This year, our friends at ARP hosted a super-slick 1954 Studebaker in their SEMA display. It's a 1954 Studebaker Champion built by the talented crew at Johnson's Hot Rod Shop, and now rides on a custom chassis powered by over 630 HP of big Chevy power. Of course, the whole car is held together with ARP fasteners! The whole team was rewarded with a SEMA Top 3 showing in the Builder's Challenge at SEMA Ignited for their efforts.
Ringbrothers have been at the forefront of design and high-end custom cars for years, and at the 2015 SEMA show, they brought out their full carbon-fiber first generation Mustang body for the world to see. It was laden with Ringbrothers accessories, like hood hinges, door handles, their shifter and emergency brake handle, and many more. We got the tour from Jim Ring. Presented by ARP.
The hot rod world recently lost another tremendous talent, as pinstriper Darrell "Dr. D" Roberts passed away in early November, 2015. We met the good Doctor at the 2010 Somernites Cruise in Somerset, Kentucky, as he was striping cars for people in the hot sun and having a great time doing it. He was a very talented artist and an even friendlier person who truly enjoyed meeting people and sharing his abilities. He will be truly missed. More of his work can be seen here: http://www.doctordpinstriping.com/
A memorial fund has been established in his name, friends and fans can contribute at this link:
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As cars become more sophisticated, so do the electronics that make them run. This year, Dakota Digital showed us a smart new way to add cruise control to an GM LS drive-by-wire throttle system as installed into a classic or muscle car. They also demonstrated their intelligent Vintage Air controllers designed to maintain precise control of Gen IV A/C systems. These are all very cool ways to add modern-car features to your resto-mod! Presented by ARP.
The 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas is underway, and we had our cameras snappin' pics all day. Here's the first day photo gallery of cars, parts, and whatever we thought was cool from the biggest automotive aftermarket trade show in the world!
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