The NHRA Street Car Showdown got off to a flying start with four street cars driven by NHRA members attempting to reset the Street Car E.T. record of 5.85 seconds.
Tom Bailey's 1969 Chevy Camaro is powered by a twin 88mm turbocharged 526ci SMX billet-aluminum engine while Bryant Goldstone's 1973 AMC Javelin has a 572ci Dart Ultra Tech Racing big-block Chevy, also fed by twin 88mm turbos. Joe Barry's '56 Chevy runs a similar combination to the first two, with twin turbos boosting a 598ci Dart-based big-block Chevy. Dave Schroeder's '66 Chevy Corvette is the outlier, relying on a four-stage nitrous system to add power to his 872ci Reher-Morrison big-block Chevy powerplant.
Schroeder had the best run of the opening round with a 6.577 in his nitrous-assisted 'Vette, outrunning Bailey's Sick 2.0 Camaro. Barry's low-riding '56 Chevy, also spun by twin turbos, worked its way to an early-shutoff 7.43 alongside Goldstone's Javelin, which never got staged before the Tree was activated, resulting in no elapsed time.
Run 1: David Schroeder: 6.577, 210.44 mph versus Tom Bailey: 6.830, 156.84 mph
Run 2: Joe Barry: 7.438, 170.41 mph versus Bryant Goldstone: No time