With many of the entries fitting the Best Modified category, two guest judges were assigned to comb through the competition. ClassicCars.com-sponsored Formula Drift driver Andrew Schulte partnered with Hyperdrive competitor Fielding Shredder to present the trophy to Nick Hammon and his 1992 Mazda Miata. Originally Hammon’s track car, the Miata was redone into a show-quality competitor. Hammon even paid attention to details that most people cannot see, such as polishing the car’s oil pan.
With so many cars eligible for Best Modified honors, second and third place also were awarded. Second went to Jhae Pfenning and his self-designed “fighter jet” wrap for his 1997 Acura NSX while third was awarded to the Voodoo Ride green wide-body 2009 Nissan GT-R owned by Jose Flores and driven to the show by wife Shiela Flores.
The restoration was meticulous, down to the purposefully unpainted screw on the VIN plate, just like it came from the factory. Additionally, since the engine wasn’t original and numbers matching when Lund purchased it, he ended up sourcing an engine that was produced in the same month and year as the vehicle itself.