The Texas Mile is not an event for the faint of heart, and when we heard that there was a 1977 Datsun 280Z competing in this year’s event, we were a bit bewildered. It was going to take one helluva build for this Datsun to not get blown out of the water by the menacing level of competition, some of whom will accelerate from a dead stop to 267 mph in 5,280 ft. But when we saw this 1977 Datsun, we knew . . .
While talking with the event organizers, Gas Monkey Garage learned the PPIHC didn’t have an official pace vehicle yet. Aaron offered to have Gas Monkey Garage build something to support the event he was quickly falling in love with. He recommended a performance-based truck since everyone back in the shop were truck guys and they could bring one that was mean and nasty, Gas Monkey style.
Toyota takes a 2015 Camry, does a delicious bait and switch and plops a 600-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 under the hood of the very inconspicuous looking car.
The import versus domestic car argument can get quite heated. The domestic guys tend to boast about their power and quarter-mile times, while the import crowd brings up turning left—and right—and things go downhill from there, but what about a compromise? Why not combine the best of both worlds—agility from the import side with brute force from the domestic camp? That was the question Alexander Gallardo had to ask himself when he came to a crossroads with the evolution of his 2003 350Z a few years ago.
The term "bolt-on" has become a ubiquitous term among car enthusiasts, and is something Matt Owen has literally no understanding of. At the young age of 28, and the lead fabricator at T1 Race Development out of Rockwall, TX, Matt has had the privilege of building some of the fastest R35 Nissan GT-Rs in the world. That being said, he’s had his dream car in mind for a few years now, and it could not be any less impressive than the cars he works on every day.