The Europeans practically invented sports car racing, so why not show off some of the best at one of the biggest shows for race cars and part? Here are the Top European Race Cars at the SEMA Show.
While its heart may not be Euro, Tanner Faust's Passat drift car certainly is an amazing piece of engineering from Papadakis Racing. The headers alone are worth an article to talk about.
TRG had two of their Aston Martin race cars on display. The first was at the Bilstein booth showing off the latest racing pieces.
The other was at the Royal Purple booth. You just can't beat the looks of those Astons in race trim.
If you wanted to tackle the Baja, for many, many years you needed a Bug. These little cars still go out and pound out the desert even in this era of the 40-inch tire Trophy Truck. Rugged Radios had their Class 11 car out on display and it's a great little example of cheap but reliable open desert racing cars. Class 11, in case you don't know, is the SCORE International class for stock production VW Sedans and usually end up being the largest class to race the Baja 1000.
Rugged also had this interesting take on the Baja Bug. Technically not a Euro since it's really a Polaris RZR under the Beetle skin, but we'll roll with it.
Thanks to guys like "The Chairslayer" Rob Parsons, many disabled drivers are starting to see that, while they may have lost use of some part of their body, their dreams can still come true. Mario Bonfante is another following a similar path as Rob, but Mario is going in the Grip Life in NASA's GTS-S class with this E46 M3 SMG. It's an inspiring sight to see drivers like them make their way to their respective pro ranks.
BC Racing invited Yost Autosport to bring out their E92 M3 to display in their booth inside. The Achilles Radial/BC Racing Bimmer will be out at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill to not only test the machine, but also drivers Mike Bonanni and a the Yost pair of Jordan and Barry. You can actually get seat time with these guys at Exotics Racing where they all do driving instruction.
Staying with Achilles Radial for a moment, they had this beautiful looking E30 M3 on display in their team livery. This car will also tackle the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
You can't have Euro race cars without a Porsche. First, we start out with the Alex Job Racing Weathertech Porsche in the IMSA Booth. It campaigned in the GT Daytona Class with Leh Keen and Cooper MacNeil.
Finally, we have the Park Place GT Daytona class Porsche in the Justice Brothers booth. It was driven by Patrick Lindsey and Spencer Pumpelly, who each finished in Fifth in the final standings in class while the Park Place Motorsports team also finished in Fifth in Team points.