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SEMA Show 2014

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The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada is the premier product showcase event in the USA. It draws industry leaders from all over the world to show off the newest and greatest offerings that will soon be available to the public. The Show is not open to the general public and you must be in the automotive industry, media, or tool manufacturing industry to attend. SEMA provides attendees with opportunities to network with their peers, attend seminars and product demonstrations, as well as a special events.

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If you are a car or truck enthusiast and are in the automotive industry, then this is a must see event. The show is open from Tuesday through Friday, and takes the majority of that time to experience everything SEMA has to offer. Due to the size of SEMA, most of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s indoor space and outside lot were utilized, to include a building across the street and some of Westgate Hotel. The weather was perfect for a show this large with temps averaging in the mid 70’s and hardly a cloud in the sky all week. There was something for everyone to see from new products, exotic and stanced cars, to lifted trucks. The SEMA staff did a great job providing information as to where everything was located; there were maps available and staff members to answer any question.

There were many themes throughout the Show and one of the most prevalent was the abundance of lifted trucks and Jeeps displaying the newest in technology and style. Off-road lighting was also found on most of the lifted vehicles from many manufacturers in all shapes and sizes.
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Wide-body cars seemed to be the second most popular on display. There were many diverse types of cars sporting Rocket Bunny flares. The phrase “Rocket Bunny everything” was heard often. Liberty Walk had a large showing with over 20 cars. This included their insane Ferrari 458 which, unfortunately, was rear ended during the SEMA Cruise on Friday night after the show.
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On the three-acre Ford Out Front venue, you could find a variety of events. These events included a ride along in a Raptor or one of the many Mustangs in attendance from Roush and RTR. Vaughn Gittin Jr and Ryan Tuerck performed drifting exhibitions throughout the week in RTR Mustangs and an expertly customized 2015 Ford F-150 named the “Ultimate Fun Haver”. Roush Fenway driver Chris Buescher put on a great show in his Nationwide car. The excited look on his face was obvious as he drifted around the arena and included a few jumps. DRAGG (Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti) brought out their Mustang and police-inspired Focus ST to put on a show for the crowds in attendance as well.
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Ken Block’s “Hoonicorn” was on display in the Ford section of the indoor show. This heavily modified 845hp all-wheel-drive 65 Mustang is the co-star in Gymkhana 7. The car is just as amazing in person as in the internet movie.
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Toyota caught a lot of people off guard with their 2015 Camry “Sleeper” drag car. Before displaying the beast within this funny car styled body, it looked like an ordinary 2015 Camry on display.
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Chip Foose and the rew from Overhaulin were on site for the week building a custom 1957 Chevy.

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After the show was over, the crowds were treated to the SEMA Cruise. Many of the show cars cruised over to the Linq for SEMA Ignited. Ignited gave off the feel of a large car meet complete with food and drinks vendors, high-end builds, celebrities, and even a TV show being made on the main stage. It was the perfect way to cap off an amazing week in Vegas.
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On a more personal level, this was a long dreamed opportunity for Carshowz Lead Photographer Mike M. Since it was a first time experience there was much to learn about time management and the overall Show operations. If you have never been to such a large event, it can be intimidating. Expect to walk miles per day so remember to wear comfortable shoes. Bring a backpack because almost every display has handouts to take home. Use the event as an opportunity to network with your peers. Never be afraid to talk to people. You are all there for the same reason. You never know when talking to the right people may land you some invites to the abundance of after-parties that go on every night. Most important of all is to have fun at the event because it only happens once a year and there is nothing like it.

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Full photo coverage fan be found on www.carshowz.com at the following link:

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From an early age my parents used to take me to car shows and a few automotive museums and that is where I got the car bug. Ever since then I have had mainly cars that were more go than show until 2008 when I bought my 2005 Silverado. I started showing the truck and soon after started taking pictures at the shows. In early 2012 I put a call out asking if any sites needed a photographer and here I am, A proud member of the Carshowz family.

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