Las Vegas, United States - There are only two tuner shows that are a must for any petrol-head, Japan’s Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) and the United States’ Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.
While this editor has already attended TAS twice during my time here at 9tro, 2017 would mark my first venture into SEMA and its truly an eye opener. Think TAS but multiply that five times and you would start to get an idea of the scale which SEMA operates on.
From the never ending halls packed to the brim with practically anything related to automotive to the thousands of cars, trucks, bikes and girls on display, practically nothing prepared me the information overload.
Its impossible to cover everything within a day, hence the need for a four-man crew from 9tro and the fact that we will be back at the Las Vegas Convention Centre again tomorrow to continue our coverage.
Today alone, we scoured through the immense South Hall and half of the Central Hall, and that took a good seven hours. We still have the other half of the Central Hall, the entire North Hall, the surrounding outdoor display areas and open drift arenas for the following day.
But before you run out to get tickets for next year’s event, do note that the SEMA Show is a trade only event and its generally not open to the public, as such only trade partners and the media are allowed to enter.
Not to worry though, 9tro has got you covered on this and we present to you the highlights of what we saw today, so sit back and enjoy the show! Do also look out for Part 2 of coverage that should be coming up the following day!