Hot Rodders of Tomorrow 2016 Launches This Month

Feb 12, 2016

The Race & Performance Expo set for Feb. 20-21 in Schaumburg, Illinois, is slated to be the biggest yet with over 100,000 square feet of high performance products.

“We’ve increased our size 28 percent and sold out a month earlier. It’ll be the biggest and best consumer Race & Performance Expo show in the Midwest,” said Tom Stockenberg, show director.

A key feature to the Expo is the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge. The Engine Challenge is entering its ninth season with 32 high school teams set to compete against one another in performance engine rebuilds.

Last year’s Engine Challenge Champion, Team Weld Racing from Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center, completed four engine rebuilds in an average time of just 18 minutes and 19 seconds. Five high school students work together to tear down and rebuild a performance engine quicker than what’s required of most professionals. The teams competing at the Expo will be looking for times of 35 minutes or better, without penalties, in order to qualify for the Dual Championships held at the SEMA and PRI Shows later this year.

This will be the first year for the Race & Performance Expo’s at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center after outgrowing its old location. The expo is in its ninth year.

The Race & Performance Expo is similar to the SEMA and PRI Shows, but it allows entry to the general public. This is to provide small mechanic shops the opportunity to purchase parts at discount prices and browse the Car Builder’s Showcase, while also affording advanced educational racing seminars and networking with retailers, engine builders, and sanctioning bodies. The Expo also will feature a Swap Meet in which consumers can buy, sell and trade parts.