The 2013 SEMA Show Coverage…Part 5 of 5…

Well, this is it… We are finally at the end of our 2013 SEMA journey. Hopefully all of you have enjoyed the coverage thus far. I’ve tried my best to streamline the coverage this year while still trying to cover what I felt was the best of the best at SEMA. Today, we’re going to be looking at the final photo set from my trip to Las Vegas. I found myself taking less and less photos by the end of the week. By that Thursday, I think I had covered pretty much everything that I wanted to but I did return that Friday to get whatever else I couldn’t capture before. There are times when I would walk by and found myself not being able to get the shots I wanted because either too many people were around or maybe the hoods weren’t open or something. Friday was a short day since it was only open for so many hours so I just got whatever I could as I walked the show one final time….

For the previous four sections related to the SEMA 2013 coverage, refer to the links below. If you missed any of it at any point, I invite you now to go through it so you can see all of what I captured during my stay in Vegas…

The 2013 SEMA Show Coverage…Part 1…

The 2013 SEMA Show Coverage…Part 2…

The 2013 SEMA Show Coverage…Part 3…

The 2013 SEMA Show Coverage…Part 4…

And now, the stunning conclusion…

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Kicking off this final SEMA ’13 post with a couple shots of the Aimgain LS460 from Kyoei USA. I was actually hired to shoot this car after SEMA concluded but because it took so long to get the car out of the Las Vegas Convention Center, I wasn’t able to do the job until that Sunday in San Diego during the 2013 VIP Festival. The car is basically Aimgain’s U.S. demo car with full Aimgain aero and Aimgain wheels…

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One of the cars that I missed out on most of the week that I wanted to make sure to see was the Rauh Welt Begriff Porsche 993 that is originally based out of Texas. I saw that the car was at SEMA but just couldn’t find it during the week. I later found out that it was on the second level of the South Hall, a spot that I typically don’t go to because it is just filled with new truck parts and shit I don’t normally care to see. For me personally, this is probably the best looking RWB Porsche in North America. The paint finish and everything just looks really good on the Porsche. It’s so good that it almost looks “too clean” to be a RWB car, considering how the legit Japanese RWB cars are all a little rough around the edges…

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“Catalina” was at SEMA ’13 on behalf of ISS Forged wheels, where the Porsche sat on their RD-8 wheels in gold…

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Next to the RWB Catalina was this Lexus IS Convertible, equipped with an Aimgain widebody kit specifically designed for the convertible chassis. The vehicle is owned by Jessyca Blood, creative director for ISS Forged, and is sitting on their RM-15 wheel. Pretty cool to see one of these in person in the states, considering the last time I saw one was the official Aimgain IS-C that was at Tokyo Auto Salon…

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One of my many favorites from the SEMA Show this year was also parked in the ISS Forged booth. This FD3S RX-7 looked stunning with a Total Car Produce Magic widebody aero kit….

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The wheels on the TCP Magic RX-7 are ISS Forged GT-7 wheels in their “Night Crawler Blue” finish. I have to admit that these wheels bear a striking resemblance to the classic Mugen M7 wheel. Not a bad wheel to be inspired by…

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Platinum VIP’s booth played host to this Job Design Lexus LS460 with custom flared rear quarters. As mentioned before, Platinum VIP is now the official U.S. distributor of Job Design products so expect to see a lot more of the brand in 2014…

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The LS460 was on Work Equip E-05 wheels in a machined finish with gold R1 Concepts big brake kit…

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Also in the booth was this Lexus LS430 equipped with Job Design aero…

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Wheels are Work Zistance W10M paired with Job Design big brakes in red…

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Takata USA’s booth a was a little plain, but it really doesn’t need a whole lot because the product pretty much speaks for itself. Nevertheless, they had the Ken Gushi’s GReddy Racing Scion FR-S drift car on display…

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Change Racing 2013 Super Trofeo Racing Series Lamborghini parked in the Pirelli Tires booth…

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Really cool to see the brand new P58 Concept Stringray that’s been modified by Michigan-based design house TZD. The build features a TZD aero kit and staggered Vossen wheels…

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A closer look at the Scion Tuner Challenge build from Walter Franco and the unique Nitrous Oxide set-up under the hood…

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One of the builds that I did not encounter until the very last day of SEMA was this Job Design Lexus LS demo car. I had to make a double-take because it was odd how I didn’t see the car prior, especially with it being so over-the-top. Turns out that this car was stuck in U.S. Customs up until that very day so they managed to get the car out in time for the final day of the show. For those unaware, this is the true legit Job Design LS demo vehicle from Japan, built by the owner of Job Design. At first it seems very gaudy and flashy but you have to consider that this is a demo car, so it sort of has to be really attention-grabbing. I think in that sense, it is appropriate for the car to be this wild…

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The interior of the Job Design demo car, adorned in a red/white color scheme. You know it’s a legit Japanese tuner build when you read the stitching on the seats and it has the appropriate “Engrish” saying. Hard to see in the photo but the quote under the Job Design logo reads “WORLD PREMIUM BODY KIT BLAND”…(Not “Brand” as it should be)…

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In the Japanese VIP scene, you have your classy, subdued, stylish VIP cars, and you have the really wild, bright, gaudy, more sporty VIP cars. The Job Design car represents the latter. If you want an example of the other more classic style, scroll back upwards to view the Aimgain LS460… Too very contrasting styles, all from the same Japanese VIP scene…

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Custom Work Equip E-05 wheels themed appropriately to the rest of the build, down to the big brakes front and back that also have the “Job Design” logo etched into the brake rotors…

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I see this Civic hatchback every year at the SEMA Show and always stop to get a closer look at it. Though the exterior is just a little ridiculous and over-the-top, the build actually has quite a bit of quality parts and the execution is pretty on point. Though it may not be to the standards of what Hondas should look like in this era, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the craftsmanship is there. It is executed quite well and just because it isn’t your style, it doesn’t mean that you should totally cast the car off and ignore it. For my personally, I think the car is absurdly overdone but shit, I still think they did a good job of it, particularly in the engine bay…

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Speaking of great execution, this supercharged Chevy truck from Tootsies Speed Shop was another example of one of the best that SEMA had to offer…

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Vorsteiner Edition Lamborghini Aventador-V LP-740 with their carbon add-on aero components and 21-inch VSE-003 wheels…

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One more shot of the Liberty Walk GTR from the Toyo Tires section…

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And a couple more of the RWB Catalina 993 build from the ISS Forged booth…

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Ah, why not throw in another of one of my favorites from this year’s show, the LTMW Rocket Bunny Version 2 Subaru BRZ…I actually turned this into a 1080P sized desktop image if you guys want it for your own use. CLICK HERE and save it…

That’s a wrap on SEMA ’13. I actually had quite a bit more to do after the show as I ended up shooting another car for Aimgain International and then attended a VIP Festival Pre-Meet before driving back home to California that night. I got a ton of shit to show you guys still but we’ll close out SEMA here for today. Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more great content…

3 thoughts

  1. Those ISS GT-7 wheels were actually designed by a local guy here Matthew Law who does his work under ML24. Which is the same guy who did the flares for the ‘Project Breezy’ FR-S. He designed the wheels on the Catalina too. Pretty cool to see a Toronto guy doing so well.

    Also the Tootsie’s Speed Shop C-10 was built for a mom which is also rad.

    Great coverage.

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