So as you can tell by the SEMA posts lately, it’s that time of year again. Giving you some highlights from last year hopefully has you in the mood to see the latest and greatest our automotive industry has to offer us this year. In approximately 9 hours we’ll be headed on the road to Vegas to catch the tail end of what’s essentially the greatest car show of the year – even if it’s only seen by industry insiders.
You see, this is what makes me so excited. To be able to share with you here in text form (or even more effectively on our youtube page) the experience of it. It’s one thing to give you the scoop on the show cars, the latest products or even some really neat tech… but more than that, I’d like for you to connect with what it’s like being there and experiencing the madness that is this week-long trade show.
I find myself sitting here writing this nostalgia piece because right now is the one year anniversary of Generation: High Output’s first trip to Las Vegas and our first trip to SEMA. I’ve said it before and you may be able to see it in the goings on of the site: We’re a small operation. That night one year ago, we all piled into a car halfway through the show’s run late Halloween night (So I could take my daughter on her first Trick-or-treat outing) and hauled ass into the cold, dark desert in the hopes of enjoying the last two days there and getting a taste of what SEMA was all about. Continue reading →
Last year when we covered SEMA 2012 we had an opportunity to check out a local Cars and Coffee chapter. Though I was a little underwhelmed by the small turn out considering it was Vegas and SEMA week, I was happily surprised to see my favorite muscle car, the Oldsmobile 442, out in full force. It’s really odd to see this many Olds cars out at one event, so I imagine someone on an Olds forum must have coordinated it. My post about the GSX made me remember I had all these pictures that I had yet to share. So to my fellow Rocket-loving Oldsmobile fans, here’s some hot 442 action after the jump: Continue reading →
What you see below is one iteration of the Edelbrock-eqipped So-Cal Streamliner that was raced on the Bonneville salt flats. Powered by a flathead V8 Ford these, cars – with their delicate-looking suspension – were often found going over 200mph, which is equivalent to a Ferrari 575M Maranello. Not bad for 1940s technology.
The Las Vegas Police Department clearly had a much more strict set of rules for this years cruise out of SEMA. I saw a couple tickets handed out with zero hesitation, most likely with the idea of making examples out of people, which I can understand.
Aside from a minuscule chirp from a little Fiat no one was willing to give their wheels a spin, no matter how much the crowd begged for it. Well, these guys said ‘fuck it’, dropped their truckcar vehicle to the ground and gave a them go. It’s no smoke show or anything but the pickings were slim, so enjoy it.