2008 SEMA Show
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Despite rumours of many large company withdrawals due to the economic climate before the start of the annual SEMA and APPEX shows in Las Vegas, Nevada there was only a modicum of noticeable quickly rearranged areas and no large gaps as predicted. The show was apparently down ten percent but was still highly attended and proved a success for all that attended.
There were just a few drag racing vehicles scattered around the huge halls and outside zones on company stands and exhibition areas, but finding information on some of them proved hard or impossible in the time available.
There were several products which caught one’s attention, one in particular being Rescue Tape a silicone tape from Habor Products that is non adhesive, stretches, seals from water or air, with a pressure of up to 700 psi and a heat resistance to 500 degrees F and an electrical resistance to 8000 volts. It has to be a must-have to carry anywhere for emergency repairs, check out www.rescuetape.com.
The NHRA had its own stand as per normal and hosted a breakfast featuring NHRA’s Fastest Women, an entertaining time with Top Fuel driver Hillary Will, Funny Car pilots Melanie Troxel and Ashley Force and Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Karen Stoffer and Peggy Llewellyn with interviews conducted by the ever witty Bob Frey. Subjects discussed included each ladies quarter mile hero, their own race history, their own retirement and many funny tales came from each.
Ashley Force hit the nail on the head for all when she mentioned the no make-up and bad hair days after whipping off the helmet to face the camera, and on her upcoming marriage how she was trying to keep her Dad from joining them on the honeymoon! Hillary Will said she felt cheated when the 1000 foot racing was introduced but has accepted it now and enjoys it as the car still runs the same. Melanie Troxel said she had always been involved and did High School Drag Racing before starting in S/C and getting totally hooked. Peggy Llewellyn said she had looked up to both Karen Stoffer and Angelle Sampey and Karen Stoffer admitted her boyfriend had got her involved with racing.
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