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2019 Motovicity Never Lift Half-Mile - Cleared for Takeoff

Motovicity's Never Lift half-mile competition brings together fast cars and good vibes

Ceso Bagay
Aug 28, 2019
Photographer: Jonathan Carassco

Last April Motovicity hosted its second-annual Never Lift event at Coalinga Municipal Airport in Central California. Never Lift isn't your typical drag race—it's a half-mile competition in which drivers start from a standing stop and go flat-out for 2,640 feet, aiming for the highest possible trap speed. More than 200 competitors came out this year and nearly $40,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the fastest cars among six different classes.

2019 Motovicity Never Lift Half Mile Motovicity Evo 8 Photo 117/117   |   While it was fun to watch from the sidelines, we also took the Motovicity Evo VIII down the runway a few times. Though it's being built more for time-attack duties, we knew we wouldn't put down anything crazy. Our best was 118 mph. Needless to say, it was still fun!
2019 Motovicity Never Lift Half Mile Porsche 911 Photo 117/117   |   The CSF Porsche 991 Turbo (featured on page 74) was the fastest Euro on the playing field, with a 186.03-mph pass. It was also rockin' Advan wheels so we couldn't help but give it props!

Upon arriving at the track (which is in actuality a functional airport), we took a stroll through the paddock and admired the diversity of cars on hand, from Supras and GT-Rs to Corvettes and Lambos. Competitors are allowed to make unlimited passes throughout the day, which makes for a fun and exciting environment. There's also plenty of friendly banter and rivalry going on as drivers coordinate who they want to run head-to-head with.

2019 Motovicity Never Lift Half Mile R35 Photo 117/117   |   The Ultimate Badass title goes to Patrick Kennedy and his 224.89-mph Nissan GT-R!
2019 Motovicity Never Lift Half Mile Acura Integra Photo 117/117   |   The most notorious Honda of half-mile racing: Myles Kerr's '94 Integra.

Never Lift was a huge success, but for us, the best part was witnessing so many enthusiasts enjoy a weekend of racing. The Never Lift environment was extremely positive and offered that unique aspect that all car enthusiasts look for in race events.

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