Too Close
One of the great things about SEMA is that it gives automotive enthusiasts an opportunity to get close to all the action. In the case of the people in this video… REAL close! The action involving Trophy Truck demos at the show were to highlight short-course off-road racing and demos for the SCORE Baja 1000 festivities at the show leading up to qualifying for this year’s race (see results here). Props to Patrick Clark for cutting it close but still keeping his Trophy Truck / Pro 2 race truck under control.

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U.S. sales of mid-size pickup trucks jumped 54 percent in September 2016 to nearly 40,000 units.

While massive year-over-year increases in pickup truck sales can often be attributed to commensurate increases in incentives, as seen with the Ram P/U’s victory over the Chevrolet Silverado in September, mid-size pickup truck buyers are willing to pay big bucks.

Average transaction prices in the Toyota Tacoma-controlled midsize pickup truck segment last month, according to Kelley Blue Book, rose 6 percent compared with September 2015. That was by far the biggest increase for any segment in average transaction prices.

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Toyota is the official automotive sponsor of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, and so to congratulate the team on its World Series Championship today at the parade, a 10-foot-tall replica of the World Series trophy will be carried in the bed of a 2017 Toyota Tundra.

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There’s no shortage of over-the-top builds at the SEMA Show ever year. What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes are the more subtle, clean off-road builds that may not stand out with flashy chrome or 20-inch suspension lifts.

Driftin Creek Jump
Sheldon Creed is a talented driver – that is no secret. In order to win in off-road racing, you’ve got to be willing to hang it all out there, and that is exactly what Sheldon did recently at the Stadium Super Trucks race on the road’s to Mike’s Sky Ranch in Baja California. The event was dubbed the “Baja Bob’s Mike’s Peak Ultimate Race To The Top” in honor of Robby Gordon’s late father Bob Gordon. Watch as Creed exhibits maximum control by drifting his Stadium Super Trucks racecar around this corner right into a jump over a creek. Even the slightest error could have send him sideways into trees and spectators.

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– The all-new 2017 Nissan Armada full-size SUV has been named “SUV of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in their 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo, an annual event that puts the industry’s best truck, SUVs and CUVs through a grueling two-day evaluation.

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The new Ram Rebel TRX Concept is a supercharged beast ready to run flat-out on the trails. 

Pre Runer Jump Feature
Seeing a motorcycle or an ATV jump a rhythm section is one thing. Being able to hit consecutive jumps in a truck, with more weight and horsepower (and a smaller margin of error), is quite a bit different. Check out this awesome video clip of this pre-runner airing it out on these huge back to back jumps.

DynoMax-Logo-2-24-14Monroe, MI – The DynoMax Performance Exhaust “Muffler Promotion” is back by popular demand, delivering sound, performance and value – in the form of a $25 Visa Prepaid card* – to enthusiasts who purchase a qualifying DynoMax VT or Ultra Flo welded muffler or muffler assembly this fall.

“After a long summer of ‘drone,’ fall is the perfect time to replace your loud performance muffler with a drone-free DynoMax VT muffler or one of our rich, throaty Ultra Flo mufflers,” said Chris Gauss, director, performance products, Tenneco.

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Line-X has already enjoyed tremendous success as a franchiser of high-performance spray-on bedliners, but this week at the SEMA Show, the company announced that is expanding its Truck Gear line of aftermarket parts in a unique fashion that stays true to the company’s roots.