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Report: SEMA 2011

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by Brian Medford  More from Author

The big show gets its groove back.

The last few years have been interesting in our industry. A few years ago the SEMA show reflected our downsized economy with a slightly downsized show. Areas that used to be chocked full of cars and booths were now empty, hidden behind veiled curtains. People moped about in easily navigated aisles. The industry had been dealt a blow and everyone felt it. But time heals all wounds and I believe this year signaled a turning point. Everyone I talked to this year was excited and optimistic, dare I say "chipper" describes it nicely. But the proof was on the show floor. This year brought quite possibly the largest display of world class show vehicles ever to grace the Las Vegas Convention Center.And the crowds! I can't remember the last time I saw such packed show. Heading across a show hall was like swimming upstream no matter what direction you were headed. People were laughing, chatting, and catching up on old times. Yes, it was a good year for the SEMA Show, but I think the more important sign is that it was a good year for everyone, and that is just the beginning.


Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Bikes
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Bikes
Cars aren't the only stars that shine in Vegas.
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Restomods
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Restomods
Everything old is new again in these updated rides.

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Exotics
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Exotics
These high rollers are no stranger to Sin City.
 

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - Unnatural Aspiration
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - Unnatural Aspiration
Blowers and turbos are always a winner.
 

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - Import Invasion
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - Import Invasion
Horsepower, speed and style know no borders.
 

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Hot Rods
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Hot Rods
This was a banner year for the cars that helped build the industry.
 

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - Wild, Wacky and Just Weird
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - Wild, Wacky and Just Weird
These builders went "all in" on their designs and it shows!
 

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Mopars
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Mopars
"Why yes, there is a Hemi in it."
 

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Camaros
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Camaros
Chevrolet's pony car was more popular than ever this year.

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Race Cars
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Race Cars
It isn't very often you catch these speed demons at rest.
 

Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Mustangs
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Mustangs
Pony power was a sure bet this year.
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Monster Trucks
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Monster Trucks
For these rigs the sky is the limit!
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Street Trucks
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Street Trucks
These rigs haul more style than cargo.
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Offroad Rigs
Gallery: SEMA 2011 - The Offroad Rigs
Who needs roads when there are rigs like this!
  

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