GM Engineer Mark Stielow talks to Kelle Oeste of V8TV about his latest 1969 Camaro project "Gunner "and the LT4 engine he installed in the car.   They touch on the challenge of developing additional power from new engines and pushing the performance levels of currently available parts.   Shot at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.  
The Street Machine Summer Nationals is a huge Classic, Muscle Car, and Hot Rod event in St. Paul, Minnesota where a reported 7000 cars and thousands of gear heads get together for some high horsepower fun in the sun.   There is cruising, dyno runs, an autocross, vendors, and just about anything a car enthusiast could want.    We spent some time checking out some of the cars and meeting the people that make this such a fun event.  







2017 SEMA V8TV Lead

Take a tour of the 2017 SEMA Show with the V8 Crew!    Photos by Grady Reeser. 


SEMA Central

The 2017 SEMA show kicks off on October 31, and this year, the SEMA Central stage will be hosted by V8TV's own Kevin Oeste.   SEMA Central is located in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center, just outside the Central Hall.  SEMA Central is the main hub for special SEMA programs, displays and announcements, and it's a place to for show goers to learn about business growth and opportunities offered through SEMA's many benefits and services.    The live stage features interviews with key SEMA committee members, manufacturers, celebrities, SEMA Hall Of Fame inductees, Battle Of The Builders participants, and more.  

"This is a great opportunity to spend time chatting with some of the most involved members of the SEMA organization and leaders from all areas of the industry" Oeste remarked.  "Being entrusted by SEMA to host the SEMA Central stage all week is a tremendous honor, and after attending the SEMA show for over 20 years,  I'm very excited to be a part of the show from the SEMA side of things.    We'll still have V8TV crews covering the event for our V8TV television show from the show floor, but I look forward to a fun week in the Grand Lobby with SEMA Central."     

SEMA Central interviews are all recorded and will be shared on the SEMA YouTube channel shortly after the show.    V8TV will be airing coverage of the SEMA show in future episodes airing on TUFF TV, Rev'n, The Action Channel, and streaming on Roku, YouTube, and V8TV social sites. 

Learn more about SEMA show at and V8TV at  



1978 Pontiac Trans Am V8 Speed And Resto DuQuoin
2017<b> Street Machine Nationals </b>AdThe V8TV crew is geared up for the 2017 Street Machine Nationals in DuQuoin, IL, as they will be on-hand all weekend shooting new V8TV Television show episodes and showing cars worked on in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, IL. 
“The Street Machine Nationals is a great event that is just jammed with awesome cars and great people, and that always makes for outstanding event coverage on V8TV” said Kevin Oeste, Host of V8TV.    The new episodes will be shown nationally on V8TV airing Mondays on TUFF-TV, Rev’n, and The Action Channel, as well as online.   
DuQuoin is also close to V8TV’s home at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, so the crew will be displaying some very cool cars from the shop at the event. 
Cars on hand will include a recently completed 1969 Chevrolet Camaro resto-mod featuring a fuel injected 350 with a 4-speed and modern updates based on classic Z-28 styling.      Ford fans will dig the 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 street machine packing a dual-quad stroker 428 and a 4-speed, a car painted and tuned at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop.    And since this is the 40th anniversary of Smokey & The Bandit, a sweet black 1978 Pontiac Trans Am Bandit SE will be shown featuring modern fuel injection, overdrive, and a roller-cammed Pontiac 400 under the hood.    
“Everyone loves Bandit Trans Ams, and we just completed some cool upgrades on this one without detracting from the DNA of the car” Oeste adds.
Between showing the cars, shooting TV, and promoting their Drive In Cruise event coming up in August, the V8TV Crew will be busy the weekend of the Street Machine Nationals.   “We always run into lots of shop customers and V8TV fans at the event, it’s like a big reunion” says Oeste.  “It’s one of our favorite events to attend.”
Look for the cars and V8 Crew on-site, and keep an eye on or the V8TV Facebook page for updates on when the TV episodes will be airing.    More information about the cars can be found at  
1964 Ford Galaxie shown at 2017<b> Street Machine Nationals </b>in DuQuoin, IL
1969 Chevrolet Camaro shown at 2017<b> Street Machine Nationals </b>in DuQuoin, IL

Street Machine Nationals - Du Quoin, IL June 23... by streetmachinenationals

​Many people are familiar with the Detroit Autorama and the prestigious Ridler award, but the reality is there are hundreds of cars on display. This year we again sent V8 Detroit correspondent Joe Miuccio to Cobo Hall to capture the entire event and not just the Great 8 Ridler contendors.  We hope you enjoy clicking through this 500 image gallery covering the muscle cars, customs, hot rods, rat rods, and more from the 2017 Detroit Autorama!  
2017 Grand National Roadster Show

The 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, had something cool for every kind of hot rod enthusiast to drool over, and our buddy Richard Waitas from MagnaFlow captured this gallery of images and shared them with us.   Rich is always seeking out cool and innovative elements on cars, and he had a lot to choose from this year.    

2017 Grand National Roadster Show

Our friend Josh Mishler from Advanced Plating was kind enough to share some photos he snapped at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.   The event always features the pinnicle in hot rods and customs, and this year, was home to the 60th anniversary of the tri-five Chevrolet display as well.    Troy Ladd and the crew from Hollywood Hot Rods took home the highest honor of the America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy (AMBR).