Michigan International Automobile Exhibit returns to DeVos Area

The 24th annual Michigan International Automobile Display will be held Feb. 3-6 at DeVos Location at 303 Monroe Ave. NW in downtown Grand Rapids.

Gentex Company will return to the Michigan Worldwide Automobile Exhibit as its presenting sponsor. The Zeeland-dependent automotive tech organization strategies to unveil its latest develop in the automobile show’s featured grand gallery room: a greatly modified 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Path Box (2LT) with a 2021 Vorsheer Serious Overland Camper (XOC) in tow.

Gentex’s modified truck and camper mix manufactured its national debut in early November at Specialty Products Sector Association’s (SEMA) premier trade-only function, showcasing specialty products manufacturing shows, in Las Vegas.

The automotive technological innovation corporation was the presenting sponsor of the auto clearly show from 2018-20, and yet again in 2022. The auto demonstrate was canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19. 

“Gentex is thrilled to at the time once more sponsor the Michigan Intercontinental Automobile Present,” reported Craig Piersma, vice president of advertising and marketing and corporate communications for Gentex. “Automotive activities are little by little coming back again, and we glance ahead to demonstrating West Michigan our hottest tech, as well as an unbelievable, all-new, overland-themed truck and trailer construct that we recently unveiled in Las Vegas. We feel it will be one particular of the highlights of the clearly show.”

The featured Silverado is said to boast an “aggressive stance” from the addition of Fiberwerx carbon fiber fenders and bedsides, which are mounted to tailor made, Gentex-created 20-inch Brixton Cast rims. The truck also features custom Addictive Desert Models stealth fighter front and rear bumpers and is specific with solid carbon fiber accents, like hood applique, exterior and interior mirror case backs, and exhaust tips.

The camper attributes the exact same overland concept and matching wrap and includes heating and air conditioning, propane stove, sink, fridge/freezer and a rooftop tent. The XOC also contains a Gentex-intended trailer camera built-in into the spare tire cap, streaming dwell rear video to the truck’s electronic rearview mirror. Gentex also added an integrated kegerator with a reverse faucet, a base-filled dispensing technique, a custom whiskey bar and a 300-cigar humidor.

“The automobile display is a excellent opportunity for organizations like Gentex to showcase new items and systems that their teams have designed and brought to the automotive industries,” claimed Dawn Baker, exhibit supervisor, Michigan Worldwide Auto Show.  “West Michigan is producing strides in creativity, systems, progress and producing, and this region has drastically impacted the automotive marketplace. We celebrate individuals innovations and advancements in this yearly automobile show.”

The 24th once-a-year Michigan International Auto Exhibit is hosted by the Grand Rapids New Vehicle Dealers Affiliation. The event is one particular of 14 purchaser expositions created by ShowSpan in Grand Rapids.

Automobile display instances, tickets and a lot more data are at showspan.com/mas.

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SEMA Ignited after-party returns as 2021 automotive trade show wraps up

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It was the fourth and final day of SEMA 2021, and there was so much happening at the world’s premier automotive trade show.

The previous day, outdoor activations put attendees and our own 8 News Now Reporter Bianca Holman in a high-powered Ford Mustang or new Ford Broncos for the Hoonigan’s Burnyard experience.

Show attendees were able to cheer on experienced drivers as they drifted and did burnouts and donuts with their special guest in the passenger seat.

While it was an industry-only trade show, the general public was invited to enjoy SEMA Ignited on Friday, Nov. 5 after 3 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) West Hall parking lot.

The annual after-party allowed the public to get a glimpse of the latest vehicles, automotive products, and experiences the industry professionals have enjoyed the past few days at the LVCC.

General admission for SEMA Ignited is $20. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit their website.

Before the party though, the top 12 builders from SEMA’s Battle of the Builders competition examined each other’s vehicles and voted on the ultimate winner. That’s right, they know the work that goes into each build, so they judge each other.

BATTLE OF THE BUILDERS FINALISTS

HOT ROD
• Mike Fillion — 1956 Oldsmobile 98
• Mark Giambalvo — 1930 Ford Model A 2-Door Sedan
• Robert Matranga –1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

SPORT COMPACT/IMPORT
• Samantha Frazier — 1973 Nissan Datsun 240Z
• Eddie Pettus — 1961 Austin Healey Sprite
• Simo Veharanta — 1982 Porsche 911 RSR

TRUCK & OFF-ROAD
• Jeremy Miranda — 1959 Chevrolet Apache
• Kamaka Pocock — 1967 Chevrolet C10
• Bryan Thompson — 1934 Ford Pickup

YOUNG GUNS
• Dayton Jacobson — 2000 Chevrolet S10
• Chelsie Lesnoski — 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD
• Cole Marten — 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR

The overall top builder was announced at Silver Drive, during SEMA Ignited, as Robert Matranga. He is

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