As we recover from our sugar-induced coma after a weekend of epic Halloween parties, there’s only one question: What’s happening this weekend? Yep, there’s no better way to recover from a party weekend than another party weekend and Vegas delivers.
Every November car culture engulfs Las Vegas when the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week and Specialty Equipment Market Association Show take over the city and acronyms like AAPEX and SEMA get tossed around. Dump all the technical jaragon. All you need to know is this is car porn week in Vegas.
Previously, you’d only get a glimpse of all the tricked out vehicles showcased this week if you scored a convention badge or a party invite, but this year that has all changed, leading to our first must-dos for this weekend …
When: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7
Where: The LINQ High Roller Event Lot adjacent to The LINQ Promenade
The car show to end all car shows rolls onto The LINQ Promenade (technically it’ll roll into the event space behind the High Roller) this Friday. The parade (these vehicles are prettier than any float) starts with the SEMA cruise as these custom vehicles go from the convention floor to just behind the High Roller. Besides lusting after tricked out cars, you’ll see the awarding of the SEMA Battle of the Builders trophy to the top vehicle and its builder. It’s the Academy Awards, but for cars. This is not just a visual extravaganza, SEMA designated drivers will hold a dyno exhibition and burnout showdown, so you can enjoy smoking tires and revving engines.
Since you are already at The LINQ Promenade, its just a few steps away to check out…
3535 Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino
Where: 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Cost: Depends on what you imbibe
The LINQ Hotel & Casino replaced The Quad, which replaced the Imperial Palace, which replaced the Flamingo Capri Motel … well you get the idea. Vegas loves to tear down the old and replace it with the new. The Quad barely got a year out of life. Last Thursday, The LINQ cut a link (paper chain that is) to officially open. While the pool and spa, penthouse suites and select rooms are still undergoing renovation, the most important area is done – the bar. 3535 Bar is set to become another must-imbibe lobby bar on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s got the requisite cool lighting feature that mimics The LINQ’s outdoor lighting and trendy presentation. But, what will you really need to try are the drinks. We could wax poetic, but you can read that all here. Instead, we’ll just say we are squealing about the Pig Newton.
The Auto Collections at The LINQ Hotel & Casino
When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Where: 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Cost: Free admission with coupon printed from the website
After SEMA Ignite gets you hot and bothered about sexy vehicles, check out these classic cars. They say once you go vintage you never go back. The Auto Collections features a rotating line-up of classic automobiles from presidential limousines to celebrity cars. Even better, if you have the cash or you just hit Megabucks select cars are for sale. Talk about the best Vegas souvenir ever.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday
Where: 2714 S. Highland Dr.
We’re just binging on custom cars this week in Vegas, so what better way to keep the party going than with a tour of Count’s Kustoms, made famous through appearances on “Pawn Stars” and their own television show “Counting Cars.” Tours of the showroom are free and you can take as many pictures as you want, just no video. Wrap up your tour and head over to Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill for tribute band Fan Halen on Friday night. The free show starts at 10 p.m. Hair band, rock ‘n’ roll and cars – this weekend just keeps getting better.