Hot rod news: from B2B to Pirelli

Feb. 26, 2012

The 14th annual Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show will be held March 22-24, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The show is produced exclusively for the hot rod, street rod, muscle car, and restoration markets, and is the only one of its kind serving the business-to-business side of the market.

The Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show "serves as the focal point for new product introductions, emerging trends and the most important gathering of the year for industry movers and shakers," according to its organizers, Bobit Business Media, which publishes "Hotrod & Restoration" magazine and the "Precision Engine" website.

Both Coker Tire Co. and Kelsey Tire Inc. will be exhibitors at the event. For more information, click here.

Pirelli and the Great 8

Pirelli Tire North America Inc. representatives were on hand to honor the "Pirelli Great 8" at the 60th Annual Meguire’s Autorama Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The event, which features more than 1,000 hot rods, street machines and custom cars, was held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich.

The Pirelli Great 8 finalists for the best-of-show Ridler Award each received $1,000 in prize money, a custom jacket and award. They were:

* 1963 Chevy Nova convertible, owned by Ronson Burton;

* 1967 Ford Mustang, owned by Phillips;

* 1953 Chevy Pickup, owned by Robert Komlofske;

* 1955 Ford T-Bird, owned by Dwayne Peace;

* 1932 Ford highboy coupe, owned by Dave and Joyce Emery;

* 1955 Chevy, owned by Johnny Edmundson;

* 1933 Ford ASC convertible, owned by Mike Alexander; and

* 1932 Ford coupe, owned by Peter Datino.

“The incredible cars on display this year at Detroit Autorama are representative of the heart and soul of American hot rodding, and Pirelli is there with a superior line of tires for those who want to take advantage of the power and handling these rides have," says Rafael Navarro, Pirelli's vice president of media communications.

The Ridler Award winner -- Peace and his 1955 Ford T-Bird (pictured above) -- received $10,000 cash, a new GM Performance Parts engine, a custom trophy and a jacket. The Pirelli P Zeros on the 1,150-horsepower vehicle were size 235/35ZR19 on the front and 295/30ZR20 on the rear.

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