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6 November 2019

Stolen SEMA show car rams police, but still makes it to the show!

By Iain KellyIain Kelly
  • The stolen 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger. (image: Forgeline) The stolen 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger. (image: Forgeline)
  • The stolen 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger. (image: Forgeline) The stolen 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger. (image: Forgeline)
  • Procharger Erik photographed with the policeman rammed in the chase: trooper Adam Whitmarsh from the Nevada Highway Patrol. (image: Forgeline) Procharger Erik photographed with the policeman rammed in the chase: trooper Adam Whitmarsh from the Nevada Highway Patrol. (image: Forgeline)
  • The stolen 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger. (image: Forgeline) The stolen 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger. (image: Forgeline)
  • The stolen 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger. (image: Forgeline) The stolen 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger. (image: Forgeline)

Having a car you built on display at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas is an incredible achievement (humblebrag: a car I helped build was on display there in 2016!), but surely the most heart-breaking experience would be to build an incredible, 1000hp supercharged, wide-body Dodge Challenger only for it to be stolen mere days before the show kicks off.

This was the unfortunate truth for the team from Quintin Brothers Auto & Performance from Vermont, whose enclosed trailer and supercharged SEMA build were nicked by a scumbag in the days ahead of the show. Amazingly, the thief thought it would be a good idea to joyride the vehicle destined for the ProCharger booth, ending up in a high-speed chase with police.

Dashcam shows the moment he actually rams a police car, driven by Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Adam Whitmarsh, before escaping and dumping the Dodge in a parking garage. The good news is the car still made it to the SEMA Show, albeit looking slightly worse for wear, and the thief was arrested early this morning.