You Just Never Know
Larry Jewett - December 05, 2013 10:00 AM
Elsewhere, we talk about the new cars, but SEMA is not all product launches. John Kundrat drove his midyear Corvette from Ohio to Nevada to be a part of the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational and join the SEMA crowd. He’s putting his stickers on the car before the start of the show.
A fine Pontiac had a little elbow room in the outdoor lot, but it soon had plenty of neighbors as the area filled with more eye candy.
Edelbrock bills themselves as “The Fun Team” and it is hard to imagine more fun than taking this Ohio Technical College Cougar for a spin.
Inside the show, cars served as attention magnets at many of the booth displays. Who could pass by a classic Buick with modern touches and not take a look?
Classic Recreations gave an idea of their handiwork with this Coyote powered ’67 GT500CR, found in the Dynacorn display booth.
It was a source of wonderment. The younger show-going crowd that left the nearby import booths had no idea what they were looking at while the “older” guys nodded knowingly. To top it off, this Studebaker was in the Kicker booth, which means there’s a killer sound system in the car, too.
Product demonstrations abound as companies show their greatest new innovations and the best way to do it is by actually using it. Jim Stewart of Gearwrench explains the company’s ratchets to interested viewers.
Don Barry, president of ACCEL Performance Group (formerly known as Prestolite Performance) announces the company’s new change and unveils two special vehicles, along with an improved product line. The company is celebrating a special anniversary of its Mr. Gasket line.
Bill McLean of Dr. Color Chip shows the simplicity of the product. Dr. Color Chip was a first-time exhibitor to SEMA and drew heavy traffic to their North Hall location.
Vic Edelbrock (left) presented the keys to a new Mustang to Lonnie Hammock. Edelbrock gave away the car to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the company.
Corky Coker of Coker Tire announces the arrival of a new television show called Backroad Gold. Coker and his son-in-law hit the road to seek out barn finds across the country. The show is scheduled to debut on The Travel Channel in the first quarter of 2014.
It’s SEMA and it’s Las Vegas, so you just never know. Scott Drake is behind the wheel of a first generation Mustang on display in his booth. The car will be traveling the country during the Mustang 50th anniversary and sold in 2015 for a charitable cause (models not included).
SEMA awards the “Hottest Car” as one of its early show honors, based on an assessment of the car choice of displays throughout the show. The 2013 winner was Ford’s Mustang, so this trophy shared a glass case at the Ford booth with “Hottest Truck” for the F-Series.
SEMA New Product awards are a coveted honor. At the Tuesday morning breakfast, winners were selected in 16 categories.
DashLogic from Palmer Performance had the unique honor of picking up two New Product Awards, the only item to do it in 2013.
A window film company found a unique way to display their product while allowing the difference to be very noticeable.
Visitors at the GM location could get behind the wheel to play the Gran Turismo game with the actual promotional Corvette right beside it. More people were interested in the car than playing the game.
The brave were not going to be satisfied with a video game. They signed up for hot laps in the Find New Road experience, jumping into the passenger seat with a professional driver.
A California police department is sending the message of the greater thrills of drag racing. DRAGG stands for Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti.
It’s not all about pretty cars. These three vehicles were parked outside the halls, waiting to be used in the demonstration of emergency rescue tools.
The 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas is now a part of history, but there are many who are still talking about it to this day.
There are still deals between product manufacturers and those who sell products that are being negotiated. The reach of the SEMA experience is vast, depending on the purpose of your visit.
We were there again this year with the idea of being the eyes and ears of those who couldn’t be, not because we wanted to flaunt our privilege, but because we think it’s important for you to know what goes on. You may have seen some of the videos at www.carsandparts.com that Andy Bolig produced (it became the tech editor’s job this year). It’s impossible to capture it all, but we think we have skimmed the surface enough to bring you a good informed look at the hectic days that surround the show. If you think we could do better, give us another chance and we’ll go back next year. Come to think of it, we’re going back anyway. In the meantime, this is what we spotted this year.