SEMA Hall of Fame Names Four New Members

2012 Inductees are Nick Arias Jr., Bill France Sr., Mark Heffington, and Bob Larivee Sr.


Mark Heffington, Hypertech Inc.: Heffington began his career in the aftermarket industry as the chief cam designer for Crane Cams. In 1972, Heffington founded Cam Dynamics—at the time a leading manufacturer of high-performance and racing camshafts. He sold Cam Dynamics in the early '80s. Soon after, he began consulting on camshaft design and engineering and became a consultant for United Technologies and General Motors.

With the concept of computer-controlled engines beginning to emerge, Heffington understood how computer-controlled tuning could significantly impact the performance industry. In 1985, he founded Hypertech Inc. and began to develop and manufacture onboard computer reprogramming devices. The company introduced the Power Chip in 1986 and, in 1994, Hypertech released its Power Programmer.

Now in its 27th year, Hypertech is still a leader of engine tuning products. Heffington is also a two-time winner of the Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice award for product innovation.

Bob Larivee Sr., Auto Art Promotions Inc.: Larivee competed in a Soap Box Derby in Detroit at the age of 11, which ignited his passion for automobiles. He joined the Motor City Automobile Club and the Michigan Hot Rod Association (MHRA) in the early 1950s. By 1961, Larivee had founded a small car show company name Promotions Inc. and created the International Car Show Association, which became the sanctioning body for car shows. Larivee and Promotions Inc. produced some of the most popular car shows and events of the '60s, including the World of Wheels series, and co-produced the Detroit Autorama with the MHRA.

His efforts, such as the development of uniform judging systems and standard rules and categories for the popular car shows, helped to bring more prestige to the car show circuit. The shows became more meaningful for the winners and also provided them opportunities to achieve additional recognition in the mainstream automotive field.

Larivee competed in drag races and circle-track events before retiring in 1977 to concentrate on promotional efforts. Most recently, Larivee has extended his organizational expertise to the promotion of automotive art. His most notable accomplishment in this arena has been the Automotive Fine Arts Society, which has produced art shows in Pebble Beach, California, and at the SEMA Show.

To learn more about the SEMA Hall of Fame program, visit www.sema.org/hof.

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