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SEMA 2017 | Day One

SEMA 2017 | Day One

Nov 13, 2017
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Day one of SEMA for us was actually on Wednesday. I had read about the wait lines to get in because of the bag-check process and even though it was a pain, I understood why it was needed.

 

Walking around the halls and attempting to take photos was a nightmare. The amount of people in the halls was beyond crazy, and it felt as if there were more people attending this year than last year. In the madness of it all, I saw some people walking quickly getting through the small pockets of people taking photos without stopping. This made me chuckle and it reminded me of the movie Yes Man in which Zooey Deschanel’s character has a jogging-photography class. Hilarious!

 

With the same token, it was incredible to see the amount of enthusiasts raining down at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We were wondering if the tragic event that transpired about a month ago would affect the attendance. It honestly did not look like it did.

 

Wednesday was a bit of a wash for me, we got to the Convention Center late and I was showing Jesse and Phil around, and with Phil’s popularity we were being stopped quite often. Nonetheless here is what I grabbed my attention!

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
The first car we saw was this BMW M1 Group 4 ProCar that participated in the IMSA GTO series in 1981. More importantly, David Hobbs was one of the drivers. (Currently commentating Formula One for NBC Sports.)

 

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We decided to stop by the car really quickly, ensure everything was ok, and of course to pose with the car.

 

SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
I have a soft spot for Mazda RX-7s and the Autometer booth had me covered with Gooichi motors’ Pistachio FD.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Big engine, big turbo, “Quick like a bunny” #killalltires

 

SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Speaking of tires, 345 drag radials mounted on 18×14 Fifteen52 Bergmeisters. That is a lot of meat folks.

 

SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
I was looking forward to see what Honda would have in their booth now that the Civic Type R was in production. This example right here had “Red Carbon Fiber” mirror covers, interior panels and a wing spoiler. More noticeable was the Modulo branded accessories only available in Japan. The 20” Modulo Forged Alloy wheels and the red-front grille accent trim.

 

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I am sure these wheels have a hefty premium and to be honest, they are not my cup of tea. I am sure some people will love it and that is ok.

 

SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Next to the Civic Type R was this Honda 250cc 4-Stroke Concept Shifter Kart. The engine is based on the latest Honda CRF250R. The nose has a familiar look, maybe something from its bigger siblings in the Indycar (of course without the cascades and endplates).

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
249cc DOHC liquid-cooled single cylinder four-stroke engine with a Yoshimura exhaust.

 

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This kart features an electric starter and how cool that it received a red push-button starter. Very nice, this looks like a ton of fun.

 

SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Diving into the deep end of the pool was this NSX GT3 competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. If you didn’t know – the production-based 3.5-liter twin-turbochaged V6 racing engines are built alongside their production-vehicle counterparts. The race engines use the same specifications as the production NSX including the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system.

 

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This exposed carbon, race-ready NSX GT3 is offered for sale at a starting price of $541,376.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g is carbon.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
ScienceofSpeed worked on this NSX titled “NSX Dream Project”. Exterior incorporates SOS front strakes, carbon fiber rocker panels, carbon diffuser and carbon fiber mid-height GT spoiler. Advan GT Premium forged wheels filled the wheel wells (F: 20×9, R: 21×12).

 

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The OEM seats were ditched for Recaro Pole Position ABE racing seats, and it gave the car a feel of a Type S Zero. Maybe it is the blue.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Don’t let this mild NSX fool you, This GT3-inspired NSX earned a podium finish in the Time Attack 1 class at the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb taking third place in class with a time of 10:03.433.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Another Pikes Peak purpose-built car, the TLX A-Spec. The Pikes Peak Acura TLX A-Spec features a 500-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine and a limited-slip differential. The driver Nick Robinson won the stop spot in the Exhibition Class with a time of 11:03.655. Not too shabby for a family hauler.

 

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This is a pretty big wing and I sort of started paying attention to the wing risers and how they were mounted. Hmmm…

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Then we have the Acura ARX-05 (Acura Racing eXperimental) which will debut in January 2018 at the season-opening Rolex 24 hours. This program will include a pair of new ARX-05 Daytona P prototype international entries, fielded under Team Penske banner in the top category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. We wish you the best of luck!

 

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I wonder if they are taking the piss or if indeed this piece is just for the show/demo car.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Team Honda Research West (THR-w) was founded back in 1996 as a club team to embody the Honda racing spirit, improve associate morale and advance associate’s technical skills and knowledge. To showcase the Type R’s pure racing heritage and track ready capability, THR-W has taken this Civic Type R to compete at the 2017 25 hours of Thunderhill.

 

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When I saw this Honda Baja Ridgeline truck, I thought “Oh wow, I was not aware Honda was involved in the Baja 1000.” Well, they made its competition debut in November 2015 with a Class 2 victory. This Ridgeline is making around 550 horsepower from a twin-turbo 3.5-liter engine. The engine uses the same block, cylinder heads and crankshaft as the production Ridgeline V6. Nicely done.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
The ARK Performance booth was next to Honda and I saw this car that looked hmm, unique. As I was taking a photo, I overheard the guys from ARK asking attendees if they knew what kind of car it was. The answers were rather elaborated and interesting but they were all wrong. So I went over and talked to one of them since I was a little curious myself. Well, this is a one-off car. It is a tube chassis built from the ground up. The only thing I was able to recognize, was the K-series engine. I was told it was a K24 engine with a K20 head. The first thing I thought was, Dodge Charger-NSX crossover??

