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SEMA 2014: Las Vegas, NV
Mustang's 50th Anniversary
Brembo Carbon-Ceramic Discs
Riding Along in the Mustang RTR Spec 5 Concept and F-150 Ultimate Fun Haver
Gran Turismo Awards
Honda's Project Fits
RTR by HRE Wheels
Tuner Battlegrounds: Battle for SEMA 2
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SEMA 2014 Las Vegas Gran Turismo Awards Best Asian Import Garrett GReddy Nissan GTR

GRAN TURISMO AWARDS
ARGUABLY THE BEST PARTY OF THE WEEK, industry magnates touched down at Drai’s Nightclub for an evening of awards and killer music, courtesy of punk-rock legends Social Distortion. Celeb sightings from the PASMAG crew included Kei Muira, Porsche driver Patrick Long testing the simulator, Kenny Tran, Fredric Aasbo, and Danny George, who we ran into earlier that day to discuss some exciting 2015 plans. Sitting at the GoPro booth throughout the week, the “Rampage” Camaro (pictured, above) built by Roadster Shop took the GT Award for Best in Show, and after seeing it up close, it’s obvious why. It has the perfect amount of old school flare, sports car looks, and modern widebody elements that make it easy on the eyes. Underneath, the 750 horses push from the LS7 motor through a sideways-mounted transmission(!)
because the car sits so low, and everything is built for a full-on track assault. We can’t wait to give this a test in the virtual world.

SEMA 2014 Las Vegas Gran Turismo Awards Production

OF COURSE, GRAN TURISMO GURU, KAZUNORI YAMAUCHI, WAS ON HAND TO AWARD FINALISTS FROM FIVE CATEGORIES TO GO ON TO COMPETE FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS HONOR OF BEING FEATURED IN GRAN TURISMO. HERE ARE THE WINNERS FROM EACH CATEGORY:

Best Truck/SUV:
1952 HPI Customs Chevy Pickup

Best Asian Import:
Garrett / GReddy Nissan GT-R (R35)

Best European Import:
2013 HPA VW Golf

Best Hot Rod:
1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air

Best American Domestic:
1970 Chevrolet “Rampage” Camaro

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OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational 2013

All 51 participants of the 2013 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational line up for a group photo, ready to kick off the events of the sixth annual OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. Crowds of spectators gather to cheer for the start of the 2013 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. Fans line the streets of Las Vegas outside SEMA to watch participants take on the Detroit Speed & Engineering Road Rally. Participant Chris Moore in his 1972 Ford Maverick. Participant Dax Snow and his 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo turn a corner at the 2013 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. Winner of the…

SEMA 2015: Global Media Awards (Top 10)

For some reason, someone thought it was a good idea to give me, Micky, a fancy badge, a scanner and tell me to vote for products to be awarded. The 10 products you see here are ones that stuck out to me as the best, for one reason or another. Read on to see why they were chosen! Air Lift Performance3H Air Suspension SystemAir Lift’s 3H system is a culmination of three years of testing and development to create a simplified air suspension system that can stand up to daily use in all seasons. Guess what? They succeeded. The 3H…

Import Face-Off 2012: Witchita, KS

Text and Photos by Cliff Wallace - www.importfaceoff.net Results from March 18th, 2012 – Wichita, Kansas IMPORT FACE-OFF FWD presented by SPEC clutches and flywheelsWinner – Alex Pagan – Honda Civic – 10.3177 @ 141.51 mphR/U – Jamie Beck – Acura Integra – 10.769 @ 144.37 mph FORCED INDUCTION SPORT presented by Deatsch WerksWinner – Rusty Threadgill – Honda Civic – 10.5360 @ 142.36 mphR/U – Kyle Moore – Honda Civic – 11.0917 @ 136.94 mph BRACKET CLASSWinner – Eric Kaska – Nissan 350z - .3263 R/TR/U - Brandon Dewey – Nissan 350z - .4500 R/T ALL MOTOR PRO presented…

Formula Drift Round 4 2013: Wall, NJ

Formula D ripped into the Wall, NJ 1/8 mile oval course for the fourth stop on their 2013 10th anniversary tour. Although the speeds at wall are the slowest of the entire circuit, the transition off of the 30-degree banking makes the track one of the most technical to drive. This year’s configuration was changed up slightly, eliminating the crossover through the middle that was often bumpy. Qualifying yielded several familiar names at the top including a Falken 1-2 sweep with top qualifier Justin Pawlak in his Falken Tire Ford Mustang and Darren McNamara close behind in his Falken Tire…