SEMA 2011: American muscle cars
SEMA will never abandon its bread and butter: modified American muscle cars. This year was no different with a wide variety of cars and styles to suit every taste. As far as trends go, we noticed not every car is slammed on too-big rims. 'Bout time. Remember: just because it's a resto mod, doesn't mean it needs cartoon wheels. (All photos by Jeremy Alan Glover of JAG Imaging.)
SEMA 2011: Best and brightest
The coolest stuff at SEMA this year was hidden away in the nooks and crannies of the show. But, that gives us hope. There are new, smaller players getting in on this tuning/custom/modifying/hot rodding game who are doing cooler and more interesting stuff than the old guard. Understated is coming back. Sleepers are coming back. And, gaudy bling-mobiles are finally on their way out.
SEMA 2011: Weird and wonderful
Pretty much everything at the SEMA tuner show could fall into either the Weird or Wonderful category. But, we had to narrow it down. Here are the people, cars and strange ideas that stood out above and beyond the crowd this year:
SEMA 2011 - live action drift demo with Ken Block
When the scream of tortured tires interrupted our stroll through the show cars at SEMA, we knew we had to see what was going on. Profesional drivers, including Ken Block, were putting their skills to the test and entertaining fans with all sorts of smokey stunts. (All photos by the excellent Jeremy Alan Glover of JAG imagining).
SEMA 2011 - 1967 Patina Volkswagen Beetle
The patina on this vintage Volkswagen Beetle looks like it was earned over decades of road trips. The car seems honest, real, relaxed - and, ultimately, just cool. We'd love to see more of these at the show and on the road next year. To the builders at Mid America Motorworks who are responsible for this project, we salute you.
SEMA 2011 - modified BMWs, M3 and 1 Series M Coupe
BMW - like all the big European automakers - didn't have an official booth at SEMA. But, that didn't stop tuners of all sorts from showing off slammed, stanced and tweaked Bimmers. Ag1ain, the purists should look away now. Highlights included the new 1 Series M Coupe which was only improved by a modest drop and a choice set of BBS rims.
SEMA 2011 - Engines, chrome and horsepower
At SEMA it's easy to miss what's under the hood. But, if you take the time to look, what you see might surprise you. From all types of small blocks to late model crates and exotic Italian V12s, it's all here. The quality of some of these builds is off the charts. Just a pitty we didn't get to hear what they sound like...
SEMA 2011: Honda Civic, CR-Z, and other customs
Not too much new to report from Honda. BUT: the HPP Civic racer was a sight to behold, especially the body-in-white display with just the go-fast bits attatched. The supercarhged CR-Z motor was mighty impressive too, but frankly, we're sick of waiting for a high-performance hybrid from Honda. Just build it already!