Build Program: Honda Talon 1000R


Vehicle is being auctioned through Bring a Trailer with 100% of the proceeds going towards SEMA Scholarships, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity.

The Auction is Live!



Inspire youth to become automotive hobbyists and to encourage career paths into the automotive industry


Alex Xydias & Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts (AXC)


Students will learn conceptual development, project management, research and development, product procurement, 3-D scanning, CAD, manufacturing, installation, fabrication, suspension, body styling, wiring, performance upgrades, photography, media and testing.


SEMA, YEN and AXC ambassadors will be onsite to help with the installations and answer questions.


YEN Member Companies

Supporting Youth and SEMA Scholarships

Organized by the SEMA Young Executives Network (YEN), the modified 2019 Honda Talon was created as part of a unique program that connected young industry professionals to serve as mentors for high school students. A group of dedicated students from the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts, located in Pomona CA, modified the UTV with over 15 aftermarket products including a custom paint job and fabricated light bar.

The completed Talon was debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show where it was displayed in the SEMA Launch Pad corral and driven in the SEMA Cruise to be displayed at SEMA Ignited. The custom UTV also made an appearance at the Mint 400 event in the Las Vegas desert.

The UTV loaded with products from 14 contributing companies will be auctioned off online through Bring a Trailer. The seven-day auction will launch May 18 and close on May 25th. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the SEMA Scholarship Foundation as such:

  • 50% will be given to the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts to support the ongoing education of young people interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry.
  • 50% will be used to award YEN members (industry professionals under the age of 40) who applied for Loan Forgiveness.

Mark your calendars for May 18 at which time you will be able to place a bid for the UTV on the Bring a Trailer website. You can also support the SEMA Scholarship Foundation simply by making a donation at

Young Executives Network leadership and SEMA Staff met with AXC instructor Barney Harris and founder of the program, Brian Suggs, during a mock measuring session on the brand-new Honda Talon UTV build at the AXC garage in Pomona, CA. The students and instructor gave a tour of their workshop, where every tool was in its place, floors were clean, and the fun projects laid there waiting for the students to operate on them.

The faculty and administration work hard to create a challenging atmosphere that will prepare students for a future in the automotive industry, but the influence goes beyond the hands-on work in the garage. Students are expected to successfully complete pre-work aimed to instill responsibility, punctuality and team building before starting the work in the garage.

We are excited to see the coming phases of the build process and hope they have as much fun as possible with all the hard work they are putting in.


The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at or


The Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) program has been developed in collaboration with automotive business owners and classic car enthusiasts from the Inland Valley. This two-year automotive program allows students to gain the necessary confidence and hands-on experience needed to enter the automotive industry. Students will progress through a series of classes, starting with the Auto 101 course, to acquire basic skills, while eventually moving into classes on brakes, electrical and engine repairs. Students will work with instructors who are industry-certified automotive technicians and are ready to help students move on to advanced study. Students will have the opportunity to take and receive National Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certifications that can help them acquire entry-level jobs in the automotive or specialty shop industry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for continued study and work in college or in the workplace.




For more information on the program, the vehicle or the auction, please contact Byron Bergmann.