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By Photos: Alastair Ritchie, 16 May 2014 Features

Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational

The best street machines in America came out to play at the 2013 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational

THE Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) takes place in Pahrump, Nevada each November, and the 2013 event was notable for sell-out crowds and over 50 of the best pro-touring machines in the US being driven to the limit – and sometimes beyond – in full-circuit hot laps and two motorkhana challenges.

The variety of cars was astounding: from jaw-dropping showstoppers like George Poteet’s Torino and Dave Eckert’s mid-engined Mustang to Bret Voelkel’s hardcore track-prepped ’33 Ford and Chris Smith’s C10 Chevy pick-up.

Not to mention Mark Stielow’s 900hp ’67 Camaro, Mayhem. Boasting an all-aluminium supercharged 7.0-litre LS9 V8, modern suspension and even ABS, the quarter-million-dollar Camaro ran sweetly all day.

Stielow didn’t have it all his own way, though; former OUSCI champion Danny Popp drove his Lingenfelter L28 2010 Camaro on the ragged edge to finish in third place, just one point shy of Stielow.

Funnily enough, it was a super-low-tech car that ended up taking the overall win. Brian Hobaugh’s ’65 Corvette still rocks an iron small-block and a Muncie four-speed, but it was all he needed to finish 10 points ahead of Stielow overall.

We’ll definitely be heading back to Pahrump in 2014 – hopefully next time we’ll see some Aussie cars have a go!