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Unlimited Street VW drag racing, Las Vegas & Sacramento 2004
"It sounds like what it is, heads-up" Street cars racing whatever VW engine combo they want; turbos, Nitrous, etc. These drag racers had to drive from the hotel in Vegas to the track, so trailer queens were out. Other rules included minimum 1700lbs. with driver, both front seats in, cars licensed and insured, muffler, full working lights, and no wheelie bars. http://www.DragRacingTV.com





Super Street VW Drag Racing: PRA '95, Ocean Street Video
Gary Berg came out of retirement to make an appearance at the Sacramento Bugorama, in the famous Berg Super Street VW Beetle. He ran head on into the ascending star, Andy Costello, and a serious duel ensued. Both drivers pushed each other into new E.T. records, and a final confrontation. Other Sacramento Super Street action included Candy Larsen of JCL Race Cars, nearly beating the odds with a two-day-old engine in the right-hand drive Ghia, that Shin Watanabe used to race. These days you can find Candy running in the Powder Puff series, where the competition can be plenty tough. If you ask her how difficult it was to learn how to shift a right-hand drive race car, against the likes of Rafael Vasquez, Andy Costello, Gary Berg, Chris Tool, etc., she'll probably tell you that it was no big deal. 1995 marked the emergence of Shawn Geers as a serious player in the PRA Pro ranks, and it could have also been the first time that Super Street Dave Perkins ran the class.





VW drag racing, Outlaw Turbo class, BUG-IN 35, 2010
VW drag racing from the Fontana BUG-IN #35. This is the M-Spec Motorsports Outlaw turbo class, which is also run at the Irwindale Drag Day races. Racers in attendance included Roger Crawford from Heads-Up Performance, in his Nitrous-powered Karmann Ghia, Hector Urias(R.I.P.) running his VW Beetle with the Type 1 transmission, Eric Calabrese in the Red Baron Pro Mod VW, etc. There are also a couple of license passes in this video. Other VW drag racing clips from the event being posted later.





Super Street VW drag racing: PRA '94
PRA '94 from Ocean Street Video starts off with a look at highlights from the 1993 VW drag racing season. This compilation of Super Street video clips opens up with Greg Brinton in his Heads-up Performance '63 sedan, taking on Gary Berg. Gary and his dad Gene Berg were dominating the VW Super Street scene in the early '90's. About the only way that you were going to beat the Berg machine was at the tree, because they were making good power. There is a classic Gene Berg sighting in this clip, of him walking next to the Berg sedan, wearing that famous blue hat. The huge guy blocking the shot there is Hotshots photographer Bryan Robinson, one of the preeminent shooters of the day. The Pro Racing Association VW Super Street class was intended to be a less expensive class of drag racing, and was therefore based on the stock VW pan structure, instead of a tube chassis. It was a pounds-per-cubic-inch class. However, as in all racing, it quickly blew up into a serious money class. There were plenty of participants, running in the eight-race PRA Super Street series, but if you wanted to win, it was going to take a lot of work. It was the entry-level class for heads-up PRA racing, and privateers like Chris Tool and his dad, Bruce Fordyce, and others, were a force to be reckoned with. There was a hardcore contingent from Japan, who also raced in their own PRA series over there; Shin Mukai and Mr. Watanabe come to mind. The original PRA '94 videotape was divided up into an event-oriented structure. Creating this Super Street-only video required re-editing it, so some things are repeated, and there are some mistakes.




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