Out with the old, in with the new! Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering, also known as Scottsdale Cars and Coffee, is moving on to bigger and better things. Saturday, March 4, 2017 was the last show at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. This marks the end of a fifteen year tradition! Each show featured a make or model and this last one focused on the Ford Shelby. Over twenty Shelbys attended with two authentic Cobras in the mix. Of course other cars like the Ferrari Enzo to the Lamborghini Aventador made an appearance for memorable occasion. And memorable it was, this event ended with a bang!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to demolish your automobile passion and enthusiasm. Sounds terrible, right?! Alright maybe it’s not that black and white, but let’s see what is really at stake here. With the focus of the Clean Air Act in mind, the EPA wants to make it illegal to modify any manufactured street vehicle’s emission system where its sole purpose is NOT used for racing in organized sports. Ok what is this saying? Basically, modified cars cause an increased amount of air pollution with a tampered emissions system.
On Thursday Matt Haugen from Street Standard stopped by the Car Street Journal conference room at Sema. Matt has been attending Sema for 8 years, and for 7 of those years he has had one of his cars in the Sema show. Matt got into working on cars with his dad when he was young. Helping work on Hot Rods and such at home. Matt’s first Sema he brought his Toyota Tundra. Years later Matt was thinking about starting his own business and build some bad-ass cars. With the help from Cory Hosford, they came up with Street Standard. Street Standard is a car performance go to shop. They can get anything from body kits from Liberty Walk and Rocket Bunny down to Wilwood Brakes. Matt has 2 personal cars here at Sema this year. Which are a 1 of 1 Liberty Walk Lamborghini and a Rocket Bunny Nissan 350z.
With all the new products that are out Motormood came out with something and entertaining, the CarMoji! Going with the trending emojis that are used on our phones… Motormood decided to bring it to life with these light up emojis for your car.
ESE Industries, a group of designers and engineers that love carbon fiber, came to The SEMA Show with the E1 full carbon fiber wheel.
These wheels starting at a mere 11 lbs per wheel are significantly lighter than any light weight metal wheel. Since the weight has been lifted from the wheel that means improved rotational inertia. Faster acceleration and better braking with less rotational mass. Less rotational mass means less horsepower being robbed from the wheels and given back to the driver. The E1 are rated for a 3850 LB axle car.
Each year I cant help but feel a bit nostalgic as SEMA rolls around. For those who either know me or have been following my work on Car Street Journal, you know I’ve been doing automotive things for a long time. What you probably didn’t know is that it all kind of started here at SEMA.
Prior to my first trip to SEMA, Car Street Journal was a hobby of sorts. I thought I knew I wanted to get into journalism but like many other young people I really wasn’t sure until I found myself surrounded by beautiful cars, insane builds and I had burned like a million calories running across the convention center. I remember coming home from that trip and thinking “This is it, this is what I want to do with my life. Automotive journalism is for me.”
Within two weeks of my first SEMA experience I had quit my “daily job” [...]