Yesterday ended the last day of the largest trade – automotive event of the 2012, SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association). The SEMA show consists of at least 6000+ automobile companies worldwide that brings together aftermarket, original equipment, car dealers, distributors, installers, restorers and automotive specialists under the roof of the Las Vegas Covention Center. The show brings one of the largest events in Las Vegas’. As a group, we have decided that aside from sharing snaps of the various automotive halls at SEMA, each Dayuum member that have attended the event will be providing our DaYUUM followers and readers with personal selections that they found original, inspiring and inventive… well, let me rephrase that; selections that each member found Cool, Entertaining and Seksi. That sounds about right to now… =)
Starting my selection this year, at Number (6), was believed to be one of last year’s hot rides sitting outside the convention center – StanceLab’s, Merc E. This Merc caught the attention of the fitment fanatics. The E’s new body style accented by the Carlsson body kit and AirRex air suspension complete the overall VIP style look of this Merc E350. Now with its revamped look and a new set of kicks, The bright red wrap and new blazing white Work wheels made this such a looker and was hard to miss just outside of the South hall of the convention center.
At Number (5), the Patina and Rat Rod looks of this – VW Bug and Dodge truck is something that I felt was creative and “thinking out of the box.” Patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides, carbonates, sulfates formed on the surface of the metal during exposure to various environmental conditions. Surely, this pair will likely be loved or hated by onlookers. However, I found the aged look of these vehicles aesthetically appealing.
The ’54 Chevrolet, at Number (4) completes my selection that can be viewed outside of the convention center. As a fan of a big body styled vehicles, this classic is something that I would like to cruise in any time, any day. Keeping the classic look while laying frame to the ground is an attribute that I’ve imagined will pair up well with these classics. Updating the ride comfort was done by adding an air ride system coupled with some Detroit Steel wheels which sets this Chevy off my charts.
Now let’s start my top three choices that can be found indoors. While the most people witnessed the hottest sport compact at SEMA being the FRs and BRz, I found a number of Nissans that I believe brought back the excitement of having a Japanese sports car. Rounding up my Number (3) and Number (4) on my list respectively are the Ben Sopra R35s from Fatlace and Advan. Fatlace has been a new front runner at adding new flavors and opening up the imaginative minds of up and coming enthusiasts. Advan, well what can I say, they are one of the most sought after and prominent wheel manufacturer out in the market. Fatlace’s GT-R headlined the Falken booth at the South hall while the Advan’s Godzilla lead its booth at the Central hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The bold widebody aero kit from Ben Sopra for the Nissan R35 GT-R simply looks stunning. Don’t be deceived by the looks as the R35’s aerodynamics are also improved once suited with this unique aero kit. The aero kit increases the width of the R35 by at least 4 inches. The side splitters improve air flow which extends to the rear end of the kit. The kit also sports a one-piece tilting front clip. One of the most noticeable parts of the widened aero kit is the rear cantilever-mounted rear wing, located as high and far back. This was designed to efficiently generate downforce. The rear diffuser under the bumper was designed to control the air from underneath, planting the vehicle towards the ground, while greatly influencing the GT-R’s behavior during cornering. Ben Sopra’s widened aero kit may not be for the typical Joe as it is estimated to retail somewhere around the $40K range. However, if you can afford such as sports car such as the R35 and willing to take your ride to the extreme – this may be a kit for you.
Finally we’ve arrived to my final and top choice from the event – D Sport 1996 Skyline R33 GTR. Not only does this R33 look good in black but truly menacing as well. The chute positioned at back says it all… this is a devil that doesn’t look back. And as I love somewhat older vehicles, it was only fitting that I close my SEMA selection with this 90’s beast.
I’ll let the DSport Skyline R33 video speak for itself – Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL4wNZXvQU8
As I prepare to the drive back to Cali – Hope you guys enjoyed the read up through the selection and hope that you guys would also check out the rest of the crews’ SEMA picks.
Until the next one… Peace