Yesterday we published a list of our Top 10 Cars from the 2013 show. Today we will cover the most awesome Trucks, some great products, the Top Booths and perhaps most importantly, a couple of things not to do.
Nemo me impune lacessit – no one attacks with impunity!
What says SEMA better than a mid-engined van? A van with 1000 horsepower.
PPG had a shiny one, but the patina on this one wins hand down.
I want my packages delivery by this.
Its not new, but the Batt Kruiser is still cool. I never posted the pictures from last year but you can see pictures of the build here.
I have 3 acres, I need this! Honda Mean Mower = 130mph!
My apologies in advance to my Bowtie and Blue Oval friends, I am a MOPAR guy. So I was very happy to see Chrysler bring back a part of their history by reintroducing The Scat Pack. Of course the press releases and all the articles have centered on the packages and things like the Shaker hood. I am most happy about the graphics and the outfits!
As a business consultant, I often advise clients AGAINST displaying their products in a show unless they have a compelling story or method to deliver that story. I poll a lot of people after events like this and I get the same response from pretty much everyone. One week after the event they have no issue remembering 5 or 6 things that struck their fancy. But 2 weeks later they are lucky to remember one.
PPG and American Racing took two different tacts to accomplish a lasting impression. A friend described SEMA as a circus and PPG managed to turn it into a carnival. Cristina Fronzaglia of PPG carried the concept all the way through to the details, like these awesome posters that included the PPG logo, paint cans, even managed to slip her name into the mix. Chris Henderson of American Racing brought a movie theater to the show, complete with popcorn and charging stations at every seat. Simply stellar.
There are way too many new products and ideas at the SEMA show to even start to compile a list of best. But 2 things caught my eyes at the show. Fondmetal’s wheel inserts are not the first, but the first I have seen that are sophisticated in style and are the best execution of the concept to date by an aftermarket wheel company. And the racing and car inspired chairs from Intro-Tech Pit Stop furniture will soon find their way into my basement/man cave.
What Not to Do #1
I looovvvveee the Plymouth Super Bird and it sits atop my list of cars I will buy when the lottery comes calling. But like any icon, you have to be really, really careful when you do a recreation. This one by HPP does not pass the litmus test. High rear wing? check and awesome. Petty Blue? proper. Overall proportions? natch! The Challenger is not the proper size to be a donor. In the words of The Stud “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.
Gulf Blue and Orange? Perfect. Gulf colors on a Fiesta? not so good. On a Mercury Comet? N-E-V-E-R!
Every year or two someone develops a airless tire. This year it was Hankook with their iFLEX. Please stop.
What Not to Do #4
I don’t have a picture of it for some reason but you should never do this to your Chrysler 300.
This completes our coverage of the 2013 SEMA show. Visit our Picasa site to see more of the cars and show like the Corvette Gran Turismo Concept. If you want to see the girls of SEMA I would suggest here, here and here.