As a car enthusiast, we enjoy going to different shows that involves car. From there, we can see different models of cars coming from various manufacturers. There are even cars there from different countries. We might just be attending the event, but coming there to witness how amazing the cars were is already an opportunity that not every car enthusiast can grab. So, if it happens that a particular event is just in town, then we better grab it and never miss it.
One of the most awaited event that car enthusiasts did not fail to attend is the Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA Show, which started on October 31, 2017 and concluded on November 3, 2017. This is a premiere trading exhibition, which started its operation in 1963 and started organizing events in 1967. The SEMA consists of various groups, such as manufacturers, resellers, distributors, retailers, restorers, car clubs, publishing companies and race teams.
The 4-day annual show held in the Las Vegas Convention Center is a great opportunity for every participant to promote innovative products and showcase their business. Through this event the entrepreneurs had the chance to connect with different industries from 140 countries. There were also seminars, focusing on techniques and strategies in marketing.
New Products Display
The aftermarket displayed new exciting and best products. There were around 3,000 entries for new products judged in 16 categories. Some of the winners were the ALLDATA LLC for Collision Repair & Refinish Product, the Holley/MSD for Engineered New Product, Westin Automotive for Exterior Accessory Product, Switch-Pros for Accessory Product, Lund International for Merchandising Display, Secure360 Automotive Security Camera for Mobile Electronics Product, Austin International Mfg Inc. for Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product, Liquid Armour Protective Coatings LLC for Packaging Design, Holley/MSD Racepak Vantage for Performance-Racing Product, COMP Performance Group for Performance-Street Product and Holley/MSD for Powersports Product.
Extreme Test Driving
The Continental Tire delivered an ultimate driving experience for show goers. They had the chance to hang out, ride a car and see builds from car builders. Chris ‘Teach’ McNeil was even there, showing off a BMW G310R. During the event Jeff Lang from the Sunline Auto Restyling took the award as the PRO Restyler of the Year, Eastman Chemical Company – Llumar Window Films for PRO Manufacturer of the Year, Bill North of Katzkin Leather for PRO Nat Danas Person and Scott Wolin of Chicago Parts & Sound for PRO Jim Boree Lifetime Achievement Award.
SEMA Industry Awards Banquet
The eminent awards were given during the third day of the said event. John Jhonson of the Spartan Group got the SEMA Person of the Year, the MagnaFlow got the SEMA Manufacturer of the Year, the Considine Sales & Marketing got the SEMA Rep Agency of the Year, Meyer Distributing got the SEMA WD of the Year and then, for the SEMA Gen-III Innovator of the Year award, Pete Gonzales of Darkside Scientific got it.
On the last day, the SEMA Ignited led the end-party. This day is open for everybody. This is now the biggest chance of every car enthusiast to witness. The annual SEMA Battle of the Builders was held with over 300 applications. The Ultimate Vehicle Builder title was taken by Troy Trepanier.