2007 SEMA SHOW
Story and photos by John
Much like this year's California
Hot Rod Reunion which has grown to monster size, so has the SEMA
more of everything. If a product is involved in the
it's on display here. Also, 14 automakers
had exhibits this year.
The 1967 show had 98 booths and
this year there had over 2000 booths and
over 125,000 attendees from more than 100 countries and fills
over one million square feet of exhibit space.
Since my background is racing
of course I spent most of my visit in the Racing and Performance
building. More than 500 companies in over 2500 booths it's not
easy to see it all unless you put in full days and don't stop
at any one booth too long. Well, they say a picture is worth
a thousand words so I'll cover the show with the below photos.
Last years coverage was appreciated by our readers but the main
question asked was "Where are all the girls?" So this
year we have a "The girls of SEMA" section
represents about 5% of the models working the show but you will
get the idea.
Of course Las Vegas at night
is quite a show
but come sunrise the SEMA SHOW comes to
Walking up to the front it always
nice to see nostalgia race cars, here's
OK, a diesel powered
RED is a bit weird.
Leah Pruett with her new ride parked next to the Pizano &
NHRA had all the "countdown
to one" drivers on hand at the media center
left to win it all.
"Hey Larry, where's
The Sarge?". "I think he is still at the
have been a contender". "Yeah,
The one great voice left on the
NHRA staff, Bob Fry, headed up the preview. Bob's knowledge and
passion for the sport makes it always a pleasure to listen to
"I do those goofy TV spots
all year for the publicity, race my butt off and still end up
behind the taco cart
hey Tony, I'll tune your car for you
at Pomona, a little extra hot sauce in the tank"?
"I sold my car, my home,
my girlfriend to race
Cat stepped up and I'm number one
cool is that? If I win it all I can buy the car back!"
The toughest race this past weekend
was against my brother, we were lucky to win that round as he
put up a hell of a fight!
After the news conference the
drivers did their autograph session at the NHRA booth.
Hot Wheels celebrated it's 40th
year at the show
always a big draw from the attendees.
A classic Chevy highlights
the Firestone display.
plenty of them at the show.
The who's who in the
automotive business was there
Want to retire? If you owned
the factory collection that would be very doable! One of every
car Mattel Hot Wheels ever made.
Danny Pisano and Brenden
Murray join Nick at his booth
Most autographs award goes hands
down to Chip Foose
he says if fans are willing to wait in
a line for his signature he'll sit there until he has taken care
of them all
truly a class act.
The SuperChip booth was kept
real busy due to having the best draw cards in their space. Famed
artist Kenny Youngblood made custom cartoons for the guests who
came by, the line was always very long as people love to take
home an original Youngblood picture.
Superstar Pro Stock driver Warren
Johnson also was a willing autograph giver.
Bruce and Dave Crower were on
hand showing off their top notch products. We are looking forward
to seeing the Crower Engine make it to market, rumor has it Toyota
is looking at it real hard.
Nice display of all the
Broadway Bob fit right in on
Halloween in Vegas
not sure what Doug Kaempfer is dressed
maybe a tourist?
Ron Covell always had a crowd
around as he built a grill showing the methods and tools he promotes.
The show is a great source for getting information from those
Terry Youngblood flirts while
Kenny is over working the SuperChips booth but Alex Xydias of
SO CAL SPEED is used to it.
Jaime Trimble of Brembo brake
calipers and systems doing what all the reps from the many companies
do at SEMA
explains all the new products to potential buyers
and current customers. Brembo brakes are found on every type
of high performance race car made.
F-1 on the left and the NASCAR
system on the right
talk about one of the most important
parts of any race car
doesn't get the talk up it should
always hear about what powers the cars to speed
how they stop!
The "man" Jack
Roush unveiled a new consumer Mustang.
Jack shows a painting of his
first drag race car, one like the car he has built for his daughter
to race starting next year.
Jack's roots go way back in drag
racing, he appreciated the handout of the "BankAmericar"
& "Mastercar" dragsters I gave him, he loves the
idea of giving old race cars new life. That is his daughter in
the black top.
Mike Bosso shows his wife's roadster
is the number one car on display
Kenny Youngblood acts like
he doesn't know him! To be honest as seen in the next three photos,
Donna Bosso's '34 Ford roadster is a class act and worthy of
being the best.
A Jerry Wright built Chevy sits
in the Jerry Severs "Paint N Place" colored car. Mike
Bosso claims Donna's was built with left over parts from his
GMP Diecast had their display
of super detailed models showcased
Ivo verses Garlits
that all about? I don't think the four motor is going to pull
it's front wheels up.
Another interesting car was a
1963 Chevy Nova "Fueled By The Fallen" race car that
displays the name and rank of every fallen Marine from Operation
Iraqi Freedom. A nice honor to our troops.
Gene Winfield's very nice salt
flats roadster made it into the main showroom. I wonder if Gene
would let me make a pass in it
I could go for that!
A Mustang for James Bond?
The hot new "get around
it has a 383 Chevy in it! Got to be a E ticket
One of the very unique cars that
will go on the block at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction.
Chip Foose's ride that
he will drive at the NHRA World Finals.
Just a very cool roadster
with a 392 for power.
TV show set
Chip Foose and his troops will
be doing their annual SEMA SHOW overhaul show
project is done on site right down to the paint job.
Just a few shots of the
Did that give you an
idea of how BIG this show is???
Beautiful '57 Chevy with
a 427 under the hood in Chevrolet's booth.
The mint condition 1970 "Super
Challenger" funny car was on display in the Mopar tunnel
times have changed!
A look at the new Camero
All the new Chevy power
was on display... 572?
The NASCAR fans got a up close
of Jeff Gordon's Car Of Tomorrow ride
I don't think many
of us will be driving this tomorrow!
OK, they were everywhere in the
wheels and tires building but I still don't get it
up to 42 inches in diameter! A Bentley with 32" wheels on
.A Hummer with some big ones on it? Gold plated, custom
painted, totally out of proportion wheels on classic cars? Well,
they were here and lots of them
I still don't get it.
My favorite tee shirt
of the show
OK, not all the wheels were big
Weld, Cragar and American had displays I could relate to.
If you don't like
girls .... exit now.
The Girls of SIMA
See you at the 2008 SEMA
better start planning now!
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