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
Chrysler, too, presented something old, some new, and something else … this one in red white and blue. Amidst new and current models like the Jeep Compass, Dodge Nitro, and Dodge Charger, the used-to-be-from-humble
Inspiration for the
Chip Foose … the same Foose that at the same show in an earlier press briefing announced a production deal with Ford … debuted his limited-production, 392-powered hot rod, the HEMISFEAR at the Mopar stand. Sign up now and you could be one of the lucky 50 to purchase a kit by Metalcrafters, a longtime Chrysler supplier.
Among the many beautiful Chryslers at the Mopar stand was an orange 1958 300C. Perfect body work, a lowered chassis, and powered by (of course) a Hemi, the car dripped with style and pride. Somewhere, Virgil Exner is smiling.
Exner's name came up again outside the convention center. There, with a Keith Black hemi under the shiny red hood, sat the most beautiful 1962 Chrysler. Owner John Herrman spent countless hours sculpting the body to look more like what he imagined Chrysler styling chief Exner's drawings may have looked like. He also gave the car a forward cant. Together, these made his
In what is becoming an annual event for General Motors, the company and Jay Leno debuted a car together. For 2006 it is a mid-engine, bio-diesel fueled, mid-engine exotic call the EcoJet. The design came from the GM Advanced Design Studio in
With a few corporate outliers such as a Pontiac Solstice Coupe and a Chevrolet Colorado, the majority of vehicles populating the GM display were new trucks and SUVs. The General introduced its new GMT900 series of sport-utes and pickups this year, and these vehicles dominated the stand. Designs reflected all kinds of taste (and lack thereof), with a Chevrolet Silverado from Orange County Choppers and a Cadillac Escalade EXT from DUB.
With so many new products to promote, one can't blame GM for not featuring its older products at its stand. But if your interests lie in something other than "the latest and greatest," the most interesting GM products weren't on the GM stand. One of the best examples was at the Hot Wheels booth, a beautifully customized Impala.
Another interesting GM was a 1972 Nova "Super Sleeper" that looked like a beater. Running on steel wheels with hubcaps, and with the paint wearing years of oxidation, the Nova would look at home parked beside a singlewide on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. However, this is not a car you'd want to race for pinks, because between the front fenders was a twin-supercharged big block. Time slips on the dash show consistent low 9s in the quarter mile. Look for it to be up for sale on eBay.
There were all manner of Pontiac GTOs on display at SEMA. Some builders focused on the latest generation Holden-based model, but most catered to the Goat's heyday from 1964-1970. The pictured GTO is a blend of old and new, with a relatively stock looking body stuffed to the outer panels with modern technology. This car recognizes a trend of updating classic muscle cars with better-performing technology.
2006 SEMA In Pictures by TCC Team (11/8/2006)
New products - including flamethrowers?
2006 SEMA In Pictures, Part II by TCC Team (11/8/2006)
Hot rods, including a Volvo and a Foose original.
2006 SEMA In Pictures, Part IV by TCC Team (11/8/2006)
Hyundai nightmares and a VW Thunder Bunny and GTI R.
2006 SEMA In Pictures, Part V by TCC Team (11/8/2006)
Oddballs and odds and ends from SEMA.