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented to pioneers in the hot rod and restoration industry.

Travis Weeks, publisher of Hotrod & Restoration magazine, and Robert Wieber (right), National Business Media  president and CEO, greet Barry Meguiar.

More than 40 display vehicles, including hot rods, street rods and muscle cars, graced the floor of the 2013 Hotrod & Restoration Show.

Lucas Oil was one of more than 70 companies exhibiting at the 2013 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show.

Flaming River showed off its steering components, steering accessories and electrical compoents.

Live product demonstrations allowed industry professionals see the latest and greatest shop tools in action.

Malco Tools showed off its metal-cutting TurboShear drill attachment and air tool.

Classic Instruments, a restoration and performance parts provider, displayed its gauges and instrument sets.