Yeah, we’ve been slacking on updating this blog. Sorry! Since our last race, we’ve been spending most of our time prettying up the car (applying new silver tape and rolling on new Rustoleum, heh) in preparation for its appearance at the SEMA show. For those who don’t know, SEMA is the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show in Las Vegas, where aftermarket car parts companies reveal their newest performance and appearance modifications. It’s a huge week long show that takes over the Vegas convention center and companies exhibiting at the show sponsor show vehicles to display their products. It’s one of the biggest car shows in the country, and we were honored to have Bilstein sponsor us for the show.
Before the show, we made it into the SEMA News magazine which previewed the best and most unique cars to appear at the show:
Our $500 wunderjunk racer was definitely out of place being surrounded by highly modified big buck show cars. The owner of the Camaro parked next to us actually asked to have his car moved after we parked there! Ben, Jeff, and I were at the show for most of the week and were taking in all the show had to offer, so we weren’t just standing by our car the whole time. But from what we saw, the reception of our car was equally divided between people who were confused and/or annoyed by our car being at the show, and people who absolutely loved it and got a big kick out of it. We were thoroughly amused at both types of reactions.
Prickstine did get some press:
The photo was taken while I was being interviewed for a trade show magazine:
And in our proudest moment,
While most car owners would be offended at this, we are wearing it as a badge of honor because… well hell, our admittedly piece of junk car made it into SEMA!
After the show, we decided to drive Prickstine up and down the strip a few times to get some cool photos. And thanks to David Moore and Kris Linquist’s camera skills, that’s exactly what we got!
Many thanks to both Dave and Kris for coming out and taking some great shots for us! Here are their two photo galleries respectively:
Our week at SEMA was a blast and we were extremely proud to be there and join in the festivities. Many thanks to Cami Hermann for getting us into the show.
But wait, that’s not all! During SEMA, a friend of mine who is captain of another local LeMons racing team informed me that Dave Stall, resident San Diego car guy on TV and radio, has a motorsports segment on the KUSI Saturday morning news, and he wanted to do a bit to promote the 24 Hours of LeMons and the other team, since they are racing to raise money for leukemia research (). So yesterday morning, our team along with four others appeared on the news.
Our next race is in about three weeks at the Arse Freeze-a-palooza at Buttonwillow Raceway. We only have a little bit of work left on the car since I worked my butt off to get the car ready for SEMA. So that’s it for now. Hope to see you next month!