February 25, 2011

Street Cars Unite

MM&FF Presents Tremec Transmissions
True Street

In the heart of the Fox-body era, MM&FF created True Street to represent what would happen if two hot machines had an encounter at a light. There would be no tuning or dialing in your car (or truck), you'd theoretically go on the green and that would be that. The NMRA has worked diligently to ensure this spirit lives on in a much safer environment. Though not a points-based or championship-eligible class, True Street carries with it a high level of excitement for fans, family members and participants.

Also, though, tech has become increasingly demanding and stringent as True Street cars just seem to get faster every race. In fact, lately it's common to see some competitors in the 8s, but it's just as much fun if you are running 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s or 15s, and there are multiple winners in virtually every e.t. bracket. Last year, in the Lone Star Shootout, one competitor even dipped into the 7s.

True Street is geared toward attracting local drivers and is open to non-members of NMRA. The class is open to '64-to-present Ford vehicles powered by Ford-based engines, and each vehicle must be road-legal, able to pass the technical inspection and able to drive over 30 miles on the street. All vehicles must be registered, licensed, and insured-but any number or type of power adders are permitted. Tires must be DOT-approved and windows must be functional.

After all the cars are checked for eligibility and pass tech inspection, the class gathers for a brief meeting to discuss rules. Once all the cars are lined up and the hoods are closed, they are led on a 30-mile cruise on highway and city streets. After the cruise begins, competitors are prohibited from opening their hoods until after the competition. The cruise ends back at the track, where the cars are lined up in the staging lanes for a cool-down period. No refueling or tire changing is allowed, but competitors may replenish ice or water for intercoolers, install nitrous bottles, or adjust tire pressures during the cool-down.

Once racing begins, each competitor makes three back-to-back timed runs. Tire pressure may be lowered, but drivers cannot add air once they have made their first pass. Though both lanes are usually used, drivers are only scored based on the average of the three runs. The quickest average is the winner, second quickest is the runner-up. There are also awards presented to the quickest 9-, 10-, 11-, 12-, 13-, 14-, and 15-second averages.

The 2010 season brought big attendance (it's not uncommon to see over 100 participants) and low e.t.'s, but the 2011 season is expected to be the best ever. True Street heroes Randy Seward, Allen Hurley, and Chris Escobar have been busy in the off-season improving their rides, and there are rumors swirling of 7-second competitors showing up at Bradenton.

So come out and compete this season in the True Street competition when NMRA comes to your town. And as always, check out MM&FF for full True Street coverage from each NMRA race.