SEMA Show Highlights

Prominent Vehicle Builds Debut on Opening Day of 2019 SEMA Show

By SEMA Editors

The following is a sampling of some of the vehicle builds that were revealed on the 2019 SEMA Show floor, Tuesday, November 5, in Las Vegas:

“Valkyrja,” a custom ’69 890hp Camaro, was unveiled Tuesday November 5, in the Ringbrothers booth at the 2019 SEMA Show.

Ringbrothers Custom ’69 Chevrolet Camaro “Valkyrja”

Ringbrothers unveiled its latest build, a ’69 Chevrolet Camaro known as “Valkyrja,” Tuesday, November 5, at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The 890hp musclecar was developed using the latest technology, including 3D scanning and CAD design, and was assembled with modern materials, such carbon fiber, while custom parts were created using a combination of 3D printing and CNC machining.

A 416ci Wegner Motorsports LS3 topped with a 2.9L Whipple supercharger rests under the hood. The transmission is a Bowler six-speed Tremec that has been reworked to support extreme horsepower. The chassis and suspension are by Detroit Speed Engineering, and a John’s Industries 9-in. rear end helps put power to the ground. A Flowmaster stainless-steel Super 44 Series exhaust adds a growl to the engine note. The paint is a custom BASF mix called TOTOPKG Green and is sprayed over a body prepped using 3M products. Motul supplied engine and gear oils, and Prestone supplied the coolant.

The name “Valkyrja” is derived from the Old Norse spelling of “Valkyrie,” which refers to mythological female figures who select which soldiers live and die in battle. The soldiers chosen by the Valkyrie were said to have been taken to Valhalla in the afterlife. The name was chosen by the car’s Belgian owner who will take delivery after the SEMA Show.

200hp Hennessey Resurrection Camaro ZL1 1LE

200hp Hennessey Resurrection Camaro ZL1 1LE

Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has created a powerful production series Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE, “The Hennessey Resurrection,” which was unveiled Tuesday, November 5, in the Shell Pioneering Performance Experience (booth #60003).

Following in the footsteps of “The Exorcist,” the company’s 1000 bhp ZL1 Camaro, Hennessey has now taken the ZL1 1LE to the next level. The heart of the Resurrection begins by removing the ZL1’s 650 bhp supercharged LT4 engine and replacing it with the 755 bhp LT5 engine from the Corvette ZR1. The Hennessey team then further tunes the LT5, running on Shell E85 biofuel, and adds more power to 1200 bhp at 6,800 rpm by increasing airflow through the engine, which includes a  high-flow air induction system; CNC billet throttle body upgrade; CNC ported factory 2.65L supercharger with a larger intercooler system; custom carbon-fiber hood with more clearance; CNC ported factory cylinder heads, camshaft and valvetrain upgrades; 1 7/8-in. long-tube stainless-steel headers with high-flow catalytic converters; fuel system upgrade, engine management recalibration; and chassis dyno tuning. 

Six-speed-equipped vehicles will receive a Centerforce clutch and flywheel upgrade. Ten-speed automatic transmission-equipped vehicles will receive upgraded clutch packs and a torque converter.  

Production will be limited to just 24 examples. The Resurrection can be ordered directly from Chevrolet dealers or from Hennessey at the cost of $200,000 which includes the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE. 

Nexen Tires Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Nexen Tires Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Nexen Tire America Inc. has brought the Nexen Hero Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to the 2019 SEMA Show to highlight the build details of the off-road-ready rig, which will be given away to a well-deserving U.S. military veteran during the week of December 16, as part of the Nexen Hero III program. The Nexen Hero Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, in booth #61012, was customized by All J Products in Big Bear Lake, California. The build features a complete makeover, thanks to aftermarket Jeep components from Rugged Ridge and Nexen’s 37-in. Roadian MTX Xtreme Mud Terrain off-road tires. 

The third campaign, which runs until December 3, continues to help fulfill Nexen Tire’s mission of bringing national awareness to U.S. military veterans by sharing their stories of courage and sacrifice. Nexen Tire has also committed to match up to $30,000 in donations made to The Purple Heart Foundation through the webpage during the giveaway period. Donations made during the giveaway period will benefit the National Service Officer Program—an organization wthat serves thousands of veterans nationwide. Nexen Tire invites veterans from all branches of the U.S. armed forces to enter for a chance to receive the Nexen Hero Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. 

