The SEMA Show that takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre is one of the top events on the motoring calendar, and sees industry types and car lovers journey to Vegas every year in the thousands. It has been around since 1967 and the blend of unique customisation, top new models and classic cars makes it iconic. Last year’s SEMA Show, which takes place each year in November, produced many high points.
The 2014 SEMA Car Show brought in excess of 60,000 international and domestic car buyers to Vegas and, although the main programme is not accessible to the general public, a great many petrol-heads attended with vehicles they had customised or hit the city for the SEMA Ignited public show. All the top domestic and global car manufacturing giants had cars to show, including General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chryslers Group, Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai. Ford provided one of the loony highlights with its snakeskin-bodied Mustang King Cobra, which can hit a quarter of a mile inside 10.97 seconds, thanks to a 5-litre V8 engine.
While most of the SEMA show is off-limits to the public, fans did get to see vehicles like this one during the Ignited show on November 7th. This saw SEMA hit the Las Vegas strip, letting fans share and collect images of the various classic and custom cars on show – with additional food, music and celebrity appearances. Among the musical performers at SEMA 2014 was the Grammy Award winning singer Gary Clark Jr, who brought his mix of soul, blues and rock to events like Ignited and the After-Party, while model Kristian Mill (crowned Miss HOT ROD by the magazine) was there to autograph posters and provide a look at the 1935 Ford Pickup that she built herself.
This is a good reminder that SEMA ultimately stands or falls on the quality of the cars, and SEMA 2014 delivered on that score. If you want mad customisations, the Kia Soul ice cream van, which features blackboard menu windows and waffle cone shaped speakers blasting out ice cream van tunes, was an oddball highlight. Classic cars were well represented too, with one great example being the retro Ford F-series truck, which was in absolutely superb condition, while the Cadillac Coupe Deville lowrider was another.
Overall SEMA brings together the best, brightest and strangest vehicles from around the world, under one roof. The blend of adrenaline you get with both cars and casino sites like MobileCasinoCanada.ca makes Las Vegas the ideal location to host such an event.