GAS will be at Autorama posting photos and news throughout the event. Check back for exciting updates from the show.
Modified by Galpin Auto Sports as the ultimate tailgate vehicle with HDTVs and a stainless steel grill. All proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Custom designed by Steve Carpenter from Galpin Auto Sports, all proceeds from this Mustang go to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
For complete event details and times, check out the LA Auto Show website. Hope to see you there!
Sights & Sounds with Beau Boeckmann and the GAS Crew
The SEMA show this year is full of Fords – there’s a huge Ford display and an even larger one outside with a mini-track for visitors to demo Mustangs, Shelby Cobras, and rally-prepped Fiestas. Seeing as we covered our favorite Mustangs in a previous post, here’s a look at our favorite five Fords (that aren’t Mustangs) at the 2012 SEMA show.
The Galpin Auto Sports 1966 Ford Bronco might just be one of the coolest trucks at this year’s SEMA show. The Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) Bronco stands out from the crowd thanks to its baby blue and orange Gulf livery, something GAS president Beau Boeckmann said was a controversial decision, “This is going to go one way or another,” he said, reflecting on the decision process, “People are just going to get angry with us…or they’re going to dig it.” Well Mr. Boeckmann, we certainly dig it. Aside from the Gulf livery, the GAS Bronco gets a 6.2-liter stoker V-8 churning out 540 hp, a Ford four-speed automatic transmission, beefy Dana axles and bead lock wheels. Truly a stunning Bronco.
“I didn’t want to be a 100 point show car, I wanted a gasser I could drive,” said builder Steve Carpenter, those are words we love to hear. The gasser is a ’57 Ford post car powered by 302 that was bored and stroked to a 331 and producing 502hp. “There’s a gasser etiquette, it has to be a post car.”
Steve purchased the car off of Ebay, it was an old racecar from Kentucky. Worn and beaten, the car showed up falling apart from rust and damage. “It wasn’t worth a dollar,” said Steve. “Now, it’s the nicest car, I’ve ever built.”
We start our live coverage from the 2012 SEMA Show with something really cool. We really never thought America would get the Ford Focus ST, but they have and people seem to like it. To ensure everybody’s attention is thoroughly fixed on the hot hatchback with EcoBoost power, they gave one to California tuners Galpin Auto Sports (GAS).
The theme chosen for the show car was clearly rally inspired. Taking the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, GAS added performance parts like a Borla cat-back exhaust, a K&N sports air filter, Steeda cold air induction kit, methanol injection system as well as an engine re-tune.
The Beetle celebration continues
The Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) “Chopped Top” Beetle has a custom chopped roof; lowered 5.5-inches at the A-pillar and 2.5-inches at the B-pillar for the ultimate raked look. The two FMS Automotive 1956 and 2012 Beetle models were built to show the history of the Volkswagen Beetle with both vehicles getting custom performance upgrades.
Galpin Auto Sports to Go All Out at 2012 SEMA Show
Galpin Auto Sports, the Authorized Shelby American Mod Shop known for its wild automotive creations, will be featuring several new cars at the upcoming SEMA Show this week. The same shop that brought us Mustangs like the Galpin Auto Sports Scythe and the 550-horsepower supercharged custom wide body Mustang, plan to break new ground this year.
Some new creations for the 2012 Show include a custom vintage 1966 Ford Bronco, built to handle the roughest off-road terrain and look good on the pavement as well. Then there’s the Galpin Gasser III, which follows the same vintage period-correct race style of Galpin Gassers I and II. The shop even created a custom Volkswagen Beetle Turbo.
Custom Beetles At SEMA
These include a beach-themed car developed with European Car Magazine, a low-riding “Chopped Top” Beetle from Galpin Auto Sports (GAS), and a pair of Beetles – one a 1956 model and the other from 2012 – developed by FMS Automotive.
Additional News & Press
Galpin Auto Sports has built a 2013 Ford Focus ST with a 2.0L EcoBoost engine and six-speed manual transmission. They say it is cool by infusing a heavy dose of rally car DNA into a 2013 Focus ST. The Galpin team took power and vehicle dynamics to the next level with coil-over springs, big brakes, methanol injection and a rally-ready body kit. An eye-catching paint scheme and upgraded interior finishes the expressive design. The result is a fun to drive, great looking rally car equally at home slinging mud or cruising the boulevard.
Ford announced today that it’s going to bring five modified 2013 Focus ST units at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Galpin Auto Sports invades “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.” Galpin and Galpin Auto Sports’ vehicles on the block and displayed along side So Cali’s hottest Classics, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Resto-Mods, Exotics and Contemporary Collectibles.
You might recognize this custom Mustang as it debuted at the 2009 SEMA Show. Built by Galpin Auto Sports, the 2010 Mustang convertible features a hand-built metal widebody kit that adds six inches to the width of the car, a custom PPG two-tone paint job, Forgiato wheels, unique leather seats and a 900 watt JL audio system. The car isn’t all about looks, though. Under the hood is a Ford Racing supercharger system good for 550 horsepower, and additional performance items include Wilwood brakes, a Ford Racing suspension handling pack, McLeod clutch and flywheel and a one-piece driveshaft.
