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Championship Auto Shows, Inc. booth at the 2012 SEMA show!

Championship Auto Shows, Inc. booth at the 2012 SEMA show!

With just over 30 days from the conclusion of the 2012 Canada’s Best Car Crazy Competition, Meguiar’s Canada has announced that for the first time ever in the history of the competition, that they are opening up the eligibility for voting, to car enthusiasts all over the world, that’s right, so no matter where you are, you can have your say in who wins the 2012 Canada’s Car Crazy Competition. You can cast your vote by registering at http://www.canadasbest.ca, after you register browse through the gallery of the 30 competing vehicles, and cast your vote for the car that you love the most. The winner will be announced on July 1 2012, Canada Day. The grand prize winner and guest, will travel with their winning vehicle to the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the 2012 SEMA Show, where their car will be showcased in the 2012 International Car Crazy Showcase, and appear on Car Crazy with the one, the only, Barry Meguiar. So what are you waiting for head on over and cast your vote!

VISIT - Street Rodder Web to learn more about the 2012 Detroit Autorama Don Ridler Memorial Award Winner – Dwayne Peace of Tyler, Texas who won the coveted Ridler award for his ’55 T-bird.

A beautiful1929 Ford Roadster with a 1932 grill, shell and frame that clocked 127 miles at the El Mirage Salt Flats in Nevada in 1952, will be awarded the Preservation Award Presented by Steele Rubber Products at the 2012 Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama, February 24-26 at Cobo Center. The award is given to the most outstanding car  with significant historic importance in original condition.

This treasured roadster has been passed down through three generations of the Pieknik family of Michigan. Frank Pieknik bought the car in 1948 at a Floyd Rice Ford lot in Detroit, Michigan. He had it transformed into a hot rod in California and the car, and Frank, quickly earned a stellar reputation throughout Michigan for racing and record breaking runs on the track, as well as for the distinctive chrome plating on the car.  Frank died, suddenly in an accident and the car was passed on to his 16 year old son Jack who kept, restored and cherished the car for the last 50 years. Just two years ago he passed it on to his son Scott of Clinton Township, Michigan.

Scott is looking forward to restoring the treasured hot rod to its chrome plated glory of the 1950’s.

Said Jack Pieknik, “ This is a real tribute to the memory of my father and it makes the whole family extremely proud,”

The 2012 Preservation Award will be presented to the Pieknik family on Saturday morning, February 25 at Cobo Center during the Circle of Champions Brunch at Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama.

DALLAS – Feb. 15, 2012 – From Friday Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb.19, the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama® of Dallas will fill the Dallas Market Hall with outrageous performance vehicles, sought-after classics, national celebrities and a charity auction unlike any other.  The O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama is sanctioned by the International Show Car Association (ISCA) and is part of the Summit Racing Show Car Series.

“Families in the DFW metroplex won’t want to miss this year’s show-stopping event,” said, Bob Larivee Jr., CEO of Championship Auto Shows Inc.  “With an exciting combination of rare vehicles and high-powered action stunts, Dallas AutoRama provides a unique experience for gearheads and car fanatics.”

The show schedule is as follows:
Friday, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A handful of celebrities will be available to meet the public and sign autographs on Saturday. Special guests include WWE’s World Champion Rey Mysterio and Captain Ranger, the Texas Ranger’s mascot. “Billy the Exterminator” star Billy Bretherton will be in attendance on Sunday.

Highlighting the event will be outstanding feature cars, including Dean Jeffries’ “Mantaray,” built in 1963 with a revolutionary frame and distinctive bubbletop, as well as the 2011 Camaro Transformers Special Edition, specially built for the filming of Transformers 3. Attendees can also view the BASF 1957 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, redesigned by Chip Foose and a Factory Five Racing ‘33 Coupe.

An addition to this year’s show, the Pinstriper Panel Jam and Charity Auction will raise money for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  Pinstripers from across the area will gather together to pinstripe items in front attendees, including a Radio Flyer wagon, bowling pins and an electric scooter.  Auctions will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“The Pinstiper Panel Jam and Chartiy Auction is an important way that everyone coming to AutoRama can give back to the community,” added Larivee. “Every year, people come together to celebrate a hobby that’s more than 100 years old at our show.  This year, they can take home a pinstriped souvenir and know that they contributed to one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers.”

In between attending the charity auctions and viewing out the hottest feature cars, guests can check out the action arena for Cacklefests featuring the Living Legends of Drag Racing, Big Foot Monster Truck Car Crushing demonstrations and burnout competitions.  The Gizzlehopper, Scorpion I and Scorpion V will burn rubber on the drag strip throughout the three-day event. In addition, vehicle owners can attend Meguiar’s Car Care Tips seminars each day during AutoRama and discover exhibits, such as Motorama Traditional Rod & Custom Exhibit presented by Ol Skool Rodz and DRAG CITY USA’s selection of vintage racecars.

