All good things must come to an end, and the journey back to reality after this year’s SEMA Show was a harsh one. Covering an event of this scale, while attempting to maintain some level of sanity in the relentless pandemonium of Las Vegas, is nearly impossible.
Each year, SEMA awards trophies in four categories to those exhibitors best able to distinguish the trends that will have the biggest impact on the auto industry in the coming year. This year’s results didn’t surprise us at all:
Hottest Car: Ford Mustang
Hottest Sport-Compact: Scion FR-S
Hottest 4x4-SUV: Jeep Wrangler
Hottest Truck: Ford F-Series
In writing this article, we had the extremely difficult task of picking our five favorite cars (and one runner-up) from the hundreds we photographed. Here they are, in no particular order.
KEVIN BYRD'S 1990 BMW M3
As the co-host of Two Guys Garage on the SPEED Channel, Kevin Byrd of SpeedByrd Engineering is no stranger to restorations and custom builds. His E30 M3 was tasteful, understated and classy.
GM Performance 6.2L LS3 swap - 480 hp
Tremec T56 6-speed transmission
Hand-formed box fenders are 2" wider than stock
BBS Type-CH wheels - 18x8.5" front, 18x10" rear