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SEMA Show 2015: Scottie’s Pick

Silhouette of a Sunny, Soul of a Hakosuka 

History. Pride. Preservation and Vintage Motorsports are 3 things that make up a company called Chasing J’s.

Owned and operated by Dominic Le, Chasing J’s is a company specializing in restomods and classics. SEMA 2015, provided me with a prime example of how Dominic’s passion for Vintage Motorsports evolved over his company and himself. He created something very special that caught my eye at SEMA. Enjoy!

  • Owner: Dominic Le
  • Truck: 1974 Datsun Sunny UTE

Dominic has me drooling all over his ‘Hakotora’

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The soul of the car comes here beneath the hood…a built S14 SR20det shown teasing everyone who wants to take a sneak…

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Riveted flares compliment the wrapped in Toyo R888, 15×9 and 15×10 Volk TE37V’s…Ohh…did I mention its on AIR? Thanks to Airlift Air Suspension made it possible for this Hakotora rest perfectly on the carpet…simply amazing…

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One of my favorite parts of the car is in the back, a carbon fiber bed liner that was trimmed to fit perfectly to compliment simplicity with its brushed aluminum trimming…

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Clearly you can tell that 09 Racing did a fantastic job with this front end Hakosuka (C10 Skyline)…you can’t even tell its a Sunny!

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If you ever get the chance to see this vehicle in person with your very eyes, you will see the real craftsmanship that went into this build. The amount of detail is stunning. I am absolutely in love with this…Awesome job guys!

This concludes my pick for this year SEMA 2015! Hope you enjoyed the ride…because I did!

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

Instagram: dayuumscottie

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5 Crowd Pullers from SEMA 2015

Come one, come all to the greatest automotive trade show on earth! SEMA Show 2015 has made its annual stop to the wild, wild desert known to most as Las Vegas, Nevada. Be thrilled by gorgeous Booth Babes, be amazed by the the strength of the Four BOSSes, be mesmerized by new kid on the block, stand in awe of the looks of yesteryear and leave yourself at the mercy of beasts for an experience you will never forget! These are 5 crowd pullers from SEMA Show 2015!

1. Girls, Girls, Girls

“Girls, all I really want is girls! And in the morning it’s girls! Cause in the evening it’s girls!” -Beastie Boys
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Driving Line’s Alicia Cummings taking a selfie with “Mad” Mike Whiddett

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Look out Janey! Hopefully that giant Mishimoto tank is enough to protect you from all the creepers.

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MST Wheels’ Regina standing guard by their “Attack on Titan” 240sx

For more babes, check back to Jae’s Ladies of SEMA 2015!

2. I’m a BOSS

You’ve just entered the Boss Level. There were 4 epic S14 Rocket Bunny BOSSes at SEMA Show, are you ready to take them on?

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Make sure you’ve collected all your JDM Badges before you take on the Good Show Automotive Art BOSS.

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Don’t slip up when you face off against the Autofashion USA X ENEOS Oil BOSS.

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Corey Hosford’s Street Standard BOSS will definitely pack a mean punch with it’s V-8 engine.

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Don’t let the cycles fool you, the WD Ultimate BOSS is ready to take on all and any Challengers

3. The New Kids On The Block: Driving Line

Go big or go home. Driving Line started off their first SEMA Show with a bang and these three white knights were only part of the reason why their booth caught our eye.

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Sung Kang’s Fugu Z by GReddy proves that the perfect build doesn’t always have to be fast or furious.

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Just in time for the winter season, the SSA X Autofashion USA Rocket Bunny NSX is one sexy Snow Bunny.

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Evasive Motorsports Porsche GT3, “Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be in summer.”

4. Don’t Call Me Rusty

Out with the new, in with the old. Or something like that. Put that Rust•eze Medicated Bumper Ointment away, Rust is in this year!

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Rusty Slammington. No introduction needed.

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Check out that Rad Rusty Rat Rod! Whew, try saying that ten times fast.

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Even choppers were all about that rust life

5. What the TRUCK?

Big tires and lifted beasts ruled SEMA Show this year. Because well…’MURICA

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Derek West’s ULTRA4 Off-Road buggy took a break from its weekly mud bath to be part of the showroom floor.

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The Starwood Motors Jeep JK8 with custom Bandit Kit wasn’t afraid when the rain, hail and lighting decided to make an unwelcome appearance.

There’s always a lot going on at SEMA Show, these are just 5 of the things we picked up on. What else was provocative at SEMA Show 2015; what was it that got the people going?

By: Justin Pagtalunan

Photos by: Michelle Ishida

Ladies of SEMA 2015

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The SEMA 2015 show took place on November 3-6, 2015, and ahead of the automotive spectacle are the gorgeous women who grace leading automotive industry booths and showroom to impress gear head fans all over the world. I’m pretty sure this is the coverage that most of you guys are waiting to see especially the ones who didn’t get a chance to attend SEMA and are itching to get a glimpse of who were the eye candies of this years show. Well today is your lucky day as we’ve got a bunch of hotties and in honor of #WomenCrushWednesday, lets take a look back at some of the hottest models of SEMA 2015.

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sema 2015-6400Miss Julianne Trejo working the F1R booth.

