In this update: SEMA 2016 Highlights

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The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association, or better known as SEMA, is held each year in Las Vegas NV.  Located in the massive  Las Vegas Convention Center with over a million square feet of indoor exhibits, it is where the automotive industry displays its wares for the upcoming business cycle.  This year was the fiftieth SEMA show since its humble beginnings under the bleachers of Dodger Stadium in 1966.

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Jessi is a rock star at SEMA

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Jessi Combs inducting Chip Foose into the SEMA Hall of Fame

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Jessi Combs inducting Gary Hooker (Hooker Headers) into SEMA Hall of Fame

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Entertainment by comedian Larry the Cable Guy

The North American Eagle™ team was well represented at this year’s SEMA convention.  Ed Shadle, Lars Pedersen, Les Holm, David Martinson, Corey Mitchell, Keith Zanghi and,of course , Jessi Combs.  While the six from Seattle walked the miles and miles of hallways, Jessi was busy each day signing autographs at her many sponsor’s booths.  Large 4 x 8 signs posted throughout the venue showed her schedule of appearances.

On Thursday, the team attended the annual SEMA Awards banquet.  Joining us was Mark TenEyck from Dassault Systemés who was in town.  It was quite a thrill for the boys from Seattle as Jessi co-presented the entire night in front of the 5000+ guests in attendance.  She did a great job and her career potential is unlimited.  She has quite a future ahead for herself.

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Following the show we gathered for a team photo

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Lars, Corey, John D’Agostino, Keith, Les, Tony Wood and Ed

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Les with Lee Ermey “The Gunny” from Full Metal Jacket and Mail Call

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Corey with Richard Petty, and Keith with Rick Dore

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Keith with Actress Candy Clark of American Graffiti

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              David jumps off of the Stratosphere          Ed & Lars with Jessi at an autograph signing

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Keith with longtime friend, Art Morrison

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Les found a classic Milodon Top Fuel engine    Ed signs the pre-banquet canvas

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Les surprises Jessi at one of her many autograph signings

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We ran into Chris Holstrom’s team on Fremont Street

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Jim Hall Chaparral’s Inspired car in the Chevrolet booth looks like it might make a good Bonneville Car

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Les and Corey in front of Jessi’s winning King of The Hammers truck

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Keith stands by friend of the team, Luc De Ley’s car of Marcells

In spite of the miles of exercise. the team had a week to relax, see some extraordinary cars, reunite with old friends, and build relationships with potential new sponsors.