1965 El Camino
The Unexpected

Utes are a rare sight at performance events, especially high level ones like OUSCI, but there's really no reason why not. Unlike trucks, which inherently have a large front-to-rear weight differential without significant work, utes like El Caminos and Rancheros are just two-door wagons with the roofs removed. It's actually not difficult at all to balance them; Mike Holleman's badass 1965 Elky boasts a nearly 50/50 weight balance. Of course, that is in part due to the state-of-the-art chassis and suspension components from Schwartz Performance, but even without that level of work, good balance is not unattainable.

Holleman's Elky is also exceptionally well dialed-in, as he's logged more than 30,000 miles on it since completion—many of them driving to and from events and copious track time. Copious enough that he's already had to replace the windshield from track rash. We can totally appreciate that level of dedication.

Why did he select the Elky to begin with? Well, Mike originally put the Elky into road course and top-speed shootout use after taking too much ribbing from a friend for attending events, but never bringing anything to run. He already had the Elky and liked it, so he decided to simply evolve it as his tastes changed. Plus, it kept him unique amongst the crowd without being at a disadvantage, and we can always get behind that.

That seat time really showed out on the big track at OUSCI for the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge. The Elky performed admirably, just barely being edged out by 2013 PHR Muscle Car of the Year (MCOTY) competitor Damion Campbell and his ultralight, full tube-frame 1963 LeMans (Dec. 2013) by the slimmest of margins (.073 second). Not bad for a ute!

OUSCI Results
Detroit Speed & Engineering Road Rally: completed
RideTech Autocross: 40th
BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge: 29th
Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed-Stop Challenge: 39th
Lingenfelter Design Challenge: 32nd
Overall Rank: 37th

Engine: LS2 with LS3 top end, Livernois Stage Two cam, Stainless Works headers, stainless exhaust with SpinTech Sportsman mufflers
Trans: T56 with Pro 5.0 shifter
Suspension & Chassis: Schwartz Performance tube chassis with RideTech triple-adjustable remote reservoir coilovers
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston Superlite front calipers with 14-inch rotors, Wilwood four-piston Dynalite rear calipers with 13-inch rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18x9 and 18x11 Forgeline ZX3R wheels with 275/35 and 315/30 BFG Rival

1967 Mustang
Wider Is Better

This wildly flared 1967 Mustang has been a long time in the works over at Total Cost Involved (TCI), so we were excited to see it out for its first real competition. TCI took their time on this bad boy not only because they were working out details for the front and rear suspension systems that would become available for purchase, but also because this Mustang was intended to be founder and president Ed Moss's personal street/track toy. When it's for the big guy to drive and show off the company, it has to be right!

The suspension works really well, and the paint and interior are killer, but what really sells us on this Mustang is the full flare and aero package designed and built in-house at TCI. Hand-shaped 100 percent from steel, the wheel flares were designed to drop the ride height and widen the stance while fully covering the leading edge of the 18x10 and 18x12 Billet Specialties wheels. Inspired by modern road race cars, the ground effects between the wheelwells serve to help keep air from reentering under the chassis once the front splitter and air dam have scooped it away. Packages such as this are mostly used on later-model racers and are rarely seen on vintage cars, but man does it look great on this fastback. We wish they would sell those parts too!

OUSCI Results
Detroit Speed & Engineering Road Rally: finished
RideTech Autocross: DNF
BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge: 44th
Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed-Stop Challenge: 48th
Lingenfelter Performance & Design Challenge: 6th
Overall Rank: 20th

Engine: Smeding Performance 427ci Windsor small-block, 580 hp and 580 lb-ft of torque, Holley EFI
Trans: Tremec T56 Magnum, McLeod RST dual-disc clutch, SFI scattershield
Suspension & Chassis: TCI Mustang (front), TCI torque arm, Currie Enterprises F9 rearend housing with 31-spline axles, 3.89 gears, Truetrac diff (rear)
Brakes: 14-inch, six-piston Wilwood (front); 14-inch, four-piston Wilwood (rear)
Wheels & Tires: 18x10 and 18x12 Billet Specialties LeMans with 295/30 and 335/30 Michelin Pilot Sport
Contact: Total Cost Involved; 800-984-6259; www.TotalCostInvolved.com