|Corvettes at the 2016 SEMA event.|
Text and Photos By: Wayne Ellwood
The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) 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. SEMA had several displays that featured the Chevrolet Corvette in them. The 2016 SEMA event took place October 31 - November 3, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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.
Here is a list of displays that featured Corvettes (and a couple of extra ones):
Just click on the link to read about the special displays and see the photos.
- GM DISPLAY
- CHAPARRAL 2X VGT CONCEPT
- LINGENFELTER (MAIN) DISPLAY
- JEFF NOWICKI C7 CONCEPT Z
- 1963 BLACK CORVETTE BY BOBBY ALLOWAY
- 2015 C7 WIDEBODY BY IVAN TAMPI
- MEGUIAR’S POLISHES
- GRIFFIN RADIATOR
- # 59 DOUG GRAF RACE TRIBUTE (CRC)
- R1 CONCEPTS C7
- EDELBROCK PERFORMANCE
- TOYO TIRES
- TREAD WEAR TIRES LOGOS
- MOTHERS POLISHES
- BESPOKE CREATIVE
- EZ-UP CANOPIES
- VETTESTHETICS / MGP CALIPER COVERS
- RPM ROLLBARS / CORDES PERFORMANCE RACING
- FORGIATO C7 WIDEBODY
- QUICK JACK
- CORVETTE AMERICA INTERIORS
- OPTIMA ALLEY - BATTERY ULTIMATE STREET CAR CHALLENGE
- TWO NON-CORVETTES OF NOTE AT SEMA
- SOME OTHER NOTES FROM SEMA
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