 

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Back to Honda with this Acura TLX GT. This was developed from the race-winning Pirelli World Challenge race car to compete in the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The TLX GT was driven by none other than Peter Cunningham and set a new Open Class record with a time of 9:33.797. Cunningham also placed the TLX second overall.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirtySinger Vehicle Design looking good as always.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
I was able to capture a few frames of Kristaps Bluss’ carbon-kevlar bodied E92 at the Motul booth and then it was over. The crowds the car pulled, were crazy. There was a Group A E28 next to it that I was trying to take photos of, but it was very hard.

 

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Ohlins Group N EVO X 3- way adjustable suspension system is a piece of art!

 

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Speaking of Rally, JRD rally Escort MK2; the Luck of the Irish.

 

SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Kelly-Moss Road and Race built this go where other 911s probably are not able to go. The 3.8-liter flat-six has been supercharged and of course is all-wheel-drive. This is a very absurd build but I would love to see this rip through the dirt.

 

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Lovely color combination on this 1958 Chevrolet Apache at the DynoMax booth.

 

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Right next to it was a well executed 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Aaron Parker’s drift FD at the BorgWarner booth.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
I was able to check out the Lexus LC 500 at the dealership with Matt and it is an impressive car with a lot of character. Tein had this one on display and I have to say I loved how the Advan Racing GT Premium Version wheels looked.

 

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Tein also told us that new to their lineup was their 3-way adjustable dampers adding high-speed compression. I think those with a current 2-way Super Racing dampers should be able to swap to a 3-way. Phil?

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
The Twerkstallion FC was at the ENEOOS booth.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
OS Giken had their new OS-FR 7-Speed Sequential Transmission that had us drooling. This is designed for sport compact RWD vehicles like the Miata, S2000 and FT86. I wonder if they will eventually provide this for the FWD platform.

 

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Dan Burkett’s Supra in the Torco booth, this was another congested area.

 

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This Ford F450 means business.

 

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Our last stop for the day was at the Mackin booth, Phil’s car was just outside of the hall. As normal, the Mackin booth never disappoints with the vehicles being showcased. This year was a little more special since Phil’s car was there.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
This NSX was rocking an AIMGAIN aero kit and Advan GT wheels.

 

SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Also rocking some Advan GT wheels was this Porsche GT3 with a center-locking mechanism.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
This FT86 had a wild Varis aero kit and from what I heard, it is one of the first examples in the U.S. The body kit has integrated carbon fiber sections that add depth to the overall look. The rear diffuser is deep and it features a single-centered exhaust. Definitely wild. Wheels are TE37 Saga in Mag Blue.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
This Subaru STI was sporting Gram Lights 57CR in their Gun Blue color. Next to the FT86, the STI looked very “normal.”

 

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I liked these Homura 2×7 Plus wheels, they looked so much better in person.

 

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One of my favorite wheels. The G27 Progressive Model. I think this is the first time that I have seen one in person. Maybe one of these days I will pick a set.

 

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Waltz A&N 15R/L wheels were very nice looking. Again at times photos just don’t do justice.

 

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The day was coming to an end and we were very tired from all the walking. I think we did more walking on the first day than the other days. Even though our first day was almost a half day. We sat down just to rest for a minute, and since Phil didn’t bring his cowboy hat, it was only fitting to at least get them boots in the frame.

 

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Another shot of the 17×9.5 +12 TE37 SLs.

 

SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
As soon as we went outside, this Mitsubishi Evo from RavSpec grabbed my attention. Love the aggressive face of the Volk ZE40s, I was a fan of this Evo.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
Bagged BMW E30 on Rotiform wheels sitting outside the main hall.

 

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SEMA 2017 Day 1 - projectonethirty
1963 Lincoln Continental looks so looooooong.

 

Now somewhere in the middle of the day, Phil was made aware by Super Street editor-in-chief Sam Du that his car had been entered in the Grand Turismo Awards. The award ceremony was to be that night so we went to the Cosmopolitan and to make a long story short, not only did Phil win the Best Asian Import award, he also went against four categories and won Best in Show!! This means his car will be appearing in the next Gran Turismo game. Shut the front door, no way this happened! We didn’t know this was even taking place, let alone for Phil to win it all, just fucking priceless. Sure paid off not sleeping and getting that car to SEMA with fire in our eyes.

 

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I did not have my camera gear with me and I ended up in a questionable spot where I couldn’t see much. I was only able to get this crappy photo of the whole thing. The Chief got a little emotional when he was up there (sorry Phil), but we are beyond happy that he took this award with him.

 

Seriously, if you stop and think how his Civic has progressed throughout the years for his quest of “I just want to go fast” and looking bad ass while doing it. All while building it right out of his garage; where the last few weeks we were there, we had to shower ourselves with mosquito repellent spray. It is monumental. His car will be immortalize forever in a game! Well done, but for now his new nickname is Superstar!

 

And just like this, the day came to an end and so did out first day. And what a day!


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