The SEMA Show
is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the
world and is not open to the general public. It draws the industrys
brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas
Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts
more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries
for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and
SUV, and RV markets. SEMA Show 2009 drew more than 50,000 domestic
and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12
sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 1,500 newly
introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA
Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations,
special events, networking opportunities. Quite the growth from
the 1967 show which had 98 booths and 3000 attendees.
If a product is involved in the automotive aftermarket
on display here. Also, 15 manufacturers representing 32 nameplates
had displays. With more than 60 seminars and 100 professional
speakers, the SEMA Show offered industry professionals the ability
to take advantage of a premier learning opportunity.
We at WDIFL.com
are focused on the performance industry so our coverage mainly
concerns this area but with lots of photos of the show most of
our readers will never be able to attend.
story by John Ewald
Any show that
has anything to do with cars you'll find Chico Kodama of MoonEyes.
and his P-Ayr has perfected the light weight mock up engine blocks,
heads and other engine parts. When you see a car in a museum
on display there is a good chance it has one of his blocks in
it. They look just like the real cast iron parts.
Vic Woods of
Hedman takes a moment to give Cynthia Carpenter a hug...guys
like doing that.
type of vehicle on earth is on display somewhere in one of the
and accessories for them...yes, by the hundreds were on display.
that wants to be known in the automotive industry worldwide had
a display at the SEMA Show, be it big or small...they were there.
Also many book
publishers were there, here Mickey Bryant signs a copy of his
"Three Weeks in March" book for Cynthia. Mickey is
currently working on a new book about Don Garlits.
Doug Evans oversees
all the magazines for Source Interlink like Hot Rod, Car Craft,
of MCLEOD clutches was on hand helping buyers make decisions.
Motorsports had a very impressive Indy Car display.
Back in charge
and running MCLEOD clutches after B&M sold it is the man
who started it, Red Roberts.
is the very first Honda sold in the U.S.....for real!
here designer Steve Saleen gives signs posters to the attendees.
Project 1320: Pioneers of the Quarter
was well represented and well received.
and Tom Shelar were on hand to represent MasterCam CNC programs.
John Ewald trying
out a new live action simulator and you felt every move the car
Tom Long of GMP
was a happy guy...his company makes only the finest of die cast
cut-away of one of the new Chevy engines.
Part of Fords
display was a Mustang hood custom painted and sign by John and
Ashley Force, Parnelli Jones, Steve Saleen and Carol Shelby...not
a bad group.
We went nostalgia
and stayed at the Tropicana, nice location and great view at
night of the strip.
in personalities...Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins and Shirley
real sure what was behind this kiss but Force enjoyed it.
Force, Don Prudhomme and Bob Glidden....some major history here.
number one driver in NHRA history...Big Daddy Don Garlits.
of the highlights of the SEMA Show was the NHRA Breakfast and
heading up was the best MC around...Bob Fry.
With Fry putting
out some good questions to the panel...the laughs took over!
Big against Shirley...Force and Prudhomme going at it...very
having a ball showing off his newly restore Hot Wheels hauler,
it is a plenty trick piece even at todays standards.
After the NHRA
breakfast the whole group did an autograph session...the line
to get one went into the next building.
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