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Beginning November 4, the eyes of the automotive world will be on the Las Vegas Convention Center and the annual SEMA Show. This year’s Show will be a mixture of new products, vehicle debuts and exciting events, such as the SCORE Baja 1000 event which will be held for the first time in conjunction with the Show. With more than 130,000 attendees, this year’s Show promises to be something truly special. Here’s what the media highlighted from the 2013 SEMA Show and what they are previewing for the 2014 SEMA Show.
The New York Times
The New York Times featured the SEMA Garage in a recent article and detailed the technology it contains to design, test and sell aftermarket parts in one central location.
The New York Times noted that Jimmy Shine of SO-CAL Speed Shop came to the SEMA Garage when he needed to create a custom piece of Z-shaped trim on a car he was building for Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
Los Angeles Business Journal
Business trade publication Los Angeles Business Journal reviewed the SEMA Garage, noting that this one-of-a-kind facility is uniquely equipped to streamline the product development process. Los Angeles Business Journal also mentioned that the SEMA Garage assists those in the automotive aftermarket with such features as a state-of-the-art emissions laboratory and a 3-D printer to assist in the production of prototype parts, allowing manufacturers access to tools they typically would not be able to utilize.
All-digital auto enthusiast magazine Rod Authority noted that SEMA is a vital lifeline to the automotive aftermarket. Rod Authority mentioned that a huge crowd of association members came to visit the new SEMA Garage facility and learn more about its services at a recent open house. The magazine further reported that SEMA hosts very successful measuring sessions for the industry, hosted 18 such events last year and plans to hold 24 this year.
Editors for the online enthusiast blog DrivingLine enjoyed hanging out with the Batmobile, which made a special appearance in the photo cove during the recent SEMA Garage open house. The blog’s editors remarked that this fully functioning photo studio is just one of the exciting features available at the SEMA Garage. They also noted that the FaroArm laser scanner can be used to create a complete, accurate digital scan that can then used to create aftermarket products quickly.