What does SEMA stand for?
In 1967, around a hundred aftermarket manufacturers converged in the basement of the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to showcase their products—in booths reminiscent of high school science fairs, where deals were made over tables standing on reedlike legs and draped in drab fabric. There were five show cars on display, acting as the main highlight of the historic event attended by a multitude of 3,000 people.
Fast forward to today, 2018, in the sprawling facility of the Las Vegas Convention Center, more than 140,000 industry leaders meet amid the glitz of dancing lights and booming speakers to wow over 70,000 buyers from different parts of the globe with the latest fruits of automotive technology. This, with lots and lots (literally parking lots after parking lots) of tricked-out cars and trucks exhibited to draw eyeballs off their sockets and drop jaws to the floor.
More than the acronym (Specialty Equipment Market Association), this is what SEMA stands for—the highly anticipated coming together of the sharpest, sleekest, and most sensational builds and products the automotive world has yet to offer.
This year, same as the last and other years of SEMA, Auto Parts Warehouse was fortunate to be out in the field covering the four-day spectacle (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2). Team APW witnessed in awe the craftiest cars as well as encountered success stories of persistent people who built their dream rides from the ground up and are now part of the rich history of Vegas shows in October. (Parts and accessories showcased on SEMA and more can be found on Auto Parts Warehouse: https://bit.ly/2PW8ueo)
The new and impressive product lineups from household names in the industry, to say the least, did not disappoint either. All the parts and accessories you can think of, upgraded and polished to perfection—fuel pumps, suspensions, race-proven rotors, crankshafts and rods, you name it! We are, in fact, thrilled for these cutting-edge pieces of technology to be lifted from those glorious SEMA Show dates onto our online shop, ready to be offered to APW customers. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
We can extol the experience on and on, but that wouldn’t do us (or you) any good. It’s like giving ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done and congratulating our left hand with our right.
So, regardless if it’s already come to a close, allow us to share the excitement with you and bring you to SEMA Show 2018 to see everything for yourself.
We have taken these videos so the APW community can partake in the event’s sights and sounds—as if everyone was there, rapt and raving as we were.
Warning: the rides you’re about to see are bound to blow your mind so buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Not enough highlights? Check out the 2018 SEMA Cruise, SEMA Car Show 2018’s most anticipated capper:
Till next year! For now, you can shop for parts showcased on SEMA at Auto Parts Warehouse: https://bit.ly/2PW8ueo