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Going to the SEMA Show -- Part 1

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Hello drift fans! It's fall once again and the days are counting down to one of the America's biggest automotive products events.... the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

 

For those of you that haven't heard of SEMA before, SEMA stands for "Specialty Equipment Market Association." The SEMA show is a huge automotive products trade show that takes place annually on the first week of November at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

 

The reason the SEMA show is so important for people in the automotive industry (including you drifters) is that its a mass congregation of all the people who build, design, sell, and use all of those cool products and services available for your vehicles. For those of you involved with drifting and the tuner industry, the SEMA show will contain hundreds of vendor booths showcasing the products and vehicles you've come to appreciate.

 

While there will be tons of show and race cars on display, the SEMA show is not your typical car show. Most vehicles in attendance are there for the purpose of helping to market great new products: wheels, tires, in-car electronics, performance parts, etc. Many industry manufacturers bring out the best display vehicles they can find so that you have the opportunity to see new design concepts and awesome parts applications.

 

If you own or work in any type of automotive business, you should attend the SEMA show at least once to see what's going on in the automotive specialty product industry. For you pro-drifter hopefuls out there, you should attend the SEMA show to sit in on the annual Formula D / D1 Grand Prix driver's meetings to know what those organizations are up to in the world of drift competition. If anything, attending the SEMA show will give you a quick chance to mix and mingle with vendors, event promoters, media, and other drivers so you get a better feel as to where you are on the professional drifter totem pole.

 

So, now that you've decided to attend the SEMA show this year, let's look at how to  get you there:

 

Book your travel and hotel

Depending on where you live, you may be able to drive to Las Vegas. However, given gas prices nowadays, you should calculate your mileage  with this quick calculator to determine how expensive it will be to head to Vegas round-trip by car. Check Expedia for quick airfare prices and hotel booking.

 

Hotels in Vegas can range from super cheap and crappy to ultra posh and rediculously expensive. If you're looking to stay within a reasonable budget, see if you can book any hotels near the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you can walk to the Convention Center (rather than driving your own vehicle or taking a taxi) you'll save a few bucks and the headache of finding parking. Hotels and parking lots around the convention center are notorious for jacking up their rates when conventions roll into town and $20 - $30 daily parking fees are the norm.

 

Cheaper hotels are probably going to be off the Strip or even in Downtown Las Vegas. It may be worth your while to save a few bucks on the hotel and use the extra money for taxi fares or a rental car.

 

Book your SEMA Tickets

Purchase your tickets online through sema.org. After the early purchase deadline, tickets go up in price considerably, so make sure you get your tickets early.

 

Another thing to keep in mind is that the SEMA show is an industry trade show. Meaning that supposedly only automotive industry related people are allowed inside. No kids under 16. And supposedly no one that's not in an automotive related business. This means that you may have to provide a tax ID number and / or a company business card (with your name / job title) to be determined as a legitimate attendee.

 

If you're just Joe Blow drifter guy who doesn't work for a auto company and you don't have your own business, the easiest way to get automotive credentials is to talk to your buddies at your local tuner shop and see if you can register to attend under their business name. You'll probably need to print yourself up a handful of business cards that match their company, but that's probabaly the quick and easy way to attend SEMA.

 

If you don't want to register under anyone else, you should register yourself as a business and get a federal tax ID number. You can create your own company as a racing team and use that company to establish automotive credentials with SEMA.

 

Continue to part 2...

 

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