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SEMA’s Greatest Hits

As the aftermarket’s big show prepares to go virtual, enjoy these highlights from yesteryear.

Nov 2, 2020
With November now upon us, we are entering the final stanza of a year that will forever be considered as "one for the ages." Yes, 2020 has been fraught with challenges that have impacted every person, place, and thing in our society. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 arguably is the biggest challenge, one that has forced people throughout the world to make major changes in the way they live each and every day.
In this year of "pivoting" (2020's unofficial buzz term of the year), event owners, organizers, and promoters are finding ways to move forward by transitioning their typically live programs into the online sector. In the automotive space, truck manufacturers have turned to introducing new vehicles virtually with Zoom and YouTube presentations. And on the parts-and-accessories side of the coin, aftermarket companies are holding product launches and information updates to huge audiences on social media.
Since 1977, the Specialty Equipment Market Association's aftermarket trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been recognized around the world as the ultimate gathering of cars, trucks, people, parts, and everything else associated with modifying and customizing vehicles. If you're in the automotive industry, SEMA, as it's called in short form, is a spectacle that really should be witnessed in person. But, like so many other major happenings that were cancelled or forced to experience logistical changes in 2020, the annual celebration of all things custom simply cannot happen live.
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Starting November 2, 2020, through November 6, the SEMA Show, despite being canceled in the physical sense, is going to happen in a virtual format called SEMA360. The new program, which is not open to the public, will provide qualified attendees, buyers, and media with access to 2,200 products and more than 650 manufacturers. The popular Battle of the Builders competition is also being conducted, as are virtual editions of car and truck builds that typically are displayed inside the halls and throughout the vast surrounds of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
SEMA360 is new and very different, and we will be monitoring and reporting on all pertinent truck happenings. As a precursor, though, we've assembled this collection of photos from and links to our coverage of past SEMA Shows, including several mega galleries that are loaded with images and videos of bad-ass rigs.
Enjoy this look back at the SEMA Show, as the event prepares to go forward in a new direction that we truly hope won't be permanent.
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SEMA 2002 Auto Show - Custom Truck Show
2015 SEMA Full Show Mega Gallery: UPDATED WITH 100+ MORE PHOTOS!
SEMA 2004
#MTSEMA18 - Tow Rigs
SEMA 2017: The Truck Trend Network Masterpost and Mega-Gallery - #TENSEMA17
SEMA Show 2007 - Searching SEMA
SEMA Bound Builders: How Was Your Halloween?
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2016 SEMA Show - Lower South Hall #TENSEMA16
SEMA Through the Years
SEMA Auto Show- The Aftermarket Candy Store - Special Section Parts Of The '04 Sema Show
Top 10 Bad-Ass Trucks: Part 2 #MTSEMA19
2015 SEMA Trick Truck Parts
#MTSEMA18: Top-10 Diesel Parts of SEMA 2018
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Top 10 Best New Truck Parts and Products at SEMA 2019 Day 3 #MTSEMA19
SEMA Truck Builds Managed by Truck Guru
2006 Sema Show - Online Coverage
SEMA 2017 Day One - Outside #TENSEMA17