Streetcar Shootout

The demo recreation of a drag strip race is a firm favourite at the Classic

The Street Car Shootout celebrated its 10th year at the Classic in 2019, giving visitors a glimpse of British street car drag racing at its very best with over 70 of the UK's baddest street cars battling it out to take the much coveted crown.

2018 saw the biggest and best display to date with newcomer, Danny Wilson, taking top honours in his Outlaw Anglia running a 412 cubic inch small block Chevy engine with an incredible best ¼ mile time of 8.85 seconds crossing the line at 153 mph. Last years title was taken in full street trim running full exhaust and road-going tyres. This year, Danny's Anglia is undergoing a rebuild but he was back with his Ford Zephyr using the mighty small block from the Anglia, so there were some exciting runs from the new toy.

Old favourites Taz Racing were back in force with Den Reynolds in the mighty Corvette which made a welcome return, and Dave Arnold in the big Pontiac Trans Am returned with a new monster engine after a few years out. Lee Denham - who has been missing from the Taz line-up for what seems an age - was back in the lime green Capri running a 400 Dart race motor and running way down in the 9’s at 148mph. Not wanting to be out-gunned by those monster V8’s, young Adam Skinner (previously running the rat Fiat with a 2-litre Toyota turbo and lifting those front wheels as he hit second gear!) has been very busy during those cold winter months and that little four pot Toyota now runs an even bigger turbo and has been dyno-ed at over 500 bhp; he was harnessing all that power in a car that weighs little more than a Tesco shopping trolley at this summer's Classic!

But competition was strong for this years title. Arnie Pament was back out in the Fox-body Mustang along with best buddy Nathan Hulkes' green (it couldn’t be any other colour could it?!) late model Camaro running down in the 8 second bracket and knocking out around 1300 hp... and all street driven; there's no trailer required for this bad boy.

The Outlaw Street race series also threw some cars into this year's mix. Dave Mahoney in his twin turbo 1968 Camaro running 8.9 @ 149 mph was out for the first time, together with Pete Granger's 1967 Mercury Cougar with 557 cubic inches of Big Block Ford (that’s 9.2 litre of pure Ford V8 heaven) and Rob Leyman's 1971 Chevy C10 pickup with twin turbo 347 cubic inch Chevy power running 10s. Not only that, but one of our favourites, Lewis Vine, made his own smoking weather front in his 1966 Pontiac Le Mans with Chevy 502 cubic inch power... plus from the other end of the age spectrum, Ross Barnett was out in his 2011 Mustang GT delivering 1,000 HP!

Also from the Outlaw Street Series were the Strevetts, a family of hardcore drag racers who made a huge impact at this years Shootout. Heading the family team is dad, Kev Strevett, in his badass 1962 Pro Street Thames with 351 Ford small block power. Son, Brad, was out with an equally bad 1955 Chevy with monster a 498 cubic inch Chevy, while Kev's other son, Ty, was out with a very rare 1962 Pro Street Ford Falcon pick-up, following Dad's power train with a Ford 351 cubic inch V8 power plant. Definitely a team to keep an eye on.

The line-up for this year was simply outstanding and as a result we were able to offer something never seen at the Silverstone Classic Street Car Shootouts. We normally run a 32 car field but due to such a monster turnout we put on a 64 car field Shootout! There were also be some demo runs from Sam Freeman's immaculate front engine Dragster running a 477 cubic inch Keith Black Oldsmobile aluminium engine with set back super charger producing around 2,000 HP. All that in a vehicle weighing just 1,650 lb including the driver ready to go.

In addition to our Street Car Shootout in between runs we had the Slackers Hot Rod Club displaying their rides in parade laps headed by Slackers head honcho and burnout king, Big Ollie Finch.

So with this year's Street Car Shootout hosted by Rodfathers UK, you didn't wan't to miss a second of one of the baddest and loudest display at this year's Silverstone Classic.

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