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sema 2015-6409This hot latina, Miss Magda Angel gracing the show room of Rohana wheels.

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sema 2015-6422This blonde bombshell, Miss Sarrah Fegan also at the Rohana wheels booth.

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sema 2015-6431This pretty lady, Miss Amanda Bo at the Blaque diamond wheels booth.

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sema 2015-6440Alongside with this Canadian hottie, Miss Teya Kaye also at the Blaque diamond wheels booth.

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sema 2015-6479At the Turn 14 showroom, we saw this fitness beauty, Miss Juliana Daniell.

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sema 2015-6517At the R1 Concepts booth is the lovely Miss Erica Law.

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sema 2015-6536Also with R1 concepts booth is the sweetheart, Miss Brittani Paige.

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sema 2015-6948This blonde bomb shell, Miss Jessica Harbour at the Spyder wheels booth.

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sema 2015-6562Also at the Spyder wheels booth is this pretty lady, Miss Mariah Longo.

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sema 2015-6945Passed by the Spec D Tuning booth and saw this cutie, Miss Hanna Ferraez.

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sema 2015-6596At the Anzo USA booth were Miss Kara Daniels and Miss Mayra Tinajero.

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sema 2015-6895At the Mishimoto booth is this Filipina beauty, Miss Janey B causing a crowd.

sema 2015-6627The woman crush of every guys, Miss Tianna Gregory representing West Coast Customs showroom.

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sema 2015-6661The lovely and coolest model I’ve met in the industry, Miss Natalia Marie working the Wheel-1 Warehouse booth.

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sema 2015-6674At the Forgiato Wheels booth is this stunning lady, Miss Lyna Ly Sparks.

sema 2015-6679Miss Crystal Mendez working with Chariotz booth.

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sema 2015-6695This lovely lady whose also a fitness junkie, Miss Krstina Hong representing Traklite Wheels booth.

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sema 2015-6759Miss Tanesha Taylor spotted at the Triangle tires booth.

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sema 2015-6790This sexy lady, Miss Tawny Jordan was also at the Triangle Tires booth.

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sema 2015-6855Miss Leanna Decker also spotted at the Toyo Tires booth.

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sema 2015-6885This sexy lady, Miss Constance Nunes was working the Toyo Tires booth as well.

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sema 2015-6905All the way from the East Coast is this beauty, Miss Bear Dellinger spotted at the Turbo by Garrett booth.

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sema 2015-6972Another gorgeous bombshell, Miss Billie Jo Powers also at the 2Crave showroom.

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sema 2015-6980Miss Hayley Washinsky spotted at the 2Crave booth also.

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sema 2015-7054Miss Jenna Lane and Miss Candace Leilani working the HPS Performance Products booth.

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sema 2015-7241Miss Jessica Draven spotted at the Crawford Performance booth.

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And there you have it folks! I hope you all enjoy our MASSIVE coverage of “Ladies of SEMA 2015”. Thanks for viewing! Until next time!

Jae

SEMA Show 2015: Denny’s Picks

SEMA, a visual orgasm for auto enthusiasts, a designer’s showcase, a builder’s dream, a company’s showroom, and one of Las Vegas’s largest convention.

4000 plus cars and hundreds of vendors fill almost every square inch of the convention halls and surrounding parking lots. It’s difficult to see all the action during the four day event, but it didn’t keep the Crew from picking out a few fresh rides that caught our attention. I love import cars, but I am also very much in love with older domestic muscle. The craftsmanship invested into cars 40 to 50 years old or older, have a huge place in my heart.

As I cruise miles of the show floor, I set out to find some of my favorite builder’s work, such as the Ringbrothers. Their attention to details always has me in Awww. This 1965 Mustang Fastback shows off Ringbrothers production pieces which are available for purchase. The details into this Mustang are worth taking a closer look at.SEMA 2015-9605

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Another awesome ride is Andy Williamson’s 56 Chevrolet Bel Air. To the naked eye, it has a patina exterior, Vortech Supercharged LS3 engine, sharp engine bay, and sick interior. What can not be seen, can be touched. Grazing your fingers over the finish, one will notice that it’s been completely coated with matte clear, preserving its age in all its glory. Even large rust divots were cleared to a smooth touch. A lot of time was invested into the body work, despite the visual appearance. SEMA 2015-9575

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Skipping to an American Hot Rod is the M&M Special, a 1927 Ford Roadster. A gleaming 276, tan leather, and chrome adds an elegant touch to a well executed Ford.SEMA 2015-9567

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Datsun have been on my mind ever since I purchased a 1970 Datsun 521 pickup earlier this year. Since then, I’ve set my eyes on a 240Z and a Roadster, a 67 to be exact. Very similar to this one in Garrett Turbo’s booth. This lightweight ’67 has a built SR20VE motor which is turbocharged!SEMA 2015-9655

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If you love engines, then you’ll love this black Datsun 240Z sporting the ultra rare TC24B1 with 50mm Solex carbs. This set up puts out 376HP and 281 ft. lbs. of torque on California 91 octane, dyno’ed by our friends at Z Car Garage in San Jose.SEMA 2015-9643

