2006 SEMA Show by TCC Team (10/30/2006)
All our coverage from the Las Vegas aftermarket extravaganza.
By: Rex Roy
Photos by: Rex Roy
Hot rods of every description grace SEMA's three halls. You'll find everything from Model As to Willys, and one Foose creation powered by a V-12 engine from a Lincoln Zephyr. These totally customized cars and trucks are here to entice buyers to spend time in the host exhibitor's booth. The vehicles showcase paints, wheels, and all manner of other hardware.
While not initially unusual among the displayed, upon closer inspection Jay Losi's 1932 Ford stood out. It featured an all steel body and a dual supercharged Hemi built on an all-aluminum Donavan block. Output is a claimed 1100 horsepower.
In a move that typifies the weirdness at SEMA, car constructor Leif Tufvesson showed a hot rod that would make
While it may seem just as odd as a Volvo rod, this 1967 Volvo Amazon is much closer to whatever mainstream SEMA is. Exhibiting the kind of craftsmanship found on the best tuner cars from around The States, this little wagon sports a 600 horsepower from a turbocharged Volvo 2.8-liter in-line six.
These aforementioned Volvos were displayed on the corporate stand of Ford Motor Company. In our opinion, of all of the manufacturer displays, Ford's was easily the most complete and did the best job of representing the company's broad history and passion for their products, both stock and heavily modified. To this point, their stand was filled with over 30 vehicles. (Hundreds of other Fords were to be found throughout the show.) Those under the big blue oval include modified Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, as well as a host of Fusions.
Our favorite Fusion was the MRT T-5. Its graphics were well integrated, and under the hood was a turbocharged Duratec that delivered power to the Fusion's new-for-2007 all-wheel-drive system.
A hotrod called the P32 honored the 75th anniversary of the iconic 1932 Ford roadster. Designed by Chip Foose, the inspiration for the car came from aviation. The nose cone looks to be right off a propeller, and the air intakes for the Lincoln V-12 could be at home on a P-51 Mustang. The interior is complete, including goggles for the pilot.
With Carroll Shelby looking on over the hood of a Shelby GT500, and Chip Foose by his side, Edsel Ford (grandson of Henry Ford) announced a working relationship with Foose that would put Ford vehicles with Foose modifications in Ford dealers by 2008. The Ford/Foose deal is a good one, and based on what we've seen from Ford lately, we bet on seen a Foose-ized Mustang as one of their first joint ventures. With the Shelby GT-H, the Shelby GT500, and the recently released Shelby GT, Ford has proven (again) that it knows how to work successfully with suppliers on models that look good and go fast(er).
Ford's stand clearly proves that the company recognizes and appreciates its performance heritage. While seeming somewhat confused on what course of action to take at times (say, for example, regarding its Special Vehicle Team), the company is moving forward with useful and reasonable priced Ford Racing performance packages for some of its current models, most notably the Mustang. If you follow Ford's pony car, you'll know that the old 5.0-liter cam-in-block devotees have been left alone on the trail as the company focused on the new 4.6-liter modular engine. This, however, has changed with the announcement that Ford Racing has reintroduced the famous Boss 302 V-8 engine. To help attract attention for the crate engine's launch, Ford dusted off the first Boss Mustang ever produced (1970) and put it on display.
A crowd pleaser that could not be let go without mention was Ford's monstrous F650 by DeBerti design. Towering over the crowd, the rear doors opened gull-wing fashion, while the fronts scissored toward the front. These truths seemed irrelevant given that the door handles were at least eight feet off the ground. When the owner says, "Go ahead, climb on in," he means it, literally.
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Chrysler's Challengers and GM's EcoJet.
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Hyundai nightmares and a VW Thunder Bunny and GTI R.
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Oddballs and odds and ends from SEMA.