Buick GS Nationals - Bowling Green, KY Oct 18, 2013
This video was taken on Oct 18, 2013 at the Buick GS Nationals at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY. Stay tuned... lots more video to come.
1986 Buick Turbo 1/4 Mile 12.14 @ 111.22
The Strip is a Drag Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV- 3500+ D/A Temperature 95 Degrees+ Fahrenheit The '82 GN came with a naturally aspirated 4.1 L V6 engine with 125 hp at 4000 rpm and 205 ft lb of torque at 2000 rpm. Of the 215 Regal Grand Nationals produced in 1982, at least 35 were based on the Buick Regal Sport Coupe package with the turbocharged 3.8 V6 engine with 175 hp at 4000 rpm and 275 ft lb of torque at 2600 rpm. For 1983, there was no Grand National. The Sport Coupe model was renamed the T-Type; 3732 were produced (190 hp at 1600 rpm and 280 ft lb of torque at 2400 rpm). In 1984 the Grand National returned in all black paint. The turbocharged 3.8 L became standard and was refined with sequential fuel injection, distributor-less computer controlled ignition, and boasted 200 hp at 4400 rpm and 300 lb·ft of torque at 2400 rpm. Because this was the first year production of the computer controlled Sequential Fuel Injection and Distributor-less ignition, this is often considered the year/model that started the development of the legendary intercooled Grand Nationals. The performance of this package was well ahead of its time and the “Little V6” easily matched that of the bigger V8’s. Quarter mile performance was listed at 15.9 seconds at stock Boost levels of 10 psi (0.69 bar), while for the same year, the Chevrolet Camaro was listed at 17.0 and the Chevrolet Corvette at 15.1 seconds. Soon, performance enthusiasts determined the modifications that worked and the Grand Nationals easily broke into the 13 second territory. All Grand Nationals for this year had the Lear Siegler-made cloth/leather interior which was only available for this year. An estimated 200 of the 1984 Grand Nationals were produced with the Astroroof option which makes these the rarest of the Grand Nationals. 1986 Grand National In 1986, a modified engine design with intercooling Boosted the performance even further; in 1987 it reached 245 hp and 355 ft lb of torque. Buick dropped the T-Type package for Regal in 1987. In 1987, when turbo Regals reached their peak in popularity, a total of 27,590 turbo Regals were produced through December, with those models produced between September and December of that year window stickered as "1987½ Buick Grand National" vehicles. In 1987, a lightweight WE4 (turbo T) option was offered. Only 1,547 of this variant were produced. The differences between a WE4 and the Grand National were the interior trim package, wheels, exterior badging, aluminum bumper supports, and aluminum rear brake drums as opposed to the Grand National's cast iron, making the WE4 a lighter and faster car. The rear spoiler was only available as a dealer installed option. 1987 was the only year that the LC2 turbo option was available on any Regal, making it possible to even see a Limited with a vinyl landau roof and a power bulge turbo hood. turbo Regal Limiteds were one of the rarest models of turbo Regals produced second only to the GNX at 1,035 turbo Limiteds. For the final year, 1987, Buick introduced the Limited Production GNX "Grand National Experimental" at $29,900. Produced by McLaren Performance Technologies/ASC, Buick produced 547 with the Grand National interior trim Package. They were then sent off to McLaren Performance Technologies and upgraded into the Buick GNX. Buick underrated the GNX at 245 hp and a very substantial 360 lb·ft of torque. This was created to be the "Grand National to end all Grand Nationals." Changes made included a special Garrett T-3 turbocharger with a ceramic-impeller blowing through a more efficient and significantly larger capacity Intercooler with a "CERMATEL (Ceramic/Aluminum) coated" pipe connecting the Intercooler to the engine. A GNX specific E-EPROM, low-restriction Exhaust with dual mufflers, reprogrammed turbo Hydramatic 200-4R transmission with a custom torque converter and transmission cooler, and unique differential cover/panhard bar included more of the performance modifications. Exterior styling changes include vents located on each front fender, 16 inch black mesh style wheels with VR-speed rated tires, and deletion of the hood and fender emblems. Performance was measured with a quarter mile time of 13.2 seconds at 104 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds.
Here's a pre-parade vid of the 2009 GSX Reunion at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, OH. The Buick GSX reunion was part of the BPG Nationals. At least 83 GSXes were counted at the event. Yes it just rained before the vid was taken.
10 second Buick GS vs 9 second regal in BG KY
Taken in 06 in Bowling Green KY @ the GSCA meet I ran a good run if it wasnt for the redlight!!