SEMA 2021 Coverage
It’s that time of the year again and we’ve got SEMA 2021 coverage for you.
First, a quick overview. SEMA took 2002 off due to COVID so the thought was that 2021 would be a triumphant return. Thus far, it’s obvious that there’s far more empty floor space than we’ve seen in years and that can probably be attributed to several factors:
Many companies are still reeling from the economic impact COVID shutdowns;
- Some are also having trouble filling orders because of supply shortages — and why spend six figures to go to SEMA when you can’t fill orders?
- Unlike CES, SEMA has no vaccine mandate and there are some who have expressed concerns about employee safety if people are indoors and unvaccinated;
- Crackdowns by the EPA have absolutely impacted some businesses;
- The attendance isn’t back to pre-COVID days, but that’s to be expected.
This year seems to be the year of tuner cars. Japanese imports like the new Supra and the new Z were present and there were several examples of modded versions of these cars.
McLarens and Lambos were also present in decent numbers. Of course, big lifted, mall-crawling trucks were bountiful. Bluetooth driveshafts returned for this year — in at least a couple of builds.
SEMA 2021 Highlights
SEMA never disappoints when it comes to attracting top car builders and the creations of many builders were sprinkled here and there. There was a giant space for the Chip Foose experience. The cars were amazing, but it seemed like they were trying to fill in dead space.
You can see the entire SEMA floor plan for each hall here.