OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational – SEMA Preview

The big birds may be leaving McCarran International Airport here in Las Vegas as literally tens of thousands of SEMA attendees are headed home, but the party isn’t over for us. Come first thing tomorrow morning we’ll be On Location at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational! We plan to bring you all the ground-pounding action from these killer street machines proudly displayed throughout the SEMA floor, as well as lining OPTIMA’s Street Car Alley between the Westgate Resort & Casino and the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The OUSCI Competitors are compiled from qualifiers throughout the 2017 season’s events plus 10 Golden Ticket invitees selected right here at the SEMA show. This year’s Golden Ticket winners included Eddy Guilly’s ’67 Chevelle, Eric Sheely’s 2017 ZL1 Camaro, Jeff Allen’s ’63 Ford Falcon, Eric Waters 2014 Challenger, Jeff Lacina’s 2017 Ford Focus RS, Jorge A Ramos’ 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Sport, Amy & EJ Fitzgerald’s ’55 Dodge Pickup, Dick Etychison’s ’65 Chevelle, Jason Terry’s 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and Todd Carpenter’s throwback ’79 GMC Jimmy!

There’s no doubt it’ll be yet another a kick-ass OUSCI event going down at LVMS this weekend! With points accumulated from various on-track performance events as well as a thorough design & engineering judging, these guys and gals have their work cut out for them this weekend. Be sure to come back on Monday for a complete 2017 OUSCI event recap loaded with results and photos. For now, here’s a sneak peek at what to expect to see out there this weekend.

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.