SEMA 2006 - Day One
Day one of the SEMA 2006 show saw many new trends that are arising in the scene. No longer are crazy paint jobs and conversions the craze. Purpose built cars with function in mind seem to be the trend that everyone is replicating throughout the show floor. This year's hottest vehicle is most definitely the Honda Fit. Honda themselves handed some out for customization and some of the top builders brought out some of the craziest designs ever. On Honda's show floor included a Skunk2 prepped Fit, Drag Cartel's camouflage themed Fit, the Tjin Edition Unique Fit and many more. Full cages have definitely caught on and as we guessed, custom fabrication has really found its home in the sport compact world. Honda also debut the limited edition Mugen Si sedan sporting plenty of Mugen goods. The Modified Magazine Project Integra was also debut in the Chargespeed booth sporting a right hand drive conversion, K series engine swap and a full custom fabricated roll cage. Keep your eyes out in future issues of Modified Magazine as we go indepth on how everything was done to this one of a kind sedan.
Scion brought out their two drag cars from Team Titan and Horizon Motorsports - Leslie Armendariz's All Motor tC. Chris Rado debut his track prepped Time Attack tC, while a trio of customized xBs also grabbed attention. The xA build off from three different car clubs across the nation was also seen in the booth, thanks to Jade Crew, WR Team and Team Hybrid. Alongside Scion and Hondas subcompacts, the Toyota Yaris made a splash among manufacturers as well. Kaminari and TEIN are just some of the few that sported customized Yaris' on the show floor.
Other announcements included Hankook's newest drift vehicle, a Porsche that's been converted to drift spec with Tyler McQuarrie behind the wheel. AEM proudly displayed their '06 Civic Si track car and the drift 350Z that Tanner Foust had campaigned throughout the 2006 Formula D season. GReddy brought out two clean cars showcasing their products, an EVO IX and S2000 with their new turbo kit. HKS also showed the customizing options of the Fit by doing one of their own.
This is just a mere touch on what SEMA had to offer this year, but it's without a doubt in our minds that subcompacts are making a huge impression and the manufacturers are loving it. Check out day one's gallery and stay tuned with our live video updates and what else SEMA has to offer this week!
SEMA 2006 - Day Two
As the Modified Team entered the SEMA Show for day two, we kept our eyes out for more rising trends and sport compact related news. Hitting up the wheel and tire hall we first stopped at Falken Tires' amazing booth. Surrounding the perimeter was a fleet of black shaded vehicles all with a VIP theme. Auto Luxury as Falken Tires would like to call it, they have teamed up with Air Runner, AME Wheels, TEIN, Alpine and Junction Produce to help push the VIP style forward. Their black RX-7 on AME wheels was one of the most menacing vehicles we've laid eyes on yet. Stay tuned as we hopefully get a chance to bring you more about the car.
Up next on our list, Formula D had announced their tentative schedule for 2007. Teaming up yet again with Champ Car, Formula D has listed five tentative events with Champ Car. April 15th in Long Beach, June 10th in Portland, June 24th in Cleveland, July 29th in San Jose and August 19th in Denver. Their regular competition schedule looks similar to 2006 with stops in Long Beach, Atlanta, Infineon, Seattle, Wall and Irwindale. Their event in June will be TBD.
Speaking of drifting, NOPI has officially announced their drift series. Stay tuned as they hold their conference on day three for further information in regards to that. In terms of drift vehicles, we were surprised to see not many new ones on display. Hubinette's Charger took center stage in the MOPAR booth. We were able to catch up with Tyler McQuarrie and the new Hankook / JIC Magic drift Porsche.
In other exciting news, Toyo Tires presented their new Proxes R888T tire to the market. The new R888 D.O.T.-legal competition tire was designed to deliver outstanding grip and consistency for quick lap times, making it ideal for use while road racing, at track days and at high-performance driving schools. The tires will be available in various sizes fitting wheels from 17 to 19 inche sizes.
Stay tuned with Modified.com as we continue to explore the gigantic SEMA show and discover more exciting cars, trends and announcements!
SEMA 2006 - Day Three
On SEMA Day Three, we spotted the ever growing trend of Subarus and EVOs taking the show floor by storm. Several Subarus and EVOs are sporting full cages and wicked suspension setups as they get ready to attack the track. That's right, time attack themed vehicles are popping up left and right and only solidifies how great the sport is becoming.
In the Status Racing booth, we spotted another new Tjin Edition project, this time a domestic. Featured as a sneak preview in our December 2006 issue, we spotted out Tjin's Solstice packed with a custom cage and crazy amounts of custom fabrication work from Unique Fabrication. The entire trunk has been redone in full sheetmetal, the suspension has been completely customized and the list goes on. Continuing the Tjin Edition trend is a Volvo S40 sporting a custom paint job, yellow Status Racing seats and HRE wheels. Continuing to raise the bar, we can't wait to see what these guys have up their sleeves given the success of the Turtle Wax Skyline that graced our cover.
BRS shocke the scene with their new widebody Supra. Carrying a similar theme as their pink shaded FD RX-7, the Supra packs heavy horsepower out of their 2JZ and styling that reminds us of their RX-7. We continued to see plenty of customized Fits across the show floor and got a chance to admire some of the personal vehicles including Leonard's Hot Pink EK Civic. We were also able to finally catch up with the 2JZ swapped S13 and keep your eyes out for a future feature in Modified Magazine.
Lastly, NOPI officially announced their drift series for 2007. Though the dates are not set in stone, they will be mixing some drag with drift throughout the year. There will be 8 drag events and 8 drift events, with winner payout to be at least $10,000.00 per event. We can't wait to see and hear more information and make sure to check back with Modified.com for up to date news on this.
As we head into the last and final day of this insane week of sport compact extravaganza, we'll close up by showing off more personal cars and what up and coming companies will have to offer to our industry.
SEMA 2006 - Day Four
Day four and we are back on the floor of the massive Las Vegas Convention Centre. While day four is getaway day for many and things are winding down – most business is conducted on the first three days, and no press conferences are scheduled on day four – it’s business as usual for the Modified Staff as we continue to walk the halls and parking lots to bring you the goods from the show.
Day four is typically the day where we solidify our schedule for this weekend’s feature car photo shoots – while most show attendees are flying or driving home we are staying to shoot the hottest cars from the show to bring them to you in future issues of the magazine. While we won’t give you the exact details of the cars we are shooting, let’s just say that some sick subcompacts are lined up as well as a crazy S13, a wicked NSX and a modded version of a platform that we have never featured in the mag before. With almost 2,000 vehicles on display at the 2006 SEMA Show – obviously all not related to the spo-com scene – we are picking the cream of the crop to bring them to you.
And to get the goods on those vehicles we’ve walked the over one million square feet of space along with the over 100,000 show attendees. To give you some perspective, if all the vehicles at the show were displayed bumper to bumper the line would stretch more than 5.5 miles and equal the length of more than 83 football fields and 129 Boeing 747s. With that many vehicles on display there are bound to be some real winners and we will be bringing those to you soon.