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I am a car guy. The picture above is my 2016 Subaru BRZ that I purchased this year and began modifying the same day I brought it home from the dealership. As a car guy, attending the annual SEMA conference in Las Vegas has been a bucket-list item I have been wanting to cross off for a number of years. 2016 brought the opportunity to attend — attendance is not open to the general public — because a friend (Russ Taylor) managed to have his 2015 Z28 Camaro racecar entered as a Feature Car in the event!

 

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Russ Taylor’s Z28 Camaro

Walking around 7 miles a day at the Las Vegas Convention center for three straight days last week, I saw hundreds of amazing cars and trucks. From classic street rods, hot rods my Dad used to build, 1970s muscle cars to modern muscle cars and Japanese import tuners. I took more than 100 photos and filled my Instagram account that follows my car passion. Here are the top 10 cars I thought were at the show.

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Nissan R35 GT-R from HKS
Nissan R35 GT-R from HKS

 

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1955 Chevy with classic hot rod flames
1955 Chevy with classic hot rod flames

 

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Subaru BRZ
Subaru BRZ

 

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Silver Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
Silver Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R

 

#6

Ford Maverick - Sung Kang's U3 aka Underdog project car
Ford Maverick – Sung Kang’s U3 aka Underdog project car

 

#5

@solus86 Toyota FRS with a Rocket Bunny kit
@solus86 Toyota FRS with a Rocket Bunny kit

 

#4

White Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
White Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R

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Ryan Tuerck's Ferrari 458 Toyota FRS
Ryan Tuerck’s Ferrari 458 Toyota FRS

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Mazda RX-7
Mazda RX-7

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Graphic art by moonxels

For my first Sunday vDM 30 in 30 posts, I have decided to talk about a favorite science fiction series, The Lost Fleet by author Jack Campbell. I am a voracious reader, reading for pleasure nearly every night for an hour as a way to relax my mind before retiring to bed. My iBooks library includes well over 100 titles, and is ever increasing. I’ve been fortunate to see my love of reading passed onto my children — my oldest daughter collects books and reads them even more seriously than I do. Reading is the foundation of a good education and a great way to expand our minds — even when reading casual books/novels.

A futuristic space drama, The Lost Fleet series takes place entirely through the eyes of the character John ‘Black Jack’ Geary. Each novel is written as a fast-paced, action-filled drama and felt like a wonderful TV mini-series. The supporting cast around the main character added depth to the series and the world felt very familiar. Having read the series a few times over, from start to finish, it feels a bit like the TV show Firefly. A series you wish hadn’t ended when it did and keeps you coming back from time to time to visit with a group of old friends.

The thing I enjoyed most in the series was the way the author wrote the space combat sequences. Having played lots of space-combat video games, watched plenty of sci-fi space shows and movies, the authors unique approach to space combat was simply spectacular. The incorporation of time delay based on the speed of light and the use of actual physics in the writing was a welcome approach and added an additional level of suspense.

If you have not read The Lost Fleet series, I encourage you to pick it up and give it a try — you will not be disappointed! Pass it on!

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