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EVENT COVERAGE>SEMA 2009

November 7, 2009 2 comments

The annual SEMA show took place Nov 2nd-6th here in good ol’ Las Vegas. I’ve been attending this show since (from what i can remember) my senior year of high school, which means this is my 7th year attending!! Obviously with the economy the show wasn’t as large as say 2 years ago, but had enough to keep most people interested!! I skipped the 4×4, car audio and whatever was in the North Hall from an outside glance looked like a mix of detailing products to knock-off 3rd party parts/accessories. (which I have no interest at all in) There were a few new announcements in Formula D such as Vegas will be end of august vs early July, NOS energy drink being the official FD energy drink for 2010, and promise of a 2010 RedBull World Drift Challenge! Vegas in August hopefully helps with the heat, but end of August isn’t THAT much different. Also new cars for the 2010 season!! Hankook made a KILLER debut of Conrad Grunewald.’s new 2010 Camaro and Robbie Nishida’s RWD converted VQ 2010 Nissan GTR!!!

Conrad Grunewald’s 2010 camaro above, and somewhere in the picture below is Robbie’s 2010 GTR and the lovely Janelle Ha.

Forrest Wang will be piloting a SC430 for Drift Emporium, and Michael Essa in a 08′ BMW 335i w/turbo M3 powerplant for GSR Autosport! 2009 seemed like the year for Nissan GTR’s and Chevy’s new Camaro! Wheel-wise, Volk’s G2 were on everything you could think of. I wish it had TE concave-look! It looks too much like a factory “touring/sport” upgrade. There were a handful of cars that stood out. Pagani’s full carbon fiber body Zonda-R was one for sure! We’re looking at over $1.5million USD!!

Also Lexus had a beautiful satin black LFA on display. This is Lexus’s built to order 10 cylinder 550 hp sex machine!

Mobil One had this beautiful twin turbo Lamborghini Gallardo on display also sporting the matte/satin black!!

Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) had its mid-engine v8 Hyundai Genesis coupe on display. The fabrication work is top notch! Whats neat about this is that the front firewall has not been modified! Does this mean we might be able to see this in FD one day!? I wouldn’t count on it!

SEMA to a lot of people (including myself) usually means tons of walking, and tons of drinking! All I know is that I’m glad its finally over!! I had tons of fun, and would like to thank all the people I was with for making it one of the more enjoyable SEMA shows to date!!

I ended up shooting more models this time around because I usually don’t for some reason. Hmm….I’m not sure why, but I did shoot the entire show with flash, and I think I liked the results way more than last years set.

anyways…thats the last one! Thanks for checking out my blog, leaving a comment would be nice!! =)

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Too High to Die!!

July 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Day 1 wasn’t as bad as I expected. It was hot, but bearable compared to last year for sure. Lots of action happened throughout the day. Its fun to always see how crowds grow over the years, and to see who it attracts. The stands were packed throughout the day. I must say the media spots we had were pretty poor compared to previous FD events. The biggest highlight of the day was Vaughn Gitten Jr (JR) smashing into the K-rail and from it looks like demolishing his 2010 Falken Tire Mustang, and later driving it during qualifying and placing 19th (top 32 is starting later today) His team sure did do some magic getting it back together and driving straight. So happened to be in the right place at the right time, and got a few shots. Check out the 2nd picture, the coilover spring mid air. Go JR!!!

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