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Workin' 4 Toys
02-12-2006, 01:16 AM
How many of you have ever been to the SEMA show?

erkoehler
02-12-2006, 01:20 AM
Never been....

jayocheskey
02-12-2006, 01:33 AM
Don't even know what "SEMA" is.

Danimal
02-12-2006, 01:39 AM
Been there once and I'll tell ya... Make sure you have more than one day! I walked around that joint with my jaw dropping and my credit card itching!! 8p

Mag_Red
02-12-2006, 01:42 AM
Would love to go some day. You have an extra ticket or something?? :D

Danimal
02-12-2006, 01:45 AM
Would love to go some day. You have an extra ticket or something?? :D

I was there about five years ago with a buddy who makes custom wheels. Never even had to buy a ticket :cool:

Workin' 4 Toys
02-12-2006, 02:01 AM
Don't even know what "SEMA" is.
Specialty Equipment Market Association
The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, marine and RV markets. SEMA Show 2005 drew over 50,000 domestic and international buyers through two million square feet of exhibits. The displays are segmented into 11 sections, and a New Products Showcase features more than 1,400 newly introduced parts, tools and components.

Workin' 4 Toys
02-12-2006, 02:03 AM
Would love to go some day. You have an extra ticket or something?? :D
I may be going this year, it seems it is going to be hard enough getting myself in.

jeverett
02-12-2006, 02:20 AM
Been there several times in my time as a Meguiar's employee. Check out the AAPS at the same time, more cool stuff. Between the two shows it is the second largest convention week in Vegas.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
02-12-2006, 10:15 AM
Been there several times in my time as a Meguiar's employee. Check out the AAPS at the same time, more cool stuff. Between the two shows it is the second largest convention week in Vegas.


So what is the biggest convention week in Vegas? just out of pure curiosity...... :confused:

JEREMY79
02-12-2006, 11:00 AM
I would have gotten to go had I not quit my job with the paint store. That really sucked too. Best part of that job was the perks.

Leroy
02-12-2006, 11:04 AM
Never been, sounds neat though.

vegashomeexpert
02-12-2006, 11:04 AM
Does driving by the front on Paradise road count? My daughters soccer team has training at UNLV (not far from the convention center) and a couple of times I have had to drive down Paradise road in front of the Convention center to take her. You see some amazing things, even from the street. Go passed by a 12 passenger open wheel formula one car once (at about 2 mph because the traffic was so bad). Huge show. Looks like a lot of fun.

JEREMY79
02-12-2006, 11:10 AM
I'm guessing you are not a CSI fan. UNLV made me think of it.

tex
02-12-2006, 11:47 AM
I would guess CES is the largest show...The adult entertainment show is also going on at the same time.

vegashomeexpert
02-12-2006, 01:21 PM
I'm guessing you are not a CSI fan. UNLV made me think of it.
What's CSI? J/K. Can't seem to sit through a whole show but my wife and daughter like it. They don't film it here (much) so I get kind of perterbed when they show outdoor shots of lakes with trees around them, or fields with greenery. This is the desert, man. If you're going to do a show about the Las Vegas underbelly, at least make the scenery real. :mad:

WakeSeeky
02-12-2006, 02:23 PM
I've been, but only during set up before the show. It's an awesome show & no, it's not easy to get in. Most companies have more than enough takers for their passes. This year they had a Super Crawl out in the front parking lot of the convention center. I posted pictures on here somewhere. If they do that again next year, I will be there for sure, it was a blast.

skitilldark
02-12-2006, 09:05 PM
I would LOVE to go, but thought it was basically a closed show. Anyone have any ideas on how to get in?

jeverett
02-13-2006, 12:13 AM
So what is the biggest convention week in Vegas? just out of pure curiosity...... :confused:

The biggest Vegas show is COMDEX. A lot of computer and Tech types invade Vegas for a week and drop a bunch of money.

erkoehler
02-13-2006, 12:15 AM
What's CSI? J/K. Can't seem to sit through a whole show but my wife and daughter like it. They don't film it here (much) so I get kind of perterbed when they show outdoor shots of lakes with trees around them, or fields with greenery. This is the desert, man. If you're going to do a show about the Las Vegas underbelly, at least make the scenery real. :mad:


I can't stand the show, too unrealistic.

Sodar
02-13-2006, 12:55 AM
I would LOVE to go, but thought it was basically a closed show. Anyone have any ideas on how to get in?

The best way to get in is to make friends in the industry. I was able to get in because my friend owns a wheel and tire distribution company and the wheel companies pay for him to go to check out their new product lines. Just start making friends with any auto accessories shop!

stevo137
02-13-2006, 09:38 AM
I do not attend this show but have colleagues that do and no doubt it is a great show.

