Friday, November 5, 2010

SEMA 2010: Drift ride-along with Justin Pawlak

I was lucky enough to catch a ride with one of the Ford drifting demo drivers at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada today. Although I was hoping it was going to be Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his 600-plus-horsepower, Falken-and-Monster-sponsored, championship-winning Mustang, I ended up being flung about by the also immensely talented Justin Pawlak in a relatively stock 2011 Ford Mustang GT. Even with "just" 412 horsepower, the Coyote 5.0-liter V8 did just fine, thankyouverymuch. The ride was short but sweet and best of all, I didn't hurl. I even managed to hold onto the camera hard enough to get some in-car video. Check it out.

Pawlak Video

There are also some pics of Ford presenter/actress/spokesmodel, Shannon Kulma getting a ride in the RTR Mustang with Vaughn. She looked like she was having a good time as well.

Kulma and Gittin pics

Oh, and Ken Block put on a demonstration of his own the day before in his Gymkhana Ford Fiesta. There's a bit of video of that as well.

Block Video

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