The final countdown to the 2021 SEMA Show has begun, and expectations couldn’t be higher. With the last live Show having taken place a full two years ago, the aftermarket is roaring back to do business November 2–5 in a greatly expanded Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). If you’re a Show attendee, there will be much to see and experience that’s entirely new, updated or enhanced in some way, and while getting lost in all the booths, demonstrations and automotive eye candy might be fun, you don’t want to lose your business focus.
SEMA Showgoers are encouraged to use hotel shuttles and the Las Vegas Monorail to get to and from the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, as parking will be impacted by construction at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) during the event. Free hotel shuttle service will be available to and from the LVCC and more than 45 hotels, and discounted tickets are available to Showgoers for the Monorail, which will operate at extended hours during SEMA Show week.
Since the inception of the SEMA Show’s annual Battle of The Builders (BOTB) event in 2014, the nationwide competition series that culminates at the Show each November has become one of Show Week’s most anticipated events. While the cancellation of last year’s Show forced the competition to be held remotely, BOTB is back for 2021 with myriad offerings from the many builders and fabricators who’ve spent untold thousands of shop-hours in the past year to transform their automotive dreams into reality.
There’s no business like show business—trade-show business, that is. Just ask buyers.
You definitely won’t go hungry at the SEMA Show. Each part of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) has its own concessions, and with the food court in the new West Hall expansion, Showgoers have even more options. Please note, due to COVID-19, all LVCC concessions will be cashless, so be sure to bring your credit cards.
During the summer, America’s Big Three automakers—Ford, GM and Stellantis—announced their shared goal to achieve U.S. electric vehicle sales volumes of 40% to 50% by 2030. Although industry analysts don’t predict the disappearance of the internal-combustion engine anytime soon, the announcement was yet another indicator that the vehicle landscape is undergoing historic changes.
When the doors of the 2021 SEMA Show officially open Tuesday, November 2, attendees will scope the Show floor for new and trendsetting products, meet with customers, and see nearly 2,000 custom vehicles with the latest in performance and styling upgrades. With the Show floor brimming with eye candy and fuel for the imagination, the SEMA Show Education Program is available to provide the know-how and knowledge to succeed in the specialty-equipment marketplace.
The annual SEMA Installation Gala is a long-established tradition where individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the automotive specialty-equipment industry are recognized and celebrated. But this year’s Installation Gala, held July 30 in the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), was especially poignant.
With the specialty-equipment industry eager to reconnect in person after a two-year hiatus, SEMA is on course to present what may well be its most exciting SEMA Show ever in the trade event’s 50-plus-year history. The live 2021 SEMA Show will take place November 2–5 at the newly expanded Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).
Since its inception in 1967, the annual SEMA Show has evolved to fit the times, reflecting and responding to changes in the specialty automotive industry, and the 2021 Show (November 2–5) will be no different. With an additional 600.000 sq. ft. of exhibition space this year, the 2021 Show promises to offer attendees a dazzling array of enthusiast events, builds, competitions and networking opportunities.