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SEMA 2015 through the eyes of Car Street Journal

[dropcap style=”style1″]E[/dropcap]ach year Car Street Journal makes its way to the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s show, more commonly known as the SEMA Show to track down awesome new products and deliver breaking news on all things automotive happening at the show. This year we decided to share some of our personal experiences with our readers and give you a look into what we experience as well as write about.

In the words of Nicole Ellan James, Editor-in-Chief:

In black and white terms, SEMA is hell week in the best way possible. Its a week where you wake up early, work all day, stay up late continuing to work, and then forget to eat and drink like a normal person. Its overwhelming, magical, and literally nothing can compare. While it is a trade show or a convention, its also a car show in the sense that aftermarket company’s bring out the best of the best to represent the new products they have developed. SEMA is a place to see and be seen in the automotive industry.

The show has something for everyone, including off-road junkies, speed addicts, and those who cant get enough of the classics, as well as those who are die hard JDM fans, Euro aficionado, or have their hart set with Domestics.

This year, I attended SEMA with a purpose.

My goal was to do as many interviews as possible, and I have to say… I definitively succeeded and in doing so racked up a solid 15 hours of sleep between 6 days.

Highlights of my SEMA experience were getting private one-on-one interviews with the stars of Velocity, interviewing the Ring Brothers, Bodie Stroud, and a number of other leaders in the automotive industry, in addition to seeing new products, Arizona cars, and bonding with my CSJ family.

In the words of Hans MArquez, Senior Photography Editor: 

SEMA was well, SEMA. It was AWESOME! Going into it this year and partnering up with my Editor-in-Chief, Nicole, we had a crazy schedule. From interviewing great builders such as Bodie Stroud and the Ring Brothers to drifting the Superformance Cobras on SEMA’s skid pad to everything else in between.

With a total of 15 hours of sleep the whole week we were there, with late night editing and article writing, it was by far worth it. It’s expected to see some of the best of the best cars out at SEMA but it’s another to see your very own locals representing Arizona at SEMA. Seeing Corey Hosford’s new competition Z was on the top of my list. Not just because it said “Like a Boss” on the spoiler but because of the amount of work that was put into this car. I’m excited to see him compete in next year’s Formula Drift Competition.

If I had to pick my top highlight moment, it’d have to be spending it with my Car Street Journal Family. We’ve gone through a lot together to build it up to where we are and I can honestly say, I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Till next time SEMA. Signing out, Hans Marquez, Senior Photography Editor. 

In the words of Matthew Harris, Reporter: 

SEMA 2015 has come to a close and as I return back to my home and my anything but normal day to day life. the constant statements and questions I keep hearing from friends are: “Oh, you’re so lucky!” “Did you have fun?” “How was the trip?” “A week in Vegas is way too long.” “Did you get to see anything insanely cool?”

As much as I enjoy everyone’s interest in how it went, it’s extremely difficult to answer a question or respond to a statement without nerding out quite a bit. I find myself getting into two hour conversations over the tiniest details of SEMA.

Of course I saw some badass things. You can’t turn a corner or blink an eye without something jumping straight out of your petrol head fantasies. SEMA is a car enthusiast paradise and there are amazing customizations everywhere- new and old vehicles decked out with incredible aftermarket parts.

As if that wasn’t enough, the halls were filled with automotive celebrities of all types this includes some iconic vehicles as well.

To keep it simple, I certainly realize how lucky I am to get the chance to attend SEMA as media with Car Street Journal.

However, this is was no vacation. It is my job to report back to the masses, and I have worked my butt off to get to SEMA and learned that being there is also no walk in the park. I did have fun yes, but my time at SEMA was also filled with stress and running around in circles like a chicken with its head cut off in order to get to or find the next vehicle, event, or interview to do an article on.

Let me tell you, this is no easy task considering the large scale of SEMA. The sheer size of it did cause me to drop the ball once or twice until I could get my bearings straight on where everything was. Friends and colleagues that have attended before can give you warnings to let you know about all this but until you experience the work overload and walking over 30 miles in one week you just won’t understand the magnitude of what’s involved.

Now that I have made it through my first successful SEMA. Bring on SEMA 2016!!!

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