HRIA Education Days

August 3 – 4, 2023

NSRA Street Rod Nationals
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Check out what sessions HRIA Education Days has in store for 2023. Take advantage of hearing from twelve manufacturers with hour-long presentations on their product lines, along with tips and tricks for hot rod projects. Attendees will learn valuable information as it relates to their businesses and connect directly with the manufacturers.

Thursday Sessions Friday Sessions

Pick Your Session


9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Room B101

How to Choose the Best Suspension for Your Street Rod

Here you will experience an in-depth discussion on the different suspension systems available for street rods. This will include looking at IFS conversions, manual and power rack options, coil over shocks, steering columns, alignments, engine mounting, and that's just the front. For the rear suspension, Mike will discuss the pros and cons of modern leaf spring kits, parallel and triangulated four link and independent rear suspension systems.

Presented by Mike Ruth.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Room B102
Vintage Air

Keeping You Cool: The Basics of Performance Automotive Air

In this session, Rick will talk about the basics of automotive climate control systems. This will include looking at how to choose and install the right components to get optimal performance from your aftermarket air conditioning system. Afterall, just because it's a vintage car, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort.

Presented by Rick Love.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Room B101

Transmission Decisions: Is more gears the way to go

Have you ever wondered about what it takes to adapt a modern automatic or manual transmission to your classic car, truck, or hot rod? If so, then this is a session you won't want to miss. Transmissions may seem like a big mystery to many, but Mark will address the benefits of each and what should be considered before deciding on which direction to go.

Presented by Mark Bowler.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Room B102

Classic Instruments: Providing your "Finishing Touch"

When you are choosing the finishing touches for your latest build, instruments are one of those key components. John and Scott from Classic Instruments are here to tell you about some exciting new products and options you have when looking for gauges. They will also tell you about the history of instruments, what the future holds for their team, and how you can add your personal touch to any of their products to create your own "Finishing Touch."

Presented by John McLeod & Scott Avery.

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m | Room B101

Modern Security for Classic Rides

You probably don't think enough about what kind of security measures you should take when protecting your classic ride. We all think about making our classics safe for the road, but don't consider what an easy target our classics are for would be thieves. In this session, Kramer looks at how easy battery disconnects, and RFID units are to install, and how much more effective they are than a car alarm system. Additionally, they will also be talking about better taillights and third brake lights for your street rod.

Presented by Kramer Blackberg

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Room B102
Steele Rubber Products

Where the Rubber Meets the Ride

This session will focus on the importance of weatherstripping on street rods. Attendees will learn about selecting and installing weatherstripping, as well as how to troubleshoot and resolve common issues that arise during the process. Danny will also look at the types of materials available, different methods of installation, and how weatherstripping and sealing can improve the comfort and safety of the driver and passengers.

Presented by Danny Agosta.


9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Room B101
Painless Performance

Automotive Electrical Basics

One of the more fearful topics for home builders and professionals alike, is wiring. It is very easy to feel overwhelmed by all the wiring required to operate a car. Let Dennis help you overcome those fears as he examines the dos and don'ts of harness installation, how electrical components work, and how to choose the right battery for your electrical situation. After this session, you are bound to feel a little more confident about tackling the wiring in your car.

Presented by Dennis Overholser.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Room B102

Modern Superchargers for Street or Race Use

A great way to gain some extra pep for your current engine is with a supercharger. However, it is not as easy as just bolting one on. In this session, David will walk you through selecting the right supercharger for your application, plus what preparations need to be made to your engine, ignition system, and fuel system before adding a supercharger into the equation. Finally, he will talk about what power gains you can expect from this addition too.

Presented by David Page.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Room B101
Blueprint Engines

How to Modernize Your Hot Rod Engine

Are you a carbureted guy who has questions about swapping to a fuel injected system? Join Isaac as he looks at how to add modern fuel injection to your carbureted engine. He will also discuss what all is required to swap to an LS or Gen III Hemi and why some people are choosing to stay with old school look but add the convenience and economy that electronic multi-port fuel injection provides.

Presented by Isaac Boyce.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Room B102

Optimizing Ride Quality & Driveability of Your Classic Car

Join Dan as he provides an informative seminar on how to optimize the ride quality and drivability of your street rod or muscle car with QA1 suspension systems. They will go over various tips and techniques for achieving peak performance from your suspension, covering everything from proper installation and setup to selecting the right components and fine-tuning for optimal ride and handling.

Presented by Dan Voight.

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m | Room B101
Driven Racing Oil

Let's Talk about Oil: All your oil questions answered with the expert

Learn the benefits of choosing the right engine oil for your Hot Rod for the best performance and increased engine life. Bill will also discuss the proper way to store your engine and fuel system for the winter and how to bring your ride back to life in the spring. Discussion points include engine oil formulations for Hot Rod & Classic engines and the impact of ethanol found in today's gasoline on carburetion and fuel injection systems.

Presented by Bill Alexander.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Room B102
Wilwood Engineering

Brake System Basics

Here you can learn the basics of setting up a brake system from the master cylinder to the calipers. This will include the function of each component within the brake system and their influence on the function and performance of the system overall. The goal of the seminar will be to provide insights on the inter-workings of all the components to optimize safety, performance, and response.

Presented by Miguel Jimenez.


HRIA, the Hot Rod Industry Alliance is a section of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). HRIA is dedicated to addressing the challenges facing this segment of the automotive aftermarket and to preserving and promoting the hot rod industry.

Marcy Ann Yanus

HRIA Director