Run To The Coast II

A Weekend of High-Performance Glory!

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There’s something to be said for grassroots types of events; you know the kind where there’s little cause for worrying. Instead you’re there to hang with your peers, packing minimal tools, and buckled up behind the wheel for a spirited thrill ride. There isn’t big money involved for winning; instead the winner earns a small trophy and the prestige of being the champ. That, my friend, is what Run to the Coast (RTTC) is all about.

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This year marked the second running of RTTC at the former El Toro Marine Base in Irvine, California. The biggest difference over last year’s event is that instead of having one full day of fun, we had an entire weekend. Friday involved a 100-plus mile cruise, which ran up the coast along some of the more glamorous beach cities and then headed inland toward Ontario, where we checked in at Spectre Performance for lunch and an open chassis dyno session. For the next stop, the entire band of street machines headed to K1 Speed for a little indoor go-kart action, and before the day was over, everyone battled SoCal’s rain-beat freeways for one more stop. This time to Total Cost Involved for a shop tour and a barbecue feast that was second to none.

For the next two days, close to 74 cars took part in the Baer Brakes Speed Stop Challenge, Carbon Kustoms Autocross, and Detroit Speed Road Course. The format was simple; everyone was placed in a run group and sent to their designated areas. Once completed, they moved onto the next portion of the event. And the number-one rule imposed: no passing on the road course.

The only downside, depending on how you looked at it, was Saturday’s downpour. While it was a little slippery, it didn’t prevent anyone from getting seat time. Sunday proved to be a whole new day with incredibly clear skies and sunshine; albeit it was still chilly, but nonetheless much nicer. With the improved weather, Sunday’s format was changed slightly, opening up the morning road course session as timed practice laps. This was to help everyone get a bit more familiar with the course, and the RTTC crew reestablished its timers for the afternoon session. Also, all competitors were allowed to run through any portion of the event again to better their times, as long as it was handled in the allotted time.

As we mentioned earlier, there isn’t big money involved here for the winners; however, that doesn’t mean there weren’t great prizes involved. The overall winner, which we’ll disclose in the following pages, earned a trophy and a ticket to compete at the annual Optima Street Car Challenge in Pahrump, Nevada, which is slated after the SEMA show. Other prizes included a set of wheels from Driverz, a choice of tires from BFGoodrich, and a host of other goodies.

At the end of the weekend, everyone had fun, and we all walked away with a smile. Of course, the people in the background are often overlooked, so we want to acknowledge the true heroes of this event. Many thanks go to coordinators Bill Howell, Yancy Johns, and Danny Thomas. These guys are no strangers to these types of events and have already added additional venues for Pigeon Forge and Nashville Speedway in Tennessee, including a Run to the Shore in New Jersey. For more information, head over to Pro-Touring.com and check out the Racing Events and Performance section.

From the Seat

’02 Z06 Corvette

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People always say that the car is just an extension of the driver. We absolutely agree because our Z06 is pretty dialed in and makes driving through most situations relatively easy. Case in point, we managed to whittle our time in the autocross from 45.185 Saturday’s wet course to 40.83 during Sunday’s dry morning session. With the numbers set, we handed the keys to one of our shooters Robert McGaffin for fun runs, only to have him match us on his first hit. By his third run, he was running even quicker with a 40.377, and honestly, it was pretty cool to see. The road course was an absolute blast, and we’re looking forward to our next opportunity to stretch the Z06’s legs. And when it came to the speed stop, it was a personal favorite. The wide-open throttle acceleration was a rush and stabbing the brake as hard as possible was another cool feeling in itself. More importantly, the number-one lesson learned: seat time, seat time, seat time! Regardless of what you’re driving that alone will make all the difference in the world.

Baer Brakes Speed Stop challenge top 10

Sal Solorzano 11.545
Kyle Tucker 11.561
Kyle Newman 11.785
Mark Gearhart 11.792
Brian Finch 11.900
Mary Pozzi 11.932
Deanna Marengo 11.932
Henry De Los Santos 11.978
Jay Weir 11.996
Brian Hobaugh 12.016

Event Sponsors

Baer Brakes
Boze Wheels
BFGoodrich
Carbon Kustoms
Detroit Speed Inc.
RideTech
Spectre Performance
Wilwood Brakes

Carbon Kustoms Autocross

Brian Hobaugh 37.000
Kyle Tucker 37.206
Mary Pozzi 37.679
Ryan Matthews 38.139
Jay Weir 38.210
Brian Finch 38.215
David Pozzi 38.313
Bruce Cambern 38.423
Kyle Newman 38.778
David Gordon 38.834
Brett Campbell 39.108
Chris McCrea 39.159
Deanna Marengo 39.283
Sal Solorzano 39.299
Nick Licata 39.366
Carl Cassanova 39.546
Gerald Lum 39.631
Steven Rupp 39.811
Rob McGregor 39.892
Todd Akes 39.954
Rob Chandler 40.115
James Shipka 40.232
Mark Gearhart 40.282
Jon Rasmussen 40.303
Brandy Morrow 40.538
Jay Reynolds 40.568
Larry Callahan 40.732
Henry De Los Santos 40.83
Brett Habegger 41.326
Cory Condit 41.498

Detroit Speed Road Course*

Ryan Mathews 1:02.8
Jay Weir 1:03.0
Brian Hobough 1:04.0
Kyle Tucker 1:04.9
Brian Finch 1:06.2
David Pozzi 1:07.0
Kyle Newman 1:07.0
Todd Akes 1:08.1
Mark Gearhart 1:08.2
Sal Solorzano 1:08.3
Rick Klein 1:08.6
David Gordon 1:08.8
Tom Foglesong 1:09.0
Carl Cassanova 1:09.3
Chris McCrae 1:09.4
Mary Pozzi 1:09.5
Bruce Cambern 1.09.7
Brett Campbell 1:09.7
Brandy Morrow 1:10.3
James Shipka 1:10.6
Nick Licata 1:12.0
Doug Renner 1:12.4
Gerald Lum 1:12.4
John Barkley 1:12.8
Tom Ciancitto 1:13.3
Jon Rasmussen 1:13.4
Rob McGregor 1:13.5
Jeff Manka 1:13.7
Steven Rupp 1:13.8
Cory Condit 1:13.8

*Best times combined from Saturday and Sunday.

From the Seat

’72 Nova

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We can’t be more proud of our quaint ’72 Nova build. Aside from its lack of luster, our Nova can hang with the best of them with only basic gear underneath. All it took was a great platform to start adding to. At this year’s RTTC, it turned out respectable times through the autocross track, too, placing us in the middle of the pack. We’ve completed the basics, adding only the parts necessary to remain competitive, like adjustable suspension, disc brakes, and a posi rearend. Of course, fatter rubber helps but we’ve learned some simple tricks, like adjusting tire pressure can prevent the tires from pushing through the turns. This small change alone knocked nearly 3 seconds off our autocross times. It’s proof you don’t have to shell out tons of dough to remain competitive and have loads of fun. We’re far from done, but for now our plans call for more seat time through additional events to truly dial in our Nova. CHP

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