GAS treated the World of Dance 2012 in Los Angeles to some hot new vehicles as well as food and drinks in the Hospitality trailer to VIPs who were in attendance. With many cyphers, stage competitions and battles, the dancers who stood out the most were Les Twins out of France. These two individuals mesh just about every type of dance there is along with their signature mime style of storytelling blended into their, “World of Dance.”
Summer is officially here in California it seems we completely skipped both Winter and Spring and can begin the festivities in the sun. Palm trees, drinks, pools, foosball, music & fast cars is how we started off the Coachella weekend. The hot wheels limited edition Mustand along with the Boss 302 rumbled through the Desert as the Aston Martin in it’s stealthy beauty led the path. This is the GAS lifestyle and we love sharing our moments with you so that the next time, we all can have some fun in the sun together.
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G.A.S. Will be at the Grand National Roadster Show Friday January 27th – Sunday January 29th in Pomona California. Keep an eye out for our huge G.A.S. trailer.
Come visit our GAS rig and see some of our latest creations PLUS bid on the SPX Mustang that GAS built which is crossing the auction block on Friday to help raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
What do you get when you take a late-model Mustang GT and infuse a bit of 1969 Boss 429 Mustang into the mix? The Galpin SPX Charity Wide Body Mustang is a good example. This looker of a car first debuted at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas this past November. In January it will cross the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale show.The good folks at Galpin Auto Sports, in Van Nuys, Calif., were selected by SPX Corporation to create this special one‐of‐a kind high‐performance Ford Mustang last summer. All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“Cancer affects so many families across America and we’re very excited at the opportunity to utilize our talents to help raise money to fight this terrible disease,” said GAS President Beau Boeckmann. “We’re honored SPX chose us as the shop to build this vehicle. Once completed, this car has tremendous potential to raise a lot of money for an organization that benefits a great cause.”
Hand Fabricated Wide Body
The Mustang is made of a hand fabricated all‐metal wide‐body that stretches the vehicle nine inches wider than a stock Mustang. Better yet, it features a Ford Racing Supercharger, with a custom dyno Tuned 5.0L V8 engine, which Galpin says can produce 711 horsepower. Other goodies include a JLT GT500 Custom Cold-Air Kit, custom cams (Comp Cams Max Effort Street/Strip & Comp Cams Phaser Limiter Kit), and a Custom Bassani Exhaust with Electronically Controlled Exhaust Cutout System.
A Candy Apple Red Pearl Beauty
On the outside you’ll find a custom formulated PPG Candy Apple Red Pearl Paint exterior paint job, in addition to numerous exterior features such as a custom fabricated front splitter and a 2012 Boss Laguna Seca Rear Spoiler. In keeping with the 1969 Boss 429 theme, the hood features a custom modified hood scoop from a 1969 BOSS 429 Mustang. The Mustang also features custom painted valve covers and Canton polished aluminum intercooler and radiator overflow tanks.
You’ll also find sealed rear quarter windows, as well as fully functional rear side scoops designed to cool the car’s brakes.
Equally Impressive on the Inside
Behind the wheel, drivers will find the car to be an improved machine when compared to a standard Mustang. This is thanks to a set of Ford Racing Performance Springs (1.5 inches lower front, 1.25 inches lower rear) and Wilwood brakes for extra stopping power. We’re talking about 14-Inch cross drilled and slotted rotors in addition to 6 Piston (front) and 4 Piston (rear) calipers. The Mustang rides on Custom-Built Forgiato 3-piece wheels (21×11 Inches in the front and 22×14 Inches in the rear), equipped with Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tires.The Galpin Auto Sports team went all out; making sure the interior of the Mustang was equally impressive. The car features custom red suede and black leather trimmed upholstery with a suede headliner featuring red contrast stitching. It also features custom embroidered headrests. The steering wheel has also been re-upholstered with suede. SPX gauges are also a part of the mix, with drivers being able to take advantage of a SPX Sunpro Gauge Pod Kit and an SPX Sunpro Tachometer and Shift light.
And Come Check Out Some of Galpin Auto Sports’ Other Creations:
1968 Boss 351 Trans Am Ranchero
In just 8 weeks, GAS and Galpin’s Classic Auto Service took a “junk yard dog” and created an awesome custom. First, the team completely dismantled the car then refurbished, rebuilt and modified each and every component of the vehicle. Powering this custom is a Barrington Engines custom BOSS 351 engine producing roughly 450 HP, backed up by an original Ford 4-speed transmission rebuilt and modified for road racing. Power is transmitted through a Currie 9-inch rear end with heavy-duty axles and 3:89 Trac-Lok. The vehicle’s suspension system incorporates a Total Control Products coil over front suspension system and Maeco Motorsports modified road racing rear suspension system. Keeping it to the ground are American Racing 17 x 9.5 427 Cobra style wheels with Nitto NT05 315 / 35 ZR 17 tires. To stop the machine, Galpin’s Classic Auto Service and GAS installed a Wilwood 4-wheel disc brake system. The interior features a custom roll cage, Scat Elite bucket seats with a 5-point racing seatbelt system, and to keep it old school, a factory original AM radio. This creation has gone from scrap yard to custom show car!
