The SEMA Show is still one of the very best (I'm a SEMA Member) and what this show does if nothing else, is show us there is hope, or a light at the end of the tunnel. Now if SEMA would just do a smart thing like Steve Lewis and the Performance Racing Industry Group did, and move to a venue that is easier to navigate, and not so chopped up and disjointed as the Las Vegas Convention Center is. And/or perhaps SEMA could work with the City of Las Vegas to streamline the parking and transportation in and out of the show, but maybe a move to a better location would solve that problem from the start. Las Vegas has this great Monorail system in place, with a great station at the Convention Center. But if you are not staying at one of the various Hotels connected to the Monorail, there does not seem to be any good way to take advantage of this fine example of Mass Transit. The large, open, and free parking lot at the corner of Sahara and Paradise went unused and empty the entire week.
I hope next year the Automotive OEs will come back in strength and numbers, and support the show that makes some of the lame offerings from GM and Chrysler shine and look more appealing. And if the economy is not back in full swing by mid 2010, SEMA needs to rethink some of their pricing for booth spaces. This is a good time for a "Wal-Mart" type of Price Roll Back. Note to Toyo and others who bailed: "Out of Sight, Out of Mind".
Dicken Wear, Editor
"The Motorsports Report"