Carroll Shelby made a big statement in the hot-rodding world when he shoehorned an American V8 into a lightweight sportscar from overseas. He used the original SEMA Show to showcase his creations and became a pioneer in the automotive aftermarket. Even though the surly chicken farmer from Texas is no longer with us, this cromed Cobra is a shining example of the customized classics you will find on the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Accesories are the name of the game at the SEMA Show, this Rockstared out Tundra from Toyota's in house tuners at TRD is packing all the on the go ammenities any enthusiast could ask for. Coke, please!
Not everything on wheels has to get up and go, what once might have been a classic Thunderbird is now sitting pretty with a shorter wheelbase with smoothed seems and custom artwork. It makes a great pool table too!
Sitting in the Sanction'd booth at last year's SEMA Show was this one of a kind lowrider dubbed "El Rey." This King is more artwork than automobile, but when you have this much love for car customizing it can be hard to go a little overboard. Oh yeah, we also got to hand out with Snoop Dogg, check out the video below.
TRD's gots some crazy things going on, are those drag slicks tucked underneath that slammed Sequoia? As if the parachute, side pipes, roll cage and Lexan windows didn't give the DragQuoia's true nature away.
Oh Brembo, so many colors, so exotic and Italian. Too bad the array of multicolored monoblocks were bolted securely to the wall.
Now we know that TV Chef Guy Fieri is a classic Corvette fan, and Danika Patrick is a Chevy sponsored racecar driver. This looks like a recipe for fun in a Corvette ZR1.
Hyundai had a trio of tuners modifying everything from the uniquely three door Veloster to rear wheel drive Genesis Coupes. We caught up with a few of these unique creations owners right there on the show floor, check it out in the video below:
Can you tell what kind of car is hiding behind all that audio/visual goodness? Imagine pulling up to a parking lot and popping the trunk, instant party car.
Boy do we love drifting, the only thing better than seeing Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s RTR Falken Tire Ford Mustang Drift car is seeing it in action. There's nothing like a face full of tire smoke in the morning.
It looks like someone got the names mixed up on the jumbotron, while most would probably prefer to take Ms. Patrick out for a night of fun on the strip, I'd rather spend an afternoon at Ron Fellows' Driving Academy just outside of town. And from the looks of things, so would he!
The Walking Dead Hyundai's were a big hit at SEMA, these zombie survival guide approved Elantras were on hand for live demonstrations, as seen by what's sitting on the windshield.
Mazda is one of those OEMs that get it, starting with the 787B on display. The Japanese automaker lives and breathes performance and fit right in amongst all the tuners at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Zoom-Zoom!
How low can you go? This military inspired lead sled is a complete throwback to a time when tuning your ride involved adjusting a carbeurator.
Kia was on hand with a host of Superhero inspired vehicles, however there was something about the Flash Forte Koupe that caught our attention.
Not only are there showcars on display inside the Las Vegas Convetion Center, but the GRC also took full opportunity of the crowds by staging a round of competition right there in the parking lot. They even brought in the big jump!
Chris Forsberg gets a first hand seat for the smoke show in the NOS Energy Nissan 370Z. The Hoonigan Keg Party was by far the best party I have ever been to in my life.
SEMA tuners come in all shapes and styles, I think that the creature from the movie Aliens would find this customized interior would fit he or shequite nicely.
Talk about mixed identity, this dually looks like it wants to be a minitruck, and is very sad that it's not.
SEMA is not only for the four wheeled enthusias, there is also an assortment on customized motorcycles on display as well.
You might have seen this big rig before, the entire truck is a hand painted mural, honoring those who served and serve our country. Not to mention that it's real easy to work on.
There is so much action going on at the SEMA Show that custom cars easily spill out from convention center's vast halls right into the parking lot.
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