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The California Speedway Muscle Car Event by V8 Builds is a Great Success with Autocross, Car Show, and a Wide Range of V8-Powered Muscle
Let’s face it: California is an extremely nice place—especially if you’re a car enthusiast. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the average muscle car doesn’t spend much time hibernating in the garage. So, what’s California missing? Big, fun car shows. Don’t get me wrong, California has its share of big car shows; but there’s just only so much you can do in the perched in the local strip mall’s parking lot for seven hours. Some shows manage to keep things interesting with raffles and maybe a live band, but in all honesty, these machines were meant to be driven!
The crew at V8 Builds gets it. They are a new company who saw the need for more arenas for car enthusiasts to truly enjoy their V8-powered cars in a safe environment. With the help of Air Flow Research as a major sponsor, they put together their first event at Willow Springs Raceway in 2016, and it was a huge success! This year’s Autocross and Car Show is only their second big event, but you’d never guess it! V8 Builds’ goal is to become the “West Coast’s premier gathering of performance V8 powered vehicles of all makes and models”, and if this latest California Speedway event was any indication of their growing popularity, you can expect to see a lot more from V8 Builds!
On hand was a prime selection of some of the most diverse car enthusiasts around! Participant vehicles ranged from near-stock new 5th-gen Camaros to a full race-ready 1969 Nova—complete with a turbocharged big-block! There was something for almost everyone to enjoy, including lowriders and 4x4s. Also, inside the show n’ shine area were plenty of vendors, music, and there were even two food trucks right next to the show area!
As nice as the car show area was, it was the autocross that really provided the opportunity for the owners to really push their beloved muscle car to its limits, and beyond! The line of classic muscle waiting for a chance to run the autocross stayed busy all day. It’s obvious that Pro-Touring muscle cars that really perform represent a big part of the cutting edge right now. For the drag race fans, Gasser style still rules! Everyone seems to love the nose-high, straight-axle looks of the vintage ’60s-era quarter-milers.
With over 200 cars in attendance, this event was big and fun! We’re already looking forward to next year. Look for V8 Builds’ events to get bigger and better!
Living in Richmond, Texas, PJ Rentie has been in the automotive industry for more than 30 years. This former Assistant Editor at Vette Magazine also spent time with companies like NOS, Edelbrock, Hillbank Motorsports, Classic Industries, and was an automotive instructor for Cypress College for ten years. In his spare time, PJ hopes to one day bring his Fox Body Mustang out of the back yard and back onto the street!