Just a heads-up for everyone who expressed interest - The American Road Racing Association event in the Big Bend area of West Texas is coming up in April. The event runs from April 4 through April 7, and takes place on U.S. Highway 285 from Fort Stockton, Texas to Sanderson, Texas. ARRA has full state and local law enforcement support and involvement, and this event is divided into speed classes with qualifying speeds and tech speeds for each class.
The really exciting news is that there is a Z-car ONLY class! Z-cars will be able to compete for overall trophies, but they will also run against each other in this timed event for a "Top Z" trophy! For more information about the event, and for rules and regulations for each class, go to http://www.arraracing.com
If you're ready to move beyond four-block-long stoplight heroics and experience some real, sanctioned, run-what-you-brung SPEED, this is your chance. Classes range from an 85 mph Street Class to the 185+ mph Unlimited Class. Just be aware that this is the Real Deal, so there are entry fees and expenses involved, and if you want to run in the higher speed classes, your car MUST have the right safety equipment and be able to pass a tech scrutiny. No baling wire and chewing gum here, guys - it doesn't work very well at 140 mph!
Oh yeah, one other minor detail - the course is 59 miles long, and you run it both ways - North to South, then turn around, take a tech/repair/lunch break and run back South to North, over some very fast straights and some VERY tricky blind hill curves with hidden apexes that aren't visible until you're already into the corner. That's 118 miles of complete, unblinking, make-your-speed-or-hang-it-up concentration. How well is your Z put together? Will it hold up to extended top end operation? If this won't tell you, nothing will.
Kinda makes dusting the pimply-faced kid in his mustang for three or four blocks sound kinda lame, doesn't it?
See (some of) you there,
P.S. ALL types of Z-cars are welcome - no matter what year or modifications - just no jet engines, please.