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Bow Tie Briefs - April 2013

SEMA Buys IMIS Trade Show, Announces PRI Return to Indy in 2013

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has purchased the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), the racing trade show that has been held annually in Indianapolis since 2009.

The IMIS will be consolidated with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, which returns to Indianapolis for 2013 and beyond. The 2013 PRI Trade Show will occupy the entire Indiana Convention Center, with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Show days, December 12-14, 2013.

“The racing industry needed to have just one motorsports trade show in the U.S. I’m proud to say we’ve accomplished that,” said Scooter Brothers, SEMA chairman of the Board of Directors. “We have all worked toward a common goal, and have succeeded on behalf of the industry. To have a single home for the racing trade show is clearly the best thing for the industry, and working together with Chris Paulsen (co-founder of IMIS), we got it done.”


On the Block

Here’s what we spied this month:

1978 Camaro Z28

This numbers-matching F-body sold at the December 2012 Mecum auction in Kansas City for $8,500. Partial build sheets were found under the driver’s seat and on the gas tank. It has the factory turbine aluminum wheels and close-ratio four-speed. With late second-gen Z28 prices continuing to climb, this seems like a good deal for whoever bought it.

1957 Bel Air Hardtop

For $23,500, someone drove away with one of the most popular Chevys of all time. The car had a late-model 350 with the usual chrome dress-up kit and TH350 trans installed, but was otherwise stock and ready for cruising fun. Great as it sits, or for the start of a Tri-Five project.

1961 Impala Bubble Top

Another reasonably priced lot to roll across the Mecum block was this ’61 Impala, which sold for $20,500. A 283/Powerglide car, it had power steering, A/C, and gobs of potential. These cars are hard to find in any condition, let alone as clean and pristine as this one appeared. Drive as is, or the great start for building a “day two” or retro restomod style car.

1969 Camaro Project

For the guys really on a budget, we spotted this one on eBay. A buy-it-now price of $3,500 would get you a base ’69 Camaro body with a rusted out trunk and floor, but the seller claims is otherwise solid. Enough body parts are made, so fixing a reasonably solid ’69 body isn’t a problem or that costly, and this one even comes with a 396 block and crank, so you also get the start of the build for the car’s engine.


Classic Instruments Wins Hot Rod Industry Alliance Business of the Year

Classic Instruments received the 2012 Business of the Year Award at the Hot Rod Industry Alliance Banquet during the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The HRIA recognized Classic Instruments as providing exceptional service, integrity, and business ethics throughout the past year. According to a press release from Classic, having the pride of contributing to the Hot Rod Industry and promoting the hobby has been a driving force of the success.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for our efforts and involvement with the automotive community,” said John McLeod, Classic’s owner. “Classic Instruments is very humbled by this award and it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to continuing to serve the industry for many years to come.”

In addition to the HRIA Business of the year, Classic Instruments also received three Global Media Awards. Two for the Nostalgia VT series (one awarded by Switzerland and one by the U.K.) and one for the Esquire Series (awarded by Russia).


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