Night-Import: Photography and Words by William Lee
I was waiting..waiting..being patient..and...waiting.. You guys know wsup! Yeap~ the long awaited SEMA finally opened on Tuesday at Las Vegas Convention Center. Last year was totally off the hook except that I had to cover everything in two days without attending any parties. Actually, the night time stuff didn't really matter because the cars at SEMA were enough. If you haven't been to SEMA, there are basically 3 halls, each hall presenting/introducing companies from all around the world. It's pretty complicated, so you should check out the official SEMA page to know the details. Let's just skip to the good part~ I don't want to talk about all the rules and stuff about this event because it's long and for enthusiast like us, it's all about the cars!
So this trip can be pretty costly. Staying for 4~5 days at Las Vegas means 15~20 meals in total, which equates to ~$700. Trust me, if you don't plan everything ahead of time, you are literally fuked! That's why always save up for like 2 months, so that you can have a good time at Vegas instead of saving money AT Vegas. I did sort of make a mistake beforehand because what I thought was going to happen didn't, but luckily, my friend Kelvin (owner of the Do-Luck Widebody Evo 9), thankfully invited me to stay with him and his friend which are also my friends, so big thanks to him.
After planning things out, I woke up at 2am on Tuesday and headed out with excitement. To be honest, it's been a long time since I've been this excited. I don't mind looking at cars that I've seen more than once, but checking out ones I've never seen before at an event is an opportunity I don't want to miss, especially at an event like SEMA which is known for being one of the biggest automotive/industrial automotive show in the US. There were so many cars scattered throughout the hallways and outside area, so I'll try to break things down while keeping the content fresh and original. To start it off, I'll take you guys from the inside hallway.
Genesis Coupe looking pretty deathly.
I remember seeing this car somewhere, but don't really remember. It's from Team Hybrid.
Amplified's G on some sick wheel/brake setup and much more.
As always, there are some unbelievable well modded Classics throughout the showcase lot.
Check this one out. Looks like it came out straight from a body shop.
Tough looking Domestics. I'm still in the learning stage with these cars, so bare with me if it seems like I don't know jack about them.
This Wagon was pretty interesting. I never knew Cusco even had such a beast.
Rally it out baby!
MFEST guys were scattered.
Dam...that's well fitted.
Chris Rado's Supra was pretty exciting to look at.
Shiettttt I have some mixed feelings with this one, but the wheels are sexy as FUUU~
This Porsche has a history in one of the automotive sports. I'll get back to it in Part 3~4.
Now to the outside area! There were so many cars and crappy lighting, but I tried my best~
Here's a 1 Series on CCWs.
Fitted BMWs look good.
Someone say Black Series? Me likey!!!
I've seen this BMW a few times when I just got into the scene. Those custom colored BBS LMs are money!
DUB'd out cars.
One unique looking RSX. I digged the paint big time.
Widebody Z on Volk RE30s.
J2G's S2000 I showed you guys in SpoCom and MAS.
Win Win Win!
I give this guy MADD props for doing something not a lot of modified car owner's will do. Itasha should be stepping up pretty soon.
Custom colored SC repping 3T Motorsports. You should know by now this is my favorite SC.
JDM Sport's Genesis Coupe with an Amuse style body kit.
Gold and White = thumbs up.
Such an awesome wheel choice eh?
Heard about Bullrun yesterday night at a party.
The rarest kit you'll ever see here in the US. It's made by Top Secret in Japan and I think David Huang, owner of this beauty, is the only one with it! He's also the owner of an automotive site called Fly2bmc so check it out.
So many nicely done Corvette's inside the halls like this one, so stay tuned.
HREs were meant for Porsches.
Genesis Coupe from GCTuner.
Super concaved DPEs.
I've never seen such a widebody on an Evo 10.
GT-R R35s!! More to come.
VIP Modular's secret weapon.
Random Nightlight on this 'car' will be up shortly.
Star Wars...I need to watch it again..
Rides from Team Hybrid.
De Tomaso~~~~More photos of this car later on.
Wow. I spent a good minute on this Audi Wagon built by Rotiform.
You guys ready for some Luxurious cars?
Platinum Motorsports go all out when it comes to a car show they decide to participate in.
Yeap, I owned a Bugatti before...in my dreams.
GT Haus! I love their exhaust systems.
Grandpa at the left liked it.
Savini Wheels displayed these beauties I saw at several past events.
Orange~ GT3 RS.
One day...all these cars will be in my garage.
Out from the exotic section and back to checking out some other rides in the outside area, this slammed whatever-car-it-is was pretty popular.
Even old classics are dumped.
I think this was the only classic VW at the event.
Tanks are overrated (I'm just playing).
Ouuuuuuuuuuuu~~~~~~ Skyline R34! Everything about this car was nice except the wheels. I'm sure the owner was sponsored by the company.
Random Nightlight coming soon!
No introduction needed. Track Ready Show Killer.
Sexiest E class ever!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!
Unique in its own way.
Slammed on Rotiforms.
O M G. Another Random Nightlight? :D
Out of all the Heavy Hitter's cars I've seen so far, this one tops in the 'Most Participated'.
BMWs from HH and repping various clubs.
I don't want to run from this cop.
Good to see Kennedy's Aristo.
Imagine a family van like this in front of a school.
No car at SEMA beat the camber on this FUGA.
Jackon's S2000 is finally done!
I like how all the pipes were painted.
Wheels look like Jlines.
Miguel's Z is already famous.
Air'd out Five Axis Prius.
Keeping it simple.
I don't know anything about Trucks....This one just looked like a killer.
I get jelly once I see a NSX.
Wowzers! Wald R35.
There are a few more R35s I need to shoot today, so you'll be seeing more later on.
Platte forme A.G. in the house!
Lotus on CCWs.
I want to know more about this Van.
Yeap, it was impressive.
Big thanks to my boy Yrrel Liu from Infest for repping my blog!
Jon Sibal's Challenger now on Air Runner. Its Random Nightlight feature before the new setup can be found here.
Took a snap of this beast once the cover was off.
This slammed classic photo will end my Part 1 coverage. Part 2 will be up during this week! I don't want to make false promises anymore because I need to go out and have some fun! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!!! WOOT!