SEMA 2014 Coverage…Part 2…

Today’s SEMA ’14 post showcases some more variety from their annual event. Sure the show was heavy on all things Rocket Bunny and widebody this and that but if you really take the time to walk-through the show, you’ll see a ton of great stuff that isn’t. I told myself I’d really try to cut down on the stuff that isn’t exactly relevant to the site but there were some domestic builds at the show that were just straight-up jaw-dropping. My boy Der and I are always looking for great builds, no matter what they are, so we stopped in our tracks when we encountered some of the more highly-modified custom domestics. You’ll see many of them here today mixed in with all the other goodies from SEMA. The great thing about the SEMA show is that there is always tons of information on every car at the show. It is an industry event after all so there are often websites that showcase each of these builds and many of them even have official press releases that detail the cars. I’m not gonna sit here and act like I know everything so I literally linked you guys to some of these sites so you can seek out more information on your own. If you find yourself interested in some of these cars, check the links to see more of them. For the cars that aren’t linked, you can simply just search for them on Google and a ton of info will come up. Cars at SEMA aren’t there to be secretive. They are prominently displayed because they represent the brands and companies that pay good money to be at SEMA and so they can’t risk hiding anything from the public. Search engines are your friends in this situation but hopefully the photos that I took tell their own story and you see with your own eyes all the details of every car documented….

If you missed Part 1, check the link below…

SEMA 2014 Coverage…Part 1…

Here’s a ton more from SEMA 2014….

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The Honda booth played host to a slew of customized Honda Fit builds from various personalities. You guys got to see the Spoon Sports USA Fit build a couple weeks ago when I detailed the build-up. CLICK HERE if you wanna check it out again…

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The Bisimoto Engineering turbocharged Honda Fit done in typical Bisi-style with the traditional colorway and Buddy Club accessories….

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The East Coast was well-represented with this wild turbocharged Fit built by Kenny Vinces. Overall a very good build other than the cheesy XXR wheels….

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KW Suspension displayed this beautifully-done 1985 Porsche 911 from BBI. The 930 is powered by a 3.6L Cup engine and features Fifteen52′s “52 Outlaw” wheel which was done in collaboration with Magnus Walker. You can read a ton more about this 911 HERE….

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Tanner Foust’s Rauh Welt Begriff-themed Volkswagen Beetle at the ENEOS booth…

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Toyota brought out their beautifully-designed FT1 Concept for the world to see. Love the lines of this car and can’t wait to see the final production version….

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One of the most interesting and delightfully bizarre vehicles at SEMA was this 2015 Toyota Camry Sleeper Drag Car. The entire body lifts, as you can see, to reveal an 850 horsepower 5.7L Tundra V8 engine….

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Audi S5 at the Mackin Industries booth showing off Rays Engineering’s lastest Versus Variance VV10M wheel…

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BMW M4 coupe on Rays Volk G25 wheels…

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I’m a huge fan of the new Lexus RC F coupe and this one in particular looks great on Advan AVS Model F50 wheels….

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Evasive Motorsports always brings the goods to SEMA 2014 and this R35 GTR was yet another prime example of how they are always on their game. This GTR features the Advan Racing GT wheel and a host of aero from various Japanese manufacturers like Ben Sopra and Voltex…

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Check out this custom GReddy center-exit exhaust on the Ben Sopra rear bumper of the R35….

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Subaru WRX STI on Gram Lights 57Getter wheels, produced as always by Rays Wheels….

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The Roadster Shop builds some of the best custom domestic vehicles I’ve ever seen and this Barracuda, dubbed the “Hell Fish”, was just spectacular. Ryan Der and I are big Pro-Touring style fans so we always take the time to appreciate the domestics at SEMA 2014…. See detailed photos of the build HERE….

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The Roadster Shop also created this custom Dodge Charger, which they have named “Sliced”. Love the gray/red colorway and the custom interior on this build. The custom metal work on the body flows great with the wheels as well. You can see more of it HERE….

