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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
Scenes from the 2014 SEMA Show

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Published on Sun, Nov 30, 2014

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

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Toyota showed its latest version of the FT1 Concept at the SEMA Show (photo credit: John Grafman)

Pictures by John Grafman This is what happens in Vegas every fall season at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, otherwise known as the SEMA show. What started in 1963 by a handful of hot rod legends now consists of over 6,000 companies in support of a $30 billion a year industry. The SEMA show had its beginnings in Dodger Stadium back in 1967. It moved to Las Vegas 10 years later, and has never looked back. Today, the show takes up a tad over a million square feet, attracts over 3,000 journalists, and has a total attendance north of 100,000 manufacturers, buyers and industry representatives. Editor John Grafman captured the best of the best from this year’s show. – R Nakano

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The new Mustang in various grades of customization (photo credit: John Grafman)

SEMA VITAL STATISTICS Birth of the association: 1963, as the Speed Equipment Manufacturing Association. The name was changed to the Specialty Equipment Market Association in 1970. Founding members: Roy Richter, Ed Iskenderian, Willie Garner, Bob Hedman,Robert E. Wyman, John Bartlett, Phil Weiand, Jr., Al Segal, Dean Moon, and Vic Edelbrock, Jr. Birth of the SEMA show: 1967 in Dodger Stadium with five cars on display SEMA show moves to Las Vegas: 1977 Current number of company members: Over 6,380 worldwide Net square footage of the SEMA show: Over one million Number of exhibitors: Over 2,000 Number of booths: Over 10,000 Attendance: Over 100,000

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A blast from the past at the SEMA Show (photo credit: John Grafman)

For more information about SEMA, go to sema.org

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