Photos by the Drive! Staff and Marcel Venable
Horsepower has always been at the top of the list for car fans. The feeling of a perfectly tuned power plant roaring to life, allowing all of the horses out of the stable at once, as you release the clutch and nudge the throttle can’t be described; it can only be experienced. In the past few years the trend of building all-out, asphalt-assaulting muscle cars has shifted from making them go fast in a straight line to driving whatever sheet metal happens to tickle your fancy. Of course, the stock suspension and brakes on Detroit’s early offerings leaves a lot of room for improvement, which has sparked a host of aftermarket performance companies to build suspension and braking components that will improve your experience behind the wheel.
Don’t get us wrong, car shows are cool, but Run to the Coast isn’t just another car show. Sure, it has all of the makings of a car show: bitchin’ cars, great food, cool people, etc.; but this event is more about performance. The cars and drivers here are judged on how well they navigate the road course and the autocross course versus scoring points for a pretty paint job or a chromed engine bay. This year’s Run to the Coast was held at El Toro Marine Base on February 25-26, and all of the big artillery was there.
Besides having a blast behind the wheel and rubbing elbows with some of the industry’s finest, RTTC provides a full throttle opportunity to tune your car’s chassis, suspension and brakes for the best performance. Kudos to Bill Howell, Danny Thomas and Yancy Johns for putting on this event where car enthusiasts could enjoy two days of corner-carving fun.