While the automatic transmission has certainly taken the volume lead in the sport of drag racing, there’s a bunch of guys left who are stuck doing it the hard way and we love them all. As if you didn’t know that, this is BANGSHIFT after all, right?! Last weekend at the big NMRA shindig at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio the McLeod Stick Shift Shootout showcased a scrappy battle between two divergent camps within the world of the Ford Mustang. The McLeod Stick Shift Shootout pits the two quickest manual transmission cars in the True Street class against each other in a heads up run for the money. Fun stuff, right?
On the right side of your screen we have Casey Lee and his 1986 Fox-body Mustang that has a traditional ol’ 351 Windsor style small block in it. On the other side of the track we have the 2008 GT500 Mustang of Rick Coe. That one is powered by a (at least) 500hp dual overhead cam supercharged mill that screams and roars in all the right ways.
Through this overhead view of the race you’ll see who gets the hole shot and which car is pulling like a freight train at the top end of the track. This is a cool all-Ford matchup and really pits two totally different styles of cars against each other. Want that stripper little Fox body or the hairy GT500. You make the call and then press play!
Sure, automatics are fun and all but when you watch this you’ll be pulling your hand in the H-pattern these guys are jamming through and isn’t that a heck of a lot more fun?!