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This is “MaliciouSS”, a 1964 Chevelle SS created by, you guessed it, The Roadster Shop…My favorite part of this build, other than the engine bay, is the custom rear end. The entire trunk area was reworked and a custom rear garnish and taillights were grafted in for a very unique look. See more of it HERE….

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BBI’s Porsche 991 GT3 on display at the HRE wheels booth…

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Porsche 918 Spyder on the center stage at the HRE booth….

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The Ring Brothers never disappoint with their builds either. At the HRE display area was this 1965 Mustang aka “Blizzard”, which is powered by a NASCAR Sprint Cup V8 motor and HRE’s new 560R wheel…. You can read all about it HERE….

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One of the most talked-about builds at SEMA last year was this 1969 Ford Talladega GPT Special, built by Rad Rides by Troy. It was back again this year and on display in the MOTHERS booth….Here’s a story on it from the 2013 SEMA Show….

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Crazy custom fuel cell in the back of the GPT Special. This is a remarkable build that you really just have to experience in person. I say “experience” because you just don’t simply look at this car. You have to really see it in all of its subtle details and it’ll change the way you look at custom car builds…

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Really liked this piece at the HRE wheels area. Makes me want to do something similar with our cars and have a wall piece like this at the shop….

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Liberty Walk’s widebody Porsche 997 GT3 which was put together in collaboration with BBI and LTMW….

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Elvis Skender from StanceNation decided to build something completely new for SEMA 2014 and debuted his Aimgain GT Scion FR-S….

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The flared FR-S features a Vortech supercharger and Work Emotion wheels. People always complain about how they don’t like the lines of the Aimgain kit but I’ve been a fan of it ever since I saw it in person at Tokyo Auto Salon earlier in the year. I dig it. It’s completely different and unique in a way where people wouldn’t confuse it with any Miura designed kit….

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Amazing Chevy Nova under the bright lights within the Meguiar’s display area….

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One of my favorites from this year’s SEMA event was definitely the GReddy Rocket Bunny Lexus RC F. I think the kit works really well with the lines of the new Lexus coupe and everything just flows so well overall. The wheels, color, color accents, and all are just spot-on. GReddy did a great job with this build and no wonder it was one of THE cars to see at SEMA….

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Speedhunters’s entry into this year’s Scion Tuner Challenge competition….

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Classic Toyota colors paired with the modern lines of the KM4SH aero kit….

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The best thing about this build was all the little details that set it apart from the other two Scions competing…

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I’m sure you guys know by now but the Speedhunters car ended-up winning the entire competition, with the Super Street build coming in a very close second….

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GT Channel’s MINE’S-themed Scion FR-S on Volk ZE40s. This was a more performance-minded build compared to the other two….

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Super Street’s Scion Tuner Challenge build featured custom-molded Rocket Bunny flares mixed with FR-S Release Series 1.0 aero….

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The best engine bay of the trio definitely went to the Super Street build, as it was highlighted but a completely shaved and tucked engine bay. Not only did it have a custom Rywire Mil-spec engine harness, the motor was also the only of the three running custom individual throttle bodies. The bay was so clean that it looked like the engine wasn’t even functional but it indeed does run….

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Custom BBS wheels fill out the widened fenders….

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…and the trunk of the SS FR-S offered a custom audio display filled with infinity mirrors and custom lighting…

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Here you can see the 2nd Place check from the Challenge. You can also see the custom Super Street touches and the color-matched roll cage….

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One more look at the ITB set-up and the custom drive-by wire system….

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Cosworth played along with the Rocket Bunny theme of SEMA 2014 with this RB Version II Scion FR-S on Enkei RS-05RR wheels. Love the livery on it…

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Custom widebody Acura NSX on SSR Executor wheels and Airrex suspension…

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Outside of the Wheel/Tire Hall was this Rocket Bunny Ver. II FR-S on two different sets of brand new AME wheels….

