All good things must come to an end, and that’s where we are in regards to the en masse coverage of the 2019 SEMA show. We came, we saw, we walked for miles until our feet blistered, and we photographed just about everything we thought was worth photographing. Every year, we are the boots on the ground, weaving through the crowds, talking with those in the know. SEMA is important to us for many ways, and during the days, it is all-business, all the time, whether that business is a meeting, a panel discussion, or another lap of the floorplan just to make sure we didn’t miss anything you needed to see.
For me, I prefer the quiet after-hours access simply because I can get near cars I otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Cars like the Honda S800 “Outlaw”, for instance. A 1960s era small sports car (emphasis on small, for sure), this one was wearing a Pandem body kit, widened stock-style wheels, and was still sporting it’s 791cc four-cylinder engine. I don’t care if it is the size of my right boot and that fitting in it is an impossibility, I loved this car. And yes, it is that small…those wheels are thirteens. Then there was the Kindig-It 1967 Dodge Coronet and 1965 Pontiac GTO, in spectacular color, on display at the back of Central Hall. During the day, it was a madhouse near those two beauties, but at night, you could stare directly at the two cars and see fire and ice parked next to each other. Beautiful cars, beautiful colors, excellent display choices.
A bit of humanity after all of the show coverage: for our final event of the SEMA week, Chad and I made our way to the Lazy Dog Restaurant and unwound as we enjoyed the sounds of jets coming in for a landing at McCarran International Airport. For anyone else, any other time, that might be too much noise to absorb, but as we sat on the outside deck enjoying some food before catching the wing back to our respective homes, we were never more at peace the whole week than we were at that moment.
Until next time, Vegas…