Mooresville, NC – The Goodguys Charlotte show brings Detroit Speed out to compete in our own backyard. Being our home turf, that means we try much harder to end up on top! Ryan Mathews did just that behind the wheel of the Detroit Speed 1972 Corvette Test Car! He made this his second victory in a row in a Goodguys event. The field was tight in this Pro Class and Kyle Tucker managed to wrangle a 7th place finish in his 1970 Camaro. Stacy was out running in the Pro Class as well for the first time in quite awhile with her revamped 1969 Camaro Test Car and ran hard all weekend.
The staging area for the autocross was packed tight on Friday morning! Many of the builder’s choice and other award contenders wanted to get their shot at the course, and today was the day to do so. As the Street Machine class came up to the line, it was filled with Detroit Speed “Equipped” rides! Everything from Mark Turner’s 1970 Nova to Ronnie Buhr’s 1969 Camaro. We were even able to see some DSE “Equipped” C10 trucks tearing it up! By the end of the day, Ryan Mathews held the top spot in the Pro Class hoping that he could continue to stay up there going into Saturday. The Goodguys TGIF party brought the show back to Detroit Speed HQ where everyone enjoyed checking out the entire facility along with some good ‘ole BBQ!
Saturday proved to be the trickiest day of competition as the chilly weather became a factor. With temperatures in the 40’s and little to no sun throughout the day, even the stickiest of tires and best drivers could not find grip. After a warm up lap that was given before the first run, Ryan laid down a 31.009 second lap that became the fastest of the day for the class giving him the win! After that smoking hot lap, he tried everything to better his winning time, but no grip could be found. So chalk up a win for Ryan Mathews and Detroit Speed!
When Sunday came around, it was all about the awards. Detroit Speed was chosen to choose the winners of Builder’s Choice, so Kyle and Stacy had spent Saturday evening finding their favorites.The top 10 ranged from classic roadsters to some wild American Muscle and even some trucks. Included in those winners was Angelo Vespi who won with his 1969 Camaro and his 1967 C10, 2 awards at one show isn’t too shabby! We’d also like to congratulate Ronnie Buhr who won the “Cool Camaro” award with the car that we built just under a year ago. Within that time, Ronnie has managed to put 3400 miles on it!
The Detroit Speed team will head out to Vegas now for the SEMA Show and Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Streetcar Invitational from November 1st-6th.
Mooresville, NC – The 2016 version of the Detroit Speed Open House was easily our best and largest ever. The Open House takes place the Friday evening after the Goodguys Charlotte show from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM but that didn’t stop people from arriving in their muscle cars, hot rods and more as early as 3:00 PM. Weather can sometime play a part in the overall turnout but Friday we were blessed with perfect fall weather. By 5:00 the parking lots and grass area were already filled with any classic you can imagine. Parking was at a premium with people lining the street as far as the eye could see.
One of the best parts about the Open House is the BBQ dinner. For a $5 dollar donation you were treated to a fine meal provided by Shane’s rib shack with 100% of the proceeds going to the Todd Gartshore and John Menzler Memorial Funds which donates to the Victory Junction Gang.
By sundown, there were hundreds and hundreds of cars and easily over 1000 people in attendance. Angelo Vespi’s 1969 Camaro, Moe’s Charger and more were in the shop for people to see close up that may have not had a chance previously.
This is one of the crowing jewels of the year for Detroit Speed and we take great pride in being able to open up our shop for our customers and fans and this year did not disappoint. As the show season winds down we will look back at this Open House as one of our best ever. Now the focus shifts to the SEMA show starting November 1st and running through November 4th and the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational that immediately follows November 4th – 6th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
One of the best tasks involved with a build is setting it back on the ground. We’ll be honest, things got a little dramatic when Project Fabricator Blake Tomlinson set her down!
See the progress: