Posted Nov 2nd 2012 4:00PM
Think you have it busy on your daily commute to work? Try navigating the aisles of a million sq. ft. of SEMA Show with 100,000 of your closest associates feverishly walking around. We tackled Performance Hall and truth be told, there never really is a time of day when it is dead. Well that and the fact there were celebrities wondering the area certainly didn't help the congestion.
What caught our eye first was Steven Tyler's 1,244 hp Hennessy Venom in the Meguiar's booth. Yes, you might have noticed there was a yellow one in the booth last year but with different tweaks to personalize it for the Aerosmith front man. We hope he got some driving lessons John Hennessy along with that monster of a Lotus Elise.
Then we bumped into Snoop Dogg, er Snoop Lion at the event and he gave us the nod when the LBC rapper noticed we were rocking Autoblog shirts and badges... is he a fan of us as well? We definitely think so, but we know for sure he was en route to the Toyota display to check out the Drag-quoia. An insane Toyota Seqouia, tubbed out with slicks a 650hp supercharged V8 and a bug catcher that was selected as a Playstation Gran Turismo awards finalist. And just who selected that? None other than Kazunori Yamauchi who created the legendary racing game who we caught up with inspecting the vehicle.
We trekked out to the GM Proving Grounds where we saw all kinds of Chevy vehicles on display for people to try out. While there was a decent line up there, it was the Ron Fellows Edition Corvette convertible everyone was lined up for. Ron Fellows Racing School was on hand to, well school passengers in Corvette ZR1s. We just couldn't get enough of the ZR1's howling sounds and they tore up the pylon course with enough torque to push around a half dozen Sonics.
Next to that Lexus put on quite a display. They had an LF-A on hand, nothing new right? Well, this LF-A was open to show attendees who could hop in and run through the gears on a dyno for one memorable soundtrack. Next to that they had a tent displaying some concepts but the real jewel in there was the Nurburgring Limited Edition LF-A. With its fixed carbon fibre wing, front canards and special footwork, there is only 50 of these in the world... and lucky owners get some VIP treatment and instruction at the famed German racetrack too.
We could write for days on what we saw in Performance Hall, but click here and let the latest 273 photos in our SEMA mega-gallery do the talking.
We are on the home stretch, with more from the show floor on the way. Try as we might, there is so much going on at SEMA, no one can cover it all but be assured we'll brought you the best of it for four straight days!