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Optima Ultimate Street Car Faceoff - Road Trip
Detroit Speed And Baer Brake Systems Present The Inaugural Optima Street Car Faceoff
Sep 1, 2010
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Optima Ultimate Street Car Faceoff - Road Trip
The crew at The Roadster Shop in Mundelein, Illinois, hosted an open house for the participants Friday before the event. It's no secret they build some of the meanest muscle cars on the planet.
Brandy Morrow of Spectre Performance gets the company car-a killer second-gen, ready for the weekend's festivities. The cruise on Saturday started out at Andrew Chevrolet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Event organizer Jimi Day of FM3 Marketing starts off Saturday morning informing the participants where to go and what to expect throughout the first day of the event.
The Vintage Air-sponsored cruise was about 90 miles long and took everyone through a scenic drive along the coast of Lake Michigan. The sound of over 40 V-8-powered muscle cars took many of the locals in this quiet neighborhood by surprise, but we're pretty sure most of them enjoyed the cars as much as we did their dazzling coastline. Participating in the drive was worth five points.
Optima Batteries Director of Sales Cam Douglass took time to welcome everyone to the event, and he went over some of the rules and details about the competitions on Sunday.
Ray Thompson makes it out to as many of these driving events as he can. Here, he takes a crack at the road course at Road America. His '67 is equipped with the very first set of front tubular control arms DSE ever made.
Carbon Kustoms sponsored an hour-long team karting session on Saturday afternoon. It was a great way for the competitors to rub elbows a little before the points started counting on Sunday.
Jeff Van Buren tied for Second Place on the Spectre Top Speed Challenge with a speed of 108 mph in his awesome '67 Camaro. His weekend ended nicely by taking Seventh Place overall in the event. Look for a full feature on this car in an upcoming issue of Camaro Performers magazine.
Brandy and Mike Morrow of Spectre Performance shared driving duties throughout the weekend. She ended up with a 51.09-second run on the mile-long autocross course. Not many autocrosses have elevation changes, but this converted kart track did, and it made for some exciting action.
Curt Ukasik might not have placed very high on the Baer Speed-Stop Challenge, but he got the crowd going with his exciting stopping technique.
It didn't do much good for his tires except create some wicked flat spots and a lifelong friendship with the guys from BFGoodrich.
Looking at these photos, one could mistake the Speed-Stop Challenge as a burnout contest. Trust us, it wasn't.
Only a couple of fourth-gens were representing at the event. Here, Michael Derra takes part in the autocross portion of the event. He knocked out a best time of 52.17 for the weekend.
Greg Tholen managed to get his LT1- powered fourth-gen (it's a '95 with an '02 nose) down to a best lap of 2:05.37 seconds. He's got some serious suspension upgrades coming up in the near future. Seeing as though the driver-side front wheel is barely making contact with the asphalt here, we'd say he'd better get going on that as soon as possible.
Detroit Speed's Ryan Mathews shared driving duties with Stacy Tucker in the DSE '69 Test Camaro. He managed to bust out the second quickest lap on the road course with a 1:48.95-second lap. One of his jobs working for Detroit Speed is to make their cars do well on the track. We'd say he's been earning his keep over the past couple of years.
Detroit Speed's Kyle Tucker nabbed the Number One spot on the on the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge road course portion of the event with a lap time of 1:47.22. He was also Number One in the Speed by Spectre Top Speed Challenge with a 107.67-mph blast.
Taking care of business was the first thing on Brian Finch's mind before he took off from his hometown of Hermitage, Tennessee. Well, business was taken care of-he took First Place in the Detroit Speed Speed Attack Autocross with a 46.27-second lap. He was also the overall winner of the first-ever Optima Batteries Street Car Faceoff. His second-gen is decked out with basically everything offered in the DSE catalog.
Finch built this gorgeous '69 he named Kryptonite just in time for the event. In fact, this was the car's maiden voyage, so he used the time to make some shakedown runs. He felt it was important to make sure the car was in perfect running order before turning the keys over to owner Mark Turner. The car won The Roadster Shop Design Award. Look for a full feature on this car in an upcoming issue of Camaro Performers.
Baer Brake Systems sponsored the Speed-Stop Challenge and were on hand to display their wares and answer questions from anyone asking about how they could make their car stop quicker. Their answer: "Buy Baer Brakes." Needless to say, many competitors stopped by after they completed the Speed-Stop Challenge.
Randy Johnson of D&Z Customs in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, recently upgraded his LQ4 truck engine with a Magnuson TVS 2300 supercharger. The car now makes 594 hp at the wheels, which came in handy at this event. His gorgeous second-gen made a best lap of 2:04.92 on the road course.
To say the folks at Detroit Speed are proponents of these types of events would be a gross understatement. Not only were they major cosponsors of the Optima Street Car Faceoff, they bring their Camaros out to play, and they run 'em hard at every event they attend.
Finch had a great weekend. Not only did he win a few plaques, he also fattened up his wallet by winning some contingency money from BFGoodrich, Baer Brakes, and Detroit Speed in the process. It's safe to say he has a huge bull's-eye on his back at future events.
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