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GT-R Week at SEMA

Come join us for GT-R week at SEMA!!

We will have plenty of fresh updates here for you guys straight from SEMA. Stay tuned!

Be sure to check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/therealJDM for all the up to date, current and fresh off the press, live updates from SEMA!

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Off to SEMA

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Whenever I look at this picture I can’t help but smile. Although I’m critical about how a lot of cars are put together (it is after all my business to analyze such things), sometimes it’s nice to just get a good laugh out of it and not think to deeply into it.

I took this picture while driving to work one day. I particularly enjoyed thinking about the scenario of the owner contemplating the decision as to whether to give the Accord a dual exhaust or install a bumper which does not fit a custom dual exhaust. Clearly there would be no money left over to paint the bumper regardless of the decision, but this guy wanted it all. So rather than trim the bumper to accommodate the dual exhaust he sort of just “made it all work” and let the second exhaust dangle wherever it may. As a result it made my morning considerably more enjoyable.

When I think of SEMA somehow I can’t help but think of cars like this.

With that being said, I can’t wait for Tokyo Auto Salon.

(PS – This was written prior to my departure to SEMA but it won’t go live until Saturday)

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SEMA Envy by Stanley Ku

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It is that time of year again when SEMA is taking place in Las Vegas. I have been wanting to go for years now, but have never gotten the chance to. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when midterms take place for college students like me. The urge to go only gets stronger with every year. Maybe next year will be the year. I sure hope so. On the brighter side of things, at least there will always be an abundance of coverage of the show. I just wanted to share with you guys some pictures that I came across. Here are pictures from “Synth19″ at JDM Chicago.

I am only posting a few random pictures. There are simply too many for me to post onto here and he is adding new pictures as the show progress. Check out the thread here to view all of them. If anyone has come across some worthy pictures, post the link up in the comments. I would love to see them.

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Art and Science of a Brand by PCAL

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Domestic auto executives have been getting quite a verbal lashing by the media and the general public lately. There’s no denying that there have been some mistakes made, but I think their current image is an undeserved one. Rewind 10 years and the only remotely modern Cadillac that interested me in any way was the Mosler Twinstar, a car with one 300hp Northstar in the front, and another in the back. I got a chance to talk to a GM executive about Cadillac’s resurgence at SEMA which helped me realize how far the company has really come.

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First there was the Prodrive-built Cadillac Cien that helped define the company’s new design language as only a supercar could. It even ended up appearing in Gran Turismo 4. Then there was the CTS-V and the associated Speed World Challenge race program. There was also the Corvette-based XLR. The result is a very different, but much stronger brand. Currently the CTS-V is considered a solid competitor to the M5 and is a performance benchmark itself.

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Even with all that, I was surprised to see the Cadillac VRS at SEMA. This car was remarkably well done. The builders were clearly people who “get it.” Why is it on the blog? Our car’s are rolling expressions of who we are. Cadillac isn’t going to produce the VRS, but it sends a very clear message about the brand. No matter what you’re building, the impact this car makes is something to consider.

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Notable details: Aero-section tubing for suspension arms, inboard shocks, Formula 1-style brake ducts, continuity of the styling theme.

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SEMA 2009?

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I’m a bit worried about SEMA this year. It seems like most of the good companies have pulled out of the show for financial reasons. Usually trade shows are some of the worst hit by the recession and this year SEMA looks ultra depressing.

I’m left with all of the really cool ideas/concepts of cars I want to make, but no booths to put them in. I really hope SEMA wont be as dissapointing as I’m afraid it will be.

As most of you already know, I built Toyo’s SEMA booth and ad cars two years in a row and now there’s no Toyo booth at all this year…

I think I might need to go one better this year and build a car for Tokyo Auto Salon instead of SEMA. I always wanted to build a car to compete on JDM home turf. That would be a really fun challenge. Plus I always wanted to run Tsukuba…hmm, now I’m dreaming up something worth while.

Is there any actually good news about SEMA this year? Anyone?

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Magazine Cover : Mobil 1 GT-RR Demo Car by PAS Mag

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GT-RR / Mobil 1 SEMA Car - Midnight Purple on PAS MAG Cover

Check the June 2009 issue of Performance Auto and Sound Magazine out when it hits news stands! On the cover is one of the two signature GT-Rs we put together for SEMA for our client Brandon in Hawaii and our main sponsors Mobil 1, Toyo Tires and GT-RR. Other companies involved in the build who deserve a shout out as well include: Endless, Amuse, Manabu Suzuki (MSR), Zele, Cobb, and Signal Auto.

PAS Mag is still doing their thing strong and has some great guys behind it (Mike and Dave in particular come to mind). Thanks guys!

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Mobil 1 GT-R in Hawaii

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The Mobil 1 GT-R project as documented earlier here on the blog has made the trip back home to Hawaii into the hands of it’s owner Brandon. Brandon recently shared some pictures of his GT-R back in Hawaii. I thought you all might like to see the pics, so…

Mobil 1 / GT-RR Demo Car

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