Larger than any circus and boasting way more than three rings, the SEMA show fills the pin
It's amazing how tenacious the performance hobby can be. Despite an economy that should have all but shuttered the performance aftermarket, there was no lack of crowded passageways in Las Vegas during the 42nd annual SEMA show. SEMA says over 50,000 buyers strolled the aisles, ogling more than 1,500 new products, ranging from racing cylinder heads to LED license plate frames.
Just the same, the feeling was subdued at times depending on where you wandered. On the main show floor, where the SEMA Olympians such as Edelbrock and Comp cluster, traffic looked as brisk as ever. But hike to the outer reaches of the wheel-and-tire hall, and a curtained wall marked where optimism ended and economic reality took over. Two years ago SEMA struggled to house all of the exhibitors in the tire-and-wheel hall; now maybe an eighth of it was empty.
Offering an innovative solution for regulating fuel pressure on nitrous engin
From a Ford-lover's perspective, the 2009 SEMA show was moderately quiet. This year was given to the new Chevrolet Camaro, no matter if the official manufacturer was Ford (probably the only OEM able and willing to pay the freight on the official title). And with the Three-Valve V-8 and S197 Mustang completing their fourth year on the market, the parts pipeline for those Ford stalwarts was pretty well filled. That, we assure you, will change next year when new Mustang power hits the streets.
But don't think Ford was somehow on the outs. Having taken the literal high ground in the main hall years ago, Ford once again stuffed its giant booth with endless project cars and a little hardware, including the all-new and technically intriguing 6.7-liter turbo diesel, a quiet peek at a new FRPP high-rpm intake manifold for Three-Valve V-8s, plus the Wolfe-man himself debuting the most excellent 2010 Mustang Cobra Jet.
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Toss in an interesting mix of trick new intakes, brakes, clutches, transmissions, pistons, and other Mustang speed parts and, as always, SEMA was worth the trip.
Another new cold-air intake for the '10 Mustang GT comes by way of Airaid (www.ai
The bolt-on kings at BBK (www.bbkperformance.com) expanded its line to a
Centerforce (www.centerforce.com) offered three new Ford clutches, a smoothe
Promising better performance at high rpm, Comp Cams (www.compcams.com) showed
Showing the durability of its slugs with a display of a fully intact but B
Showing off the crate engines and XT intake previously documented on these pag
Ford Motor Company
Building a crowd anytime the hood went up, the Paul's High Performanc
2010 Cobra Jet
In addition and for the second year running, outgoing Ford Racing main ma
Full-service custom shop FRP Customs (www.ptfrpcustoms.com) has a small line
How about full 1080p HD recording in the palm of your hand? Well that's just what
Dazzling us with billet jewelry, Granatelli Motorsports (www.gran
Leading the trend of touchscreen-controlled standalone EFI systems, Holley (www.h
Our tech editor has already put a set on a car, but it was an official coming
Paul's High Performance
Always good for the latest trick stuff, Paul and Rhonda Svinicki
Showing off a race supercharger kit for Three-Valve Mustangs, ProCharger's (
Shelby American (www.shelbyamerican.com) announced two retrofit kits
Silver Horse Racing (www.silverhorseracing.com) introduced its flush-
If the clamping force of SPEC's (www.specclutch.com) Super Twin just isn't enough f
Trick Flow (www.trickflow.com) made a splash last year with its Twisted Wedge