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    Video: Watch Lexus SEMA showcars get crushed
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    Anyone familiar with the annual SEMA show should recognize the name Fox Marketing. After all, the company shows up to the tuning show in Las Vegas every year with an interesting creation or two. But now, we're going to watch two of those modded vehicles meet their demise. In the video, Brian Fox ...

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    LA 2009: Toyota and Billabong craft one funky Venza
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    Billabong Toyota Venza - Click above for high-res image gallery
    No, this isn't a leftover post from SEMA, although to be perfectly fair, it is a leftover vehicle from SEMA. While reporting on the Hot Rod Toyota Tundra and Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer, we somehow missed this tricked-out Venza. Kitted ...

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    Five Axis offers up Aerius body kit for 2010 Toyota Prius
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    Five Axis Aerius Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery
    If you don't win the charity auction for the Aemulus-modified Prius, but want something flashy for your 2010 model, take a look at the Aerius Prius that made its debut at SEMA this year (they're practically the same vehicle). ...

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    SEMA Scraps: 15-series tire from Nexen barely holds air
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    Nexen 365/15-24 tire - Click above for image gallery
    While in Vegas for SEMA this year, we did our best to concentrate on the cars... and occasionally their hostesses. We deliberately stayed away from the thousands of individual products being introduced in order to spend more time on the cars, ...

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    SEMA 2009 Worst of Show: This car stinks...
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    Worst of Show - Click above image for hi-res gallery
    Stinks. You might think that we're talking about the overall design of this shockingly orange scissor-door/scissor-trunk Dodge Charger R/T. Or the build quality, what with panel gaps that you can insert your index finger into, wheels so large ...

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    SEMA 2009: Gran Turismo Best in Show is the Trans-Cammer Mustang
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    Philip Koenen's "Trans-Cammer" 1970 Ford Mustang. Click above for high-res image gallery
    Phillip Koenen brought a really gorgeous, miles-deep-black, 1970 Mustang to SEMA and came away with another fine piece of hardware:The Gran Turismo Best in Show award. For the past several years, Sony ...

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    SEMA 2009: Booth Professionals are anything but stock
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    Lisa Angeline, aka Catwoman - Click above for high-res image gallery
    This year's SEMA show in Las Vegas didn't have quite the gravitas of years past, as the state of the economy and the automotive industry in particular seemed to be a wet blanket over the whole proceedings. Thank goodness there ...

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    SEMA 2009: What we didn't get to cover
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    2009 SEMA Show Las Vegas - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Every year at SEMA, we fill the week with posts featuring special vehicles and products that we felt were important enough to share. Generally, they are the most newsworthy projects and new model introductions, but sometimes they ...

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    SEMA 2009: Chevy Graphics Camaro not bashful about changing in public
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    2010 Chevrolet Camaro graphics options - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Chevrolet decided that it might be fun to have a contest to pick out a new decal pack for its hot new Camaro. They posted six different possible decal sets on Facebook a while back and after letting their online ...

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    SEMA 2009: Galpin builds custom '69 Mustang right on the show floor
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    Galpin Auto Sports '69 Mustang build - Click above for high-res image gallery
    While those of us in the media walked around the show floor at SEMA looking for the cool, the crazy, and the just plain awesome, there were people doing actual work. Real work. No, we're not talking about the security ...

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    SEMA 2009: Knee-high tri-axle pickup by Air-Zenith is down and (not so) dirty
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    Air-Zenith custom pickup - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We're not exactly sure what this used to be in its former life, but it all kinds of cool in its current iteration. Just knee-high to a Hobbit, this six-wheel convertible was parked in the shadow of Bigfoot and we almost tripped ...

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    SEMA 2009: The rest of the best at the Ford display
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    The rest of the Ford display - Click above for high-res image gallery
    SEMA is an interesting show. We go in knowing full well that 60-75% of the cars we'll be walking past and/or covering are just trash. Sorry if this bombshell offends anyone, but your Chrysler 300C doesn't need 26-inch hoops, ...

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    SEMA 2009: The Chevrolet Camaro 'splosion!!!
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    Every 2010 Chevrolet Camaro we could find at SEMA - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In past years at SEMA, there has always been a single vehicle that seems to be the most popular at the show. Last year, it was the Dodge Challenger and Nissan GTR, but there weren't enough to be ...

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    SEMA 2009: Pinkee's ignites lust for a Pontiac Firebird
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    1977 Pontiac FireBird by Pinkee's Rod Shop - Click above for high-res image gallery
    This year's SEMA show might have been a bit smaller than in years past, but there were certainly some heavy hitters in the crowd that proved the old "quality, not quantity" adage. Take, for instance, this ...

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    SEMA 2009: Blackout Bentley balances the bad
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    2008 Bentley Continental custom - Click above for high-res image gallery
    It seems that matte black is the new black this year at SEMA, especially if you broaden if to gray and slip bare carbon fiber into the category. This particular application of said coloring resides on a sinister looking ...

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    SEMA 2009: Meguiars Wraptivo brings vinyl car wraps to the masses
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    Meguiars Wraptivo - Click above for high-res image gallery
    When we think of vinyl wraps, we usually picture flat-billed baseball caps worn by tattooed dude-bros driving lifted pickups with the latest energy drink plastered on the sides. Or budget Bubbles. Or Fast and Furious poseurs. But we've ...

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    SEMA 2009: Ford SVT Raptor even more appealing with 6.2-liter V8
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    2010 Ford SVT Raptor with 6.2-liter V8 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    If Ford had only offered the 5.4-liter V8 in the SVT Raptor and called it a day, we doubt anyone would have complained. Just the fact that the Blue Oval even had the guts to build such a vehicle deserves applause. But ...

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    SEMA 2009: We expected a Camaro Convertible, but got two
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    2010 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible by Drop Top Customs - Click above for high-res image gallery
    When we received the press release from Drop Top Customs saying that they would be bringing a Camaro convertible to SEMA, we could hardly contain ourselves. Ever since the Camaro Concept was first ...

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    SEMA 2009: Ford Taurus puts on a good SHO
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    Ford Taurus Concepts at the 2009 SEMA Show - Click above for high-res image gallery
    We didn't expect much from Ford's new fulls-size four-door at this year's SEMA show, but the quartet of Taurus Concepts were actually pretty impressive. The design lends itself better to customization than we ...

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    SEMA 2009: Ford shows off Healing Heroes Network grand prize Shelby GT500 pair
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    Healing Heroes Network charity raffle Shelby GT500s - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In the Ford booth at SEMA this year, we spotted a matching set of 1967 and 2010 Shelby GT500 Mustangs. White with blue stripes, they looked incredible even in the unflattering lighting of Central Hall. ...

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