A Henry J at SEMA

The SEMA Show takes place October 31 – November 3, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

It’s one of the best car-oriented trade shows in the USA. In 1963, the Specialty Equipment Market Association was formed by Roy Richter, Willie Garner, Bob Hedman, Robert E. Wyman, John Bartlett, Phil Weiand, Jr., Al Segal, Dean Moon, and Vic Edelbrock, Jr. and now consists of 6,383 companies. The largest of the events is the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada and (sadly) is not open to the public. Registration as media, manufacturer, buyer or exhibitor is required.

This Henry J drag racer was on display at a recent SEMA show when I was able to attend as media. The Henry J was originally the idea of Henry J. Kaiser, who sought to increase sales of his Kaiser automotive line by adding a car that was affordable for the average American. His goal was to attract “less affluent buyers who could only afford a used car and the attempt became a pioneering American compact car. Production of six-cylinder models began in July 1950 with four-cylinder production started after Labor Day, 1950. Official public introduction was September 28, 1950. And yes, Sears sold it’s version called The Allstate. The car was marketed through 1954 and is one of the orphans that I, for one, miss.

The above image was shot with a Canon EOS 7D with EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (at 18mm) with an expopsure of 1/40 sec at f/5 and ISO 1250.