It’s the week gearheads have been waiting for all year long— the SEMA Show, also known as the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is where you can expect to see the latest aftermarket parts and craziest builds. Normally what I like to do when I arrive in Las Vegas is fight the urge to party and instead snap as many photos as I can to give you guys a quick preview of what you can expect this year. For the most part, you’ll find most of the good stuff in the Central and South Halls. This time our Online Editor Bob took the Central Hall sneak preview while I took a stroll down the South so-called “Wheel and Tire” Hall.
Remember this is a sneak peak, so chances are you’ll see booths in the background that aren’t quite yet completed. But regardless of the mess around them, the centerpieces are simply amazing. In the foyer of the hall, I gravitated to Rutledge Wood’s TRA Kyoto Toyota Tundra. Working my way through the aisles, I noticed this year there is a ton of Nissan Skylines, and not just R35 GT-Rs either, but R34s as well.
Kuhl Racing, famous for its unique metal engraved paint, brought its golden variant this year, and also gave a Subaru Impreza the unique exterior treatment. If engraving is not your thing, Kuhl Racing also brought in an ND Miata for the DWS booth. Other cars at the show we’d been hoping to see are Johnny Grunewald’s Mazda RX-7 FD3S with a full TCP Magic body kit and Dominic Le’s Datsun 2JZ 260Z, both parked hard in the Toyo Treadpass, a midway spanning between the South and Central Halls.
Our feet will be sore and our livers shot, but there are tons of cars that still need to be documented. Be sure to follow editors @duspeed, @editorbobdc5, @jofeltolosa, @rodrez, and follow #TENSEMA16 for SEMA coverage all week long!