SEMA 2018 Coverage…

Photos by Joey Lee (Stickydiljoe)

There is much more content coming along in the next coming days but these are some of the stand-out builds from this year’s SEMA Show. You’ll see some privateer builds, a few new debuts from companies like GReddy, and we cap it off with the Coyote-powered Rat Rod built by Mike from Stanceworks.

Enjoy…

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Igor from CATuned’s 1987 BMW E30E coupe resto build covered in BMW Daytona Violet paint…

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Taifun square headlights and grille….

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It looks simple enough but as these resto builds go, there is much more involved than meets the eye. You can read more about it here: E30 Grape SEMA 2018 Build

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Black AP2 S2000 wearing what looks like a Pandem front bumper and M&M Honda over fenders. A bit of an odd choice since the front doesn’t line up with the over fenders but I understand the idea…

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Inside the shaved engine bay of the S2000 is a GM-based LSx engine with Corvette engine covers and a custom intake…

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Street Faction rear wing stands paired with a truck duckbill and Carshop Glow taillights. Notice how the S2000 is bagged on Airlift suspension so it sits firmly planted to the ground…

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Evasive Motorsports-built Toyota 86 grip car wearing a full ENEOS livery typically piloted by driver Daijiro Yoshihara…

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JDM Palace’s full RE Amemiya FD RX-7 utilizing a yellow/black colorway sitting on Volk TE37SL…

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One of the cars that I was anticipating to see in person was the new Pandem FC3S RX-7, built by Kenji and the boys from GReddy Performance. There were some build-up photos posted here and there on the GReddy social media accounts but never really a full look at the car. I think this is one of the better-looking Pandem kits for any of the cars, since the FC is so boxy and box flares would work perfect on it, so I was excited to see it completed. Nice to see Kenji kept it traditional and just went with a simple white/gold motif completing the build with gold mesh TRA Kyoto wheels…

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The only area that I wasn’t 100% set on were the four foglights up front, right in the center of the bumper. I thought it looked a little weird in the renderings but after seeing the kit in person, it actually works out quite well. Everything is so squarish and linear on this kit and these fogs help to add a little extra layer of contrast to the overall look…

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A look at the rear shows the rear over fender, rear spats, and rear wing, all which flow so well together and give the FC some more girth…

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GReddy exhaust with burnt turn-down tip on the Pandem FC…

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Straight-on look at the face of the Pandem FC, here you can get a good idea of how much wider the front is…

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One of the first Varis-equipped Toyota Supras (non-Ridox) that I’ve seen here in North America, built by WD Ultimate. Loved this kit when I saw it at Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year but I have to admit that I liked the Hurtling kit just a little bit more, both the products of Varis…

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A better look at the carbon hood with the huge vent and carbon splitter…

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The new “Live To Offend” aero kit for the BMW E30, created by designer Khyzyl Saleem in a joint venture with Eric Penelow…

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Rotiform BM1 wheels on the car are an homage to the classic BMW M1 wheels paired with an aero kit that follows similar lines to that of an E30 M3 with tweaks and styling by The Kyza…

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One of the best-looking builds of the 2018 SEMA Show was this widebody Grigio Medio Ferrari 328, dubbed the BB328, built by Mitch Button. It sat at one of the best spots within this year’s Toyo Tires Treadpass area and during the right time of day, the light just shined perfectly on the Ferrari, which sat airred down on Rotiform wheels…

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I found myself coming back to it multiple times just to see the car and all of its little details…

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On a list of many of the more interesting builds of the 2018 SEMA Show was this Rauh Welt Begriff 1977 Porsche 930 Backdate. The Ivory White Porsche wasn’t ‘interesting’ because it wore an RWB Backdate kit, but more so because it didn’t have a traditional Porsche air-cooled engine. It didn’t have a combustion engine at all, actually, and sitting under the rear hatch was an EV West Tesla Model S electric motor swap…

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RWB aero installed and signed by the man himself, Akira Nakai of Rauh Welt Begriff…

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dR Design 9ELEVEN LED projector headlights to modernize the 70s-era Porsche 911…

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Custom reupholstered Burberry-themed interior with 356 Speedster seats, RWB Los Angeles chrome-plated roll cage, and Streetfighter LA fiberglass interior panels.

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MOMO Indy Heritage steering wheel and a collection of polished billet interior pieces from Rennline to contrast with the classy reupholstered dashboard…

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Custom-built 17×10/12.5 BBS RS wheels with BBS Design Line center caps and 24k gold hardware….

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The naked rear of the RWB Backdate 911 sans exhaust, because it no longer requires one…

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A glimpse of the front over fender, Toyo Tires, and BBS RS wheels…

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And for those wondering what it looks like under the bonnet, here is the EV West electric motor which makes 563EWHP (Equivalent to about 700 crank horsepower) paired with a Tesla Model S limited-slip differential…

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A build that immediately caught my eye the first day of SEMA 2018 was this custom widebody Mazda R100 hailing from British Columbia, built by Rod Nielsen and Hot Rod’s Restos. It’s one of those cars that will leave you wondering what its exact purpose is due to its completely insane appearance and overall aesthetic. You can’t see it here because of the shadows but the rear is actually a dually, because of how wide the rear over fenders are…

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The custom fuel set-up of the R100 utilizing Radium Technology components and a large fuel cell….

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Check-out the interior of the R100, which screams anything but ‘comfort’ with aluminum seats and even a metal steering wheel. Everything else is just bare bones with a MoTec digital display, switch panel and bare sequential shifter assembly clearly seen mounted to the exposed T56 manual transmission…

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I’m sure the Starbucks cups were placed in the custom-made cup holder for sheer irony. Here you can see how the roll cage is laid-out, even more of how bare the interior is, and the MoTec unit mounted right onto the dashboard…

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Under the front-opening hood is a bridge-ported 20B three-rotor engine paired with a 72mm Borgwarner S400 SX-E turbo. The set-up is good for about 700HP and 560LB-FT of torque…

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Quirky-looking Bogart RR-Wide 5 wheels mounted to Wilwood 6-piston brakes…

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The rear Bogart/Wilwood set-up warped in Falken Tire rubber…

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Through the rear windshield we can see the rest of the roll cage, along with a peek at the Winters 10-inch Quickchange and QA1 dampers….

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Kirkey Racing seats and Cipher safety harnesses in gold to match the transmission housing and other gold accents on the exterior…

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Over at the H&R display area was the debut of Mike Burroughs from Stanceworks’ 1931 Ford Model A sitting on IMSA DPI wheels and Michelin rain slicks…

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Crammed into the Model A’s custom chassis is a VMP supercharged Ford Coyote V8 engine…

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Another angle of the modern Coyote V8 with custom headers fabricated by Robert Chavez…

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The rear end of the Stanceworks Ford Model A truck, here you can see how the custom radiator and fans are mounted to the chassis, as well as the ATL Racing fuel cell and fuel pump layout…

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The menacing front face of the Stanceworks Model A, no need for headlights, with a look at the front suspension, arms and meaty tires. Also very cool how you can see the supercharger up top between the grill and roof line. I hear there’s a full feature on this build coming up and who knows, maybe one of these days I’ll head down to Mike’s shop and shove a GoPro into this thing and let it rip…

That’s all for my SEMA coverage… I really phoned it in this year, lol. Thanks for looking…

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