It was at that moment, we instantly knew it was show time as the first car left the start line and headed into the first turn of this long drift layout. Our local Arizona drivers meant business claiming the top two positions. Qualifying 1st with 91 points was Austin Kregle in his 1995 Nissan 240sx S14, fresh with a Toyota 2JZ-GTE swap. Kregle worked up until the last minute to ensure his car was properly prepped for Round 1 of competition. With almost zero seat time with the new powerplant, Kregle proved himself a skilled driver as he blazed the track with style and set the bar for the remainder of the competition. For second place qualifier, Nick Gross with his fresh S14 set a strong score of 88 points. After battling engine gremlins in the last rounds of competition in 2016, Nick came back even more determined to earn a shot at [...]
Las Vegas Motor Speedway – April 15, 2017 – Southwest Drift ProAm Series Round 1 hosted by Vegas Drift was a huge success for Arizona drivers Nick Gross and Austin Kregle. However, Los Angeles driver of the 2008 Mitsubishi RWD Evolution: Raz Naor earned 1st overall with Gross in 2nd and Kregle in 3rd.
All of us that have been to SEMA for the first time have learned the hard way. People will tell you that you will see a lot of cars, products, and that you will walk around for miles, but that is pretty much it. Here is a list of what we recommend to bring to SEMA to make your visit a better first time experience.
Bring comfortable shoes! Bring extra socks! Like you have probably already heard, SEMA is hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center with is over 3.2 million square feet. There is a lot to see.
Bring extra batteries for your phone, computer, and camera’s. If you do not have any extra batteries bring your chargers. There is a lot of outlets arounds the convention center to juice up your battery packs.
Yesterday at the 2014 SEMA show, everything was overwhelming. There was so much to see and I’m not going to lie, I felt the pressure. I spent a lot of time running around and getting as much information as I could, attending press releases, and see as many car unveiling’s as possible. I was frantically taking as many pictures as I could on my phone while my photographer, Hans, snapped thousands.
Day two was a much better experience. I didn’t feel the pressure to see and do everything as I had the day before and was more focused on enjoying the moment and looking for what I wanted to see while I let my staff run wild and write about things they were interested in.
Car Street Journal has been very fortunate to get our own conference room at SEMA and it [...]
Plasti dip, we have all thought about it at one point. Does it look good? No. Does it stay on long? No. Here at the SEMA show we were able to talk to Mathieu Di Veta President of AutoDip -the world’s first premium peelable automotive paint.
“Autodip is a peel-able premium synthetic paint developed specifically for the automotive application” Di Veta told CSJ. Autodip allows you to customize accessories, protect wheels, and even full bodies without damaging the original finish.
When CSJ talked to Di Veta he told us how they had tested this product on a new BMW M3 with over 6 finishes and after peeling the AutoDip off the car, the original paint was still immaculate. This is a new product that has not yet hit the market and it is going to be a game changer. The affordable prices and the variety of colors will [...]
SEMA After Parties- COBB Tuning When SEMA shuts down at 5PM…. The SEMA after parties start and are hosted by some of the top names in the automotive industry. With many of the manufacturers renting out clubs at some of the best hotels on the Las Vegas strip, SEMA goes who are lucky enough to score an invite are sure to have a good time. And of course and open bar is generally a given. One of our CSJ staff members had the pleasure of stopping by the COBB Tuning party Tuesday night. They rented a mansion for the week in an unsuspecting neighborhood. It wouldn’t be a legit SEMA After party without some awesome cars, and our CSJ reporter noticed a Porsche GT3 parked right in front of the door. After being greeted by the COBB Tuning staff there was plenty of swag up for grabs and given to every guest. Just inside the [...]