How many crazy pills does it take to understand SEMA?

SEMA Crazy Cars

Ah, SEMA, annual gathering of America’s richest automotive psychotics.  Each November they converge on Las Vegas, bringing with them some impressively customized cars, some clever and tasteful, others subtle as a jackhammer molded out of C4, but all crafted with the excuse of showing off the parts that made them.  I have zero complaints about this, no matter how far over the top these projects have been tossed, but I know that not everyone shares this opinion.  The looniest SEMA cars can be quite polarizing, and many tend to simply dismiss the more measured cars with the mad.  So I’ve devised a rating system to help offer some context to the SEMA uninitiated.

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Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.

SEMA 2014 – The Coolest Cars Ranked

SEMA 2014
Last week Las Vegas hosted SEMA 2014, the automotive aftermarket’s most sacred annual holiday.  From all around the world manufacturers poured into Las Vegas for a four day exposition of some of the wildest custom cars in the world.  SEMA show cars tend to have a special flavor.  Though many are beautifully and tastefully resto-modded, others are wacky, tacky, and rude.  But they’re all welcome, because to any detractors, their constructors can simply announce, “I built it for SEMA.”  We picked a few of our favorite SEMA show creations below. Continue reading “SEMA 2014 – The Coolest Cars Ranked”

Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.

The Weirdest Custom Car Movements, Ranked

Weirdest Custom Car Movements - Batvan

If your car is stock, it’s just like everybody else’s.  And that’s no fun.  How we customize our cars is a form of expression.  It’s our art.  But sometimes our strange and wonderful car mods can run concurrently with those of others, and we end up with custom car movements.  Many of these overlap, such as the stance movement and slamming, but they’re all unforgettable.

Disclaimer: These are ordered by increasing weirdness, but weird does not equal bad, especially to car customizers.  So please take this as a compliment, rather than criticism. Continue reading “The Weirdest Custom Car Movements, Ranked”

Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.