Stock 1970 Dodge Chargers are bad to the bone, especially when equipped with the 425 HP 426 Hemi V8. But a custom 1600+ HP 9 liter twin-turbo version sporting custom Carbon Fiber pieces and trick suspension is a whole different ball game! The crew at SpeedKore brought TANTRUM to life, and we were afforded the opportunity to chat with designer Sean Smith about this amazing modernized Muscle Car at the 2015 SEMA show in the JET Performance display.
The crew at JF Kustoms took a very cool approach when building their Canadian-born 1967 Pontiac Acadian unveiled in the BASF display at the 2015 SEMA show. Using design elements from Brian Stupski at Problem Child Kustoms, the talented JF crew gently refined the original trim and made some new pieces that still reflect the original without losing the "DNA" of the car. They also built-in a hint of retro Street Machine with the graphics and by keeping the chrome bumpers and polished trim, but updated it with modern driveline, wheels, stance, and interior. It's wearing RM Onyx HD paint with tremendous depth and gloss, and the pearl really makes the color stand out.
We love classic American automobile styling and Americana, and we recently learned of this awesome documentary showcasing the art of many prominenet designers that shaped the cars on American roadways,
From the film's Facebook Page:
American Dreaming is a full-length documentary about American automotive styling from1946 to 1973, featuring interviews of the men and women artists who designed Detroit’s automobiles.
This year, our friends at ARP hosted a super-slick 1954 Studebaker in their SEMA display. It's a 1954 Studebaker Champion built by the talented crew at Johnson's Hot Rod Shop, and now rides on a custom chassis powered by over 630 HP of big Chevy power. Of course, the whole car is held together with ARP fasteners! The whole team was rewarded with a SEMA Top 3 showing in the Builder's Challenge at SEMA Ignited for their efforts.
Ringbrothers have been at the forefront of design and high-end custom cars for years, and at the 2015 SEMA show, they brought out their full carbon-fiber first generation Mustang body for the world to see. It was laden with Ringbrothers accessories, like hood hinges, door handles, their shifter and emergency brake handle, and many more. We got the tour from Jim Ring. Presented by ARP.
The hot rod world recently lost another tremendous talent, as pinstriper Darrell "Dr. D" Roberts passed away in early November, 2015. We met the good Doctor at the 2010 Somernites Cruise in Somerset, Kentucky, as he was striping cars for people in the hot sun and having a great time doing it. He was a very talented artist and an even friendlier person who truly enjoyed meeting people and sharing his abilities. He will be truly missed. More of his work can be seen here: http://www.doctordpinstriping.com/
A memorial fund has been established in his name, friends and fans can contribute at this link:
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