As the driving season seems to be on here in Finland (Weather is getting warmer and warmer and I'm starting to see more and more US cars on roads), I thought I'd make a post about a Street Racing "Series" that's quite popular in here.
This is called "Blacklist" - and it works so that the idea is to rank Top Ten of fastest street cars in Finland. In the actual race, ET doesn't matter, it works so that if you're on place 6, for example, you can challenge car & driver on place 5. If #6 wins, he goes on 5th place, dropping the guy on 5th place to 6th and all that counts is that you cross finishing line first without red lighting.
Cars don't have to be street legal while they're on Drag Strip (They can use slicks, NOS etc on track), but still they have to be able to drive a short trip in public traffic during the race day. Races are driven mostly on unprepped tracks, but there are a couple of exceptions too.
And because this has been going on for only a year, and all of the cars were not in action immediately in the spring of 2014, now there are some slower cars ahead of faster ones. Interesting to see what happens in 2015.
Here are pics of the cars:
Blacklist Champion in 2014 was this Dodge Dart Swinger. It has a Mopar Small Block with a Pro Charger under that fiberglass flip nose. It ran 10.23 on the best run last year I believe. The fun thing is, this car was seen in almost every Cruising Night last summer!
On 2nd place, there was this Chevrolet Corvette. It runs with a BBC and some NOS and it's a mid 10 second car if I remember correctly.
On the third place there's a true sleeper... Audi S4 Station Wagon. It's a 4WD car so there's plenty of traction. I don't know about the engine, except that it has a big turbo, car runs low 11's. Sorry this is not a good picture, but here it is:
4th Place belongs to this Dodge Challenger. It has a 572 Cid Hemi under the hood and it runs 11.9 ETs. Now the owner is building a Buick GN though which should be faster. Challenger was seen often on Cruising Nights as well.
5th Place belongs to a Dodge Charger. I don't know what engine it has, but it's pretty fast, running low 12s on the Quarter Mile. And it's seen often in Cruisings, too.
On 6th place you'll find a Ford Fairlane. It has a Big Block Ford with NOS under the hood. Engine makes over 1000 HP and the car has ran a high 9 second ET if I remember correctly. But that was on a properly prepped track, so naturally it's not quite that fast with no track prep.
On 7th place there is a Plymouth Valiant. This car has a Small Block Mopar with no power adders at all (No Blowers, Turbos, NOS or anything like that) and the car has a 5 speed manual trans and it uses clutch in every shift during the run! The engine screams very high and the car has ran 10.008 last summer.
On 8th place there is a '70 Plymouth Duster with 340 Cid engine and a Blower. It has a manual trans as well and clutch is used on every shift. The car has looked like this since the 1980s! It runs mid 10's.
9th Place belongs to '90 Chevy Fleetside. This car has a 383 Stroker with Twin Turbos and a manual trans. Again, the driver uses clutch on every shift during the race and the car has major traction problems during the 1/4 Mile. This is often seen on Cruisings, too. Best ET so far is 10.4.
Today there was a smaller Cruising than most Cruisings in here. Since there were some friends, time went fast and I found out I had spent nearly three hours in there. Here are some random shots.
First here's my '60 Impala:
Clean Plymouth Fury:
'68 Impala with a 327 SBC:
Good looking Fox Mustang:
Good looking Oldsmobile STW:
'70 Challenger with a Blown 440 Big Block under (And through) the hood. It has a bit over 700 HP and rear tires are quite massive. After he left, there were some wide and long black stripes on the road...
340 Mopar Small Block powered Plymouth Valiant. I really like the look with black steelies and Dog Dishes. He laid some rubber on the asphalt, too.
That Volvo is definitely very cool! I've been drooling over it in the Internet for a long time and I'm so glad I was able to see it in person now.
Thanks Ron on the comments regarding the Impala. I like how it looks too.
The Valiant burns rubber very easily, it would be interesting to see how it runs on the Quarter Mile. Here's a big, smoky burnout by that Valiant: YouTube Video
Here are some pics from West Coast Street Cup Drag Race event at Pori Airport.
This Chevy Nova ran a couple of 10.0 ETs. It has a 454 BBC and NOS and it's street legal. On one run though, driver's seat came off when the Nitrous went on at about 330 FT. Luckily he was able to keep the car on the track and he didn't even lift the throttle at all!
This Plymouth Fury surprised me by running 12.0 ET.
Vega Wagon with a SBC & NOS ran 9.8 ET as well.
Street Legal Buick Grand National with a naturally aspirated BBC. It ran 9.3 ET.
'65 Rambler American with Mopar 318 Small Block. It ran 11.9 ET.
Friend's '80 Chevy Monza. He was running it in 100% street condition as there were problems with NOS. With NOS it has ran 10.1 ET before, but now in streetable condition, naturally aspirated, it ran 11.2.
And a stick shift, high screaming Plymouth Valiant. It ran 9.800 on the best run, but unfortunately what I filmed was the slowest run of the day for it. It sounds amazing though.
Then a day after that there was another Drag Race event on an airport with no track prep. There was the Twin Turbo Chevy Pickup that I posted earlier. It ran three runs (All included in this video) and it was burning rubber the whole way to the finishing line! I bet the cabin was full of hands on some of those runs...! After the last run, he changed rear tires back to street tires and left driving home.
Yep, that Fury is very cool. Not a show quality finish, but it sure runs well. Sometimes it can be seen on street as well.
I've been busy and haven't posted anything during the whole summer. I've visited in many car events though, so here is a next set of random photos for you all.
This set is from Vantaa Cruising in July. It's a big Cruise Night and if there are no cops, there's lots of tire smoke. This time there were no cops so after this Cruising the road was completely black.
Clean looking Buick.
And a very clean El Camino.
'62 New Yorker with a Mopar Big Block under the hood.
This looked pretty much like Stuntman Mike's Nova:
Chevy Corvette with a Blown 454 Big Block left some tire marks on the road as well.
'65 Mustang with a Ford 289 Small Block and a little Blower on it burns rubber easily, too.
I've always liked '65 Buick Rivieras. This was nice.
Oldsmobile 442 Convertible with 455 Big Block and Blower. It did a huge Burnout while leaving. And no, he didn't use brakes to get tires spinning, he just hammered the throttle hard and shifted through the gears.
There was also this 1000 HP, high 8 second Street/Race Buick Grand National present. It has a Chevy Big Block (I'm not going to tell you the size, but it is big, I know) and he hammered the throttle while leaving as well:
'76 Plymouth Fury Cop Car with 520 Cid Mopar Big Block. It ran 12.6 on a track with no prep. While doing a burnout, he put those emergency lights and cirens on.
Yep, the Toronado is definitely a cool car. I can't remember seeing another one than that over here. But that's no wonder since they're rare cars as you said.
Another completely random set of pics:
Ford Econoline that truly has late '70s vibe.
Pontiac Mild Custom:
Original '70 Hemi Barracuda:
V8 Jet Boat with a Small Block Chevy. It sounds nasty and it runs very fast too.
Friend's '60 Impala Convertible.
'59 Chevy Tow Truck with Blown 572 Merlin Big Block + NOS. It makes over 1000 HP and of course this thing has no mufflers. It's always fun to watch when people who haven't seen it before get scared when it fires up.
Now as it's already October and the winter is coming closer and closer, it comes very dark here in Finland pretty early. In Midsummer it's not that dark even at Midnight, but now it starts to get dark already at 7 PM. So because of that...How about some night shots?
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