SEMA Show Ends With an After Party
For the first time in its long history, the 2014 SEMA Show ended with an “after party” called SEMA Ignited, where the general public viewed hundreds of cars and trucks from the trade-only event. Thousands of enthusiasts came out to get up close with one-of-a-kind cars, trucks and SUVs. Reporters flocked to SEMA Ignited as well to witness the thrill and excitement of this brand-new venue. Read on to see what reporters had to say about the first-ever SEMA Ignited. And tune in to the one-hour TV special scheduled to air on the Velocity Network in March 2015 to see footage of the event and the Battle of the Builders competition that culminated at SEMA Ignited.
The New York Times
The New York Times noted that SEMA Ignited marked the first time that an element of the SEMA Show was open to the public in the event’s history. Features of the event included such unique custom vehicles as the Strati by Local Motors (a 3D-printed car), the iconic Batmobile and vehicles from the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.
Automotive blog PickupTrucks.com said that the SEMA Ignited event was a natural extension of the SEMA Cruise, which traditionally takes place the Friday night after the SEMA Show. The blog further noted that the partygoers seemed to be having a great time and that the event was an excellent way for auto enthusiasts to have an opportunity to check out some of the great items for vehicle customization they were unable to see from within the trade-only SEMA Show.
Editors from trucking enthusiast publication Truckin’ attended the inaugural SEMA Ignited event and were on hand to witness the crew at “Overhaulin’” do one of their patented reveals to the roar of the appreciative crowd. The magazine’s staffers further recognized that The LINQ parking lot, which served as the venue for this unique event, made a great space to view the stunning builds.
The Nitto Tires blog DrivingLine reported that SEMA was able to successfully channel the enthusiasm from the annual SEMA Cruise and open the celebration to the general public with SEMA Ignited. Other parts of the celebration of interest to DrivingLine were the announcement of the first ever SEMA Battle of the Builders winner and celebrities such as Courtney Hansen, who was on hand to sign autographs.