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2014 SEMA Show - Larger Than Life

THE Aftermarket Show

Jan 15, 2015
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
It’s that wonderful time of year again! No, we’re not talking about Christmas, rather, the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Like kids in a candy store, we flock every year to the hallowed grounds of the Las Vegas Convention Center, ever excited to catch a glimpse of the newest truck and SUV products and drool hopelessly over the many amazing custom car and truck builds.
Photo 2/28   |   2014 Sema Show
The star of this year’s show (in the truck world at least) seemed to be the ’15 GM 2500HD twins (Silverado and Sierra). Of course there were more Jeep Wranglers than we knew what to do with, the Ford Bronco seems to be making a come back, and there was the usual spattering of Toyotas here and there. And to promote the launch of the all-new ’15 F-150, Ford gave out a handful of the trucks for builders to give their custom touch.
Overall, this year was the largest show in recent history. There were vendors packed into every corner of the Convention Center and beyond, and cars and trucks were tucked absolutely everywhere. Come along with us as we take a look at some of the coolest trucks of the 2014 SEMA Show!
Sema Ignited!
 If there were to be one major downside to the SEMA Show it would be the fact that it is closed to the public. That’s why, three years ago, some smart folks within the SEMA organization made the genius decision to organize a cruise of custom vehicles out of the halls. This allowed outsiders a glimpse of what was inside, without the need to sneak in. Well, this year they took it a step further, organizing the inaugural SEMA Ignited after-party on the Las Vegas Strip.
Photo 24/28   |   Custom Lifted Ford Super Duty
The event, held at the Linq in the High Roller events lot, was open to the public and admission was free. The event began Friday afternoon, after the show had officially ended, with the SEMA Cruise. Vehicles left the convention center and followed a two-mile route to the show grounds. By the time all was said and done, hundreds of custom cars and trucks and thousands of spectators had descended on area.
Photo 25/28   |   Sema Ignited After Party
Sure, there were a few hiccups (traffic getting to the show was near gridlock), but that just goes to show how popular the event could easily become once word gets out for next year. Spectators were entertained by a burnout demonstration, the reveal of a beautiful ’57 Chevy built by Overhaulin’, and the announcement of the winner of SEMA’s Battle of the Builders. Food trucks were on hand to satisfy anyone’s hunger, and adult beverages were flowing—It’s still Vegas, after all.
This year’s SEMA Ignited event was a huge success and gave just a small glimpse of what could be in store for years to come. We already can’t wait for next year!

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