Don Raleigh

1989 Inductee

Inductee Photo



Don started with a small store in New Jersey called Don’s Speed Shop, an operation that grew to include a full-service warehouse and a chain of stores on the East Coast that marketed full lines of hot rod and performance equipment. Another notable achievement by Don stemmed from a meeting in his hotel room during the 1969 SEMA Show. There, the first meeting of the PWA took place, as there was a push to recognize warehouse distributors. Over time, the SEMA Board of Directors allowed WDs to sit in on meetings, then eventually to be on the board itself. Don was awarded PWA’s first Pioneer Award in 1981, and has been named SEMA WD of the Year.