The panelists and Kazunori Yamauchi don't bestow "Best in Show" at the SEMA show just yet. The award is to be given later that night at Marquee, a club within the Cosmopolitan and, at 60,000-square-feet, the largest club in America.
While club goers down cocktails and play GT on driving simulator kits scattered throughout the venue, Kazunori takes the stage with the finalists.
Each finalist is introduced and awarded a custom Playstation 3. Everyone around me, imbued with Las Vegas spirits, are betting on who the winner might be. "Best in Show" is finally revealed to be Mary Pozzi's Camaro. This marks the second year in a row that an old school Camaro has won the GT Awards. What really seems to have resonated with Kazunori about the car is Mary's emphasis on accessibility and the ability for everyone to duplicate the car.
Following the award ceremonies, everyone is treated to a special performance by the Stone Temple Pilots. Drinks flow, congratulations are extended, and all in all the night is pretty enjoyable. Congratulations to all the finalists, and especially Mary Pozzi, and thanks again to Sony for hosting a fantastic event.