Forget what your mom, your dad, and your teachers said about becoming a doctor or a lawyer. The business to be in is the automotive industry. Why? Two words: SEMA shows.
SEMA is the Specialty Equipment Market Association, and every year it puts on a huge show that spotlights the newest, coolest, and trickest cars, parts, and accessories that you and your buddies will be drooling over all year––until the next show brings even more.
Strolling up and down the aisles you’ll see paddle shifters for new Camaros, weight-saving aluminum radiators, high-performance intake kits and exhaust systems, and more alloy wheels than you can shake a dipstick at. Suspension kits, sway bars, springs, shocks and struts. Tires for drifting, drag racing, and track days. Trim kits, dress-up parts, and car-care products. It’s like walking through every auto parts store and speed shop in America at once.
And the cars? No matter what form your four-wheel addiction takes, whether street rods, sport compacts, trucks, luxury and exotic cars, racing, or off-road, there’s something there for you. Concept cars, one-offs, next year’s models, they’re all there, and probably all the parts to make your car look just like them, too. The SEMA show is where manufacturers like to pull the wraps off their latest models, and the people who are there to see them get the scoop before anyone else.
But here’s the catch. SEMA membership, and admission to the show, is open only to car manufacturers, importers, and builders, and people who work in, for, and around the car business. Which means, sadly, probably not you.
But don’t worry. The next SEMA show takes place November 1-4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. That leaves you plenty of time to drop out of medical school, get a job at Krazy Karl’s Kar Kare Klinic, and save up for a SEMA membership of your own.