OK, we’ll admit it. We originally planned to alternate on an annual basis between Street class cars and Race/Unlimited class cars as a way of satisfying our hard-core, go-fast readers and our more street-oriented readers, so this year should have been all about no-holds-barred, race-prepared machines showing us what they’re made of. But after the success of last year’s street car event, which generated more positive feedback from our readers and more entry requests from teams than the previous five Shootouts combined, we decided to stick with this format for the foreseeable future.
And as you’ll soon see, we haven’t just decided to stick with Street class entries, we’ve also decided to broaden our horizons by inviting our first-ever European-made machine as well as our first ever V8-powered machine, not to mention our first ever three-rotor Mazda. We even considered inviting a domestic muscle car entry, something we’ll almost certainly do next year. Of course we’re still huge fans of Japanese performance cars and always will be, but we’re also fans of anything with four wheels, a kickass combustion engine, and the ability to post a seriously quick lap times on pump gas, so it just made sense to open the Shootout up to all makes and models of vehicles, as long as they meet our street car criteria and tick off the fun, fast, and affordable boxes in the process.
I know we’ve said this before, but this year’s Shootout really was the most exciting so far. From pre-event engine failures to heroic transmission and axle swaps and teams from as far off as Minnesota, Michigan, and Georgia, this year’s event was the ultimate street car challenge. Whoops, we mean it was a really challenging Street Car Shootout!
- Must run the supplied Continental ExtremeContact DW tires
- OEM windshield and windows required
- OEM fuel tank and unleaded or E85 fuel only
- OEM lighting system must be fully functional
- A full interior from the front seats forward
- A full exhaust system including a functional cat
- No crybabies