Evan J. Smith
March 6, 2013

Muscle Mustang fan will want to tune into SPEED on Match 10th at 11am for the 5th annual OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. "The OUSCI is a culmination of a year-long search for the best all-around street car in the country and the field is always filled with some of the best examples you'll see anywhere, from Bret Voelkel's wicked Factory Five '33 Ford to a 1,550 horsepower Lamborghini Gallardo," said our source at Optima. And as usual, late-model Mustangs were out there mixing it up, including our February '13 MM&FF cover car owned by Dave Pulley.

"The winner isn't just the fastest in a straight line or the car with the most horsepower, but a combination of on-track performance elements as well as an evaluation of the quality of the car's design, construction and execution." Stated Optima Jim, a representative for Optima.

Some of the Stangs included Karl Dunn's 2007 Parnelli Jones-edition Mustang, which was the top finishing Mustang, but the Vaughn Gittin-designed RTR Mustang, driven by Jim Holloway was right on his heels. Cliff Elliot represented the average Joe owner with his 2011 GT/CS, while MMA fighter, Josh Barnett mixed things up with his modified Shelby GT500.

Catch all the action on SPEED when the show airs March 10th at 11am Eastern. See a sneak preview of the event, hosted by former WWE Wrester, Bill Goldberg, here- http://youtu.be/5TH1OfCl5BI

"We're excited to give viewers such an exciting, well-rounded look at this year's OPTIMA Invitational," said Cam Douglass, director of product development and marketing for Optima Batteries. "We continue to see more support and greater competition each year, and 2012 brought out some of the best talent and most passionate street car enthusiasts yet." The OPTIMA Invitational began in 2008 when Douglass recognized a need to prove the specialty vehicles on the SEMA Show floor were built for speed and superior performance. Today the annual event occurs each Saturday following the close of the SEMA Show, bringing in top automotive talent, highly modified vehicles, credible racing veterans and fresh talent. Additional airings will occur on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Sunday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. EST
  • Friday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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These are the Mustang/Ford/Ford-powered owners who competed in this year's event-

Karl Dunn's 2007 Saleen Parnelli Jones Edition:

Dale Akuszewski's 1964 Sunbeam Tiger:

Cliff Elliot's 2011 Ford Mustang GT/CS:

Herb Stuart's 1968 Mercury Cougar:

Ron Schwarz's 1966 Ford Mustang:

Mark Bowler's 1970 Ford Torino:

Bret Voelkel's 1933 Ford Coupe:

Ryan Mathew's 1966 Ford Mustang:

Jim Holloway's 2013 Ford Mustang RTR:

MMA fighter, Josh Barnett's 2009 Ford Mustang GT500:

Nick Licata in the Hollywood Hotrod's-built 1940 Ford Coupe:

Todd Foust's 1966 Ford Mustang:

Dave Pulley's 2012 Ford Mustang GT500:

Full results and all the competitors are listed at www.optimainvitational.com