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The HRIA Hosts Tech Seminars During the NSRA Nats


The Hot Rod Industry Alliance, a committee within SEMA, is hosting Education Days during the NSRA Nationals!

Words & Photos: Todd Ryden

17_HRIA_EdDay_FL_8.5x11_Schedule_v4.inddThe annual HRIA Education Days, a series of tech seminars, take place Thursday and Friday, August 3-4, in the Kentucky Expo Center. Seminars begin promptly at 9am and run through the day. This gives you an outstanding opportunity to get first-hand knowledge and information directly from the manufacturer! Did we mention the seminars were FREE?

There are six seminars held each day from leading hot rod manufacturers for you to select from. Each seminar lasts an hour and is given by an expert in their field. Have questions about routing A/C lines or a wiring harness? How about selecting shocks, the right alternator, driveshaft balancing, or programming a modern electronic overdrive? Stop by Education Days and you’ll get answers!

Following is a schedule with topics from the presenting companies. See you there!

 Thursday August 3, 2017

Kyle Tucker of Detroit Speed and Engineering, 9:00 – 10:00

“I look forward to talking chassis, suspension and car building with the attendees. There are many different approaches but we will start with the basics and work through some vehicle dynamics right and wrongs.”

Scott Bowers of Ron Francis Wiring, 10:15 – 11:15

“Any chance to get together with enthusiasts and help them navigate the pitfalls of wiring their vehicle is a good one.  There is so much to learn when it comes to proper techniques, planning and execution with all aspects of rod building.”

Rick Love of Vintage Air, 11:30 – 12:30

“Our seminar will help our customers better understand the basics of how a performance aftermarket air conditioning systems functions and the proper components necessary to have it operate at peak efficiency.”

Carl Bush of Wilwood Engineering, 12:45 – 1:45

“Wilwood Engineering will focus on the general makeup and design of brake systems as they apply to the popular styles of street rods and muscle cars. The components within the complete brake system, their function, influence, and tuning options for each will be reviewed.”

Mike Eaton of Eaton Detroit Spring, 2:00 – 3:00

“Pick the brain of The Spring Guru. Here is your chance to sit down and get the answers from a company that has been manufacturing springs since 1937.  We are not here to sell, we are here to educate you so when you do buy, you do so with knowledge.”

Greg Frick of Inland Empire Driveline, 3:15 – 4:15

“We plan to discuss powertrain vibrations and troubleshooting. We’ll cover the four types of driveshaft disturbances, their sources and how to deal with them. Bring your questions because we will all learn from the suggestions for fixing your particular problem.”

Friday August 4, 2017 

Matt Agosta with Steele Rubber Products, 9:00 – 10:00

“We hope you’ll join us as we go over weatherstrip installation tips, finding the right solution for your project, and how we work with you on custom jobs. We get to provide information on what we do, how to do it right and to get feedback from builders and enthusiasts.”

Mark Bowler of Bowler Performance Transmissions, 10:15 – 11:15

“We will provide you with correct answers to many common myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings surrounding most of the popular transmissions being used today by providing clear and accurate knowledge on proper transmission set up, operation, and care.

J.R. Richmond of Powermaster Performance, 11:30 – 12:30

“Louisville sets the stage for us to be able to get the latest advancements in starting and charging system technology out to our customers.  At the same time we get to share the things we have learned over the years.

Lake Speed Jr. of Driven Racing Oil, 12:45 – 1:45

“In today’s ever changing world of environmental and chemical regulations, education is critical for protecting your vehicle, and that is why we believe in the HRIA Education days. From Ethanol to ZDDP, we’ll help you understand changes to the fuels and lubricants available today”

Darren Schilling of RideTech, 2:00 – 3:00

“We will be discussing how to weigh your car, measure for shocks, choosing the appropriate shock travel and spring rates to help set up your car properly. It’s a great venue for rodders and manufacturers to get together and discuss the best technology available for their projects.”

Harvey Richardson of Watson’s StreetWorks,  3:15 – 4:15

“The NSRA Nationals in Louisville is the best place to meet with customers and have a conversation about where street rodding is headed. Our seminar will be a bumper-to-bumper look at the new innovations, conveniences and upgrades that are available today.”

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