November 2, 2013

The SEMA show returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center this coming week, beginning on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 and running until Friday, November 8th, 2013.  The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place.

Most everyone from the automotive industry is in attendance which allows us to interact directly with our sponsors, fans and long time friends.  As always Chip and the Foose team are busy throughout the show and we want to fill you in on all of the cool stuff we're up to during this year's SEMA.  

Always a great place to debut a custom ride or a new product, this year we'll be unveiling a couple exciting vehicle projects.  At noon, Tuesday November 5th, we'll be introducing the 2013 WD-40 /  SEMA Cares Foose F-150 in the Grand Lobby of the Central Hall.  This is the fourth vehicle Chip has teamed up to customize with WD-40 and SEMA Cares.  This time around Chip focused on the design (see his concept sketch to the right) while the truck was built inside the new state-of-the-art SEMA Garage – a facility that allows SEMA member companies to test and prototype parts, try its 3D modeling and printing, and use its full-scale photo studio, among other things. Through a partnership with the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC), underprivileged teens and young adults worked alongside leading SEMA manufacturers to install parts and equipment on the special project vehicle.  Instead of being auctioned like previous WD-40/SEMA Cares vehicles, the enhanced 2013 Ford F-150 Lariat will be raffled off to one lucky winner in early May, 2014. With raffle tickets only costing $50 starting Nov. 1, 2013, owning a Foose-inspired truck is now more accessible than ever to all automotive enthusiasts. 

Another exciting SEMA project for us is the industry debut of our very first Foose Design tractor trailer rig, which will be traveling to select automotive events across the nation over the next few years.  This Foose Experience Tour will launch in full scale at SEMA after a soft launch at the Charlotte Goodguys show last weekend.  We'll have Foose vehicles on display (the Hemisfear and the P-32 will be featured at SEMA and travel on the first leg of the tour), exclusive product and merchandise available for purchase, and a couple appearance by Chip Foose himself.  The 53' Kenworth tractor trailer features a custom paint scheme designed by Chip.  Look for us out in the Silver Lot of the Convention Center, right in front of the Central Hall, Booth #61018.  This area is actually open to the public, not just SEMA passholders.  After SEMA, the rig is traveling on to the Goodguys events in Scottsdale (Nov. 15-17) and Del Mar (Nov. 22-24) to end 2013, with a full slate of appearances in 2014 to be announced soon.

You can usually see a few past Foose Design vehicle builds on display in various booths throughout the show, usually those belonging to our sponsors.  This year BASF Automotive Refinish Paints (Booth #21441) will be displaying Magnatude, winner of the Goodguys 2010 Street Rod d'Elegance.  

A couple of our licensees will be displaying some new Foose licensed products.  Katzkin worked with Chip to design custom Foose Design interior kits and they will have 3 prototype front seats on display in their booth (#12139).  Diecast toy vehicle licensee M2 Machines (Booth # 12884) will once again have Foose Design SEMA Exclusive diecast available for purchase.  This year's models feature a 1:64 scale custom P-32 and alternative "chase" version.  

Chip always makes a large number of appearances during the show; autograph sessions, product demonstrations and a panel discussion are all on the agenda this year.  One of the fun events on the schedule this year is a sanding competition against Chip at the 3M Booth #61167, go to the booth to sign up for a chance to compete against Chip.  Please see below for his complete schedule:

9:00am-10:30am BASF Booth #21441; Autographs
10:45am-11:45am 3M Booth #61167; Product Demo *Outside Open to Public
12:00pm-1:00pm WD-40 / SEMA Cares Vehicle Unveil Grand Lobby Central Hall
1:20pm-3:15pm WD-40 Booth #12155; Autographs
9:00am-10:30am Pirelli Booth #41031; Autographs
12:00pm-1:00pm Velocity Panel Discussion @ LVH Ballroom
1:15pm-2:15pm 3M Booth #61167; Sanding Competition *Outside Open to Public
2:30pm-5:00pm Magnaflow Booth #23543; Autographs
9:00am-10:15am WD-40 Booth #12155; Autographs
10:30am-12:00pm BASF Booth #21441; Autographs
1:15pm-2:15pm Foose Big Rig Booth #61018; Autographs *Outside Open to Public
3:30pm-5:00pm Pirelli Booth #41031; Autographs
10:00am-12:00pm Lincoln Electric Booth #23527; Autographs
2:00pm -4:00pm Foose Big Rig Booth #61018; Autographs *Outside Open to Public

We hope to see you there, it's always a great event for us.  Be sure to check back here for recaps and follow us on Facebook and twitter for updates and pictures. 

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