SEMA 2009 Coverage…Part 5…

Damn, and we’re only a little over halfway through the pics…

So we last left off at the Honda section. Though the size of it was pretty substantial, they really didn’t have too many cars on display there other than some newer models with HFP stuff on it. Towards the back of the wall was where the good stuff was…

…including this original Mugen 1st gen. CR-X…This is the one that sits in their museum and it has 11k original miles on it. I took a picture of it but as you all know, I have the uncontrollable shakes and of course it didn’t come out clear enough for you guys to be able to see it…

…this Civic was pretty cool too. Looks like it’s frozen in time…

…and of course you gotta have the Honda N360s. These are always a delight…as you can tell from the two dudes in the background, they’re having the typical conversation most people do when they see these cars…

Guy 1 – “Oh man, this is so tiny…can you imagine driving one of these things?…” *creepy chuckle*

Guy 2 – “Yeah I know right!”

Guy 1 – “….”

Guy 2 – “…..”

Guy 1 – “…so..umm..yeah, that’s…uh…small…”

Guy 2 – “…yeah…”

Next to the Honda area was the ENEOS booth. They had a nice group of cars there and models that didn’t look like old shoes and they also were giving out a bunch of free stuff…

They had this kitted out Honda Insight with Rays Eco-Drive wheels. Not really sure what kit it was. I tried googling it but I didn’t find anything, probably because I kept typing in “Prius bodykit”…

Ahh, with all the drama going on lately with Ross’s xB getting keyed, I’m sure alot of Scion people don’t really like me right now, but oh well…it didn’t stop whoever owned this car from putting the world’s smallest intercooler into the largest vents on a front bumper EVER…Kinda looks like those still pictures of people’s faces when they’re going at high speeds, you know, when their faces are all stretched out? Like when their mouth’s are open at high speeds…I attempted to find a pic for you guys to show you but when I typed in “high speed facial”, I got undesired results…

hmmm…

I don’t know if the owner or one of the head guys at ENEOS owns this ASI Ferrari but when they ran out of free stuff to hand out, one of the guys grabbed a new box and pulled the Ferrari key out and used it to open the box. That’s when you know you’re ballin’ out of control. When your Ferrari key is a box opener…

I love 370Zs, so much so that the Chronicles was originally supposed to be about 370zs and not Hondas…okay not really, but I do like them alot. This one with the Zele kit is definitely one of the best looking ones around. You might as well call it the Joey kit, cuz it’s good looking, get it? Haha…stupid…

Uhhh… I don’t know who owns this but I’m willing to bet that he owns some guns, so I’ll reserve my opinion for myself. No I’m not saying he’s got guns cuz he might be black, but because the owner is from Indiana and their gun laws are pretty lenient over there. Come on, they tried to rob Reggie Miller one time…REGGIE MILLER. The guy was the only relevant sports figure to ever play basketball there besides Larry Bird, and that motherfucker probably never even seen a gun in his whole life. No, and it’s not cuz he’s white…it’s cuz he’s LARRY BIRD. He can probably kill you with a fucking basketball…Shoot a free throw at your neck and your head would explode…

I didn’t even know Razo was still around…I remember everybody used to have their stuff on their cars. I always wanted their automatic shift knobs but I didn’t really want to spend like $200 to make my shifter look like a robot foot…

I don’t know where I read it but I think this is the World’s Fastest GTR…Damn, can’t remember where I saw it… I think it also ran a 10.48@134.30…Don’t quote me on that though…

I wrote a feature for this car for Super Street…I think it should be on newstands soon…Definitely in interesting take on widebodies. Not my taste, but hey, keep doing your thing. The owner is a military guy and he defends our asses everyday and makes sure we can have the freedom to say whatever we want…

I heard somewhere that this was the world’s only 4-rotor RX-8…again, not really sure where I saw it but I’m pretty sure that’s what it is…

Love AMS, they build the sickest EVO shit in the country, hands down…

Nilo’s xB…Ross calls him “The Godfather of Scions”. Super nice guy…he’s getting a kidney transplant this week too so best wishes to him and his recovery…The car is wrapped all the way around and even the brushed aluminum sections are wrapped as well. If you touch it, it even feels like real brushed aluminum…

Oh here’s that artist I was telling you about who was drawing the graphic on the Genesis sedan…I’ll have a picture of the finished product later on cuz I came back one more day and it was finished…

So next I wandered off into the last building, which was the wheel and tire section. This is where all the big companies like Falken and HRE were at…

Sutong China Tire company was there. I have never heard of them before…but just look at that bear’s face. You can totally trust that your family is in good hands with good ol’ Sutong bear! Look at his face, dude doesn’t even look like he’s paying attention..haha…and his hand is fucked up.

Uh…

Finally, the holy grail of wheels…ROTA. When you walk into their booth, you just get the full ambience of the filipino spirit. I don’t know if it’s the aunties that are working the booth, or the gorgeous wheel designs, none of which they created on their own…but man, you really get the full Rota experience. Ohh they were giving out Rota baseball caps too so you know we had to cop some of those…

Rota makes dreams come true. Now you can have all your favorite wheels of all time in pink, purple, yellow, pink, or pink…

It’s ROTACAL!!!…

That’s it for today…funny story before I go though, after I stopped by the Rota booth (the people were super nice by the way), I walked over to the Sportmax/XXR booth with their selection of fake wheels. They have come up with this new genius idea to just pretty much make every fucking wheel possible have a concave face on it…anyways, I tried to snap some pictures and some guy like ran up to me in a stern voice and was like “No pictures sir, our boss says no pictures.” Haha, wow….I’m pretty sure he didn’t know who I was so that can’t be the reason, but I guess he didn’t want me to take pictures because he didn’t want people to steal their designs…oh the irony…

Back tomorrow with more stuff…

7 thoughts

  1. Sutong China Tire Resources?? Oh man did you see if their tread designs were knockoffs of other companies?? That bear does look really creepy…

    Gotta love the gangster posing Sponge Bob characters too.

  2. The widebody on the Insight was handmade by our team president at High End Performance! I see the pictures you took were before they added the 50mm spacers. LOL!

  3. You may be the only one still releasing SEMA coverage, but you’re also the only SEMA coverage I’m really reading. Thanks for the great photos with interesting captions.

  4. The kit on the Insight was made by High End. One off for that car. Those wheels are put on by Eneos tho and we had nothing to do with that haha. We ended up shipping some spacers to make the wheels look more flush coz how it sits on that picture, it just looks sad…

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