It’s the biggest show in Vegas! It’s the largest automotive parts show in the world. Most importantly, it’s the home of the hottest, slickest, weirdest, project rides and custom builds in the country, and you probably didn’t go. “It” is the annual SEMA show that descends on Sin City each November filling convention hall after convention hall with automotive parts, parts for parts, parts that make parts, seminars about parts, apparel for humans selling parts, and food courts. Oh…SEMA also finds space for 1,500 totally amazing machines competing for the Battle of the Builders title.
SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) is an industry show that is closed to the public. Never the less, SEMA attracts over 160,000 exhibitors, buyers and press each year to cram into the miles of display corridors seeing, buying, and selling parts. While the hood hinge display may have only drawn a specific crowd, you can bet that all 160,000+ attendees made their way to the North Hall to ogle the custom builds.
You couldn’t go and unless you suck up to one of the 6,500 SEMA member companies, you won’t get credentials for the 2019 show either. But, just to give you a taste of what you are missing, we’ll give you a rundown on some of the hottest rides.