For the last
four decades the SEMA Show has served as a trading post for the
annual unveiling of new products and technologies in the specialty
equipment industry. Buyers and manufacturers are brought together
for this one week event to do business in the $39 billion market.
This show is not open to the public so this is a chance to do
real business. Over 125,000 industry professionals from over
100 countries attend this show for a variety of reasons including
new products, trends, networking and education. Quite the growth
from the 1967 show which had 98 booths and 3000 attendees.
If a product is involved in the automotive aftermarket
on display here. Also, 15 manufacturers representing 32 nameplates
had displays. With more than 60 seminars and 100 professional
speakers, the SEMA Show offered industry professionals the ability
to take advantage of a premier learning opportunity.
We at WDIFL.com are mainly interested in the performance industry
so our coverage is mainly on this area
with lots of photos
of the show of shows that most of our readers will never be able
story by John Ewald
If a company
makes performance parts they had a display here at the SEMA Show.
These overview photos just give you a glance at the displays
near the front of the building...yes, very colorful.
One of the main
reasons for the elaborate displays is to draw customers in to
see a companies newest products of which hundreds are introduced
each year at this show. It is the one chance most companies have
the opportunity to talk to buyers from all over the world.
The SEMA Show
is also famous for the hundreds of models used to draw buyers
into booths...hey, men are easy!
Jr (left) with his sales team.
In the Mastercam
booth, ace funny car and Nostalgia Top Fuel driver Sean Bellemeur
(center) helped explain their products.
Ace car designer
Gene Winfield and the first lady of racing Linda Vaughn...many
of the racing worlds stars always attend this show.
new Hurst ride...she is probably responsible for selling more
cars than any woman in history.
the most amazing cut-away engine displays ever shown.
The belle of
the ball...the 2010 Chevy Camero...very hot ride. Hopefully GM
will be around long enough to get it to the market.
In the Fine art
area all the top automotive book writers were on hand to autograph
books for the attendees.
The K&N Filter
company had a huge display featuring their full lines of filters.
They also had Mattel Hot Wheels designer Jerry Thienpkasiddhi
there to autograph a special K&N Hot Wheels 1070 Barracuda.
The ladies of
Pro drag racing were featured in the NHRA booth...Ashley Force,
Hillary Will, Peggy Liewellyn, Karen Stoffer and Melanie Troxel.
Many new turbocharger
and electronics systems were introduced...it's all about horsepower.
display included one of Cory Mac's old race cars now set up to
let fans sit in it for a photo op...don't think the cage would
pass tech anymore.
the huge convention center hundreds of vehicles of all types
were on display.
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Tim Gibson took
the opportunity to introduce his new top fuel and funny car front
wheels he is manufacturing. At show time the wheels were getting
their SFI approval. Very trick and weigh only 6.5 pounds!
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