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Tuner Galleria 2012

Chicago, IL

Charles Trieu
Jul 24, 2012
Photographer: Randy Ly
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It's that time of the year again when Tuner Galleria takes over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. With hundreds of cars and thousands of spectators in attendance, the show was once again a huge hit. Running in conjunction with the World of Wheels Show, more than 80,000 people came through the doors over the weekend of March 3. With the combined event, car enthusiasts got to see everything from a hot rod, to a GT-R, to a Panamera Turbo.

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Building upon last year's success, this year the competition came out in full force. Touge Factory brought out their two Four-Six Customs S13 cars, Viga Designs came with the BMWs, Chii Racing came with various high-powered Supras, Devo 2ning brought out the Evos, Fizz Autosports supplied the VIP cars, and Project X Customs brought several built 350Zs.

No show is complete without models, and this year Tuner Galleria hosted their own model search leading up to the Chicago event. Annette Kristine, Daniello Lo, and Molly Troung were the lucky winners. During the event, fans were treated to a lingerie fashion show by designer Yuli Xenexai. Search for it on YouTube, you won't be disappointed!

Besides the trophies and cash prizes for the top winners, several companies stepped up to support the show and the car competitors. K&N donated several of their complete FIPK intakes, JDM Sport hooked up tons of accessories, Graft Concepts provided a handful of their latest sold-out iPhone cases, and Falken Tire gave a free set of tires to Best of Show winner, Paul Tolson from Team EST.

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To wrap things up in a big way, Tuner Galleria had their after-party hosted by the ladies of Prestigious Models. We ran into just about everyone at Club Lumen that night. The guys from BLK Diamond Motorsports, Tuningwerks, previous cover models, and even JDM Wong from Super Street. As they say "models and bottles".

Congratulations to all of this year's Tuner Galleria winners. If you weren't there, don't miss out next year. It's guaranteed to be bigger and better every year.

2012 Tuner Galleria Chicago Car Show Results

Best of Show:
Paul Tolson/Team EST - Lexus GS400

Best Team Overall:
Shockwave

Best Team Representation:
Chii Racing Culture

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Best Overall Domestic:
Anthony Shockwave - Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Best Overall Euro:
Anthony Shockwave - Porsche Boxster GT2

Best Overall Import:
Brian Hughes - Acura NSX

Best Rising Star Domestic:
Jay Vana - Chevrolet Camaro

Best Rising Star Euro:
Stefan Sajic - BMW M3

Best Rising Star Import:
James Terra - Mazda RX-7

Best Vehicle Manufacturer Awards

Best Acura:
Brian Hughes - Acura NSX

Best Audi/VW:
Viga Design - Audi S5

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Best BMW:
IND Distribution - BMW M3

Best Chevrolet:
Anthony Shockwave - Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Best Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep:
Bobby Novak - Eagle Talon

Best Euro Other:
Anthony Shockwave - Porsche Boxster GT2

Best Ford:
Jeff Watkins/Ice Nine Customs - Ford F-150

Best Honda:
Efrain Ramirez - Honda Z600

Best Hyundai:
Enrique Acquart - Hyundai Tiburon

Best Infiniti:
D Jay Lacerna - Infiniti G35

Best Lexus:
Paul Tolson - Lexus GS400

Best Mazda:
David Earnisse - Mazda RX-2

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Best Mercedes-Benz:
Jake Pedersen - Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

Best Mitsubishi:
Zak Strauss/Devo 2Ning - Mitsubishi EVO VII

Best Nissan:
Larry Kenney/Project X - Nissan 350Z

Best Pontiac:
Rudy Gaytan - Pontiac Vibe

Best Scion:
John Toca - Scion tC

Best Subaru:
JT Choe - Subaru STI

Best Toyota:
Pras Kroun - Toyota Supra

Best Specialty Awards

Best Bike:
Anthony Shockwave

Best Engine Performance:
Rico Digal - Acura Integra

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Best Female Ride:
Lesley Sierzega - Ford Fiesta

Best Individual Display:
Adam Cutler - Ford Probe GT

Best Interior:
Paul Tolson - Lexus GS400

Best JDM:
Zak Strauss/Devo 2ning - Mitsubishi EVO VII

Best Luxury and Exotic:
Anthony Shockwave - Porsche Boxster GT2

Best Mobile Entertainment:
Anthony Shockwave - Hummer H2

Best Old School:
Bart Tchorzewski - Datsun 510

Best Paint and Finish:
John Toca - Scion tC

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Best Stance:
Richard Fisher/Touge Factory - Nissan 240SX

Best Truck:
Anthony Shockwave - Hummer H2

Best Undercarriage:
Bobby Novak - Eagle Talon

Best Vinyl Graphics:
Viga Design - BMW M3

www.tunergalleria.com

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