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SEMA 2016 - Central Hall #TENSEMA16

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KJ Jones
Nov 2, 2016
Photographers: KJ Jones
If we were asked to describe the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s annual trade show to someone who has never experienced SEMA’s annual display of the products and radically customized vehicles that drive the automotive aftermarket, our best advice would be for that person to close their eyes and try to imagine being in “Heaven on Earth”—more specifically, Las Vegas, Nevada--for one spectacular week in November.
For anybody directly, indirectly associated with the automotive aftermarket (we qualify, because our job is to give you all the details about the latest, greatest products for the trucks you drive and to show you cool trucks), the SEMA show is a must-attend gathering. Many parts are introduced for the first time at SEMA, and vehicles that are customized to levels that far surpass the greatest styling cues of any OEM, literally are everywhere you look.
For all intents and purposes, the SEMA show’s Central Hall--also known as “Performance Hall” by many show veterans--is the event’s unofficial “Home Base,” from which 2 additional buildings (North Hall and South Hall), as well as outdoor displays and vehicle exhibitions covering more than 1,000,000 square feet of the spacious Las Vegas Convention Center, are spawned.
With the show celebrating its 50th year in 2016, SEMA’s Central Hall is loaded with hot new parts and accessories for all types of trucks, especially pickups powered by Cummins, Ford and GM’s large (6.6L) and small (2.8L) Duramax diesel engines.
Diesel Power Editor, KJ Jones, spent the second day of the show exploring Central Hall, where products and awesome trucks are found at every turn. While the following photos offer KJ’s first-hand look at just some of the badness on display inside and around the building, be sure to check out our Truck Trend Network Mega Gallery of images , highlighting all of the fantastically personalized and tricked-out rigs that are being shown off at SEMA 2016.

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