Welcome to SEMA Show Week here at Cool Rides Online. The annual show takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s event will take place from November 4th – 7th. We begin SEMA Week with a look back at the history of the SEMA Show.
Today, the SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event on the planet. Although it is not open to the general public, it draws the brightest minds in the industry to one place. Besides a new product showcase, attendees have access to educational seminars, demonstrations and wonderful opportunities to network. Here is a look at the history behind the SEMA Show.
SEMA Show Beginnings
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) was formed in 1963. At the time, it consisted of a small number of pioneers in the high-performance parts industry. The first event was held in 1967 in the basement of Dodger Stadium with five displays. The next year, the show was relocated to the Anaheim Convention Center and saw much greater participation.
SEMA in the 1970s
As the 1970s approached, the auto industry was developing new car models. Muscle cars were no longer in the forefront as insurance companies and the EPA placed strict guidelines on factory produced performance cars. However, enthusiasm still ran high in people looking to personalize rides. The aftermarket parts business soared, and SEMA was the ideal place for manufacturers, distributors and buyers to network. In 1977, the SEMA Show moved for the last time to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
SEMA continues to grow. Last year, over 60,000 buyers flocked to the event. Since market trends are continuously changing with technological advancements, the show has designated 12 unique sections and a new product showcase. It has maintained its reputation as the ultimate automotive specialty products trade event. Its strict admittance policies frustrate average auto enthusiasts. However, if the opportunity arises, it is a must-see event filled with the coolest vehicles and amazing future trends scattered throughout 1 million square feet.
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