Event Coverage: The 2012 SEMA Show Part1: GRC Style

As we catch up on unposted coverages from this year, the holiday break gave us (me at least) enough extra time to bring you a new one from an annual event that took place last month. Here we have, ‘MaydayGarage does 2012 SEMA Show, part1′.

This was the 2nd time MaydayGarage covered the SEMA Show but as a first time attendee of the event, I really didn’t know what to expect. I know there will be tons of cars to cover, a lot of people and opportunities to attend to, and a number of options the Sin City nightlife has to offer. Weeks before the show, I was prepping up by skimming through last years coverage from our fellow automotive bloggers and getting a little bit of advice from the Mayday OGs and even though every little help helps, being there was totally different. Also, due to unfortunate circumstances, I had to do this solo. I want to say I was mildly prepared, but boy was I in for a week-long treat.

So we kicked off the SEMA week on Tuesday where the final round of the Global Rallycross Championship was held across the LVCC.

Featured events started around sunset

A quick tire warm up before lining up at the start.

Sverre Isachsen of Subaru X Puma Rallycross Team with his 2012 Subaru WRX STi

Stephen Verdier of Motorcity Disney XD with his 2012 Hyundai Veloster

Brian Deegan of Rockstar Energy Metal Mulisha Ford

Toomas Heikkinen of Bluebeam/OMSE with his 2012 Ford Fiesta

I positioned myself around the starting line and immediately regretted it as I was restricted on angles. You’ll see below…

Starting Line Up

Liam Doran of Monster Energy-Citroen Racing with his Citroen C4

Timur Timerzyanov chasing Tanner Foust

Toomas Heikkinen of Bluebeam going around the front curve pavement area

Brian Deegan with his 2012 Ford Fiesta

Bucky Lasek of Subaru X Puma Rallycross with this 2012 Subary WRX STi

Tanner Foust of Rockstar Energy Etnies Ford with his 2012 Ford Fiesta

Timur Timerzyanov of Best Buy Ford Fiesta with his... you got it, 2012 Ford Fiesta

Rhys Millen of the Hyundai Rallycross with his 2012 Hyundai Veloster

The Subaru X Puma Rally team pits with Dave Mirra, Sverre Isachsen, and Bucky Lasek (left to right)

Hyundai team with Rhys Millen and Stephen Verdier

Rockstar Tent with Tanner Foust's ride

And of course we can’t forget the 70-foot gap jump.

Rhys Millen high up on the gap jump

Rhys Millen chasing Timur Timerzyanov

Brian Deegan doing a solo

Tanner Foust on the jump over Timur Timerzyanov

Taking off from the line

Because I wasn’t there early enough and couldn’t stay late enough, I missed quite a few key moments of the final round. Especially the jump crashes by David Binks with his eBay Motors 2012 Ford Fiesta and Jimmy Keeney with his 2012 Subaru WRX STi. Both cars were done for after the unfortunate crashes but the good thing was, both walked off unharmed. By the end of the day Tanner Foust won the final round and ultimately, the 2012 Championships.

Glimpse of David Binks' eBay Motors ride

Tanner Foust's Rockstar Etnies FormulaX Ride

That basically wraps up my first day at SEMA. A lot of GRC goodness. We will bring you a second part, sometime this week, on what went on the exhibit halls and the outdoor show cars.

Ervin L (el_venn)
venn@maydaygarage.com

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