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My brothers at Tjin Edition displayed a few builds this year, six to be exact. They are Fortune’s Ford Fiesta, Gene’s Explorer. Neil’s Honda HR-V, Hyundai Genesis, Ford Edge, and Ford F150 built for Universal Technical Institute.SEMA 2015-9554

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Our friends at Driving Line had an impressive set up, with Robert Chew’s revamped Rocket Bunny NSX, now with a white coat and TEs. The much anticipated debut of Sung Kang’s Rocket Bunny 240Z also made an appearance.SEMA 2015-9536

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And of course the RWB’s. Vincent from iForged displayed an arsenal of them.SEMA 2015-9530

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Lastly, I wasn’t able to get a good picture of Ryan’s Type-R but really proud of his accomplishments on finishing Top 10 during SEMA’s Battle of the Builders.SEMA 2015-9597

Those round out my favorites of SEMA 2015. You’ll hear more from Jayson, Scottie, and Jae for the infamous, Ladies of SEMA!

SEMA Show 2014: Jayson’s Pick(s)

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Las Vegas becomes the mecca of automotive geniuses and visionaries every time SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) event is in town.  Fortunate enough to attend this year’s event to feast my eyes on creations that I know were done with extensive planning, hardwork and good partnerships.  This year I was able to witness a good variety of vehicles that impressed me due to its craftsmanship and details – creations that conformed to my liking.  So let’s start…

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#Brotherlylove.  Tjin Edition Ford Fiesta ST and Honda Fit

It’s one thing to work with friends on car builds but to make it a family affair is another.  I can just imagine how the brothers bounced ideas at one another -as crazy as these guys are; they probably used, and abused Denny (@dayuumDen) as a cushion to exert their brotherly frustrations.  But in the end, both vehicles were highly recognized by Ford and Honda for an outstanding vision.

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#NotaRocketBunny. The internet breakers Noel’s Varis FRS and Yogi’s widebody GS

These Asiatic Red Devils just killed it… Nope Kim K didn’t break the internet first… Do you remember when this FRS flooded the facebook and IG feeds? When Noel first broke out the FRS with the Airrex suspension? How about the time when he revealed his Rocket Bunny with the Work VS-KF wheels  and lastly showing off with the full Varis Kit and SSR’s newest wheel, the Professor TF1.  Simple but tasteful details can be noticed not only in the exterior but under the FRS’ hood and interior as well.  I am sure brother Bert had his share of scrapes and bruises working on this FRS.

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Well Yogi broke the internet a few days before his GS showed up in SEMA.  After months of non-stop preparation and work to complete the GS with the help from Buddha Paint, Weds, Falken and Airrex, and many more; the handcrafted widebody sedan stole the spotlight the day it was revealed.

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#TheRocketBunny.  Lexus RB RC350 Fsport, SSA x AutoFashion RB NSX, RB RX7, RB R35 and RB Genesis Coupe

One build that I really wanted to see in person was the Lexus RB RC350 Fsport.  I have not driven one yet but I read a number of good reviews about the vehicle most specially the RC-F.  For me, it was like a luxury FRS on steroids. Or maybe I am just a little Lexus biased but seeing the first renderings of the RC with the RB kit, just made me want to see one in person. The RB kit enhanced the already aggressive look of the RC.  Meaty tires, mesh wheels, perfect stance, the RC will definitely be a hit once it reaches the dealerships.

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Six Sigma AUTOdesign said it best, “We knew many aspects of the project would be controversial, but we wanted to stir the pot. In the end, modifying cars is like an art, what’s the point if we are all painting the same picture? Don’t be afraid to take risks! We love how the car turned out…” Kudos to you guys for taking that leap -out of the norm.

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#Fanboyfavs.  Falken IND M3, Artisan NX200t, Ironman4x4 LC60, Vossen LS460, Vorsteiner M4, Sarto Racing CLK and the Hotchkis Road Runner

This IND-Distribution (based from Chicago, Il)  M3 under the Falken booth was simply stunning – no widebody add-ons but simply utilizing the usual aero enhancements that screams Form and Function. But what really drew me to this vehicle was the color scheme which may be too bold for some. The BMW Yas Marina Blue, cement gray and mint green highlights worked great for this build.

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The very first Lexus NX200t that was fitted with an Artisan kit.  I didn’t imagine that the NX would look so good with just the kit, wheels and low ride height.  The NX series maybe the vehicle that puts the RX series out of the Lexus lineup – only time will tell…

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I have always been a big fan of Ironman 4×4 products.  This year they used an LC60 VX Diesel Turbo to display the quality of accessories, gear and parts they offer. I would not mind taking this LC out on a trailing trip…

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The big body sedan LS460 has always been in my “want” list and this long sled from Vossen was tastefully done.  The elegance of the LS460 Fsport was maintained with the addition of the Skipper front lip and air suspension.

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BMW Widebody M3 suited up with Vorsteiner aero.

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Who would not want to own an American Muscle if it looked this good? This Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was under the Hotchkis booth.

