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SEMA and AAPEX bringing thousands of people, cars to Las Vegas this week

SEMA Ignited open to public Friday
Posted at 8:17 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 03:22:38-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It’s all about cars this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center and you’ll have the chance to see them at the end of the week.

The 2019 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show is bringing thousands of vehicles and 2.400 manufacturing companies to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Tuesday to Friday (Nov. 5-8).

It’s also bringing more than 160,000 people from 140 countries to the Las Vegas valley.

Many of those people will also be attending the AAPEX, operated Auto Care Association and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

The combined economic impact is expected to be about $259 million.

Some of this year’s highlights include:

  • Hot Wheels Legends Tour featuring 20 custom vehicle finalists from across the county will be judged by Jay Leno, Adam Carolla and a cast of celebrity judges on Tuesday.

  • Corvette Heroes collecting, including 36 unique and iconic Corvettes starting from 1953, the year when the Corvette was introduced, to 1989;

  • The “Overland Experience,” which will feature dozens of customized vehicles with popped out tents, sunshades outfitted for survival and even portable kitchens;
  • A 1,000-horsepower Dodge Challenger that was slated to debut in the ProCharger booth at the aftermarket auto spectacle but was stolen at a local hotel-casino;
  • Segway's all-new Segway-E All Mountain Dirt Bike;
  • The 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake and the Shelby Super Snake Sport F-150 truck;
  • 60 years of Honda’s cars, including two 2020 Honda CR-V models with lift kits, off-road wheels and all-terrain tires, a 1999 Civic Ci, and the N600 that won the Honda Super Tuner Legend Series;
  • Ford’s 6 new Ford Ranger concepts, including the Twin Edition, RTR Rambler, and Hellwig Ford Ranger for those who are environmentally conscious;
  • A Gold 455 Super Duty T-Top Trans Am and a Trans Am-branded motorcycle;

  • An upgraded 2019 Ford Mustang GT from California Pony Cars;

And if you are hoping to spot some celebrities, there will be a few of those there too including avid car collector and former talk show host Jay Leno at the New Products Breakfast on Tuesday; NASCAR drivers and legends like Richard Petty, Cody Ware, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Chase Briscoe and Matt DiBenedetto; former CHiPS star Erik Estrada at the Shell booth on Tuesday; a variety of YouTube and TV show hosts; the Blue Man Group from Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, the shows are limited to industry professionals for most of the week. However, the general pubic is invited to attend SEMA Ignited, a post-trade show after part, from 3 to 10 p.m. Nov. 8.

The Friday night festival will begin with a “parade” from the Las Vegas Convention Center to the site for SEMA Ignited (southeast corner of Swenson Street and Desert Inn Road).

Attendees will be able to see hundreds of customized rides, enjoy drift demonstrations and food, meet various celebrities and watch the culmination of the SEMA Battle of the Builders.

Tickets are $20 general admission. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Click here for more information.

The 2020 SEMA Show will take place Nov. 3-6 in Las Vegas.