Sensory overload is a good way to describe the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association’s annual trade show in Las Vegas, NV.
The SEMA Show packs a huge car show and the world’s biggest manufacturers’ midway into the Las Vegas Convention Center. Yeah, it’s crowded.
The 2017 SEMA Show, which kicks off on Halloween, features concept cars from the OEMs, magazine and TV project cars, and hundreds of other project vehicles ranging from old race cars to hot rods, muscle cars, off-roaders, and trucks and Jeeps galore.
Our friends at Summit Racing partnered with several builders to get their project vehicles ready to display at SEMA. If you’re going to the show, be sure to check them out!
Mike Staveski of RMR Dreamcars built Blow Dart, a killer 1967 Dodge Dart GTS, for the Trick Flow Specialties booth at the 2016 SEMA Show
Staveski’s back with another Trick Flow-upgraded car called “Throwback.”
The 1969 Mustang has a 462-cubic-inch Ford FE big block with a Scat rotating assembly, Howard’s roller camshaft, and a prototype pair of Trick Flow PowerPort® cylinder heads. The front suspension is Mustang II with coil-overs; out back is a four-link with coil-overs and a Strange-fortified 9-inch Ford axle.
The Mustang is dolled up with 18- and 20-inch Budniks on Mickey Thompson tires and a Ford Sterling Gray paint job with red, silver, and gold accents.
E.J. and Amy Fitzgerald of Cool Hand Customs were all too happy to share details on their latest project, a 1955 Dodge pickup. They built a chassis with C4 Corvette suspension components and modified the Dodge body to fit. Not only will it handle, it’ll go fast thanks to the 420-horsepower Blueprint Engines’ 383 small-block Chevy under the hood.
Look for the Hot Orange hauler in the E3 Spark Plugs booth.
Wild Wes Paintworks 1932 Ford Three-Window Coupe
Wes Adkins of Wild Wes Paintworks built this ’32 for customer Tim Leehan.
It features a Roadster Shop chassis with front and rear independent suspension. Horsepower is courtesy of a rip-roarin’ 5.3L LS with twin TorqStorm superchargers, Trick Flow cylinder heads, and a crazy air inlet system. According to Adkins, “The body is fiberglass of unknown origin, and it was a rough one.”
Needless to say, that is no longer an issue. The car will be displayed at the ChemSpec USA booth in the Collision and Refinish section of the SEMA Show.
Finish Line Speed Shop “BC30” 1967 GMC C-30 Dually
Lyon McClenahan of Finish Line Speed Shop has a tradition of building vehicles for very special people. He built the “Dream Dart” 1967 Dodge Dart for a disabled U.S. Navy vet, and a 1975 Chevy C10 pickup in honor of his friend Mark Cain, who lost a battle with ALS.
For 2017, McClenahan built a 1967 GMC C-30 dually that will debut in the Covercraft booth at SEMA. Named “BC30” for Burn Out Cancer, the Jimmy is seriously slammed 10 to 12 inches, is powered by a 6.0L LS hooked to a 4L80E transmission, and rolls on a one-off set of 22 inch/10-lug semi-truck wheels and Toyo tires.
The BC30 will be auctioned off after the show, with the proceeds benefiting the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA.
Roush Performance 2018 729 Wide-Body Mustang
This Mustang has styling cues from the 1970 Boss 429 Mustang—and a 729-horsepower, supercharged 5.0L Coyote to back up the looks. Finished in Sherwin-Williams Grabber Green, the car features these Roush parts:
- Stratasys Mustang body kit
- Supercharger kit
- Cold-air intake
- Three-way adjustable suspension
- Active quad-tip exhaust with X-pipe
- Ram air with functional hood scoop
- Gauge cluster and floor mats
Tre5 Customs 1981 Chevy C10
We’d love to tell you all about the ’81 square body Jeremy Rice is building.
Figuring we’d spill the beans before it debuts in the Viair booth at SEMA, he didn’t share much of anything with us—or anyone else. We’ll take an educated guess and say it’ll be slammed, have big rollers, lots of fabrication work, a killer paint job, and LS power.
Think we nailed it, Jeremy?
The 2017 SEMA Show runs from October 31-November 3. Visit OnAllCylinders throughout SEMA week and in the days to follow for news and features on new performance parts, video interviews, SEMA photo galleries, and more!