Another SEMA extravaganza has come and gone. The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association event took place in Las Vegas from October 30th to November 2nd and continues to impress every year with amazing show vehicles and new aftermarket automotive products. Among the shiny show vehicles, chrome wheels and bright paint, the huge lifted trucks and slammed sports cars, my eye was drawn toward the rust and patina of some really cool rides.
You may have read about the company ICON and their amazing “Derelect” series of cars here on Rat Rods. The folks from ICON debuted a beautiful 1949 Mercury at SEMA and it was a big hit. While the car itself gets attention from a distance, the true story is under the hood. The car is powered by dual electric motors combined with a transmission-less design which provides an instant 470 lb-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower! You can read more about this car on ICON’s website here. The big debate at the show was if this was a gimmick designed to draw attention or a glimpse at the future of hot rodding. What do you think?
Another great rat rod from SEMA was this 1951 Ford F1. It originally debuted at the 2016 show and features products from a bunch of aftermarket companies. The truck was originally discovered by Wagner Tuning North America which designs engine performance parts including intercoolers. They wanted a show truck to highlight their products for the Ford EcoBoost engine. The chassis was designed and built by Stone Custom Fabrication and they did the majority of the work on the truck. You can read more about the truck and all the products that went into it here on Airaid’s website.
One of the most fun looking cars at the show was this 1931 Model A built by StanceWorks. If you aren’t familiar with StanceWorks, they build and feature cars that have an extreme wheel and tire combination and/or slammed suspension. In their own words: “…a safe haven for automotive enthusiasts that had an affinity for pushing the boundaries of wheel fitment and stance.” This Model A certainly fits that criteria. The car appears to be a full-blown race car, especially when looking at the cage and fuel cell in the back. It probably handles amazingly and looks like a blast to drive. You can read more about the SEMA 2018 experience in StanceWorks’ own words on their website here.
Those of you that follow “reality” car shows probably know AZN from Street Outlaws fame. He owns this amazing Volkswagen Beetle that was featured in the Heatshield Products booth this year at SEMA. Affectionately known as “Dung Beetle,” the car features a turbo-charged 438 horsepower engine! You can read more about the Beetle at Motonetworks.com or check it out on Street Outlaws.
Probably the biggest rat rod (in sheer size) came from across the pond in Holland. Found in the VooDoo Ride booth, this beast served as a Dutch fire/rescue truck until 1977 when it was parked. Rescued from years of storage, the truck now features a Duramax engine with Allison transmission along with tons of modern features. You can check out more about this big rig here on Cobblestone’s website or here on HotRod.com.
“Old Smokey F1” made a triumphant return to SEMA after crashing at Pike’s Peak earlier this year. The truck debuted at SEMA a few years ago and has been the subject of numerous articles and videos since. In fact, you can read about the 1949 Ford F1 here on RatRods. The truck is a 1200+ horsepower beast and is probably one of the fastest rat rods on the planet. It was a shame to see it wrecked, but it didn’t take the team long to get it back up and running.
Photos courtesy of each builder’s website unless otherwise noted.