SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 31, August 6, 2009

SEMA SoCal Car Show Draws Muscle, Kustoms, Rods and Foose

  2009 Show 'N Shine
  2009 Show 'N Shine
  Drawing 155 cars and 1,500 spectators, the inaugural Show 'N Shine filled the Pasadena Convention Center with an eclectic mix of metal.

Enthusiasts, car buffs and collectors came together at the inaugural SEMA Show 'N Shine car show, August 1, in Pasadena, California. The event drew more than 150 cars, ranging from all manner of musclecars, rods and trucks, European exotica and Japanese style. All proceeds from entry fees went to ChildHelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp charities.

View a video of the event from Streetfire.net here.

Show 'N Shine organizer Mike Spagnola said he was overwhelmed by the response, as well as the generosity of sponsors Giovanna Wheels, Mothers Car Polish, WD-40 and Grand Marshal Chip Foose.

“I also truly appreciated the mix of cars,” Spagnola said. “When doing a car show, you have no control over what kind of cars show up. We were able to get a very eclectic group of cars, from a '32 Ford with a Ferrari motor to '69 Camaros, Chevy lowriders, '55 Ford trucks, Porsche Turbos, Lamborghinis, and Alfas. It was a great social event that also gave manufacturers a chance to talk with car owners and enthusiasts—a first for SEMA."

Show 'N Shine Winners included:

SEMA Cares Selection

  • Steve Babbitt, 1955 Chevy, Diamond Bar, California
  • Jerry Logan, 1968 Shelby Mustang, Portland, Oregon
  • Greg Wood, 1967 VW Bus, Lake Elsinore, California
  • Dennis Kordyak, 1958 Chevy, San Bernardino, California
  • Fred DeFalco, 1936 Ford, Anaheim, California
  • Marty Fisher, 1950 Oldsmobile, Northridge, California

Best Interior

  • Steve Strope, 1970 Charger, Simi Valley, California

Best Engine

  • DeJuan Taylor, 1955 Chevy Nomad, Altadena, California

People's Choice

  • Charlie Tachdjian, 1932 Ford, Pomona, California

Participant's Choice

  • DeJuan Taylor, 1955 Chevy Nomad, Altadena, California
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  Does it get better than a blown Bel Air?   '40 with flames, back when Buick was synonymous with "bad-ass."
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  Green suede chopped 'n channeled '31 Model A coupe.   We've been waiting for this moment: modern muscle wrapped in classic design.
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  Metallic orange '32 Ford custom roadster.   Giovanna Wheels displayed some Italian flash and fury.
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  They make sense in many ways, but the style doesn't exactly inspire. We've found the exception.   SEMA graphic artist Colby Martin's '58 Ford F-100 with early '60s Schwinn Sting-Ray. We love seeing this thing in the parking lot.
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  Alfa Romeo coming back to America in a big way—literally. The new 8C Competizione, with its 4.5L V8, will set you back about $250,000, before dealer markup.   Corvette spreads its wings.
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  Pro-street International drag pickup.   Alongside Italian power, Giovanna also brought top-shelf English luxury with hip-hop flavor.
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  Dual quad big-block in restored '59 Dodge D-500 convertible.   Clean interior with glassed dash.
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  Grand Marshal Chip Foose was on-hand to autograph and illustrate shirts, hats, posters, and share some tricks of the trade.   Your first taste of speed comes when it's actually standing still.
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  Some of the kids from Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp enjoyed some time with Foose.   The kids also stopped in to check out the Camaro giveaway at the WD-40 booth.
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  Winners of the inaugural SEMA Show 'N Shine awards.   DeJuan Taylor bagged both Best Engine and Participant's Choice Awards for his '55 Chevy Nomad.
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  L.A. weatherman Dallas Raines (middle) visits with Giovanna's Diko Sulahian (left) and Show 'N Shine captain Mike Spagnola.   Save for med school? Or buy the Alfa?

 

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