When I tell people that I’m heading back to Vegas I see a smirk on their face and it’s clear to me that they’re picturing a city almost exclusively seen for its’ gambling & all-night partying followed by a couple of quick comments like “What happens in Vegas…..” or “Can you sneak me into your suitcase”, but Vegas for me means much more than that, it means it’s the SEMA show! The show brings together aftermarket manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers, media, car dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers and restoration specialists.
As I make my way through the 6,000+ strong exhibitors, admiring their products/ideas and overwhelmed by just how many of my dream cars are actually right there in front of me I can’t help but notice a real trend emerging. It seems that the car community has really embraced vinyl wrap, whether they’re cars displayed by Ford or GM or simply one-off customs, builders are turning to vinyl as a genuine alternative to paint.
After talking with the people responsible for many of these amazing pieces of art, it’s apparent that they really like the idea of wrapping a car, not only was it a cost-effective way to stand out from the crowd when compared to a full ground-up paint scheme, also many of the vinyl finishes available today are incredibly difficult to consistently reproduce with paint e.g. brushed metals, carbon fibre and the matte metallic finishes. Not to mention you can peel it of when you decide that it’s time for that new look. With another show over, a wallet reasonably intact and just a few kilos heavier then when a left Down Under I just can’t wait for another SEMA trip to Vegas!