Final Bout Gallery 2019 Coverage… Part 3…

Before we dive right back into the photos, I should probably mention the obvious lack of team tandem photos this year. I had no idea there was even a change until I got to Wisconsin that weekend but the whole reason it was called “Final Bout Gallery” this year was because they eliminated the “team” aspect of the event. While it was one of the original features of this event series, the guys from Final Bout felt it necessary to expand their event by removing the team feature to bring in more drivers to compete. They didn’t want people to be excluded from Final Bout because they weren’t on a team so it just made more sense to provide them with the opportunity to compete on their own. Of course there would still be tandem and group runs but not being with a car crew was no longer a limiting factor…

Hosting a “Gallery” meant that drivers could come and compete with others freely, showing their individual driving and car style. Enthusiasts were organized in groups and they had different solo run sessions judged by special guest judges who decided who would ultimately move on. Since we are presenting coverage in reverse order, you should know by now who won the competition overall. Make sure to look at the previous two-parts if you didn’t catch it. I’ll keep it brief today since we still have so many photos to go through and I got a bunch of other stuff to work on. Enjoy the photos and give it a share if you like. I appreciate it…

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AJ Gillett from RISKY DEVIL on the Advanced Course during competition runs in his now 2JZ-GTE powered IS300…

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When I first saw Juan Marquez’s Cadillac CTS-V in the pit area, I thought for sure it was just a display vehicle or a support vehicle of some type. When the competition actually started and I saw this thing being driven on the Advanced Course, I was pretty shocked to say the least. It’s not every day you see a Caddy with Work XT7s being used as a drift vehicle but that’s just one of so many cool things at Final Bout. You just never know what you’re gonna see…

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James Fitzgerald from TRACKER in his PS13 and Rich Whitemane in his JZX100 during the competition results announcements…

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Kouki S14 from TRACKER wearing DMAX style aero…

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Gerard from SERIAL NINE’s JZS161 Aristo…

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Kevin Petersen from SERIAL NINE’s SXE10 Altezza…

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The SERIAL NINE Aristo runs their own “BREED” line of front and rear wide fenders with the front having full replacement fenders w/bumper caps and a rear over fender treatment which runs over the rear doors…

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Nic Michuda’s IS300 from RUN UP! drifting in luxury with those chrome door handles and what looks to be an Elixir aero kit…

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Not only did Aaron Eschmeyer bring a beautifully-executed GP Sports Kouki S14 to Final Bout, he also brought this yellow 240SX wearing BN Sports aero…

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I couldn’t help but admire the subtle styling of the SERIAL NINE Altezza wearing a OEM TRD aero and bolt-on N-Style flares…

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Simba from PROCEED and his URAS Type 4 S13 with the Hokusai “Great Wave” hood from Origin Lab…

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HIGH FADE FC3S RX-7 wearing BN Sports aero and Work Emotion wheels…

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Steve from RISKY DEVIL in his widebody LS6-powered E46 coupe…

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Dustin Miles from GARAGE MOON POWER in his Origin Labo Racing Line S13 powered by a Toyota 1JZ-GTE swap…

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Melvin del Rosario’s Midoir Green RPS13 rockin’ a turbocharged KA24 set-up…

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Brandon from Drift Team ANIMAL STYLE’s Origin Labo Attack Line RPS13…

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Tom Nazzaro in his GTX2867R SR-powered RPS13 from FRONTSTREET…

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Gerard’s Aristo getting maximum steering angle utilizing SERIAL NINE suspension components…

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Chob in his 2JZ-GTE swapped GS driving by on a cool-down lap…

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Ryo Miura in his SEXY KNIGHTS FC RX-7…

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Jimmy Yates with his BN Sports R32 Skyline sedan draped in D~Magic visual graphics…

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Some more action from Mel’s Origin Stream Line 240SX…

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HIGH FADE FC…

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HIGH FADE FD…

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HIGH FADE CTS-V…

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Can never get enough of AJ Gillett’s IS. I hope some day my Qualitat bumper finally makes it over to the U.S…

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ANIMAL STYLE PS13 with a built SR20DET and Origin Aggressive aero piloted by Jason Bostrom…

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Mike Martino’s Vertex rear bumper was noticeably missing in action on this particular run…

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One of the more interesting things to see during my weekend at Final Bout was actually seeing all these cars drive around on the track at USAIR AND on the streets of Shawano. At one point during the weekend I went off sight to go grab lunch at a local diner a few miles away and spotted this same IS pull-up just minutes later to get food at the same spot….

