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 rest and relaxation. 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.
- Project LT5: Ed Valenciano is Making the Swap in a 1969 Camaro
When Chevrolet Performance introduced the LT5 crate engine at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last fall, it was clear the 755-horsepower monster would be a game-changing addition to the enthusiast world.
One of the first enthusiasts to adopt the powerful engine is Ed Valenciano, who has chosen the LT5 to power his ’69 Camaro. He’s doing it the old-fashioned way, in a single bay of his garage with the car on jack stands.
- Silverado Continues a Legacy
In the last 18 months, Chevrolet has introduced three all-new Silverado models -- ranging from the light-duty Silverado 1500 through Silverado medium-duty trucks and Silverado HD models. In addition to the trucks themselves, a wide complement of performance upgrades are available, meaning there is a Chevy truck suited to nearly every personality and preference.
- Spring AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Thanks to our location in the motorsports and performance capital of Charlotte, North Carolina, here at The BLOCK we have a lot of opportunities to take in automotive events that are right in our backyard. Spring AutoFair is one such example.
- Shift into Summer
Driving and show season is in gear, and summer is just around the corner. Events from the C10 Nationals, to HOT ROD Power Tour, to the Tri-Five Nationals and many more shows are coming up, where we’ll see thousands of vehicles featuring lots of goodies from Chevrolet Performance.
- Sebring in Photos
The 67th edition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring provided plenty of opportunities for stunning photography. From the rain-soaked start to the night-time finish, The BLOCK covered it all.
- An Inside Look at Intake Manifolds
The intake manifold is one of the most important parts of an engine as it is responsible for distributing the air/fuel mixture to the cylinders. As a result, the intake is integral to making power. We recently caught up with Chris Little, Engineering Group Manager - Performance Parts and Design at Chevrolet Performance, to learn a little more about the intake manifold options from the Bowtie.