Jim’s Blog: Sights of SEMA 2018

With over a million square feet of automotive parts and accessories to see, SEMA is not something you can really do in a day and a half.

But I did. Or at least I tried to. And when I wasn’t meeting with people in the industry, I was shooting images of some of the interesting things I saw while I was on-site. 

Here are some of my favorite images from this year’s event.

“Flashback” is a hand-crafted metal sculpture by Richard Starks — never before has a valve adjustment taken up so much space!

 

Proform’s jeweled valve covers and air cleaners always draw a crowd.

 

This ’65 Impala, done by Chip Foose, turned a lot of heads throughout the week.

 

Just as interesting was this custom Edsel. When’s the last time you saw one done to this level?

 

David and Natasha Harris show off what Evapo-rust can do.

 

Doug Campbell poses with the new Superformance Future GT Forty, which uses a 3.5L twin-turbo V6.

 

Beautiful custom ’58 Corvette, just after the reveal.

 

The King — Richard Petty — signs autographs in the Magnaflow booth.

 

Ken Lingenfelter shows off a Superformance Grand Sport — this one with Lingenfelter 427 power.

 

Square GM trucks continue to be hot — here’s one that RPUI was showing off, alongside a new line of parts to fit 1973-87 Chevrolet and GMC trucks.

 

What does a VW Beetle need? A small V8 mounted just behind the seats with zoomie pipes out either side.

 

A very clean 5-window sits under glowing lights just after SEMA closed on the first day.

 

When is too much enough? The builder of this Geo probably can’t tell you.