Photos & Words: Michael Phillips

The time has arrived! SEMA 2017 has officially begun. And though this annual mecca of enthusiasts marks an early start to the holiday season, for us at #TeamSlamd, it’s Christmas. For decades the hands steering the ship here at Slam’d have spent their Halloween week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. In its 51st year, the SEMA Show remains the single largest automotive event in the world. Builders, buyers, and organizations from around the globe make their way to fabulous Las Vegas to celebrate all things auto.

The week consists of a nonstop showcase and networking opportunity for industry members only. Every single person in attendance lives and breathes customs. The Specialty Equipment Market Association was founded in 1963. Since then it has acted as a unifying life-force for the aftermarket industry. SEMA says this about itself,

“A love for cars, trucks, and SUVs is the motivating force behind the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more”

The truth of this short summary is abundantly clear. Each year, the world’s deepest inventory of custom vehicles present themselves at the Las Vegas Convention center.

As the Show officially begins tomorrow (Tuesday, October 31st), we thought it might be a good idea to share some sneak peeks with you in the midst of the setup chaos. Builders continue to scramble to put the final touches on their creations. Companies plan seemingly infinite logistics, ready to adjust on a moments notice. Friends from around the world reconnect and are brought together by their common love for the industry.

Follow along with us ALL WEEK as we bring you daily galleries, in-depth looks at some of the baddest builds, and the most exciting industry news to unfold here at SEMA 2017!

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