SEMA 2012: Day 1 | Presented by MegaSpeed
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
October 30th, 2012
The Specialty Equipment Market Association or better known as SEMA show kicked off as always at the massive Las Vegas Convention Center in Sin City. Crowds in the near million flock each and every year to catch the latest trends, products, services, and buzz about the world of all things automotive related. The event is held during one week and as such, we will be bringing updates from each day from everything ranging from hot cars, booths, and even the beautiful promotional models for which any onlooker can appreciate.
As always, outside the convention center are an assortment of unique rides like this slammed Lexus LS from Platinum VIP.
This is not your average Mercedes-Benz people mover especially when it’s sitting flush on a set of massive Forgestar wheels and rocking an AMG-inspired aero kit.
If off-roading is your thing, there are plenty of trucks to drool over like this Ford finished in a brushed-look vinyl wrap.
Got air ride? This Lexus GS was completely dumped and takes the whole VIP-tuning theme to another level.
Awesome comes in all forms and shapes at SEMA like these assortment of minimalist motorcycles riding on AVON tires.
A rare sight at any event is this Mosler MT900. Gotta love the flat finish and red accents throughout the car.
Amongst the mix of show cars were also plenty of race machines like the BERK BMW 1-series.
This 800 horsepower M5 is not your average German power house sedan, especially when under the hood sits two supercharges from G-Power (Germany). Capable of exceeding 300 km/h this V10 beast is all go with some incredible curb appeal.
Euro tuning has also come a long way with the likes of flush wheels and aero bits like this E-class Mercedes-Benz fitted with Carlsson parts.
A rare car in North America or anywhere is this Datsun 510 Bluebird. Powered by an SR20DET, this turbo vintage coupe is a go-kart on steroids.
Autokonexion built this monster all-carbon Miata to either scare children or whomever is brave enough to pilot it. Regardless of one’s take, it is immaculate and very unique for the roadster.
What does 034Motorsport and an Audi TT have in common? How about a full race DTM-style version ready to scare anyone on track!
One of the many gorgeous faces scattered about the SEMA grounds. This beauty was spotted in the Savini wheels booth outside and despite the hot weather, she was in great spirits welcoming all spectators for photo-ops.
One of the coolest looking Volkswagen Beetles of all time, especially considering it is the latest generation.
This matte Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG got many looks with its awesome widebody kit and matte finish. It is no wonder that matte is the popular choice of texture for exteriors this season, but will it carry onto 2013?
The Hennessey VR1200 made an appearance at SEMA and parked outside for anyone to drool over. This twin turbo 1,200+ horsepower beast is capable of 220 mph runs without ever letting up!
Outside in the Pioneer booth was this DJ spinning on the 1s and 2s. The best part of it all is the fact that he is a mere 10-years old!
The definition of being a true baller in any part of the world is by far the Rolls-Royce Phantom, especially when its customized in matte bronze and black – what a beautiful combination.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS model is beautiful in its own right, but add a widebody conversion, matte blue paint job, and some mean looking wheels and it takes this German luxury sedan into another level.
The famous Mazda 787 race car from the Le Mans series was parked in the Mazda booth and looking pristine as well as making everyone gravitate to it – is it any wonder?
The beautiful ladies from the HornBlasters booth were posing for photos with spectators and looking like good ole’ country gals!
This gorgeous sled was spotted in the Kinetik battery booth. Gorgeous wheels, immaculate paint, and countless hours of detailed workmanship has gone into making this a very unique metal masterpiece.
The king of videos – Mr. Ken Block was signing autographs in the Ford booth for most of the afternoon along side fellow Ford-backed drivers like Vaughn Gitten Jr.
Winner of the most coveted “show car” award in existence is this stunning red masterpiece parked in the BASF booth. Can you guess the award?
The legendary and quite possibly one of the most humble people in the industry, Mr. Chip Foose was in the BASF booth set to unveil his latest creation to a crowd of 100+ spectators and media folk. After a brief heartfelt speech, Chip pulled the covers off to the jaw-dropping amazement of onlookers.
The Foose designed masterpiece is this 1948 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible knonw as “Eldorod” was completely redone in BASF Glasurit 90-Line custom deep blue paint. To the surprise of many and Chip himself, this was the first-ever car that Chip designed during his days at Boyd’s Hot Rods and was the last car delivered before it closed down in 1998. An incredible story of an incredible car and a modern day automotive legend and role model for any gear head.
Stay tuned all week long as we continue with updates LIVE from SEMA 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada!
Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec