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Gallery: On the ground at SEMA 2016

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The car that won the first Indianapolis 500, the 1911 Marmon Wasp, on display in Shell’s SEMA booth. Photos by Steve Berry.

Every year, the automotive aftermarket flocks to Las Vegas in early November to attend what can best be described as “Mecca for gearheads,” the SEMA Show. No matter what your passion, from street rods to pro touring cars to trucks to historic racing cars, the show offers something for everyone, but there’s a catch: To gain entry, you must work for a company in the automotive sphere.

Rambler wagon gasser

Here’s something you don’t see every day – a Rambler wagon gasser.


Off-raod Chevelle

A lifted (and presumably 4wd) Chevrolet Chevelle, reminiscent of James Garner’s Baja racing Oldsmobile 442s.

There are ways around that, of course, as “guest” passes are given out to key customers like bite-size Snickers bars in a suburban neighborhood at Halloween. Setting up an automotive-related business and listing it with SEMA is another way, but there’s still the expense of flying to Las Vegas, trying to find a hotel vacancy and then realizing that, thanks to the show’s popularity, rooms cost more than your first car, and possibly your first new car.

Ken Block Hoonicorn

Just your average 1,400-horsepower, AWD 1965 Ford Mustang – Ken Block’s “Hoonicorn.”

Hemmings has boots on the ground at SEMA, and thanks to Steve Berry’s photography, we’re able to bring you a gallery of a few of the cars seen at the show. Understand that this represents just a small sampling, as SEMA is large enough to fill the entire Las Vegas Convention Center, its parking lots and a few other spaces in the vicinity. It’s unimaginably huge in scope, and last year managed to attract a reported 160,000 visitors, a number that will almost certainly be topped in 2016.

AMC Javelin tribute

Mark Donohue tribute AMC Javelin.

Look for additional coverage in the near future, but for now, enjoy a few of the things we’ve captured on the grounds.

1931 Ford Model A roadster 1960 Chevrolet Impala 1961 Chevrolet Impala by Boyd Coddington 1961 Chrysler Newport 1976 Ford Falcon 1988 Peterbilt 379 BMW 3 Series Circa 1940 International pickup Circa 1951 Ford Replica Cobra Daytona Coupe Custom Chevelle Datsun 1200 pickup Datsun Z Ford Bronco Mercedes-Benz Gelaendewagen Mini pickup Slammed pickup trucks Stretched street rod Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Toyota Land Cruiser


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