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SEMA 2016: My Favorites

SEMA is one of those magical places, like a myth it exists for a limited number of car guys to attend. I was fortunate enough to sneak in this year with some press credentials, and to say ‘a kid in a candy store’ is the understatement of a lifetime. The second largest trade show in Las Vegas, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show brings media, manufacturers, buyers, and exhibitors together early every November.

I won’t lie, I was a bit overwhelmed. It’s worth mentioning that I was sicker than I’d been in years and almost bailed on the trip at the last minute. I waited too long to not go! Below are some of my favorite cars from the event. I trimmed these photos down from about 200 to be my absolute favorites from what I was able to see. Enjoy!

I was really lucky that my client just happened to work closely with Vaughn Gitten Jr. and was able to line me up with a ride with him in his drift car. I’ve never really been a fan of drifting, admittedly never actually been in a drift car. Great way to start ha.

Words can’t really express just how awesome this pickup is. I don’t know much about it other that what you can see. Very memorable though.

One of the most well known trucks in the world- Farmtruck and Azn from Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws.

Gorgeous and well sorted Hakosuka Skyline GT-R. I mean, it’s SEMA so not many let downs honestly.

2,000 horsepower Toyota Landcruiser. Seriously.

Stunning Type 65 Coupe from Factory Five Racing.

One of my favorite Civic’s ever, the 9th generation European Type R hatchback. Not available in the USA, this was still a left hand drive model and the first time I had seen this model Type R in person. Literally have this Hotwheel on my desk now.

European 9th generation Honda Civic Type R hatchback. 

Not much of a GM fan. And really not a Pontiac fan in any way shape or form. BUT, these Trans Am conversions are absolutely on point.

This Toyota 86 premiered online just a few days before SEMA, and was definitely a crowd favorite seeing as it’s packing a Ferrari 458 V8 engine. 

One of my top two favorite cars from this year’s SEMA Show, the Ford GT that won Le Mans. Fresh off the track- unwashed no less.

My first time seeing the new NSX in person, and I must say, if I had $200,000 to spend on a single car- this would be it.

And my second of my top two favorite cars from this years SEMA Show. The Honda Civic Type R Prototype car. The long wait is finally over!

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