Connecting for Business chads Thu, 09/01/2022 - 14:51
There’s a reason specialty automotive buyers make the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas a top priority. When it comes to business growth, there is no other single place or event that delivers so much bang for the buck. Given that buyers put so much into the Show each year, how do they maximize their return on investment? It’s all about “connecting for success,” answers Tom Gattuso, SEMA vice president of events.
SEMA Awards Gala Set to Honor 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees chads Fri, 07/01/2022 - 14:40
SEMA leadership, volunteers and industry icons are set to honor the association’s new Hall of Fame inductees at the 2022 SEMA Awards Gala on Friday, July 29, in Anaheim, California. Renamed for 2022, the event will take place at the Westin Anaheim Resort.
The 2022 SEMA Show chads Wed, 06/01/2022 - 11:04
After a year’s hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual SEMA Show made a much-heralded return to Las Vegas in 2021. Despite the challenges of putting on a trade event amid the pandemic’s waning months, the 2021 SEMA Show proved incredibly successful. It ended up ranking among the top U.S. trade shows held last year.
Ford, Fox and Fun-Havers chads Sun, 05/01/2022 - 12:30
As the SEMA News Team’s SUV hit Boone Rd. from Highway 247, you could feel the energy and the excitement that comes to Johnson Valley just once a year. The King of the Hammers (KOH) is an off-road Mecca, and everyone who loves leaving the pavement comes to this event. For these passionate pilots nothing compares to opening up the throttle across the dessert, or navigating surgically through rock obstacles. The SEMA News Team spent four days looking to connect with drivers, manufacturers and enthusiasts. And for 2022 one word sums up KOH—biblical.
Trendspotting at the 2021 PRI Trade Show chads Tue, 03/01/2022 - 11:57
The Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show is known across the racing and performance sector as a concentrated indicator of the industry’s latest developments and opportunities. After a forced hiatus due to COVID-19 in 2020, the 2021 trade event made its highly anticipated return to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Thursday through Saturday, December 9–11.
Battle of the Builders: The 12 Finalists and Their Custom Creations jasonc Tue, 03/01/2022 - 09:44
Custom-car builders from all parts of North America entered the 2021 Battle of the Builders competition. Industry veterans competed with newbies looking to make names for themselves. The format remained the same as in previous years, with winners recognized in four different categories: Hot Rod, Truck/Off-Road, Sport Compact and Young Guns (builders under age 27).
SEMA Launch Pad 2021 chads Tue, 02/01/2022 - 14:05
SEMA Launch Pad started in 2013 as a partnership between SEMA Education and the Young Executives Network (YEN). The goal was to promote entrepreneurship in the automotive aftermarket by giving innovators and builders under age 40 a chance to showcase their products before a panel of judges at the SEMA Show. For 2021, the age limit was removed to make it easier for more participants to qualify, and the amount of cash prizes and other considerations were increased, with more participants than ever featured in SEMA’s publications and social-media channels.
On the Road Again With PRI chads Tue, 02/01/2022 - 12:51
Since you can’t come to the show, we’re going to bring the show to you. That was the theme for the inaugural Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Road Tour held October–December 2020 when the organization summoned members of its creative department to travel to 100 race-parts manufacturers across the country and document their stories in the midst of a global pandemic.
Global Tire Expo 2021 chads Tue, 02/01/2022 - 11:49
Global Tire Expo—Powered by TIA—was created in 1997 as a result of a merger of the International Tire Expo and the SEMA Show. Since then, it has grown into one of the world’s largest tire expositions under the direction of the Tire Industry Association (TIA). At the 2021 SEMA Show, the Expo hosted an annual membership meeting and honors luncheon, a trio of educational workshops, a press conference and a reception to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
AutoMobility 2021 chads Tue, 02/01/2022 - 11:04
In the world of international auto expositions, the L.A. Auto Show was considered for many years as something of a red-headed stepchild—neglected, maligned and often ignored. That was due in part to the Show’s timing. For years, it was held during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a time of year when many in the automotive industry are on vacation and only two weeks before the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Industry perceptions began to change in 2006, when the Show moved its dates to late November, and again in 2013, when the Show hosted the Connected Car Expo, a special exhibit of the latest advances in alternative propulsion systems and autonomous technology.
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