SEMA 2010 Coverage…Part 2…

Back with Part 2 of the SEMA 2010 coverage…we barely got through the 1st day and a half or so and there’s plenty more to come…

I actually stopped for a couple minutes to check out this Mustang and to soak it in. Lots of work done on this car and it’s one of the best Mustangs at the show. I thought this would have been my favorite Mustang of the show until I saw the RTR-X one in the Ford booth…

This is pretty random but it’s the first time I’ve seen Cosworth brakes. I thought they were strictly into engine parts but I guess they’re branching out…

This guy probably had the worst job at the show. He had this electric impact gun on him and he was demostrating how easy it was to adjust a coilover with the gun but he was fucking with this thing non-stop. By Friday, I’m sure he either has arthritis or he had no feeling in his arms whatsoever…

This picture came out blurry because not even my camera could comprehend what was going on with this NSX. The headlights look odd on there but then you take a  look at the back of it…

…and it’s even worse. Shit has like 6 Ferrari taillights in the back. I mean, I can respect the work or whatever but damn, this car looks like hell. It’s all over the place…

When she put her hand on the taillight she was probably wondering why there was a 3rd Ferrari light on each side…

Audi on some Rotiform wheels in the Injen booth…

Walked over to the Borg Warner turbo booth where they had different combinations of turbos on B and K series engines, all rocking Full Race manifolds…

Its always a pleasure to get to see the Sierra Sierra EVO in person. The whole build is amazing and this car is unbelievably fast…

I couldn’t get a shot of the entire car because there were so many people around it but I did get a chance to get this engine shot…

Came across the Seibon booth and they did a big display like usual….

…but this year they even brought out a Lamborghini decked out in Seibon carbon fiber…

This CR-Z that they had was actually pretty nice too. The custom front bumper looks good on there…

…and the Mugen Civic RR-style grille fits very well on there too…

Rear center-exit exhaust…

No idea who she was…

Mazda 2 that was rolling on some Enkei J Speeds…

Subaru had a pretty decent sized area to themselves. It wasn’t as crazy as it was last year but the brand was still well-represented considering they lost a huge driver like Ken Block to Ford…

Big Mike spotted these seats inside one of the Subaru’s…

…and apparently was not flattered that someone took his idea…All good though, it was bound to happen eventually…

Ferrari…

Another Subaru…this one in particular, was on the cover of Import Tuner a couple months ago…

Melyssa Grace in the middle…

This was one of the best cars at SEMA. So simple yet so extravagant…Salem was telling me this crazy ass story about how they made the grill but I totally forgot what it was. This thing was so sick…it was in the BASF booth too so the paint on it was perfect…

Speaking of baddest cars at SEMA, this was the Mustang I mentioned earlier. This Mustang belongs to Vaughn Gitten Jr and is deemed the “RTR-X”. Speedhunters covered the build-up of it so if you guys want to see it, click here….

The roof has been chopped and lowered and through the rear window you can catch a glimpse of the cantilever suspension…

Custom refinished Work Meister S1 wheels…

Custom rear widebody…

This is really cool and probably one of the most unique mods on the RTR-X. Notice the individual filters in each horn…

Mustang pool table…

Oh so after I stopped gawking at the RTR-X, we finally got to the section where the Source Interlink “Proving Grounds” was. This whole section was exclusive to Source Interlink and each publication brought out a couple cars to represent their magazine. This was the first year they did that and it was cool because it gave guys like Big Mike and them a chance to have their cars at SEMA. The only downside of it was that it was outside and in a area that might get overlooked. The placement I have to admit was a little weird but it’s the same area where the Lexus LF-A debuted last year so they expected heavy traffic through those areas….

