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Las Vegas, NV (Nov7) – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association, founded in 1963, and debuted in 1967, along with the AAPEX, automotive aftermarket products Expo, held its’ annual event last week.
Over 100,000 professionals representing 100 countries attended with the largest gathering of small businesses in the United States.
The show brings together manufacturing and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry, with products including the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience, and safety of cars and trucks.
This year the exhibitors chose three of the hottest trucks, cars, and 4X4 SUV’s. The SEMA Award for hot new car; the Chevrolet Camaro, hottest truck; the Ford F-Series, and the Jeep Wrangler took the award for hottest 4/4 SUV.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, NASCAR Camping World Series driver, and fourth -generation Earnhardt, Robby Gordon, NASCAR driver #7 Sprint Cup Series, and Aric Almirola, NASCAR driver, #51 Truck series, #88 Nationwide Series all signed autographs and posed for photos with the fans.
TV personality Dennis Anderson, creator and driver of the monster “Grave Digger” truck supported the Magnaflow booth signing autographs and posing for photos with his fans.
Chip Foose, one of today’s top award winning automotive designers and builder of cars, signed autographs for hundreds of fans who stood in line for hours. George Barris, designer of the Batmobile, Munster coach, hundreds of movie cars and an ICON of automotive styling and restyling was a favorite with an earlier generation of car enthusiast.
Another, Gene Winfield, legendary American custom car builder and airbrush master, greeted fans and posed for photos with vehicles he painted.
Individuals Ken and Darlene Wallace were invited to exhibit their monster- renovated 1957 Ford Thunderbird. The T-bird highlighted numerous vendors’ products. It was a ten- year project for the Wallace’s that started out as a restoration but evolved into a hot rod beauty.
Tens of thousands of square feet of hot rods, mobile electronics and technology, paint and body equipment, power sports and utility vehicles, racing and performance, restoration marketplace, restyling and car care accessories, tools and equipment, trucks, SUVs and off-road, global tire expo, new products, art exhibits, center for international commerce, drifting exhibitions, parties, and celebrity appearances made for an exhausting week for those who attended.
However, if you are in the trade, and have not registered for one of these annual shows, it’s a must see.
Brenda Hyatt – WorldNewsVine – Las Vegas, NV
Photography by – Donald Scelzo – WorldNewsVine – Las Vegas, NV