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SEMA Excitement is here!
The SEMA Cruise that ended the 2018 Industry Show was a spectacular parade of vehicle artistry. This highlight has become one of the most talked about show events for the $43B specialty automotive industry business gathering.
The 2019 cruise along Silver Drive and Red Road begins when the Show ends at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Festivities include awards, giveaways, entertainment and seating for the crowd – expanded this year with additional bleachers. The parade culminates in SEMA Ignited. Since the Show is closed to the public, the Cruise and SEMA Ignited are the only opportunities for consumers to see hundreds of customized vehicles tricked out with the hottest new products from the Show.
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While SEMA is open only to the industry, Give Me Las Vegas offers a peek at some of the celebrities and incredible talents that make SEMA an unforgettable event.
Jay Leno, car buff extraordinaire . . .
A fixture at SEMA for many years, Jay’s a comedian and a connoisseur of automotive history. He’s got 181 cars and 160 motorcycles in his collection worth over $52 million. Ranging from a 1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine to a stunning 2017 Ford GT, it’s one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. Leno loves cars.
In 2018 he took delivery of a custom Black Label Lincoln Navigator that was displayed at SEMA. And he was a judge for the Hot Wheels Legends Tour contest.
Sarah Edwards, queen bee . . .
At 12, she knew she wanted to drag.
Out of Highschool in 2010, she went to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School and got her Super Comp license. A short five years later, Sarah landed her dream job, driving the Hanna Motorsport’s Queen of Diamonds car she had once watched fly through the quarter mile at 300 MPH.
Today, with multiple track records, she’s one of Drag Illustrated’s 30 Under 30.
Peter Brock, automotive icon . . .
He designed the Corvette Stingray when he was 19, still in school. And his 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe incredibly beat a Ferrari to win America’s first FIA manufacturer’s road-racing championship.
Peter Brock’s career is marked by daring, innovation and bucking the status quo. For him, it isn’t just about winning. “I want to win beautifully,” he has said. So true. Everything he touches, from cars to hang gliders to aerodynamic car trailers, is beautiful. He still designs at Brock Racing Enterprises in Henderson, NV, when he isn’t busy photographing races.
Kirsty Ennis, from Afghanistan to athlete . . .
This former Marine Sergeant lost her leg following a helicopter crash in 2012. After 40 surgeries, nothing has stood in her way since. At 28, Ennis has done a lot. She’s walked 1,000 miles across England, Wales and Scotland in honor of fallen Marines. She’s a Paralympic snowboarder.
Kirsty has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and made attempts on others; she hopes to complete the Seven Summits by 2021. And she was a stuntwoman on Mark Wahlberg’s Patriot’s Day. Everything she does is dedicated to “inspiring men, women, and children regardless of their adversities,” through her foundation – https://kirstieennisfoundation.com.
What she’s done is upend the image of disabled athlete and become a beacon of inspiration around the world. Says Ennis, “We grow from our imperfections. . .and when we grow, we grow stronger and there is beauty in strength.”
Sean Kiernan, one with a "Bullitt" . . .
Yep, he owns that car. Sean’s father bought the car through a classified ad in the October 1974 Road & Track for less than $6,000. Steve McQueen offered to buy it for personal reasons in 1977 but was turned down and the car remained “lost” for 40 years. “It was old and uncomfortable,” recalls Sean’s sister, Kelly. “There were holes in the floorboard on the passenger side where the camera mount was used for the movie.” The car languished in one family garage or another until Kelly saw a picture of it in a book about Mustangs. At the bottom of the photo, “…it said no one knew where the ’68 Mustang Bullitt is.” Since then, the car has been part of an Historic Vehicle Association exhibition and toured Europe. Sean has no plans to sell the car, now worth more than $4 million.
Richard Petty, The King . . .
In a career spanning 34 years, Petty is the most decorated driver in NASCAR history. At 82, the 6’2” legend shows no sign of slowing down off the track. He oversees Richard Petty Motorsports as well as a high-performance speed shop. And The Richard Petty Driving Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of 16 locations around the country where fans can hop in a real NASCAR racecar – it’s the most realistic driving experience anywhere – https://www.drivepetty.com.
