Evening: Hot Rod Round Table/Dinner Thurs. March 1
Cocktails start at 6:00p.m. Dinner / Panel Discussion runs from 7-10 p.m.
Join noted automotive author and former Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Ken Gross, as he moderates the Hot Rod Round Table panel discussion: "The Past, Present, and Future of Hot Rodding". Noted panelists will include:
Tony Thacker: Automotive Author and Executive Director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. Former Marketing Vice President of So-Cal Speed Shop and the first editor of Performance Aftermarket magazine, now called SEMA News.
Alex Xydias: Founded So-Cal Speed Shop in 1946 in Burbank. In 1950, he drove the first streamliner powered by a Flathead Ford to go over 200 mph. He is a member of the board of directors of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.
Andy Brizio: Known as "The Rodfather" for his development of the "Instant T" hot rod kits, Brizio has long been a driving force and leader in the hot rodding world.
Greg Sharp: Curator of the NHRA Motorsport Museum. Called "the rod and custom trivia king" by Rod and Custom magazine. He's participated in all forms of hot rodding, from racing at Bonneville to judging custom car shows all over the country.
Roy Brizio: Owner of Roy Brizio Street Rods, Brizio has a unique "hot rod heritage" that has lead to the specialty construction of cars for celebrities, professional sports figures, famous musicians as well as for notable people throughout the automotive aftermarket industry.
Pete Chapouris: Started "Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts" and built the hot rod seen in the Martin Sheen movie, "The California Kid." Former VP of Marketing at SEMA. Licensed the SO-Cal Speed Shop name from his friend, Alex Xydias and opened the legendary shop once again in 1997.
Dave Lane: Dave Lane of Fastlane Rod Shop in Donahue, Iowa is known worldwide for his one-man hot rod shop. Lane is one of the true superior craftsmen in today's hot rod scene. He has won numerous awards including most recently, Goodguys Street Rod of the Year 2011.
Troy Trepanier: Started Rad Rides by Troy. In addition to building hot rods, Troy has worked closely with Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and sports and Hollywood celebrities. He was featured on two "Rides" feature length shows and participated on two "Overhaulin'" episodes.
Stewart Reed: Chair of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design. Creator of over 20 concept vehicles. Owns Stewart Reed Design, specializing in advanced design concepts, spanning from high-end/performance-luxury to off-road and transforming vehicles.
Troy Ladd: Hollywood Hot Rods owner Troy Ladd is steeped in tradition, but uses his keen eye to create artistic, technology-laden designs to build unique cars that are known world-wide. True to the Hollywood name, his shop is featured often on a variety of automotive television shows.
Chip Foose: Founded Foose Design. His creations have won both the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award and the Riddler award several times.. Host of the TLC program Overhaulin'. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Progeria Research Foundation, California Chapter.
Larry Erickson: Designed Cadzzilla and Aluma Coupe. Currently Chair of Transportation Design at College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Previously Chief Designer in Ford Motor Company's Strategic Design Group. Chief Designer on the 2005 Mustang Design Team.
Price: $95 per person (includes dinner and cash bar)