While at SEMA, one of our highlights was getting to interview a handful of the Sonic concept vehicle builders. Here, SonicInsider.com's Andy Williamson spends some time with renowned builder, Neil Tjin, of the Tjin Edition Roadshow, discussing his unique race-inspired Sonic sedan.
SEMA 2011: Behind The Scenes with Sonic Insider
After whipping some Sonics around at the GM Media Drive, we made a beeline for the Las Vegas Convention Center, which was still being prepped for today's SEMA 2011 kick-off. Our man on the spot, SonicInsider.com's own, photog extraordinaire, Lucas Priamo, took us behind the scenes for a quick look at what was to come...
Chevy Sonic X-Country Adventure of Firsts: Beeline for the Four Corners
After leaving the sprawling city limits of Las Vegas, we made a mad dash for the Four Corners Monument, the quadripoint at which the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico meet. En route, we hit such colorful towns as Mesquite, NV, Colorado City, AZ, Fredonia, AZ, and too many others to count.
We spent about eight hours racing the sun in order to get to the Four Corners so we could be the first Chevy Sonic to be in four states at once. And, you know what, we did it! Well, sort of... We arrived at the Four Corners Monument just after dark, but we're still keepin' that one as a first!
Tjin Edition Project for SEMA 2011 GM booth by LIGHTWURKZ.com
Tjin Edition, Unique Fabrication and LR Autobody have also partnered with GM to build a Chevy Sonic for the SEMA Show. Tjin Edition designed this one-of-a-kind sedan, LR Autobody was responsible for the paint work, and Unique Fabrication handled the fabrication of the custom roll cage and the overall build. The Tjin Edition Sonic features tons of carbon fiber goodies by DownForce, Forgestar wheels, Falken Tires, Pedders suspension, Baer brakes, a MagnaFlow Exhaust, Vibrant Performance / Unique Fabrication Intercooler kit, GlowShift gauges, and custom Light WurkZ LED headlights.
stay tuned for more coverage and images of this project
Exclusive Interview with Ryan Tuerck
Sonic Insider's own, Corey Mullane, caught up with Formula Drift star Ryan Tuerck to get his thoughts on what he thinks of the new Chevy Sonic.
SonicInsider.com Chats With Bert Heck From K & N Filters
SonicInsider.com's Corey Mullane talks to Bert Heck of K&N about the range of products they'll be offering for the Chevy Sonic, as well as the performance gains Sonic owners can expect from the leader in performance intake products. Check out the video after the jump!
SonicInsider.com Chats With Rob Daehn of Fatlace
As you've no doubt already seen, one of the hands-down, most head turning rides at SEMA 2011 was the Fatlace Sonic. SonicInsider.com's Andy Williamson, a.k.a. "the most nattily clad man at SEMA," took some time out to chat with Rob Daehn, the project manager for the Fatlace Sonic build.
Chevy Sonic at the 2012 Rolex 24
Well, this past weekend we took a trip to the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. After all, 24 Hours of unfettered, non-stop Grand Am racing action sounded just like the diversion we needed. Upon arrival, we carefully selected our set-up spot (not so easy, story for another time), set up camp-- then quickly broke camp-- in search of some serious race-infused entertainment. It was long before lo' and behold, a full-on bow tie bonanza, replete with Sonic at center stage!
Background Music Credit:
CC Music: Kevin MaCleod
Song Title: Ropocalypse
SONICINSIDER CHATS WITH MARK ARCENAL
For those select enthusiasts that obsess over their cars, and in particular, the subset consumed by a vehicle's "stance," Mark Arcenal's aesthetic and approach to car building is revered. Godfather to the Hellaflush movement, Mark's website Fatlace.com, has long been a touchstone for the legions of style-hungry youth who gallivant about the Internet in search of the "illest" ride. SonicInsider.com's own, Andy Williamson, caught up with his old friend, Mark, and picked his brain on all things Sonic. Peep the interview freshness after the jump!
UTI Tuner Life Orlando 2012
Took a weekend trip up to Orlando with the CRZ to meet with the Tjin Edition Boys and the rest of the Orlando gang. This is a quick edit from the weekend.