Stick Shift Struggles – RMRW – Day 4

June 26th, 2019

Looking for adventure? Try day-tripping with the “stick shift class” during a drive-only day of Rocky Mountain Race Week. That’s over 400-miles, on pig trails and back-roads in Nebraska and Colorado; with an elite drag (street) racing car using a manually shifted transmission. Don’t forget – that’s after a few days of abuse on the dragstrip. Buckle up! It’s going to get interesting.

The day begins with a ride along in a 1964 Ford Fairlane, complete with bench seat and manual transmission. This is one of the slickest restomods you’ll ever find, and it is pulling an enclosed travel trailer. Under the hood is a twin turbo V8 making ample horsepower.

Along the way, we encounter the sister car to this Ford. It’s a 1966 Pontiac GTO (also with a manual transmission and turbocharged engine). These two cars typically finish first and second in the Stick Shift Class of these week-long marathon race week contests.

There’s a Volvo Wagon with a V8 transplant. It is sounding like a million bucks. An awesome looking ’54 Ford Pickup with twin turbos where the bed used to be is a sight to see. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The competitors are cruising in groups. Making the checkpoints. Good food, great company and lots of open road before tomorrow’s racing.

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