A lot has changed since SEMA started life as the Speed Equipment Manufactures Association 1963. As the number of accessory parts manufacturers grew the organization changed its name to Specialty Equipment Manufactures Association to reflect this shift in the marketplace. The first SEMA Show was held in 1967 in the basement of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. They had 98 manufacturers manning booths and an attendance of 3000 people. This years show is projected to have over 10,000 booths and over 150,000 attendees. In 1967 there were 5 cars on display, including a 1967 Ford GT40 in the Shelby America booth and a drag race prepped Dodge Dart. Over 2200 cars are expected to be on display at the 2011 SEMA Show next week in Las Vegas .
Click through the galley below to view photos from the first SEMA show. You’ll be surprised how many manufacturers that were present at the 1967 SEMA Show are still around today, industry leaders like: Shelby, Edlebrock, Valvoline, Hot Rod Magazine, Hedman Headers, Cragar Wheels, Weiand Intakes, and B&M Racing.