The nomination period runs until December 3, and the recipient will be announced live on national TV during the week of December 16. To nominate a veteran, make a donation to the Purple Heart Foundation and for official giveaway rules, visit

Line-X Teams Up With Jesse James and Kenny Pfitzer to Creat Off-Road Classics

Line-X kicked off the 2019 SEMA Show by introducing two Line-X-coated, off-road show stoppers—a Jesse James-designed-and-built Baja vintage race truck titled the “’57 Chevy Cameo,” and a fully transformed Jeep Gladiator designed and built by Kenny Pfitzer of Zero to 60 Designs—both completely coated in Line-X with other LINE-X coatings incorporated throughout the builds. The Line-X Jeep Gladiator also features many fabricated prototype Truck Gear by LINE-X accessories throughout the build, which include bumpers, side steps, half doors and roof rack. Both vehicles can be seen in Line-X’s SEMA Show booth #31095.

Chevy Cameo
’57 Chevy Cameo by Jesse James

’57 Chevy Cameo by Jesse James

Jesse James decided to build a Baja race truck with modern features, but a retro style. The ’57 Chevy Cameo, conceived and built by James and his team, features parts by several industry-leading partners, including:

  • Line-X Premium Full Exterior
  • Texas Speed and Performance LS7 Engine Package 
  • Showgun Cuts Exhaust Pie Cuts
  • King Shock Technology Inc. Shocks and Air Bumps 
  • Holly Performance Products Engine Management System and Fittings
  • Baja Designs Inc. Lighting
  • Baer Brakes Calipers and Rotors
  • Toyo Tires
  • Momo Seats and Harnesses
  • Fluidyne High Performance Transmission and Oil Coolers
  • U.S. Body Source Front End and Bedside Panels
  • Raingear Wiper Systems Wiper Motor
  • Radiator by Ron Davis Radiator
  • 4X4 sPod Switch Panel
  • Steel-It Coatings Chassis Paint
  • XS Power Batteries
  • LMC Truck Glass and Trim Parts
  • Steele Racing Products A/C Unit
  • Ticon Industries Exhaust Tubing
  • Oberg Filters Transmission Filter
  • Dynamic Motorsports Torque Converter
  • Quick Latch Distribution Hood Latches
  • Borla Muffler
  • Mastercraft Safety Limit Straps and Tie Downs
  • Shovel-Tec Shovel
  • Go-Jak Setup by Zendex Tool Coroporation / Go-Jak
  • Camburg Engineering Suspension Parts
  • Radio equipment by PCI Radios
  • Premier Street Rod Parts and Manufacturing Body Shell
  • Fuel Safe Fuel Cell and Dry Break
  • TCS Performance Axles
  • Stony Automotive Engineering Transmission  
Line-X Jeep Gladiator by Kenny Pfitzer

Line-X Jeep Gladiator by Kenny Pfitzer

Kenny Pfitzer of Zero to 60 Designs in Corona, California, transformed the Line-X Jeep Gladiator into a one-of-a-kind, off-road beast. Part of the build features the design of several Truck Gear by Line-X prototype accessories for the Jeep Gladiator, including front and rear bumpers and a cargo roof rack. Several other industry partners also contributed parts:

  • Two-Color Line-X ULTRA Exterior Coating – Line-X Lime Green and Destroyer Grey
  • Line -X Platinum Bedliner
  • Truck Gear by Line-X Eclipse Hard Rolling Tonneau Cover 
  • Truck Gear by Line-X Prototype Front and Rear Bumpers coated in Line-X 
  • Truck Gear by Line-X Prototype Jeep Gladiator Roof Rack
  • Truck Gear by Line-X Prototype Jeep Gladiator Half Doors
  • Truck Gear by Line-X Prototype Jeep Gladiator Step Bar with Integrated Rocker Panels & Side Plates
  • Zero to 60 Designs Composite Hood, Grill, Tailgate, Side Panels and Fender Flares
  • Zero to 60 Designs Custom Leather Interior with LINE-X Accents
  • JKS Manufacturing Gladiator JT Lift Kit and Suspension System
  • Fox 2.0 Performance Series Shocks & Fox ATS Steering Stabilizer
  • Rigid Off-Road LED Lighting System
  • Warn ZEON 10S Platinum Winch
  • Black Rhino Abrams 20 X 9.5 Hard Alloy Wheels with Line-X ULTRA Coating on Beadlock Rings
  • MagnaFlow JT Jeep Gladiator Street Series Cat-Back Performance Exhaust
  • 37-in. Nexen Roadian MTX Extreme Off-Road Mud Terrain Tires 
Slingshot debuted the “Ultimate Custom Slingshot” competition at the 2019 SEMA Show.

Slingshot’s “Ultimate Custom Slingshot” Competition

For the first year ever, Slingshot debuted the “Ultimate Custom Slingshot” competition at the 2019 SEMA Show. The competition brings four fully-customized and personalized Slingshot builds together in a head-to-head showcase of creativity, style and performance upgrades. 

