2011 SEMA Highs and Lows: Photo Gallery

By Ian Merritt  on Mon Nov 07 06:02:00 GMT-06:00 2011

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Walking onto the show floor at SEMA is like being dropped into the bottom of a rugby scrum. All five senses are abused at once, and if you're not careful, you could be caught listening to a 20-minute sales pitch about why this leather protectant goes well with your new turbo boost gauge. It can be a daunting, overwhelming and downright scary place. But there's plenty to look at.

With more than a thousand booths and hundreds of cars on the floor, there was a wild assortment of highs and lows this year at SEMA. After wandering for hours among the all-season floormats, LED dashboards, cattle guards, scissor door installers and the custom painter salespeople, I was left with two distinct impressions:

1. The older cars really upstaged the new cars this year. Many of the wild new Mustangs and new Camaros from last year's show were replaced with toned-down, stock-ier versions.

2. I need to get a Hoveround for next year’s show. My feet are killing me.

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The two cars that stood out the most at the show were the 1953 Ford FR100 UPS panel truck and the 1986 Subaru XT (above). The Ford is a jazzed-up racing vehicle with a 600-horsepower 5.0-liter disguised as an era-appropriate UPS truck, while the XT is a perfect restoration of an oddly tantalizing mid-'80s turbo four-cylinder.

Along with these two standouts, here are some photos representing the highs and lows from the show.

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Highs included a twin engine Ford Model T roadster, gobs of shabby-chic rat rods, a Mack Fire truck powered by a Viper V-10, a bunch of big and bad trucks, and a new/old Ford Bronco from Icon.

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The lows included the ugliest Challenger I have ever seen (you might want to avert your eyes), "Balloon Dad" Richard Heene and his Heene Duty Truck Transformer, animal print car wraps complete with textured surfaces, and a car-cooling tinfoil cover that turns your Escalade into the world’s largest Jiffy Pop container.

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