This year, I began my journey to the SEMA Show after leaving the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky. I knew I wouldn’t be able to go home, so I had to load my truck up and pack for an extended road trip from Kentucky all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada.
After a week in Louisville, I left on Saturday morning and was able to catch a NASCAR race the following Sunday. Even though it was a long journey to Vegas, I made sure to washed, stocked, and take care of my truck properly so I had no troubles and a smooth ride. The lengthy days of driving made me reminiscent of days when I used to spend more time on the road in my truck than in my home!
I arrived in Las Vegas one whole week before SEMA was set to begin. I used that time to help some of my buddies set up their booths. On the Tuesday before the event started, my fiancée Tammy arrived! We got to take a thrilling helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and, because it was late October, we were able to see all of Vegas’s crazy Halloween decorations.
When SEMA finally started, I got right to work. It was a busy four days filled with lots of walking, talking, and experiencing everything the show had to offer. I had fun-filled days, late dinners, and later nights. I had such a great time hanging out with old friends and talking to people about STA-BIL. I also got to help give away a STA-BIL 360 ’71 Camaro!
Another cool thing we did this year was print out free Polaroid pictures. Anyone could come over and have their SEMA photo instantly printed by using the hashtag #STABILSEMA on either Twitter or Instagram. I hope we do that again next year because it was really fun!
At SEMA there is an endless amount of cars to see (click here for some photos of my favorites), but I’m a monster truck man. So, I think the coolest thing that I got to see at the event this year topped the Ferraris and Lamborghinis: it was the FIRST ELECTRIC MONSTER TRUCK, BIGFOOT #20! It was by far my favorite thing at SEMA.
I was also intrigued by a new paint-on chrome product which is available in many different colors and can be applied to a variety of surfaces. It instantly made me want to put some on my lawnmower!
The event flowed as smoothly as possible for me, with some fantastic help from the Gold Eagle team. I heard that over 130,000 people walked through the SEMA Show this year, which is great! After everything was over I loaded up my truck and got it ready for storage. I didn’t drive, but instead took a plane back home to Georgia – I didn’t get back until 6 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Overall, I had the best time at SEMA. I ate too much, walked too much, and dried out my skin in the desert heat but I already can’t wait to go back next year. Seeing exciting innovations, meeting fans, and getting to educate people about how to take care of their cars will never get old.
See you next year, SEMA Show!
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