By John Gunnell
The 50th Anniversary SEMA show took place in Las Vegas, November 1-4, 2016. The show draws 140,000 professionals from the specialty car niche and about half of them are buyers from stores, shops and auto parts houses.
SEMA offers buyers and media representatives (like your Second Chance Garage contributor) a scanner that can be used to scan the UPC stickers on each product showcase. SEMA then supplies a list of the companies and their products, as well as contact information.
The products on display are arranged in display cases built into two long halls, as well as in two large rooms. Most products in the rooms are also in showcases, but the larger items are placed on counters or directly on the floor. A toolbox or a ramp would be displayed on the floor. A tire might be arranged on the counter. A hand tool or can of paint would go into the display cases.
We secured a scanner and started zapping the labels for products we thought that car collectors and restorers might be interested in. The following list describes 100 products that were there this year and tells you the phone numbers or websites you can use to get more information on each product.
You will notice some companies have more than one listing for different products they displayed. This is not a case of favoritism; it's just that some companies make more old-car products than other companies do. Some of the product names are pretty specific. Others are not and you'll need to call or visit Websites to see what they are. That should be fun!
We don't have room to show a picture of every product, but we tried to illustrate some of our favorites — products we'd like to have in our own "Second Chance Garage." Hopefully you'll find something you need, too.
(HINT: Some items on the list might be great on your Christmas list!)