Motion is what defines a car and what drives many of us to pursue this passion, so what better way to embrace the Chevys we love than to turn them loose on a patch of cordoned off asphalt? From the beginning that was the philosophy behind Super Chevy’s series of track days. Find a group of cool classic Chevys and put them through a series of performance tests against a modern Chevy. After all, when we update our rides the overarching goal is to make them perform as well as, or better, then their 21st century cousins.
This year we’ve made quite a few changes to the Falken Tire Super Chevy Muscle Car Challenge. The name of the event says a lot. First, we are very happy to have Falken Tire as our title sponsor. Their RT-615K 200-treadwear performance tire is very popular with pro-touring cars that want to combine maximum grip with great wear characteristics. So, the first rule of our 2016 event was that every car had to roll on Falken tires.
Speaking of rules we don’t have lot of them. Aside from the tires all the cars have to “run what ya brung”. In other words, the only changes that can be made to the cars at the event are shock setting adjustments and tire air pressure changes. The cars have to pass technical inspection and be street legal. Simple. As for drivers the cars can be driven by whoever the owners can afford. We heard Jeff Gordon is retired, so if they can talk him into coming to sunny Southern California then more power to them. Why? Simple, the driver aspect is never “fair” and we’re here to show off cars, so having a good driver will let the car shine to its full potential.
This year the challenge has moved from Willow Springs to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The Challenge will be made up of three driving events; slalom, road course, and 100-yard dash. The slalom is a zig-zag run through a 420-foot gauntlet of cones. The road course portion will take place at Auto Club Speedways’ infield course where each car will get a set number of laps to nail down their best time. The 100-Yard Dash is a new event. Think of it is a short “street style” drag sprint. Each car will launch from a dead stop (on unprepared asphalt) and blast 100 yards to a set of timing lights. Between these three tests, the cars, and the Falken tires, will be pushed hard in terms of performance.
AND THE WINNER IS…
We are working at having a modern baseline car at the event since it’s the easiest way to gauge how good these cars actually are. But, in the end, there will be winner based on points awarded in each segment.
We have wide variety of builds this year from all out track terrors to daily drivers. We have cars with a lot of track time logged to fresh rides that have hardly been on the street, much less the track. As often happens the field is thick with Camaros, since it’s a hugely popular platform to build and performance car on. But, we also have Chevelles, a C2 Corvette, and even a truck in the mix. Over the half the field is being brought, or sponsored, by aftermarket automotive companies and the rest of the mix are just local guys that wanted to come play in our sandbox. It should make for a fun day of exhaust fumes and tire smoke.
CATCHING THE ACTION
The event is closed to the public, but we have a virtual army of photographers and videographers to capture all the action. Look for a ton of coverage on August 30th on our Facebook page (Super Chevy Magazine) as well as Instagram and, of course, www.superchevy.com. Falken Tire will also be there to cover the action on their various social channels, so it should be just like being in the middle of the action.