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Closing it out here with some more TRA Kyoto goodness, this FD3S was yet another RX-7 at SEMA wearing Rocket Bunny armor…

Thus ends Part 2 of the SEMA ’14 coverage. Just one more part to go to end the series. Stay tuned and thanks for looking!!!…

SEMA 2014 Coverage…Part 1…

I love Las Vegas. The annual SEMA Show is always hectic but Las Vegas provides a nice little getaway after all the work that goes into planning my yearly anniversary event. Walking the show and doing coverage is quite a bit of work but everything that happens outside of the show is well worth the adventure. The parties are always interesting and the food is amazing so it is more fun than work. The best part about it is that I get to connect with friends and associates that I don’t get to see very often. Just imagine getting to see friends for an entire week straight that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to see weeks or months out of the year otherwise…

The show itself seemed to be busier than ever this year. Honestly, I’ve never had a problem finding parking in the year’s prior but this year, it was almost impossible. We literally had to park at a hotel/casino on the strip and take a cab to the show. I don’t know what it is, whether it be the economy recovering or not but the show was jam-packed. There seemed to be a more Japanese-influence this year, especially with all the Rocket Bunny craziness lately. It seemed almost as if every other Japanese car build at the show featured either a Rocket Bunny or Liberty Walk widebody kit. Shit is crazy how popular widebody stuff has gotten these past two years. I don’t know when it’ll end but things have definitely come full circle with the crazy aero. It almost makes you forget that at one point during the past decade, any kind of aero was shunned and thought of as automotive sacrilege. Now you almost have to have some sort of widebody aero kit for people to even notice your car. Man, when things get trendy it literally takes over the car community thanks to social media. People want to talk shit and hate all they want but its undeniable how popular Rocket Bunny stuff is right now. The funniest thing about all this is that Kei Miura has been around for ages now and his stuff is barely picking up steam now. I guess its proof that if you keep building it, people will come. His time is now and he’s raking in the cash off of any and everything Rocket Bunny-related. Even Liberty Walk stuff that has nothing to do with him is associated with him and they are not remotely the same…

For this year’s coverage, I decided to streamline it and only display cars that are relevant to what I cover normally. In the year’s past, I tried to get as much as possible of everything that I saw but it just made the coverage way too long and the domestic stuff that interested me didn’t exactly have the same response from the viewers. I eliminated all that and just captured car builds that are most notable and interesting. Obviously there is a ton of Rocket Bunny stuff but please take the time to look through it as there are plenty of other great builds documented. Enjoy the coverage. Instead of it being 7-8 parts like before, this year it is only three sections total. I got so much other stuff to show you guys that I don’t really want to take up two weeks covering SEMA. Anyways, enjoy and come back for more….

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Phaze2 Yogi took his freshly assembled Lexus GS build from my Year.SIX event straight to Las Vegas to set-up for the SEMA event. This was his first SEMA event with a car build and he got a pretty prime spot right up front by the North Hall…

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Liberty Walk E92 M3 from LTMW….

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Phoung’s Rocket Bunny Version II BRZ had a fresh new vinyl wrap job. Though I liked the blue with green accents a lot, I think this new bright green look isn’t too shabby….

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One of a handful of Rocket Bunny RX-7 builds present at the SEMA ’14 event. This one on Volk Racing ZE40s….

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One of the builds that I was interesting in seeing in person was the Rocket Bunny S15 Silvia. I had never seen the kit prior because we don’t see very many S15 Silvias out here in Cali and there wasn’t much talk about this build until it popped-up at SEMA. Little did I know that by the end of the week, this build would look drastically different….

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The gutted interior of the S15 with a cut dash, new shifter assembly and a STACK cluster. I didn’t look under the hood but I believe it had a Mopar engine….

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The rear of the TRA Kyoto S15, wtih signature rear diffuser and over fenders….

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Check out the custom center-exit exhaust….

