The 2009 SEMA show was one to remember for any Camaro enthusiast in attendance. Why? How about the fact that over 80 '10 Camaros found their way onto the Las Vegas Convention Center floors-an amazing contrast to previous year's show where only a handful new Camaros were on display-and most of those belonged to GM.
A lot can happen in a year, and with the '10 Camaro finally making it into the hands of the aftermarket [and consumers], there was no shortage of killer performance parts and shiny billet goodies packaged up and ready to bolt on to our favorite new hot rod.
A few weeks leading up to the show, the Camaro Performers magazine office was overwhelmed with phone calls and emails from aftermarket companies informing us that "there will be a 2010 Camaro on display in our booth at SEMA this year, be sure and stop by to check it out."
Piece of cake. We can manage to swing by a few of the booths that are featuring new Camaros. But once we arrived at the event, we instantly realized we had our work cut out.
This was going to be the most hectic SEMA show we've ever attended. After all, the Camaro has been out of production since 2002, and the overwhelming positive consumer response to the '10 model caught the attention of the aftermarket. If any of these companies were on the fence about fabbing up parts for the new Camaro, word of mouth alone was a solid indicator that they best get busy. And busy they got. Whether it was wheels, suspension, exhaust, billet pieces, or horsepower adders, the SEMA floors were drenched in hopped-up Camaros.
We made it our quest to shoot every Camaro at the show, new or old, but experience told us it would be insane to think we could make it down every row of the massive convention center buildings. So there's a good chance we missed a few. With that said, we've dedicated a few pages to feature the most memorable Camaros at the 2009 SEMA show.
Whether or not the Camaro prevails as the car of the 2010 SEMA show remains to be seen, but with the number of companies manufacturing parts for this late-model hot rod, there's a good chance we'll be just as busy next year.