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In addition to the vehicles mentioned above , this year I’ve decided to deviate from my typical wheelhouse and highlight trucks for my SEMA 2014 picks.  From the plethora of new Jeep Rubicons and Wranglers around most of the halls, I found a few that really caught my eye.  I could not pick just one so here it goes…

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3.  The Legacy Classic Trucks: Scrambler and 1942-1943 Dodge WC-53 conversion

These Legacy Classic conversions gives you the old classic feel with new reliable hardware.  The Legacy Classic Trucks are assembled to a customers liking – in terms of its looks and application that it will be used. The Classic V8 Legacy Scrambler Conversion symbolizes the heritage of the Jeep CJ, with full fenders, 33” tires and classic line. This is equipped with a 430Hp LS3 engine which is capable of adventures both on and off-road. The Scrambler is also available as a Soft-top, Hard-top and 2-Door version. Also, this is made with a mandrel bent fully boxed frame as well as Atlas transfer-case, Dynatrac 1-Ton ProRock 60 axles with ARB locking differential. Long travel suspension and air-bump stops are used to fit ones adventure needs.

The Dodge Carryal WC-53 is a rare and unique multi-passenger truck also available from Legacy Classic trucks in limited number. Each truck is handcrafted since it takes at least 1,200 hours to build. This is also powered by a 430Hp LS engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic. This comes standard with locking differentials and an Atlas Transfer-case.

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2.  Vortech BOSS F100

One of Vortech Superchargers’ booth vehicles is this 1973 Ford F100 done by High Octane Hot Rods. Owner: Jason Jones, On the Ground Designs. This truck is seriously looking like a Boss sitting still and laying frame. Under the hood you will find a 5.0L Ford Coyote engine, BOSS intake and Vortech Supercharger. Hard to find pieces and details were sourced from LMC trucks. One will not miss the massive tubs of the truck which tucks the B-Forged 595 wheels 22×9 up front and 24×14 rear. These are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires 265/30/22 for the fronts and super wide 405/25/24 for the rear. Sew it Seams from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania completed the truck’s interior. Audi RS4 Red Volker was used to complete the exterior looks of the BOSS.

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1.  1949 Chevrolet 3100 five window pickup

Under the bright lights of the Las Vegas Convention Center, showing with the PAC racing springs booth tucks a truck that really caught my eye, this is the 1949 Chevy 3100 five window pickup. At first, its rusted out exterior will throw you off as this seem to not belong with the big boys with their shiny paint schemes. But look under the hood and you will immediately know that this beast will blow your doors off standing still. The 3100 is equipped with a fully built 442 LS engine with a 4.125 Bore and Stroke using K1 Technologies Forged Crank and Wiseco Pistons. This also has a Trick Flow Fully CNC LS3 Heads with OE LS7 rockers and titanium retainers from PAC Racing Springs. All ARP hardware was also used in putting together the powerplant of the truck. The 442 was also partnered to a Tremec 6-speed transmission with Centerforce DYAD dual disk clutch. As for its low slung ride height, PAC-JRi Racing coilovers were used. The Red Steel wheels from Coker Tire really did set off the look of the truck – wrapped in Firestone Nostalgia Drag Slicks Wide White. Although it cannot be seen behind the wheel, stopping on a dime is achieved using Wilwood Six Piston Calipers with 12 inch rotors. One of the eye catching details of the truck was the TIG Welded Butler built “Bomber Seats” with custom leather enhancements. I also liked the squared tubing interior styling as well as the bad ass grenade shift knob. The rear end of the truck just shows off the old and new pieces that really set this truck apart from the others.  Eighteen glorious months is what it took to put this beast together, this 3100 deserves a spotlight under the bright lights of Las Vegas.

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Hope you guys enjoyed a little flashback of SEMA 2014.

Until the next one… Peace!

-jayson (@dayuumjayce)

SEMA Show 2014: Scottie’s Pick

Every year in Las Vegas, the world’s greatest car builders bring out their most extreme, outrageous, and breathtaking cars to SEMA and show them off to the media and public. This year Wataru Kato owner of Liberty Walk Co. displayed over 20 vehicles ranging from several Nissan GTR’s to a very unique Lamborghini Aventador. While everyone is salivating over these exotics, tucked in the back was the LBW x Works Kenmeri. Japanese classic cars like this Kenmeri are always fascinating to me because the character and styling points which makes it different from anything that was being displayed at this year’s show.

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The agressive Mizuno Works three-piece ducktail spoiler adds a unique Japanese styling.

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Color matched Vitaloni Sebring mirrors…

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Rear overfenders just flow with the car…these are the widest that Works offers for the Kenmeri.

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L28 spiced up with triple Mikuni 44mm carburetors mated with Mikuni velocity stacks.

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Ultra MDI unit was added to improve fuel mixture and synchronize each of the 6-cylinder heads.

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Bosozoku style exhaust…compliments the old school Japanese styling.

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This concludes my topic for SEMA 2014. Big thanks to Wataru Kato and the Liberty Walk team for giving me an all-access pass to this awesome build. Can’t wait to see whats in store for next year!

