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    SEMA: We obsessively covered the 2013 SEMA Show
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    Oh, SEMA. As much as we love bringing you the best live coverage of what's new at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association show, we're always equally happy to tie a bow on this thing and call it done. (Seriously, do you have any idea how many Honda Civics with Lambo doors we had to wade ...

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    SEMA: Mobsteel slams FedEx freight delivery truck
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    Now here's something we didn't expect at SEMA, or anywhere for that matter: a slammed FedEx delivery truck. Yes, what you're looking at is an actual FedEx delivery truck lowered to the ground that the shipping company commissioned Mobsteel to build. The truck uses the nose from a 1981 ...

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    SEMA: Icon's new old Thriftmaster is masterful, but hardly thrifty
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    If you've been jonesing for some news from Icon, the release of the E-Flyer electric bicycle the other day may or may not have done the trick. But either way, the Californian company known for retrofitting and restoring classic trucks is back with the Thriftmaster, which it has helpfully ...

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    SEMA: Hot Rod Conspiracy's Castrol Rocket is a bullet-shaped, Triumph-powered land-speed racer
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    Quick, what is a car that's actually a motorcycle that can go 400 miles per hour and has 1,000 horsepower? The answer is this - the Castrol Rocket, from Hot Rod Conspiracy, Triumph and others. The bullet-shaped, carbon-fiber shell hides a motorcycle that will attempt to be the first two-wheeled ...

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    SEMA: Hyundai Veloster Turbos strut their SEMA stuff
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    Hyundai brought a pair of very yellow Velosters to this year's SEMA Show. The first is the car you see above - the Veloster Hylighter. Built in a partnership with aftermarket accessory supplier EGR Group, it's based on a Veloster Turbo, but has been extensively modified for its trip to ...

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    SEMA: Ringbrothers shows 1965-66 Mustang fastback carbon fiber body
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    We covered one of Ringbrothers' more extreme SEMA builds yesterday, the De Tomaso Pantera-based ADRNLN, but if that well-executed but over-the-top Italian-American exotic is too much for you, then perhaps this Ring Brothers 1965 Ford Mustang fastback with a carbon-fiber body suits your tastes ...

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    SEMA: 1969 Ford Talladega GPT Special is a SEMA showstopper
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    Rad Rides by Troy has unleashed upon the SEMA crowds this custom 1969 Ford Torino Talladega GT Special, and it's a beauty. The car calls to mind the classic Holman Moody stock cars that circled NASCAR tracks in the late 1960's, driven by the likes of Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney and David Pearson, ...

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    SEMA: Forge Motorsports Mk1 VW Golf goes Group B all over SEMA
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    If it had a bit more ground clearance and we didn't know any better, we'd ask when Forge Motorsports' first-generation Volkswagen Golf racecar competed in Group B rally, thanks to almost every one of its exterior design/aero elements and the crazy 400-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four (crank ...

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    SEMA: Spongebob Squarepants Toyota Highlander gets Tanked in Vegas
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    In 2006, I bought a Scion xB (the super upright, first-generation one), and I always had this wild dream of turning the xBox into an aquarium after it had run its course in my personal test fleet. Long story short, that never happened. But apparently the folks at Toyota got wind of my idea ...

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    SEMA: Acura Street Performance ILX had an unfortunate smelting accident
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    There's a fun cliche for all-black cars based on an old Chevrolet Impala SS advertisement - "Lord Vader, your car is ready." It's been reproduced seemingly every time an automaker comes out with a menacing, black car. This Acura Street Performance ILX is for a different movie villain, though. Its ...

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    SEMA: 1951 Studebaker fastback is the woody that never was
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    A 1951 Studebaker fastback might not be the first vehicle to come to mind when we think "Woody," but here one sits on the SEMA show floor. There's a reason for that: Studebaker didn't make a woody or a fastback in 1951, according to Hot Rod. Hill's Rod & Custom came up with the creation, ...

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    SEMA: Lexus IS spans the generations at SEMA
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    The big news in the world of Lexus might be its polarizing new IS, but that hasn't stopped exhibitors at the SEMA show from experimenting with all three generations of the Japanese 3 Series fighter. Let's talk about this third-generation IS, because it's, um, different. Designed by Rob Evans, ...

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    SEMA: Jeep Wrangler Copper Crawler is our idea of a restrained Mopar shopping spree
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    According to a recent report, the Jeep Wrangler is the most popular SUV for customization, and this is backed up by the fact that the iconic off-roader was just named the Hottest 4x4-SUV at SEMA for the fourth year in a row. Looking for ways to keep its customers in-house rather than going ...

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    SEMA: Creations n' Chrome Top Notch Mustang is a one-of-a-kind Fox
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    Is there a cooler car from the 1980s and early 90s to mod than a Fox-Body Ford Mustang? No, there isn't. If you disagree with us, we suggest you have a look at this 1990 Mustang Coupe, which just might change your mind. Although considering just how extensively modified this car - the Top Notch ...

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    SEMA: AEV Ram Concept is an aftermarket Power Wagon
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    American Expedition Vehicles showed off its simply named Ram Concept at this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Starting with a 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab and a 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel, the Michigan-based team at AEV, which has made a name for itself building ultra-capable Jeeps, promises that this ...

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    SEMA: Cutworm's Dually Hauler is the best hot-rod parts hauler ever made [w/video]
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    Jeb Greenstone, president, designer and lead fabricator of the custom hot-rod company Cutworm Specialties won the inaugural "Ride Your Hauler to SEMA" contest with his impressive Dually Hauler. The car is currently being honored with a prominent display in front of the Las Vegas Convention ...

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    SEMA: Custom 2014 Dodge Durango R/T proves SEMA can be subtle
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    The annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas can often be a sensory overload of overwrought madness, with cars that don't even look drivable anymore. But every once in a while, a modestly modified show car graces our presence, like the customized Dodge Durango you see here, which, in addition to giving us ...

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    SEMA: 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR hides a Coyote beneath its hood
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    Classic Recreations, a custom coachbuilder based in Oklahoma, debuted its Coyote-powered 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR at the SEMA show this week. Like the company's previous releases, the bright red, silver striped coupe offers classic Ford Mustang styling with today's reliable mechanicals. "If you like ...

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    SEMA: VW flaunts seventh-gen Golf, two Jettas and 425 hp from 2.0 liters
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    Volkswagen brought just three vehicles to SEMA this year (compare that to Ford's 57 show cars): two Jettas and a Golf. Both Jettas showcase the automaker's new turbocharged EA888 four-cylinder engines - one of which is heavily modified - and the Golf is the first seventh-generation model tuned in ...

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    SEMA: SEMA-fied Fiat 500Ls are ready for mountains or beaches
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    Fiat may be struggling with its 500L, but that hasn't stopped the Italian brand from bringing a pair of the larger five-door 500s to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. First up is the Fiat 500L Adventurer (pictured above). Painted bright white with a Vibrance Bright Orange roof and Satin Black body ...

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