Click here for appearance times and additional information about the Dallas AutoRama.

About the O’Reilly AutoRama in Dallas
The 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama in Dallas is sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts and is part of the Summit Racing Show Car Series.  Event hours are Friday from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Discount tickets are available at Dallas-area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores; regular admission tickets may be purchased at the Dallas Market Hall with children five years old and under admitted for free.  Additional information about the show is available at www.autorama.com.


The Grand Champion's Diary - SEMA: A Retrospective

Another car show season looms just around the corner. It’s almost time to take the car covers off & get behind the wheel for another summer full of track days, car shows, and club meets.

In 2011, Meguiar’s Canada introduced a monumental nationwide contest to highlight the best that Canadian Car Culture has to offer. Canada’s Best – A Car Crazy Competition, took Meguiar’s across Canada, and featured some of Canada’s best Cars, and some of Canada’s best Car Shows. The competition featured 3 key events — spanning Western Canada, Central Canada, and Eastern Canada — providing a chance for Canadians in all regions to exhibit their cars, and participate in the competition. At the conclusion of our journey, it was down to 59 cars out of the thousands that had showed up to compete for this coveted title. On July 1st, 2011, Canada Day, the people had spoken, and one vehicle stood above the rest as Grand Champion: the Veilside 1992 Mazda RX-7, owned by Matt Desormeaux, of Val-des-Monts, Quebec.

As Grand Champion Matt was sent on an all expenses paid trip for two to the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where his award winning vehicle was put on display and made a featured appearance on Car Crazy TV, with the one and only Barry Meguiar. You can follow Matt on his VIP Car Crazy SEMA Experience by visiting his video diary at the link to the right.

With the introduction of Matt’s video diary, Meguiar’s Canada is excited to announce that 2012 will see the return of the Canada’s Best Car Crazy Competition, and once again Meguiar’s Canada will travel across Canada to highlight Canada’s best show cars.

This year’s tour will include:

  • World of Wheels, Calgary, AB — Feb 17, 18, 19,
  • MegaSpeed Custom Car and Truck Show, Toronto, ON — March 9, 10, 11,
  • World of Wheels Winnipeg, MB — March 16, 17, 18,
  • 43rd Salon Autosport — Quebec City, QC — April 13, 14, 15,

At each of the above mentioned shows, the 10 best Canadian Cars will be selected & featured on the ocial Canada’s Best Car Crazy Competition website www.canadasbest.ca. The pool of 40 competitors will submit photos, and spec sheets to www.canadasbest.ca, where car enthusiasts across Canada will register and vote for their favourite car. The car with the most votes at close of voting will be declared Grand Champion, and win the Grand Prize, an expenses paid trip to SEMA in Las Vegas, NV. The cars pre-selected for public voting will be revealed on May 1, 2012 and voting will continue through until June 18th, 2012. Then on July 1, 2012 Canada Day, Meguiar’s Canada will announce the Grand Prize winner in this year’s Canada’s Best Car Crazy Competition. The Grand Prize winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, where their vehicle will be displayed in the SEMA International Car Crazy Corral, appear on Car Crazy TV, and meet the one and only Barry Meguiar. Want to see Canadian Car Culture at its best? There’s 4 Car Crazy events waiting for you! This contest is open to legal residents of Canada whom are the legal age of majority.

Can’t make one of these 4 events? No problem! You can view the best that Canada has to offer by going to www.canadasbest.ca. Voting begins on May 1st, but register to vote now for your chance to win 1 of 9 Meguiar’s prize packs. Come on Canada, get Car Crazy! Enjoy!

Meguiar’s Canada Team

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The Hot Rod Industry Alliance Education Day will be held Friday, March 6th 2015 at the Detroit Autorama, Cobo Center

The 2015 Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama will host the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Education Day on Friday, March 6th, 2015 in Cobo Center’s newest meeting rooms, conveniently located on the 1st floor just off the Grand Atrium. Exhibitor show floor space is now available – don’t miss this opportunity to have your products seen by our 150,000+ attendees!
CLICK HERE FOR HRIA “HOT ROD SHOWCASE”
EXHIBITOR INFO!
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Championship Auto Shows to attend this year’s SEMA show, November 4th–7th, 2014!

Come visit us at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Get a glimpse of the 2015 Detroit Autorama Ridler Trophy on display in the Championship Auto Shows, Inc. booth.
CHECK OUT 2013 SEMA “IN REVIEW” PHOTOS!

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