We’re heading for ‘Little SEMA’

David Silva demonstrated how his Lock-N-Stitch can fix a cracked Model A block.

David Silva demonstrated how his Lock-N-Stitch can fix a cracked Model A block.

The Hot Rod & Restoration Show (www.hotrodshow.com) and the SEMA Show (www.SEMAShow.com) are organized by different folks, but we just can’t help thinking of the Hot Rod & Restoration Show as “Little SEMA.” And as everyone in the old car industry knows, SEMA is so super-sized so a little SEMA would still be gigantic. The Hot Rod & Restoration Show is a big event.

The dates for this year’s Hot Rod & Restoration Show are March 26-28 and it is held at the Indiana Convention Center near downtown Indianapolis. The show is open to industry people, so you need to have a link to a restoration shop or parts manufacturer, media credentials a car building background or something like that to apply for admission to the show.

A best-of-the-best display of top notch show vehicles is part of the event.

A best-of-the-best display of top notch show vehicles is part of the event.

First timers should be careful planning their trip, because Thursday is set aside as Education Day with seminars and workshops that teach car building and restoration skills and introduce professionals to the newest products in the industry.

The show floor itself doesn’t open until after the Meguiar’s Breakfast on Friday morning. By that time, everyone is dying to get on the show floor Friday afternoon and all-day Saturday. Around the perimeter of the show floor a number of the best-of-the-best show cars (and show trucks) are usually exhibited.

Information about how to register for the Hot Rod & Restoration Show is on the Website for the event. Hope to see you there!

Barry Meguiar was a hit in his seminar at the 2013 Hot Rod & Restoration Show.

Barry Meguiar was a hit in his seminar at the 2013 Hot Rod & Restoration Show.

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