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SEMA 2003: Bigger! Badder! Better?
By Steve Litscher

(Friday, November 7, 2003 9:15 AM PST)

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In terms of sheer size, there aren't many shows bigger than the Las Vegas-hosted, 2003 SEMA show. Covering more than two million square feet of space (and this doesn't include the AAPEX show), there's plenty of cool new stuff to ponder and play with. But is bigger better?

SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) represents the $27 billion aftermarket industry and has been holding its annual show for thirty-seven years. With each year, the show grows bigger. The very first SEMA show played host to 98 booths, 1,800 exhibitors, and 5 vehicles (displayed) on a total of 14,000 square feet. The 2003 SEMA show boasted 9,100 booths, 473 first-time exhibitors, and 1,500 vehicles (displayed) on more than 2,000,000 square feet.

Factor in the AAPEX show (held just down the street at the Sands Convention Center), and you've got a lot of territory to cover in just three days time. It would be easy to spend three days just playing with all the cool new stuff, but our job was to cover both shows in an impossibly short amount of time.

Rather than bore you with our tales of walking 7+ miles of aisle-way, we decided to find and report on "The Best of the Best." You won't have to fight the crowds, worry about blisters on your feet, or spend $12 on a cold and dry "hamburger" to learn all about the latest and greatest offerings from the automotive aftermarket industry. We scoured the show to find the coolest products and featured them here for you to enjoy.

If you're a fan of cars, parts, electronics, gadgets, gear, or girls, look no further - we've got it all here for you.

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