Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2016 SEMA – 50TH ANNIVERSARY REPORT - GM DISPLAY AT SEMA

GM DISPLAY AT SEMA

Text and Photos By: Wayne Ellwood
Corvette Coverage of the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas, including Vettes in the Battle of the Builders® competition.
Corvette Coverage of the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas, including Vettes in the Battle of the Builders® competition. 


Being the 50th anniversary of SEMA, the organizers created special badging and organized a number of events to celebrate this long and successful history. SEMA has been working on our behalf in many areas, always to good effect. One function of SEMA is to monitor state and federal activities as they affect the transportation industry and to make sure the voices of all concerned parties are heard. They do a truly remarkable job, on this front. Of course, any of the industry partners who shared such a significant landmark were eager to jump in, and show their visible support. In this case, Chevy presented some special versions of its Camaro, which is also 50 years old in spirit but fresh in design.

The SEMA event, which is actually an industry-wide convention-exposition, is another of their major accomplishments. However, for Corvette fans, GM’s focus was on the Camaro. Regardless, SEMA’s “Battle of the Builders” drew a large number of specialty builders and tuners eager to enhance their already well-established reputations. There was a multitude of suppliers who were eager to present their wares. And finally, a number of smaller builders had their car on show as stand-alone representations of their work. I’ll tell you about these, and their display cars.



GM DISPLAY AT SEMA

GM can’t devote all its attention to Corvettes. With GM celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Camaro, they relied on a look back to last year’s reveal on the T1 track car and the new for 2017 Grand Sport for their SEMA display.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on display at the 2016 SEMA event.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on display at the 2016 SEMA event.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on display at the 2016 SEMA event.
2016 Corvette Stingray in Corvette Racing Yellow.

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with Z51 Performance Package T1 Race Car Specifications
2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with Z51 Performance Package T1 Race Car Specifications.

GM Chassis on display in the GM Booth at the 2016 SEMA event.
GM Chassis on display in the GM Booth at the 2016 SEMA event.

GM display at SEMA 2016

2016 SEMA Show - GM Booth
2016 SEMA Show - GM Booth

2016 SEMA Show - GM Booth
Choices of Wheels in the GM booth at SEMA 2016.

2016 SEMA Show - GM Booth
GM's booth at the 2016 SEMA event.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport on display at 2016 SEMA.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport on display at 2016 SEMA.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport on display at 2016 SEMA.
The new 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine to deliver exceptional performance. The Grand Sport Collector Edition features an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes and black wheels. the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Specifications.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Specifications.


Here is a list of displays that featured Corvettes (and a couple of extra ones):


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