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The SEMA Show has me wanting to turn my ’09 Honda Civic into a mad whip.


Jason Stahl has 28 years of experience as an editor, and has been editor of BodyShop Business for the past 16 years. He currently is a gold pin member of the Collision Industry Conference. Jason, who hails from Cleveland, Ohio, earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from John Carroll University and started his career in journalism at a weekly newspaper, doing everything from delivering newspapers to selling advertising space to writing articles.

Yeah, I’m thinking rim covers. And a big spoiler. I don’t know about you, but this year’s SEMA Show got me thinking about all the things I could do to my 2009 Honda Civic. As if my son hadn’t.

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If I would’ve listened to my son, I would already have a giant spoiler, nitrous under the hood, “sick” wheels and footwell lights. But as I explained to the car crazy 13-year-old kid who has watched all of the “Fast and Furious” movies several times, I am 42 years old. Such additions to my modest Civic would look ridiculous and have people my age driving by and giving me contemptuous stares, muttering, “Aw, grow up!”

Still, I’m considering moderate, subtle enhancements. I’m sure the SEMA Show has that effect on everybody. You go there and end up prowling the aisles and salivating like a wolf, ogling the delectable cars and thinking of all the possibilities. As I glided around the Global Tire Expo and spied the Lamborghini Aventador, I thought, OK, this is out of my price range, but I can turn my Civic into a mad whip.


As I’ve said before, I’m not a car guy or a gearhead, but the SEMA Show gets me as close to that as I’ll ever be.

And then the buzzkill. Someone actually published an article after the show titled, “10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Customize Your Car.” Negatively impacting resale value, negatively impacting performance, blah blah blah. Way to bring a guy down!

I think I’ll stick to my modified tail pipe.

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