After the conclusion of the 2015 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, everyone was treated to an afterparty called SEMA Ignited. Complete with live entertainment, food trucks, merchandise, drifting, and of course cars and trucks from all walks, there was plenty to see and do as the evening set in on November 6, 2015.
Zoning in on one section, we decided to keep things old school and focus on the hot rods, street rods, and everything pre-1972. With several customs rolling in from across the street to the vacant lot where Ignited was being held, we were treated to so many beautiful and badass builds. Whether they were street legal or not can be your deciding factor, but we were more than pleased to see so many nice customs all gather in one place.
Bobby Alloway ended up taking home top honors in The Battle Of The Builders competition, beating out some stiff competition with his 1933 Ford Roadster, which was stunning and upheld its classic, custom roots.
Being open to the public, SEMA Ignited was filled with gear heads, enthusiasts, families, and individuals who simply appreciate a nice automobile or truck. Strolling through the event, we had the opportunity to speak with a few individuals in attendance at Ignited.
“I came all the way from Japan to check out what was trending and what everyone is running these days under the hood,” said Ryo Hara. “Some of the imports caught my eye, but it was the hot rods and street rods that really stood out from the bunch.”
Looking at all of the beautiful custom builds and timeless classics, we had the opportunity to speak with Robert Anderson who owns a 1940 Ford Pickup Truck that was recently chosen as Truck of the Year and will be subsequently featured at the upcoming Goodguys Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“I’m absolutely thankful for the opportunity to be alongside all of these sweet rides,” said Anderson. “I put so much time into building my Ford and glad that everyone likes it. It’s not easy building these out. I didn’t want to change too much on the truck, but I certainly wanted a Coyote 5.0 under the hood.”
You could smell the burnt rubber in the air, train horns blaring from trucks, and air being displaced from the air suspension custom setups. There was something for everyone at SEMA Ignited. If you liked something flashy, it was there. If you liked something fast and loud, it was there. Las Vegas was certainly in for a treat, maybe not so much for the residents near who prefer peace and quiet.
With the 2015 SEMA Show coming to a close towards the end of the night, there was Formula Drift demonstrations to awe the import crowd, celebrity autograph signings, and hundreds of custom vehicles out to live through the night. It was a glamorous showing of automobile lifestyle, culture, and everything that makes an automobile a unique piece of our livelihood. Stay tuned as we will be back next year to show you more customs that will be sure to blow the socks off your feet!