By the time this issue hits your mailbox or your local Barnes & Noble, the 2014 SEMA show will be days away from kicking off at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's easily one of our favorite times of the year as we check out hundreds of new cars and parts, plus enjoy those early-morning strolls outta the Spearmint Rhino (kidding, but not really). Another thing we look forward to is the Scion Tuner Challenge. 2014 marks the competition's 10th anniversary. Typically, it consists of three enthusiasts taking their creativity and skills to build breathtaking show cars, but to mix it up this year, Scion decided to put three media outlets to the test from the print, web and video world. Repping the web side is Speedhunters while GT Channel is obviously the video team. Here at SS, we consider ourselves more than just a magazine, but we're happy to represent print and accepted the challenge with a smile.
Luckily, this isn't our first rodeo and we've built an FR-S for the '12 SEMA show. With that in mind, we plan to make this car more aggressive (and ambitious) than before while still keepin' it clean and cool. It won't be without a few hurdles though—for example, all three teams face the same limitations, which include a $15K budget, plus less than a 90-day period to finish the car. I've also been out of town every weekend this summer doin' crazy shenanigans in Vegas, Hawaii and New York. But luckily, we've got backup from some great partners like LTMW—the SoCal shop has been responsible for putting together countless SEMA cars, most recently the Liberty Walk builds. They'll be helping us with the majority of the build and putting up with our demands and antics. We also couldn't go anywhere without the help of world-renown graphic designer Jon Sibal, who created our initial rendering.
So as I write this, we have less than 60 days to finish the car and still have lots to do. Better get off the computer and get back to LTMW. See you in Baegas!
Return of the Supra
It's been a minute since we've found a Toyota Supra that's worthy of a cover feature—the last one was June 2011. Yet when we stumbled across this black beauty north of our border, it only seemed fitting to give it the props it deserved. It might be a little controversial to the purists, but hate all you want—we love this Supra!