What Is The SEMA Show?Last Updated August 4, 2019
The SEMA Show is a yearly event that takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, the automotive industry’s best and brightest manufacturers and retailers get together to debut all of the hottest car parts in one place. SEMA is not limited to just Mustangs, but Ford’s display does play a large part throughout the week long event every November.
In addition to the show itself, The SEMA Show also provides a number of networking events such as special guests, educational seminars, networking opportunities and much more. This show typically brings north of 50,000 buyers along with thousands of brand new parts. The SEMA Show is not open to the general public and is labeled a trade-only event.
Many manufacturers, automakers and retailers unveil “SEMA Cars” that they’ve been working on all year. These cars typically feature brand new and upcoming parts and are highly anticipated in the coming weeks before November.
SEMA 2018 Details
Whether you’re a part of the automotive aftermarket industry or not, many people are excited for SEMA this year! With numerous manufacturers flocking to Las Vegas Convention Center in late October, there will be over 70,000 domestic and international buyers on site checking out the over 3,000 newly introduced parts.
The 2018 SEMA Show will take place from Tuesday, October 30th - Friday, November 2nd.
Be sure to stay posted on the CJ Social Channels to see what we have in store for this year’s SEMA Show! This year’s official SEMA Show Hashtag is #SEMA2018.
What Does SEMA Stand For?
SEMA is an acronym for Specialty Equipment Market Association, which essentially means the automotive aftermarket industry. Companies like CJ’s and other manufacturers such as Magnaflow, TMI, Scott Drake, Ford Performance and many more attend this highly anticipated annual event in Las Vegas.
What Is A SEMA Car?
SEMA Car or SEMA Build are slang terms used to describe vehicles that are built for the purpose of being displayed at The SEMA Show. These SEMA builds are highly anticipated and talked about up until their debut due to the fact many of these cars have top-secret parts that manufacturers haven’t officially released yet.
Due to their high level of confidentiality, these SEMA cars are the topics of conversation all over the world in the leading weeks before their official debut on the first week of November every year at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
CJ Pony Parts SEMA Cars
Your friends here at CJ’s have had a few cars at past SEMA Shows in both 2014 and 2015. In 2014, we took a 1965 Mustang Fastback and restored and rebuilt it from the ground up. Project 50/30 is a unique build that features full custom body and paint work along with RideTech Suspension, custom three-piece Niche Wheels, Baer Brakes, TMI Interior and a Vortech supercharged Ford Performance Coyote crate engine pumping out north of 600 horsepower. This is one classic Mustang you don’t want to mess with on the street!
In 2015, thanks to our friends at Ford Motor Company, we were given the task of decking out a 2015 Focus ST. Once we got our hands on the ST, we modified nearly every aspect of the car to create a full-on custom build that turned heads at the local car meet and conquered the autocross course with ease. Built with parts from COBB Tuning, Air Lift Performance, ATP Turbo, Wilwood Brakes, Street Scene and more, this ST is not a force to be reckoned with.
For 2016, CJ's worked with Ford Performance in developing the ultimate show stopper and track-swallowing machine. This 2017 Mustang EcoBoost build features a killer Stealth Gray with Black & Acid Green Accents paint scheme courtesy of GCR Auto. Featured in the Ford Booth at SEMA 2016, this EcoBoost Mustang has a plethora of parts from Ford Performance, COBB Tuning, Anderson Composites, Cervini's and many more.
In 2017, we worked very closely with Ford on a 2018 F-150 build featuring the tried and true 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. This F-150 build features a host of parts from Ford, Ford Performance, ReadyLIFT, Fuel Off-Road, Addictive Desert Designs, Diode Dynamics and more!
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Being one of the largest automotive specialty products showcases in the world, The SEMA Show takes place in Las Vegas every November. Every year, this trade show draws in the best and brightest when it comes to automotive parts and the latest aftermarket products for your Mustang. Just last year, there were north of 2,500 parts debuted at SEMA with that number rising each year!
The horsepower and torque numbers for the all-new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 powered 2017 Raptor have been rumored for a while. Ford has released the official numbers and let's just say that they blow the previous F-150's 6.2L powerhouse out of the water! Combine that with the weight savings of over 500 pounds and this new Raptor takes it to an entirely new level.
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CJ’s is proud to unveil a special project that has been in the works - our customized 2017 Mustang EcoBoost painted in Stealth Gray with Black and Acid Green accents! Working with purchasing, our design team and numerous of our vendors, this car will turn some heads in the Ford Booth at SEMA 2016.