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66 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2019 Molina's vision is to continue to merge both worlds in an effort to create unique, engaging show expe- riences and new professional opportu- nities in vehicle design and building. WORKING WITH KIRKHAM Successful collaborations with famous comic creators like Todd McFarlane— a Canadian comic book creator and entrepreneur who is best known for his work as the artist on The Amazing Spider-Man and as the writer and artist on the horror-fantasy series Spawn— and the late Stan Lee—an American comic book writer, editor, publisher and producer respected as the creator of Marvel and co-creator for popular characters like X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and more— have led to an exciting project with the Tyler Kirkham. "He's one of those rare individuals whose talent is only challenged by his generosity and good nature," says Molina. "We have enjoyed working with him so much for the last few months that we wanted his artwork to reach beyond the realm of comic fandom. Thus, we decided to showcase his mas- terpieces on five different vehicles to be displayed at the world-renowned SEMA Convention in Las Vegas." PUTTING THE 'BUG' IN BUGGY One such collaboration is the Spi- derman Buggy, a fan favorite that is sure to stand out at SEMA. "We took the direction of the buggy, since it's such an iconic vehicle to comic fans," says Molina. "The Spider Buggy was introduced in comics during the early 1970s. Recently, Tyler Kirkham drew two variant covers using the Spider Buggy." Sponsored by NRG Innovations, Hella, Mile Marker, Raceline Wheels, Conti- nental Tire, EMPI, Vibe Audio, Active Auto Transport, Jada, Tyler Kirkham Art and AJM Studios, the one-of-a-kind buggy build has already received plenty of attention at the 2019 FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention and the Fantasma Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, on its way to the SEMA Show Nov. 5-8. "It was cool to see such a variety of people recognizing the buggy and having a great reaction to it," Molina says. "We had over 450 people pose for pics with the buggy and collected 300-plus emails." It will be featured in the NRG Inno- vations booth #25017 at SEMA, where it is sure to elicit a similar positive reception from show-goers. "The companies we reached out to understand the possibilities of cross- promoting in the comic/cosplay industry," Molina notes. "Each day, we plan to give away a signed and CGC-certified Spiderman 1 variant cover valued at $175 per piece. Plus, we'll be giving away a remarked ver- sion set of Amazing Spiderman 30 by Tyler, which is valued at over $700." Navigating an event the magnitude of the SEMA Show calls for organi- zation, prioritization and discipline. Those attending should have a must- see short list, and the Spiderman Buggy should definitely make the cut. Manx body kit Raceline beadlock wheels Custom Spiderman vinyl by Amigo Signs Body work and paint to match Tyler Kirkham's Spider Buggy by Auto Body Creations Mile Marker 5,000-pound winch Vibe audio equipment NRG Innovations • 32mm Sport reinforced steering wheel, blue trim, blue stitch • Short hub for VW • Gen3 quick-release shift paddle, blue • FRP race seat, blue with red • SFI 3-inch, 5-point race harnesses • NRG floor mats • NRG M4 pedals • Harness bar, blue • NRG red tow hook • Front NRG tow hook, red • NRG EPAC charging system EMPI • VW Baja bumper, front, fits wide and bugeye • Baja rear bumper • VW crank pulley, chrome, blue markers • VW engine trim kit, super deluxe chrome, blue • VW buggy dual exhaust, ceramic-coated • Replacement windshield seals • Dash panel • Taillights HELLA • 500 LED driving light kit • ValueFit Northern Lights combo kit Instagram: #ProjektCars Instagram: #Soldiercon The "Spider Buggy" has made appearances in classic Spider-Man comics over the years.

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