For many years I was involved with the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. I was first an exhibitor with the GMC Truck Center and later, building vehicles for our GM sponsorship. In my last position, I held our annual Regional meeting for salespersons at the show, which allowed them full access to the vast display of automotive related equipment. GM had a full display of vehicles for all to view and Chevrolet held a breakfast that was attended by the Who’s Who in the industry. Jim Perkins the Chevrolet VP was the speaker and always attracted a crowd to learn what Chevy had coming their way. The show was a lot of work but well worth the effort as we did a lot of business during the show and after. I hope to attend again in the future as I am a member of SEMA.
As the show has grown over the years, so has the vendors and attendees. Â It is not open to the public. In the 80’s they added Street Rod Alley which featured organizations and suppliers to the Street Rod World. The event became a social gathering for all builders and suppliers who cater to the Street Rod enthusiasts. SEMA is a huge display space for custom cars, Hot Rods and modified trucks The Hilton Hotel was the headquarters and the night life was exciting at the famous bar in the hotel which was connected to the convention center. I have fond memories of my times at the SEMA Show. If you haven’t attended locate some badges and make the trip to Las Vegas, it will be worth your time. Â November 1-4, 2016
As for me, I am on day 6 of my rehabilitation with my knee surgery. I am doing fine and following the doctor’s orders. Not a walk in the park, but nothing like back surgery as far as pain goes.
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Hot Rods by Dean will have this bitchin’ 34 coupe on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
You will see some amazing Hot Rods on display like the tub.
Innovative suspensions are on display for your viewing and questions.
Outside displays are numerous and some new Hot Rods are always present.
Not sure if you will see many shoe boxes at SEMA but they are growing in popularity.
Posie used to drive his creations to the show.
Builders will showcase their creations looking for customers.
Troy had this one there in 2007 which is the last show I attended.
A Moal built Deuce is always an attraction.
Some vintage Corvettes are always on display in the outside displays.
Deuces are always popular at SEMA.
Early Ford V8 Nationals
Don has his fresh 40 standard on display. My favorite of the show!
The shoeboxes have grown in popularity recently. More room for the mature restorer.
The Sportsman is always popular and expensive.
I am still hooked on the Model 40 roadsters.
In the back lot of the V8 meet
Hot Rods are welcome but park together away from the judging.
Real Hot Rods at the V8 show.
Patina is in on Hot Rods.
Some 40’s have a special flathead.