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Posted On: 10/31/2011 5:11PM
66Mope

This '69 'Cuda built by Rad Rides by Troy hit 317 mph at Bonneville this summer. Awesome! More pics after the jump!

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Posted On: 10/31/2011 4:33PM
SuzyBruisy

Two baby-boomer-aged guys wandering around outside, one with a Nikon SLR, one with a Hemi shirt on. Guy 1: "What do they call these?" Guy 2: "That's a Porsh Panera [sic]." Guy 1: "Panera. Like the bread?" Guy 2: "Yeah, like the bread." Ok, so not everyone who goes to SEMA is a car guy.



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Posted On: 10/31/2011 4:09PM
66Mope

It takes a lot to stop people in their tracks at SEMA, but this '60 Caddy does just that. Justin the owner told me the metal work was done by Sisco Fabrications and the paint by Teo Garcia. Power comes from a 454 Chevy. This thing started out as a '60 Coupe. I hate it when people say pics don't do it justice, but pics don't do it justice! More after the jump!

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Posted On: 10/31/2011 3:56PM
66Mope

Just got into Vegas and this one made me laugh. Color is great. Tires are 245/40R18s. More pics after the jump!

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Posted On: 10/31/2011 2:30PM
SuzyBruisy

The Convention Center is still a mess on the inside, but Subaru was one of those who had their booth pretty well pulled-together by this morning. They've had interesting old-school Subes there in the past--I seem to remember a Subaru 360 van at one of the previous SEMAs--and this year they decided to go with this immaculte XT Twin Turbo. Nice choice! I love how the interior is time-capsule perfect, complete with its checkered-velour upholstery and X-Wing-Fighteresque banks of column-mounted buttons. Hit the jump to see!

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Posted On: 10/31/2011 12:19PM
SuzyBruisy

Don't let your eyes fool you: the AWD SS actually started life as a '68 Camaro, not a 2010. Nor was it originally a convertible! To make it a roadster, the roof was chopped, the rear seats chucked, the front seats moved back 11 inches, and the windshield lengthened and raked to give it that long lean look. Rearward sheetmetal from the '10 was grafted in, and it was given a widebody treatment and ground effects. But the real marvel of this creation is its drivetrain. Powered by an 800-hp LSX 376 crate motor topped by a Procharger running 20lbs of boost, the AWD SS uses most of the drivetrain from a 2008 Trailblazer SS to put power to all of its wheels. I talked to builder John Wargo of The Custom Shop in Illinois, and he said one of the greatest challenges was accomodating 4-wheel power to the classic muscle-car stance and fitment he was after: that rear end was actually shortened to accomodate the deep-dish Forgelines he wanted on the rear, and although it's hard to tell at first glance, fronts and rears are actually exactly the same overall diameter, 28.1", to keep from eating up the driveline. The show hasn't even started yet but I can say for sure this is one of the more unique builds on the floor this year, and it was already getting swarmed. Hit the jump to take a closer look!

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Posted On: 10/31/2011 11:30AM
SuzyBruisy

Slammed pickups have been a SEMA staple for at least as long as I've been coming to the show, and they don't show any sign of dissipating. There's a small army of  frame-scrapers populating the strip outside of the Convention Center, lined up and ready to go in. Hit the jump for a sampling!

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Posted On: 10/31/2011 7:20AM
rc1320

I've been saying this to my friends for the last couple months but I predict Rauh-Welt will be the talk of SEMA this week with the fresh built 964, 965 and 993 Porsches. In case you have no idea what a Rauh-Welt Porsche is, it's nothing more than a wild Porsche built by well-renowned builder Akira Nakai from Japan.  But enough about that, check them out and make an opinion for yourself.

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Posted On: 10/31/2011 6:12AM
SuzyBruisy

Halloweed has always been my favorite holiday, but for the last 5 years I've spent it at SEMA. Not that I'm complaining, but Halloween night in Vegas when you're working isn't necessarily as wild and crazy as you might think. But for those of you who do celebrate it the old fashioned way: stay safe, have fun, and be nice to animals. And don't forget: it just isn't Halloween without a zombie-clown-themed Dodge Avenger. I even a little bit like those circus-looking color matched Lexanis, though personally I'd never run anything purple and green on one of my own cars. Not even for Halloween. More pics below the jump!

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Posted On: 10/30/2011 11:58PM
SuzyBruisy

Just when you think it's going to be same old, same old SEMA, someone whips out something like this. It's by Infinite Velocity Motorsports, with deep-dish 18's and big Wilwood discs front and rear. The interior and dash incorporated a surpising amount of 80s Volvo OEM considering how built this thing obviously is, including even the period-reminiscent window headrests on the custom seats. More pics below the jump.

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