We are finally nearing the end of our 2018 SEMA Show content rollout, more than a week past the end of the show. Those first 60 hours on the ground in Las Vegas—12 hours pre-show and then the first two days proper—are an intense scavenge for as much as we can capture to 1s and 0s in our cameras. They have to be—it's the only way we can hope to conquer checking out 2,400 exhibiting companies and 1,500 feature vehicles spread over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. We get so much stuff, we often don't know how many stories we'll make of it until, well, a week and a half past the end of the show!
We bookend our coverage with a big fat photo gallery of our favorite European marque vehicles at the trade show. Not all were worth writing home about, but the ones that were we feel confident we captured here.
Wide Porsche 911s have been a thing for a few years now, but the well built ones always seem to pull in a huge crowd wherever they go, and that's true at SEMA too. RWB 930 and 964 still have the numbers advantage, but trend buckers include the Old & New-clad, now slantnose 996 in the Air Lift booth, and the fat-fendered knockout Sunburst 911 in the Toyo Treadpass area.
Another widebody 911 making waves at SEMA was Streetfighter LA's Tesla-powered E-RWB, a 1977 model year Porsche sports car that's been made an electric vehicle thanks a conversion kit by EV West—a clean looking build, just like their bonkers Hemi E46. If wild engine swaps are your thing but you're not too hip on the flared fender look, we submit Scott Girondo's Honda K20-motivated machine, which was updated for the show with a Turn 14 wrap; and if you just like old 911 made new and useful again, few were better than Ryan Hoegner's 1982 SC, or the Makellos Classics Safari 1978 SC, our kind of off-road vehicle.
If we weren't ogling 911, we were likely obsessing over the cars in the Toyo Treadpass. We've gone on and on about the mini car show within the larger SEMA Show, but it's worth stressing the level of builds was second to none. It was where the Streetfighter LA cars were housed, and the Sunburst 911; it's also where you'd find John Sarkisyan's immaculate 300SL Gullwing-bodied SLK32 AMG and Sunburst-kitted 993 Speedster. Sarkisyan rocked SEMA last year from the Toyo Treadpass with the S Klub 912 and 356 he built, and his pair for this year left mouths agape again. One of our favorite BMWs from the show was there, too, the Live to Offend E30, but the one car that few spoke of and we thought deserved a bit more recognition was Timothy Bui's C63 AMG, a most excellent sedan featuring a carbon fiber widebody kit, DarwinPRO hood with window, and stance accomplished with Accuair suspension and Rotiform CVT rims—a match made in enthusiast heaven. Dig into the gallery to see what other Euros we couldn't get enough of from SEMA 2018.