Jim’s Blog: Snapshots from SEMA 2019

SEMA’s a great place to go see what’s new in the car world, but you can’t just walk into the place off the Vegas strip. The event, while huge, is not open to the public — and that’s why I always tote a nice camera with me.

I spent three days on-site at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week, and I’ll have a complete review of my favorite new products and influential builds in the next issue of American Car Collector. In the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite shots from this year’s event.

What’s hot for 2020? This third-gen LS-swapped Camaro in the Holley booth drew a lot of interest, so it might be time to dust off that old Motley Crue cassette.

 

Want LS power with old-school big-block looks? Lokar now has you covered.

 

Traditional hot rods were also all over the place. This ’55 was both blown and injected and had great attention to detail.

 

This Kindig-built Corvette was featured in the Lingenfelter booth, as it has Lingenfelter power.

 

GM B-bodies were also easy to find. I’ve never seen a ’64 done up with a sliding canvas roof before.

 

Older GM trucks are making a splash. This ’66, built by MetalOx Fabrications and featured in the United Pacific booth, was shortened down from a longbed and repowered with a Cummins diesel.

 

Who says older American cars are out of style? This is Madam V, a Ringbrothers-built 1948 Cadillac Series 62 on top of a Cadillac ATS chassis. It was first launched in 2016, but was revamped for this year’s show.

 

1988-97 GM trucks are on their way up, too, as evidenced by this 454SS, which was all the way down.

 

Rock crawling in miniature. Traxxas now has a line of realistically designed mini 4x4s.

 

What’s not to love about a sideways ride in a Mustang?

 

Or a high-flying spin in a Raptor?

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