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SEMA Show 2023 – Las Vegas

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The latest SEMA Show continued to prove that it’s on a level of its own. This exclusive trade-only event is orchestrated by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and was conceived to propel the foremost automotive aftermarket manufacturers into the limelight, captivating the attention of the globe’s premier buyers. What began modestly in the basement of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in 1967 has evolved into a global phenomenon, now finding its home at the expansive Las Vegas Convention Center.

This venue boasts a staggering 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, supplemented by an additional 1 million square feet of awe-inspiring showcases in outdoor areas. Housing 2,200 exhibitors and drawing over 160,000 attendees, the SEMA Show has become the epicenter for the unveiling of the newest and most groundbreaking products in the automotive aftermarket industry.

Although seasoned SEMA Show attendees might observe a few more open spots compared to pre-pandemic times, SEMA has adeptly filled these spaces with exhibits, ensuring there was an abundance of innovative offerings to explore. Among the five indoor sections, the Central Hall takes the spotlight, featuring the Hot Rod Alley, where products for classic cars and trucks command attention.

To entice buyers to these exhibits, participating companies go to great lengths, showcasing attention-grabbing and jaw-dropping vehicle builds. The pursuit of the best rides commences months in advance, involving collaboration with top builders to create visually striking vehicles. The stakes are high, and any vehicle featured at the SEMA Show attains an elite status.

While the core business-to-business (B2B) discussions unfolded indoors, thrilling demonstrations captivate attendees in the outdoor lots. Notably, the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in the Bronze Lot showcases the industry’s premier pro-touring vehicles competing on an autocross course. The Hoonigan Burnyard in the Silver Lot emerged as a hotspot, serving massive crowds eager to see unapologetic tire-shredding mayhem and billowing plumes of smoke, creating a spectacle unlike any other.

Despite the evolving landscape of the past few years, the SEMA Show remains a visual feast, featuring numerous rides that break the internet with their debuts. One thing remains certain: this event continues to be the ultimate destination to witness some of the world’s most exceptional custom vehicles.

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