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Enkei-produced 6666 wheels specifically tailored for Rocket Bunny cars…..

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Overall I think its a good-looking kit. Sometimes the RB kits just don’t flow very well with certain chassis because they are more squarish in design compared to the round flares of the RB kits but this one works. This car also had a really nice white paint job that had tons of metallic flake in it but it would be covered later in the week with a full livery…

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This Varis Arising Subaru BRZ is actually the same build from the East Coast that was previously yellow. I dig the new look and how the car sits on the bronze Volk ZE40s….

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Chargespeed widebody Mitsubishi EVO X representing Fortune Auto on SSR Professor SP3s….

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Luigi Arroyo’s recently repainted J’s Racing GT widebody S2000….

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Featured prominently at the Falken Tire booth was IND’s BMW M5 on brand new HRE R101 forged wheels….

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Creaminz’s Porsche GT3 showed up to SEMA with a fresh new look. The dark blue was a huge departure from its previous bright teal but you can still see hints of the old color as it is now used as a contrasting accent tone….

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Ferrari 458 Italia Spider at the Toyo Tires booth…

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It was nice to finally see the finished Rocket Bunny NSX on display at the Nitto Tires booth. I had a helping hand in putting the final touches on this car and it was a proud moment to see it completed for the world to see….

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The car got a ton of press throughout the week and was probably one of the most talked-about builds of the SEMA show. The blue chrome finish really drew all eyes onto the car and it was the perfect debut for the first-ever Rocket Bunny NSX build…

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I got a ton of video footage of the build-up coming soon in my latest video blog that I’m currently putting together….

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Chris Dunbar’s Rocket Bunny R35 GTR with HRE wheels and Airrex suspension….

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Can’t stand the shitty STR knock-off wheels but I’ve always been a huge fan of Forrest Wang’s 2JZ-powered Kouki S14 build. Good to see him experiencing some success in the Formula D series as this is one of the most intricate drift car builds in their competition….

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Miguel Zargoza’s custom widebody Infiniti M build at the Cuve wheels booth….

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Showing off the 6666 wheels at the Enkei booth was Tuner Galleria’s Rocket Bunny RX-7…

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With Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk builds flooding the SEMA show floors, it was almost a little refreshing to see a Rauh Welt Porsche on display….

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Parked right next to it was a brand new Liberty Walk BMW M4…

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RSV Forged featured another Rocket Bunny R35 GTR….

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Custom widebody NSX that looked a little odd with the OEM front bumper still intact….

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Crazy-ass Belladonna Ford GT widebody build…

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This R35 GTR featured Rocket Bunny fenders but the front bumper and hood are Overtake components. Pretty seamless bodywork to match the two together….

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Loved this Fastes’ widebody Porsche 997 on Work Meister wheels….

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Sarto Racing Mercedes CLK…

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Interesting outdoor motif on this flared Audi with Volk ZE40s….

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Elvis Skender’s Aimgain LS400 with custom radiused fenders and Work Meister M1 wheels….

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Varis R35 GTR on Volk Racing TE37Ultras….

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Vollkommen Design’s widebody Subaru WRX STI….

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ASR circuit-bred FD2-converted Civic SI…

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Hyundai Genesis coupe from Bloodtype Racing featuring their Kei Miura-designed aero kit….

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TOCA Marketing’s twin-turbo Hyundai Genesis sedan on Airrex suspension…

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ARK Performance’s Hyundai Genesis AR550 sedan which features a 550 (hence AR “550″) horsepower engine….

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Overtake full-carbon R35 GTR at the Motul booth….

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Phaze2 Noel’s Varis Arising Scion FR-S….

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…featuring SSR’s latest Professor TF1 wheel and lug nuts…

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Gone is the Rocket Bunny rear wing and in its place is a flushmount duckbill spoiler from Leg Sport….

That’s a wrap for Part 1. Much more to come so stay tuned! Thanks for looking!!!!