Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge – Charlotte Motor Speedway

Last weekend, Optima took their Search for the Ultimate Street Car to the east coast! This time, they visited Charlotte, North Carolina and the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the country of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a lot of NASCAR influence, these street cars took to the track. The first day, we took over the parking lot next to the ZMax Dragway for Detroit Speed Autocross … [Read more...]

Ultimate Street Car Challenge – Pikes Peak

About 15 miles south of Colorado Springs lies a track known as Pikes Peak International Raceway. USCA competitor Bob Boileau is the owner of this fine establishment and helps to host OPTIMA's event every year. I've been to many of these events and this was one of my favorite venues. It's hard to beat Road America, but at this track, everything went smoothly and you could see … [Read more...]

Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge – New Jersey 2016

This weekend, Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car finally made it to the east coast. As everybody was heading out to the event, the weather forecast kept getting worse and worse. At times, it looked like it would be pouring the entire time. Thankfully, it cleared up and everybody got plenty of clean runs. On Saturday, the weather started out cloudy and chilly, but no … [Read more...]

Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge: Road America

Text and Photo's by Kaleb Kelley OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car Challenge set off on Friday at Johnson Control's headquarters in Glendale, MI. A quick car show with food provided brought the participants in to register and show off their car. Afterwards, everybody headed to Andrew Chevrolet for dinner and viewing of the first episode of OPTIMA's Search for the … [Read more...]

Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge – Las Vegas

Last weekend marked the first Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge in Las Vegas, aside from the invitational held after SEMA. This event was number three of ten in the series and was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a mecca of fuel burning fun in the Las Vegas area. Driving to Vegas is always an exciting trip, since it's only about four hours away. For roughly three solid … [Read more...]

RideTech 48 Hour Corvette WINS Optima Texas!

A tired yet excited Chris Smith with the RideTech 48 Hour Corvette in Texas' Winner's Circle! In keeping with our original intentions, we have thrashed the 48 Hour Corvette since its birth a mere 14 days ago. This weekend at the Optima Ultimate Street Car event in Ft. Worth Texas we were rewarded with our first WIN! Chris Smith was able to pilot the Corvette to a convincing … [Read more...]

Tmcp #235 Ken Thwaits – Racer, Camaro Collector, Business Owner, 2014 OSUSC Points Leader

  This weeks interview is with Ken Thwaits, race car driver, car collector, entrepreneur, and the inaugural 2014 points champion of the 2014 Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car. He is also founder and President of Precision Dynamics International. I asked Ken onto the show because, quite honestly, in our small world of muscle car racing he came onto the scene a … [Read more...]

Advance Auto Parts USCA 2015 Event #1 – Thunderhill Raceway Park

Advance Auto Parts USCA 2015 Event #1 – Thunderhill Tony Huntimer The USCA Series If you don’t already know, the USCA is the Ultimate Street Car Association. It’s a sanctioning body formed to create safe, fun, and high profile national events for street legal performance vehicles. This association is used to find the cars to populate the Optima [Batteries] Ultimate Street … [Read more...]

Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Presented by Advance Auto Parts

Wake Up!! The alarm clock went off at 4 a.m. Still half asleep, I knew that meant it was time to get up and hit the road to Thunderhill Raceway Park for the opening Optima qualifier for 2015. My wife has always been supportive of my hobby, but had never attended a track event with me, so this was going to be a first for both of us. The weather was calling for a chance of … [Read more...]