AMS Attends SEMA 2008

Well earlier on this year we announced that we would not only be attending this years SEMA Show but also displaying. It’s a huge step for any company as SEMA is the biggest aftermarket automotive show PERIOD.

On top of this directly after SEMA we are to attend the Super Lap Battle Race at Buttonwillow California. This means getting not only our drag car out to the event but also out EVO X time attack car.

The road to vegas when you are driving is a long one…especially when you are driving a big rig. Tim and I piloted this monster over the course of 2100 miles in two days. Our sponsor sticker dude was nice enough to let us borrow their truck to transport our drag car and their pro lite toyota truck for display at the show

Martin and Corey had the job of taking our dodge truck and the EVO X in our enclosed trailer to Vegas as well. Talk about road warriors. These two drove 28 straight hours NON STOP from chicago to vegas. They are sleeping like logs right now but they got the car here in time. Tim and I were able to take our time a bit leaving a full day earlier then Martin and Corey Traveling through, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona we saw all kinds of wacky stuff. Tim wanted to stop at this GEM of a place but I though it best we stick to the itinerary LOL

Of course it was time to mingle in with the other truckers. I figured a cowboy hat at the local flying J was fitting considering it was halloween

outside of Chicago Illinois is a pretty boring place but everywhere else seems to offer something different. These things were just MASSIVE and ALL OVER Texas

HOLY S*&T was gas cheap in Oklahoma….$1.99 for regular!!!!

Driving 33 hours anywhere in a big rig can get pretty monotonous, we did what we could to stay alert. This is what I was staring at behind the wheel of the sticker dude truck.

Finally after a total of 10 hours of sleep at most Tim and I reached Nevada. I wish it was more exciting but given that we had to cover over 2000 miles in less then 48 hours it was all about the job at hand.

Now that we have gotten here I will have all kinds of priceless AMS pictures to post up. We are a collected but wild bunch and we promise not to disappoint. Hopefully i can get some pictures of our really nice display up tomorrow after set up.

Also we are in vegas so you can expect some not so work safe stuff to be posted up here im sure.

Thanks again and stay tuned!!!


the trip so far has been a great deal of work. Just attending the show as a a shop is tough but exhibiting is a whole new ball game.

Today we spent most of the day getting the majority of our booth set up. We also have a new sponsor now which you will see in the pics below. The Drag car and EVO X time attack car both got some new clothes today!

First a couple of quick shots of the ten before her new sticker job. The front end and wheel/brake setup on this car is just MEAN!

A pair of Sweet EVO Rally cars. An Evo in Rally gear just looks like it was meant to be

A very nice and clean EVO X outside the show sporting some AMS love!

Well you knew it was only a matter of time. Sema brings out all the crazies. This is a real JETski!!! I’m talking a real Jet engine in this thing!!!

Another EVO X this time decked out in JUN and Carbon by design goodies

Lastly here are some preliminary shot of the drag cars new look. I think you can guess who our new sponsor is LOL. she still has some more stickers to get on the car but you can get the general theme.

Nothing too exiting today other than a lot of hard work and no sleep trying to get the booth set up in time for the show. I should have a bunch more pics tomorrow as we finally get the booth finished up and get to unwind a bit before the show starts on Tuesday.

Well today was much of the same finishing up the booth. The show is really starting to take shape. Whereas yesterday it was full of wooden crates and stuff tossed about all over. Today you could really see the booths starting to get wrapped up. We were able to cut loose a little bit today as we were able to finish up early.

Martin our fearless leader getting down and dirty with the vacuum. Look at that technique!!

The EVO X getting some last minute love before the show

Ivan and Martin about out of steam after finishing setting up. Ivan, always the shop clown

Chip Foose polishing up some wheels, see even he gets down and dirty

AMS dines at only the finest of establishments. The Pink taco inside of the Hard Rock. Damn good food

I will leave you today with a finish of the EVO X time attack car all stickered up. Tomorrow is going to be hectic being its the first day of the show but hopefully between Ivan and I we will be able to walk the show and take some more pictures. I will also get some finished shots of our booth up for you guys. Talk to you tomorrow!

Today was Crazy! I think I must of been talking non stop from 10am until 3pm. We met so many awesome new people and great existing customers. We talked to people from

Trinidad and Tobago
New Caledonia
and a bunch more I can’t think of at the moment.

I had literally ZERO time to walk to the show and take pictures so this is all I was able to grab before they kicked us out at 6.

I apologize for the crappy cell phone camera pics but its all i was working with. I will upload the good camera here later tonight.

Our booth all set up

The REAL and ORIGINAL ECTO1!!! Bad ass!

Belagio Water Show as we were walking to Caesars for some post show cocktails

Again I will do my best to get some more pictures of the show today.

Also in exactly 2 hours and 40 minutes we will know who the winner of the Castrol Syntec Top Shop Engine challenge is!


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