SEMA 2012: 2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

How quickly can your car accelerate from 0 to 200 miles per hour? If you drive a McLaren F1, it takes 28.0 seconds. If you drive a Bugatti Veyron, it takes 24.2 seconds. The Koenigsegg Agera R is faster still at 17.6 seconds. In the 2013 Hennessey GT Venom Spyder, it takes just 15.3 seconds to hit 200 mph. But when your car costs $1.1 million dollars, you should expect no less.

As you can see, Hennessey Performance Engineering is all about big numbers.

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Bauer Ltd. Unveils Miata-Based Racer “Catfish”

Have you ever thought about buying a Mazda Miata but were put off by the car’s lack of power or it’s ‘chick car’ image? Well, you’re in luck because the Catfish from Bauer Limited Production fixes both of those problems.

The Catfish is based on the 1990-2005 Miata platform, but you’d never guess thanks to the creative body work. The car rides on a tubular space frame chassis with an upgraded Mazda A-arm suspension and thankfully, looks nothing like a Miata.

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Performance Concept

Just because you have a family doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to the bland world of Accords and Camrys. That was the message Chevy was sending with the 2013 Malibu Performance Concept car – a souped up version of Chevrolet’s bread-and-butter volume seller.

Sporting a turbocharged engine, aggressive wheels and styling, and a matte blue finish, the 2013 Malibu Concept is a big middle finger aimed right at Honda and Toyota.

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SEMA 2012: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach Forty by Eckert’s Rod and Custom

Like any trade show, the SEMA show has plenty of companies hawking products which they claim will be the “next big thing.” However, buried amongst the rows of vinyl wraps and import cars lies something truly amazing. Here is a car that was not just modified, but was fabricated based on a truly original idea.

The car you are looking at began life as a 1969 Mustang Mach 1, until it fell into the hands of David Eckert. For more than 25 years, he has run Eckert’s Rod and Custom shop in the little town of Molalla, Oregon. Eckert had the vision to create a one-of-a-kind Mustang like the world has never seen before.

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Mitch Henderson’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro TEC9

The SEMA Show is the world’s showcase for automotive aftermarket parts and custom fabrication. While there were lots of amazing cars to look at, I found myself circling around this car from Mitch Henderson Designs at the JET Performance booth.

This 1969 Camaro “TEC 9” can best be described as aircraft gray with a clear coat, which is a welcome departure from the usual candy-colored, metallic, or two-tone paint jobs you’ll see at SEMA. The flat yellow stripes are a cool touch that I’ve never seen before.

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SEMA 2012: 1969 Camaro SS by Auto Metal Direct

While I was walking the floor at SEMA 2012, I happened upon this insane 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS at the Auto Metal Direct booth. This resto-modded ride has undergone more cosmetic surgery than your favorite movie star, and unlike the movie star, actually looks better for it.

From the deep crimson paint job to the polished 5-spoke wheels and big brake upgrades, this car is a real head-turner! Everything about it has been shaved and smoothed which gives the car a very streamlined, clean look.

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SEMA 2012: Johnny Sparks Reversion Mustang

The “old meets new” game has been played many times in today’s muscle car market, but no one pulls it off quite like Johnny Sparks. This company has taken a modern-day S197 Mustang GT and re-skinned it with modified body panels from a 1968 and 1969 Mustang. There’s no fiberglass here, folks – this car is sheet metal all around!

The company have called their gorgeous creation the Reversion Mustang, and I spotted it on display outside the Central Hall at SEMA 2012. The car blends a one-of-a-kind retro look with the power and performance of a new Mustang. According to the company’s website:

The best part of it all? The Reversion Mustang still retains 100% of the modern drive train, interior, glass, moldings, weather stripping, lighting, and safety. These cars perform, feel, and seal up just like they did off the dealer lot.

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SEMA 2012 – We’re Alive

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Well, we survived the trip to Las Vegas for SEMA. We have tons of stuff to sort through and we will be putting it up here as soon as it is.

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