SEMA 2017

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The smell of gasoline and burned rubber are in the air, you sniff it with excitement of being at a place where you can relate with strangers. Last week we attended the SEMA Show, let me explain furthermore what SEMA is all about. What does SEMA stand for? At first, the acronym use to stand for Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association, but now it stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association. SEMA was founded in 1963 by Vic Edelbrock Jr., Dean Moon, Roy Richter, John Bartlett, Bob Hedman, Al Segal, Willie Garner, Phil Weiand Jr, and Robert E. Wyman. However, the first show was in 1967 in the basement of the Dodgers Stadium in LA. As the years went by and the number of attendees and vendors grew, by 1977 the show was moved to Las Vegas Convention Center for desirable space, plus who doesn’t love Vegas, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, am I right? The show is a trade-only event, meaning it is not open to the public. To attend it is required to be registered as media, exhibitor, manufacturer, or buyer. If you’re hesitant on attending, do not think about it anymore, it would be a shame to not attend. So what’s it like to attend the SEMA Show? There is no greater feeling of being in a place with stranger coming together for one thing that brings excitement to their lives.
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There are rad things to experience such as learning how to drift. That rush of adrenaline as one is taking one of those bad boys out for a spin, with an instructor on the passenger side of course. Also, there are artists and celebrity appearances and on top of all there the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, in where this year there was a featured performance by rock legends Jimmie Vaughan, Michael Anthony, Jeff Beck and Billy F. Gibbons.
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Additionally, there were customized vehicles that people did for companies, such as Honda. Lastly, there was VR (Virtual Reality) driving to experience road racing. Not to mention that the show is a perfect place to create new connections and expose your business. In addition, it is an excellent chance to spot new trends and ways on improving your business. Whether you’re into hot rods, low riders, trucks, motorcycles, etc. SEMA is the place for you! If you’re a registered as media, exhibitor, manufacturer, or buyer, you must add it to your bucket list now!
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Images taken by Jahaziel Galicia.

ARE YOU READY TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE?

ARE YOU READY TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE?

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So you always had a thing for motorcycles. Liked the sound, the glistening steel, the whole idea of just jumping on a motorcycle, taking off and having the wind in your hair. There is no other feeling like riding a motorcycle. People with convertible cars will tell you that having the roof down is just like being on a motorcycle, well it ain’t true. Riding a motorcycle is like no other experience you will have on the road. Every sense from sound, smell and sight is in over drive, a total adrenaline rush. You wake up one day and say “I want to learn to ride a motorcycle”. You tell your family and friends your decision. Lets deal with your families reaction first, unless your parents ride motorcycles, their reaction will probably be less then encouraging. They will tell you how dangerous motorcycles are, stories of terrible motorcycle accidents with fatal outcomes, and if that doesn’t convince you to listen to them, they will threaten to disown you or kick you out of the house for getting a bike, if you still live with them. At this point you have to think, get a motorcycle or be homeless, I guess the motorcycle idea is on hold for a while. Lets say their reaction is not so harsh, they think it is a bad idea but they respect your decision. Great, hurdle one is overcome, you still have a family!!! Next you tell your friends, totally different reaction then the family, they think you are so cool and are ready to go the dealership and look at motorcycles with you right away. They’ll tell you their brother’s friend’s father is a biker, you can ask him to teach you. Your set right… not so fast, before you go twisting any throttles. Making a decision to learn to ride a motorcycle is a big step in your life, we are not talking scooters or mopeds here. Your parents are partially right, a motorcycle can be very dangerous if you are reckless, careless, and not focused. Most motorcycles will go from zero to 60 mph, faster then you can read this sentence. There are no seat belts or airbags on motorcycles. Motorcycles offer no protection against the weather, or worse yet, other vehicles. With a motorcycle you wear your protection. Screw up in a car and you might bend some sheet metal, but for the most part you are protected. Screw up on a motorcycle and you are facing the real possibility you might die. Riding a motorcycle will always include an element of danger, there’s no way around it, but with the proper training and right riding gear there are ways to minimize your risk and put the odds more in your favor.

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