SEMA Show attendees will have an opportunity to vote on the custom Slingshot, which they believe deserves the title “Ultimate Custom Slingshot” at the Slingshot booth #62250. In addition to bragging rights, the winner will receive a trophy and be featured on

Voting will be open for the duration of the Show, beginning November 5 and ending November 8. The winner of the “Ultimate Custom Slingshot” will be announced onsite at the Slingshot booth #62250 and on Slingshot’s social channels. 

Select 2019 models feature the 7-in. touchscreen RideCommand infotainment system with turn-by-turn navigation and a race-inspired Sparco steering wheel, shift knob and pedal covers. All Slingshot models are powered by a 2.4L GM engine that creates 173 hp and 166 lb.-ft. of torque in a vehicle package that weighs of just over 1,700 lbs. Slingshot’s 2019 lineup includes four models: the S, SL, SLR and Grand Touring.

Rolling Big Power
Rolling Big Power’s handicap-cccessible GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali

Rolling Big Power’s Handicap-Accessible GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali

Rolling Big Power has partnered with Keaton “The Muscle” Hoskins from television’s “Diesel Brothers” to debut a one-of-a-kind ’18 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali at the 2019 SEMA Show. The truck was for built Jonathan Barber, who was involved in a coal-mining accident in 2017 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. After connecting on social media, Hoskins and Barber became friends, and Hoskins transformed the Sierra 3500HD into a handicap accessible one-off show truck.

The GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali’s platform provided plenty of room and power for Barber to travel with his family. The goal was to build a daily driver that was special enough to show off at truck shows on the weekends.

The truck was transformed into a handicap-accessible show rig, complete with an All Terrain Conversions hydraulic chair lift and gullwing door, and hand controls with a twist handle for throttle and brake control. The 14-in. lift features custom King shocks to fit wheelchair accessories and sits on 24-in. Rolling Big Power 12R Apex wheels with True Spike lug nuts and 40-in. Rolling Big Power Repulsor tires. Barber’s Sierra is equipped with Rolling Big Power Stealth Power Running Boards to allow for easier entry for his family, while a custom RBP grille and fuel door provide signature RBP styling.

The Sierra is on display in the Pilot Automotive booth #20113 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Quaker State
Quaker State and Lowrider restored a custom ’68 Chevrolet Impala lowrider in an effort to support a children’s charity in 2020.

Quaker State and Lowrider Charity Build 

Quaker State and Lowrider pulled the cover off a ’68 Chevrolet Impala at the 2019 SEMA Show in the Shell Pioneering Performance Experience. Quaker State and Lowrider restored the custom lowrider in an effort to support a children’s charity in 2020. Chosen and completely customized by Lowrider, the ’68 Chevy Impala plans to drive around the United State throughout 2020, making appearances at various automotive shows, motorsports races, customer engagements and Lowrider MeatUps.

After the 2019 SEMA Show, the Impala will go on a cross-country trip throughout 2020, where it will be displayed at automotive events and races. Fans and spectators will be able to get up-close and personal with the vehicle. Some of the custom work includes an LS3 engine paired to a 4L65E transmission that’s stopped by CPP Disc Brakes. The vehicle rides on a Currie rear end, Universal air suspension, VIAIR compressors and Energy Suspension bushings. The Impala was coated with multi-toned green paint and features a custom interior, including a 44-in. moon roof.

Keystone Mustang
Timeless Kustoms “Devious” ’65 Mustang

Timeless Kustoms “Devious” ’65 Mustang

Timeless Kustoms has taken the wraps off its latest Ford creation, the “Devious” ’65 Mustang Fastback. The vehicle was unveiled Tuesday, November 5, in Keystone Automotive’s booth at the 2019 SEMA Show.

Under the hood, a Ford 5.0L Coyote engine is equipped with a COMP camshaft and Manley forged pistons, and topped by an Edelbrock E-Force supercharger. Fuel delivery is by Aeromotive, Magnaflow handles exhaust duties, and an Aluminator keeps engine temps under control. Power is transferred through a Centerforce-clutched Tremec T56 six-speed to turn Toyo tires wrapped around Forgeline rims, which in turn are damped by a Detroit Speed suspension and JRi shocks while carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes sporting six-piston calipers bring the ride to a stop.

Inside the cockpit, AutoMeter gauges monitor underhood functions, a Sparco steering wheel and racing pedals provide a sporty look, VintageAir A/C keeps the ‘Stang’s occupants comfortable, and Image Dynamics subwoofers deliver rump-thumping volume. Outside, “Devious” is adorned with a coat of PPG blue acrylic with black accents.