Windsor Weekend @ Grand Bend Dragway

Not exactly the silver streak!

Here I am setting up (and letting my car air out) in the pits at Grand Bend Dragway. DSC_1330Twas an early rise and shine in order to be there at 9:30 a.m. when time-trials were supposed to begin. As it turned out, things didn’t really get cooking until closer to 11. And by cooking, I also mean hot and humid; definitely not the best conditions to be racing a bone stock, V6 Firebird with 187xxx kilometres on the clock!

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However when my good buddy (and best man) Dave told me he and his wife Pam were heading up for the day with his super fast, would-be-sleeper if not for the rims and tires, supercharged 2017 Ford Mustang GT, I just couldn’t resist!

As this was a bracket-racing event (I entered TROPHY class in hopes of racing only street cars), I knew for sure I would get a minimum of three runs. The first two were time trials – they help you determine what number to dial in – and the last one was an actual race. For anyone who cares to know the brutal truth, these Firebirds sure look sporty but with only 200 HP and 225 lbs-ft of torque, they’re by no means fast…

  • R1     16.123 @ 83.51 mph     lost to mid 80s Mustang GLX V8 convertible (TT)
  • R2     16.031 @ 82.47 mph     win against 07 Pontiac Grand Prix 3.8 (TT)
  • R3     16.069 @ 83.17 mph     lost to vintage Chevy Nova (Round One and done)

Now all things considered it was a really fun day but honestly, I was hoping my car could break into the high 15s. I’ve read elsewhere on the ‘net that back in the day factory-fresh  V6 Firebirds and Camaros were capable of it. A bit of wishful thinking twenty years on, I know.

At any rate, guess this just means I’ll have to soup it up a bit eh?

RDW

 

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