The sun was hitting pretty hard at this time so the pictures aren’t the greatest. I actually went back on Friday and took better shots too and even stuck around until they left the show that day so keep an eye out for those near the end of the SEMA coverage series…

Ryan was there to represent Super Street magazine. He had brought the car down from Norcal for my 2-year anniversary meet and left the car at his friend’s house until the week of SEMA. He then met up with Big Mike and them and they all drove their cars out together to Vegas. Ryan has been everywhere this year and this dude is definitely not shy about driving his car everywhere…

Tony was out there for Honda Tuning along with Big Mike. He drove out the Thursday or Friday the week before so he could be in Vegas for NSXPO. He met up with a couple hundred NSXs, cruised all over Nevada and then rolled his car into SEMA that following Monday…

Gil from Circuit Hero also made the trip out to represent Honda Tuning magazine. His car hasn’t been out since the Super Street FF Battle and since then he’s had a couple of new things done like the J’s Racing fenders and new wheel set-up…

…as well as getting his custom ASC strut bar and valve cover color-matched to his new wheels. He even got the car running correctly and it’s been tuned and all…

Nice touch with the Spoon horn button on the Nardi wheel…and the custom bezel from ASC flows really well with the car too…

Big Mike was all excited about SEMA. I found some vinyl that was pretty close to matching his paint color so we cut new vinyl for him and he also got his car detailed for his overseas magazine shoot that was to take place at the end of the week. One of the guys from Banzai magazine out in the U.K. actually flew in for SEMA and made it a point to get in contact with Big Mike so that they could do a feature on his car for their mag. That’s a pretty big deal for people in other countried to recognize your build and want it in their magazine…

Louie from L*CON Race Cars helped him weld in some new bungs on his valve cover and then Big Mike had it powder-coated black…

If you guys have been following his car and build closely, you might recognize this valve cover when it was white. It had to be re-coated because of the new bungs and the biggest concern was making sure that the powder sat on the edges where the lettering was engraved. It all worked-out in the end and it came out pretty good…

Here’s a shot of the near color-matched vinyl that I found and cut for him…I put the black backing in it to make it pop more but I didn’t want to do too much as to block the windshield. For those of you who haven’t received your sticker orders yet, it’s because Big Mike used up all the black vinyl so feel free to complain to him about it….

He also had his car waxed, cut, and buffed with some expensive and rare Swissvax Concorso. If you guys don’t know what that it, it’s some crazy wax that is like almost $300 per pound. You have to apply it by hand and it has to be removed by a buffing pad that’s made out of baby foreskins and shit. The guy that detailed the car gets down. Big Mike said he started on it at 5:30pm and didn’t finish up until around 1am or so. The car looked like glass and above in the picture you can see May giving it the finger test. She put a booger on it and it slid right off. The paint was so shiny…

…that Ryan lost his vision for a good 40 seconds when he looked directly at it. The pain was so severe that Ryan could do nothing but laugh about it…

Here’s another random shot of Ryan’s bay…

This S13 was there for Import Tuner I believe… Very nice build that’s put together well…

I’m sure you guys remember this Mazda from my JCCS coverage. It’s the one with the Lexus V8 swap and has the IS300 dash and everything integrated into the original dashboard…

Super Street’s Evo Sportback project…I think it’s called a Sportback, ehh, something like that. I have fond memories of this car from FF Battle when a giant wind gust blew the tent sky high and flipped a giant metal trashcan that rolled right into the door of the car…

Clean Camaro that was there probably for Hot Rod magazine…

Widebody Cadillac CTS…

Lowriders for ummm….Lowrider magazine…

A chopper…

Salem standing next to a chef?…

Group photo…

A widebody Evo from Hybrid that I saw as I was leaving…

Ladies from West Coast Customs…

Fuckin’ Batmobile…

The MunsterKoach from the Munsters television show, which most of you probably don’t even remember or know…

A Porsche on Advan RS wheels…

That’s all for today. So ends the first official day that we were at SEMA….hopefully your computers haven’t exploded and your phones still work…back with more tomorrow…

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  2. I was excited to see the munster coach.. I used to love that show. I agree with you Joey.. The RTR mustang was awesome to see in person.

    You cracked me up talking about the wax on mikes prelude.

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