The regular season of Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts, sends seven classes of cars and trucks to seven different tracks in as many different states, before wrapping up at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) that follows. Some classes saw champions emerge sooner than others. Jake Rozelle’s Corvette, which missed winning the 2020 OUSCI title by a single point, came out early and set a bar so high in the Holley EFI GTL Class in the first three events, that it had no equal in the final four outings.
The Classic Car Liquidators GTV Class was a different story. The 2020 champion, CB Ramey, dropped weight from his C4 Corvette and moved to the GTL Class in 2021, which left the GTV Class a wide-open contest. Several contenders emerged and battled throughout the season. The Camaros of past champions Brian Hobaugh and Chris Smith seemed like early favorites, but they couldn’t manage to put together enough consistency at three events to grab the points they needed.
The void was quickly filled by other contenders, but a clear favorite from that group never emerged. With one event to go, four Camaros were still in the hunt for the championship, and it didn’t matter if the event was over 2,000 miles away, they were all going to show up and settle things on the track. Nick Relampagos’ ’70 came in with a two-point lead over Jason Bottenfield’s ’69 Camaro, but Jim Stehlin’s ’73 Camaro and Wayne Atkins’ ’85 Camaro were also in the mix.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.