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Top Speed Shootout 2014 - Photo Gallery

The 2014 Top Speed Shoot Out Breaks the 200-MPH Barrier

Apr 6, 2015
Photographer: Staff

The enthusiast community has taken a liking to airstrip-based top speed events. The growing popularity of contests like the Texas Mile, Mojave Mile, and No Fly Zone demonstrate the appeal of safely pinning the throttle for a half-mile or mile. No cops, no traffic, no turns. Just a driver, a car, and an open stretch of long, straight tarmac. European Car wanted some of that action. But we didn't want to be part of someone else's show; we've been to enough No Fly Zone (NFZ) events to know we'd prefer to throw our own affair. So with the help of NFZ organizers, Omega Motorsport, we assembled a group at Minter Field—a small, municipal airport in Shafter, California (just north of Bakersfield)—for the inaugural and somewhat experimental Top Speed Shootout.

No Fly Zone 5 – Photo Gallery

Experimental, because while all those other events run single cars down the strip, we decided to up the excitement factor by having pairs of cars on the attack. Not a race, exactly, but certainly another element to keep participants on their toes.

2014 no fly zone competitors 04 Photo 2/37   |   2014 No Fly Zone Competitors 04

The field included guests of sister publications Super Street and 5.0 Mustang but was made up primarily of European-branded entries (we also borrowed a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R sportbike just for the heck of it). Burger Tuning's F80 M3, Tim Davis' McLaren MP4, and Kenneth Romero's Porsche 997 all put in passes in excess of 150 mph. Canadian Kenton von Hollen's built E46 M3 (a previous European Car-featured vehicle) tied for the second-best run with Frank Hwang's MkIV Supra, both hitting 179.1 mph. But no one could beat the insane 996 brought out by BBI Autosport.

1000hp E46 BMW M3 - Von Hollen’s Express

Aptly named "King Kong," this is one of the fastest rear-drive 911s in the world—a point proven emphatically at Top Speed Shootout. The E85-fueled, 1,500hp machine began with a pass of 197 mph, and it only went up from there. By the time it was done, it managed an astonishing 201.5 mph, demolishing the competition. We couldn't have asked for a more dramatic high, and we're looking forward to a much bigger field taking part in 2015.

2014 no fly zone 07 porsche 06 Photo 6/37   |   2014 No Fly Zone 07 Porsche 06
Final Results Driver MPH
'01 BBI Porsche 911 Betim Berisha 201.5
'03 BMW M3 Kenton von Hollen 179.1
'94 Toyota Supra Frank Hwang 179.1
'07 Porsche 911 Turbo Kenneth Romero 165.8
'10 Nissan GT-R Anthony Grant 160.8
'12 McLaren MP4 12C Tim Davis 3156.8
'15 Burger Tuning BMW M3 Tony Burger 151.5
'02 Ford Mustang KJ Jones 136
2014 no fly zone supra m3 08 Photo 7/37   |   2014 No Fly Zone Supra M3 08
2014 no fly zone m3s mp412c 11 Photo 17/37   |   2014 No Fly Zone M3s Mp412c 11
2014 no fly zone kawasaki ninja zx14r 07 Photo 27/37   |   2014 No Fly Zone Kawasaki Ninja Zx14r 07
2014 no fly zone gtr vs 911 turbo 15 Photo 37/37   |   2014 No Fly Zone Gtr Vs 911 Turbo 15
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