SEMA 2017 – Las Vegas, Nevada
For anyone who hasn’t heard of SEMA, it’s an automotive mecca to which thousands travel every year. Featuring some of the most highly tuned and modified cars, unreleased prototypes and a lot of lifted trucks.
For the UK car show fans, think Autosport International at the Birmingham NEC. However you could fit that entire show in one hall at SEMA and still have room for more. It also contains a huge trade section, selling almost anything you could want for a car.
Just in case you were after a truck to carry your dirt buggy you can find that here also. Along with a selection of other amazingly prepared off road vehicles. Ranging from competition trucks to crazy builds just for the sake of it.
The car of the show for me was the new 301 MPH Hennessey Venom F5. Featuring a super light weight carbon fibre body, weighing in at just 2,965 lbs. With its twin turbo V8 engine it develops 1600 horsepower.
If the Venom doesnt do it for you, then you can take a look at a massive range of super cars. From Bugatti, Ferrari, the stunning Mclaren P1 and everything else in between.
Lets suppose drifting and gymkhana are more your sort of thing. On display this year was Ken Blocks stunning Hoonicorn V2, along with Baggsy’s new Nissan GTR, which those of you at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed would have already seen tearing up the fabled hill climb. Ken Blocks new Escort Cosworth was also proudly on display.
Literally having something for every car fan amongst us, after walking around the static displays you can check out some live action. From drifting in the centre area to off road buggy’s.
There is something for everyone at SEMA and I cant wait to go back again!
Words & Pictures – Mike Newland