Day One at SEMA 2011 and we are already seeing some amazing rides. We have some interviews lined up with some car builders and you will really like the stories they have to tell! For now here are a few of our highlights from todays show!
Eastwood SEMA Experience
Here you will find all of the coverage of Eastwood's trip to SEMA. This includes the hot cars, coolest products, and anything else interesting we find!
Thanks to all for the amazing response to this year's contest, and we want to all congratulate Ed S. from Ohio. He is the 2011 winner of our Vegas Dream Ride Contest. I chatted with Ed quickly the other night and he is really excited! Here is a little background on his story.
Ed has been a gearhead since before he could drive, one of his fondest moments was helping his dad do brakes on the family's 68 Camaro, we'd say that's a great start! By 17 he had a motorcycle underneath him, and he has never turned back. He has a 68 Camaro, 76 CJ7, and 72 Beetle restorations under his belt, so we'd say he is definitely "one of us"! Ed found out about our contest after purchasing an Eastwood Soda Blaster for his 1984 Harley FLTC Fire-resto project. Since then he has blasted the frame and made use of his large oven at work and our Powder Coating Supplies to get a jump start on his project.
He will have to take a short break from working on his project to come to SEMA for a few days and hang out with the Eastwood crew, go out on the town in Las vegas, and most importantly, drive a bunch of super cars on the Las Vegas Speedway! Check out our live feed on Eastwood.com for pictures, interviews, and a taste of Ed's Dream Ride experience!
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Here is a quick little video detailing our upcoming live feed for the SEMA show. We will be beginning the live feed before the show and ending it Saturday after the show is over highlighting our Eastwood Vegas Dream Ride Tour winner's experience! Don't miss out, and check back here and the Eastwood Homepage for updates!Click Here To Read Full Post...
Anyone that follows the aftermarket automotive market will know that the trends change quickly, and often dramatically. Each year, Eastwood attends SEMA in search of new automotive tuning trends and products. This year while walking around, I began to notice a large amount of vehicles covered in flat or satin paint jobs. Now you may be saying "Matt, that's nothing new, flat black has been going on old hot rods for years!", but in this case it wasn't limited to old cars, hot rods, or just flat black. There were all sorts of different hues of flat and satin colors around the show. In fact, some of the most expensive cars at the show were painted in flat colors. I saw everything from your traditional flat black, to flat greens, purples, whites, grays, and more!
I like that flat and satin colors are now being applied PROPERLY, not just a low quality spray paint job. In the past, I will admit that I was one to frown upon most any vehicle (except hot rods/rat rods) that were done this way. I had always thought of modified vehicles painted in a flat colors to be "hacked" or badly built. But now it seems that these properly prepped and painted vehicles are using the flat colors to possibly push your eye from the overall car to possibly something else on the car, be it the detailed engine bay, or the unique wheels bolted on the car.. it is a new concept, but I like it!
Check out our different options for flat paint, and even powder if you want to powder coat some parts on your car to compliment the flat paint!
Now if you really want to stay ahead of the flat color trend, try out our Rat Rod Flat Clear Coat. You can use this over any color to give it the flat look. This is where you can really get some neat effects! We have also had customers use the Rat Rod Flat Clear over their original "patina'ed" paint. The clear coat seals and protects the current weathered finish, without taking away from the original Patina of the paint. The options are limitless!
Below are a few of my favorite flat colored cars from SEMA. Enjoy!
It was a great year at SEMA 2010, and we want to thank everyone for following our posts on our blog and Facebook! We were astounded by the great diversity of vehicles at the show this year! I definitely noticed a lot of "odd-ball" cars coming out of the woodwork and being displayed around the show. I would have to say the star vehicle of the show seemed to be the new Chevy Camaro. It seemed everywhere you went, there was a different company displaying their take on this revision of an old classic. Even though I'm not a muscle car guy at heart, I can definitely see the cues from the original Camaros and the possibilities for tuning and modifying them are endless!
Here are some highlights from our last 24 hours at the show. I even managed to sneak in early Friday morning to shoot some photos of cars that had been mobbed all week with no interruption. Thanks for the feedback, and we'll see you all next year!
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