The Hottest Diesels Of SEMA 2013
Custom diesel rigs from the fabulous Las Vegas
For years, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA, for short) has held one of the baddest automotive enthusiast shows on the planet. It’s the perfect place for companies to show off the latest and greatest hardware they build, and for buyers and wholesalers to get glimpses of the next big thing. Diesel trucks are a part of the show, of course, where components to modify every aspect of a diesel vehicle are on display. In addition to the parts tornado that is SEMA, there are complete vehicles as well, usually built around a common theme.
"He built that in 10 days?! — onlooker commenting on the Fermented Fruit ’53 COE"
Of all the years we’ve been to SEMA, 2013 held perhaps the widest variety of diesel-powered rides. Newer Fords, Rams, and GMs are still very popular to modify, in the way of lifts, suspension, wheels and tires, paint, and, of course, power. But this year held a plethora of diesel-powered creations that were a little out of the norm. Steve Darnell (the diesel rat rod guy) brought a ’53 GMC he’d built in a little more than a week for the Discovery Channel. There was a turbocharged Polaris Ranger, more than one diesel-powered Toyota Hilux, and even a Jeep Liberty that somehow fit 40-inch tires.
With so much to see, we had no trouble cramming these pages with the best vehicles SEMA’s Las Vegas show had to offer, and if you’re looking for examples of wheels, tires, lift kits, or bumpers for your diesel, check out our additional coverage on page 88 or online at dieselpowermag.com/events.