I expected to see more Ford Fiestas at the show than I actually did. Jeff and Martin both seemed to prefer the look of its close cousin the Mazda 2 whereas I preferred the looks of the Fiesta. Here’s an example of each. What do you guys think?
|Mazda 2 by 3D Carbon.|
|Ford Fiesta by FSWerks.|
There were almost as many cars to see outside as there were inside. Martin and I spent some time talking to these guys who had rebodied a current gen Mustang to look like a ’69 GT500. Except for the rear deck being slightly taller it’s pretty well a perfect recreation. In fact old styling cues on modern muscle was a common theme as I also saw Corvettes and Camaros done up this way too.
|Modern Mustang muscle, classic good looks.|
|Looks like this retro styled Corvette has been sold to Rick Hendrick but I’m sure others can/will be built.|
Heading back inside we spotted these “taxis”. TopGear America (Premieres Sunday the 21st of November on History Channel as if you didn’t already know) had a fleet of them running people back and forth to the convention center. Missing in this photo is the 458 Italia. These cars seemed to have some sort of a “do whatever you want” pass from the city as they could be heard roaring down the strip pretty routinely.
|TopGear America taxis, can’t imagine a cab ride in one of these was cheap… or slow. Note the Camaro in this photo has been done up with retro Trans Am styling cues.|
This was the last picture I took before losing my camera on the first day. Martin and I ran back and forth frantically to the places where we’d stopped but couldn’t find the camera… I was absolutely crushed. I’d gone from having the time of my life taking in the scene at SEMA to that sucker punch to the gut feeling of having lost a prized possession. All the pictures I’d taken, all the stories I wanted to tell, all gone. The guys were all really encouraging telling me that someone would find the camera and turn it in. I was bitter and probably not much fun to be around.
Still, I filled in the paperwork with the Las Vegas Convention Authority and crossed my fingers for the best. All the while I was filling out the paperwork people kept coming up and asking me for directions to various places at SEMA, I was clearly not the best person to be asking for directions and made sure to tell them so.