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No Fly Zone Arizona

Scene:Gila Bend Airfield - Gila Bend, AZ

Mar 16, 2016
Photographer: Jofel Tolosa Videographer: Max Frauchiger

Coverage presented by Continental Tire

Quarter-mile drag racing doesn't quite have the luster it did 10, 20 or even 30-plus years ago. Times have changed. Production sports cars and most tuner vehicles have more horsepower than ever. And to be quite honest, more people aren't into watching the same guys trying to shave every last tenth of a second at the track all day. Not to mention if you've had experience with serious racing, you most likely invested in a set of costly drag slicks as well as had your fair share of broken axles among other things. Enter the world of half-mile racing...

No fly zone arizona lamborghini gallardo superleggera Photo 2/30   |   From a standing start, this Underground Racing twin-turbo Gallardo threw down a 231.95mph pass, the fastest car of the day!

What's great about half-mile racing is that you don't have to be a pro driver, nor own a race car. These events are open to any enthusiast, whether you're a newbie or veteran. And it's open to you, whether you rock a 300hp Scion FR-S or 1,000hp GT-R. You just need a technically safe ride and the desire to go fast!

We picked up on half-mile racing a few years ago and now we regularly check out Omega Motorsports' No Fly Zone (NFZ). The premise behind NFZ is simple: half-mile, side-by-side roll racing. There's 5,200 feet of runway to use with all of the proper equipment necessary to give you an accurate trap speed. There's no run groups, bracket races or trophies. Line up with whomever you want, cruise up to 40mph, and then let the hammer drop until you've passed the checkered flag. It's that easy, and it's super fun!

No fly zone arizona ums tuning mitsubishi evo Photo 6/30   |   Fresh from winning the Unlimited AWD class at our Super Lap Battle Finals, UMS Tuning brought out its Evo to test its top speed.

There's a couple of things we should warn you about... First, it's not the cheapest affair with entry fees at NFZ costing $200. Second, most half-mile races take place at isolated airstrips, usually a couple of hours from civilization; so factor travel time. But that's about it! If you want a safe and private place to push your project car to its limits, half-mile racing is hard to beat!

No fly zone arizona ford transit Photo 7/30   |   Team Super Street and our badass Ford Transit rental.

So with all of that said, last winter, with the help of our friends at Continental Tire, the Super Street staff hopped into a Ford Transit van and made our way to the fourth No Fly Zone Arizona event. Most of these events tend to attract a lot of supercars and American muscle, but our crowd is slowly picking up on the action and we managed to meet some brave enthusiasts who weren't afraid to test the waters of top speed.

No fly zone arizona jeff sides frs Photo 8/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Jeff Sides Frs
No fly zone arizona frs engine bay Photo 9/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Frs Engine Bay

Who: Jeff Sides
What: '13 Scion FR-S

No fly zone arizona jeff sides frs Photo 10/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Jeff Sides Frs
No fly zone arizona jeff sides frs Photo 11/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Jeff Sides Frs

Jeff is member of the local Arizona FR-S/86 club and brought out his daily-driven, turbocharged FR-S to NFZ for the first time. It was one of the most underpowered cars of the field at 360whp; however, he hit 140mph and was surprised to keep up with some higher-powered Mustangs. Nice job, Jeff!

No fly zone arizona daniel torres bmw m235i Photo 12/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Daniel Torres Bmw M235i

Who: Daniel Torres
What: '14 BMW M235i

No fly zone arizona bmw m235i engine bay Photo 13/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Bmw M235i Engine Bay
No fly zone arizona daniel torres bmw m235i Photo 14/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Daniel Torres Bmw M235i

Daniel is the founder of Performance Design Unlimited, and his M235i makes 500+hp thanks to a port-injected N55 running E85. He got addicted to half-mile events after seeing them on social media. It became a great environment for him to test 'n tune his project car. At NFZ, he maxed out at 150mph due to unfortunate mechanical issues.

No fly zone arizona scottsdale vault nissan gtrs Photo 15/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Scottsdale Vault Nissan Gtrs
No fly zone arizona scottsdale vault nissan gtrs Photo 16/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Scottsdale Vault Nissan Gtrs

Who: Scottsdale Vault
What: Nissan GT-Rs

No fly zone arizona gtr engine bay Photo 17/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Gtr Engine Bay
No fly zone arizona scottsdale vault nissan gtrs Photo 18/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Scottsdale Vault Nissan Gtrs

If you own a Rolls Royce, Lambo, Ferrari or Bentley in the greater Phoenix area, chances are you've heard of Scottsdale Vault. They specialize in all types of high-end maintenance and service, but we were pleasantly surprised to find out their staff are a bunch of GT-R guys at heart. They showed up to NFZ with not only a few exotics, but a squad full of R35s, most of them built to break 200mph. We particularly liked their red demo car that's pushing around 1,600hp.

No fly zone arizona ryan richardson nissan nismo 370z Photo 19/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Ryan Richardson Nissan Nismo 370Z
No fly zone arizona nissan nismo 370z engine bay Photo 20/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Nissan Nismo 370Z Engine Bay

Who: Ryan Richardson
What: '15 Nissan NISMO 370Z

No fly zone arizona ryan richardson nissan nismo 370z Photo 21/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Ryan Richardson Nissan Nismo 370Z
No fly zone arizona ryan richardson nissan nismo 370z Photo 22/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Ryan Richardson Nissan Nismo 370Z

We were shocked to see this Z going hard at NFZ. The owner Ryan brought out his family for a fun-filled day after learning about NFZ via Facebook. His NISMO 370Z is twin-turbocharged by Fast Intentions. Matched with a 3" exhaust, E85 tune using Ecutek and a Specialty Z clutch, he pushed his 650whp Z34 to162mph in the half mile.

No fly zone arizona dyno comp subaru sti Photo 23/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Dyno Comp Subaru Sti
No fly zone arizona subaru sti engine bay Photo 24/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Subaru Sti Engine Bay

Who: Dyno-Comp
What: '06 Subaru STI

This Subie from DynoComp has been around the scene for years, in fact, maybe over a decade! It's been worked on extensively to become a full-blown time attack race car weighing in at 2,800 lbs and given nothing but the best in high performance parts such as JRZ suspension, Brembo 8-piston brakes, Carbonetic diff, Cosworth block, and more. Pushing 550+whp, the STI popped its half-mile cherry at NFZ and we saw it record a pass at 158mph. Not the fastest car by any means, but it helps to show the diversity of the cars at half-mile events.

No fly zone arizona reggie paul toyota supra Photo 28/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Reggie Paul Toyota Supra

Who: Reggie Paul
What: '94 Toyota Supra

No fly zone arizona supra engine bay Photo 29/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Supra Engine Bay
No fly zone arizona reggie paul toyota supra Photo 30/30   |   No Fly Zone Arizona Reggie Paul Toyota Supra

While two decades old, the MKIV Supra is still king when it comes to straight line acceleration. We've seen countless examples perform on the quarter-mile, and many more showing their strength at more and more half-mile events. This is Reggie Paul's baby that he's owned since '08. He picked it up stock and has since gone through many stages. Today, it's a 755whp beast he loves to drive every weekend thanks to a single-turbo conversion, built top-end, AEM Infinity and E85 tune. Reggie hit 165mph on his first No Fly Zone experience. This time around, he outdid himself with a 170mph pass. In the end, he summed up half-mile racing the best, "My car runs 10.8-seconds on the quarter-mile but there's a lot of wear and tear on the car. With half-mile racing, there's no hard launches and I can drive the car home without worrying. Plus, I love spanking those exotics!"

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