Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?

2020 SEMA Show canceled amid coronavirus pandemic

The aftermarket show in Las Vegas draws huge crowds, and it simply wasn't possible to do while COVID-19 continues to sweep through the US.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
Sean Szymkowski
Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition at SEMA
Enlarge Image
Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition at SEMA

You can't expect people to pack into a convention center right now.

Daniel Golson/Roadshow
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites.

The SEMA  Show joined the growing list of events we can place in the canceled column due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers sent an email on Wednesday explaining the decision not to hold the show, which largely focuses on the auto industry's aftermarket titans. While work continued to open the show this coming November, "mounting uncertainty" led organizers to cancel.

Aside from aftermarket companies, major automakers typically flock to the SEMA Show to debut various special edition vehicles, or to test the water for potential new accessories. Custom shops also use the space to show off their typically amazing work on muscle cars and more.

"We appreciate the spirit, hard work and innovation our industry puts into the SEMA Show each year," SEMA CEO Chris Kersting said in a statement. "While we are disappointed circumstances prevent us from hosting the Show in November, we look forward to getting everyone together in 2021 for another outstanding event."

SEMA plans to issue full refunds to all exhibitors for booth and registration fees. We could still see the show go on in some form, however. The organization said it may attempt a virtual SEMA Show with some live elements. If there's a consensus, we'll learn more about a virtual alternative in the weeks to come.

Toyota's three modified Supras for SEMA 2019 from every angle

See all photos