LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- If your car is your baby then the SEMA auto show is the place to be this weekend. The show is the world’s largest showcase of aftermarket equipment for cars.
The show takes place at the Las Vegas convention center, and this year's version is the largest SEMA show ever. The show, which is run by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is only open to people in the auto business, not the public. However, News 3's Trevor Thompson is there today for those of you who can't be.
For those unfamiliar with the term “aftermarket,” think of the MTV show “Pimp My Ride.” In the early days of cars, buyers were basically stuck with whatever parts their car came with. They might get a replacement every now and then, but actually upgrading a car with new engine parts, tires, rims, and sound systems was unheard of.
Henry Ford was not thinking about shock absorbers controlled by a smartphone or 1,000 horsepower engines, but we've come a long way from the days of the Model T. and this expo shows us exactly how far we've come. The latest and greatest in aftermarket automotive technology is being showcased by over 2,500 exhibitors -- that's the most ever at the SEMA trade show.
Over 130,000 people in the auto industry expected to be at the show this week, some buying, some selling, some doing both, and some just taking in the spectacle. SEMA estimates roughly 25 percent of the professionals at the trade show will come from other countries.
Even though the show isn't open to the public, you do have a chance to see some of the hottest cars at the show this year. There will be a parade of vehicles in front of the convention center this Friday, November 8, at 4:30 p.m.