Hello Mr Dobbins!
Building a car can, at times, be a bit overwhelming. With so many options to choose from for just about anything you may desire to do, along with a seemingly endless amount of internet vendors all selling what seems to be the same product, a car build can be hard to manage at times. Fortunately, there is a safe bet for you if you want to put your hands on anything related to your car build or to speak with a manufacturer representative.
With no better location to place a bet, The “Specialty Equipment Market Association” ( ) has been hosting an annual trade show in Las Vegas for just that. SEMA
For the 50th year running, SEMA has been advocating, promoting, and...most importantly...working to protect an industry so many of us love: modifications for our vehicles. Just about anything you can dream up to change on your vehicle is represented on the floor at SEMA. There are also many companies at this massive show hoping to start the next big automotive trend so it is a great place to get ideas.
This car will eat you.
Or at least your fingers.....
With campaigns built around bringing the automotive community together to help prevent laws and regulations that could have adverse effects on what we do and how we personalize our vehicles, SEMA has taken on a role of education. They aspire to inform as they provide a platform for our unified voices as "cartruckmotorcycleatv" (really, anything with wheels and engines) enthusiasts and they have proven the worth of their organization countless times by their actions to raise awareness. Wow. As you will see soon enough I have gained an appreciation for drifting and the culture that brought it up. This car is sweet. The real story today is the tradeshow SEMA is truly a celebration of show and go, along with anything in between or around. For the price of a display booth you can help support the cause with SEMA, and put your product out in front of more people than you will ever get sitting on a busy streetcorner in any town here in the US. . It would be a tragic waste of bandwidth for me to try to describe everything that I saw walking around the show floor. My eyes popped out of my head more times than I care to count and, as you're heard before, a picture is worth a thousand words. Even many of the were fantastic. SEMA is a true automotive dream event. static displays My favorite race car genre...ever.
Green with envy!
Auto shops work tirelessly to prepare their cars for the bright lights of SEMA. Hurry, hurry, hurry, it is last minute everything for many of these builders. My favorite quote of the show came from some fellas affiliated with the
Lucky 7 Speed shop
in Nor-Cal. I was informed by one of their representatives that, "The paint guys were going to cut the cords to our welders!" That sums up a lot in the world of car building doesn't it?
Thank goodness we ran into the folks from Lucky 7. I was just about to do an "off the deep end inspection" on their show car to figure out what was so different about it when they arrived at their display. All is well, they told me and then did a full walk around. All I can say is, wow.
They named it, "Tomahawk".