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Optima Ultimate Street Car Series Schedule, NCM Sinkhole Filling Up

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Jim Campisano Mar 19, 2015
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Optima Ultimate Street Car Series Schedule

Optima Ultimate Street Car Red Camaro 2/4

The cars get wilder every year and the competition gets heavier, so we’re sure you’ll want to know the 2015 schedule for Optima Batteries’ Ultimate Street Car Series of events. The OUSCS pits some of the finest, coolest, vintage and modern street cars in a series of events, with the best competing at the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the weekend after the SEMA Show.

Thunderhill Raceway Park, California - February 28 - March 1
Texas Motor Speedway, Texas - March 28 - 29
National Corvette Museum Raceway, Kentucky - June 6 - 7
Michigan International Speedway, Michigan - June 20 - 21
Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina - July 25 - 26
Pike’s Peak International Raceway, Colorado - August 8 - 9
Road America, Wisconsin - August 29 - 30
Auto Club Speedway, California - October 10 - 11
2015 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, Las Vegas Motor Speedway - November 6 - 8


Corvette Sinkhole Filling Up

Blue Devil Zr1 Chevrolet Corvette 3/4

Just before 2014 became 2015, work began on filling the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum. Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode cast the first rock into the hole, inscribing “Awesome God, Everyone Safe” on it. “The good Lord let it happen. It was roughly at quarter to six in the morning and we did not have anyone in the museum. No staff, no visitors, no guests. We’re so thankful for that,” Strode said before tossing the first rock into the hole.

The weeks-long process to prepare the hole to be filled was no quick and easy task, as the openings to the cave had to be first plugged. “Each side of the cave is approximately 30 feet long and about 20 feet high. It’s just not feasible to fill the entire cave with rock so the construction team had to get creative with plugging every crevice,” said Strode. A combination of steel sheet piling and gunnite were used to create a barrier before loads of gravel were conveyored into the building to begin filling the hole.

The construction team has lowered a remote-controlled Bobcat into the hole to level out the gravel. They expected the process of filing the sinkhole to take about two weeks.

A number of exhibit companies are currently bidding on the planned sinkhole/cave exhibit, which will be installed in the Skydome once construction work is complete. The work is expected to be complete by July, and the exhibit is anticipated to officially open Labor Day weekend, 2015, as part of the Museum’s 21st Anniversary Celebration.

Seen in this photo is the Blue Devil ZR1 Corvette, which was recovered from the sinkhole, restored by Chevrolet, and debuted at the Chevrolet Performance party at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.


Dual-Plane Intake for LS3

Dual Plane Intake Ls3 Corvette 4/4

While walking through the Holley booth at the Performance Racing Industry trade show, we spotted this dual-plane intake from Holley (PN 300-129), which can be used with either a carburetor or throttle body. This is a nice piece for people who don’t want to use a single-plane on the street with the carbureted LS transplant engine. The height at the rear is 6.14 inches from the rear lifter valley cover to the carb mounting flange, 5.07 inches from the front lifter valley cover, and it weighs 14.56 pounds. As of this writing, Holley had it on its website for $251.95.

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