Friday, November 4, 2011
Las Vegas was the center of the automotive universe during the 2011 SEMA Show
For one week, every company, every person, every eye of everybody who is anybody in the automotive world is focused squarely on the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. This event is like no other—bigger, crazier, more popular. The sheer size of the facility they hold it in boggles the mind, and it is so full that it spills outside.
Chevrolet, Ford, and Chrysler all had displays at SEMA. Both Ford and Chrysler paid homage to their past, with some really neat old cars mixed in with their concepts. Chrysler had Challengers and ‘Cudas, drag cars and concepts. Ford had old Mustangs, hot rods, Cobras, and even a land speed record car. They had several significant cars from the Henry Ford Museum, and even the first Shelby Cobra prototype. I can't imagine what that car is worth.
One night, while I was sleeping, a ’64 Impala was stolen from the show. The silver convertible featured big wheels, black painted chrome trim, bumpers, and grill, and a custom leather interior. The car belonged to Cincinnati Bengals lineman Frostee Rucker. I didn’t take a picture of it, but I did see it on the news the next day. I just hope the criminals stole it so they could replace the ugly black trim with the original chrome and machine-turned stuff. Maybe they’ll make those improvements and return it later in the week. One can only hope.
At any rate, I took some 700 pictures for the slideshow below. A few shots are courtesy of GM, Ford, Chrysler, and SEMA, which fill in most of the gaps of things that I either missed, or couldn’t get a good shot of. Now, these are just the things that I thought were worth taking pictures of. It doesn’t even come close to covering everything that was there. I hope you enjoy them!
Tip: If the pictures come in sideways or otherwise weird, try refreshing the page. Picasa, the site that I host these on, sometimes gets a little wonky, especially with these large slideshows.