Local Motors at SEMA 2009

Local Motors is a new car company started in Massachusetts.  Basically they have a forum full of wanna-be designers who submit designs and the forum votes on what they like.  Then the winner is what gets built.  They eventually want to have micro production facilities in every region building a design for that region.  Currently they have the one in Mass. and they are opening one in Phoenix some time next year. Continue reading


Pfadt Race Engineering at SEMA 2009

Let me start this series of SEMA posts by saying I HATE MY CAMERA!  But budget does not permit me to upgrade to DSLR just yet.  But man, all the pictures I took at SEMA look like I had smudges on the lens and like a dog crapped on my sensor.

Well, this year SEMA was pretty lame.  Not many new products.  Not much effort put into the cars for the show.  Of course there were exceptions.  But overall, SEMA 2009 was lame.  I will be making a few posts covering some of the stuff at SEMA.  But of course, even being lame, SEMA was absolutely HUGE.  I even hit the APEX show this year.  It’s basically the budget version of SEMA that your SEMA pass gets you into.

For SEMA 2009 post #1, I will cover Pfadt Race Engineering.  They are a local company, and everyone over there I have ever dealt with was great to talk to.  Aaron Pfadt is the owner.  IIRC, he used to be an engineer at GM a while ago.  That explains his focus on GM vehicles.  He started by making Corvette parts.  Now they are making some Camaro parts as well. Continue reading