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8 November 2017

Top 3 legendary cars from SEMA 2017

By Iain KellyIain Kelly
Bigfoot, is regarded as the first monster truck. (image credit: Iain Kelly)

While many people love the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas for new builds we saw some epic legends from years past at this year's show. 

Here they are, in no particular order.

- Bigfoot, the first monster truck. While lifted trucks were around since the early 70s Bob Chandler's F100 known as Bigfoot is regarded as the first proper monster truck. The first to crush cars it has wowed crowds since the mid '70s and spawned a dynasty of improved Bigfoots.

Bigfoot has been in action since  the mid '70s. (image credit: Iain Kelly)
Bigfoot has been in action since the mid '70s. (image credit: Iain Kelly)

- Challenger 2 streamliner was originally built by hot rod legend Mickey Thompson in 1968 as the Autolite special, as a follow up to his 400mph Challenger 1. His son Danny took over the project a few years back after the car sat since 1969 and finally broke the 400mph barrier at Bonneville salt flats last year.

Challenger 2 streamliner was originally built by hot rod legend Mickey Thompson in 1968. (image credit: Iain Kelly) Challenger 2 streamliner was originally built by hot rod legend Mickey Thompson in 1968. (image credit: Iain Kelly)

- The McGee roadster was originally built in 1947 and inspired nearly every 1932 Ford hot rod since. It has been one of the most influential hot rods of all time, evolving through the decades to debut many new trends. Such was its impact it was one of 3 custom cars (the only hot rod) to be included in the US Governmet's register of historic vehicles for cars that hold significant cultural importance.

The McGee roadster was originally built in 1947 and inspired nearly every 1932 Ford hot rod since. (image credit: Iain Kelly) The McGee roadster was originally built in 1947 and inspired nearly every 1932 Ford hot rod since. (image credit: Iain Kelly)

Iain Kelly is the hot rod historian behind The Creators Online.

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