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Top 10 Must for SEMA

By Karla Real

Photos by Christian Alvarez

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bring a duffle bag, or backpack [...]

High Heels and Horsepower: Day Two

By Nicole James

Photos by Christian Alvarez

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 [...]

Autodip- The Game Changer

By Karla Real

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 [...]

Recoil, the Ring Brothers, SEMA- Oh MY!

By Nicole James

Just when I think I have seen it all, SEMA surprises me again. This year at the 2014 SEMA show the Ring Brothers, Mike and Jim, have decided to unveil a 980 horsepower Chevelle that they have affectionately named Recoil.

It’s a supercharged, fuel-injected Wegner Mostorsports LS7 V8 that guzzles down that 91-octane pump gas accompanied by a Dynotech driveshaft, flowmaster mufflers, and nine-inch Ford rear end, along with a lovely Tremec T56 transmission reinforced by Bowler. HRE wheels add a touch of style to the Recoil.

This track-oriented Recoil is dripping in beautiful Sand Storm paint while exposed carbon fiber give the illusion of racing stripes on the hood. The cockpit is fit for a minimalist. I mean, who ever said racecars need to be comfortable? There is light padding on exposed seat frames and a racepak gauge system to complete the look.

For [...]

RTR Mustang- Live Coverage from SEMA 2014

By Nicole James

Photos By Hans Marquez

Unveiled at SEMA 2014 is the racy new Mustang RTR. The RTR is a concept designed by Pro Drifter Vaughn Grittin, Jr. for the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. “Ford has really done an amazing job with the new 2015 Ford Mustang,” Gittin Jr. said at the RTR’s reveal. “The all new platform has very easily allowed us to mesh RTR’s tastefully-aggressive styling and modified performance to offer our most capable, best-handling fun-to-drive RTR’s to date.” Fans can get the RTR package with any of the 2015 Mustangs engine options. However there are several different levels of Spec packages to choose from. So many Options. The Spec 1 package really just focuses on the appearance of the car while the Spec 2 package includes both the looks and the power upgrades.

So what gives the RTR such a racy look? The [...]

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