Seen on Tuesday

Busy Day to Open the show

Larry Jewett - November 02, 2011 11:04 AM


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From the morning breakfast where the SEMA Awards vehicles were announced through the closing bell at 5 p.m., there was no shortage of activity at the 2011 SEMA Show. Exhibitors reported brisk traffic in many locations. The popular Central Hall was a bit more crowded than the north Hall or South Hall, but there was plenty of traffic in the aisles no matter where you went.

Some of the cool things we saw on the first day included the engine at Proform Parts. It's covered in handset stones and stopped traffic in the aisle. The lovely security guard Amber signing posters showed a the defeinite difference in the genders. While the women were staring at the shiny powerplant, the men were happy to get Amber's signature.

We had the opportunity to visit with Hydro-Electric, who made the trip from Florida to Nevada to see what's new and exciting. They have a great selection of convertible tops and all the parts to fix any problem you might have.

Stewart Haslam from YearOne visited the booth. They have another event at their Braselton, Georgia location coming up in two weeks and it promises to be anothehr great family event.

Pinstriping gets a lot of attention and you'll find some of the artists desmonstrating their talents or explaining their handiwork on cars in the booths. You might even get lucky enough to have the personal touch on your cell phone.

Toyo Tires, in connection with their sponsorship with UFC, had a mini-ring on display. You could get your picture taken with the championship belt.

Of course, there were cars everywhere but the sun was shining brightly and it wasn't a good day to shoot outdoors. We'll try again today. The temperature has dropped and the sun won't be so harsh.

Doors open in less than an hour. Activity plans include Hot Rodders of Tomorrow competition, visiting more places with great ideas (how about an urn for your departed hot rod lover's ashes?) and taking it all in. Watch for more throughout the day.