You can’t always control circumstances and this year’s SEMA Show was no exception. The Friday before the 2014 SEMA Show opened and just days before Feature Vehicles were scheduled to load in, one of our contest winners emailed me with the bad news that when moving the vehicle onto the transport and ground broke off and shorted the electrical. Because the part isn’t easily replaced by visiting a local auto parts store, an ordered one wouldn’t arrive until that Tuesday at the earliest. So unfortunately the 2010 Camaro didn’t make the trip from Virginia to Vegas.
Plan B – The key was finding a person on a Friday afternoon who was located close enough and willing to transport his or her vehicle to the SEMA Show and then work some magic with SEMA to switch the vehicle in. Enter Rebecca Nunes and her 1955 Chevrolet Utility Sedan. Rebecca was third place in judges voting for this year’s Show It Off at SEMA and fortunately lives in Orange County, CA. I submitted a photo of her car to “the Powers that Be” at SEMA and received approval for her car as a Feature Vehicle. She arrived in Vegas in time for load in on Sunday afternoon and traveled back to California for work until Thursday when she returned to enjoy the show with her friends and family.
Tiffany Blue – Nikki Frost represented Royal Purple Ladies as a SEMA Show Feature Vehicle with her Tiffany blue wrapped 2013 Mustang GT. Nikki who had traveled the Mustang circuit showing her car primarily on the East coast, decided to try her hand at drag racing for the first time this summer at Summit Motor Speedway in Norwalk, OH for the National Mustang Racing Association Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords All-Female Shootout presented by Royal Purple. The All-Female shootout is run as part of the Tremec True Street event. After traveling a established road course, cars go straight to the staging lanes and make three passes down the track. Nikki was the runner-up at the second annual event. She attended the SEMA Show with her husband Keith and took over Royal Purple’s Instagram account on Wednesday at the show and also did some booth time for Magnaflow.
Cruisin’ For Dad – Valerie Garcia brought her 1949 Chevrolet 3100 to the SEMA Show as the winner of the Slam’d Magazine contest presented by Royal Purple. Valerie shared with me the story of how on the day her husband brought her dad’s truck home that she felt like a little girl waiting for her dad to come home. “I kept looking out to see if Adrian (her husband) had pulled up to the house yet. When I finally saw the truck outside of my house it was such a mix of emotions,” she said. Valerie’s truck was scheduled for Feature Vehicle load on Saturday which told me it was going to be placed inside, and it was located by the Harley-Davidson store in the convention center between the Central and North Halls. “My dad was a Harley guy too, so that placement was like he was telling me it was okay that we had brought the truck to the SEMA Show,” said Valerie.
Engine Building Ladies – Our Feature Vehicle owners weren’t the only ladies representing Royal Purple. The Royal Purple Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine building team from Thomas County Central High School of Thomasville, GA sponsored by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network placed a very respectable fifth place out of 15 teams at the SEMA Dual Championship event. We are so proud of the Royal Purple team ladies and their accomplishments during the 2014 season as competitors and representatives of Royal Purple!
Women in the automotive aftermarket are making their mark as builders, racers, competitors, business owners and mentors to those who want to pursue their own passions in the industry, and Royal Purple and Royal Purple Ladies is proud to be a part of this network as it continues to grow.