But there will be changes.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected essentially every industry worldwide, including the car industry. Pretty much every major auto show this year has been either canceled or delayed, but the Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA, is only in November and has thus far been promised to remain on schedule. Last year, everyone was looking forward to seeing modified versions of the new Supra, but this year, we don't care what cars are on display as long as we get to see them. Fortunately, SEMA has again promised that the show will go on, albeit with various precautions to keep vendors and attendees safe.
As expected, this means that face masks or face shields and social distancing will be important to the successful running of the event. Other changes will include "non-invasive" thermal cameras, one-way aisles where possible, hand sanitizer stations every 200 feet, hourly sanitizing of high-traffic areas, and nightly sanitization of the entire show area. SEMA is also working with the Las Vegas Convention Center to help the facility become among the first in the country to pursue certification for safety measures aimed at outbreak prevention. SEMA will also be thoroughly screening attendees and pursuing more in-depth checks for those who register a high temperature on arrival.
All in all, it looks like the show will be well managed, and we expect to see a lot of exciting new builds on display. The Ford Bronco, the Mustang Mach-E, and many other brand-new vehicles have debuted this year and auto shows like this one help the aftermarket show just how extensively these cars can be fiddled with. Will you be going? If things don't get any worse and continue to improve, it seems like we may still have a big auto show worth visiting this year, but we've been disappointed before. Here's hoping that there aren't any more hurdles to overcome before November.