Are you bummed out because you couldn’t attend the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas? Don’t sweat it, we have you covered. We’ve collected a huge number of images from the show representing everything from the wildest and wackiest 4x4s to some snaps of celebrity appearances.
What is this thing called the SEMA Show? Well, it’s a four-day, industry-only, annual event where companies show off their wares to international and domestic buyers, distributors, and the press. The show can trace its roots back to 1967 and it’s hosted by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (better known simply as SEMA). What is SEMA? Glad you asked. SEMA is an important organization that is focused on protecting your rights to drive accessorized, customized, and vintage vehicles. The significance of this organization cannot be stressed enough.
The SEMA Show is no ordinary show and it has no equal. Even by Vegas standards, it’s a gigantic event. The 2013 show featured over 2,500 exhibitors, which is the highest in the SEMA Show’s history. Add to that the fact that over 130,000 industry professionals attended from more than 130 countries and there were over 2,000 new, cutting-edge automotive products in the New Product Showcase, and the enormity of the show becomes clear. The 2013 SEMA Show featured 12 themed sections including, but not limited to, Tools and Equipment; Mobile Electronics; Wheels and Accessories; and Trucks, SUVs and Off-Road. The point is, every aspect of vehicle modification is represented.
Many manufacturers at the SEMA Show use customized vehicles to show off products or just draw attention. The vehicles vary widely. Its standard fare to see a rig with gritty real-world functionality parked a few feet from an over-the-top showpiece that looks like a Vegas showgirl on wheels.
No matter what kind of 4x4 you like, the SEMA Show probably has it.
Celebrities at SEMA
A number of manufacturers increase their booth traffic at SEMA by bringing in celebrities to sign autographs. In fact, so many manufacturers do this that SEMA publishes a list of celebrity appearances prior to the show. Here are a couple celebrity sightings from this year’s show.