*** Car of the Month and Best Tiburon Picture of the Month ***
Car of the Month (COTM) is back~~!!
What is COTM? COTM is a venue and an opportunity for a hard-modding member such as yourself to be recognized for your effort, dedication, ingenuity, creativity, and technical/artistic prowess that you put into making your Tiburon your own.
Since there are so many different approaches to customizing a Tiburon and "making it your own," each month a different category will be chosen to give recognition to both the car and driver.
What is Best Picture of the Month and how do I participate?
In addition to a COTM contest for a given month, a Best Picture of the Month (of the Tiburon, of course) contest will be held at the same time as COTM, each month, throughout the year.
Participation is simple. In the Best Picture of the Month Submission thread, post a SINGLE shot of a Tiburon [model years 2003-2008]. Only one shot per member (if you have many great shots, save them for the next month). The picture of the Tiburon has to be your own Tiburon--you can, however, have other people take shots of your Tiburon.
Picture submissions will be collected during the first 11 days of the month, narrowed down to five finalists, then voted upon by the general public during a 7-days voting period to choose the single best picture. The winning picture will be announced at the end of the voting period.
Some restrictions: Although you may do some slight Photoshop work to the picture to clean it up, you may not put in fake backgrounds and colors. Also, do NOT include words, frames, and borders to the picture. Any nominating picture that appears to be heavily doctored up (fake) will be deleted and disqualified.
When the 5 finalist pictures are being chosen, consideration will be given to the following:
 Quality of the Picture (e.g., clarity)
 Effort put into the setting for the picture (e.g., background, motion shot)
 Angle of the shot (that flatters the style and good-looks of the Tiburon)
 Coolness factor
Also, when you post your picture, include the following information:
 Model year and color of the Tiburon
 The name of the Tiburon owner (screen name is fine)
 The name of the photographer (screen name is fine)
 Date the picture was taken
How does one participate in the COTM competition? It's simple. When the COTM Nomination thread goes live, just post in the nomination thread to nominate yourself (you cannot nominate someone else, although you may encourage other member(s) to nominate themselves through PM's, posts, emails, etc.
Along with a self-nominating statement (e.g., "I nominate myself," "Me~!!"), list down the relevant mods (manufacturer name and type of part) on your car for that category you're competing in as well as the accompanying pictures (refer to the "Requirements" for each COTM category as different categories have different rules and requirements).
Once all the nominations have been collected in the first 11 days of the month, the number of nominees will be reduced to five finalists (if necessary) by the Staff. Once the five finalists have been chosen, a new thread for voting will be posted for the public to come in and cast their vote. The voting period will last for a 7-days period. (If there are any ties in the voting, the Staff will vote for the winner). At the end of voting, the winning COTM car and driver will be announced.
Before the winner is announced, each finalist will be PM'ed a list of questions to answer about him/herself, his/her car, and his/her project(s). Timely and fully completed answers to the questions are mandatory. If you win the COTM contest but don't have the questionnaire filled out by the deadline, then you'll lose the contest and the winner will be the next runner-up with the completed questionnaire. Don't worry--personal/private questions will not be asked. Just simple and pertinent questions.
At the end of the voting period, the single winner for that month's COTM category will be announced with a new thread created just for the winning car and driver for recognition.
Are there any restrictions to participating in the COTM contest? Yes. If you have been voted a winner for a COTM category in a given calendar year, you ARE NOT eligible for another COTM contest of the same category until the given calendar year ends. For instance, let's say you won the "Best Clean Ride/Exterior" for the month of March of 2010. Since you've already won a COTM "Best Clean Ride/Exterior" contest in 2010, you cannot participate in another "Best Clean Ride/Exterior" COTM contest until 2011.
Also, if you win a COTM competition, you cannot participate in another COTM contest, although it's for a different category, for 3 months.
Finally, in order to participate in the contest, you must own a Tiburon and your list of modifications submitted in your submission must be truthful and up-to-date. For example, you cannot submit a Tiburon you no longer own or submit a Tiburon that now has modifications removed. If you want to submit a "de-modified Tiburon," you can. Just don't post up a modification parts list that is no longer true. Just because you used to have those modifications in the past doesn't mean you can include them when submitting your Tiburon in a contest.
**Exception: You may participate in the "Best Picture of the Month" contest every month, whether you've already won in that contest previously or not.
What're the COTM categories? Here are the following COTM categories and their rules and requirements.
Submission and Picture Examples
Straight front shot
Straight rear shot
Straight profile (side) shot
-Arkspeedracing front strut bar (1)
-Arkspeedracing rear strut bar (1)
-Progress rear sway bar (1)
-Arkspeedracing DT-P coilovers (3)
-18"x8" Roh Adrenalins with Sumitomo HTR Z III summer performance tires (2)
-Fujita F5 CAI (1)
-Megan Racing 4-1 equal-length header (1)
-Injen Super SES catback exhaust (1)
-Slave cylinder mod (0)
-Clear corners mod (1)
-Tuscani trunk emblem (0.5)
-DDM Tuning slim digital 55W HID system (H7 lows) (1)
-V-LEDS.com dual color-changing turn signal LED lights with LED load resistors (1)
-White LED license plate bulb
-SFR 7,000-K white LED angel eyes (1.5)
-Arkspeedracing short antenna (0.5)
-Black Altezza rear tails (1)
-Tuscani wheel caps (0.5)
-VIS Cyber CF hood (2)
-G-Games Thunder front bumper (1)
-VIS Sport GT rear bumper (1)
-OEM high-rise spoiler
-Tuscani conversion (sterring wheel, ignition bezel, e-brake handle cover, mission plate) (1)
-Mobis Tuscani door sills
-White LED light conversion for dome light, glove compartment, and trunk (1)
-Arkspeedracing aluminum center and side vent rings (1)
-KAI stainless steel temperature dial knobs (1)
-FL2 door handles (1)
-FL2 door latches
-MimoUSA aluminum floormats (1)
-DashDesigns faux sedona suede dashboard cover (0.5)
-Coverking black/charcoal neoprene seat covers (1)
-Faux silver CF door panel inserts (1)
-OEM rear black leather seats (1)
-TWM 5-speed short throw shifter and aluminum base bushings (1)
-Delrin shifter linkage bushings (1)
-Redline Goods black leather shifter boot (1)
-Viper 5901 security system with remote start (1)
-Sony HU (1)
-Raizen voltage stabilizer (1)