On top of all that, he’s still active at Victory Junction, a dream of his grandson, Adam, to give seriously ill children a chance to experience the outdoors. Petty donated the acreage on which the camp was built.
Renny Doyle, flying high . . .
In 1933, Air Force One was a Douglas Dolphin.
Today, it’s a Boeing 747-8. Like the plane that carries the POTUS, the crew that takes care of the plane has grown from a few guys to 60 highly skilled detailers, hand-picked from across the US. And Rennie Doyle is at the top of the deck. The crews that work at this level, on these planes – both active and in the Museum of Flight – are not just returning dull paint and aluminum to shiny paint and polished aluminum, they are elevating a piece of history. These painstaking efforts and exceptional pride of accomplishment have been at the forefront since Renny was first contacted by the Bush Administration in 2002.
Faye Hadley, challenging the stereotypes . . .
All Girls Garage airs weekends on MOTORTREND and is led by talented mechanic and TV personality Faye Hadley. Her store, Pistons and Pixie Dust, repairs all kinds of vehicles and provides inspiration and training for women, by women looking to break into the field of auto mechanic. It all started when her VW GTI broke down on a road trip and she couldn’t afford to have it fixed. An unpaid internship at a Volkswagen garage was followed by a stint with Toyota.
With a degree in psychology from Harvard, she could probably be doing something else, but she’s fixing cars. And teaching the next generation of girls. Respect.
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The Garage Boys, no matter what . . .
The boys rehearsed for the first time in 2007. They had never met each other. Today, they’re a totally organic local Vegas favorite who refuse revel in going against the grain. “We just write what we like, no matter what,” they say. With influences from Beatles, to Marley, and Thin Lizzy to Steely Dan, their sound varies from old-style country (“Going to Oklahoma”), to ironic (“We Are Millennials”), to balls out rock (“Baby! We’re Having a Threesome”), they’re a force to watch out for.
The multi-talented Garage Boys are a high-energy, ass-kicking band!
Jesse James, glorified welder . . .
In 2000, Discovery Channel did a day-by-day of his life as a motorcycle builder. Motorcycle Mania became one of the highest rated shows in the network’s history and sparked a new genre of reality TV. Shows like “Outlaw Garage”, “Dead Man”, and “Celebrity Apprentice” followed. Jesse did a special in Iraq about wartime mechanics released by his own production company, PayupSucker Productions. But before all this, he founded West Coast Choppers, in his mom’s garage.
Today, it’s a world-renowned brand. But Jesse is humble and prefers to be thought of as just a glorified welder. A lover of the mayhem in life, he’s a top-five off-road desert racer.
Tanner Fox, social media phenom . . .
His career track started when he was two, riding his first skateboard. Later, he was expelled from school for shooting inappropriate videos of his classmates. A San Diego native, he gained notoriety as a professional stunt scooter rider and posted his first video in 2011 at the age of 12. Now a megastar influencer among young people, he has 9.2M YouTube subscribers and his videos have over 1.8B views.
At SEMA 2018 he was one of the judges – along with Jay Leno and Hot Wheels car designer Larry Wood – for the Legends Tour winner, Luis Rodriguez’s 2JetZ, which will join the ranks of custom cars worthy of becoming a 1:64 die-cast toy in 2019.
Karolina Pilarczyk, Polish Drift Girl . . .
All over the world, women are revitalizing car sports. One of the best is Karolina Pilarczyk, the European Drift Kings Champion and a US Formula Drift professional driver.
Starting out at 20 in amateur rallies, Karolina quickly discovered the handbrake and fell in love with drifting.
When asked by ACAG who would win a match between her and Kelsey Rowlings (#1 female drifter in the US), she demurred. “For a very long time I was the only female drifter in Poland . . . so I’m use to compete with man. Sure, would be nice to drift against Kelsey, as well as any other driver.” Whether on the track or on the cover of Polish Playboy, Karolina is a winner!
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