On the last day of the 2012 SEMA Show, we stuck around to watch the official SEMA cruise. Now in its second year, the cruise is a chance to see many of the cars from the show floor in motion as they exit the convention center. It was absolutely packed with people and difficult to get good photos of the cars because of the cross-traffic. I would have liked for the road to be closed for the cruise; I think this would have made it a lot better.
So without further ado, here are a few of my best photos from the 2012 SEMA Cruise:
Lifted trucks don’t usually catch my attention, but it’s hard to ignore the massive lift on this Chevy from 3rd Coast Suspension.
This blue car is a 1951 Kaiser Manhattan that has been placed on a 90s Caprice chassis. It originally started out as a 4-door before some extreme fabrication was done. It deserves its own post on the site. Check the build thread for more details. UPDATE: We’ve done a piece on this Kaiser Manhattan custom “Drag’n” car.
This 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air was on display at the Steele Rubber Products booth. It features a small block 350 Chevrolet engine and a full air ride suspension.
This smoothed, shaved, and slammed 1966 Cadillac Coupe deVille was also sporting a Steele Rubber license plate. It has a rebuilt 429 engine and air ride (obviously).
This pretty blue 1971 Camaro belongs to Bob Bertelsen. It participated in the 2012 Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational, and placed in the top 20 cars.
Here we have a brand new Lamborghini Aventador from the Forgiato Wheels booth.
And a second Aventador from Forgiato! The orange paint really pops in the afternoon sun!
This 1968 Coupe deVille was taken down to the bare metal, then clear coated. Is this look going to become the new flat black?
I call this unlikely pair “Beauty” and “The Beast.”
Here’s another angle of that beautiful blue Camaro!
I don’t know much about full size trucks, but I am a sucker for anything that’s sitting as low as this dually Chevy truck.
This quirky 2-wheeler is called the Decopod, and it was built by Randy Grubb, the same fellow who built the Decoliner which I covered earlier this year.
The 458 Italia is, in my opinion, one of the best looking Ferraris since the F40. Here’s a very clean white one leaving the SEMA Show.
A personal favorite, here is a Fisker Karma that I spotted at the SEMA Cruise. Looks like nothing has been done to it aside from a set of aftermarket wheels. You can’t mess with perfection!
Here was some kind of Porsche 911 GSR race car. Check out those rally lights on the front bumper!
Here are the boys from Laid Back Customs taking it easy in their Ford woody wagon.
The crowd watches with excitement as this twin turbo 1968 Lincoln Continental cruises on by.
Some cars just look fast, even when they are moving slowly. This hot orange McLaren MP4-12c certainly looks fast, and the color is very attention-grabbing.
This Monster Energy trophy truck was sporting some very bright green LED light bars on the front.
Here is a gorgeous shot of the 2012 “Best of Show” winner, the 1969 Mustang Mach Forty from Eckert’s Rod and Custom!
Here’s some kind of off road sand car thing. I couldn’t find any information about it, but it looks like it will haul ass over any type of terrain.
Here’s a very clean looking pro-touring ’69 Camaro by Stuban Concepts. It has a nice stance and a unique set of custom wheels.
This Lamborghini Gallardo from Renown is actually sporting a custom body kit designed to make it look like the LP570-4 Superleggera. It looks as good as OEM to me!
This Lingenfelter CTS-V coupe was on display at the Royal Purple booth. It is pushing over 700 HP and 685 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels!
Lifted trucks are a pretty common sight in Phoenix, but this one made me stop and say “wow.” The owners of SCT Flash have clearly got some big money tied up in that truck.
Perhaps one of the few Camaros from the show I didn’t already write about, this 2013 Camaro 1LE was on display for Vortech Superchargers and Neil Tjin.
This Lamborghini Murcielago is sporting some massive wheel arches and some very deep rims. It looks like a fighter jet on wheels!
What are your favorite cars from the SEMA Cruise? Share your thoughts by posting a comment!