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In anticipation of SEMA 2014 taking over the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 4-7, we thought it would be a good idea to take a fond look back to last year’s incredible event. For those unfamiliar with this annual automotive mecca, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is “the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place” where the latest innovations are on display for thousands of domestic and international buyers, all of whom want to get their hands on the latest goods.
SEMA 2013 displayed over 35,000 square feet of automotive innovation, including more than 2,500 new and featured products. In addition to highlighting the latest vehicular tech and accessories, SEMA also features row after row of some of the most eye-popping, jaw-dropping customized vehicles you’ll ever see this, that, or any side of the Mississippi.
Buckle up and enjoy some of the best things to come out of SEMA 2013.
Ford F100 Snakebit
Evidently, this incredible Mustang inspired truck is not suited for life on the farm; one glance in its general direction and I’m sure your thoughts will match my own: Who cares?
This beauty is powered by a Ford Racing supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine generating 550 horsepower. The lucky owner of this shapely ride is more likely hauling compliments from other truck enthusiasts rather than hauling hay bales and farm equipment.
Ram Sun Chaser
Not only is this Ram 1500 ideal for a day at the beach, it’s ideal for everyday at the beach. Park this ride on a sandy dune and passersby are just as likely to mistake it for our fiery sun as they are to recognized this kick ass truck for what it is: a beach adventure on four wheels.
The Sun Chaser is equipped with a unique Mopar surf rack and adjustable support rails in the bed which can accommodate a long surfboard, as well as hooks on the side rails that can carry up to four additional boards. While this in and of itself is quite handy, the Sun Chaser also comes equipped with a portable shower to wash off the sand and suntan lotion, the water tank being located in one of the Ramboxes. Not since the heyday of Baywatch has something caused more heads on the beach to turn and stare admiringly.
Honda Odyssey “Power Van”
Generally, we don’t post a lot about minivans. Not because they aren’t decent vehicles, but let’s face it – they’re utilitarian. Sure, they have tons of cargo space and I imagine they’re a dream come true when taking a cross-country family vacation, but they’ve never really found themselves in the “eye candy” category.
I think it’s safe to say that’s changed with the Odyssey Power Van. The tuners at Bisimoto installed several engine upgrades in this custom vehicle including twin turbochargers and a cat-back exhaust system allowing this behemoth family mover to generate up to 1,000 horsepower. Visually, its sleek lines and curves gives it a more sophisticated look.
Toyota DC Tacoma
It’s a good thing I wasn’t taking a drink when I saw this vehicle, otherwise I would have done a spit take. As an avid outdoorsman, to me, this vehicle is perfection. The DC Tacoma is recreation and lodging all in one; featuring a plow, a 40-inch LED light bar above the cab, snowboard racks, a pop-up tent, a dashboard-mounted iPad, and Scoshe wireless speakers.
A snowmobile or ATV can be parked in the bed by means of a telescoping ramp, making the Tacoma a truly delectable choice for any avid snow-based sports devotees; or anyone brave enough to live in Canada’s north.
Rancho Shocks Willys Jeep
Think this Jeep looks a little worse for wear and out of place among the other vehicles in this lineup? The beat down look of this Jeep is intentional – and quite on the mark of what a typical seasoned off-roading ride looks like. The magic of this particular vehicle is lies beneath the rust and dust of the exterior; brand spanking new Rancho Leaf Springs and Rancho RS5000 shocks, along with a subtle 2.5-inch lift kit.
F-350: “The Tux”
While this entry from Bushwacker features the black and white colouring reminiscent of a tuxedo, this 6.7L F-350 was designed with the weekend warrior in mind (note the 2014 Yamaha Grizzly 700 Stealth Edition stowed in the bed of the truck). You’ll also find a custom built headache rack equipped with boat speakers and KC HiLites LEDs to provide ample sound and lighting for any late night outdoors excursion.
If the off-roading capabilities isn’t enough to convince you that this is truly a weekend warrior’s ride, perhaps the 8″ Alpine touch screen and Xbox 360 located in the interior will do it.
The list of remarkable products and customized vehicles can go on and on. Surely the only thing better than looking back at last year’s SEMA show is looking forward to what we can expect to see this November in Las Vegas.