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The 50th annual SEMA ( Specialty Equipment Market Association ) trade show took place from November 1st thru November 4th at the Las Vegas Convention Center and we were there to document the activities. Being the 50th show, there were many special events and shows as well as exhibitors to see, including the Battle of the Builders show, which showcased the talents and skills of some of the best builders in the country.
There were literally hundreds of thousands of attendees, and tens of thousands of buyers and exhibitors and quite a few industry celebrities as well. Attractions included product demonstrations, informational seminars, sports cars, exotic cars, classic cars and concept vehicles on display, as well as a huge selection of booths with product vendors.
This automotive industry trade show is the absolute largest of it’s kind, and is virtually the who’s who of the automotive equipment and interests industry.
Naturally, there were plenty of cool cars and collector automobiles to look at –
and plenty of other attractions –
Of course, our favorite attractions to view when visiting were the automotive garage tool and equipment manufacturer booths. We got the opportunity to visit with some of our favorite and most popular equipment manufacturers, and some new manufacturers that we will be carrying as well. We also got a sneak peak at some interesting and exciting new products as well.
Check out the BelAire air compressors booth here –
And the folks from Industrial Gold air compressors here –
Both of these air compressor manufacturers we have been carrying for over 15 years. You can’t go wrong with either if you’re looking for a commercial quality air compressor for your auto shop garage. BelAire is the largest name in air compressors, and the are made in the USA. They have a 2 year warranty that covers every component, and they offer full on-site service if you do have any warranty issues anywhere in the USA.
Industrial Gold offers premium compressor features in the Platinum line of machines, including low oil monitor, vibration pads, mag starter and after-cooler, for the most dry air you can get without a refrigerated air drier. They have models ranging from 5 HP up to 30 HP. You can get reciprocating or the super quiet rotary screw models.
We also visited with ESCO automotive equipment. They manufacture some truly unique shop equipment, and are always innovating. They specialize in air jacks, floor jacks, jack stands and tire and wheel service equipment and tools.
We also had a little fun out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We got the opportunity to play with cars. Specifically with NASCAR cars. We got to test drive NASCAR cars at the Richard Petty Driving Experience School. We highly recommend you try it out if you’re ever in Vegas. It’s a blast.
And when you stay at the right hotels, you can even view some incredible cool cars right at the hotel check-in area. In this case, we stayed at the ARIA Hotel, where there was always a line of premium sports and exotic cars waiting outside –
All in all, it was another banner year for the automotive industry at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, and maybe just a little extra special for it’s 50th anniversary.
– Here’s to 50 more years!
We don’t just post articles about automotive equipment. about We have frequently posted the dates of trade shows, car shows, swap meets, club meets and other vrelated events on our blog. Today is the most recent listings for you to review. We recommend checking these events out if they are in you area.
August 24 – Guntersville, AL. River Run is hosted by the Lions club and there will also be a charity car show at Lake Guntersville at Marshal County Park. Call 256-728-7378
August 25th – Lavoca, AR . 12th annual Lavoca Open Car Show at Oak Bower Park. Call 479-462-9629
September 2nd and Oct 4th – Sumter Swap Meet at the Sumter Fairgrounds in Bushnell, FL 800-438-8559
August 9-11 – Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In at Hiawassee – 662-587-9572
August 24 – 26th – Evansville, IN. 38th annual Frog Frollies Vanderburgh County 4 H Center. Call 812-853-8758
August 3 – 5 – Bowling Green, KY. NMCA Muscle Car Nationals. The best street legal racing with Chevy vs Ford vs Mopar – Call 714-444-2426
October 11-13 – Cruisin’ The Coast Automotive Swap Meet at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center. Call 888-808-1188
September 21st – 23rd. – Phoenix, AZ. NMCA Flowmaster West Street Car Series. Call 714-444-2426
September 29 – West Monroe, LA. Cruising The Twin Cities 1st Annual Car & Bike Show – Call 318-789-1192
September 21-23 – Memphis, TN. 13th annual car show – Delta River Cruisin’ Call 901-605-2740
September 28 – 30th – Englishtown, NJ. 36th Annual Fall Swap Meet at Englishtown Raceway. 732-446-7800
July 27 – 28 – Rhinebeck, NY. Rhinebeck Nationals Hosted by the Hudson Valley Street Rods. Call 845-431-9191
Oct 19-21 – Henderson, NC. Hall of Fame Weekend in October. Antique and classic car show sponsored Progress Energy. Call 252-438-2222