#MTSEMA18 – Random SEMA Show Awesomeness Part 2
Grand Exhibitions Of The South Hall
A question we get asked every year is which vehicle is our favorite of the show. Honestly, it’s too hard to choose just one. Companies are constantly raising the bar and trying to outdo each other in an attempt to bring bodies into their booth—after all, the SEMA Show is a trade show first and foremost, so getting people to stop and talk is mission one. While wandering the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, we picked out seven displays that caught our eye and made us stop.
Pitbull Tires had on display an amazing monstrosity built by Hauk Designs. This 6x6 Dodge Power Wagon sports a turbodiesel engine and more feet of gorgeous TIG welding than should be legal. We hesitate to even lump it into the same class as a typical rat rod, because this thing is an amazing work of mechanical art. We are in love.
We can’t pass the Fab Fours booth without stopping these days, either. This year the crew brought out the newest version of their Grumper, an all-inclusive grille and bumper system, for what we have to believe is a Jeep Wrangler. Seriously, it’s getting hard to tell. They also had a Ram HD with no lift and 40-inch tires, with a buggy stacked on top. The pair is definitely an eye-catching setup.
Mickey Thompson had a gigantic Ford Super Duty wearing Fab Fours accessories in its booth, which was showing off the company’s latest off-road tires. American Truxx brought a wicked cool old-body-style Chevy pickup, complete with a swapped-in Cummins diesel engine. We took a few minutes to soak this one in, as the body was so straight it seemed fake.
We’ve been surprised by the lack of ’19 Ford Rangers found during our travels and were excited to see what we thought to be one from across the floor. Alas, despite what the window says, this truck is not what it seems. While it might look like the Ranger we’ll soon be seeing at dealers, this Wildtrak came to us from a land far away. Please Ford, may we have one someday?
Skyjacker had on display a Ford panel truck built by the magicians at Five R Trucks. This beauty had a Cummins diesel engine under the hood and was painted in the legendary engine company’s livery. If we’re caught steeling one truck this show, it’ll likely be this one.
If crowd size is any indication, Ranch Hand Bumpers won the show this year. The company displayed a customer’s totaled Chevrolet Silverado 1500. While driving down the highway with cruise control set at 70 mph, the left front tire of Seth Spiker’s truck hit a pothole. As the impact occurred, a ball joint failed sending the suspension and tire flying off the truck, taking the brake line with it. Veering violently to the left, the truck flew off an overpass and into the ground 40 feet below…nose first. Seth walked away from the accident and credited his Ranch Hand bumper for saving his life. Seth was on hand at the show talking to people as they passed through the booth, recounting his harrowing tale and how he still managed to make a flight to Cancun that same day.