2011 Ford Explorer XXVI
Galpin Auto Sports set out to demonstrate its design and audio prowess with this exotic – yet tough – custom Explorer. It features a completely custom one-of-a-kind Matte Bruised Blue pearl paint designed by GAS and mixed by PPG. Matching matte finished headlights and taillights and custom fabricated grille complement the paint scheme. Bringing it closer to the ground, GAS lowered this Explorer with Eibach springs and sat it on 24-inch Savini Wheels with Pirelli tires. A jaw dropping complete custom interior features custom leather seats with genuine Stingray inserts. Matching leather and suede door panels complement the custom suede headliner. The insane surround sound system features 26 JL Audio speakers wrapped in LED trim which pumps out 2000 watts! To top it off, GAS installed an iPad that controls everything electronic including the 360-degree camera protecting you from the paparazzi!
2011 Lotus Evora R2R
The goal for the Evora R2R was to take a stock 2011 2+2 Lotus Evora Coupe and redesign it as a street-legal version of the Lotus Type 124 track car. To begin, the front splitter, side sill extensions and rear wing uprights on the exterior were custom machined from aluminum and powder-coated black. The door mirror caps and wing tips were also subjected to the same treatment. Be sure to look out for the wingtips that incorporate a Union Jack GAS logo. The rear horizontal wing, which incorporates the original high-level brake light, is finished from fiberglass epoxy and painted to match the Quartz Silver body. GAS added vinyl black racing stripes and door decals. Sector 111 supplied the 19″/20″ Evora Monza Wheels (direct from Italy), which are finished in a flat black paint and paired with Hankook tires. The Flowmaster exhaust system gives it a throaty growl and moves the peak horsepower closer to 300hp. For the interior, GAS added Alcantara seat inserts in a light gray color to match the Alcantara headliner. This award winning Lotus Evora has been transformed into the ultimate special edition street-legal, race inspired Evora!
2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Coupe - “AMWH”
The V12 Vantage coupe has been called the “fastest and most agile Vantage ever” this one has been upgraded by GAS to include an all-Pearl Paint scheme with a flat matte finish which has been carried over to incorporate the central veneer of the cockpit. Slick black paint has been applied to the front grille and chrome window surrounds. The interior factory styling complements the stunning exterior color with a Chancellor Red Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara finish. Gorgeous carbon fiber pieces from the Vantage Collection are also incorporated into the exterior door mirror caps, side sills, exterior side strakes, enhanced rear lip spoiler, interior upper door caps, interior A/C vents and three engine strut braces under the hood! The Flowmaster free-flowing exhaust system enhances the exhaust note over and above the factory system and adds approximately 10hp to the overall performance. Forgiato custom 20″ Aggio 5-spoke wheels are finished in Matte Black and paired with a set of super sticky Pirelli tires. With this supercar you get it all – performance, handling and styling!
2011 Jaguar XK Roadster
This new 2011 Jaguar XK convertible receives special treatment by GAS with the gorgeous addition of custom Primrose paint, 20” black chrome Jaguar wheels, blacked out chrome trim, charcoal leather interior with ivory stitching and custom Primrose painted interior trim. View the complete gallery of photos here.
Retractable Hardtop Mustang
G.A.S. introduces the very first handcrafted, one-off 2011 Mustang GT retractable hardtop designed by Joseph Adjwok and customized by Galpin Auto Sports! Carefully designed to replace the existing soft top roof, this flush fitting retractable tonneau cover automatically stows the roof away from the luggage area, allowing room for storage. G.A.S. gave this one-of-a-kind pony a PPG custom Orange Pearl paint job and black custom leather interior with complementary orange pinstripe accents, 20” black chrome stagger wheels, Ford Racing Suspension kit, CDC front spoiler and Magnaflow Exhaust system. This beast is waiting to be unleashed with its mighty 5.0L V8 engine giving 412 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, which is mated to a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s time to put the top down and GO-GAS-GO!
GAS was inspired to build the ultimate BOSS 302. Starting out with an already beefy 2012 BOSS 302, GAS gave it an extra 9 inches with a custom one-of-a-kind handmade all metal wide body that takes this awesome vehicle to a whole new level. Once painted with a GAS designed special one-of-a-kind Matte Orange Pearl PPG paint with custom painted black BOSS graphics, GAS added a custom-built ProCharger supercharger kit to bring this already impressive vehicle over 780HP! Now to put the power to the ground, one-off massive one-piece forged Forgiato wheels were wrapped in Pirelli 335/30/20 rear and 295/35/20 racing compound front tires. A Borla attack exhaust, Stoptech vented and grooved front and rear rotors, Brembro front calipers, Ford Racing lowering springs, Laguna Seca rear wing and Extreme front air dam, and custom sealed rear quarter windows round out the exterior. Inside features a 6-point roll cage painted to match the exterior paint of the car, BOSS 302-X custom embroidered racing seats and a Laguna Seca gauge pod. For the finishing touch, GAS custom painted a racing helmet that also matches the car!
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