The SEMA Hall of Fame is the Cooperstown of Hot Rodding and the automotive hobby. Every year they induct a small class of new members and recently this year’s class was announced by SEMA.
See the release below to learn more about an impressive group of people:
Bill Perry, “Jeep” Worthan and “Smokey” Yunick will be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Aug. 1.
Since 1969, the SEMA Hall of Fame has paid homage to the leaders and innovators who have contributed to the health and success of the automotive specialty-equipment market. Honorees include businessmen, government officials, racecar drivers and entrepreneurs.
Bill Perry was serving his third consecutive term as a SEMA Board member when he passed away earlier this year. Before opening his own rep agency in 1985, Perry worked at a jobber store selling parts. A member of several organizations, Bill Perry & Associates instantly became one of the industry’s most successful and respected agencies. His company has been honored with the SEMA Manufacturers’ Representative of the Year award, and Perry was the recipient of the 2008 MRC (Manufacturers’ Representatives Council) Hall of Fame award.
When Rolan “Jeep” Worthan joined Auto Meter in 1974, he worked in the sales department. However, as a long-time enthusiast and innovator, Worthan quickly moved to other areas of the business and soon found himself out on the racetracks developing new products for what is now a leading manufacturer of automotive performance instrumentations and gauges. Worthan continued to be an advocate for the industry and has served on the SEMA Board of Directors 16 years.
Already a member of more than 30 Hall of Fames throughout the world, Henry “Smokey” Yunick — who passed away in 2001 — was a world-renowned mechanic, car designer and racer. By the end of his racing career, Yunick’s teams included 50 of the most famous drivers in the sport, winning 57 races and two Grand National championships.
He also became a member of Chevrolet’s unofficial factory race team and headed NASCAR efforts for Ford and Pontiac. Much of the high-performance development of the Chevrolet small-block engine involved Yunick in design, testing—or both.
The Hall of Fame inductees will be officially recognized at the SEMA Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, Saturday, August 1, 2009, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. The event, which is part of SEMA’s Leadership Days program, includes dinner and includes the formal induction of the newly elected SEMA Board members. Tickets and details are available at www.sema.org