Stepping off the plane into the desert air of Las Vegas in the fall -- no matter your place of origin -- always seems full of possibility. While winter is approaching in most of the country, Vegas seems like the perfect retreat with its warm days and cool nights. Some travelers are looking to hit it big in the casinos of The Strip, others have made the journey for some R&R. Yet, during this time of year, ubiquitous bold automotive logos on polo shirts and hats also provide proof that the SEMA Show is in town once again, where the performance industry gathers to show off its newest products to buyers and one another.
During the SEMA Show, it’s impossible to walk even a few feet in or around the three buildings that make up the Las Vegas Convention Center without stumbling upon a brilliant build. Of course, our favorites of all are the Chevrolets.
When attending the SEMA Show, it seems like the eye candy goes on for miles. Within a venue like the massive Las Vegas Convention Center, that actually isn’t far from the truth. This year on the show floor we saw trucks everywhere. Below we’ve selected some of the most pristine truck builds as our favorites.
For Ross Logsdon of Premier Street Rods in Lake Havasu, Arizona, “Chevy runs deep.” The young builder says he grew up in a garage and knew he was a Chevrolet guy from his time playing with toy cars as a kid. When he finally was able to buy his own vehicles, all he wanted to do was make them better.
Will Posey, the owner of Big Oak Garage in Hokes Bluff, Alabama, believes there is no engine better than a 350 to power a street rod.
- Introducing the ZZ6 EFI Crate Engine
The 350c.i. Chevrolet Small Block is one of the most celebrated engines across the automotive world. Carbureted versions of the power plant have also become staples of Chevrolet Performance’s crate engine lineup. Now, with advances in engine technology, this fall a new version of the venerable 350c.i. ZZ6 featuring electronic fuel injection will be on display at the SEMA Show.
- Get Ready for the LT5 Crate Engine
Anyone who has had the privilege of spending time around the 2019 Corvette ZR1 knows the car’s thunderous V-8 rumble. Now, the same supercharged 6.2L V-8 LT5 that powers that machine is available as a crate engine just in time for the SEMA Show.
- 2019 Silverado Concepts Unveiled
Each and every fall the folks at Chevrolet and Chevrolet Performance roll out a variety of new vehicles and products leading up to the SEMA Show. This year four stunning Silverado concept designs were unveiled in Texas.
More information straight from Chevrolet is below.
- Alex Bowman's Ride of a Lifetime: Featuring his C6 Corvette ZR1
Alex Bowman has always been a car guy. It’s something he comes by honestly.
- First Down the Track: Jim Boburka's COPO Camaro Has Been on the Strip for Half a Decade
Racers pride themselves on being first in any scenario. In August 2012, Jim Boburka proved that credo when he became the first driver to take the renewed COPO Camaro -- No. 007 -- down the drag strip shortly after taking delivery in Wixom, Michigan.
- A Modern Classic: The 1955 Chevy Bel Air E-ROD
For some lucky people, work and passion collide. Bill Martens, Chevrolet Performance Associate Marketing Manager, is one such individual.