Workin' 4 Toys
02-13-2006, 11:34 AM
I would LOVE to go, but thought it was basically a closed show. Anyone have any ideas on how to get in?
Own a automotive related business, or have a REALLY good friend that does.

lakes Rick
02-13-2006, 12:50 PM
Been there several times in my time as a Meguiar's employee. Check out the AAPS at the same time, more cool stuff. Between the two shows it is the second largest convention week in Vegas.

How does someone who lives in Bend work for Meguires??

Ric
02-13-2006, 12:57 PM
I would guess CES is the largest show...The adult entertainment show is also going on at the same time.
oh no no, the adult entertainment show(awards) ended the night before I arrived in vegas :( CES was going strong when we arrived though so every business suited oriental that sat at a gaming table with us was automatically affectionately named "cousin bill", they nodded and didnt seem to mind much.

Dan K
02-13-2006, 01:27 PM
The biggest Vegas show is COMDEX. A lot of computer and Tech types invade Vegas for a week and drop a bunch of money.

My impression of COMDEX is that it is not as big as it was before the dot.com bust. I am surprised if it is still the biggest convention.

The concrete construction convention is pretty big as well.

WakeSeeky
02-13-2006, 04:44 PM
My impression of COMDEX is that it is not as big as it was before the dot.com bust. I am surprised if it is still the biggest convention.

The concrete construction convention is pretty big as well.

COMDEX has been canceled the last year or two. It had long since faded from its glory days.

I don't honestly know what the largest convention is. CES is certainly up there, but it's open to the public. There are so many closed shows that are huge. Had a friend in town this weekend for the Shot Show - guns/ammo/security/body armor/etc. - and I guess it took up all three halls at the convention center and a tent out front. That's a closed show, I have no idea how many people showed up, but it was a lot.

Workin' 4 Toys
02-13-2006, 05:33 PM
the Shot Show - guns/ammo/security/body armor/etc.
We don't get to have shows like that here......:mad:
Something about the Mayor, and Gov wanting only the criminals to have arms.....Although, I am not sure why their residences are protected with them as I have heard....:confused:

Diesel
02-13-2006, 06:06 PM
COMDEX has been canceled the last year or two. It had long since faded from its glory days.

I don't honestly know what the largest convention is. CES is certainly up there, but it's open to the public. There are so many closed shows that are huge. Had a friend in town this weekend for the Shot Show - guns/ammo/security/body armor/etc. - and I guess it took up all three halls at the convention center and a tent out front. That's a closed show, I have no idea how many people showed up, but it was a lot.

CES is the largest show 150,000 participants and 1.5 million square ft of show.


SEMA is the second largest at 100,000+ participants and 1.2 million sqft of show.

WakeSeeky
02-13-2006, 10:15 PM
We don't get to have shows like that here......:mad:
Something about the Mayor, and Gov wanting only the criminals to have arms.....Although, I am not sure why their residences are protected with them as I have heard....:confused:

Fortunately we're not that bad off here... yet. Although I heard SHOT is going to be in Florida next year. Hopefully that's just a money thing.

Workin' 4 Toys
02-14-2006, 12:19 AM
The SEMA show is held at the Hilton Convention center, right?

Leroy
02-14-2006, 01:01 AM
Been many times to CES, really large and many companies do not set up at the convention center. We were at Mandalay Bay for years. I have not been in last 5 years.

bret
02-14-2006, 08:03 AM
I would guess CES is the largest show...The adult entertainment show is also going on at the same time.

Yeah, the CES is huge! SEMA is fun but as someone said, take more than one day. The Porn people are usually the week before CES or finishing up as CES is opening, last year they were at the Venetion, some hot women walking around there.

Diesel
02-14-2006, 10:32 AM
The SEMA show is held at the Hilton Convention center, right?

No, the actual show is at the Las Vegas Convention center which is right next door to the Hilton. Many banquets and parties are scheduled in the Hilton convention center the week of the show.

jeverett
02-14-2006, 01:00 PM
CES is the largest show 150,000 participants and 1.5 million square ft of show.


SEMA is the second largest at 100,000+ participants and 1.2 million sqft of show.

I am wondering if you combine the SEMA and the AAPS shows which are concurrent as well as one badge gets you into both shows would make them the largest? Participants may be the same # of people but larger square footage. Either way there is some really great stuff to see there.

Diesel
02-14-2006, 02:21 PM
I am wondering if you combine the SEMA and the AAPS shows which are concurrent as well as one badge gets you into both shows would make them the largest? Participants may be the same # of people but larger square footage. Either way there is some really great stuff to see there.

The AAPEX show which is at the Sands convention center claims 1.2million sqft and 105,000 participants........... which are in most cases the same participants as the SEMA show and thier web page is not too clear on if the 1.2 million sqft is in addition to the SEMA show.

