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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

SEMA 2014 Las Vegas Gran Turismo Awards Chevrolet Rampage Camaro Builders

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