by Darr Hawthorne
Photos by Zak Hawthorne and Reflections of Motorsports
Pacific Street Car Association came to California
Dragway in Fontana, California for the first
time with the California Street Car Nationals.
In PSCA theres a class for just about
any kind of muscle car combination from the
all-out, tube chassised Pro Street with speeds
over 200 mph to Xtreme Street to True Street
eight classes in all and a couple of index and
trophy brackets. The street designated
classes are raced heads-up and the racing is
intense with over 220 cars entered at this event.
The three-day event, with a Friday test and
tune, brought out a large and vocal Saturday
crowd standing three deep at the fence for qualifying.
In PSCA tradition, Sundays crowd was smaller.
A couple of racers I talked with were reformed
street racers who are bored with traditional
dragstrip bracket and index events and found
PSCA to be the only organization promoting heads-up
competition on the West Coast. Some of the pits
had a strong street racing vibe
with lots of friends, families, BBQs and enthusiasm
supporting strong-running, well-built racecars.
In the Outlaw Street
class, Randy Normandin in his 69 Camaro
left a sleeping No. 1 qualifier Mike Varney
on the starting line. Normandins Hot Rod
Performance-sponsored car ran 8.122 at 168.94
mph on this final run.
Qualifying in Pro
Street was lead by 2003 series champ Ed
Thorntons unique Duttweiler-prepped
twin-turbo 57 Chevy running 6.827