20 January 2016
Fist fights, name-calling, cars set on fire – these are all things that could have happened in the intensity that took place over the four days of the SEMA Show between our two competitors. Thankfully, both guys were laid back, humble and polite, which made for a super successful week for everyone involved. Here’s a re-cap for everyone who wasn’t following along:
In our third annual Tuner Battlegrounds Championship round at SEMA and second international battle (a Canadian resident versus and American), to say things were close would only be scratching the surface. By a mere 10 points, we declared our 2015 winner in front of cameras, show cars and the crowds of SEMA.
In one corner, we have Benjamin Tran, a Winnipeg, Manitoba native and owner of a 2004 Acura TSX. Himself and his friends ripped out all of the interior (save for the seats and audio equipment) and painted it a contrasting bright teal color for that grassroots racer feel. A Kraftwerks supercharger fabricated to fit his Honda K-series motor, air suspension, a Voltex carbon fiber wing and an awesome spare tire custom enclosure, courtesy of Wayfab Creative, are definite highlights to the build that garnered some double-takes.
In the other corner, we have Brian McCann from Scottsdale, Arizona, who owns the widebodied 2005 Nissan 350Z. As you walk around McCann’s car, a trained eye can pick out some exclusive JDM parts – like his Stardast widebody or Garage Mak carbon fiber wing. With healthy doses of carbon inside and out, as well as a complete JL audio system from stern to bow, McCann’s Z was a showstopper on the SEMA floor.
BY THE NUMBERS
233 (233 VOTES)
1,762 (176 VOTES)
246 (246 VOTES)
1,433 (143 VOTES)
When all was tallied up and ready to go, McCann lead in ballot votes, but Tran lead in hashtag votes. In a total count of both voting systems combined, the competitors were split by only 10 points. With 399 total points, as opposed to his competitor’s 389, Tran and his Acura TSX won a PASMAG cover feature and the 2015 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship trophy! A huge congratulations goes out to Tran and his crew who flew out to cheer him on and help him hustle for votes, while TBG competition sponsors Niche Road Wheels, Motul, Compustar, Sylvania, Bully Performance Clutch, and Nostalgic Grains helped bring it all together.
With both competitors being very sportsmanlike the whole week and such a huge audience involved both online and on the show floor, we at PASMAG can say that the 2015 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship was a resounding success.
For more Tuner Battlegrounds information, visit: www.tunerbattlegrounds.com.
Contributors: Jeremy Alan Glover, Joshua Sweeney, Ranger Ramirez, Shane Hunter