Workin' 4 Toys
02-14-2006, 03:27 PM
No, the actual show is at the Las Vegas Convention center which is right next door to the Hilton. Many banquets and parties are scheduled in the Hilton convention center the week of the show.
Ok, that makes more sense.... Thanks.

stevo137
02-23-2006, 01:38 PM
I was told by a few people that the public can register and visit on the last day of the show but found out that it is NOT TRUE. You need to be employed in the automotive industry and prove it to attend.
http://www.semashow.com/main/main.aspx?ID=/content/SEMASHOWcom/HomePage

Workin' 4 Toys
02-23-2006, 03:22 PM
I was told by a few people that the public can register and visit on the last day of the show but found out that it is NOT TRUE. You need to be employed in the automotive industry and proove it to attend.
http://www.semashow.com/main/main.aspx?ID=/content/SEMASHOWcom/HomePage
It's a good thing.

stevo137
02-23-2006, 08:37 PM
Here's a good pic from the Sema show. ;)

jlf
02-24-2006, 10:05 AM
I have a friend that goes every year and has been trying to get us to come with, he says it is awesome. I'd like to go once to check it out. It would probably make me cry though, because some of the concepts are so cool and when the vehicle actually comes out it never looks the same, usually not as cool. I'd probably have to wear a bib too to catch all the drool.

skeeler
02-24-2006, 10:38 AM
We took this last year to the show.....You need more than one day for that show. Also, bring along a 4gb memory card for the camera. You will need it!!

Workin' 4 Toys
02-24-2006, 11:04 AM
We took this last year to the show.....You need more than one day for that show. Also, bring along a 4gb memory card for the camera. You will need it!!
I've got a friend of mine that wants to get one of those. I think they are cool to look at, but for an everyday driver, I think he is nuts.
Well, I guess none of us really have our heads on straight....
I am trying to make that trip happen.

Diesel
02-24-2006, 11:48 AM
I was told by a few people that the public can register and visit on the last day of the show but found out that it is NOT TRUE. You need to be employed in the automotive industry and prove it to attend.

We have been lobbying SEMA to make this a reality, to no avail. I would like the see them open up the show to consumers for Friday and Saturday. I bet you could even charge $50-80 per ticket and hoards of people would show up. A bunch of old-school bastards with the big players in the industry don't want to make the effort nor want to spend their time speaking to the actual end users of their products. Their arrogance knows no bounds. Its a major paradigm shift that very few in the industry will embrace because they are lazy elitists.

For my company we send 17 people for 10 days and spend an incredible amount of money not only to display but for lodging, meals and other travel expenses, yet we are not allowed to sell anything at the show. From just a business stand point it is has the worst return on investment of anything we do to promote our products. Yet we all(mfgs) fear not displaying at the show because of the signal it could send to our customers.

I see it this way, since we are already there, set up, and paying an extraordinary amount of money I would at least like to have the chance to recoup some of our investment by educating and selling our products directly to the end users. True enthusiast would be all over it and I think it would be a lot of fun.......

:twocents:

Workin' 4 Toys
02-24-2006, 12:00 PM
We go to these shows http://www.familyevents.com/ that are open to the public.

stevo137
02-25-2006, 01:03 PM
this is a link of cars from the 2005 Sema show.
Painted with DuPont Hot Hues.
I might go this year! ;)

http://www.dragracecentral.com/DRCStory.asp?ID=108116&Filter=30

Workin' 4 Toys
02-25-2006, 09:38 PM
Do you have any idea what the name of that color on the Cobalt is?

stevo137
02-26-2006, 12:53 PM
Do you have any idea what the name of that color on the Cobalt is?
Toys, it says candy apple red below the car. Would you like me to confirm that?

bucky
02-26-2006, 02:05 PM
No offense to those of you who are sport compact fans, but I can't look at these cars with the huge crinkly slicks on the front and the skinny training wheels out back and not think that the body looks put on back-a$$wards

Workin' 4 Toys
02-26-2006, 04:02 PM
Toys, it says candy apple red below the car. Would you like me to confirm that?
Yes, and in Dupont, Not HOC right?
Base/clear? Any info you could get on it would be appreciated. I have a "small" project coming up and I would like to use that if I choose to change my theme....:D
(Got any samples???;) )

Workin' 4 Toys
02-26-2006, 04:05 PM
No offense to those of you who are sport compact fans, but I can't look at these cars with the huge crinkly slicks on the front and the skinny training wheels out back and not think that the body looks put on back-a$$wards
I agree!!!!! I hope the concept never "grows" on me...... Seems like it works good, but looks really weird.

stevo137
02-26-2006, 04:08 PM
Yes, and in Dupont, Not HOC right?
Base/clear? Any info you could get on it would be appreciated. I have a "small" project coming up and I would like to use that if I choose to change my theme....:D
(Got any samples???;) )
I'll call a few of the liquid boys and see what I can dig up.