SEMA is, in most ways, the automotive event of the year. While it’s technically an industry trade show, it has evolved into far more, and stands to showcase everything there is to know about the year that has passed, and the year that is to come, all under one (or rather, a few) absolutely massive roof. There’s a lot to wade through: even with four full days, it’s impossible to see it all.
SEMA 2018 has finally come to an end. We’re back in SoCal, and for better or worse, we’re catching up on more than a week’s worth of missed emails, articles, and more. For many of us, wether we look forward to it or dread it, SEMA is an event that consumes the first week of November, year after year. It’s the largest event in the automotive aftermarket, bar none, and rich with things to see, both incredible and laughable.
Riley Stair’s name has undoubtedly become synonymous with incredible builds with incredible quality. With each passing year, we’ve featured his latest builds, eager to share the machines he brings to life with unparalleled quality and creativity. For the last twenty months, however, he’s been hard at work but shrouded in secrecy, utilizing every spare hour at his disposal to build his greatest creation yet.
We can safely say it: we’ve survived yet another SEMA. Even after attending my ninth SEMA this year, they don’t get any easier. It’s a week-long challenge for the feet, the joints, and the liver, thanks to alcohol-fueled antics that follow the show each night. This year was a resounding success, not only for ourselves and our Motul-liveried “Parts Car,” but for the StanceWorks family of vendors and sponsors too.
Exactly a year ago, we unveiled the latest StanceWorks build: a 1982 BMW E28 Group A tribute dubbed “the Parts Car.” Inspired by BMW’s ETCC racing efforts of the early 1980s, the E28 is an exercise in celebrating history, restoration, preservation, and most importantly, the embodiment of everything that makes the original M5 a one-of-a-kind machine.
This year, we’re back, and if you ask us, it’s better than ever before.