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

Instagram: dayuumscottie

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Ladies of SEMA 2014

We all know that SEMA is about the aftermarket industry for anything automotive, which interests all the car lovers throughout the world. Not to mention, the after parties at night throughout the week makes it more difficult to wake up in the mornings. Leaving any later than 9AM, you’ll be greeted with heavy traffic and long lines at the mono rail just to get to the convention center. Once there, avoiding the crowd to snap a clean photo without being photobombed is near impossible. But, we’re not just talking about cars which are being photographed, there are other attractions that people are admiring. I’m talking about the models that has everyone’s attention with just a simple smile and eye contact to any guy, (as this is a male dominated crowd) it’s a sure way to invite them in to their booth and take a picture to post for social media or get a signed print and chat a little while admiring their beauty. Whether you’re present or missed this years show, we’ve compiled most of the hottest ladies that are present at this year’s SEMA 2014.

Check out our gallery of hunnies! We’ve got a bunch of them!

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sema 2014-3061Miss Chanel Urban at the Delinte Tires booth.

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sema 2014-3068Miss Ashley Ferrer at the Landsail Tires booth.

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sema 2014-3083Miss Pamela Horton at the Mini USA booth.

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sema 2014-3103Miss Mel Rodriguez at the Vossen Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3111Miss Kristy Lei Juan at the Vossen Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3122Miss Nateasha Nicole at the Toyo tires booth.

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sema 2014-3132Miss Ana Cheri at the Heavy Hitters booth <3.

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sema 2014-3141Miss Olivia Korte at the ESM Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3154Miss Breezy Jade at the ARK Performance booth.

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sema 2014-3162Miss Sandra Wong at the ARK Performance booth.

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sema 2014-3166Miss Brittani Paige at the R1 Concepts booth.

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sema 2014-3173Special guest male model, Big Abe at the R1 Concepts booth.

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sema 2014-3178Miss Ann Mari at the Megan Racing booth.

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sema 2014-3182Miss Elysha Lee at the Megan Racing booth.

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sema 2014-3189Miss Sadie May at the Scion booth.

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sema 2014-3203Miss Summer Daniels and Miss Jennifer Zharinova at the Anzo Lights booth.

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sema 2014-3219Miss Mariah Lee Bevacqua at the Spec-D Tuning booth.

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sema 2014-3245Miss Jessica Colorado at the Spec-D Tuning booth.

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sema 2014-3267Miss Erica Nagashima at the Scion booth.

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sema 2014-3280Miss Bear Dellinger at the Garrett by Honeywell booth.

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sema 2014-3293Miss Jessica Harbour at the Spyder booth.

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sema 2014-3304Miss Mariah Longo at the Spyder booth.

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sema 2014-3315Miss Beckie Joon at the Winjet booth.

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sema 2014-3330Miss Mila B. at the Winjet booth.

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sema 2014-3341Miss Lindsey Harrod at the Timberland Tires booth.

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sema 2014-3352Miss Angelina Andrada at the Senlips booth.

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sema 2014-3364Miss Nikita Esco at the Senlips booth.

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sema 2014-3371Miss Sarrah Fegan at the Dodge booth.

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sema 2014-3378Miss Brittani Jenee’ at the Forgiato booth.

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sema 2014-3391Miss Brittany Brickner at the Big Bang Wheels booth.

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sema 2014-3417Miss Lisa Lee Marie at the 2Crave booth.

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sema 2014-3431Miss Corissa Furr at the Pirelli Tires booth.

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sema 2014-3441Miss Regina Pacheco at the Concept One Wheels booth.

This concludes our coverage, thanks for stopping by.
-Fin

-Jae

SEMA Show 2014: Justin’s Pick

And the trumpets they go!

SEMA Show 2014, this is the Super Bowl of car enthusiasts. There are hundreds upon thousands of show cars on display in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center that it’s difficult to pick just one. I do my best to plan out what and where I will go to first to make sure I don’t miss anything on this week long extravaganza, so I didn’t find my beauty until the third day at the SEMA Show.

And where has this cool little BMW E30 been all my life?

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On display outside of the convention center allowing it’s super clean engine bay to breathe the fresh air outside. (Not quite sure the air outside of Las Vegas is fresh though, it might not even be air, but you get what I mean).

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What caught my eye first are the Individual Throttle Bodies that CA Tuned put inside this little machine.

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Low isn’t just a thing you do to a car, its a lifestyle. And for this Bimmer, it’s stanced out to perfection on some gold, vintage-style Rotiform wheels and Airlift air suspension.

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This E30, is filled through out with a lot of classy BMW insignias to stay true to being a purist.

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Inside and out, up and down, there is nothing to hate on this car. CA Tuned did a perfect job on this modern classic.

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Tjin Edition 2015 Ford Expedition – SEMA Preview 2014

The Tjin Edition Ford Expedition stays true to the sophistication of its premium roots, but with added individuality via custom metal fender flares which were hand crafted by Josh Freeman, a custom dark gray paint job executed to perfection by L&R Autobody and a whole new custom liftgate, with trick 007 gadgets done at Unique Fabrication

“The Tjin Edition Ford Expedition is intended to showcase a Ford vehicle featuring capability for towing, one that can serve as a daily driver and is a standout as a promotional show car,” said Tjin Edition’s Neil Tjin.

This custom Expedition starts with the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Then, via a charge cooler kit from Vortech Engineering, custom tune, custom side exhaust from MagnaFlow, and high-performance oils and lubricants from Royal Purple, the Tjin Edition Expedition roars with another 40 ponies underhood for a total of 405 horsepower.

