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For 2009, more than 450 companies experienced exhibiting for the first time at what is the specialty-equipment industry’s hottest showcase for new products and technology—the SEMA Show.

The 2009 SEMA Show kicked off with the annual New Product Awards
Breakfast, where 36 of the hottest new products for 2010 received their
first of many accolades.

Admittedly, we couldn't fit everything in this 16 page PDF, but we came pretty darn close.

A total of 1,745 companies exhibited at the mecca
of automotive trade shows, and they were joined by more than 120,000
retailers, warehouse distributors, members of the media and other
attendees, with about 24% of the registered buyers coming from outside
the United States.

More than 200 innovations from companies new to the SEMA Show.

When AE Distributing designed the packaging for the Contour HD 1080p
camera, it kept in mind one of the challenges that customers often

This is my first time to the SEMA Show, and the New Products Showcase
is very cool. I like the way it’s laid out by categories, and I’m
amazed at all the things that I didn’t know about.


Chris Kersting

  • Quality is our mantra. It is the theme underlying everything we do at
    the association, and it was our goal for the 2009 SEMA Show.

Industry News

Member News

  • YEN

    In what has become a must-attend event at the SEMA Show, the Young Executives Network (YEN) reception provided a great opportunity for members to interact after a busy day on the Show floor.

  • “This is my first Camaro!” said Ernie Feist, a long-time car fan and owner of Feist Engineering, a municipal and civil engineering firm in Monroe Township, New Jersey. He took delivery of his brand-new, special-edition Hurst Camaro on November 15.

  • SBN

    The annual SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast—Powered by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), has become one of the favorite events at the SEMA Show.

  • WTC

    The SEMA Wheel and Tire Council (WTC) announced the establishment of a WTC Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 5, 2009.

  • SPC

    There was a full house during the Street Performance Council (SPC) annual mixer at the 2009 SEMA Show.

  • PRO

    The inaugural Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) industry awards reception at the 2009 SEMA Show was, by all accounts, a resounding success.

  • MRC

    The Manufacturer’s Rep Council (MRC) conducted its 2009/2010 Long-Range Planning (LRP) meeting on September 12, 2009.

  • The Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) hosted a motorsports marketing panel discussion in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday, November 2, at the 2009 SEMA Show.

  • Once again, the LTAA booth at the SEMA Show was able to raise $3,000 for Childhelp and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

  • The annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) awards banquet was held at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday evening, November 4, at the SEMA Show.

SEMA Heritage

  • The old familiar sight of several roadsters at a Southern California
    drive-in is fast fading away,” wrote Tex Smith in the July 1959 Hot Rod magazine.