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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.
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.
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!
Images taken by Jahaziel Galicia.