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SEMA Award Consumer Challenge Winner Announced

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Featuring an elaborate paint job from the Custom Shop in Flanagan, Illinois, Jerry Calder’s 2011 SS Camaro was named a winner in the 2011 SEMA Award Consumer Challenge.

A stunning tribal graphic paint job, with matching Foose wheels and custom flip-forward hood, was enough to make Jerry Calder’s 2011 SS Camaro a winner in the 2011 SEMA Award Consumer Challenge.

Calder’s Camaro was chosen based on those and other modifications, as outlined in his web video, which has thousands of views. Calder was one of several dozen contestants who submitted videos of their current-generation vehicles in order to be considered for prizes that included credentials and amenities to attend the trade-only Show.

The contest was open to registered, street-legal customized current-generation vehicles, as outlined in the SEMA Award contender list.

The Calder Camaro’s paint job, by John Wargo at the Custom Shop in Flanagan, Illinois, has more than 28 colors, including pearl and candy colors, with snakeskin effects. The interlinked tribal graphics, which extend from exterior to the interior, took more than 189 hours to apply. Smooth to the touch, the layers of paint were clear-coated, sanded and then cleared again.

A Ground Effects custom wing, Foose wheels painted to match and billet grilles are other custom touches gracing the exterior. The hood mounts were re-engineered so the hood flips forward. A Chevy bowtie and skull are among the design elements visible among flames airbrushed onto the hood surface. 

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The hood, which re-engineered so that it flips forward, features the Chevrolet bowtie and a skull as dynamic design elements. 

Street-legal performance has been added through the use of a ZEX nitrous system, Flowmaster cat-back exhaust and Brembo Brake system with drilled and slotted rotors.

The interior has received custom suede seat coverings that match the copper paint elements, which extend into the interior through the doorjambs and flow across the dash panels. Inside the trunk are two Sony 1200 amps powering a custom sound system.

The car will be in full view at the 2012 SEMA Show when it starts October 30, 2012, and owner Jerry Calder, of Lexington, South Carolina, will be in attendance. Check out the winning video.