2014 SEMA Photo Gallery Here is a look back at some of the AWESOME that is the SEMA show in Las Vegas. I have been going for the last 4 years and plan to make it my regular yearly working vacation for as long as I can walk. After that, I’ll hop, roll, crawl through the expansive displays of car p0rn. Please enjoy this gallery of some of the finest customized cars in this part of the world. Photos by Steve Valline
2013 SEMA Photo Gallery Here is a look back at some of the AWESOME that is the SEMA show in Las Vegas. I have been going for the last 4 years and plan to make it my regular yearly working vacation for as long as I can walk. After that, I’ll hop, roll, crawl through the expansive displays of car p0rn. Please enjoy this gallery of some of the finest customized cars in this part of the world. Photos by Steve Valline
2012 SEMA Photo Gallery Here is a look back at some of the AWESOME that is the SEMA show in Las Vegas. I have been going for the last 4 years and plan to make it my regular yearly working vacation for as long as I can walk. After that, I’ll hop, roll, crawl through the expansive displays of car p0rn. Please enjoy this gallery of some of the finest customized cars in this part of the world. Photos by Steve Valline
SEMA 2011 Photo Gallery Here is a look back at some of the AWESOME that is the SEMA show in Las Vegas. I have been going for the last 4 years and plan to make it my regular yearly working vacation for as long as I can walk. After that, I’ll hop, roll, crawl through the expansive displays of car p0rn. Please enjoy this gallery of some of the finest customized cars in this part of the world. Photos by Steve Valline
Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Videos It has been my privilege to attend the Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational – OUSCI – following the SEMA show in Las Vegas for 3 years. Unfortunately, I missed this past competition in 2014. But if you are in the area and would like some really cool entertainment, head on over to one of Optima Batteries’ events. Here below are a handful of the Start / Stop challengers. I will upload some of the track action at another time. Old School Cool MRT Mustang Videos shot by Steve Valline
2015 OPTIMA® Batteries’ Ultimate Street Car Series Event Schedule and Exciting Updates Announced Many iconic racing venues to be revisited in 2015 along with the addition of several new locations; New classes defined; Rules have several important updates to ensure safety and maintain ‘streetability’ December 29, 2014 (MILWAUKEE) – OPTIMA® Batteries announced the full schedule of OPTIMA Batteries’ Ultimate Street Car series events and Qualifiers for the 2015 season, as seen below. A total of nine events will make dreams come true nationwide, including the popular event at Elkhart Lake, Wis., and the legendary OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational event in Las Vegas. The season-ending Invitational will once again take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the weekend following the SEMA show. 2015 Schedule – OPTIMA Batteries’ Ultimate Street Car Series Events · Thunderhill Raceway Park, California – February 28 – March 1 · Texas Motor Speedway, Texas – March 28 – 29 · National Corvette Museum Raceway, Kentucky – June 6 – 7 · Michigan International Speedway, Michigan – June 20 – 21 · Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina – July 25 – 26 · Pike’s Peak International Raceway, Colorado – August 8 – 9 · Road America, Wisconsin – August 29 – 30 · Auto Club Speedway, California – October 10 – 11 · 2015 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, Las Vegas Motor Speedway – November 6 – 8 See more at the OPTIMA Batteries Website “With the addition of some great new locations, like Pikes Peak and the Corvette Museum facility, and a return to many of the iconic tracks we loved last season, we are looking forward to the evolution of the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car series toward being a little better every single year,” says Cam Douglass, director of marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. “We encourage enthusiasts to come out and participate in these events, and really enjoy a weekend in their high performance cars doing what they were meant to do in a safe, fun environment.” As in 2014, experienced drivers and first-timers are all encouraged to participate. Separate run groups will be organized to ensure that drivers of similar proficiency (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced) are on the track together. Driving instructors will be on hand at all events to assist those who would like to improve their driving skills. All New Classes Announced for 2015 A series of four distinct and separate classes have been created to classify vehicles of similar capabilities. The addition of the new class structure will give all participants the opportunity to compare the performance of their vehicle to others of similar weight and design, and awards will be given in each class. · GT – 1990 and newer 3,200 pound minimum weight two wheel-drive sedans, four-seat coupes and late-model trucks (example – 5th Gen Camaro, BMW M3/M5, Cadillac CTSV) · GTS (Sports car) – 1990 and newer 3,200 pound minimum weight factory production two-seater automobiles and any all-wheel drive vehicles (example – C5/C6/C7 Corvette, Mitsubishi Evo, Nissan GTR) ·
Ford has recently consolidated their performance divisions into Ford Performance worldwide. This includes SVT, Europe’s Team RS and Ford Racing. For all the info on this, please see the article in AutoWeek. With this news in mind, I was doing my thang and surfing the ‘net and came across this cool logo for Ford Racing Performance Parts. I have never seen it before. I cannot tell you how new or recent it is, but a quick gooooogle search came up with nothing. So it might be new? I’m a sucker for stickers, and this one is pretty cool. If someone can confirm or deny this, please leave a comment. In the meantime, please enjoy the graphic below… But since Ford is changing the name to Ford Performance, these stickers may be history soon. Get yours at the Ford Racing website.
