For any manufacturer of aftermarket parts, knowing that a vehicle wearing your product was chosen as the ‘Best of’ sends a significant amount of pride back home. Whether your product is under the hood, inside the car, or at each wheel, as an award winner that vehicle is seen by hundreds of thousands of people and they see what parts were chosen for that build.
Baer Brakes has put together its own list of Show Stoppers: Top 10 Awards at SEMA to highlight vehicles that feature Baer brakes, and we wanted to share this list with you to see the kind of cars that are winning awards at SEMA, and to help Bear spread the word that they want to recognize these great builds and their respective builders as part of an elite group: the best of the best.
OUSCI Winner – 2003 Corvette, Danny Popp
Danny Popp came back to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in his 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 as the only three-time winner in the history of the event. This year he took it a step further winning for the third straight time, making it even more difficult for others to catch him. This win made him a four-time overall winner, will anyone be able to catch him next year? They’re already asking that question.
SEMA Battle Of The Builders Top 3 – 1941 Willys, Detroit Speed
The Battle of the Builders is a SEMA competition that includes some of the best builders in the world, as well as companies that put their products to the track, like Detroit Speed. This Willys came to Detroit Speed for a complete ground-up build. This former drag car was rumored to have been driven by Kenny Bernstein at one time, and is now powered by an LS7.
Ford Design Award – 1972 Ford Maverick, Sung Kang/U3
After driving a 1971 Ford Maverick in Fast Five, actor Sung Kang felt a deep appreciation for the simple lines, as well as the history and the following for the car in Brazil. Called Project Underdog, the car was put together by a group of students from Alhambra High School. It features a 2.3L EcoBoost borrowed from a Mustang, and was fitted with a larger, GReddy turbocharger. If you’ve followed us, you know how we love ‘different’ and the Maverick has always been a favorite, so this was a welcome addition to the list.
SEMA Battle Of The Builders Top 10 – 1969 Camaro RS, Ringbrothers
One of our favorite quotes comes from Mike Ring, brother to his partner Jim Ring – both incredible builders with a great personality to boot. Mike told us a couple years ago, “Restorations are all about what’s wrong with the car. We don’t do restorations.” Mike was correct, because when was the last time you didn’t hear someone say about a restoration, “that’s not right”? Usually, a car comes to Ringbrothers as a basket case, and they go to town creating something unique. This ’69 RS – G Code – was par for the course with Ringbrothers, and sports a blown Wegner Motorsports LS3 putting down 1,000 horsepower.
Mother’s Shine Award Top 10 – 1969 Camaro, Roadster Shop
The Mother’s Shine award goes to the car that exemplifies a beautiful finish, and the Roadster Shop brought this stunning McLaren Yellow 1969 Camaro to the SEMA Show this year. The entire car has been highly modified in ways many wouldn’t even think of. “Inferno” wears a set of custom wheels made specifically for this car, and sports a 680 horsepower LT1 under the hood.
Chevrolet Design Award – 1969 Camaro, Ringbrothers, 1971 Camaro, GAP Racing
The Chevrolet Design Award went to two cars that wore Baer brakes, the first was the unique G Code 1969 Camaro by Ringbrothers, and the second was the GAP Racing Enigma 1971 Camaro. This second gen Camaro won for the best crate engine build, with a 638 horsepower L59 crate motor from Chevrolet Performance with an impressive 640 lb-ft of torque.
BASF Best Paint Award – 1969 Mustang, Goolsby Customs
If this Mustang looks familiar, then you’ve likely seen it making the rounds this year. This was the same Mustang that won the Street Machine of the Year award at the Goodguys 19th PPG Nationals. This Goolsby Customs Mustang is powered by a Coyote under the hood, backed up by a Tremec six-speed transmission, and it looks good at any angle.
Ford Best In Show Award For Design – 2017 Mustang GT, SpeedKore
The composite body kit on this Mustang GT helps to reduce weight, but the 5.0 liter under the hood with the Stage 2 Whipple supercharger is what gives this beastly Ford its motivation. This combination is good for 825 horsepower and makes this Mustang a modern musclecar that few others can touch. This was SpeedKore‘s second year at SEMA, and they won awards the first year, too.
Ford Design Award, Special Recognition – 1965 Mustang, Roadster Shop
Old school always impresses us, and even when there’s modern motivation under the hood. While there’s nothing like the thump of a radical bump stick in a classic, there’s also nothing like being able to drive that car just about anywhere with modern power. This 1965 Mustang, Vapor by Roadster Shop, is powered by a 785 horsepower Coyote with some added boost from an Edelbrock supercharger.
Golden Ticket Invite – 1969 Camaro, PCH Rods
You might know Rob and Brandy Phillips from PCH Rods because she puts the pedal to the metal in their C10 truck in the Optima OUSCI events, and this year PCH Rods put together this 50/50 1969 Camaro powered by an LS3 crate engine and combines the duality of hardcore road racing with a bit of a luxury interior.
These are just ten of the vehicles found at SEMA that rely on Baer Brakes to get the car back under control when the go stick is abused, and as award finalists Baer chose these ten vehicles and wanted to recognize the awesome work put into each of them, and to say thanks to their partners for relying on Baer Brakes to keep things under control.