SEMA 2016 has officially come to an end. To keep my words short, it was an unforgettable event! Celebrating 50 years, the SEMA Show was packed full of hand crafted builds, amazing new products, and lots of engagement from the crowd. You know that when you go to SEMA you will be overwhelmed with halls and halls of just plain awesomeness.
This is my experience: SEMA 2016 through the lens of Senior Photography Editor, Hans Marquez!
Vossen is known for having awesome marketing strategies that engage the automotive community! Topping last year’s Vossen Sky Lounge, where they unveiled their collaboration with Work Wheels, was the Private Gallery. Vossen looked to get back to the Main Show Floor in 2016 but maintain private feel that the Sky Lounge brought. They accomplished that feel this year’s booth.
The Private Gallery immediately caught the attention of the crowd as from the outside, it was a closed off booth with an entrance and an exit. Walking through the entrance and down the hall into the main booth was a walk down memory lane. The walls showcased a year by year history of Vossen and it’s mile stones. Along with the history, guest were encouraged to sign their names to add to the celebration.
Once in the main booth, you walked into a 360 view of their wheels along with some new interactive software. The Vossen [...]
[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 [...]