Held on the heels of the annual SEMA show in early November, the Optima Ulitimate Street Car Challenge is making noise and won't be slowing down anytime soon. When you take the upper echelon muscle cars from around the country and have them play on the same grounds, you're sure to have a spectacle on your hands. While it's currently an invitation-only event, we made sure to get you the complete low-down of how the event unfolded.
Forty of the top street-driven cars in the country were invited to duke it out in four categories to illustrate the best-of-the-best at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada. The categories were developed to highlight and discover the vehicle with the best overall design, build quality, and performance. So what's the point? Bragging rights, of course. Vehicles and drivers let it all hang out on the road course, autocross event, 0-to-60-to-0 trial for acceleration and braking, and finally judged for styling. To find the overall winner, the lowest cumulative time for each vehicle, combined with styling points (1-10 scale-1 being the best and 10 being the worst) would determine the finishing order.
A number of manufacturers were there, including Detroit Speed, RideTech, Spectre, BFGoodrich, and Baer Brakes. While Steven Rupp (owner of "Bad Penny"), associate editor of our sister publication Camaro Performers, almost landed the overall victory, a '66 Shelby Cobra owned by Bruce Cambern took home the '09 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car honor. From all of us at Chevy High Performance, congratulations to each of the participants and see you next year!
What Was It
Forty of the best muscle cars in the country compete in four real-world categories to claim king of all street cars
When Was It
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Where Was It
Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada