More than 3,000 new products were showcased at the 2019 SEMA Show; more than 2,400 companies were exhibiting and about 1,500 feature vehicles were on display serving as eye candy to draw potential buyers into booths for a closer look at the latest merchandise that the automotive aftermarket has to offer. All of this is packed tightly into 1.2 million square feet of Convention Center real estate, and this does not include another million square feet of additional features and attractions located around the main halls, in the neighboring Westgate Resort and outdoors.
For Edelbrock, a founding member of the Specialty Equipment
Market Association (SEMA), preparation for this show begins early in the year with a
team dedicated to building displays, coordinating products and selecting vehicles
for the display. This year, Edelbrock featured five custom cars and trucks, all
showing what can be done with Edelbrock parts under the hood.
In the South Hall truck display was Pete Palma’s 2016 Jeep Wrangler JKU built by Rebel Off Road in Laguna Hills, CA. Pete’s Edelbrock-supercharged Jeep is no stranger to dirt and was driven from California to Las Vegas for the show. Pete says that the 50-state emissions-legal system restored power that was being lost to due to bigger wheels and tires, and heavy accessories that have been added. Read more about Jeep JK and JL superchargers here.
Outlaw Energy Drinks brought their custom 1968 Ford Bronco to the Edelbrock booth at SEMA. This trick truck was designed by country music star Jason Aldean and is powered by an Edelbrock Performer RPM 347 Crate Engine topped by a Pro-Flo 4 EFI system. Outlaw will be giving this Bronco away sometime next year (see contest details here).
Showcasing the new Edelbrock Supercharger for 2017-20 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups with the second-generation LGZ 3.6L V6 engine was the bright red Lingenfelter ZR-2 Colorado. But the biggest attraction in the Edelbrock display was Kevin Huth’s LS-swapped 1973 Toyota Celica called the “Tokyo Trans-Am” built by JH Restorations from Ontario, Canada. This retro-styled first-generation Celica is powered by a 5.3L LS that was scavenged from a Canadian Saab SUV. The engine was bored out to a 5.7 and outfitted with Edelbrock E-CNC Heads, a Rollin’ Thunder cam, Cross-Ram intake, Pro-Flo XT Throttle Bodies, Billet Fuel Rails, 35lb Injectors and a Pro-Flo 4 ECU and Harness Kit. The Celica not only turned out to be a surprise hit of the show, but it also made the SEMA Battle of the Builders Top 40 list and Top 10 Imports.
Among the 3,000 entries over in the SEMA New Products
Showcase were three Edelbrock Supercharger Systems including the new
Colorado/Canyon V6 kit #15180, the new Stage 1 kit #15995 for 2016-20 Chevy
Camaro V6 engines, and the potent Stage 2 Supercharger for 2019-20 Ford Mustang
5.0L Coyote engines. Two new products at SEMA that are not yet listed in the
Edelbrock catalog are a Pro-Flo 4 EFI kit for AMC V8 engines, and a new Victor
EFI Throttle Body designed to fit most of the Victor and Pro-Flo 4 EFI-style
manifolds or any other 4150-style flange and standard bolt spacing.
We found no shortage of A90 Supra builds and “brodozers” in and around the halls of SEMA 2019, but we managed to cover most of the two million square feet of grounds during the week and photograph our favorite vehicles and personalities at the show. Scroll through our gallery below and be sure to visit us at PRI booth 1713 in Indianapolis, December 12-14!