LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It was the fourth and final day of SEMA 2021, and there was so much happening at the world’s premier automative trade show.

The previous day, outdoor activations put attendees and our own 8 News Now Reporter Bianca Holman in a high-powered Ford Mustang or new Ford Broncos for the Hoonigan’s Burnyard experience.

Show attendees were able to cheer on experienced drivers as they drifted and did burnouts and donuts with their special guest in the passenger seat.

While it was an industry-only trade show, the general public was invited to enjoy SEMA Ignited on Friday, Nov. 5 after 3 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) West Hall parking lot.

The annual after-party allowed the public to get a glimpse of the latest vehicles, automotive products, and experiences the industry professionals have enjoyed the past few days at the LVCC.

General admission for SEMA Ignited is $20. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit their website.

Before the party though, the top 12 builders from SEMA’s Battle of the Builders competition examined each other’s vehicles and voted on the ultimate winner. That’s right, they know the work that goes into each build, so they judge each other.


• Mike Fillion — 1956 Oldsmobile 98
• Mark Giambalvo — 1930 Ford Model A 2-Door Sedan
• Robert Matranga –1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

• Samantha Frazier — 1973 Nissan Datsun 240Z
• Eddie Pettus — 1961 Austin Healey Sprite
• Simo Veharanta — 1982 Porsche 911 RSR

• Jeremy Miranda — 1959 Chevrolet Apache
• Kamaka Pocock — 1967 Chevrolet C10
• Bryan Thompson — 1934 Ford Pickup

• Dayton Jacobson — 2000 Chevrolet S10
• Chelsie Lesnoski — 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD
• Cole Marten — 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GTR

The overall top builder was announced at Silver Drive, during SEMA Ignited, as Robert Matranga. He is the builder of the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air pictured below in the back row, fifth from the left.

Photo courtesy:
Back row, left to right: 1. Simo Veharanta, 2. Mark Giambalvo, 3. Eddie Pettus, 4. Jeremey Miranda, 5. Bob Matranga (winner), 6. Mike Filion, and 7. Dayton Jacobsen. Front row, left to right: 1. Samantha Frazier, 2. Chelsie Lesnoski, 3. Cole Marten, 4. Bryan Thompson, and 5. Kamaka Pocock.

Another winner on the final day of the show was DPS Automative, who won its second SEMA Professional Restylers Organization Cup Challenge for its accessory package installed on a 2022 Volkswagen Atlas.


• Nov. 5 (2:30-3 p.m.): SEMA Battle of the Builders Top 4 Finalists Announcement
• Nov. 5 (3-10 p.m.): SEMA Ignited (West Hall Parking Lot)
• Nov. 5 (3:30-4 p.m.): SEMA Battle of the Builders Winner Announcement (Silver Drive)

Photo: Rocky Nash, 8 News Now Live Producer/Twitter @rockynashlive


West Coast Customs Experience (Booth #71000, outside of West Hall): With a Dodge Charger and a Dodge Challenger featuring an exclusive WCC Edition widebody kit on display, the West Coast Customs Experience area.

SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (Booth #12700, in North Hall): Over 50 display vehicles representing the best of SCORE, including the Big Oly Bronco, the Meyers Manx “Old Red,” and Ivan Stewart’s multi-championship Toyota.

LaunchPad (Booth #22670, in Central Hall): View the top 15 competitors from this year’s SEMA LaunchPad, the automotive aftermarket’s No. 1 product-pitching competition and new innovative products from emerging entrepreneurs.

New Products Showcase (Booth #31255, in Upper South Hall): Voted by Showgoers as the best place to see all the new products of the SEMA Show, the New Products Showcase includes thousands of products organized by market segment.


Immediately after the show wrapped up, the official SEMA Show after-party SEMA Ignited began with a car cruise. Show attendees got in for free by showing their convention badge.

Vehicles from the 2021 SEMA Show begin parading out of the convention center showroom floor at 3 p.m. so everyone could watch as more than 1,000 vehicles headed towards the SEMA Ignited after-party.

Car enthusiasts without an event ticket lined the street as vehicles drove down Convention Center Drive.

The event featured drifting demonstrations, music, live entertainment on the main stage, food trucks, and hundreds of vehicles showcased at the SEMA Show.

Photo: Rocky Nash, Twitter/ @rockynashlive

Ticket holders could sit in the grandstands for a bird’s-eye view of the car cruise, or get a closer look at the many cars and trucks spanning the parking lot, displays in outdoor booths.

Photo: Rocky Nash, Live Producer, Twitter/ @rockynashlive

Vehicles included:

  • Formula Drift competitors
  • Vintage dragsters
  • Off-road trucks
  • Electric vehicles
  • Custom builds
  • Newest automobiles from top manufacturers

Many passionate about high-powered vehicles were also very excited to meet the people behind the vehicles and automotive accessories they admire. 8 News Now Live Producer Rocky Nash was able to speak with custom builders and companies behind the latest auto products and services.

The event ended at 10 p.m. in celebration of a week of innovation, education and automotive industry networking.

Auto enthusiasts can look forward to more hot rods, off-roads, mobile electronics, collision repair products and service sneak peeks next year.

The SEMA automotive trade-only show has already scheduled the next event for November 1-4, 2022. For more information, please visit

By Tara