Kick off the 2012 SEMA Show with award-winning automotive designer and television celebrity Chip Foose and the 2012 SEMA Show New Products Breakfast, Tuesday morning, October 30, in the Las Vegas Hotel. As keynote speaker for the annual breakfast, Foose will share stories and inspire attendees as the SEMA Show’s New Products Awards are announced and presented.
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Moving indoors at 7:30 p.m., the party continues with comedian Christopher Titus performing throughout the evening. Titus, who currently has three one-hour specials running on Comedy Central, starred in a self-titled sitcom on Fox called “Titus.” The show earned Titus a Writer’s Guild nomination as well as an Emmy nomination.
Insider Tips for Taking Full Advantage of the 2012 Show
As a buyer, you realize that the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade event—and you wouldn’t miss it for the world. Yet with so many business opportunities concentrated under one roof at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), how do you make the most of your Show experience? It’s not easy to cover more than 1 million sq. ft. of products, exhibits, display vehicles and special events in just a few, short days. With the Show rapidly approaching, now is the time to get organized and establish your game plan. Here are eight insider tips to get you started.
By now you’ve likely heard news that this year’s SEMA Show is tracking at near-record levels. When the Show opens October 30, we’ll have more than 2,100 exhibiting companies, 1,500 custom rides, close to 1,800 new products in the Ideas Alive showcase and more qualified buyer attendees than ever before. The SEMA Show is once again set to deliver the best of our industry’s innovative genius gathered into a single, highly effective marketplace.
We’re shining a spotlight on “Innovations of Generations”—celebrating the accomplishments of our past but also highlighting the advances and innovations being led by our younger industry members.
Rolling Art Loaded With Specialty Equipment
Industry professionals from across the country and around the world will gather at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 30 through November 2 to learn about the newest releases in automotive specialty equipment. There, they will make business connections that will bring innovative products to consumers during the coming year. Many of the products to be introduced by the approximately 2,000 exhibiting companies will be showcased on the vehicles for which they are intended. For the past few years, SEMA News has previewed dozens of these automotive artworks, and we’ve renewed the tradition once more for 2012. Enjoy a foretaste of the 2012 SEMA Show feature vehicles in the following pages, and get ready to see many more in Las Vegas!
Professional Builders Custom-Design Pinewood Hot Rods for Charity
Constructed last fall to the finest detail, these miniature pinewood hot rods were the brainchildren of 15 of the nation’s best custom-car and hot-rod builders. The hot rods could be mistaken for the real thing if only they weren’t small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. But they came to life as they raced against each other to benefit two children’s charities at the third-annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Pinewood Builder’s Challenge during SEMA’s Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, July 27, at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona, California. The cars will be autographed by the builders and will be displayed in the HRIA booth #23395 at the 2012 SEMA Show.
Stars and Industry Icons at the 2012 SEMA Show
The following personalities are scheduled to appear at this year’s SEMA Show. (Partial listings current as of August 31, 2012.)
Two of the biggest names in the automotive world are teaming up again, this time with Source Interlink Media, to build two trucks that will benefit good causes and to create new, limited-edition WD-40 Smart Straw cans that feature some of Chip Foose’s classic vehicle designs.
TIA Executive Vice President
On behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), I would like to welcome you to Las Vegas and to this year’s Global Tire Expo—Powered by TIA! We hope you find everything you need to make your business a stronger and more dynamic enterprise.
Taking Advantage of the Show Special Offers
The SEMA Show organizers have worked on special offers at numerous
venues throughout Las Vegas, and all you have to do is let them know you
are in Las Vegas for the Show. Many offers require only showing your
SEMA Show badge. This is only a partial list as it existed at press
time. Visit www.SEMAShow.com/discounts to ensure that you take advantage of every offer!