Event Coverage: The 2012 SEMA Show Part 3: The Finale

In the third and final installment of “MaydayGarage does 2012 SEMA Show”, we’ll focus on the people at SEMA… only certain people though. While companies have sales or marketing people to interact with the industry crowd, a small number also treat their general public with a little bit more eye candy, if you know what I mean.

No, not this this little mugger, which was in the Ford Exhibit

The last day of the week-long event was sort of a breather for me as I was looking forward to take my time and just observe the last hall. Without knowing what’s on each hall, my strategy was simple: go from left to right, from the left hall to the right. Simple right? Well, this last hall happened to be the Wheels & Accessories / Global Tire Expo and for those who are familiar with SEMA, I should’ve gone the other way… and back. Similar to E3 or CES having “booth babes”, this particular hall was filled with more attractive people, or rather “spokespeople”, than any other area of the venue. This resulting into a busier hall with the general public. In hindsight, I could’ve avoided the larger crowd on the last day if I had the “right to left” decision. Anyway, a little more eye candy surely doesn’t hurt and we make do with what’s available. Let’s begin.

Meet Jessica Weefer, at the AMF Booth. She's so... photogenic.

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Event Coverage: The 2012 SEMA Show Part 2

On the second installment of “MaydayGarage does 2012 SEMA Show”, we’ll mainly focus on the display cars. With hundreds of company display cars inside and lines of show cars outside of the convention halls, the task at hand was overwhelming, in a good way. Let’s begin…

MaydayGarage does 2012 SEMA Show

Since it’s announcement in 2008, the Toyota GT-86, or it’s stateside name Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, have been eagerly talked in the industry. Fast forward a few years later to the 2012 SEMA show, the majority of the display cars were FR-S’ (and some BRZ’s). It is the year of the FR-S and it’s no surprise that it won SEMA’s Best of Show in Sport/Compact Class. On a side note, Scion also had the FR-S Tuner Challenge where 3 selected tuners where given the opportunity to customize their Scion with a set budget. By the end of the day, Chris Basseglia’s Minty FReSh won. If you haven’t checked out MaydayGarage’s exclusive coverage of Chris’ car yet, CLICK HERE.

minty FReSh FR-S by Chris Basselgia

Fatlace FR-S by Fatlace Motorsports

Evasive Motorsports

Masterminded by Jeremy Lookofsky of CartelCustoms & Mike Vu of MVDesigns

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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

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Mint Chocolate Chip Sweetness: Chris Basselgia/Scion USA’s 2013 Scion FR-S.

Sometimes opportunities come by chance, and some come by knowing the right people. For Chris Basselgia, I’m not sure how he got the chance to compete in this year’s Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge, but for me, I had the opportunity to shoot this Minty FReSh beast by knowing the right people.

Custom one off billet intake manifold with Roots type supercharger made by IAG Performance

Nuff said

On a farm. Country style

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OTWeb Video: Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge.

I got the chance to check out one of the cars built for The Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge over at IAG last week. This particular build is by Chris Basselgia, from Lebanon, PA. Needless to say, it should be an interesting week in Vegas.

I also had the rare opportunity to shoot this minty fresh FR-S! Stay tuned.
–David–
David@maydaygarage.com

Quick Post: SEMA Preview #2.

Something I’ve realized in the past few days is that when you party after a car show or event, it’s typically not that hard to deal with a hangover the next day, but when you do this multiple days in a row in a city like Las Vegas, well, it’s a bit challenging. Actually, covering 13 straight miles of modified cars is challenging to do sober, forget hungover.

Me and Danh are back (barely) in Houston, and we’re starting to go through our photos and starting the editing process. If you’ll forgive us on the slight delay, I promise you we’ll try to get you some awesome coverage out soon during the week. Until that happens, I’ll leave a few pictures of SEMA for you guys to check out.

Someone told me that this year's SEMA show was expecting around 250,000 people! That's half a million buttcheeks. Think about that.

Everywhere I looked, there were Camaros, old, new, slammed, fast, slow, you name it.

Because Racecar?

It was damn near impossible to take photos of cars without people standing by it, so I said eff it.

Even this hipster from SpeedHunters kept blocking my shots. Thanks Linhbergh! :/

When I first saw this dime in the Enkei booth, I thought I was dreaming! So clean!

Soooooo many cars, sooooo many people.

The euros were out in full force

There were demos everywhere

Good thing there weren't kids around. Most of the parts on display were X-Rated

It wasn't just Ford Festivas and Honda Civics at SEMA, there were a LOT of super high end cars.

Always funny for me to watch the really really old guys ask the girls for photos (I may be one of them)

Most of the old muscle cars there were dropped on huge wheels and BBK's.

I overheard more than a few people talking about how they either loved or hated this car.

This picture probably shows you about 5% of the SEMA show.

This red chrome wrap was absolutely bonkers.

I recognize that noggin, it's Chip Foose!

Kevin Hart was even there to make people laugh as he signed autographs

It's always a guarantee that there were models in tight clothes signing autographs to horny guys!

There are TWO interesting things going on in this picture. Spot them.

Mandatory RWB picture

Mark Arcenal's rendition

Don't worry guys, we did all the walking for you! More to come, we promise!

–David–
David@maydaygarage.com

Quick Post: SEMA Preview #1.

So as we filter through the endless (and I mean endless) sea of cars that make up the SEMA 2011 trade show, I just wanted to show a few images of what we’re covering! Thankfully, SEMA runs all the way through Friday, because honestly, it will take me and Danh that long to cover what we want to cover. We’ll be showing you more than just the cars too, so stay tuned!

Danh has a thing for the Asian girls, so you should expect to see lots! (I'll get the rest)

My absolute favorite car I've seen so far (which can always change), this bagged and super stretched Caddy.

Tanner Foust ripping up the demo track outside in his new car

The Scion FRS concept car was extremely difficult to take pictures of because of the constant crowd around it

Domestic cars with a little Japanese flair always catches our eyes

There were a ton of subies out, but the IAG Performance Impreza owned by Joy Abdalla was definitely the nicest one out there

Not only is it properly shaved and tucked (even better than most Hondas), it performs rather well with it's serious IAG turbo setup

Yeah, see? I told you Danh loves the Asians.

Much much much more to come!

–David–
David@maydaygarage.com