Eastwood SEMA Experience
Here you will find all of the coverage of Eastwood's trip to SEMA. This includes the hot cars, coolest products, and anything else interesting we find!
SEMA 2014 Day Two
Wednesday and day two of the show has ended. At this point we've crawled all over every cool car, checked out our favorite new products, and said hello to all of our friends in surrounding booths. I decided to start hitting the surrounding halls to look for some hidden gems around the show.
While posting photos on the go to our Instagram page I almost passed right by this beautiful 1950 Chevy COE custom flatbed in the official SEMA artist, Max Grundy's booth. This bad boy ticks all the boxes for a classic truck fan with its low stance and clean body! For us it's the left-field vehicles like this that makes walking SEMA so exciting.
Earlier this week we held metal shaping tech demos with Ron Covell and Gene Winfield. Even with little advertisement our booth was full of eager DIY guys and gals ready to learn. Gene and Ron gave the crowd a crash course in all things involving moving metal and held a lengthy QA at the end where each person got a detailed answer to their question. There were some great questions and we even came out of the short 1 hour class with a page of notes! It really is crazy how much knowledge can be crammed into a short class like this!
We're just getting into the thick of the show so stay tuned for more updates and don't forget to follow the live coverage on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!
SEMA 2014 Day One
Early yesterday morning the doors for the show officially opened and the crowds of show goers pushed their way into the doors to start walking the show. The size of SEMA has only grown and no one is exaggerating when they say that you'd be hard pressed to see EVERY car and booth in the show!
For most show goers Hot Rod Alley and the Restoration Marketplace are the heart of the show and we're proud to say that our booth is smack dab in the middle of the madness. Some of the best cars can be found in this main hall along with some of the largest auto manufacturers like General Motors and Ford. Both of these big boys bring out a variety of vehicles from special editions and one-offs to fully modified versions of their latest models.
This year Ford was showcasing their OE approved restoration parts and some brand new muscle adorned in the latest factory performance parts. We could't get enough of their new 2015 Ford "King Cobra" Mustang they debuted front and center in their booth!
Another reason we're paying so much more attention to the best cars of the show is because we're picking finalists for the Eastwood Hands-On awards for the show this year. One of our awards we're giving out this year is an Eastwood Customer Choice. Yes YOU out there in interwebz land can vote from our top ten favorite cars at the show. Get your votes in for your favorite by voting here: . We'll be announcing the winner later this week, so watch this space!
SEMA 2014 Preview
SEMA 2014 opens officially tomorrow to the public but we're lucky enough to be able to scope out the show during setup Sunday and Monday. For us this is the best time to be able to find the best vehicles of the show.
Walking up to the convention center each year for the first time is like sensory overload. As soon as you even get close to the buildings you can see the reflection of the bright desert sun off of the glass smooth paint and the chrome rims of all of the cars lining the road in front of the show. The cars out here are exhibition vehicles and often times built or owned by a private individual. Don't be fooled into thinking these cars are of lesser quality than anything inside, there's some sick rides outside! Each year the outdoor exhibition area gets larger with the vehicles spreading to the far corners of the adjacent parking lots!
Inside the show floor is buzzing with workers in each booth setting up to display their new products for the year. The booth displays at SEMA range from borderline swap meet style to space age with driving simulators, lasers/lights, and beautiful models.
This year once again the Eastwood booth transforms into a mock workshop with a workbench with function tools as well as displays of our newest products. We also will be bringing the knowledge to show-goers with live metal shaping and paint demos all week by Gene Winfield, Ron Covell, and Kevin Tetz. These demos are our way of giving back to the community and are a rare chance to sit in on an instructional class free of charge by each of these masters in their craft! No time for watching a class? We're offering killer deals on the products on display in our booth with Ipad stations setup for easy order right from our booth (hey we gotta pay for those rough nights at the tables somehow!!).
This year already looks like its going to be a busy one and we've got some amazing video interviews and features with some of the top cars and builders at SEMA! Make sure you follow along on all of our social media outlets and check back daily on the blog for the highlights from each day at the show!