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A major factor in the vitality and growth of the association was the advent of the annual SEMA Show. In 1965 and 1966, Noel Carpenter, publisher of Speed Equipment Directory, produced an industry-wide exposition that was initially promoted as a chance for the speed-equipment manufacturers to showcase new products. While the shows were not sponsored by SEMA, the association did receive a share of the profits from the 1966 gathering.

Business Technology

  • SEMA Data Co-opSince the inception of the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) in 2012, more than 475 product brands representing more than 3 million parts have joined what is now the industry’s largest automotive specialty parts product data repository. Designed to enable any company—no matter how small or large—to effectively manage and distribute its product data at the lowest possible cost, the SDC’s expert staff will coach you all the way through the process.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris KerstingThe SEMA Show is the one time each year when we all come together to do business, renew bonds with old friends and make as many new friends as possible. Proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the SEMA Show has also been our industry’s primary location to learn about new technologies and gain new perspectives. This year’s Show is exceptionally rich in innovative business insights.

Events

  • The schedule of press conferences scheduled for the 2016 SEMA Show.

  • Las Vegas StripThe SEMA Show brings tens of thousands of visitors to Las Vegas annually, making it one of the best-attended trade shows in the world. Attendees of the Show understand that there is a plethora of business-advancing demonstrations, education seminars and exhibit space at the Show, which is more than enough to keep busy during the day. However, once the doors to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) close, Las Vegas offers some of the best dining, attractions and entertainment available. This is the 2016 guide to seeing and experiencing Las Vegas beyond the walls of the SEMA Show. For more information, please visit www.lasvegas.com.

  • We Built ThisBefore there was a SEMA Show, there was an association—a loosely knit group of speed-equipment manufacturers who came together with a common interest. It was the Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association’s shared obstacles to building their businesses that brought them together, and the foundation of the industry was born.

  • RingbrothersThe 2016 SEMA Show is home to some of the most unique and highly customized automotive builds in the world. This year, the SEMA Battle of the Builders (BOTB) competition includes automotive builders of all ages and experience levels, culminating in a truly spectacular contest.

  • SEMA Show Special AppearancesIf you’re looking to brush with celebrities and industry icons and view famous vehicles, there’s no better venue for it than the 2016 SEMA Show. This year, comedian Larry the Cable Guy brings his stand-up comedy routine to the Show as the featured entertainer at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, Thursday night, November 3. (For those who haven’t yet RSVP’d online, tickets will be available at SEMA Central during Show week.) In addition to Larry the Cable Guy, you’ll also find the following scheduled celebrity and legendary vehicle appearances throughout the Show. (Listings current as of September 16, 2016.)

  • SEMA Show Guide for BuyersBuyers attending this year’s SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), should expect more business opportunities than ever before at the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade event.

  • A major factor in the vitality and growth of the association was the advent of the annual SEMA Show. In 1965 and 1966, Noel Carpenter, publisher of Speed Equipment Directory, produced an industry-wide exposition that was initially promoted as a chance for the speed-equipment manufacturers to showcase new products. While the shows were not sponsored by SEMA, the association did receive a share of the profits from the 1966 gathering.

Government Affairs

  • Save Our Race CarsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to assert authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate the modification of vehicles used for competition. Fortunately, a bipartisan bill pending in the U.S. Congress—the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act—would settle this debate once and for all. The RPM Act makes it clear that modifying a street vehicle used solely for competition is legal and beyond the reach of EPA regulations.

Industry News

  • Larry Cable GuyComedian Larry the Cable Guy is bringing his standup comedy routine to the 2016 SEMA Show as the featured entertainer at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, to be held on Thursday, November 3. Known for his signature catchphrase “Git-R-Done,” Larry is a multiplatinum recording artist, a Grammy nominee, a Billboard award winner and the voice of Mater in the animated feature films Cars and Cars 2.

New Products

People And Places

  • Doug EvansAs chairman, it’s my pleasure to welcome exhibitors and attendees to the 2016 SEMA Show. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary of the Show, I feel we should all take a moment to reflect with pride on how far we have come and what we have built.

  • A Message From Roy LittlefieldIt is with great pride that I welcome you, on behalf of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), to the 2016 Global Tire Expo (GTE)—Powered by TIA and the SEMA Show. Our valuable partner SEMA has worked tirelessly to put together a world-class Show that is unmatched in the industry.

SEMA Heritage

  • Heritage Kagan SEMA Show 78It’s 1978, and then-SEMA President Leo Kagan is driving an antique car onto the floor of the SEMA Show in just its second year at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In the back seat of the car are Robert and Margie Petersen, who were instrumental in producing the very first SEMA Show back in 1967.