This previous weekend was the 28th annual Pure Inventory Muscle Automobile Drag Race (PSMCDR) within the little hamlet of Stanton, Mich. You will have examine it up to now in magazines or seen the shootout movies on YouTube, however have you ever been to the occasion? I’ve been attending since 1996 — that yr, I raced my Oldsmobile, however since 1997 I’ve been the announcer.
Within the Nineteen Eighties, there have been a number of shootout-style occasions, with the best-known ones being the Supercar Showdown and Musclecar Assessment’s Musclecar Nationals. They have been enjoyable and all, however not everybody owns a Hemi or LS6. The PSMCDR takes that under consideration, so that you’re paired with somebody who is popping related instances.
All day Friday, members run and tune and run and tune, with one’s finest ET leading to a pairing on Saturday. These pairings run one of the best of three. There isn’t an award as a result of, keep in mind, not everybody can personal the quickest automotive, so in actuality one runs towards him/herself, because the aim is to learn to race and correctly tune a automotive.
The PSMCDR has developed over time, with the principles presently permitting for some NHRA-spec stock-class modifications and vehicles that could be past the scope of what could also be considered a real muscle automotive (like a 1979 Pontiac Firebird System or a 1973 Buick Riviera, albeit one geared up with the Stage 1). It’s an occasion that has grow to be a reunion to see outdated mates and make new ones.
And, after all, everybody will get excited to see what new vehicles are in attendance. For instance, twenty-five years in the past, a bunch of Studebaker followers determined to return to the occasion with their vehicles and present the traditionalists that South Bend additionally knew construct muscle vehicles. Would you consider there have been extra Studebakers this yr than Fords?
As I’m the announcer, it’s unimaginable to take photos of the race on Saturday, however I stole away from the tower for an hour to run round and take some snapshots among the many 131 registrants, which you’ll be able to see under.