VIDEO: Shift S3ctor’s Airstrip Attack Takes Drag Racing to the Limit

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Photo courtesy of Revvolution.com

Heavily modified and rarin’ for a chance to perform, the cars that made a spectacular showing at this year’s Shift S3ctor Airstrip Attack in Southern California were a real sight to see, if the above video is any indication. Gallardos, E63s, Mustangs, Camaros, GT-Rs, and more were out in force to strut their stuff.

Last year, our own Paul Huizenga was on hand to report the goings-on and show us some of the sweet burnouts, crashes, and blazing sprints down the runway. The setting is the New Coalinga Municipal Airport, a nothingburger patch of concrete that lies some sixty miles southwest of Fresno; but its day in the sun is an important one, giving high-performance cars and drivers the opportunity to flex their fire-breathing muscles.

Shift S3ctor, the organization behind the track day, held the two-day event back in early October. Classes were divided by layout: RWD, AWD, and FWD, and ran in half-mile spurts from dawn to dusk, with the trap speed competition on Saturday and the bracketed roll racing main event on Sunday. And as we see in the video, it sure looks like the event was anything but a disappointment. We took a special liking to a silver F-body which might have had a bit too much fun.

SSAA_CCCamaro1Seen at around the 2:20 mark is a 2001 Camaro, made by a company called Caliber Customs out of Madera, California. We spoke with Matt Lambrecht, who managed the build. His tellings confirmed what already suspected: the car is a sleek, sexy powerhouse.

Running on a 6.0L iron block out of a Chevy truck, with a specially-constructed twin turbo setup, the car makes roughly 1000hp at the wheels. Other parts include a Rossler TH210 transmission, Ford 9″ rear axle, and custom Bogart racing wheels.

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Though it looks badly hurt here, Lambrecht tells us the car has since made a full recovery and will be racing again soon.

While it made a terrific first pass under Lambrecht’s driving–which ultimately awarded the team 1st Place in the RWD class–it was an unfortunate accident caused by the car’s owner, Sean Cagle, that ended the team’s fun for the day.

It so happened that at the end of the second pass, severe downforce on the front of the car (attributed to taller rear tires, which were put on after the first pass) mixed badly with the deployment of the parachute, causing a loss of control for Cagle. Thankfully, both the driver and the car made it out okay with minor injuries, and the Camaro is now back in one piece and ready for its next competition.

We can’t wait to get another look at this competition when it (hopefully) makes a return next spring. We invite you to check out Shift S3ctor’s website and Facebook page to stay updated on their latest news, photos, and videos.

About the author

David Chick

David Chick comes to us ready for adventure. With passions that span clean and fast Corvettes all the way to down and dirty off-road vehicles (just ask him about his dream Jurassic Park Explorer), David's eclectic tastes lend well to his multiple automotive writing passions.
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