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SEMA Scholarship Engine Build - Horsepower Helping Youth

By: , Bill Holland, Photography by Bill Holland

Since first being formed in 1966, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has not only been focused on the current well-being of the automotive aftermarket, but also its future. To that end, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship was established to help the industry's future leaders and workers find help in paying for a college education. Thanks to this scholarship program, thousands of college students have received a total of over two million dollars towards attending college, so they could graduate to a career in the automotive aftermarket.

To help fund the scholarship's trust, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed to help generate revenue so the program could grow and operate no matter what the state of the economy, or rising costs of college tuition. Each year at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, a silent auction consisting of various items is held, with all the proceeds going to the scholarship fund. In addition to this silent auction, a separate eBay auction is held for a custom-built engine, with the components selected by engine guru Ed Pink to suit the auction winner's application. For 2012, the silent auction brought in nearly $57,000 for the scholarship fund, with the Ed Pink-assembled engine selling for $10,202 online. There was a fair amount of irony here, since auction winner Rod Johnson is a graduate of the WyoTech automotive trade school, and understands exactly what his money is going towards.

Johnson sat down at the 2012 Performance Racing Industry trade show last December with Ed Pink and Frank Honsowetz (Ed Pink Racing Engines' manager) to discuss what he'd be putting the small-block Chevy in, and the expectations for performance. The vehicle was a '55 Chevy restomod truck that belongs to Rod's father. The truck sees primarily street use and cruise nights, so steady power and turn-key reliability were two big things it needed.

Thanks to the efforts of almost two-dozen SEMA member manufacturers, and the considerable skills of Ed Pink Racing Engines, the net result is a potent, good-looking engine that is ideally suited for its new home, with the proceeds from the eBay auction ultimately benefiting a number of young people hoping for a career in the automotive aftermarket. Scholarship information is available at www.SEMA.org/scholarships.

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By , Bill Holland
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