SEMA 2017: Part Two

Words by Matt Willis

There’s no question there is a TON to see at the SEMA Show. Without a strategic plan and a lot of time, it can be easy to miss the best parts. Given we were only at the show for about a day and a half, time was limited, but we were still able to find the gems that stood out from the rest.

The Toyo Tires Treadpass is a section that is almost always worth visiting. Since 2013, this sort of modern outdoor convention hall consistently showcases a top-notch selection of vehicles. This year, the main feature seemed to be this beautifully configured BMW E9…

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This car really has an early GT-era feel with the wheels and extra-wide body. The subdued paint color makes it a little more refined.

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Little details like this really set this car off as a design piece.

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The unique seats and dash were a nice touch too.

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Wide enough?

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The awaited Rywire S2000. This car kind of takes from the palette of the former E-AT Civic build.

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I’ve never been a fan of the Mugen kit for the S2000, until I really looked it over on this car.

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From the ITB setup, to the titanium bits, to the dimple-die accents – it really is a thing of beauty.

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Lovely red Z with some extra power to boot…

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Gorgeous welds!

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You don’t see a lot of RX-8s anymore. I can’t say this one made me fall for them again, but it was a friendly reminder of the rotary quad-coupe.

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This setup was by far the coolest display piece of the show.

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Tim and I both loved these wheels.

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Out in the same area, we found this lovely EG with a reworked chassis, K-swap and everything in-between.

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LS-equipped sleeper rabbit. Welcome to SEMA folks.

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Lovely headers…

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Perhaps on of my personal favorites was this Porsche 993 from Gunther Werks, dubbed the ‘400R’, at the Meguiar’s booth.

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The 993 was never in my taste, even though most will argue they all are the same design or they are all ugly. But this rework made me think again.

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Even the engine is beautiful.

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Crazy drift spec FC at the Eneos booth…

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…and a crazy Supra over at Torco…

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Ford had their then-and-now GTs on display…

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I think one of the coolest designs we saw was this stainless futuristic bike concept.

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Kia was showing off their new performance sedan, the “Stinger”, at the show.

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I had to look twice at this all carbon-fiber R33.

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When I say all carbon…

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…it is ALL carbon.

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Cool pickup built around a radial airplane engine…

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And a little support vehicle to go with it!

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You couldn’t miss Grave Digger on the show floor…

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The uncommon AMC Javelin done up nicely by Ringbrothers.

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This FD RX-7 was probably the most, well, “all-out” car at the show in terms of a start-to-finish effort.

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No clear boundaries with performance or styling, but it’s still pleasant to look at.

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Not short on power, either.

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I loved this little control/gauge box. And the more toggle switches, the better.

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Back outside, we came across the Hennessey Venom F5.

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Nice Falcon from Flat 12 Gallery.

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Ford/Ken Block Escort RS Cosworth…

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VIP Rolls from R1 Concepts…

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Out back, we checked out what was going on at the Optima booth.

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This ’88 Chrysler Conquest was awesome. All unique styling elements, and not to mention it’s nearly been rebuilt from scratch.

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LS3 swap never hurts…

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This car had a cool theme…

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A WWII aircraft, with gauges and all…

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Ending this post with my absolute favorite build of the show, Phil Robles’ Honda Civic.

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I’ve admired this car for years now, ever since I first saw it at the track. And it continues to be a major inspiration.

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Phil’s EG was the winner of the 2017 SEMA Sony GT Award.

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Couldn’t think of a better or more deserving car and owner!

That wraps up our journey through the 2017 SEMA Show. Hope you enjoyed it!

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