Search for the Ultimate Street Car in Alabama

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OPTIMA's 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts, descended on Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama in early-August and competitors from around the country competed in six different classes, each one hoping to emerge victorious and with an invitation to the 2018 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Las Vegas. This was the series' first visit to Barber Motorsports Park and it became an instant favorite for a lot of different reasons- a banked turn on the Detroit Speed Autocross, easily-accessible spectating of the PowerStop Brakes Speed Stop Challenge, an incredibly-manicured and well-kept facility that looks like someone dropped a racetrack on a country club golf course and a very challenging road course for the Falken Tire Road Course Time Trial.

Check out the results and massive photo gallery below and see another huge gallery of images from this event here. If you'd like to learn more about the series and how you can get involved, head over to

Barber Motorsports Park Results

QA1 GTV Class (pre-1990, 3,200+ pounds)
1. Dusty Nixon, 1979 Camaro
2. Efrain Diaz, 1969 Camaro
3. Larry Woo, 1968 Camaro

Recaro GTS Class (post-1989, 3,200+ pounds, two-seaters and AWD vehicles)
1. Jake Rozelle, 2003 Corvette
2. Steve Kepler, 2013 Nissan GT-R
3. Eric Fleming, 2016 Corvette

Holley EFI GTL Class (non-compacts under 3,200 pounds)
1. Mike Dusold, 1967 Camaro
2. Ken Thwaits, 2006 Mitsubishi Evo
3. Danny Popp, 2003 Corvette

GTE Class (BEV electric vehicles)
1. Karen Thomas, 2018 Tesla X P100D

GTC Class (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)
1. Brian Johns, 1993 Mazda RX-7
2. Douglas Wind, 2004 Dodge SRT-4
3. Jordan Pierce, 2013 Dodge Dart

Franklin Road Apparel GT Class (post-1989, 3,200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, four-seater coupes, trucks, etc.)
1. Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Ford Mustang
2. John Laughlin, 2016 Ford Mustang
3. Cliff Elliott, 2016 Ford Mustang

Spectre Performance Spirit of the Event Award: David Griffin, 2006 Ford Mustang