The Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational is a competition of the best street cars in the United States (and sometimes beyond) that combines five challenges to truly test every aspect of each competitor's performance. Throughout the year, a total of nine qualifying events have taken place, each testing both driver skill and vehicle performance. Select enthusiasts were chosen at the end of each event to participate in the Optima Invitational, which will take place in Pahrump, Nevada on November 9th. This week, Optima released news that there are a limited number of spectator tickets up for grabs!
The five challenges include: the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge, Ridetech Autocross Challenge, Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge, the Lingenfelter Performance and Design Challenge, and the Detroit Speed and Engineering Road Rally, which will occur the day before at the close of the SEMA Show. Before participating, all vehicles are required to pass the scrutiny of the Centerforce Tech Inspection.
"We're looking forward to another exciting year of this growing event as we continue to layer on different challenges and elements for a new experience for fans and participants each year," said Cam Douglass, director of product development and marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. "Our spectators bring a great liveliness to the already high-energy event and we are pleased to be able to once again open this event up to a public audience."
A special television series will showcase the event, which is now in its sixth year, and winners of the Spirit of the Event Award which were given at each of the qualifying events have been invited to the SEMA show in Las Vegas. From there, they will go on to compete against each other in the aforementioned challenges along with being judged for quality of design and execution. The participant with the best overall performance and design will be crowned the "Ultimate Street Car" of the year.
The 2012 event sold out and now the 2013 tickets can be purchased online for $30 at http://optimainvitational13.eventbrite.com/3, (with a free t-shirt upon entrance). Check out OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car series to air on Thursday, October 31 at 6 p.m. EDT and 9 p.m. EDT on MAV TV.
· Bob Benson (1972 De Tomaso Pantera)
· Lou Krukar (2009 Ford Shelby GT500)
· Dave Eckert (1969 Ford Mustang)
· Troy Ladd (2014 Ford Mustang)
· Dave Stundon (2009 Ford Shelby Super Snake)
· George Poteet/Troy Trepanier (1969 Ford Torino)
· Kenny Edwards Sr. (1966 Ford Mustang)
· Chris Moore (1972 Ford Maverick)
· Jonathan Ward (1946 Lincoln)