The new members will be recognized as part of the festivities during the SEMA Installation Gala on Friday, July 29 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, CA. According to SEMA, the three represent an accomplished group of leaders who have shaped and inspired the automotive specialty-equipment market.
SEMA released the following statements in regard to its inductees:
Matt Agosta: As a former SEMA Board member, past chairman of a SEMA council, and a president’s club member of the SEMA Political Action Committee, Matt Agosta is among the most active members in SEMA history. The president/CEO of Steele Rubber Products is a pioneer in advocating for legislative issues, forging relationships with OEMs and supporting small businesses to succeed. He is responsible for advancing educational opportunities for the industry and has been at the forefront of utilizing the newest digital strategies for the industry’s growth. Past honors include the Chairman’s Award from the SEMA Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), ARMO Person of the Year award and SEMA Ambassador award.
Chip Foose: As the star of the hit television show Overhaulin,’ Chip Foose is among the most well-known builders in the industry and is arguably responsible for introducing car customization and hot rodding to mainstream audiences worldwide. Before launching Foose Design, Foose created and fabricated projects for influential corporations and OEMs. His work can be seen in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and movies including Blade Runner, Robo Cop and Gone in 60 Seconds. In 1997, Foose was the youngest person to ever be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. He has also received the Good Guys Trendsetter Award and dozens of awards for winning vehicle builds.
Gary Hooker: Hooker Headers is arguably one of the most iconic brands in the automotive performance industry. Even before the SEMA association was formed, Gary Hooker was at the forefront of the industry, producing products used by winning racers including Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins and Bob Glidden. As a junior stock car racer and world class Ironman competitor in the early 1960’s, Hooker launched his business after creating a header for personal use. The immediate interest and demand for his product led to a business that has grown alongside the industry. Hooker’s innovation and passion continued to pave a path for what is now a $36 billion industry.
The SEMA Hall of Fame's three newest members join the elite group of industry icons and innovators who have already been enshrined in the SEMA Hall of Fame. To partake in the celebration where the inductees will be honored and recognized, visit www.sema.org/gala or contact Jamie Eriksen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 978-6737.
For more information, visit www.sema.org/hof.