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Sometimes you gotta stop and pick up a sideskirt or two…

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Joel Lahmayer’s 13B FC3S RX-7 from Drift Team GHOST…

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One of the cars that really stood-out in a sea of S-Chassis builds was this fully-caged twin-turbo Infiniti G35 sedan from NO MIND owned by Alex Docken…

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GP Sports aero looking great in action on Chris Debowski’s 240SX from VANISH…

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You know what else looks great? URAS Type GT with a huge front-mount…

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TRACKER PS13 with complete PS Duce aero set-up…

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Luc James’s URAS Type 4 SR20DET PS13…

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Joseph Pacione’s URAS Type 4 RPS13 also running a Koguchi Power hood and Origin wide fenders from Car Shop REACT…

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Emir’s BN Sports HCR32 sedan also reppin’ Canada from Car Shop REACT…

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Mike Martino once again in his S15 Silvia from Car Shop REACT…

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Julio Antunez keeping his Final Konnexion aero intact has it slides around the corner on the Advanced Course…

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Kickin’ the rear end out on the PS13 from Dark Squad…

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Shane Lach’s 240SX representing BOSSTOWN…

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David Guerra from Dark Squad with his MSports 240SX…

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I remember back at Final Bout 2 when I was snapping a ton of photos of a red AE86 from Dark Squad owned by Ryan McClure. In the years that followed, he upgraded to this JZX90 Chaser running full Traum Type 1 aero and Volk GT-C wheels…

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A SEXY KNIGHTS fan getting his t-shirt signed by the legendary Tomoya Suzuki…

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Nice 17/18-inch staggered wheel set-up under the N-Style flares on Kevin’s SXE10…

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AJ Gillett’s IS300 once again with complete Modellista Qualitat kit and Advan Racing RG from RISKY DEVIL…

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FC3S RX-7 that drove down all the way from Canada with a Sexy Style front bumper, Foresight sides and rear, sitting on bronze concave Volk TE37…

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Matt Panic’s RA Celica always looking great from SHADYNASTY…

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Cool to see the black vinyl graphics on the Dark Squad RPS13 added after the Wekfest Chicago event…

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Ben Blizel’s BN Sports HCR32 Skyline sedan from DIRTY LOVE…

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SERIAL NINE JZS161 tucking a spare set of tires/wheels during the free run sessions…

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More from Ryo Miura’s FC from SEXY KNIGHTS running aero of the same namesake…

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The other Miura brother, Daigo, in his 180SX from SEXY KNIGHTS…

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Not only did Martino build and drive his own S15, he also designed and applied the vinyl livery on it…

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Ryan McClure and his 1JZ-GTE powered JZX90 Chaser…

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Jay from Auto Factory REALIZE cooling down his built SR…

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The boys from BLVCKMOON having some tandem fun…

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Ilia from PROCEED leading the way with Josh Deliz and Geoff Stoneback following closely…

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Auto Factory REALIZE group tandem…

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Thanks once again to Jay from REALIZE for the assist and allowing me to mount a GoPro to his car (and for not losing it)…

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Chuck’s 1JZ-GTE Onevia from REALIZE…

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Mike from GLEAM and his 13B Miata with exceptional driving all weekend…

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And of course, I couldn’t wrap Part 2 without some more photos of the RISKY DEVIL IS300. AJ also owns two other cars that I’ve always dreamed of having; an RB1 Odyssey and a JZX100 Chaser…

Oh, it’s NBA Finals time. Hopefully the Raptors can wrap it up tonight so I can finally cancel my cable, lol. Thanks for looking everybody!! Still one more part to come before it’s all over for the Final Bout Gallery coverage. Come back for more!!…

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