SEMA 2015

Specialty Equipment Market Association

The SEMA Show takes place November 1 – November 4, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road; Las Vegas, NV 89109.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

The 2015 SEMA Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…


[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.





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