………. This sounds like a really cool event!!! Press Release: 2015 California Festival of Speed Set for Auto Club Speedway – April 11- 12, 2015 Fontana, Calif. – – What has become one of the most anticipated special car weekends of the year, the California Festival of Speed is set to once again take over Auto Club Speedway on April 11-12, 2015. The annual event is a two-day, total immersion experience for fans of great road cars with Saturday given over to the wonderful world of Porsche automobiles and Sunday’s agenda’s set to celebrate the full range of euro/supercars in all of their power-packed glory. Over 10,000 fans visited the event last year and the organizers feel that the crowd will double for this year’s Festival of Speed. “The word is out,” said Event Manager Martin Lipp. “This event presents a full weekend of two of the best car days ever, with more attractions, more variety, and more of the people who really know these wonderful machines.” Porsche of San Diego is the title sponsor for this year’s event, “We’re very excited to be involved with this great event,” said Joe Allis, President of the dealership located near Highway 15 in Mira Mesa. “We’ve seen this weekend grow in attendance and prestige and we’re very much looking forward to this year’s show.” Saturday, April 11’s “menu” will include an incredible array of Porsche-centric attractions like Porsche new car test drives, a Pirelli GT3 Cup race, special parking “corrals” for each of the various Porsche models, a Porsche swap meet, a concours d’elegance, the chance to take some exciting parade laps right on the Speedway, a wide-ranging vendor’s row with over 50 companies displaying, the latest electronic driving simulators, and a special “winner’s circle” photo area where fans be able to take “selfies” of themselves with one of the on-site umbrella girls. Of particular interest to many visitors will be a special preview of the new Porsche Experience Center now being built by that company in Carson, California. In true southern California style, gourmet food trucks will be on hand both days with a delightful selection of food items and refreshments. On Sunday, April 12, all the of above Porsche attractions will all be there and the Festival will add what has become the largest Supercar event in the Southwest. Sponsored by HRE Wheels, over 1000 exotic Eurocars are expected to roll in to Fontana from all points of the compass. Internet Brands will sponsor special club corrals for marques like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar, Ferrari, Maserati, Maybach, Bentley, Lamborghini, Corvette, McLaren, Aston Martin and many more. Sunday’s Eurocar swap meet will be of special interest to fans and aficionados alike. There’s really nothing like a stroll by table after table of glittering parts and pieces of some incredible machines, all laid out, each with an interesting story (and maybe a bargain price) behind every one. The 2015 California Festival of Speed at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana is
2014 SEMA BMW Gallery SEMA 2014 was absolutely spectacular. Every year is an overwhelming feast for the eyes. It is also brutal on the body. My feet hated me by the end of Day 2. But somehow kept right on going for 5 solid days. Thank you Feet. Especially the Left Foot. We don’t get along so well (I don’t trust him at all – lefty has always been shady). While there was car p0rn from every manufacturer and numerous aftermarket shops, there were certain categories of cars that deserved their own gallery. BMW doesn’t quite fit in the Exotics arena. But can’t cut the mustard next to the Bentleys and Rollers either. So being the sporty little vixens they are, BMWs get their own gallery. We can call it European Muscle I guess. The highlight of the BMWs on display this year was definitely the Savini model hiding the GT3 M3 in flashy red chrome wrap . . . or was it the Liberty Walk body kits on the chrome wrapped M4 . . . or the carbon fiber body panels on the Z4M . . . or the wide body kit on the Vorsteiner M4… or the GT3 Z4M . . . Whatever – YOU pick. My personal favorite was the GT3 Z4. The Blog deity is telling me to add words so my copy is searchable…so here is where I tell you; if you have never been to SEMA, then it is hard to imagine the scope of the show. In order to capture a much coolness as possible, you have to speed walk from display to display, passing awesome cars and hot models along the way. No time to stop and take pics. Especially if you were here yesterday and already saw something – even if it was only out of the corner of your eyes. There were dozens of cars that were not captured by my lens this year. And while that is a shame, you have to understand the nature of this beast. There is a balance between taking it all in, enjoying yourself, capturing content for others to enjoy and being kind to yourself. A second shooter would help…if anyone is interested in teaming up next year, let me know. We will need to do something together this year, in order for you to qualify as media for SEMA 2015. Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Enjoy the gallery and leave a comment if you feel so inclined. I know you want to . . . come on now . . . go ahead. Don’t be shy . . .