Morning Symphony: Stick-Shift Racing At Street Car Takeover Charlotte

Morning Symphony: Stick-Shift Racing At Street Car Takeover Charlotte

I can’t get enough of the noise of an H-pattern-shifted drag car. I don’t care if it’s a Mitsubishi EVO tuned to kill or a nasty LS-powered Camaro, a Sox and Martin Plymouth or whatever else will show up. If it’s on the strip and someone is willing to bang through the gears like there’s tens of thousands on the line and there’s no tomorrow, I will be right there paying attention. There’s lots of reasons to enjoy stick shift-class racing…driver skill becomes a bigger part of the picture, there’s more mechanical violence involved, and when it’s done right you can’t beat the spectacle. Automatic racers will argue until the end about it, but the truth is that if you can bang off four or five shifts after a solid launch off of the line, you’re doing just fine.

I’ve only run a stick car at a dragstrip once. The combination was not ideal and the driver’s lack of skill was on full display. I stalled my 360-powered Dodge Diplomat out twice then, out of frustration, clutch-dumped and spun at least a third of the track. I will not be racing my Cruze anytime soon, but watching these cars racing at Street Car Takeover Charlotte has me salivating for another round or two with a V8-powered row-your-own machine badly.

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4 thoughts on “Morning Symphony: Stick-Shift Racing At Street Car Takeover Charlotte

  1. Chuck Finley

    \”the baddest stick shift machines in the Country throw down\”
    More mindless drivel from the millennial generation. All the power adders you can stomach, with no skills allowed.
    Modified Eliminator was populated with manual transmissions, if you drove like these \”internet heroes\” in those days, you would be mobbed as you drove through the staging lanes by those looking for an easy round win.

  2. Larry

    These are faster than the good ole days but I don’t think they’re near as much fun too watch. Technology has removed some of the thrill. The big ole Galaxies, Impalas, and all the rest moved around a lot more on each shift.

  3. jerry z

    It’s more fun watching wheels up launches like most Super Stock’s do at a NHRA event.

  4. 6point6

    Lebanon Valley Dragway in New York has stick shift bracket racing every Wednesday night. The unique class made up of very streetable cars and friendly racers and is looking for more participants. For more information search for our facebook page \”Lebanon valley street stick\”.

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