THE GUMOUT ALL-STAR MOTORHEAD SHOOTOUT
THERE WAS REAL MONEY on the line, $1,750, cash American.
Ten drivers on Wednesday, and nine more on Friday, were
deemed eligible by being the top class winner in their heats
based on PAX index. Each would take two runs on the West
Course in a heads-up duel for $500, $250 and $125 to the top
three each of the two days.
This was the Gumout All-Star Motorhead Shootout. “We said,
let’s do something bigger at Nationals,” said Rusty Waples,
Gumout brand manager, as he watched the early runs in
Wednesday’s competition. The car used was a Volkswagen Golf
prepared within the Street Touring rules by Gumout, the
preferred fuel system additive of the SCCA, with the help of Solo
National Champ Jinx Jordan. True to the Solo code, a five-minute
break was mandated between runs so nobody had a hot-tire
advantage, or perhaps disadvantage according to those
spraying down the front rubber between each run.
The West Course was chosen for the competition for the
simple reason that it was the last one done each day.
Wednesday the Challenge did not begin until much of the fifth
heat was done, so most of it was run with a chase car hustling
after the Golf to pick up cones. Friday they began feeding the
Gumout car in almost as soon as the final heat began. As
expected, everybody’s best time was done on second runs
except for those who coned their final try.
On Wednesday, CSP champ Tim Aro was first out and posted
a 74. 9 that stood up most of the day, but things got a little weird
with the next pair of runs. The top PAX from the first heat on the
West Course was FJA winner Julian Garfield, too young to drive
anything but his Arrow kart. So he rode shotgun as SSM winner
and the heat’s PAX runner-up Andy McKee took the runs.
Unfortunately, McKee coned both tries.
When winners from the next several heats all fell short of
Aro’s time, paddock chatter began to suggest that the heat of
the afternoon rendered the Vee-Dub’s
tires incapable of standing up to 20 runs
in one heat. But the fact is, it may have
been something else altogether.