The raddest cars, trucks, bikes and UTVs at SEMA had one more stop before returning to their garages.
On Nov. 4, thousands of fans got one last chance to witness some of the modified vehicles that graced the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center earlier in the week.
Beginning at 3 p.m., the vehicles crossed through Paradise Road into the Gold Lot parking area.
Enter the after-party, “SEMA Ignited.”
Not everyone was able to enter the Specialty Equipment Market Association show across the street, due to it being exclusive for media and automotive trade-only professionals. Here at SEMA Ignited, $20 would grant one access to see some of the show vehicles in real-life. Free access was provided to people with either a SEMA badge, a student ID or military ID.
The gathering was unlike the show across the street – it was an after-party.
Many marvelled as they watched the projects actually moving and parking next to one another.
Beyond the rows of the one-of-a-kind custom vehicles, racecars were drifting at the Formula Drift demonstrations. Burning rubber and revving engines were permitted in this part of the car-meet – elsewhere, bumping loud music and tailgating with a cold brew was OK too.
Beer and food were plentiful provided by the food trucks. A live DJ hooked up the tunes.
With all of the commotion and positive energy, many said that time-flew at SEMA Ignited. The last minute hugs and handshakes solidified the SEMA camaraderie.
By approximately 10 p.m., the smoke cleared (from the drifters and BBQ pits), the music faded and some of the show vehicles needed jump starts.
Many of the attendees were tired from the four day excursion – this was the ideal spot to close out, let loose, and simply geek out.
Photography: Bill Bogan