SEMA 2013, the aftermarket industry’s annual parts blowout in Las Vegas, is almost upon us, as in next week, November 5-8. In addition to showcasing the latest products for—well, almost anything on four wheels—SEMA also features the latest concept vehicles and shop projects from all over the world. Summit Racing was involved with four of those vehicles.

Rutledge Wood’s 1949 Chevy Step Van

Rutledge Wood VanWhen Top Gear on History co-host Rutledge Wood wanted to build an aluminum breadbox on wheels, he turned to Summit Racing for parts and tech advice. Built by American Resto Rods, the ’49 Chevy sits on a much-modified Chevy 2500 HD pickup chassis. Power comes from a Chevrolet Performance 525 HP LS3 crate engine backed by a Performance Automatic Street Smart 4L80E transmission. Other bits include a full Vintage Air climate control system, a custom MagnaFlow exhaust system, a Be Cool cooling module, and parts from ididit, American Autowire, and Classic Instruments.

The Rutledge Wood van will be at the MagnaFlow display at SEMA, booth #23543, but you can view our build stories documenting the project here.

Wes Adkins “427 Wildcat” 1967 Cougar

Wes Adkins 427 Wildcat CougarWed Adkins, owner of Wild Wes Paintworks in Dover, OH, has built a Pro Touring Cougar worthy of its name. The ’67 was Wes’s daily driver for a few years before he decided to redo it as the ultimate Cougar. The car has a 427 cubic inch Ford Windsor with twin superchargers that Wes says will make 800 horsepower without breaking a sweat. The engine is backed by a Cyclone Transmissions’ 4L80E automatic. The Detroit Speed suspension will insure the Cougar will handle like a, well, cougar. Of course, the car will have some cool body modifications and a killer paint job.

The 427 Wildcat will be at the Meguiar’s Car Crazy TV display at SEMA, and will be the subject of a video feature for the show. You can follow the build on Wes’ Facebook Page. OnAllCylinders will be posting a video and interview with Wes in the near future.

Strange Motion 1964 Corvair

Stange Motion SEMA CorvairWe’d love to dish on the Corvair Tim Strange is building for his wife Carrie, but he’s keeping the project under wraps until its unveiling at SEMA. At the risk of painful death, our sources got this mockup shot of the car. They also report the Corvair will have a radical Chevy V6 up front, big hoops, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, and a host of the custom body touches.

Carrie actually won a spot at SEMA through a contest sponsored by Royal Purple Oil to choose a woman-owned car as a feature vehicle in the Royal Purple Ladies display at the show.

Don Garlits’ Swamp Rat 37 Electric Dragster

GARLITS SW37 -2When you’re “Big Daddy” Don Garlits—arguably the most famous guy in drag racing and a Summit Racing Legend—what do you do to one-up yourself? Build an electric dragster, that’s what. Built by Lawless Industries, Swamp Rat 37 is powered by a High Tech Systems battery pack that can generate 1,500 kilowatts of electricity. That’s over 2,000 horsepower in internal combustion-speak.

The instant torque of electric motors provides near-instant torque off the line, which generates some awesome 60-foot times. In testing earlier this year, Swamp Rat 37 recorded 60-foot times in the low one second range and hit the 330-foot timers in 3.22 seconds. That’s quick.

Don’s next goal is to be the first to run 200 miles per hour in an electric dragster.

Swamp Rat 37 will be at the Lincoln Electric display, booth #23527. You can learn more about the car at

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Author: Alan Rebescher

Editor, author, PR man—Alan Rebescher has done it all in a 25 year career in the high performance industry. He has written and photographed many feature stories and tech articles for Summit Racing and various magazines including Hot Rod, Car Craft, and Popular Hot Rodding, and edited Summit Racing’s Street & Strip magazine in the 1990s. His garage is currently occupied by a a 1996 Mustang GT ragtop.