SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) of the automobile aftermarket industry was held on November 3 to 6, 2015.
Another year has come with SEMA hosting one of the largest conventions of any type (next to Consumer Electronic Show) to be held in at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada. All branches of the automobile aftermarket companies were present from paint, tools, tires, performance parts as well as the large auto companies like Ford, Toyota, Mazda, and Dodge.
This year had also seen the emergence of some popular Japanese custom builders showcase a multitude of builds by popular Kei Miura of Rockey Bunny, Alira Nakai of RWB (RAUH-Wel Begriff), and the charasmatic “Kato-San” of Liberty Walk. One particular Nissan GTR (see image below) made it all the way from Japan to show off its engraved Kuhl Racing bodykit that previously was recognized early in the year at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
The many attendees from around the globe were not disappointed with the great weather SEMA had this year making it easy to appreciate vendors and display vehicles of all makes both indoors and out. Whichever corner you turned, there was a vendor or display vehicle for you to look at. It’s a
One major difference in this year’s SEMA Show was the moving of SEMA Ignited across the street immediately after the SEMA “roll-out” Cruise/Parade. This gave your average fan the opportunity to see some of these amazing SEMA car builds up close and personal versus a documentary to watch on TV. If you’re a car enthusiast but not a member of the auto industry to attend SEMA, we encourage you to experience SEMA Ignited which happens on the last day (Friday) after SEMA where most of the cars at the convention display their cars like a car meet/gathering for the public to see.
We look forward to attending next year’s event to discover the latest and greatest in the automotive aftermarket culture, and we hope we can share those experiences with you as always.
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About SEMA (From official fact sheet):
Founded in 1963, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is a trade association dedicated to helping businesses involved with vehicle customizations. SEMA is governed by a board of directors who volunteer their time to lead and guide the association, and professional staff is responsible for the day-to-day execution of the programs and services.
SEMA consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more. The typical SEMA member company is a small to midsize business, with an owner entering the industry as an enthusiast whose passion led to a career.
For more information, visit www.sema.org.
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