It’s been a couple years since I’ve been to the SEMA show in Las Vegas. I was one of those diehards that would attend every year and take part in this amazing spectacle of unnecessary add-ons to cars, trucks and pretty much anything with wheels.
Year after year companies and individuals would try to one-up each other and debut their fabulous creations at this show. It’s the only place on earth I can accurately describe as automotive debauchery.
As you walk through the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center you’re overwhelmed by the thousands of blinking lights and sounds coming from the booths and individuals displaying this years hottest new aftermarket products.
As you near the doors to exit on either side of the buildings, you’re greeted by the sounds of screeching tires from the drifting performances put on by the Ford Cobras or the Corvette ZR1’s. Eager fans waited in long lines to take a 2 minute “death ride” with a professional driver as they drifted through a course at high speeds in either a Ford Cobra, GT500 or Corvette ZR1. They obviously kept these two courses far away from each other as to not cause any fights between the diehard Ford and Chevy enthusiast.
There was a massive turn out of customized cars displayed outside of the buildings which I felt had the some of the best looking and most creative cars at the show. There were also the usual suspects in attendance such as Chip Foose (Foose Design), West Coast Customs, Platinum Motors, Giovanni Wheels, and Ford to just name a few.
It was nice to attend the SEMA show and get back to my roots once again. Over the past couple years the aftermarket industry has taken some big hits due to the economy however it seems as though it’s making a good comeback.
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