SEMA is the grandaddy of all the Automotive Performance Shows in the world. GM has been a participant for as long as I can remember. I was happy to be a part of our involvement each year and a major sponsor with GMC being the featured product line. The show has grown to a four-day event featured the latest in automotive product lines from around the world. It has long been a gathering place for gear heads and businesses that cater to the automotive enthusiasts. The Hilton has been the headquarters with the convention center being located on the same premises. We always stay at the Hilton over the years as we could just walk across the aisle to the show.
In my final years, we took the top Region sales persons to the show for a meeting and entertainment. You cannot see the show in one day as it is spread all over town. The show offers the opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones as well as sell your product to customers (buyers). Working our display, which was armed with engineers and sales persons, often required long hours of standing and answering questions about your product. We always had a few that stumped us but we made sure to get back with the person with an answer.
The show is not open to the public and requires registration prior to entry. I have been a member for many years and try to make it back every few years. Lots of walking isn’t my specialty any more but I manage to hit the major displays and Hot Rod Alley. The new product display area is always on my list as each year brings new items that are of interest to me. You need a guide-book to tell you where the displays are located as the vastness of the area will overwhelm you. Most Mfg. have the same spot each year so it’s easy for me.
If you have never been to the SEMA Show, then you need to make it a priority. If you like racing, customs, hot rods and related items you will enjoy this wonderful display of automotive products. The majority of the booths have a modified vehicle on display and the entire show inside and out is covered with modified cars and trucks. Pure Heaven for the gearhead!!
“Thanks to Julie and others for the great photos on Facebook”
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Chip debuted his C/28 for all C/10 fans to drool over.
He did a great job of not over doing the restoration.
Chevrolet only produced 602 Z/28’s in 1967 making them a rare piece. My neighbor has an original with low miles.
Note the truck has a 5-speed for the Hot Rod look. Interior is perfect.
Stylish Mustang was a looker for most Ford fans.
Alloways’s Edsel was over the top and wowed the crowds with his normal detailing.
Details are everywhere under the hood. Looks like a modular engine installation with charger.
Interior shows three pedals and gauges for keeping track of everything.
This Camaro was a show stopper and attracted a lot of attention.
Ferrari is a high-end ride with the SEMA treatment.
I’m always amazed at the amount of modifications they make to a very expensive car.
Early cars seem to be real popular this year as are superchargers.
Julie liked this one with the SEMA Treatment! I bet Vince could build her one.