Voelkel, Ridetech president, inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

Bret Voelkel with HRIA Chair Tammy Holland of Comp Performance Group and BJ Elmore, RideTech Executive Vice President and CFO/HRIA Chair-Elect.

Bret Voelkel, RideTech President and CEO has been inducted into SEMA’s Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Hall of Fame.

The award represents a rare honor as Bret Voelkel is only the 25th Hot Rodder to receive the honor since the prestigious award began in 2004. The induction ceremony was held at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

During the ceremony, Bret Voelkel rose to the stage with his wife and company co-founder Sharon Voelkel, who surprised him from backstage.

“I am humbled and proud to find myself in the company of a select few hot rod industry people — many of whom I consider personal friends and heroes,” Voelkel stated. “I cannot thank my wife and business partner Sharon enough. RideTech would not be what it is today without her wisdom, patience and un-ending support. Sharon and I built this company together from nothing and it has been a great journey. I would also like to thank the entire RideTech team for their drive, creativity and hard work. Many of you have been with us since the early days and I look forward to the next 22 years of Hot Rod innovation and performance.”

Jasper-based RideTech manufactures high-performance suspension components and systems that improve the handling and ride quality of muscle cars, trucks and hot rods. From restored and show cars, to high-speed autocross and track day cars, RideTech offers a wide range of premium products including air suspension systems (air ride), coilovers, shock absorbers, coil and leaf springs, tubular a-arms arms, roll bars, sway bars and much more.

RideTech-equipped vehicles have won every prominent award in the aftermarket including Street Machine of the Year, Street Rod of the Year, Truck of the Year, the Ridler Award, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, Goodguys Autocross, Hot Rod of the Year and so much more.

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