The 51st Annual SEMA Show

Still The Biggest Show For Everything Automotive

Matt EmeryPhotographer, WriterDeanna ScanlonPhotographer

The annual SEMA Show roared into Las Vegas on Halloween, and for the next few days the world got to see all of the newest parts and pieces designed for literally everything automotive. From suspension to engine/drivetrain performance, wheels and tires and everything imaginable that can attach to a motorized vehicle, the SEMA Show did what the SEMA show does — and does it in a huge way.

Held in the cavernous Las Vegas Convention Center, there are (no kidding) miles of aisles that were filled with products from companies that came from around the globe to be in Vegas for the fun. Some of the products were ingenious, and some left us scratching our heads as to why and for what purpose.

It was over 50 years ago a few companies got together to see if they could sell more parts if they actually worked together. The resulting cooperation has turned into the massive entity that’s now SEMA and the resulting show. And while it’s true that the selling of parts continues to be the driving force of this event, for many attendees, SEMA isn’t so much about the new parts as it is about the vehicles that have been built to display those parts.

Some of these builds are full-on customs that feature many of the best products on them, but are usually featuring one product in particular. It’s quite an honor to be chosen to display there, and one that nobody takes lightly. Though SEMA isn’t really a place where there are a lot of prerunners (Off-Road Expo and Sand Sports Show is better for them), there was still a ton of great race, off-road, and even overland vehicles to ogle over.

A while ago, we covered both the Off-Road Expo (Pomona edition) and the Sand Sports Super Show and said that they may be eclipsing SEMA as the must attend show for off-roaders. We still tend to lean that way, but there’s no disputing that SEMA has a lot of stuff that you may not have seen yet. This is especially true of performance parts. The engine guys still view SEMA as the place to debut new parts, and there was a lot to look at and add to out wish lists.

We’re keeping this intro short so we can get in as many pictures as possible of the cool (and some so not cool) vehicles that were found at the show, but know that you’ll be able to see more if you go to our website at fourwheeler.com. We have the SEMA New Products elsewhere in this issue, so look for those too.