The SEMA Motor Show 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, still has me in awe – even though it ended three weeks ago.
There are few other events that showcase the weird, wonderful and downright bonkers cars that SEMA does, with the auto festival more than appropriate for the city of sin!
Here are just five of the cars that caught the eye in the unbelievable four-day showcase.
VW Golf by Forge Motorsports
Okay, so it wasn’t the most elaborate of vehicles on display, but the Volkswagen Golf delivered by Forge Motorsports made me pay attention.
The car never made it to World Rally Championship class, so really it’s a case of what might have been for the little model.
With extraordinarily low ground clearance and an exposed 2.0-litre, 400-horsepower, turbocharged engine, the car could have done great things if it hit the track.
An aerodynamic front spoiler gave the Golf more aerodynamics, which would have been vital for a model that was decidedly boxy! However, this feature also gives the car some attitude, which is perhaps why I was so intrigued.
Ford F-100 Snakebit custom
Is it cool? Is it horrendous? I actually can’t decide. I’m both disgusted and impressed all at the same time. It’s very conflicting.
Anyway, the cool factor has probably been boosted by the fact that the Ford pick-up was introduced by enigmatic Kiss-bassist, the master of fire and owner of the longest tongue EVER Gene Simmons, alongside his wife Shannon Tweed.
The Snakebit model, a modified version of the 1956 Ford F-100 features even more bulges and swollen features than the original model. Complete with Shelby Mustang stylings, the car comes with an enormous 5.4-litre supercharged V8, capable of 550 horsepower.
Even though it looks mean, there is a good heart in the Ford F-100. The truck will go up for bidding next year, with proceeds to help build a children’s hospital in Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada. Awwww.
Ford 1932 Red Deuce
The second Ford in our little countdown is the 1932 Red Deuce, a flame-emblazoned hot-rod built by Roy Brizio.
It is powered by an Edelbrock small block 347 ci Ford Racing crate engine alongside a Tremec TKO-600 five-speed transmission.
But who cares about that?! It’s a bright red hot-rod with flames on it! That’s simply all that matters. It’s the stuff of childhood dreams!
1951 Studebaker fastback
This isn’t your average Studebaker. Oh no. The model displayed at SEMA 2013 was, bafflingly, a Woody. Yes, you read correctly, a WOODY.
The model was delivered by Hill’s Rod & Custom, with the project featuring wooden panels at the rear of the vehicle and the boot. Under the bonnet is a 390-cubic-inch Ford Edsel V8. It looks pretty amazing, really.
Pink Lamborghini Aventador
It’s a bright Pink Lamborghini Aventador. That is all that needs to be said.