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The Most Famous Las Vegas Car Shows

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Las Vegas holds a definite appeal that entices a wide range of people and personalities. You have the high rollers inside the MGM Grand’s casino; the risk-taking daredevils of Cirque du Soleil; and the brilliant artists that result into sold out shows. But behind these special individuals, another group of people claim the desert city as the base for some of the world’s best and most luxurious automobiles.

Whether on the worldwide web or the physical establishments, casinos will forever be associated with Las Vegas. Part of this attraction stems from their prevalence in the online scene. There are various gaming platforms that offer the charm of casino games–with added thematic expressions–in a more convenient setting. UK-based online gaming website, Gala Casino, even combines the rugged attraction of trucks and automobiles to the one-of-a-kind fascination of slot machines. This is just a simple proof that cars and Sin City converge into more ways than one can imagine. Having said that, here are some of the most famous car shows in Las Vegas:

The Viva Las Vegas Car Show

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Self-proclaimed as “the best car show of its type anywhere,” the Viva Las Vegas Car Show features gorgeous automobiles from the pre-1963 era. The four-day event in April will accommodate over 20,000 enthusiasts from all over the country at a huge fenced parking lot beside The Orleans Arena. More than 800 registered cars ranging from stock classics, to Hot Rods, to even pre-1963 motorcycles will be showcased throughout the program. Another highlight of the VLV Car Show are the performances of guitarist extraordinaire Dick Dale and Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot.

  • When: Typically the 2nd weekend each April
  • Where: The Orleans Hotel
  • Ticket Price: Various ticket types allow more access and amenities at this event.


SEMA is the car show to watch if you want to stay on top of the latest car technology. Instead of focusing on the latest wheels from manufacturers or glittering cars of days gone by, SEMA is all about the advancement of car technology. SEMA showcases over 100,000 industry leaders in the technology realm to promote new products that benefit the design and functionality of your favorite cars and accessories. This is the show where innovators display cars that parallel park themselves or paint that changes color in the sunlight. Unfortunately, this show isn’t open to the public; buyers only. Last year, SEMA brought in over 60,000 domestic and international buyer to invest in new car technology. Keep your eyes peeled for updates coming out of SEMA next November and you’ll be one of the first to know the next step in car tech.

  • When: 1st weekend of November
  • Where: The Sands Expo
  • Ticket Price: One to watch; not open to the general public

Motor Trend International Auto Show Las Vegas

Each November at the Las Vegas Convention Center, over 350 of the latest and greatest cruise into the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Motor Trend International Auto Show. This show features up-and-coming model year cars from every major auto manufacturer. Guests can get behind the wheel of new Ford and Toyota cars and trucks for test track experiences, and view some of the most expensive cars in the world in the Million Dollar Exotic Vehicle Display area. Looking for something even more exclusive? Team Hybrid and M2M Motoring will be displaying some of their tricked-out custom rides at the show. These are one-of-a-kind vehicles designed to inspire. The International Auto Show in Las Vegas also has a lot of interactive displays and concessions for a full day of family fun.

  • When: A single weekend each November
  • Where: The Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Ticket Price: $10 Adults, Kids get in free

Honorable Mention: The Exotic Car Show

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The Exotic Car Show at Caesars Palace was a favorite among of high-end automobile lovers everywhere. It brought to light the aesthetic and luxurious value of brands such as Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. Fans that dreamed about driving down the strip in a souped up automobile gathered around a two-story, 26,000-square-foot luxury showroom to see the best machines this world had to offer. On the other hand, there were also some guests who came to the Exotic Car Show to actually purchase vehicles. Additionally, there was a $10.00 charge to see a select few cars reserved for VIP display. and other elegant amenities for customers at the storefront. The Exotic Car Show filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and soon closed its doors for good.