A crazy thing happened to Eder Calvillo on his way to the 2010 Las Vegas SEMA show. "We forgot to close the hood properly and it (the hood to his 2006 Hummer) flew off our trailer on our way to the show," explained the Dickinson, Texas resident, "We drove back 100 miles through the Arizona desert but couldn't find it." Although Calvillo doesn't say where he got a perfectly matched hood replacement - he did - and his goal to have the sickest H2 Hummer at SEMA became reality.
Calvillo felt confident that his 2006 Hummer H2 would be the only one on display riding on 30" billet wheels.
Eder Calvillo's decision to go with K&N was a no-brainer, his dad had been using K&N products on his hotrods for as long as he can remember.
The Hummer name is best known for its H1 model, made popular because of its versatile and extraordinary military applications. Like its Jeep predecessor, a version of the H1 was made available to the public. However, the H1 was far too massive, too expensive and to impractical for widespread success, so GM introduced the H2.
The H2 keeps much of the same "all business" look and feel of the original Hummer, but it does so without all the imposing bulk.
Although the Hummers original hood blew off somewhere in the Arizona desert on the way to SEMA, things worked out just fine for Calvillo and his H2.
For Calvillo the 2010 SEMA show was his first, and although he's been learning and tooling with show vehicles for four years, his 2006 H2 Hummer is his first complete build. "I still have a lot to learn," says Calvillo, "I come from a lowrider background though, so it was obvious that my love for custom cars would get me into the scene."
Calvillo inspiration for wanting to exhibit his sapphire jewel Hummer at SEMA was simple. "I knew I was going to be the only Hummer on display with 30" billet wheel, also we built an LS2 motor with a K&N intake - now you don't see that everyday - we just knew we had to show it at SEMA."
Calvillo doesn't employ the Hummer as a daily driver, but he will take it out on weekends occasionally. And, as for tips to prospective car builders just getting started he has only three words, "patience and planning."
Calvillo is a member of Swift Car Club, established in 1995, which has grown into one of the most recognized car clubs in the United States. Last year, in an awards ceremony also held in Las Vegas, DUB Magazine presented Swift Car Club with the "Best Car Club of the Year Award." In 2010 Swift also continued to grow, expanding into Washington and Texas.
"I feel proud to be in charge of the Texas chapter and to see that our car club keeps expanding with new quality rides that are bringing new ideas to the car show scene," remarked Calvillo.
What was Calvillo's reasoning for going with the K&N intake, as well as their air and oil filters? "It's simple - when it comes to performance - K&N is the leading brand. My dad uses K&N products on his hotrod builds, so it's a brand that has been in my family for quite some time."
The visually striking Hummer has been collecting plenty of attention and awards since it first debuted according. "It has been featured in Truckin, StreetTrucks and StreetSeen magazines," says Calvillo. "It has also been used for a lot of advertisements throughout the state of Texas. Just last week it was used in a photo shoot for Rides magazine."
Commenting on his impression of his first SEMA show Calvillo says, "SEMA is the world's biggest car show, I had so much fun meeting all these people that share the same passion for the car culture. I hope to attend again this year with a new build, and of course to display the K&N logo. I'm currently working on a new project and the Hummer might have a complete new look. But I can't say too much on that now - be on the lookout."
Calvillo says his immediate future goals are simple, "to stay healthy and to keep focused on my builds. I want to have sickest Hummer in the US, and I know that goal will take a lot of work."
"I would like to thank all my friends, my fellow club members, and my understanding wife for letting me invest crazy amounts of money on the Hummer," adds Calvillo.
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