[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]he first day of the 50th SEMA Show kicked off today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Buyers, exhibitors, and media alike were able to enter at 9 a.m. and see the latest products, new innovations, and some bad-ass builds.
In the days leading to the event many rumors circulated around that this was the year of the trucks, and the rumors are right. Lifted trucks and various off-road machines litter the convention center but they dont begin to drown out the dozens of wide-body cars. Car Street Journal has noticed fender flairs have been flairing up at SEMA for the past few years, but this year seems to be even more classic JDM vehicles showcasing the trend.
Among the classic JDM cars sporting the wide-body look include a Nissan R34 Skyline, Toyota Supra, Nissan Datsun, and a Mazda RX-7.
Editorial Note: This is the final in a series of articles following Austin Kregle through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez, Matthew Fink, and Nicole Ellan James.
[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]hroughout the entire 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosted by VegasDrift, Austin Kregles goal has remained the same: to qualify and keep the car in one piece.
During the final round of the series, Kregle qualified in seventh position, entering the Top 16 competition for the first time behind the wheel of his 1995 Nissan 240SX. His first battle put him against the only other driver in the competition powered by an SR motor, Preston Watson.
Despite similar power levels, Watson maintained closer proximity to Kregle in the chase position and advanced in the competition.
“The overall experience competing in this series [...]
[dropcap style=”style1″]I[/dropcap]f I could take home any car offered at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction, these are the ones I’d pick:
First is the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th Anniversary Convertible.
This viper is #2 for 50 limited anniversary Vipers series produced. Also this viper is second of the line but its the first convertible produced. This car is also 1 of 2 that is flat gold with black stripes with only 146 miles on it. With a 8.4-liter 10-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual transmission from the Tammy Allen Collection, is a perfect collector’s car.
Up next is the 2009 Mini Cooper S Custom Limousine
This Mini Cooper is a 140” stretch limo that can [...]
[dropcap style=”style1″]W[/dropcap]aking up at 4 a.m. isn’t something I always do, but when I do, I know I have something exciting planned. When I heard my phone ring I knew it was time to get up because I was off to fabulous Las Vegas!
My partner in crime, Nicole James was the driver for this trip – which gave me time to sleep on the ride there – and in four short hours we were at Mandalay Bay for Barrett-Jackson’s 9th annual Las Vegas auction.
When you first walk in the convention center were the show is held you see the Ford display and as always, all the newest Fords were in attendance with Ford employees there to answer any, and all, questions.
Lots of vendors had set up booths and displays with spectacular display cars but we didn’t waste too much time looking at those, we wanted to see the auction action and go [...]
[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]e Top 16 drivers have been selected to compete in Round Eight, the title fight for the 2016 Formula Drift Pro Championship, currently underway at the House of Drift – Irwindale Speedway, in California.
Chris Foresburg, Frederick Aasbo, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. have been in the running to earn the 2016 series championship title. Foresburg leads the trio with 507 points in the series with the 2015 series Champ, Aasbo, short just 37 points. Gittin Jr. suffered a crash during his top 32 battle with Pat Mondaunt, effectively giving Mondaunt the advance.
The Top 16 will determine whether Foresburg becomes the first-ever three-time Formula Drift champion or is Aasbo becomes the first-ever driver to earn the championship consecutively.
Drivers headed to battle in the Top 16 are as follows:
[dropcap style=”style1″]B[/dropcap]ehind the wheel of the Perry Performance Nissan 240, the events first place qualifier, Marc Landreville, emerged victorious in a one-more-time battle with Nate Hamilton after his Enjuku Racing / Fortune Auto Nissan 240 suffered mechanical issues during the final round of the 2016 Formula Drift PRO2 series held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The win secured Landreville as the series 2016 Champion.
“The event was great,” Landreville said. “The car was great and I had some excellent drivers to go up against, so that made for tremendous competition to end the season on a high note.”
Dirk Stratton in the Lingenfelter Performance C6 Corvette placed third in the series’ first ever stand-alone PRO2 event, which played host to thousands of spectators and over 120,000 live stream viewers. The Arizona event also marked [...]