Automotive artist Randy Grubb of Portland, Oregon, designed and built this 1970s Art Deco motorhome from the ground up using a very used 1973 GMC motorhome and the cab of a 1955 White cab-over. Its 26-foot polished aluminum body features eight bubble-side windows and a see-through staircase that leads up to a "flying bridge" that seats five.
14: 2011 Nissan Xterra
Used as a support vehicle in the Ultimate Adventure series, this 2011 Nissan Xterra is wrapped with a full 1-3/8-inch exo-cage and is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with a factory five-speed transmission. It is outfitted with a Warn winch, a custom solid-axle conversion with front and rear leaf springs, and 42-inch Pit-Bull rockers on 15x10-inch steel wheels with Staun internal beadlocks. When this vehicle isn't pulling someone out of the mud, it's testing its own limits off-road.
15: TVN Dominator Storm Chaser
Built for TornadoVideos.net (yes, there is such a thing), the Dominator starts with the chassis from a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, and then adds aerodynamic bulletproof sheetmetal to protect it from damage from the force of a tornado. TVN has fitted the Dominator with an external rollcage and racing harnesses to keep passengers secured. All the Dominator's protection is designed to allow TVN to drop a tornado probe in a storm's path, and then to drive to the edge of the storm, where the Dominator would hunker down and collect high-definition video of the carnage.
16: X-Treme Toyz "Heritage" 2011 Jeep Wrangler
There was no shortage of Jeep Wranglers at this year's show. While many modifiers took an extraordinarily capable off-roader and ruined it, X-Treme Toyz went the other way: It took this 2011 Wrangler Unlimited and created a "Heritage" edition, making it more useful to the sorts of people who actually buy Jeeps. X-Treme Toyz starts with a stock Pentastar-powered Wrangler Unlimited, and then reinforces the Dana 44 axles and adds a new coil-over suspension. The Heritage is fitted with off-roading and camping gear, like Warn winches front and rear, Hi-Lift Jack and Recovery gear, and even a rooftop-mounted tent that stealthily folds up and away.
17: BRE Rods & Classics and Save Mart Supermarket's "Big Red" Shopping Cart
SEMA always brings out wacky yet wonderful creations, like the BRE Rods & Classics and Save Mart Supermarket's Big Red shopping cart. While we can't say we've always dreamed of driving around in a shopping cart powered by a custom-built V-8, now that we've seen this one, we can't get the image of doing smoky burnouts down the produce aisle out of our heads.
18: Shark-Nosed Local Motors Rally Fighter
The Local Motors Rally Fighter may be part Honda Civic and part Chevrolet Corvette, but it's 100-percent awesome. The first car designed by crowd sourcing, the Rally Fighter is an off-road monster. Already sinister-looking with its lifted appearance and shovel nose, it gets an extra dose of attitude with shark mouth nose art like those popularized on World War II warbirds. This Rally Fighter also adds to its off-road street cred with roof-mounted driving lights for high-speed desert runs and a roof rack sporting a full-size spare.
19: Wild Boar Six-Wheeled Jeep Pickup
Here's something different. With six wheels, three axles, and a truck bed conversion, this four-door Wrangler isn't your average Jeep build. Put together by Wild Boar Products, a company specializing in Jeep accessories, this project rides on six wheels and features a large auxiliary fuel tank for extended outings. The front end gets a bumper-mounted winch and an "angry eye" headlight treatment, while a set of roof rails and off-road lamps complete the look. This Jeep looks the part of a capable off-roader, but those dual rear axles likely make driving it anywhere a bit of a challenge.
20: 1964 Ford "PH100"
This classic Ford truck was stunning in person, and its subtly modified bodywork made it one of our favorites of the show. The truck began life as a 1964 Ford F-100, and was used on a ranch in Southern California during its early years. After many years of service, the truck was given a much-deserved restoration. But as you can see, it wasn't any ordinary restoration. A mild chop took a couple inches off the roof, while a lowered suspension combined with large, chrome wheels gives it that modern hot-rod look. The builder says every piece of sheetmetal has been restyled to enhance the original design. The look is clean and classic, and overall, it's a job well done.
21: 2012 Red*Jacket Firearms Ultimate Jeep JK8
Making its debut at SEMA, Venchurs VWerks built this custom JK8 for "Sons of Guns" TV stars Will and Stephanie Hayden. The Red*Jacket Jeep is modified with a Mopar Scrambler-inspired bed conversion, Mopar suspension, huge 44-inch off-road tires with Hutchinson bead-lock rims, custom candy red paint, a bed-mounted cannon, and Kicker custom sound system.
22: Toyota "Taco-Drop" Tacoma
This 2000 Toyota Tacoma used to be part of the Truck Trend family. Sergio Casillas Jr. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, bought this truck from our Web editor's grandfather in 2006. It's been turned into one of the most recognized Tacomas in the mini-trucking world. Known as Taco-Drop, this truck is painted a flat version of Dodge's Green with Envy topped off with a heavy metallic green flake and classic pinstriping.
23: Chevrolet Silverado HD Realtree Concept
Chevrolet has teamed up with outdoor outfitter Realtree to build the "ultimate hunter's truck." It began life as a Duramax diesel-powered Silverado 2500HD crew cab pickup. It now sports a custom Champagne Silver paint job with Realtree camouflage graphics on the body and shell. Inside, you'll find more Realtree accents and seats finished in Dark Cocoa leather with camouflaged piping and Blaze Orange stitching. The 4WD truck rides on 35-inch off-road tires wrapped around 18-inch wheels. Power running boards aid entry and exit and hide away for increased ground clearance. The concept also has a winch integrated into the custom front bumper.
24: Volkswagen Amarok
In view of Volkswagen's lack of interest to bring the diesel Amarok into the U.S., we were excited to see it at this year's SEMA show, nearly in its OEM state. We offered to take the truck off their hands, but were reminded it was scheduled for immediate return to Mexico.
25: Dodge Durango Tow Hook
This Durango Tow Hook concept is painted bright orange and satin inside and out. The Durango is dressed up with 22-inch wheels, a custom Corsa exhaust, and a new piano-black front grille, and rides one inch lower than stock. The interior is outfitted with black leather seats with orange accent stitching, as well as the center armrest and door panels and an SRT steering wheel, black chrome trim, a piano-white center console bezel, and aluminum pedals.