The chassis was customized by Unique Fabrication and features Air Lift bag struts and an Accuair air management system, as well as a big brake system from Baer Brakes, 24-inch custom Rotiform six-spoke TMB wheels and Falken tires.

The exterior features custom metal fenders, an Axalta Coating Systems custom paint job, twin Webasto sunroofs, and custom headlights and taillights from LightWurkz.OceTDS-9372

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Tjin Edition 2015 Honda Fit – SEMA Preview 2014

This year at the SEMA Show there will be a large number of small custom cars amongst the sea of Mustangs and Camaros. Some of the you really should keep an eye out for the awesome custom widebody Tjin Edition Honda Fit.

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Interior upgrades include a Webasto sunroof, full Katzkin upholstery, and a high-end Sony stereo and entertainment system. Come to think of it, these few interior mods cost more than the car itself!

IMG_20141016_104510 (1)In terms of dynamics, Tjin Edition Honda Fit is slammed using AirREX Digital Air Suspension system, and it benefits from Bisimoto engine upgrade parts.

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Axalta custom paint job by L&R Auto Body
18″ iForged wheels
18″ Falken tires
Baer front big brakes
AirREX air management and air suspension
Bisimoto exhaust and performance ad-ons
Katzkin interior
Custom metal fender flares by Josh Freeman
Coplus headlights and fog lights
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Designed by: Tjin Edition
Built by: Unique Fabrication
Painted by: L&R Autobody

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SEMA Sneak Peek, Vortech 2015 Mustang Superchargers And SEMA Car

The 2015 Mustang is just hitting the streets, but that hasn’t stopped the aftermarket from getting a jump on producing parts for the all new S550. Our friends over at Vortech Superchargers are already putting together kits to boost Coyote powered 2015 Mustangs to well over 600 hp. We experienced the power of a Vortech supercharger early in our Project Wild E Coyote, and can tell you from first hand experience the parts, and the power are nothing short of incredible.

Just like the S197 before it, Vortech will be offering supercharger systems to accommodate any level of performance that a 2015 Mustang enthusiast is looking for. Beginning with the V-3 Si kit, a relatively stock Coyote should make 640 hp at the flywheel and 485 ft-lbs on just 7.5-8 psi of boost. That same V-3 Si is capable of supporting up to 775 hp on modified vehicles. That’s enough horsepower to take a S550 Mustang deep into the 10 second zone, or possibly the 9s.

If that’s not enough power, those looking for big numbers can step up to the V-7 JT-trim. This monster can propel a properly outfitted Coyote powered car deep into the 8s, as proven by racer Terry Beefcake Reeves, with his JT equipped Coyote Modified S197 holding the class ET record of 8.18 in the quarter-mile.

If you’re still looking for more, as in the 1,200-plus horsepower kind of more, then the V-7 YSi is the ticket. Based on race winning technology, the YSi is one awesome blower. If your horsepower cravings are beyond that, the guys on the Vortech tech hotline can help you out there as well.

Vortech along with Neil Tjin will be bringing a slew of hot cars to the 2014 SEMA show, including the one pictured in the rendering in this article, which is owned by Rey Rivera. The competition orange Fastback will of course wear a Vortech supercharger. Other mods will include exhaust by MagnaFlow, Forgestar F14 wheels, Nitto Tires, and Baer brakes. Look for full coverage of this car during our coverage of SEMA in just a few weeks.

If you have an S550 in your hands, or are awaiting delivery, be sure to check out the 2015 Superchargers info at the Vortech web-site.

SEMA Show 2013 – Wrap up!

Time to do a SEMA wrap up… This is a follow up to our personal SEMA picks… These are also some of our favorites out at the show… Enjoy!

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SEMA2013-7796The ass end of Simpli-tC and Josh Croll’s Scion tC’s from the Scion Tuner Challenge. Simpli-tC took top honors with the win while the super impressive world’s first RHD Scion tC took 3rd.

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SEMA2013-7813The ladies of Vortech Superchargers, Serena Su and Ashley Clark.

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SEMA2013-7862The Tjin Edition / Universal Technical Institute’s 2014 sweepstakes vehicle, the Gulf Ford Focus ST. This build took a Mother’s award and a FORD design award. Great job to the team!

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SEMA2013-7865These FORD Transit were pretty DaYUUM cool! FORD had at least a half dozen of them modified in many different ways.

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SEMA2013-7875Another very impressive build was this Camaro in HRE’s booth!

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SEMA2013-7936The 1000+ HP Odyssey of Bisimoto in Honda’s booth is Fifteen52 Wheels.

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SEMA2013-7937John Pangilinan Widebody Hyundai Genesis

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SEMA2013-7967iForged / Forgestar showed some impressive cars and their Revolutionary Concave 2-piece Modular Rotary Forged Wheel.

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SEMA2013-7972Noel’s Rocket Bunny FR-S in fresh yellow courtesy of Avery and AeroWerkz.

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SEMA2013-7978The Tea Brother’s Avery wrapped Scion FR-S… FRS-86 Represent.

