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SEMA Kicks Off Auto Accessories Show With Explosive Appeal

By Pete Allman

SEMA Award group photo

Certainly SEMA is recognized as the leading auto and accessories show in the world. It also adds to the economy of Las Vegas. Peter MacGillvray, the Vice President of Events and Communications invited media and attendees to get the scoop on new products with the industry's hottest car, truck sport compact and 4x4 SUV. More than 2,000 SEMA Show goers were in attendance to hear the latest news from SEMA executives who also presented SEMA Awards.

 Jessi Combs speaking at The SEMA New Product BreakfastJesse Combs, the fastest women on the planet gave an inspiring speech, welcoming SEMA show attendees and exhibitors on opening breakfast of the New Product Awards Breakfast. She said to never let anything stop you from what you want to do. Combs who got a broken back, when a drill press fell on her during a taping of her Off Road Show.

Dave McClelland, The Voce Of Drag Racing then introduced Christopher J. Kersting, the President and CEO of SEMA who during his speech informed the audience that this year’s SEMA convention is celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

Gene Simmons at The Ford Press ConferenceThe Best New Products Awards went to Edge Products for design, Coker Tire for Best New Tire, Bed rug for Best New Merchandising, Tilan Lifts for Best New Power Sports Product, 3-M for Best New Collision and Repair, Ultra Wheel Company for Best New Wheel and Related Product, Escort Inc. for Best New Mobile Electronics Product, Palmer Performance Engineering for Best Interior Product, Viking Performance for Best Engineered New Product, Auto Track-Z for Best New Van Pick Up Product, Leap Innovations for Best New Tools and Equipment, Aeromotive Inc. for Best New Street Rod Custom Rod, Regal Industries for Best New Exterior Accuracy Product, Palmer Performance Engineering for Best New Off Road 4 Wheel Product, Komp Performance for Best New Performance Racing Product, and Auto Meter for Best New Street Product.

The SEMA Award, selected by the exhibitors had Peter Mac Gillivray The Vice President of Events and Communications Director for SEMA present the SEMA Awards for Hottest 4x4 SUV to Jeep Wrangler, Hottest Truck to Ford F Series, with the Hottest Car going to Ford Mustang, and Hottest Sport Car going to SCION FRS.

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Pete Allman
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Photographs of Jessi Combs and Gene Simmons courtesy of Norman Woo