The Super Bowl of car shows celebrated their 50th anniversary and the turnout was phenomenal. In fact, the foot traffic at SEMA was so heavy it was actually a pain in the arse to get around the show.
Now, if you haven’t been, the SEMA show is the glue that brings together the brightest minds and the hottest car customizers in the game. From new products to the latest accessories and parts, the SEMA show is the playground for grown adults with an addiction to anything automotive.
The event, which is held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, treated attendees to educational seminars, product demonstrations, networking opportunities, and, of course, tons of custom cars. From lowriders to hot rods, lifted trucks to motorcycles, there’s a little something for everyone, and it’s the one event in which everyone is gunning for a spot.
As we walk the show each year, we’re always looking for the wildest builds, and this year there was a slew of cars, including a diesel-powered 1950 Cadillac coupe that had every inch of its body stretched, cut, or modified in one way or another. The Cadillac also had eight-lug wheels, copper-plated everything, hidden tow hitch, and a Cummins 5.9 engine that’s able to haul boats with ease.
BluePrint Engines was also in attendance with one of their new 350s displayed inside a Candy Red 1965 Impala that was in the TEN booth. BluePrint owns the market when it comes to horsepower per dollar, as they have affordable engines.
When it comes to paint, Axalta always has a large booth, and this year they had a Ford LTD that was painted by Danny D. In addition to their huge booths and indoor and outdoor spots, they also had on display a custom-painted hood, strollers, and more, including the 1948 Fleetline that debuted at the show and was built by House of Pain. They also debuted the original 1958 Impala from American Graffiti that was restored to its original movie condition.
House of Kolor also showed strong with many candy-painted rides that included three-time LOWRIDER of the Year, “El Rey.”
Roll Models sponsor Shell/Quaker State had Michael Grey’s 1957 Bel Air and 1960 Impala in their lineup, and it was good to see everyone stopping by and getting a firsthand glimpse into the cars that appear on our segments.