SEMA 2010: Best In Show, Editor’s Picks

It may surprise you, but the AutoGuide editors are not faceless robots who write in the third person while chained to our keyboards. We actually have personalities, and with that, specific taste in automobiles. Now that we can finally express ourselves individually, we decided to do a post of our “favorites” from the 2010 SEMA Show.

Hit the jump to see the top three pics by News Editor Derek Kreindler and AutoGuide Editor-in-Chief Colum Wood:

Derek Kreindler – News Editor

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My grand prize goes to the Underground Racing Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce. Why? Because it’s name in Italian literally means “Super Fast.” Because it makes 1,400 horsepower and everything mechanical had to be overhauled to accommodate the turbocharger. And most importantly, because it’s fueled by the hopes and dreams of third world orphans, and nothing expresses your contempt for the common man like a bright yellow, flame-belching Italian phallus on 4 wheels.

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Second in line is the first of two Fords, both not street legal. Ken Block’s personal Ford Focus RS is spectacular. No tacky bodykit, no ostentatious graphics, just some subtle wheels, power upgrades and the awesome Focus RS interior is left untouched. For all the hype surrounding him, Block is truly a gentleman, and the car couldn’t go to a nicer guy.

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Lastly, the Ford Mustang Boss 302R race car. Knowing how incredible the basic Mustang is, the thought of a stripped out 5.0L Mustang with a real bucket seat, roll cage, big BBS wheels and the ability to buy it from Ford, as a turnkey car, makes  one’s jeans get a little tighter. Ford’s Mustang Boss 302 will be out next year, and with the 302R used as a test bed, you can be sure that we will do whatever it takes to get a drive in it.

Colum Wood – Editor-in-Chief


If it’s not the car I want to own the most, then it’s at least the car I want to drive the most at SEMA: the Honda HPD CR-Z race car. Having driven the stock CR-Z right before SEMA I’m a big fan, and by strapping a turbo to the tiny 1.5-liter 4-cylinder and adding a push-to-pass hybrid system capable of 200-hp, I’d relish the opportunity to get this machine out on the track. Better still, as a long-time Honda fan this gives me hope that Honda might be back on track.

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Next up is another race car – sort of. The Need for Speed 1969 Mustang RTR-X is the brain child of Ford drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and was built for drifting. Regardless of it’s purpose, it looks amazing with its classic lines that have been meshed with some retro Japanese items like the Work Meister Wheels and riveted fender flares. Plus, classic car nuts can’t get upset because the body is a recreation. Better yet, under all that old school bodywork lies a custom (and very modern) chassis, while power comes from Ford’s new 5.0-liter V8.


Finally, my third place award (if I had one to give) is to John Pangilinan’s Scion tC Tuner Challenge car. Featuring a carbon fiber widebody and dressed up completely like a race car it certainly looks the part from front to back, inside and out. It’s also nice to see that Pangilinan kept true to his theme and didn’t install a ridiculous audio system in the trunk just because it’s SEMA and that would have won him a few extra points with the judges. Sadly, that decision likely cost him the win.

Don’t like our selections? Perhaps you’d appreciate our Worst of Show here.