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SEMA2013-7994Rising Star – Street Art Edition

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SEMA2013-8021I was really digging this 67 in BASF’s booth built by Ultimate Auto. Its rare you see a car with a clean audio system these days, so it was great to see this classic modern build with JL Audio, LED taillights, carbon work, and clean machining.

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SEMA2013-8095The mother of OMGosh in GoPro’s booth is this full carbon Pagani Huayra.

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SEMA2013-8120We are going to close this with the stunning Stevie Lynn in the WD-40 booth.

Thanks for reading.

-@DaYUUMDen

SEMA Show 2013 – Denny’s Picks

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SEMA2013-80832013 SEMA was bigger, badder, and stronger. Having a predominate amount of Asian friends, it was no surprise that their top picks were the Liberty Walk 458 and GT-R. There is no denying that they are bitchen cars, but I wanted to show some of our DaYUUM readers some other cars that are just as awesome and why. By no means do I think the other builds weren’t worthy, but there simply isn’t enough time to see every car. The show is a bit overwhelming and unless you spend at least a day in each hall examining every single car, the conclusion would be the same, there just isn’t enough time to see everything.

But lets cut to the chase with my picks.

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SEMA2013-7799My first pick is the Tjin Edition Ecoboost F-150. This F-150 is more than meets the eye and other than the obvious wide body treatment on the Ecoboost, the team at Unique Fabrication slaved over 300 man hours on the suspension alone. The mastermind behind the build, Neil Tjin, decided on using Raptor fenders and bed to widen the body. That addition later on became more of a challenge than he expected. While it seems like a simple bolt-on, not all parts are created equal. It’s no where near a complete fit; the hood lines do not match up, the suspension wouldn’t work, and the rear valences had to be custom formed.

Neil’s choice to keep the factory F-150 grille was an important detail to maintain the F-150 trim. The enthusiasts of the Raptor will know that the front bumper has also been chopped and lowered to maintain the same lower body line. It’s those subtle details that tie this build together.

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After the body panels were on, Unique Fabrication diverted their attention to the front suspension. In order to maintain ride quality and drivability, a combination of custom fabricated parts and factory Raptor arms were used help with camber and travel issues associated with the factory F-150 suspension. The end result is factory comfort at any height.

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The AccuAir air management system drops the F-150 on its frame with a touch of a button. A noticeable thump will let you know you’re on the frame.

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SEMA2013-7833Finishing off the body was DTM Autobody to complete the color transformation, while Styles finalizied the pinstripes, and Line-X solidifying the bed interior.

The truck scene isn’t a new breed, rather a breed that’s been lost in the evolution of the aftermarket automotive industry. I especially loved the Tjin Edition F-150 because of its clean, near factory appearance that ironically took hundreds of man hours to complete.

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SEMA2013-7902My second pick is a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera which was built by the Ring Brothers in collaboration with Nike’s Skunk Work Innovation Team. It was built for Cheryl Brickle as a tribute build for her late husband Randy.

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SEMA2013-7925The 1971 Pantera would be called – ADRNLN. The Ring Brothers has been one of my favorite build teams because of their keen attention to detail. From the factory, the ’71 Pantera is equipped with a 351 Ford Cleveland engine outputting 330 hp. The mid-engine set up propels the 3,100 lbs Pantera to a top speed of 159 mph.

SEMA2013-7906The Ring Brothers decided to ditch the Ford 351 in favor of a Wegner Motorsports LS3 matched up with an Holly Dominator EFI, good for 600 hp.

SEMA2013-7895I’m very impressed by the execution of the Pantera. The color combo is absolutely beautiful and the custom machining is top notch. ADRNLN has been slightly widened and the factory pop-up headlights have been ditched for a pair of sealed lenses. The facelift has a Ford-GTish look.

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SEMA2013-7933I’m overly excited with all the machining involved with ADRNLN, including the coilover top hats and tower brace. The custom headers leading to a pair of stainless Flowmasters is a signature for the Ring Brothers.

Like the Tjin Edition F-150, ADRNLN, has a reworked suspension. The front and rear suspension originated from a C5 Corvette attached to a custom Roadster Shop chassis.

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SEMA2013-7922The interior was rather simplified and modernized with an added twist. The Ring team formed an alliance with Nike’s Skunk Work Innovation Team to design the interior of ADRNLN. They ditched the airplane like cockpit and relocated the center mounted gauges to the main cluster. Classic instrument gauges, Alpine head unit, and even a USB port just awes me!

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SEMA2013-7912By looking at the images you can tell why I love this creation so much. From the fastening hardware to the 6-pot Baer brake system coupled with custom HRE Wheels put ADRNLN on the pedestal. The fit and finish was on point!

On to my next and final.

The Torino Talladega began its life as a project to compete in NASCAR during the late 60’s. The objective was to complete a more aerodynamic body, which resulted in the 1969 Torino Talladega. The Talladega adapted its name after the Talladega Racetrack in Alabama and less than 1000 was produce to satisfy NASCAR’s production rules.

At SEMA I stumbled on this 1969 GPT Special and it blew my mind! This ’69 is a creation from Rad Rides by Troy, for owner, George Poteet. I first learned about Troy watching episodes of RIDES. RIDES was a show on Discovery Channel that would dissect the build process by trailing the builders step-by-step. It’s was informative and genuine like how a reality show should be.

