Words by Kendra Aceto
Photos by Jeremy Stoutamyer & Kendra Aceto
The final day of SEMA and AAPEX has come and gone. New products have been introduced, news released, connections made, and all of the cars have left the building… Where do we even start for today’s recap?
The last day of SEMA is cut short by a few hours to make time for SEMA Ignited – a fairly new addition to the show that is open to the general public. All of the SEMA veterans that I spoke with prior to booking this year’s trip have told me the same thing, “ Don’t go early. Stay late so you can watch the cars roll out. It is 100% worth it.”
And you know what? They were right. So right in fact, that the people behind the SEMA show decided to make it an official part of the event. SEMA Ignited starts just an hour after the SEMA show closes its doors for the final time until next year. The vehicles are all driven out of the Las Vegas Convention Center and paraded around the block to an open parking lot for all to see. SEMA Ignited is also host to a series of events that cater to music lovers and motorsport enthusiasts.
When watching the cars cruise to their new location, you’ll find yourself asking, “where was that car?! I didn’t see that one!” Just a small testament to the magnitude (sheer size?) of the show. Even if you walk around the entire show from open to close every single day, it is impossible to see every vehicle there. Friday night’s roll out gives you one last opportunity to catch something special that you might have missed.