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Some people are into the latest and greatest when it comes to buying cars. They don't keep cars for a long time and frequently upgrade to a new vehicle to get the latest technology. For some consumers, modern technology and amenities are the best part of owning a vehicle.
Not everyone agrees with that, though. Classic car enthusiasts would rather drive cars from decades earlier, without all the bells and whistles that modern cars offer. Part of the fun for classic car collectors is to be able to race them and prove their vintage wheels are better than others.
OPTIMA's Ultimate Street Car series
Since 2008, OPTIMA has been running the Ultimate Street Car competition, a series of automotive events for street-legal performance vehicles. The owners enter their cars in the competition to try to prove that their vehicles are the most powerful. According to Motor Sports Park, the events include design and engineering, a road rally, speed-stop, autocross, and a road course.
Motor Trend reported that a contestant can get 100 points from each segment of the event, for a potential "perfect" score of 500 points—which has yet to be achieved. There are seven events during the season, but only a driver's top three scores count toward their total. Whoever wins the finale, an invitational at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, claims the "Ultimate Street Car" title.
Classic cars compete in Utah
The tour made a stop in Utah in July, and some of the best competition was in the Classic Car Liquidators GTV Class division. To qualify in this class, a car must have been made before 1990 and weigh at least 3,200 pounds. There was a single model that dominated the competitions in that area of the series.
Californian Brian Hobaugh traveled more than 700 miles from home to get to Utah to show his fellow competitors what his car can do—and it paid off. Hobaugh took first place in the division in his 1973 Chevrolet Camaro. Camaros rounded out the top three as well. Ryan Breezee took second place in his 1969 Camaro and Nick Relampagos placed third in his 1970 Camaro.
How to insure your classic car
Every car you own needs to be insured, even if it's a classic car. If you're going to enter your vehicle in a performance competition like this, it’s even more essential to have a good insurance policy on it. When you're racing in an older vehicle, choosing the right classic car insurance can help you get peace of mind. You can use a speciality provider like Hagerty or a traditional insurance company like State Farm. It might be hard to find cheap car insurance in Utah because it's a no-fault state with higher-than-average traffic fatalities. Jerry can help you discover your best options for affordable car insurance in Utah or any state.
It takes 45 seconds to answer a few quick questions and the app will gather quotes for the coverage you need from 50 name-brand insurance companies. Jerry is one of the quickest and easiest ways to shop for car insurance.