The Pro-Touring craze has been sweeping the musclecar crowd for a few years now, and like a snowball down a freshly powdered hill it’s not only picking up steam but it’s growing like crazy. Growth has always been a good thing, and for Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts their growth has been because of the hot rod and muscle car crowd’s never-ending thirst for more.
For years, musclecars were good for shows, cruising, and dragstrips, but as that thirst for more from our musclecars turned to the autocross, suspension systems for classic cars became the hot ticket item. Heidts is one of those companies that heard the call for more and took to action with IFS systems for hot rods and musclecars, and with their award winning PRO-G IRS.
This coming May 11-12, 2013, Heidts will be putting on their third Midwest Performance Car Challenge again at Autobahn Motorsport Country Club in Joliet, Illinois. The event is expected to draw enthusiasts from all over the country again, who are invited to bring their American-made domestic vehicles to try their skills out in autocrossing, road racing, and head-to-head challenges.
On May 10, Heidts Performance Group will host a facility tour and barbecue for participants. The tour and barbecue will be followed by a QA1 Road Rally to the Holiday Inn in Joliet where everyone can share in bench racing and spending time with others who share in the frenzy.
On May 11 the fun begins! Saturday morning the Heidts Road Course is open to all participants who want to take their car out on the 1.46-mile track and navigate the nine turns at the Autobahn Country Club. Heidts will also put on a car show for those who want to show off their pride and joy, with the $25 entry fee including three parade laps around the track.
Heidts will also showcase many of their own cool cars and products so you can get a close-up look at their products. Awards for the car show will be handed out, including a Best of Show and an Editor’s Choice aware as determined by the various editors in attendance.
In addition to the racing action and autocross, the Speed Stop Squared challenge will see how well you can control your car head-to-head. In this challenge, racers are given a short drag race, a few turns to navigate, and a “stop box” where they must come to a complete stop at the end. Hitting cones creates time penalties, so this mirror image pair of courses will pit drivers cars and skills against each other.
On May 12, the racing action continues for those who chose to participate in the entire weekend of events. The cost to participate is $175 for either Saturday or Sunday, $350 for both days.
If you’re up for the Midwest Performance Car Challenge, be sure to keep an eye out for our own Power Automedia crew, who will be there for the weekend to record the events and activities. Our video will be posted on Heidts’ web site shortly after the event. As with most any exciting event like this, we’re also planning to get some virtual ink put up on our own sites, so be sure to bring your best game and have fun!