I’ve been here at SEMA 2008 for 22 hours and, it’s all pretty impressive. First the sheer number of exhibitors is off the charts. Big rigs, trucks and cars are rolling in by the minute and the overall vibe is pretty cool. What I am very interested in seeing is the upcoming market trends. We all know I’m a muscle car guy, so rest assured, that’ll be the majority of what I’ll be bringing to the table. Since I also dig the SUV’s I’m rolling with those as well.
Customizers are everywhere at SEMA, and on the way to the convention center this morning one car from one of the best in the business caught my eye—and unfortunately, not in a good way. The new Dodge Challenger is out in force at SEMA, wearing many different outfits. This one, however, looks as though it was put together from a parts bin, and I hate to say it, but I think famed customizer George Barris may have had something to do with it. Every custom bit seemed to be thrown together as a non-functional afterthought. From the big bulbous carbon fiber hood scoop, to carbon fiber trunk overlay to the spoiler that was—GULP—cut in half. The wheels were up from the stock 20’s to 22’s and honestly didn’t do a damn thing for the car. The inside was even worse with a cheesy looking red leather overlay on top of the stock dash.
Now, please don’t think I am hating on Mr. Barris—the man is legend, but with this one I think he may just have missed mark. What do you think of it?