Our tour of the Las Vegas Convention Center complex during the week of the 2015 SEMA Show picks up where we left off yesterday, traveling far and wide throughout one of the largest exhibition facilities on the planet to dig up all the sweet J fare. We promised we’d dive much deeper into the display areas out front, and we have, finding a grip of cool stuff. Ford bogarts a big chunk of the parking lots for its drifting and off-road truck demos, but mixed in with the lifted bro-mobiles and American iron are some immaculate project vehicles – this year mostly FR-S (86 for JDM heads) and R35 GT-R.
The South Hall is informally known as the “wheel and tire hall” and is the only auditorium on the grounds with two levels, but the wheel and tire peeps are concentrated mostly on the bottom floor (the top floor is mostly for truck stuff). The South Hall is also infamously known as the show space with the greatest concentration of booth models, although we left that gallery for the boys at Super Street.
This time around there was a temporary tented show area south of the South Hall for first-time exhibitors, which also housed a number of Japanese makes.
Finally, you’d miss out on some of the most remarkably executed show builds if you didn’t take the time to hit up Toyo’s Treadpass, which was along the path that connected the South and Central Halls. In it, we found a Rocket Bunny NSX, another Boss S14, and Toyo’s Datsun Sunny Ute, which we’re just head-over-heels in love with.
That’s pretty much it as far as places to find Japanese cars at the 2015 SEMA Show. Their numbers didn’t match up to domestic brands represented at the event, by a long shot, but know where to go and SEMA becomes more than palatable. And if you couldn’t go this year, our galleries hopefully give you a good taste of what you missed.