SEMA Show

Friday Photo – Kia at SEMA 2014

It’s that time of year again where the American aftermarket industry dishes serves up its craziest offerings at the annual Special Equipment Manufacturers Association event in Los Angeles. This year, Kia America has gone all out with a number of concepts, but our favourite is the one below:

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Yes, that’s a Sedona fitted with a bar dispensing craft ale in place of the rear seats. With one door welded shut, a brand new wooden clamshell roof that flips 90 degrees and two fully functioning beer taps, it’s a pretty impressive creation. Sadly, although drivable, it’s apparently not road legal. Oh well.

With the clamshell down, it almost looks normal.

With the clamshell down, it almost looks normal.

We’ll be bringing you more wild and crazy stuff from SEMA in the coming few days, although we’re not likely to find anything that beats a Kia made into a mobile bar. Probably… but then again, this is SEMA!

SEMA 2013 – The wild and wonderful

Held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SEMA Show brings together the USA’s billion dollar aftermarket tuning and performance industry for one week. The show is a chance for companies from across the globe to show off their wares, but is also seized upon by car manufactures to show off their own creations. We’ve picked out some of our favourites below, both good and bad, from last week’s show.

Founded in 1963 the Specialty Equipment Market Association covers a wide range of companies, from the big brands such as K&N and Edelbrock, to lesser known firms such as Crap Industries. Apparently Crap Industries make various exterior enhancements for cars such as the MINI Countryman to the Ford Raptor, demonstrating the breadth of the SEMA Show. Anyway, without further delay, here are our notable picks from 2013.

1. Ford Snakebit F-100

Snakebit at SEMA

It’s hard to write this without it sounding too much like a Family Guy sketch. Essentially, this is the time Gene Simmons from KISS, his wife – actress Shannon Tweed – and a Canadian Ford dealership got together to produce a custom F-100 pickup to be auctioned for charity. (more…)