I've been going to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas for twenty-five years now because I absolutely love it. This time, I brought our videographer, Scott Allen, along to document the semi insanity. SEMA, of course, stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, a more PC version of its original name—Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association. As in, everything to make cars go faster. That stuff is still here everywhere you look, in addition to all kinds of products you can add to a car to make it more efficient and, most of all, more awesome to look at.
In this video walk through the show, I ran into my longtime pal Linda Vaughn, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter and legendary race queen, and got some practice with the race queen wave. I also spent some quality time with some makers of great products: Daniel Sandberg, head of performance brake maker Brembo North America; Sid Dutcher of Retro Manufacturing, which makes RetroSound systems and RetroBelt seatbelts in a rainbow of colors for vintage cars; and let's not forget Michael Henry (a.k.a. Horny Mike) and his Horny Helmet Accessories. I was partial to some of his display helmets, as you'll see in the video.