Promoted as the largest automotive aftermarket show in the world SEMA does not disappoint the first timer, in fact where do I start is what your thinking! Walk down almost any aisle you may hear “Born to be Wild” while an attentive exhibitor approaches asking “can I help you guyz?” With almost a million square feet of aisles to walk crammed full of insanely modified cars, trucks, products and displays the SEMA Show was born to be wild! A bucket list event for many and only a lucky 100,000 + a year get to see it. Here’s the rub, it’s not open to the public you must be a qualified owner, employee, or media person in the automotive aftermarket to attend. Since you can’t go to the show we’ll try to bring the show to you!
In addition to the products, cars & trucks, and special events you’re very likely to run into a celebrity or two while wondering around the halls. We saw being interviewed or signing autographs on the same day Mario Andretti in the MagnaFlow booth with his Camaro SS Mario Andretti Edition being interviewed (the Camaro will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson 2012 event with proceeds going to the Wounded Warroir Project), Gale Banks being interviewed in his Banks Power booth, Vic Edelbrock signing autographs in the Edlebrock booth, Chip Foose signing autographs and the strangest autograph occurred while walking thru the Ford booth where someone who had been standing in line a very long time with the hood of his car presented it to Jack Roush to sign, he did to applause and so goes SEMA.
Outside the Las Vegas Convention Center (by the way, did I mention the SEMA Show is held in Vegas, I didn’t, sorry) a huge collection of featured vehicles of every shape and size was on display surrounding a big Gymkhana lay out by Ford with Mustangs and Rally prepared Focus’s giving ride along’s to lucky individuals. Chevy also had ride alongs in Corvettes in another area outside the main hall, so with all the vehicles and people you got the aroma of spent fuel and burning rubber. It’s probably a good thing the traffic around the convention center was as insane as the show, keeping drivers who are leaving from being able to exhibiting their inner RacerX on public streets!
Here is a quick tease video