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Traditionally a lot of show cars, especially SEMA cars were known to be mostly all "show" and not a car you could drive on the street or the track. Many people even joke that these cars never see the road and are even pushed on and off the trailer (some still are but we won't point fingers!). For instance if it was a paint company they would have a stock car with beautiful paint and shiny wheels.. but underneath and inside nothing was done to enhance the car, while speed parts companies had cars that had a insane engine in a car that didn't run or couldn't even drive.. all ends of spectrums had cars that showed off their specific niche, but few had the "complete" package.
These days the overall quality of show cars has risen and many of the cars are streetable-borderline race cars with a show car exterior and interior. It isn't uncommon to see a muscle car with the full suspension, wheel and tire combo, and big brakes to allow it to go around a road course as fast as an Italian sports car. It's quite mind-blowing when you look at how much fabrication, engineering, and design work has gone into these cars to allow them to be winners on the show field AND monsters on the track. The buzz term these days seems to be "Pro-Touring". Many classic cars are themed this way.. but I mean who wouldn't want the best of everything!
Here's another batch of show vehicles from SEMA. Stay tuned as we dig through more pictures and video!
Today is the first official day of the 2012 SEMA Show and we are as excited as ever. Walking through the first few rows of the hottest cars, trucks and bikes tell us that the automotive hobby is as strong as ever. We spent day one walking around spotting out some of the top cars at the show. Some exciting rides are here from the best car builders in the world. We go the pleasure of getting some first glimpses of Kevin Tetz's Project "Jaded" Mustang. This thing is oozing Eastwood products and we're excited to see it in the metal!
This year the hot new trend seems to be large oversized wheels on custom classic cars and trucks. We're still on the fence with the look of the vehicles with such large wheels.. but you can't deny they stand out!
Also the '40 Ford; built for the 2012 Street Rodder Road Tour is on display in the Ford Booth and we're thrilled to see a car built with Eastwood tools to be on such a main stage! We'll be doing an interview with Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods later this week to get some insight on how they utilized some of products to build the '40.
Day 2 is already upon us and we're out there searching for the best rides to showcase for YOU. If there's anything you want to see, drop us a line and we'll try and seek one out! Make sure you check out the full feed from the show with updates hourly at www.eastwood.com . We promise you'll feel like you're almost right there walking the show with us!