The TRIM Awards, held during the SEMA Show, is the automotive world’s most prominent interior show. TMI Products created the TRIM Awards to highlight the best automotive interior work in the custom car and truck space. The company took things to a new level in 2023 with the TMI Road Tour. The traveling show made four stops, with the last event being held in Corona, California last month at the company’s headquarters.
TMI Brings You An Interior In A Box
If you don’t know TMI, you should. The company has been perfecting semi-custom interiors designed to modernize and beautify cars and trucks for years. What is semi-custom? It means you can choose an entire interior and have it shipped to your door in a box. Your car or truck doesn’t have to disappear in an upholstery shop somewhere for days or months. TMI has a wide variety of styles to fit the most popular cars and trucks on the road today. Another plus is if you are of average mechanical skill level, you can install the kit yourself. You can even order carpet and other interior items as well.
Here Comes the Judge(s)
The TRIM Judges from TMI arrived early on Saturday for the 2nd Annual Cars & Clearance show in Corona, California, which was also the final destination of the TMI Road Tour. The judges, Sean Holman, Sara Morosan, Theresa Contreras, Marcel Venable, Jason Mulligan, and Kevin Oeste unanimously chose Dana Estes’ 1969 Chevy C10 Stepside as the winner of the last stop, and the 2023 TMI Road Tour Champion trophy.
Winners Have Privileges
As the winner of the 2023 Trim Awards Road Tour, Dana and his 1969 Stepside will be featured in Booth #V196 in front of the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2023 SEMA Show from October 31st to November 3rd. Dana also received a five-night hotel stay from TMI for the SEMA Show and secured his spot as one of the Top 20 Finalists vying for the TMI TRIM Awards, the winner to be chosen during the 2023 SEMA Show.
This C10 is a stunning sight, with its Dodge Smokehouse Grey paint, which has a pearl metallic flake that glimmers under the SoCal sun. The custom battleship-gray body color is contrasted by a custom dark graphic and a black accent on the hood, which are also reflected in the interior.
The TRIM Judges appreciated how well the exterior and interior colors were coordinated. The interior of Dana’s C10 features a 60-inch, Sport Deluxe Bench covered in Grey leather with black suede inserts and matching molded door panels. The same grey color scheme is applied to the TMI molded dash pad and the custom subwoofer box and kick panels made by Pacific Stereo in Riverside, CA.
The interior is completed by a carpet kit and matching grey sun visors, making it a true interior in a box. The C10 also has many other great components, such as a GM Performance LS3 engine on a full TCI Chassis, a custom Gibson Performance exhaust, Wilwood disc brakes on all four wheels, and blacked-out 20-inch US Mags that give it a great stance and drivability.
Be sure to check out Dana’s awesome C10 in front of the Central Hall during the upcoming SEMA Show 2023. You’ll see first-hand, the attention to detail required to make it into the running for the TMI TRIM Award. Good luck to Dana and all the entrants running for this year’s trophy. Check back after the event and we’ll let you know exactly who took top honors this year!