SEMA 2016
"50 Years Strong"

Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas Convention Center

  • Ed Tillrock's awesome artwork - one sample, more to come!
  • Photos by Julia & John Aschenberg
    Story by John Aschenberg

    The SEMA Show is the premier trade show that’s geared to help small businesses thrive and succeed. This is the 50th year for the trade show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) which is a four day event that attracts more than 140,000 individuals. Nearly 70,000 buyer companies are seeking the hottest products to sell. The SEMA Show represents a $39.2 B automotive aftermarket industry. In addition to being the premier automotive trade show in the world, they offer members research, education, training, manufacturing support services, legislative advocacy, group-buying discounts, networking events and more. The SEMA Show also includes 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, plus an additional 1.5 million square feet of features and attractions all throughout the LVCC, outside areas and neighboring Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

    The SEMA Show is an annual trade show that brings manufacturers together with buyers from all over the world. This years show featured over 2400 exhibiting manufacturing companies, with 25 percent of professionals coming from outside the United States. Lets not forget the over 3,000 media representing automotive and mainstream outlets. A major component of the SEMA Show is the educational program, which begins the Monday before the show opens and continues until the end of the week. With dozens of seminars, workshops and sessions, the educational program is considered to be a premier conference in it itself.

    There are hundreds of show cars inside at the various booths representing the latest aftermarket products. Also inside, GM and Ford have a huge floor display showing off all their newest and hottest cars, trucks and accessories. That doesn’t include all the hundreds of show cars outside to feast your eyes on. There’s even a drifting track outside if you’re wanting to see some action. There are numerous Celebrities at the show throughout the four day event.

    Last but not least is the SEMA Ignited, which is the official SEMA Show after-party. This was the third year in a row for the SEMA Ignited, which is held right across the road from the main gate to the LVCC. There’s also the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, which includes more than 250 competitors vying for the title of the Ultimate Vehicle Builder. On Friday the Battle of the Builders is narrowed down to 10 finalist, then 3 are picked out of that group to go on across the road to the Ignited, where 1 is picked and crowned “Battle of the Builders”. While the SEMA Show itself is four days of behind closed doors at the Convention Center visible only to trade industry professionals, the Ignited is open to the general public. Tickets are available for $20.00 for the public, and Students and military with ID get in free. For more info about this spectacular show, visit, or

  • Craig Piggott's Chevy 1968 C10 built by Tin Works Fabicaton out of Davenport Iowa

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    Unpacking day - Also known as Crate day!

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    Setting up booths and vehicles, both outside and inside.

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    For who arrived early there are workshops, testings, evening networking functions, etc.

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    We were priviledged to see BJ Killeen in action on the Drivers Talk Radio at the Carroll Shelby Museum

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    After a likely late night for some for booth setup. Tuesday welcomes everyone with the booths all ready and vehicles in place!
    Be sure to have your running shoes on and have an agenda, you can't see everything in four days!


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    AM Hot Rod Glass Booth, Kindig It Design Unvailing a latest creation out of their shop!

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    Troy Trepanier, Rad Rides by Troy, along with other celebrities were also on hand in the AM Hot Rod Booth this year.

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    Our special SEMA Issue had a 10 year anniversary article about AM Hot RodGlass owner, Carmen Martin, inside and on the cover!


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    Plenty of unvailing all week long at SEMA...Ring Brothers were busy with three unveilings!

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    We were excited at seeing Wes & Vivian's Madam V Caddilac, since we saw the vehicle in progress during the Goodguys cruise with the RingBrothers shop a stop.

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    Jo Coddington in the Factory Five booth. What is happening with her in the future...keep your eyes peeled for something in the future!
    Always great to see my friend Jo...

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    We get to run into several of our friends at SEMA, such as Scott Whittaker with Dynamat. And others I get to take a quick pic with Steve Tracy of Advanced Plating.

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    #53 is the 2016 beautiful 1956 Tri Five Nationals giveaway car.

  • Jeff Perkins Legens built truck...all we can say is beautiful!!

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  • New-comer Cam Miller is the winner of the Battle of the Builder award with his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro resto-mod build that was absolutely flawless from every angle. The 40 year old builder dedicated three years of his life to complete this custom Camaro creation.

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