Two million square feet of show space, plus the overflow. That’s how much ground you had to cover if your mission was to see everything that the 2018 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show had to offer. It’s the largest automotive trade event in the world and if you’ve ever been to SEMA in the past, you know that it’s virtually impossible to take it all in, even for those who stay for the entire four days. There’s just too much to see.
As it has been with each passing year, SEMA 2018 was the biggest yet. And while the business of the show is about the latest new products and, for many businesses, opening up new relations and re-establishing old ones, let’s face it…the cars and trucks are the stars. The wildest and most outrageous…the best of the best is what you’ll find in the manufacturer displays or in the many featured vehicle halls. Builds that have been coming together all year—since the last SEMA Show—arrive in Las Vegas and are kept under covers until the start of the show. The day one unveilings elicit the oohs and aahs as builders introduce their latest choices in vehicles and the trends in colors and modifications that are either hits or misses.
Edelbrock was out in force with a preview of new products coming in 2019 that included the new 800cfm AVS2 Series Carburetor, a first-ever high-performance cylinder head for the 6.6L Chevy Duramax Diesel engine that is 50-states emissions legal, a new line of Edelbrock engine blocks, and several new E-Force Supercharger applications. Drawing spectators into the Edelbrock booth this year was JH Restorations’ badass ShockR 1966 Mustang with an Edelbrock-supercharged Coyote engine. Alongside the ShockR was the Edelbrock/LS-powered Knuckle Busters BMW M3 build with the Hoonigan’s Danger Dan signing autographs next to it. On the final day, show-goers in the booth were treated to a surprise visit from Edelbrock-sponsored Top Fuel racer Audrey Worm, who rolled into Vegas in preparation for the Auto Club NHRA Finals coming up this week in Pomona.
Video: Thrash-Testing the Hoonigan/Edelbrock M3
After four straight days of SEMA madness the Edelbrock team has returned to its home base in Torrance, CA with energy levels depleted but memory cards filled with images of every car and truck that attracted the lens of our camera. Scroll down to see some of our favorites of SEMA 2018 and for a look at what’s coming from Edelbrock in 2019, be sure to follow @EdelbrockPerformance on Facebook and visit our Instagram page @edelbrockusa.
Brian Hatano is a veteran automotive journalist and former editor of Car Craft, Petersen’s Drag Racing, Sport Compact Car and Motorcyclist magazines.