#MTSEMA18 – Random SEMA Show Awesomeness Part 1

The Wild, Weird, Wacky, and Wonderful World of SEMA

Nov 1, 2018
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
In the tradition of the city in which it’s housed, the annual SEMA Show does not disappoint when it comes to nontraditional and even downright bizarre vehicles. Rat rods are clearly still in vogue, as a quick overview of the Las Vegas Convention Center has uncovered nearly a dozen examples, each more outrageous than the last.
There are wild smashups of vehicles that never existed, like the Big Bandit, built from five different vehicles, including a ’77 Dodge motorhome, F-5 COE, F-4, F-47, and F100. The Big Bandit was built by The Zombie Shop by the skilled hands of Tyler Turton, Dave Yates, Dwayne Wiltshire, Tony Kratzer, Darren Ralke, and Colin Funk. The build blends nicely and the cowboy motif is perfectly over the top—we’d rock it in a heartbeat.
Also found tucked away out front was an amazing Ford F100. Now, we know what you’re thinking: Amazing Ford F100s are nearly a dime a dozen at the SEMA Show. Well, tucked under the hood of this truck was a Ford Performance Aluminator 52X3. In English, that’s a tuned-up crate version of the company’s wicked flat-plane crank 5.2L V-8 found in the Mustang GT350 (though this version has a cross-plan crank, keeping the flat-plane GT350 exclusive). This engine will empty your pocketbook of $16,000, just in case you were getting any ideas.
Last—for this installment anyway—is probably the hottest display of the SEMA Show. Well, what used to be the hottest, anyway. Wheel company Forgiato brought out a burned-out Mercedes-Benz and slapped a set of the company’s wheels on it. We still haven’t heard the full story, so if you know it, feel free to send our way!

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