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Attending SEMA 2004 with Project33 was a once in
a lifetime opportunity and a dream come true. It was also great meeting so many of the
site's followers - I've truly been blessed! Above is a panoramic of a small section of the
show known as Hot Rod Alley. If you ever attend wear comfortable shoes - the show is HUGE!
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Project33 was one of six cars in the HRIA (Hot
Rod Industry Alliance) booth. HRIA is a council of SEMA (Specialty Equipment Marketing
Association). The booth was in an area of the show called "Hot Rod Alley". SEMA
is one of the largest trade shows in the Nation.
The sleek Caddy next to it never failed to draw
a crowd. This was one cool sled! "Let's go daddy-o!"
The owner of the Caddy also had a `34 Ford on
display in the Ford booth. What a switch from the highboy style of Project33! Very cool.
||Across from Project33
was Steve Metz's Pro-Street Studebaker. What a ride!
is the President /CEO of Staging Lane Productions, Inc., makers of "Muscle
Machines" like the one I have on my desk. He came over to tell me he thought my car
was one of the coolest rides at the show. That meant a lot to me, coming from a guy who
designs cool cars in any scale.
A couple booths away in the Mother's Polish
booth was the Riddler Award winning `34 that was built by Chip Foose. Good thing it wasn't
any closer ;)
It seems like anything Foose turns his attention
to becomes a role model for what's cool. Here's a Foose Bike.
|Of course not even
Chip can help Paul Sr. from OCC ;)
taken when he cut in line to meet Chip and the crew from the OverHaulin TV show. The
Oh yeah - he's not as big as he looks on TV.
Speaking of OverHaulin... They were taping an
episode in the top floor of the South hall during the show. Chip was a busy guy!
||I'm guessing the car
is for wrestler Hulk Hogan, since he hung out there the whole time.
Courtney is just as energetic in real life as she appears on the show
and her smile could blind you!
There were other `33 highboys at the show. This
one with it's chili pepper graphics, 5-foot tall motor and dental mirrors was like a
cartoon rendering come to life. I didn't feel as bad when we pushed mine out (instead of
driving it) after I saw them do the same with this car.
There was something for everyone there. The
audio/video and custom wheel halls had enough "bling" to last a lifetime. Many
of the cars wouldn't be practical to drive or couldn't be driven because their multimedia
systems consumed them. The custom wheel hall was an exercise in decadence. We could clear
the National debt with the money that was spent on all the over-the-top Bentley's, Roll's
Hot Rod Alley was more my speed. There were
several history making cars on display this year. The future is nothing unless we take
time to savor the past.
In case you've ever wondered what a plumber's
hot rod would look like... ;) This `57 Chevy had 8 turbos - count `em - EIGHT!
This is a "brief" example of some of
the many other sights of SEMA. The "booth babes" were spectacular again this
year and I imagine they're the reason some guys attend :) These two featured
independent rear suspension and comfortable footwear.
I hope I didn't just lose the site's
"G" rating ;)
|Until next time - Keep the shiny side up!