by Darr Hawthorne
Photos by Zak Hawthorne and Reflections of Motorsports (PSCA)

he Pacific Street Car Association came to California Dragway in Fontana, California for the first time with the California Street Car Nationals.

In PSCA there’s 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, Sunday’s 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. Normandin’s 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 Thornton’s unique Duttweiler-prepped twin-turbo ‘57 Chevy running 6.827 at 204.98.

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