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True Street - Power Shiftin'
Shooting for the Lucky 7s
In the past months we’ve written quite a bit about MM&FF’s True Street class, which is contested at all six NMRA events. We just had the largest True Street turnout on record (118 participants in Bradenton, Florida) and we have to thank Tremec, title sponsor of the class; the NMRA for hosting our class; and especially the racers who came out to participate.
True Street offers the chance to race heads-up in a national series, without all the scrutineering associated with running a specialized class like Renegade, Coyote Stock, or Street Outlaw. All you need is a street-legal Ford that is registered and insured, the required safety equipment, and you’re good to go.
Over time, we’ve expanded on the True Street concept (it used to be ’79-up Fox-body cars only, now any Ford can be entered), and we’ve tied in the Spring Break Shootout class (a heads-up 16-car eliminator) at the event that carries the same title. As many of you know, on the weekend of June 14-16, we’re holding our first-ever All-Female Shootout sponsored by Royal Purple Ladies within True Street at the Norwalk NMRA event.
True Street is popular because there are lots of winners at every event (one at each e.t. break from 9s to 15s), you can take your friends and family on the road cruise, and it’s fun to watch racers battle for the crown, the 6-foot trophy and the winner’s purse.
Scoring a 9-second average happened in the ’90s, the 8-second barrier fell years later, and now we’re on the cusp of a 7-second average. Though some feel this is “out of hand,” the majority enjoy watching Mustangs and Fords pushed to the limits of streetability.
Not surprisingly, a 7-second average has eluded TS racers. We thought it would happen in Bradenton, but an attrition amongst the favorites prevented that. Atlanta was next, but the rain fell before TS could be contested. Bummer. The next race is at Maryland International Raceway in May—could it happen there?
While any Ford combination is legal for True Street, the small-block stroker with a power adder often leads the pack. Despite the potential of the modular combos, in Bradenton, pushrod Foxes stole the show. This is surprising considering the ease at which you can make 1,000-plus horsepower using a 5.4L or 5.8L mod motor and a blower or turbo.
Horsepower is the name of the game in any drag race, but to go fast on all three runs in TS takes more skill, because the track is usually whipped by the time all the street-tire-equipped Fords have had their way with it. Because of the gargantuan challenge, we know how awesome a 7-second average will, be and we’re planning something special for the first few racers who bust through.
Needless to say, I look forward to the rest of the season, as we have a lot of cool stuff planned for the pages of MM&FF, and for our Facebook and Twitter followers, too. And be sure to follow us on Instagram as well. We’ve been loading all kinds of cool photos for you to enjoy.