Judging by the photo above, it’s hard to believe that just 15 hours prior, the 2016 SEMA show ended. The Speciality Equipment Marketing Association trade show allows those in the automotive industry to see what’s new and the latest trends as well as how the product enhances the look of a vehicle, network with companies, learn how to grow your business in various ways, and also hobnob with some celebrities in the automotive world. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, attendees from as far as the other side of the world gathered to celebrate what was SEMA’s 50th Anniversary last week….
…and I was there to take it all in. The 2016 SEMA show was my seventh show, but every first Tuesday in November (sometimes it’s the last Tuesday of October), I cry tears of joy when the monorail that I’m on arrives at the Convention Center and I’m staring down at all of the cars. Sounds a little dramatic, but I literally want to hug random strangers because that’s how excited I am. Yes, I live for SEMA.
This year, I noticed a lot of Nissan GTRs, Lamborghini Huracans, Ferraris (but only the 458, 488, and dare I say it- the LaFerrari), and McLarens as the vehicles on display, widebody cars and trucks in general, full sized pickup trucks- you know- Dodge Ram, Ford F-250/F-350, Toyota Tundra, GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, vehicles wearing Rotiform, Forgiato, or Vorsteiner wheels, vehicles with Toyo Tires, vehicles with Accuair suspension, a few Porsches- half of which had the increasingly popular Rauh-Welt Begriff body kit (the other half were the 918, 911R, and GT3RS models), and then I noticed some vehicles that refused to fit in the categories above. Oh, and my personal opinion- best use of booth space was a tie between Vossen Wheels and their maze of signatures which led you into their private gallery with a bartender in the middle and the chic Giovanna Wheels’ black and white booth. Basically the booth was split diagnally black and white with three black and white cars parked in the middle- and no, I’m not being biased because they used my favorite colors.
Originally, I intended to have multiple posts about the 2016 SEMA Show, but I haven’t had the chance to create them. Unfortunately, this is the only SEMA recap I could do, and here’s a tease of some of the coverage I had.