New 5th Gen Camaros from all over the country attended the annual event at Little Talladega Grand Prix Raceway. Nestled among the farmlands of Eastern Alabama, the 1.4 mile road course provided excitement and adrenalin for participants to run their American musclecars in a safe, casual setting. Ahhhh, the sound of horsepower in the morning makes for a great day!
Camaro drivers enjoyed an asphalt buffet of track driving all day long. Some drivers had to refuel several times before the day was done. MTI Racing also provided pace cars, a driving brochure and a couple of instructors to ride along with novices, to help them improve their driving skills. MTI Racing owner Reese Cox gave ride-a-longs in the 700hp Magnacharger Camaro as well as the Corvette Racecar. By the end of the day, most drivers improved their speeds and have the skills to become better drivers at home.
In the afternoon, a suspicious character called "the Stag" appeared to challenge anyone who dares to beat his laptimes. The Stag is a "Man-in-Black" villain, possessing illustrious driving talents, who can wring Formula 1 laptimes from a Yugo. He doesn't speak, he lets his driving do the talking. The Stag posted a laptime of 1:05.7 in the MTI Camaro. Then a battle ensued to knock the Stag off the leaderboard. The most valiant effort was given by Gary Pruyne in his Supercharged Camaro at 1:09. Worthy of recognition, but the Stag still reigns supreme.
Kooks Custom Headers sponsored a $250 Gift Certificate to be give away in a random drawing. After the collection box was shaken, and the winning ticket pulled, the Kooks Custom Headers Gift Certificate was awarded to Mike (Michael's Maro) Rafanan. Since he already has headers on his Camaro, Michael is going to install Kooks Headers on his Escalade SUV.
In the end, all Camaro drivers, spouses, and children had a great time at the MTI Racing Camaro Fest. It was a trackday extravaganza for most, and a glorious sunny day of relaxation for others. Either way, we look back on each moment of the day and laugh at the fun times with good friends. We look forward to doing the event again next year.
Thanks for the memories!