The WannaGOFAST event in Clayton, Georgia, last weekend brought 125 awesome cars together to put the pedal to the metal for a full half-mile on a private runway. Racers arrived at Heaven's Landing Airpark before sunrise on both Saturday and Sunday, and had to pass tech inspection and attend a drivers meeting before lining up to try their luck. While it was cold and in the low-40s when we arrived at the track around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, by midday it had warmed up into the high-70s and the sun heated up the track. A standard tree set-up at the beginning of the track was familiar to most racers, while a display of bright-yellow cones at the trap signaled drivers to let off and apply brakes after passing through.
The day started slow - some didn't even get one run in before lunch for drivers was provided by Chick-fil-A. Small airplanes landed during the hour break, providing a spectacular show to unwind. Once racing reconvened, wait-time decreased drastically. The issue seemed to be a lack of a return road; this is an airport after all (not a drag strip). Drivers had a half-mile shutdown area and had to turn around at the end and come back up the runway to exit safely before the next pair could launch. Of course, in the event of an equipment failure, tow-trucks and a medical crew were on-hand to come to the rescue.
The beautiful setting between the Blue Ridge Mountains added to the adrenaline-charged atmosphere. There were Corvettes, Camaros, and even a '55 Bel Air going all out to achieve the highest trap speed possible, and as was expected, we brought along the awesome and beautiful AntiVenom Camaro.
The AntiVenom 2010 Camaro SS, complete with full suspension, RHS LS7 heads, cam, FAST intake manifold, ARH exhaust, CTS-V brakes, and the ZL1's more aerodynamic front-end ran a best trap speed of 135mph in the half-mile, breaking through the trap at the bottom of fifth-gear. The Camaro was equipped with RaceQuip-supplied safety equipment to keep our driver, Greg Lovell, safe. He wore an SFI-approved helmet and jacket as well, but only decided to run down the track twice. Many other drivers got as many as five or six runs.
When we asked Greg how the 1/2-mile compared to other racing events he has been to, he stated: "In the half-mile, the 60-foot [time] is much less important, as you have so much space to get speed," Greg told us. "The mile runs are much better, but adequate space to stop is important." At present, there are only two locations in the country to do full-mile racing, which is precisely how WannaGOFAST has been so successful in bridging the gap.
Take a look at our gallery and look to the captions for driver information and trap speeds!