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SEMA2013-8045As I approached the car, I could just feel being sucked in more and more in amazement. The metal work on both the interior and exterior was phenomenal. The evenly space rivets was harmonious.

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SEMA2013-8054The engine compartment was just as beautiful with the BOSS 530 pumping out 700 HP. The metal work and riveted panels carried into the bay as well.

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There is no denying the beauty of this 69. Pictures alone can not describe the work; the details, the creativity, and the personality. I was honored to have seen it and I appreciate all the work involved in this build.

I wasn’t able to get the information I wanted on this build during the show and I refrain from using the internet as a source of my stories, but If you want more information, I am sure there are plenty of articles about it on the web. My objective was to introduce vehicles for the readers to ponder on. Give them a taste of some amazing cars that might not have enough deserved expose in the mainstream and intrigue them enough to look further is the reasoning of why I chose these vehicles. Granted, there are 1000’s of other well executed builds on the show floor but I was not able to see it all.

In a later feature, I will do a round up of other cars of SEMA. In the meantime, thanks for reading and check out our other SEMA features by Scottie, Justin, and Jae. Thank you!

-@DaYUUMDen

Justin’s SEMA picks
Scottie’s SEMA pick
Jae’s Ladies of SEMA

SEMA Show 2013 – Scottie’s Pick

Every year just before the holidays, SEMA brings together and unites the aftermarket auto industry into a one week long event held in Las Vegas. I was blessed to have the opportunity this year to attend the biggest modified car show in the United States. SEMA’s awe inspiring venue consists of over 7000+ automobile companies, which are divided into 4 sub halls in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The North Hall provided visitors the advantage of upcoming tools, collision and repair, and latest mobile electronics. Central Hall delivered, racing and performance, hot rod alley, and restoration market place. Providing the audience with the leading tire and rim companies was the South Hall (Lower). For the off-road enthusiast the South Hall (Upper Level) is the place to be giving attendees a firsthand look at the Rugged Lifestyle. After walking all the halls of the convention center, I finally found what I call the coolest ride of SEMA and no it wasn’t a classic Japanese car.

Let me introduce you to the Hayashi Telempu booth, located at the North Hall. Featuring technology at its finest. Hayashi Telempu has remained at the forefront of automobile technology through constant evolution throughout the years. They specialize for safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly automotive products unique to the customers’ tastes.

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I decided to go outside the box and feature this Toyota Vellfire. This unique van from Japan is no ordinary soccer mom minivan it is something of pure luxury.

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The interior of the Vellfire is unlike any other minivan. When you open the doors and step into an inviting interior that cocoons you from the outside world. The themed interior embraces you in a unique high-quality ambience. This surrounds you in your personal imperial palace of luxury and comfort.

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Every detail has been carefully designed; from the finest grade natural grain leather to the LED trimmings.

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This custom removable headliner hides the gigantic twin moon roofs as if they never existed. The carefully positioned mood lighting sets the tone for exquisite comfort.

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With an advanced entertainment, navigation and communication all working together to embrace both elegance and simplicity.

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This unique LED safety feature blinks backwards preventing unintentional crashes when getting in or out of the car both at night and during the day.

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The polished stainless steel plates on both driver and passenger side floor emits a white LED glow, spelling out the Vellfire name.

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This concludes my topic for SEMA 2013. Big thanks to Hayashi Telempu for allowing me full access of their awesome Toyota Vellfire. Without their help we would not have been able to see the unbelievable interior this Vellfire had to offer. I hope you enjoyed this imperial palace on wheels.

Till next year! Peace!

-Scottie

SEMA Show 2013 – The Ladies of Sema

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We all know SEMA is one of the biggest gathering of everything about automotive and this year marks another impact in the automotive industry. According to the press release, this year’s presence have recorded the largest amount of companies involved and gathered under one roof tallied in its history and I’m pretty sure that goes the same way in attendance as foot traffic was out of the ordinary. As you may all know, last year, the crew decided to pick cars that made it as their personal favorites out of the show for coverage and that’s not going to change this year but we kind of feel that wasn’t enough to sooth you guys viewing pleasures. We decided to add more content out of the SEMA show to give you guys more feel of how SEMA is being done every year. As most media people that got credited to cover SEMA, 90-95% of this coverage are all new cars, new products, and everything automotive related and we all know that’s not all that is there. Of course promoting a name brand is the top priority of these companies and to do that, they usually hire the top, well known gorgeous women in the industry. To these ladies, if they ever get hired to work for SEMA, they know they’ve made a name in the industry and kind of reach the top of their career and that is what we’re trying to show you as the other content for our coverage of this year’s SEMA show. Here are the ladies of SEMA 2013.

South hall is where all the wheels and tire companies are located and if you haven’t been to SEMA, this is the place where most of the models are in attendance and that is why I decided to cover this part of the convention first to get it done with. As soon as I enter the hall, I was greeted by the girls of Falken tires booth as they are placed right by the entrance doors. First off, we have Katie Carnes as she was posing right by the 2010 Falken Porsche 997 GT3 RSR ALMS car and also handing out falken playing cards and lanyards.

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Here’s Julie Galindo signing autographs and giving posters.

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