The SEMA Show would be just another trade event if not for the hundreds of amazing cars on display. It’s cool to be part of an industry where cars are the stars. When the show opens, we feel like the proverbial kids in the candy store. Leading up to the show, however, we always crave more show car news. To satisfy our fix — and yours, we present our annual SEMA Car Spotter’s Guide. We showcase a few of the hottest cars and trucks to be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Everything shown here is RideTech-equipped, of course. We get a real kick out of working with these builders all year and watching these rolling works of art come together. RideTech will be streaming live on Facebook each morning so that you can share in the fun.
Wherever possible, we include the Exhibiting Manufacturer’s name and booth number so that you can find these cars on-site or follow along on the exhibitors’ Social Media pages.
Representing the east coast, Blue Ribbon Restorations in Derry, New Hampshire is coming to SEMA with 4 or 5 cars including this flyweight, all-aluminum Jeep called “Pinky”. The Ride-Tech-equipped one-off alloy chassis features C6 Vette suspension. An LT1 engine is backed with a paddle-shifted 8L90E transmission. Tires measure 335mm front and 345mm rear. Can you say Go Cart? We hear it will be part of the Michelin display. Follow Blue Ribbon Auto Restoration on Facebook. Keg Media is a digital design firm that produces cool renderings among other things. They teamed up with Carolina Kustoms to build this 59 Impala. Equipped with a RideTech digital air suspension system and RidePro-X, the car will debut in the Arc Audio booth #34235. Check out KEG on Instagram @kegmedia One of the most anticipated builds of the year, Square Body Syndicate will debut SS02, a 1976 GMC Indy Pace Truck Special. It rides on a Roadster Shop Chassis equipped with RideTech HQ Series shock absorbers. While the rendering is awesome, we can tell you that the real deal is spectacular. The retro “turbine” wheels will blow your mind. The debut takes place Tuesday October 30th in the Royal Purple Booth #23061. Located in Arizona, Tony Arme’s American Legends hot rod shop is building one radical Mustang coupe called “Corrupt”. A roof chop and RideTech Air Suspension help the car sit radically low. Every body panel has been modified and sculpted including a rear window that has been laid forward. Arguably, the most radical feature is under the hood. Corrupt is powered by a twin turbo Ferrari V8. See it in the Odyssey Batteries Booth #24875 and follow the entire build on Instagram @corruptmustang. Check out SEMA’s Road To The Battle of The Builders preview video HERE. River City Rods and Fabrication blew everyone away with their C10 Motorhome build last year. We expect the same reaction when people see this Ford B100 custom. Available only in Mexico and South America, Ford’s B100 model was a cross between a pickup and a van with tons of function, but awkward proportions. River City fixed the lines, converted it to a 3 door SUV configuration and then installed the body on a Roadster Shop chassis with RideTech air suspension and a Coyote V8. The grill is carved from a giant block of aluminum. See it in the Energy Suspension booth #23267 and follow River City Rods on Instagram @rivercityrodsia Ironworks Speed & Custom builds extremely high quality, functional hot rods and muscle cars such as this simple, yet stunning 1969 Chevelle. Known as Andy’s Chevelle, the car rides especially low on a custom chassis with SpeedTech suspension and RideTech coilovers. See it in the Auto Meter booth #22931 and check out the entire build on Ironworks website HERE. Superformance is known all around the world for building fast and beautiful Cobra, GT40 and Gran Sport Corvette tributes. They’re shaking things up a bit with this new design called the “Future GT Forty”. It’s a modernized GT40 tribute that incorporates a modified version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 from the latest Ford GT and RideTech air suspension. Look for an unveiling in the Magnaflow booth #23543. One insanely cool road-race jeep at SEMA is not enough. Dan Howe is bringing his freshly completed Willys pickup. It rides on a shortened (109″ wheelbase) Schwartz Performance chassis. Drivetrain is LS/T-56. Best of all, the Howe family built their unique pickup for their teenage daughter. See it in the QuietRide booth #23997 Mike Copeland’s Arrington Performance is bringing this angry Hellcat-powered 69 Dodge Charger to SEMA. It has Riley Suspension front and rear with RideTech coilovers. Look for its unveiling in the Red Line Oil booth #22525 on Tuesday at 2PM local time an check out Arrington Performance HERE. Hudson Florida’s Lexi-J built this tasteful restomod for Trick Flow Specialties. The 1968 Camaro runs a full RideTech coilover suspension system. The billet rally wheels and factory stripes make this car a real sleeper. We’re sure it’s packing some Trick Flow heat under the cowl induction hood. See it in booth #23313 Jared Hancock and his team at J-Rod and Customs build serious hot rods with attitude. Remember the suicide door ’63 Lincoln that they built last year? This ’54 Chevy pickup has the same vibe: Clean, hyper-detailed and functional. Specs include an Art Morrison chassis, Big Baer brakes, Vintage Air AC and an LS engine. See it in the Taylor/Vertex booth #23635 and check out J-Rod & Custom on Instagram @jrodcustom. Josh Schilling built this radical C10 called the Pro10. It’s street legal and track ready with custom underslung chassis, 3-link rear suspension and our TQ Series coilovers. Look for it in the Tred Wear Booth #61019 out by the drift pad. Josh Schilling and the Pro10 are also competing for the 2018 Battle of the Builders. Follow @officialpro10 on Instagram. West Coast Customs built this 1969 Camaro in conjunction with Petty’s Garage on behalf of Continental Tire. The King himself, took it for a spin, but not before Petty’s Garage took care of the LS-based drivetrain and mechanicals. We’re still waiting for word on a booth number, but Continental Tire has a huge presence with multiple displays including a test track. Zombie Body Shop, located in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada is bringing one of the most imposing hot rods that SEMA attendees will see in 2018. Its a COE ’51 Ford Crew cab combined with a ’49 Ford Panel stretched over 3 feet and converted to a crew cab. It sits on a Dodge motorhome chassis equipped with a 440, Holley EFI, Alcoa wheels and RideTech air suspension including our new RidePro-X digital leveling system and HD 4-link. The truck will compete in Battle Of The Builders and the Ratical Rod Build/Drive-Off. Best of all, the Zombie crew is driving this rig to Lincoln Nebraska, meeting up with the Ratical competition and driving to Vegas with the rest of the international teams. Follow along on Instagram @raticalrodbuildoff Premier Street Rods can supply you with a complete, 100% new body for your classic pickup. They also build award winning customs using everything they sell including TCI or Art Morrison chassis and turn key engines. This latest build has some really cool details like brushed nickel trim. See it in E-Stopp booth #23388 and check out Premier Street Rods on the web HERE.