Every year, Jeff Colvin brings his '85 GT to the Bristol Bash. This year, while his ultrac
Uh, like, there were lots of cool musclecars there. Tech Editor Houlahan had to listen to a continuous string of "dudes" coming out of Associate Editor (and closet musclecar Melvin) Johnson's mouth.
As members of the 5.0&SF staff, we attend a ton of events each year. Of course, the majority of those are NMRA drag racing events, with SEMA and PRI mixed in at the end of the year. At each race venue, we hit the ground running, catching up on the latest gadgets, cars, and performances. We arrive at the track early and leave late, only to get up and do it again with smiles on our faces. At PRI and SEMA, we check out the latest in performance and styling, and bring that news to you. If we get to hang out and talk to people between loading up Editor Turner's car and tracking down features and cool parts, it's a rarity.
The hard-working crew at Year One continues to surprise us with new events and activities.
As do most of you, we love attending events where the atmosphere is casual and loose. Thankfully, Year One's Bristol Bash at Bristol Motor Speedway is just what the speed shop ordered. Here there's fun to be had by all ages and both genders. There's autocrossing, drag racing, two chassis dynos, and kids' activity areas. And for those not interested in such amenities, there's a manicurist and even a shopping shuttle to ride to the mall.
We've found the Bristol Bash to be the perfect event to carry out our King of the Street competition. Our fellow Primedia cohorts at Car Craft hold their Real Street Eliminator at the Bristol Bash as well. There's also a huge car show with top-notch automobiles of all makes. Making a return appearance this year was the True Street competition, in which several Mustangs participated. There were also musclecar drag classes, which made it possible to see cool, rare musclecar iron go down the track.
The Bristol Bash is the perfect way to close out a season of racing or spectating, and we can't wait to go back in 2004. Maybe we can have a cool car to drive up to Bristol Bash next year instead of the rental we took this time, though even a rental can boogie along at 80 mph. We had that certified less than 10 minutes from home on our return trip by a Florida State Police officer, with a one-time charge of $148. Up to that point, we considered the weekend a huge success. Oh well, we'll see if we can outdo ourselves next year. We're sure the event will be better as well.
There's always something interesting on the Werx Motorsports dyno when we come to the Bris
For the third straight year, the busiest part of the kids' play area had to be the climbin
The kids' play area moved to a different spot this year, but it was still packed with fun
Expanded this year was a general sales area where you could find just about any car-relate
It was nice to see more vendors that deal in musclecar and late-model parts rather than on
As mentioned in our lead caption, the Roush people brought a semi rig full of goodies, inc