A showcase of the cream of the 2013 Sema show crop
BY BOB RYDER
The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show is the largest automotive specialty products trade expo on the planet. The Show originated in Los Angeles underneath the Dodger Stadium bleachers in January 1967. The event was relocated to the then-new, spacious Anaheim Convention Center in 1968, before moving to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 1977, where it’s been ever since. The Las Vegas Convention Center’s three massive exhibit halls cover 3.2 million square feet, and if you were to walk every aisle of the show, you would have walked 11 miles!
The 2013 SEMA Show set a new attendance record with more than 126,000 buyers and 2,380 exhibitors during the four-day extravaganza. The SEMA New Products Showcase display was a major focal point as attendees checked out more than 2,000 of the aftermarket’s hottest new items.
The real stars of the 2013 SEMA Show were the custom vehicles ranging from wild hot rods, street rods, classics and customs to trucks, early/late model muscle cars and exotics. The talk of Detroit’s big three was the debut of the all-new ’14 Corvette Stingray. A huge gathering of more performance cars and trucks was displayed outside in front of the convention center. Meguiar’s outdoor Car Crazy TV show, featured hand-picked custom vehicles that were rolled onto the Car Crazy stage while the owners were interviewed by Barry Meguiar himself.
At the closing of the event, hundreds of the indoor and outdoor display vehicles participated in the Exit Parade. A police escort ushered the procession in front of the convention center and down Paradise Road, continuing to the Palms Casino & Resort where Pinididit hosted the Destination Car Show and after party.
A version of this article first appeared in the May-June 2014 print issue of Maximum Drive