Phillip Chung, staff engineer for Nitto Tire North America, shows off the new Nitto Dune Grappler Desert Terrain tire for off-road enthusiasts. The tire is outfitted here on a Toyota FJ Cruiser. * Debra Dunlap, marketing manager at Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. in Potosi, Mo., won a drawing for a two-year vehicle lease, valued at $10,000, presented by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and GE Money. From left to right are Paul Schlehr, vice president of sales, automotive group, GE Money; Greg Pittman, senior vice president of sales for GE Money; Ms. Dunlap; and Phil Caris, Cooper's vice president of sales and marketing. * Robert Dejarnetto, sales support staff with Cooper Tire's Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels unit, is shown with the new Dick Cepek Crusher light truck tire due in dealerships in the second quarter of 2007. The sidewall features a skull and crossbones motif. * Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. displayed an Ecsta tire and wheel concept-with an electric motor and suspension components inside the wheel-for hybrid vehicles. * Comedian Jay Leno and Ed Welburn, General Motors Corp. vice president of global design, took the wraps off the EcoJet, the TV star's newest car, at Las Vegas' Wynn Hotel on the eve of the SEMA Show. The supercar, powered by a 650-horsepower biodiesel turbine engine, was styled by GM's advanced design studio in California. The turbine powerplant inspired the design of the Alcoa forged aluminum wheels (inset), which wear Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 255/35R20s up front and 305/30R22s at the rear. * Dave Snyder (left), vice president of small tire marketing and sales for Tire Centers L.L.C., visits with Jeff Cohen, owner of Traction Wholesale Center based in Bensalem, Pa., and Allen Mott, general manager of Smart Tire Centers in Lawrenceville, N.J. *
Yokohama Tire Corp. developed this concept tire for the Suzuki Ionis, a prototype fuel-cell-powered compact sedan. The tire offers low rolling resistance and traction in all conditions, Yokohama said. * Toyota Motor Corp.'s Scion brand showed this JMI Motorsports-designed Monster Truck xB featuring paint by avant-garde muralist/graphic artist David Choe and a 20-inch suspension lift to accommodate the 35.0x12.50-R18 Toyo M/T tires mounted on J-Line 6SL2 alloy wheels. * Tammy Smith of Vee Rubber USA Inc. shows off the street rod tires parent Vee Rubber Co. Ltd. of Thailand is making as an entree to the U.S. market. Better known for its motorcycle and scooter tires, Vee Rubber is broadening its product portfolio to help it build its international business. The firm recently established Vee Rubber USA in Lithia Springs, Ga. * Armando Tornel Murillo, executive president of Empresas Tornel in Mexico, kisses his award after his induction into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame. Tire Industry Association President Paul Hyatt is at left. * A number of Toyota Motor Corp.'s new FJ Cruisers, as well as off-road race cars, negotiate the off-road course-complete with dirt and rock-strewn mounds-set up in front of the convention center. The car company and Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corp. sponsored the popular site. * Jeff Chambers, southeast regional coordinator for McCourt Industries, demonstrates at the Myers Tire Supply booth how easy it is to mount and demount a 28-inch tire on the Corghi Artiglio 50 tire changer. * Hunter Engineering Co.'s Jeff Murray demonstrates the firm's TC3500 tire changer to Kyle Ranauro (left) and Paul Rohm of Connell Nissan, a car dealership in Costa Mesa, Calif. * A yellow Hummer H2 by KAO Auto Styling in Las Vegas drew onlookers outside the convention center. It's shod with Kumho Road Venture MT tires, size 38x14.00 R24 LT. * The 2006 SEMA Show celebrated the 40th anniversary of ``American Muscle-Past, Present, Future,'' featuring Ford, Mopar and GM muscle cars, including ``Mustang row'' above. * John Kaiser lovingly shines the hood of a red 1957 Chevy Nomad belonging to a friend. * Fins are fine on the green ``Ratillac,'' a 1959 Cadillac four-door roadster styled by Hunter Body Shop. * An off-road racer parked in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center sports 10.80-17 size ``Apex by Xtreme Tire'' front rubber. * California design studio DeBerti Design built this Ford F-650 6X6 featuring six doors, six wheels, seating for six and six video monitors. Powered by a 330-hp Caterpillar diesel engine, the DeBerti 6X6 rolls on Bridgestone M844 medium truck tires, size 445/65R22.5, and DeBerti-designed wheels.