bonspeed Wheels threw what many said was undoubtedly the party of the year; in conjunction with SEMA 2008! The exclusive invite only party was Wednesday night in a huge Hard Rock Hotel celebrity suite on the penthouse level high above the Las Vegas skyline.
The party was hosted by bonspeed boys; Brad Fanshaw (President & Owner), Michael Anthony (Owner and founding member of Van Halen) and Larry Dixon (bonspeed sponsored 2-time World champion top fuel driver). This was just like a backstage experience and as the invite stated; "In Vegas there are plenty of places to party like a rockstar; only bonspeed wheels invites you to party with the rockstars"! This party had rockstars aplenty and not just the musical type, the guests included the most talented builders, racing legends like Bob Bonduraunt, TV celebs like Genevieve Chappell, magazine editors and more.
All of the bonspeed Bash guests were treated like rockstars with laminate backstage passes, cocktails, and when they departed each received a limited edition t-shirt (only 150 were made) and our VIPs each got a very cool swag bag.
bonspeed plans to make this an annual event for its top customers and industry friends. The bonspeed Bash is certain to grow and in 2009 even more celebrities and surprises are sure to be expected. There is no better way to show off the newest wheels and products that bonspeed has to offer than with friends and a few cocktails during the SEMA event week!
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ABOVE: Oh yeah, just like some hot nightclub there was a line to get into the bonspeed Bash!
Warren (Hard Rock Security with the clip board) was monitoring for party crashes while Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods (Black Hat) gets his laminates.
ABOVE: bonspeed's dealers and VIP guests were invited to draw for some cool prizes. These included pinstriped bottles of Ed's Red wine, bonspeed Watches, bonspeed Titanium Knucklenut rings and limited edition bonspeed skateboards. Here Troy Trepanier draws for a prize while noted hot rod builder Bobby Alloway (Balck Jacket) waits for his chance. In the background laughing it up (Green/White shirt) is Bill Hancock the head sales guy at bonspeed.
ABOVE: Steve Strope (an old rocker himself) admires Michael Anthony's custom bass that was designed by bonspeed's art guy extraordinaire to commemorate the winning GT40 race cars. Watch for Michael to be wielding this ax on his next tour with Sammy Hagar.ABOVE: Just before the party started our favorite Top Fuel pilot; Larry Dixon had time for a quick photo with Michael. Dixon is so fast he is hard to get in any photos!ABOVE: Genevieve Chappell from Velocity TV was at the bash talking cars and looking for new story angles. She also took time for a photos with Steve Strope of Pure Vision (again) and Brad Fanshaw.ABOVE: Jason Hill of Hill's Hot Rods, one fantastic truck builder scored one of the limited edition bonspeed Wheel skateboards. bonspeed created three designs and just ten of each board, these limited edition boards are highly collectible art pieces. Each board was signed and numbered by our art director Rick Martin and the bonspeed boys; Michael and Brad.ABOVE: bonspeed's super sales guy Bill Hancock (green/white shirt) was working the room all night. Here he is cheering on Hal from Godfather's Customs while he draws for one of the VIP prizes.